G.I. Joe. Transformers. Thundercats. He-Man. Voltron. If you were a little boy in the '80s, chances are you liked some combination (if not all) of these shows. He-Man was my favorite, followed by Thundercats and Voltron. I wasn't a G.I. Joe fan really (ditto Star Wars—but you all knew that already, right?), but I do remember loving a string of episodes that had the Joes and Cobra Commander's posse competing to secure elements of earth, wind, water and fire all over the world. I don't want to see this show or Voltron ever again for fear that I won't take as kindly to them as my nine-year-old self did. For sure, if my experiences revisiting V and Thundercats in the past year have taught me anything it's that you can dampen a few childhood memories by chasing after a nostalgia kick.
I say all this because I received a copy of the Season One, Volume One DVD set of Thundercats from one of my publicity contacts and sat down to watch the 12 episodes collected on the two discs. I was going to write a review of the show except I found out later that I hadn't received the deluxe edition that runs 759 minutes and contains the first 33 episodes of the show's first season. That and the fact that I was crushed by the feeling that I had been duped all those years ago when I responded to the Thundercats so strongly. I mean, it's not a horrible show by any means of the imagination (the animation was ahead of its time and there are some individually thrilling, haunting moments), but it took me exactly two episodes to come to the conclusion that if I was an adolescent boy today and I was watching the show for the first time, I'd probably write it off as completely "gay."