I'm one of the people in charge of the fan comic. We're just getting ready to do the first issue once I finish up the first script.
If it isn't already clear, I freaking love ThunderCats (2011)
. I realize that it isn't perfect for everyone, but it was damn near perfect for me. I know that some people saw a lot of flaws with it, but I've thought long and hard about the story, themes, and characterizations, and found that they were actually well done, as long as you take the time to really analyze things. In my opinion, of course. I liked that character development isn't just spoon fed to the viewers, which I've come to believe is something even a lot of good shows tend to do. I've come to find that some episodes and characters really have a lot more to them on second viewings, and in some ways are more realistic.
I like that the Cats were realistically flawed, instead of simply being flawed in harmless ways that I see in many popular shows. While it may be frustrating for some, I think characters that contradict themselves at times is more real, even if it means they aren't as likeable. I think many characters in other shows tend to get a free pass when it comes to depth or development, just because they're cool or likable, even if they really don't develop that much depth. It just seems like they play it safe too much, and then the fans throw a fit when that character crosses a line, even when it's not that outlandish. But maybe I just haven't analyzed those characters deeply enough.
I think that Lion-O really did develop a lot as a character from start to finish, you just have to be willing to take the time to re-watch the episodes and notice it. He grows less impulsive in the early episodes, he gets his heart broken and learns to get over it, he figures out what it means to think outside the box and see the big picture, and he has his ideals, principles, and responsibilities put to the test when he meets Pumyra. I also thought he showed growth in the difference between how he handled his two different crushes; he more or less did objectify Cheetara, but with Pumyra he shows a lot more respect for her and her personality. Sure, it kind of ended up horribly, but I still believe that overall Pumyra did have a positive effect on him. Once she came along, Lion-O seemed to really man up and take things more seriously. One thing is for sure, Pumyra is a touchy subject that needs to be handled delicately in whatever form a second season might take.
Most of all, I like that these developments weren't spoon fed in little instances. They're certainly made more prominent in some episodes, but it takes a while for some changes to stick. I know this got a lot of accusations of inconsistent characterization, but after seeing the episodes again, I don't find that to be the case. I see it as Lion-O and the others having a persistent character trait that has to gradually be hammered down over the course of multiple episodes, and each episode presents a situation that's just different enough. I realize most of us love to see characters grow and develop, but there's more than one way to do it. Sure, there are certainly lessons that are learned per episode, but there are also character arcs that aren't as noticeable. Maybe I don't really know what I'm talking about, and this is all a bunch of wishful thinking, but these stories and these characters just really resonated with me.
That aside, I also really liked the world the show created, and I have all these ideas about the origins of the power stones I'd like to implement into the fan comic. I have most of the "season" mapped out, and I'm going to do my best to make it something every fan can be happy to read and do the show justice. If CN and WB won't give us another season, then we're doing it ourselves.
My hope is that maybe the show could get a retool; a new writing and animation crew, but the same voice actors and character designs. Cheaper production costs overall, with better writers.
edited 14th Sep '12 10:49:58 PM by StarOutlaw