Season 1 Episode 32

Return of the Driller

Aired Daily 5:00 PM Nov 05, 1985 on
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Driller, Mumm-Ra's servant who captured Panthro for him in Spitting Image, returns to aid Mumm-Ra once again. His job this time is to drill a hole from the Cat's Lair to the Acid lake, allowing the acid to flow in and eat away at the lair. The Thundercats set out to find the one substance that neutralizes the acid.moreless

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  • Action, suspense, and intelligent scripting.

    Back by unpopular demand is the Driller, gee I wonder where he got that name. It’s a relief to finally see a plot involving Mumm- ra. He offers the same motivation to the Driller as last time. Where or how did Mumm - ra acquire all those diamonds? Beats me.

    The driller has been ordered to drill a tunnel from acid lake directly to Cat’s Lair. We did not know acid lake existed up until this point. An opening scene shows Wiley Kit and Kat riding unicorns and gathering apples. Kit and Kat don’t have a lot of screen time so it’s good to see them for a change. At Cat’s lair Snarf is preparing applesauce for the celebration tonight. The celebration is being held because of Tygra’s discovery of a new super fuel that will fuel the thundertank more efficiently. The super fuel has no significance in the storyline of this episode. The fuel is demonstrated on a small engine and we see just how powerful one drop is. Lion O thinks he smells something funny, and it’s not the fuel or Snarf’s applesauce. Tygra announces that its acid from acid lake and it’s coming for cat’s lair. The acid from acid lake is the most powerful type of acid and will take about 1 hour to completely dissolve cats lair according to Mumm-ra. No more appearances from the driller. The Thundercats investigate acid lake with their computer for flooding and can’t find any evidence. Lion O uses “sight beyond sight” to see the acid coming from underground. Why didn’t he just use the sword first to find the acid? Tygra, being the smart one this episode, mentions that sponge cloud will neutralize the acid. They all take the thundertank to go get some sponge. Mumm - ra is watching them in his reflection pool. They use spinning blades to cut out and exact piece of the sponge and pinchers from the tank to grab it. Good use of the thundertank in ways we have never seen before. I like that they actually knew what size of a piece they needed instead of just grabbing a chunk, it shows some intelligence. As they get the piece Rockmen on top of the mountains are throwing boulders on the tank. How very rude of them. Mumm – Ra might have set this up but we are not sure because the episode is unclear on this. Lion O gets a wise idea to use the sponge as a shield to bounce the boulders off. Good thinking buddy. Have you been hanging around Tygra lately? The boulders go bouncing off the sponge. They ditch to the” forest of insects \" to Mumm – ra’s delight. A giant praying mantis stands in there way. It grabs the tank and Panthro executes an electric charge shocking the mantis into flying away. Wow, I didn’t know the Ttank could do that. What else can it do? Good question, we are about to find out. The next insect gets tossed into the air by the arms of the tank lifting it from beneath. Nice work. The tank goes about 2 feet and there’s something wrong with it. Lion O being gutsy, decides to jump out and take a look. Strangely he fixes it but gets taken away by a giant worm in the process. Noyone saw what happened to him, so the others get worried and get out to look. Lion O is being pulled into a worm whole. The blade of the sword is perfectly close to the worm’s exposed skin, why not just stab him? No., no that would be too violent for a cartoon like this. What a shame. Lion O is being squeezed tight but his hands have enough movement to grab the sword and use the signal. Cheetara uses her staff the push at the worm from the whole and Tygra wraps his whip around its head. It drops Lion O and all is well. Mumm – Ra is hopeful that they won’t make it back in time to stop the acid. They have to cross the light bridge, seen in the previous episode “ time capsule”, only this time the black widow shark is missing. Mumm – ra flys to the bridge and blasts it.

    The tank falls in the gap created by Mumm – ra and goes upside down in the water below. Panthro says that they can’t move as long as they are upside down and clamping the sponge. Lion O exits and cuts the sponge loose. They are headed into a whirlpool. They manage to spin themselves right side up and catch the floating sponge in the mouth of the tank as it opens. Hey that’s pretty cool, but can they make it back in time? Yes, but not in time enough to save Snarf’s applesauce from burning. Silly old Snarf. Mumm – ra says the same old blah blah I will be back I’m immortal yada yada yada. Great use of the thundertank in this time. Also there was alot of action scenes. It all seemed to make sense. Well made, despite the absence of the mutants or other villians throughout. Another successful mission completed by the Thundercats. HOOO!

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 (8)

    • Goof: When Mumm-Ra first takes the hourglass all the sand is at the bottom. When he flips it over most of the sand is still at the bottom.

    • The Driller requires diamonds to prevent his drill point from growing dull.

    • Goof: When Lion-O is being held by the giant worm, his arms are pinned. He is only able to draw the sword out and hold it in his left hand. But when it jumps to him actually shouting "Thunder, Thunder, ThunderCats Ho," it shows both hands holding the sword. Then after the eye opens and summons the other ThunderCats, the next shot of Lion-O shows the sword is back in the clawshield again.

    • When the ThunderTank stalls, Lion-O gets out of the front seat and goes back to check it. When he doesn't come back after awhile, Snarf goes up to look for him. He only looks forward before telling Panthro that Lion-O is gone without looking in the direction that actually Lion-O went.

    • Mumm-Ra used an hourglass to time how long it would take for the acid to destroy Cats Lair. When the hourglass ran out, however, he said that his time had run out and he returned to his sarcophagus.

    • The Thundertank uses cutters and pincers for the first time. This is also the first time the tank uses an electric discharge and the lifting arms.

    • Sponge cloud is the only substance which can neutralize the acid from acid lake.

    • The Driller is unable to move if his drill point goes dull.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Wilykit: Look out, Wilykat, you'll fall.
      Wilykat: (falls) You made me do that, Wilykit.
      Wilykit: No I didn't. You fell because you broke the law.
      Wilykat: Broke the law? Which law?
      Wilykit: The law of gravity.

    • (Watching the ThunderKittens gather apples in his cauldron)
      Mumm-Ra: How very charming. What a tranquil scene. The ThunderCats romp and play unmolested on my planet. I shall soon put an end to this frivolity.

    • Mumm-Ra: I am the immortal one, yet they survive every ordeal, but now their time is running out.

    • Panthro: At least we're out of Rockmen country.
      Lion-O: But we're still in the woods. Most of the giant insects feed at night...
      Snarf: And me without my bug spray mreerow!

  • NOTES (2)


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