Season 1 Episode 42

Lion-O's Anointment Second Day: The Trial of Speed

Aired Daily 5:00 PM Nov 19, 1985 on
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On the second day of his trails, he must race Cheetara through the dangerous lands of third earth. Although Cheetara is by far the fastest among the Thundercats, her speed can only last for a short time period. After that, she can run as fast as any other individual. Lion-O takes a shorter, but more dangerous route to make up for Cheetara's advantage.moreless

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  • Lion-O's second trial has him in a race against Cheetara.

    The second part of the Anointment Trials is nearly as perfect as the first.

    The only thing that makes it not as good as the first is the dangers that Lion-O faces during the race. The two-headed monster, the piranhas, the man-eating plant, and the dart-blowing savages are not as interesting as the trouble Lion-O has in the first installment. The Mutants get into the mix, and they add a little action.

    The last five miles of the race is true suspense. Lion-O and Cheetara start off neck and neck, and Lion-O thinks there is no way he can win. He says, "I may lose today, but it won't be because I gave up." I love it! When Iwatched this episode as a kid, I remember the race resulting in a tie, but that isn't the case. Lion-O wins by a hair, because Cheetara can only keep up her superspeed for about two miles. That's something that hasn't been mentioned before now.

    This is truly an exciting episode and definitely a series classic.moreless
Earle Hyman

Earle Hyman

Panthro, Redeye, Ancient Spirits of Evil, Grune The Destroyer, Captian Cracker, Hammerhand, Cruncher

Lynne Lipton

Lynne Lipton

Cheetara, Wilykit, Mandora, Luna, Warrior Maidens

Doug Preis

Doug Preis

Lynx-O, Guardian of the Book of Omens

Earl Hammond

Earl Hammond

Jaga, Mumm-Ra, Tug-Mug, Vultureman, Ratar-O, Snowman, Hachiman, Ro-Bear Berbils, Top-Spinner, Claudus

Larry Kenney

Larry Kenney

voice of Lion-O / Jackalman

Peter Newman

Peter Newman

Tygra, Wilykat, Monkian, Bengali, Alluro, Capt. Shiner

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The ThunderKittens were not in Cats Lair with Panthro, Tygra, and Snarf at the beginning of the day when the trial started nor at the end of the day when Lion-O joined the others. They were there during most of the day watching the progress of the race, however, they never spoke.

    • Lion-O is forbidden from having any weapons during the Anointment Trials, but Cheetara was carrying her staff weapon on her arm band throughout the entire show. However, even when the Mutants attacked, she did not take it out.

    • The sword did not growl at the end of this episode like it did in the others to inform the other ThunderCats that Lion-O won the day's trial. Instead, the other ThunderCats were able to watch the last five miles of the race on the screen in Cats Lair to see who won and Lion-O joined the other adult ThunderCats and Snarf back at Cats Lair that evening.

    • This episode establishes that Cheetara can maintain her top running speed for only around two miles.

    • The ThunderCats are allowed to aid each other, including Lion-O, to get rid of the Mutants because the Mutants are not suppose to be involved in the Anointment Trials.

    • We find out that the ThunderCats are not allowed to aid the ThunderCat competing against Lion-O during the trials.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Lion-O: (to Tygra, Cheetara, Panthro, and Snarf) Even if I win, I'll never forget that you are my friends. Everything I am, I owe to you.

    • Snarf: Wilykit and Wilykat are out there, waiting for you.
      Panthro: Your strength won't count for anything against them.
      Cheetara: And speed won't help you either.
      Tygra: They'll use every cute and wily trick in the book to stop you.
      Snarf: And some that aren't in the book.

    • Lion-O: You threw me that race, Cheetara.
      Cheetara: How dare you say that to me!

    • Lion-O: I may lose, but it won't be because I gave up.

    • Panthro: [Cheetara's] gonna get way ahead of him, and if he loses his heart and courage, she'll win. But...
      Tygra: Lion-O's a big boy. I don't think he's a quitter.

    • Willa: Lion-O! We're coming to help!
      Lion-O: No! Don't help me!
      Nayda: Too proud to take help from women?
      Willa: I don't know. I didn't think Lion-O was like that.

  • NOTES (3)


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