Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 1/23/85
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  • Episode Description
  • With their home planet, Thundera, about to explode, the Thunderians flee to a distant galaxy. Before they can make the long journey the Mutants sweep in and destroy most of the fleet in an attempt to capture the Eye of Thundera, and a battle ensues.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leonard Starr

  • Earl Hammond


  • Earle Hyman


  • Larry Kenney

    Lion-O, Jackalman

  • Lynne Lipton

    Cheetara, Wilykit

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Awesome start to a great animated series.

    By 80sfreak, Sep 17, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Lion-O: We will survive and create a mighty new empire. I, Lion-O, Lord of the Thundercats proclaim it. (Holds up sword as the Eye of Thunder opens, then looks around at the others) Uh, with your help, of course.

    • Tygra: And a fine figure of a Thundercat you've grown up to be, Lion-O. Cheetara: And so handsome, too. Snarf: Snarf didn't do anything of course. Just found the sword, that's all.

    • Panthro: The Mutants will never rest until the Eye of Thundera is in their clutches. Lion-O: That will never happen. I'll see to it. Wilykat: Huh. Get him! Wilykit: Ha, ha! One tiny skirmish and he's suddenly a superhero!

    • (Seeing Lion-O now fully grown) Cheetara: Tygra, look who's joined us! Tygra: Well, well. Grown some, hasn't he? Wilykat: Hmm... So what's the big deal about... height?

    • (After Lion-O awakens the Thundercats with the Sword of Omens) Monkian: The... the Thundercats! They're... they're loose! Panthro: We're gonna loosen your bones for you, too!

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    Notes (2)

    • Unlike the rest of the Thundercats, Jaga has brown eyes, while the other seven Thundercats have orange eyes.

    • When the show premiered in the fall of 1985, this episode was re-aired on Monday September 9, 1985.

    Trivia (6)

    • Skill/Power First Use: Tygra - Invisibility Cheetara - Super Speed Panthro - Strength Sword - Sight Beyond Sight, Thundercats Ho!

    • Weapon First Use: Tygra - Bolo whip Cheetara - Staff Panthro - Nunchaku Wilykit - Magic pellets Wilykat - Magic pellets Lion-O - Sword of Omens, Eye of Thundera

    • Character First Appearance: Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wilykit, Wilykat, Snarf, Jaga, Slithe, Monkian, Jackalman

    • The Thunderkittens don't age, but Lion-O does due to an apparent crack in his suspension capsule.

    • When leaving Thundera, all the Thundercats were naked except for Jaga. But they were all wearing boots of identical design. Panthro and Cheetara were also wearing belts, though they did not appear to serve any purpose. When Jaga clothed them, Panthro and Cheetara's belts disappeared and they were all wearing different boots. Wilykit and Tygra's boots were unique in that they were open toed and open heel.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi Jaga's death scene resembles that of both Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars movies. In all cases the body vanishes when they die, leaving only their clothes behind. Later, they appear as a spirit to the hero as the need arose.

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