Dungeons & Dragons

Season 2 Episode 7

The Dragon's Graveyard

Aired Saturday 12:30 PM Oct 20, 1984 on CBS
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The Dragon's Graveyard
After another attempt at getting home is foiled by Venger, the frustration is too much for the kids. They decide to take the fight to Venger and finish things once and for all. Their idea: Tiamat - Venger's mortal enemy. When they disregard Dungeon Master's next mission to embark on their own, he advises against it and then indicates where they can find Tiamat. A place called the Dragon's Graveyard, where old dragons go to die. The kids then start their journey to the graveyard, but not without the presence of Venger in the midsts.moreless

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  • The group decides to take action. They have had enough of putting out fires everytime Venger starts something, so they are going take him down. They are on their own as Dungeon Master tries to steer them in a different direction.moreless

    This episode is if not my all time favorite one of them. After Venger closes the portal back to Earth right as the group is about to step through they decide enough is enough.

    After Dungeon Master does his usual vague hinting at how to find Tiamat, the group puts it together and their magical items transport them to the Dragon's Graveyard. Using a horn of summoning Tiamat is called and agrees to bring Venger to them, since in the Dragon's Graveyard their magical items are much more powerful.

    Once Venger arrives he is defeated and ultimately Hank decides not to kill him. He instead releases Venger. Venger is very vexed by this asking why. Also Dungeon Master when he goes to Venger says "Rise, my son." So the hints about who Venger is are there.

    This episode, as the entire series, is about doing what is right. The group, and Hank inparticular, in due course come to the right decision. As Hank states "If I did (finish Venger)we'd be no better than you are." This is the heart of the entire series summed up.moreless
  • Hank and the game decide to be proactive, and take the fight to Venger. Watch Venger get his you-know-what kicked.

    OK, welcome to the opening episode of a trilogy in perhaps the greatest cartoon of all time. Now, a trilogy you say? Yes, a trilogy. The second episode is #22 - Dungeon at the Heart of Dawn and the final episode is Requiem, the unproduced series finale. You can download the script from Michael Reaves' web site, and if you have the D&D DVD collection, you can see a radio rendition of it. Watch these three episodes back-to-back-to-back, and you get a feel for just how awesome this show was.

    The Dragon's Graveyard BEGINS as most episodes END - the kids find a portal to take them home, only Venger ruins everything.

    Sounds familiar?

    Here's the twist. The kids, tired of having their proverbial chains yanked, decide to take the fight to Venger and do "whatever it takes."

    In the 1980s, the idea of kids committing murder in a Saturday morning cartoon was risky, to say the least. It makes for great storytelling, leaving you gripping your bowl of cereal.

    How does it end? Well, I'm not going to ruin it for you, but suffice to say, it lives up to expectations.

    Check it out. It's Robsterrific.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Other Weapons of Power in the graveyard:
      Sword - Cuts through rock like a hot knife through butter
      Trident - Sends bolts of lighting that can destroy objects
      Magic Wand - Casts powerful spells
      Whip - Cracks down on what is struck and wraps around that which it is trying to take
      Net - Heals that which it is laid upon

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (after having released Venger from certain destruction)
      Hank: Dungeon Master, what happens now?
      Dungeon Master: That is up to you, Ranger. Know this, you have taken your first step home.

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