Season 1 Episode 31

Mandora and the Pirates

Aired Daily 5:00 PM Nov 04, 1985 on
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Mandora, on space-patrol, encounters an old pirate ship which doesn't meet inter-galactic standards. She boards the ship, arrests the pirate, and sends the ship to a space prison. Little does she know that she has boarded the Jolly Roger, the home of the evil pirate Cracker. Mandora is captured by the creature. Lion-O intercepts one of her distress calls, and must go into space to save her. She sends her bike to third earth by remote control, and Lion-O goes after hermoreless

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  • Simply for kids.

    Mandora is in trouble. Who can help her but none other than Lion O.The lack of presence of the other Thundercats throughout this episode, is disappointing. Lion-O, the main character, goes on a solo mission to rescue Mandora. This further develops the relationship between the two characters and their mutual respect for each other. Also the character Quickpick returns to help them. Captain Cracker, is the main villain this time along with his wise cracking robo parrot. Wouldn’t it make more sense to name the parrot cracker? I wouldn’t consider this episode to be memorable in the least. There isn’t anything exciting or action oriented going on. It would be nice if there was some significance somewhere in the story to the future but, unfortunately none here. Mandora feels like a shallow and uninteresting character to say the least. Her highly recognizable voice, only gives her less distinction. Quickpick is a little better, due to his design and voice / speech. The whole episode has this theme of urgency as the music suggests, but there is not enough action to properly portray it. To wrap things up Lion-O summons the Thundercats ala the eye of thundera signal and they come rushing to his aide as if they had absolutely nothing better to do that second. They hop in the thudertank and immediately start driving. Do they even know where they are going? I suppose they just follow the signal, even if it leads them to their doom. Usual theme music plays in the background ( Thundercats are loose )and Panthro shoots a net capturing all the evil people at once. How very quaint. Time for the single joke of the day. Apparently captain cracker’s parrot has betrayed him by telling them to “boil em in oil” ,nice birdy. Captain cracker looks upset, haahaaa. That’s what you deserve for trying to break the law. What about quickpick? Mandora says he will be her new aid. See how things work out nicely. Clear and simple message: doing good = good things happening, doing bad = guess what? Yes bad bad things. Too bad life isn’t that simple or maybe that’s a good thing it’s not. Episodes like these demonstrate how the show was designed only for children to enjoy. Thumbs down and frowning.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 (5)

    • Goof: When Mandora calls for help, Lion-O tells her that he can't get to her because they have no intergalactic vehicles. In the two previous two episodes the Feliner performed intergalactic travel. This is due to this episode being shown out of production order.

    • Goof: When Lion-O was warning Mandora, Captain Cracker ripped out the microphone on the dashboard, but when Mandora sent her mayday message it was back in place.

    • Goof: When the ThunderCats catch Captain Cracker and his robots in the net, Captain Cracker cries out, "You've got your foot in my good eye!" However, the robot's foot was clearly rubbing against his patched eye on the left and not his good eye on the right.

    • Sword Weakness: Lion-O reveals that the Sword of Omens cannot be activated in a magnetic field.

    • This episode establishes that the characters in the show can breathe in outer space without suits or equipment. There also appears to be gravity in space as shown when Lion-O walks the plank and begins falling through space.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lion-O: What's going to be Captain Cracker's fate, Mandora?
      Parrot: Boil him in oil. Boil him in oil.
      Captain Cracker: Traitor!

    • (Aboard the Jolly Rogers)
      Captain Cracker: Well, my boy, maybe you'd like to know our next port of call. Eee! Hey? Third Earth!
      Lion-O: What?!
      Captain Cracker: That's right. Your home port. Eee! Tonight, the skull and crossbones will be flying over your Cats Lair!

    • (Coming to a locked door on their way to rescue Mandora)
      Quick Pick: As a trustee, I had, eh, access to the prison keys. Fortunately, I made copies against just such an emergency.
      Lion-O: Stop talking and open it!

    • Captain Cracker: We'll have to have a -eee- special welcome for Officer Mandora.
      Parrot: Boil her in oil! Boil her in oil!

  • NOTES (2)


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