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Season 1 Episode 2

The Unholy Alliance

Aired Daily 5:00 PM Jan 23, 1985 on
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Episode Summary

While the Thundercats try to salvage what they can from their ship, the Mutants scan the planet for a place to build a fortress. Instead, they find the home of Mumm-Ra, the ever-living.

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  • The first appearance of Mumm-Ra.

    The second part of the pilot is nearly as good as the first. The 3 mutants are flying their ship when they see Mumm-Ra's pyramid, which intrigues them. As they fly over it, energy bolts from the pyramid's spires envelop the mutants' ship, sending it crashing. They walk toward the pyramid when they hear a mysterious voice inviting them to come in, and they follow a ball of light into the pyramid's entrance. They come to the center of the pyramid, where they see ancient statues of what they think might be mutants, and a stone casket. Mumm-Ra comes out of the casket, and tells them he knows they are looking for the Eye of Thundera, and that he can help them find it. He teleports them to a jungle where Lion-O is walking to try and ambush him. After the mutants are gone, Mumm-Ra mumbles something to himself about how he can in fact leave his pyramid, but at a terrible cost to himself.

    Before the mutants arrive to ambush him, Lion-O sees a herd of deer-like creatures and decides that they would be perfect for hunting. As he rushes forward to go after them, the Sword of Omens flies out of his hand in a flash of light and becomes stuck in the ground. Lion-O can't pull the sword out, and Jaga's ghost appears to him. Jaga tells Lion-O that the Sword of Omens only wakes and obeys orders to combat evil, and these animals have as much a right to live as he does. Jaga tells Lion-O that he has no need to hunt since his food supplies are plentiful. Lion-O want to talk to further talk to Jaga, but he disappears.

    The mutants show up and attack Lion-O, and he is about to lose the sword to them when some of the other Thundercats come to his rescue and fight them off. They vanish and go back to Mumm-Ra's pyramid. Mumm-Ra transforms himself, and flies out to meet Lion-O one-on-one. Lion-O nearly loses the sword in a tar pit, and finds that its powers will not function against Mumm-Ra. Mumm-Ra sees his reflection on Lion-O's arm/claw shield, and flees.

    In this episode, we see Lion-O thinking he is able enough to lead the Thundercats on his own, and fight without their help. He learns the hard way that he is still part of a team, and that they are all in it together. His mental maturity is slowly starting to catch up with the physical.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Weapon First Use:
      Lion-O - Claw Shield

    • Character First Appearance: Mumm-Ra

    • It was not explained why Tygra and Cheetara were not summoned when the Eye of Thundera called?

    • Mumm-Ra is shown to be afraid of his own reflection, and can cause him to be driven away.

    • Unlike the first pilot, Exodus, this second pilot is devoid of musical themes throughout. For example, when Jaga appeared to Lion-O, Jaga's theme was absent. Also, when the Sword of Omens warned Lion-O of danger the sword made a ringing noise instead of the usual melody.

    • Mumm-Ra buried the Mutants' spaceship in the sands outside his pyramid after they threatened to go back to it and call other Mutant ships to come in and destroy his pyramid. He would later raise this ship in The Spaceship Beneath the Sands so that the Mutants could retrieve vehicles and weapons to fight the Thundercats.

    • When the Mutants transported back up to their ship in Exodus, there were many of them. But in this episode, Slithe, Monkian, and Jackalman appear to be on that large ship all by themselves. They make reference to there being other mutant ships but none were ever seen.

    • Skill/Power First Use:
      Mumm-Ra - Transformation, cast spells, shoot power beams, see visions in his magic cauldron

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Lion-O: It was its own reflection that drove it off. Yet it feared nothing.
      Tygra: Except the evil in its own unspeakable face.

    • (After Lion-O tried to do some hunting)
      Jaga: The sword will never obey an order to destroy wantonly, Lion-O.
      Lion-O: Aw, I was just going to have some fun.
      Jaga: Fun?! Your food supplies are plentiful and present, and those gentle creatures have as much right to the life foce as you do, Lion-O. The sword will only come to life to combat evil.

    • Mumm-Ra: As long as evil exists, Mumm-Ra lives!
      Slithe: What manner of being are you?
      Mumm-Ra: You need only know that I am Mumm-Ra and that I know of your mission here on Third Earth. You seek to possess the Eye of Thundera.
      Slithe: You know of the Eye of Thundera? Yessss?
      Mumm-Ra: I have known of its power for a thousand years! From a time when this was still First Earth!

    • (After Tygra defends allowing Lion-O to go explore while they unload the ship)
      Panthro: Is that a good idea, Tygra?
      Cheetara: Should we be making it easy for Lion-O to shirk unpleasant duties?
      Tygra: Remember, Lord Lion-O spent 10 Galact-o years in a suspension capsule. During that time he grew in size, but he did not grow up. He missed those firsthand life experiences through which one matures.

    • (After Lion-O tells Snarf not to come with him)
      Tygra: Come, Snarf! You're still needed. We can sure use your help here.
      Snarf: Snarf... sure, nobody even knows I'm around unless there's work to be done!

    • (Mumm-Ra's transformation phrase)
      Mumm-Ra: Ancient spirits of evil, transform this decayed form to Mumm-Ra, the Ever-Living!

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