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TV Wasteland: Thundercats, Ho!

The venerable 80s series returns to Cartoon Network

By Rob Vaux     July 24, 2011


The Thundercats return to the TV Wasteland
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Lion-O is back! Oh wait, that might not be a good thing.
 
Considering all the fan interest in the 1980s series Thundercats, and considering how many of its contemporaries have been mined for retro-nostalgic reboots, it’s shocking that we haven’t seen a new version of the show before now.  At long last, it’s here… though frankly, it sounds like business as usual. The producers speak of a need to make the show more “sophisticated” and promise to focus on all the characters rather than just Lion-O. Other show-runners for 80s reboots have said much the same thing.
 
And we’ve seen the results: they have to do something different, but not too different, lest the fans revolt and the show die a horrible death. Hopefully, they can find the right mix… and maybe trigger enough interest to finally get that live-action movie off the ground. You can check out all the action this Friday night at 8:00 PM EDT on Cartoon Network.
 
Monday
Eureka (Syfy, 8:00 PM EDT)
Fargo wants to send people into outer space, prompting a rash of applications. This week also features the two-fisted guest star power of Wil Wheaton and Stan Lee.
 
Warehouse 13 (Syfy, 9:00 PM EDT)
Lindsay Wagner is back to get Artie all hot and bothered when her ex-boyfriend gets mixed up in an artifact. Yikes.
 
Alphas (Syfy, 10:00 PM EDT)
After the attack on Rosen, the gang gets themselves some new digs just as a series of mysterious riots break out on the Eastern Seaboard.
 
Teen Wolf (MTV, 10:00 PM EDT)
Allison’s family is acting weird and… I don’t know, is that normal for this show? I’m assuming not.
 
Collateral Damage (AMC, 8:00 PM EDT)
You really don’t need to put Schwarzenegger in a Hawaiian shirt. The big guy doesn’t exactly blend.
 
Push (Showtime, 8:00 PM EDT)
If you can’t get enough Chris Evans, check him out here in a modest little sci-fi thriller about people with psychic abilities on the run from the government.
 
Tuesday
Star Trek: Nemesis (Syfy, 6:30 PM EDT)
No, it isn’t very good – in fact it almost killed the Trek film franchise for good – but it features Tom “Bane” Hardy in an early performance that should put your mind at ease about The Dark Knight Rises.
 
Star Trek: First Contact (Syfy, 9:00 PM EDT)
And Syfy is closing the evening with a good Trek movie, so all is well.
 
Machete (Cinemax, 10:00 PM EDT)
Look, you can do all the skeezy exploitation pics you like, just don’t tie them into anything resembling serious political commentary. That’s all I’m saying.
 
Wednesday
Ghost Hunters International (Syfy, 9:00 PM EDT)
The magic wheel turns and comes to rest in…. Ireland! Yeah, no haunted castles or ghostly sightings there…
 
Blade II (Stars, 8:02 PM EDT)
You know how to turn a franchise sequel starring Wesley Snipes into one of the best vampire movies ever? By letting Guillermo del Toro direct.
 
Thursday
Burn Notice (USA, 9:00 PM EDT)
Sam goes undercover to help the CIA out, but they’re not hip to his “color outside the lines” ways. Wasn’t that what got him into trouble in the first place?
 
Wilfred (FX, 10:00 PM EDT)
It’s time to get rid of Jenna’s douchebag boyfriend… something both Wilfred and Ryan agree on for a change.
 
Futurama (Comedy, 10:00 PM EDT)
The Planetary Express gang travels back to the Revolutionary War, which may have some mild implications for the space-time continuum.
 
Ugly Americans (Comedy, 10:30 PM EDT)
Speaking of space-time disruptions, a ring in Leonard’s desk conjures image of his engagement back in the Middle Ages. Scary…
 
The Matrix (AMC, 8:00 PM EDT)
We’ve been seeing some heavy play with this one lately. Is it an anniversary or something?
 
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Cienmax, 10:00 PM EDT)
It’s not as good as the first one, but the rock ‘em sock ‘em dinosaur action ports over to the sequel with a reasonable amount of pizzazz.
 
Troy (Syfy, 8:00 PM EDT)
In all honesty, it’s probably better than any film featuring Brad Pitt in a loincloth has any right to be.
 
Friday
Thundercats (Cartoon, 8:00 PM EDT)
The Cats get a new make-over, updating one of the few 1980s properties not ruthlessly exploited before now. See the top of the article for more.
 
Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz, 10:00 PM EDT)
Torchwood travels to sunny California, where PhiCorp doubtless has some nastiness planned for them.
 
Haven (Syfy, 10:00 PM EDT)
The two Audreys continue to circle each other while the town’s docks apparently come to life. In Haven, we call those kinds of days “weekdays.”
 
