Mechanical Plague
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Episode 1.48
Original Airdate November 27, 1985
Writer(s) Peter Lawrence
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Mechanical Plague is an episode from the original series of ThunderCats. Written by Peter Lawrence, it originally aired on November 27, 1985.

ThunderCats Bullet Point.png Official Summary[edit | edit source]

Panthro invents Holograph-Recorders to 'film' the ThunderCats' experiences on Third Earth for incorporation into a Time Capsule through which future generations can learn. Mumm-Ra overhears the plan and believes it provides an opportunity to attack each ThunderCat in isolation. He summons robots and war machines from the past, creating a mechanical plague to destroy the ThunderCats. The Technopede fights Panthro; the Warbot fights Tygra; the Driller fights Cheetara - who also has to contend with Rockmen; WilyKat and, WilyKit are pursued by the Mechanosect. Lion-O witnesses the ThunderCats' plight through the Sword of Omens, but before he can do anything to help, the Mutants set him upon. He summons his colleagues, who escape their individual opponents and rally to Lion-O's side. Throughout this episode, Snarf tries to record his important domestic chores - but only succeeds in trapping himself high on a washing line. His humiliation is, of course, recorded for all to see.

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The ThunderCats engage in an effort to record history for the sake of future generations. The lesson for mankind in learning from the past is that if we know what mistakes our ancestors made, we will not make the same mistakes. Even in our individual lives, this is an important lesson. In this episode, Lion-O and the ThunderCats face a mechanical plague of robots they have met before. Despite having to face the robots in a group rather than one at a time, they are able to call upon their memory of the previous encounters and defeat the robots once more. In our daily lives, too, we will always have reason to call upon knowledge of our past. We must be open to learning from our present experiences so that we can use our knowledge in the future.

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Panthro unveils his latest invention, the Holographic Recorder, a floating video camera. He reveals that these recorders will follow and capture the activities of each of the ThunderCats, and these recording will be saved as a time capsule so that future generations may learn and benefit from them. Eager to show off their skills, the ThunderCats set out in different direction with their recorders following them.

Having observed all of this from his cauldron, Mumm-Ra flies to a barren desert like area and by invoking the “Ancient Spirits of Iron and Steel”, brings to life the Technopede, Plun-Darrian Warbot, Driller, and Mechanosect. The mechanical monstrosities then seek out each of the ThunderCats with the intent to destroy them. The Giant Technopede attacks Panthro, the Warbot singles out Tygra, the Driller traps Cheetara in Rockmen country, and the Mechanosect goes after the ThunderKittens.

Under orders from Mumm-Ra, the Mutants make a beeline for Lion-O, who is busy showing off his swordsmanship for the holographic recorder. Fortunately, the Sword of Omens warns the young lord in time and he uses it to summon his friends. Upon seeing the Cats’ Signal, the ThunderCats are endowed with renewed strength, and thus able to easily defeat their respective robot opponents. They then join their leader and scare off the Mutants.

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  • In Return to Thundera, it was shown that the only way to defeat the Plun-Darrian Warbot was a weak spot under its foot. The rest of its body was completely impervious to any kind of attack. Yet in this episode, Panthro fires a few shots from the ThunderTank at the Warbot and defeats it.
  • The Holographic Recorders record videos yet they make clicking and shutter sounds like a camera taking still pictures.

ThunderCats Bullet Point.png Notable Quotes[edit | edit source]

Mumm-Ra: Ancient spirits of iron and steel, salvage the robots and war machines of the past. Send me a mechanical plague to bring down the curtain on those wretched ThunderCats, once and for all!

Lion-O: You were great, Snarf.
Tygra: The star of the show.
Snarf: That's the last time I do a comedy part. Next time, I'm going to be serious. The Real Snarf.
Panthro: You know what they say.
Snarf: What's that?
Panthro: There's a hidden Hamlet in every comic.
Snarf: Exactly!
Snarf: What the heck is a Hamlet?

Mumm-Ra: Cowards! Bunglers! Obviously, I expected too much from a cast of bit-playing Mutants. Rest assured, ThunderCats, this was just a rehearsal. When it comes to the real performance, I, Mumm-Ra, the ever-living, will star! And I will not leave the stage until I have destroyed you.

Snarf: Know why ducks don't fly upside-down? 'Beause they'd quack up.

(talking to the camera as he is fighting the Mutants)
Lion-O: I hope you're getting all this, because I'm not doing any retakes.

WilyKat: What's the use of a time capsule, Lion-O? Who cares what happened in the past?
Tygra: We can learn from the past.
WilyKit: You see a mistake and try not to make it again?
Panthro: Exactly.

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ThunderCats 1980s - Episode Guide - Season 1
Exodus | The Unholy Alliance | Berbils | The Slaves of Castle Plun-Darr | Pumm-Ra | The Terror of Hammerhand | Trouble with Time | The Tower of Traps | The Garden of Delights | Mandora - The Evil Chaser | The Ghost Warrior | The Doomgaze | Lord of the Snows | The Spaceship Beneath the Sands | The Time Capsule | The Fireballs of Plun-Darr | All That Glitters | Spitting Image | Mongor | Return to Thundera | Dr. Dometone | The Astral Prison | The Crystal Queen | Safari Joe | Snarf Takes Up The Challenge | Sixth Sense | The Thunder-Cutter | The Wolfrat | Feliner - Part I | Feliner - Part II | Mandora and the Pirates | Return of the Driller | Dimension Doom | Queen of 8 Legs | Sword in a Hole | The Evil Harp of Charr-Nin | Trial of Strength | The Demolisher | Monkian's Bargain | Tight Squeeze | The Micrits | Trial of Speed | The Rock Giant | Jackalman's Rebellion | Turmagar the Tuska | The Trial of Cunning | The Mumm-Ra Berbil | Mechanical Plague | Trapped | Trial of Mind Power | Excalibur | Secret of the Ice King | Good and Ugly | The Transfer | Divide and Conquer | Dream Master | Out of Sight | The Mountain | The Superpower Potion | Eye of the Beholder | Trial of Evil | The Trouble with ThunderKittens | Mumm-Rana | The Shifter | Fond Memories Wilykat Nav2.png
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