Thundarr the Barbarian

Season 1 Episode 13

Den of the Sleeping Demon

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Dec 27, 1980 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Den of the Sleeping Demon
Thundarr, Ariel, and Ookla must stop Judag, a bitter former slave of an evil wizard, from reviving a sleeping demon that's believed to grant whoever wakes it great power in his quest to become a wizard himself. Along for the mission are young counterparts Shara the Barbarian, Merlek the Sorcerer, and their giant flying bird Yeek.moreless

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  • Thundarr, Ariel and Ookla along with a pair of teenage adventurers and their giant bird Yeek, save a group of humans from and evil wizard and the ancient evil he releases.moreless

    This episode of Thundarr introduces us to a teenage girl barbarian named Shara, a teen aged wizard named Merlik and giant bird called Yeek who, like Thundarr, Ariel and Ookla, travel the globe in search of adventure. Together, the two groups work to thwart the plot of an evil wizard who seeks to gain power from a sleeping demon. The demon, however, turns out to have a more Earthly origin - one that requires flesh and blood to survive.

    As Saturday morning kids' cartoons go, Thundarr the Barbarian was one of the best ever made. This episode is pretty representative of the series - I watched it on YouTube - and found it good enough for its intended audience. As an adult, I think it was a little stilted and I disliked the teenaged characters that, thankfully, were only seen in this one episode. Despite these problems, I found it to be a watchable episode and it is certainly a show I could see sitting through with my own children.

    As Thundarr goes, I think this is not the best episode in the series so I only score it an 8. Still, as I stated earlier,it is watchable and YouTube has a few others. They aren't the highest quality copies but you can see and hear them without too much trouble. I recommend checking them out.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: When Shara and Merlek first engage in battle with Judag's Tiger mutants, two of them have their white-colored laser weapons pointed to Shara. In the closeup shot where she breaks them with her staff, the weapons are colored blue and pink.

    • Goofs: When Yeek picks up his companions after they first encounter Thudarr's group, he takes Shara with his right talon and Merlek with his left. But in the next shot, they've switched positions. Afterward, Thundarr's voice sounds very strained when he tells Ariel and Ookla to take wing when the younger group gets the head start on them.

    • Goof: Judag holds a copy of the novel Frankenstein. But in the closeup shot, the last name of author Mary W. Shelley is missing one "L".

    • Goof: Yeek's neck is flesh-colored like his face. But in the closeup shot when he's about to seal the winged demon in a cave, his neck is colored brown like his feathers..

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (After they first see Thundarr's group depart)
      Shara: The hunt is almost over, Merlek. The barbarian called Thundarr has found Judag. But capturing him and stopping his evil plans is up to me.
      Merlek: You mean us, Shara! Don't forget we're a team. (Shara jumps on Yeek and they fly off without him) Give me a hand...with your tail! (Yeek lowers his tail so he can climb on as well) Right off! Reel me in, Yeek.
      Shara: You'll have to move faster friend if you expect to share a barbarian's adventure!
      Merlek: Maybe Shara the Barbarian should move a little slower if she wants Merlek the Sorcerer around to save her neck! (The group flies away as a thunderstorm hits)

    • Thundarr: Instinct warns me--Judag is near.
      Merlek: Far in!
      Thundarr: "Far in?"
      Merlek: It's Old Earth slang. I've studied it in depth.

    • (After the threat is over)
      Shara: Farewell Thundarr, Ariel, Ookla.
      Merlek: Maybe we'll run over each other again someday. (Yeek yeeks goodbye as well as they fly away)
      Thundarr: "Run over each other?!?"
      Ariel: Old Earth slang, remember? What sort of adventures do you think they'll find out there, Thundarr?
      Thundarr: None, I hope. They are still only children. (Ookla grunts in agreement)

  • NOTES (4)


    • Judag revives the sleeping demon by following the means of bringing a monster to life in the Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein.

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