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14 - New Alliances
- If these guys are as evil as you say (in fact, so evil their crimes are horrible even to you), what makes you think you can control them, that they'll fight for you and never turn on you?
- Why would their people follow them? These guys are evidently criminals (and not amongst their own people). Are Jackalmen and Apes Always Chaotic Evil? Otherwise it's like if you expected to gain the respect and loyalty of the US army by recruiting Ted Bundy. And on top of that, if the fact your treating the lizards like shit gets around, that'd make the other races less willing to follow you, no?
Meanwhile in, errr, Mordor??? Kaynar the Jackalman is being dragged, tied up Hannibal Lecter-style, by two Bull Dogs in S&M suits. Seems he killed some fellow inmates and hears voices in his head. Clearly he is the strategic genius Mumm-Ra needed! The Lizards have somehow infiltrated the cell they were leading him to (how???) and shoot the guards. Kaynar is freed and hired on board when he's told he'll get to fight cats (Guess he hates them somehow?). And he celebrates by saying "goodbye" to his guards. The show implies he'll kill them. But considering their BDSM gear, I like to imagine he celebrated a whole other way. If you get my meaning. The cats spot a lizardman tank having captured a group of lizards they had "liberated". Lion-O wants to go rescue them, but Tygra doesn't want to get involved, since the Lizards are just as liable to turn on them. Of course, since they are being led at gun point and chained, odds are they aren't too willing about signing up again. And saving them would help show why they should throw in with the cats. So yeah, for once I agree with Lion-O! Cheetara sides with Tygra however, and Lion-O doesn't take well to this, saying he'll go take care of it himself then. He sends the twin back to the Berbil village so they'll be safe. Cheetara tells him they have to stick together, but he's backing out of this. Lion-O arrives and Slythe is commanding the tank. They banter, but Slythe reveals the two new generals, who captured the deserters to make an example out of them. The trio prepares to attack Lion-O when Cheetara and Tygra arrive, saying they've got Lion-O's back. Hrrm. Good for them. You know, showing their romantic feelings won't interfere with their work? I approve. A fight scene start... And I am sorry, this is kind of bad. First of all, Cheetara makes no use of her powers. No super speed, no use of the Evil Dead Tree Staff other than to entangle a bit of Addicus' weapon. Because, ya know, it's Addicus' first episode, so he needs to make a good showing, so we can't have Cheetara actually use her Story-Breaker Power on him. Ditto for Lion-O, who fights Slythe, without using either the new forcefield of the spirit stone, or the Holy Avenger's laser beam. And Slythe fights him to a standstill. Yes. Lion-O is a match to an obese lizard. This is sad. Only Kaynar and Tygra's fight is worth watching, as Tygra uses his invisibility, but Kaynar sniffs him out, and disarms him, taking him prisoner. The asks them to surrender, but Lion-O wants to keep fighting. Cheetara however surrenders. Lion-O asks her what's up and what happened to sticking together. But Cheetara says she'll stick with Tygra. Now I don't know how I feel about this. On one hand, Lion-O looked willing to sacrifice his brother to win a fight. On the other... He's likely right in that they could've saved him if they let go of the Idiot Ball and actually used their powers. Besides, its not like surrendering is much of an option. Addicus and Kaynar don't look the "take prisoners" type. Meanwhile in the Village, Panthro's strechy arms are fixed. He celebrates by punching a hole in Ro-Bear-Bill's floor. Coz he's nice like that. The Berbils show him they've "upgraded" the thundertank as the twins arrive to warn him about what is going on. We see it when it shows up to rescue Lion-O, Tygra and Cheetara: The tank is now huge, like a mobile fortress with a whole crew of Berbils. The trio board it and retreat. Panthro tells Lion-O to not worry about the new general. They'll pull through so long as they stick together. The camera pans to show Tygra and Cheetara. Oh the irony! So what WAS Cheetara's plans by surrendering? Considering that they were gonna kill them anyway... Yeah, Lion-O was right this time.
The episode is okay. A good return after the long hiatus. Addicus and Kaynar give a good showing and their "recruitment" sets the tone of their characters well. The love triangle I frankly find bad. No matter how it's played, someone winds up looking bad: Either Lion-O by looking petty and jealous because he didn't get what he wanted (Though his complaints about Cheetara's mixed signals are valid), or Cheetara by looking insubordinate. I do hope this plot thread is resolved swiftly.
They seem less like hover tanks and more like flying PT boats.
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