The Matrix Reloaded (AMC , 8:00 PM EDT)
Maybe AMC just set the Program-O-Bot on “repeat…” ironic, considering the topic of this particular franchise.
 
The Crow (BBC America, 9:00 PM EDT)
Brandon Lee takes an unknowing final bow in the supernatural revenge story that would have made him a huge star.
 
Treasure Planet (Disney XD, 7:00 PM EDT)
Though a financial disaster at the box office – blamed for helping to kill off traditional animation – this ranks as one of the better family films of the last ten years: a clever and infinitely creative updating of Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
 
Saturday
Outcasts (BBC America, 9:00 PM EDT)
Cass feels the heat when an unknown person learns his true identity and starts throwing his weight around.
 
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (ABC, 8:00 PM EDT)
Time to celebrate the end of the saga, with one of its better entries.
 
Zardoz (FMC, 8:00 PM EDT)
It’s one of a kind, I’ll give it that.
 
Dungeons & Dragons (Syfy, 6:30 PM EDT)
I still wake up in a cold sweat over this one… truly one of the worst fantasy movies ever made.
 
Age of Dragons (Syfy, 9:00 PM EDT)
On the other hand, the night is young, and Syfy is following Dungeons & Dragons with a movie about Danny Glover hunting down a dragon who burned his face off. Who’s to say which is worse?
 
Sunday
True Blood (HBO, 9:00 PM EDT)
Jason’s gone all kitty cat on us and Sookie has to hunt him down, while Arlene worries that maybe her little baby boy has been starting fires. Oh and the witches are still down in Mexico, for anyone who cares.
 
Falling Skies (TNT, 10:00 PM EDT)
Pope is working on a new weapon, which make come in handy now that Weaver is starting to come unglued.
 
Strange Days (FMC, 8:00 PM EDT)
It rocks. That is all.
 
Damnation Alley (FMC, 10:30 PM EDT)
This bit of silliness was primed to be 20th Century Fox’s big sci-fi blockbuster of 1977 before a little thing called Star Wars crushed it like a tiny little bug.
 

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karas1 7/25/2011 5:42:37 AM

Eureka and Warehouse 13 have been rocking so far this season!

I've always loved Jurassic Park II.  Perhaps my fondness for Jeff Goldblum has something to do with that.  He certainly got all the good lines in this movie.  And there's stegasauresses.

Troy.  Brad Pitt in a loincloth.  *pant pant*

Haven has really been quite watchable this season.  It's first season it put me to sleep but these new episodes have really held my attention.  The writing has gotten better.

Wiseguy 7/25/2011 8:30:31 AM

karas you make me regret that I dropped Haven last year. Maybe I'll give it another go.

Caught Alphas' pilot and thought it was decent too. I'm tivoing this right now to catch at my leisure.

You know I only watched Thundercats sporadically when younger so I'm not very familiar but I will be checking this new series out for sure.

Also Falling Skies seems to be agreeing with me more every week, for a moment I thought I may drop it. I'm really starting to dig it.

LadyBrowncoat 7/25/2011 9:08:05 AM

 Honestly, not sure Thundercats is going to work.  Will give it a shot.

fenngibbon 7/25/2011 9:50:32 AM

 G4 TV is also debuting two new series this week on Friday at 11pm:  an anime style Iron Man series and an anime style Wolverine series.  They had a sneak peak last Saturday and they weren't too bad (maybe I'm spoiled from Robert Downey, Jr. and Hugh Jackman, but the voices didn't sound right).

fatpantz 7/25/2011 10:57:40 AM

I am giving Alphas a few more episodes.  I enjoyed the first 2 episodes more than I thought.  Nothing amazing or ground breaking, but will fill the summer void.

karas1 7/25/2011 11:56:07 AM

Wise, I dropped Haven last year too.  But I decided to give it another chance and I'm glad I did.   It has really improved.  I'm not saying it's the best show ever filmed, but it is entertaining me and that's what I require of it.

I've been enjoying falling Skies also.  It started out as just OK, but it's been getting better and better.  I've become interested in the Skitters and what they want here on Earth.

Hobbs 7/25/2011 12:55:36 PM

I gave fallen skies a chance, watched it through ep 4 and actually gave up half way through ep 4 and deleted the series from my DVR. It's weak, the Earth has been over run with aliens but all the characters are stupid in how they handle it.  You know you are in trouble when you start rooting for the aliens to kill all the humans.  Every moment of that show takes me right out of it...they need to watch Battlestar Galatica to see how humans act when things are desperate.  The show is more in line with warehouse 13 type of reality than what it would really be like. 

hanso 7/25/2011 5:59:38 PM

 Thundercats hoooooooooooooooooooo!!

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