The idea of the chain of loyalty seems a little strange from an adult standpoint, though I don't recall thinking that as a child and children are the target audience. If nothing else, it was fun to watch ThunderCats fighting each other for a change and gave them an excuse to do it as they would never start fighting each other without some kind of external influence.
I still find it strange how Cheetara's staff could turn into a flexible rope to tie her up. The most enjoyable fight to watch was between Lion-O, Tygra, and Cheetara. Overall, this was an enjoyable episode to watch and one of the few times I felt sympathy for Ma-Mutt.