ThunderCats (2011) - "Ramlak Rising" Recap
And so the journey begins with this episode, and I gotta say that it was pretty enjoyable. One of my problems with the last two episodes as I mentioned in the previous recaps was lack of explanation. Here we get a solid, fun episode where we can just sit back and enjoy the ride without thinking too much. Starting with the pros, I really enjoyed Lion-O’s overall character development throughout this episode. I was worried a bit when the whole “revenge plot” came into the episode, because I really thought it was going to take another two or three episodes for Lion-O to learn his lesson. Instead, the writers decided to get to the point and have him realize what’s important without dragging it on too long. Tygra showed the strongest character development accepting Lion-O instead of ranting about how he isn’t king or how much stronger he is. Wilykit and Wilykat are proving to be very likeable characters as well with their childish antics. At the end of this episode I thought it was pretty heart warming to know that Lion-O’s group didn’t lose respect for him even after his bad decision and the distress it subjected them to. The characters are really getting somewhere and I just hope the writers don’t lose what great momentum they’ve built so far.
This episode is one of those where there aren’t many bad things to say. The animation is proving to be consistently great and I really am liking the variety of character designs amongst the species. The only flaw I found was that Lion-O’s decision was inconsistent with the end of the second episode. During the ending of the second part of “The Sword of Omens,” it seemed like he was serious about finding the Book of Omens and had accepted his father’s death. In this episode, he suddenly wants revenge instead making him come off as indecisive and a bit random. In short, this episode had some nice development and was a plate of decent entertainment with some nice action on the side.