Review: Thundercats (2011): "The Forest Of Magi Oar" Episode 11 Season 1 (Spoilers)
So, what did we think of this episode?
Tell me as soon as you saw the smoke stacks, you didn't think the Paper Warriors were the bad guys. Or I suppose if you read the episode synopsis.
Jaga forbid a tree actually gets cut down.
To add to that, as soon as I heard the voice of the eagle I knew he was the good guy as well.
Not that there is anything wrong with the ol' bait and switch routine, just that, well...the show is becoming a liberal's wet dream to be honest.
Each episode consists of some kind of "let's get along" and "we are all one" nonsense that is currently being shoved down our throats by everyone and their moms -- mom being plural because we all live in a village, right?
This episode saw the introduction of the Paper Warriors, or as I call them wood-benders. They create books out of the magical trees and use them to their advantage. As the E-Men from last episode send Lion-O and the Thundercats to the Forrest of Magi Oar to learn how to "see," the Cats initally are blinded by the Paper Warriors' benevolence.
And this actually does bring up a rather interesting dilemma as the Warriors at heart do not seem to be "bad." However, the spirits of the Forest are attacking them for some reason. As Lion-O attempts to use the Sword of Thundera to help his new found friends, the Eye doesn't open, leaving the King of the Cats to question and doubt himself.
Eventually, a light bulb (most likely a Compact Fluorescent one -- even though they contain lead-- ) goes off in Lion-O's head that the reason the Sword is not working is because the spirits of the Forest are good, and the Paper Warriors are the bad.
We learn the trees are alive etc. etc. and the bad guys are scared off.
Now Lion-O can use "Sight Beyond Sight" revealing the gem is right where it was in the first place -- at the Elephant village.
This show is slowly moving off my radar. The premiere episode was pretty darn epic, a few more episodes were as well with Mumm-Ra. However, all these little "let's teach a lesson" side quests are becoming a major turn off. For one, they aren't really progressing the story, and as mentioned previously, this hippy mumbo jumbo is getting old real fast.
I really hope the series picks up and gets to the good stuff -- namely Mumm-Ra! I'm actually beginning to find myself rooting for the old bag of bones.