The Circus Train
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Episode 3.19
Original Airdate September 29, 1988
Writer(s) William Overgard
Previous Episode The Jade Dragon
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The Circus Train is an episode from the original series of ThunderCats. Written by William Overgard, it originally aired on September 29, 1988.

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Captain Bragg, ringmaster-type bounty hunter, scours the galaxies for wanted criminals in the titular spaceship accompanied by his talking crow, Crownan. Landing in front of the Tower of Omens, Bragg advertises his services to rid the planet of any undesirables for a modest fee, including transporting them to his zoo on the island of Way Outback. He even throws in a free bottle of Invisible Oil to sweeten the deal. Despite Lion-O warning WilyKat that Bragg is nothing more than a conman, the young ThunderCat’s curiosity gets the better of him and he goes to meet the colorfully dressed captain.

Using his inversely rotating eyeballs, Bragg hypnotizes WilyKat into leading him to the Mutants’ and Lunataks’ hideouts. Arriving first at Castle Plun-Darr, Bragg successfully cages Monkian and Jackalman by luring them with the promise of seeing Merna, the galaxy’s most talented female mutant. S-S-Slithe and Vultureman see through Bragg’s trick and throw him and Crownan in the same cage instead. A decent amount of humor is on display as the Mutants get rattled while WilyKat awkwardly tries to pilot the Circus Train. The skit ends with Vultureman and S-S-Slithe emulating Mary Poppins by using an umbrella as a parachute!

The Circus Train soon makes its way into the Lunataks’ territory and Bragg again uses his trickery to nab Tug Mug, Red Eye, Chilla, and Alluro. However, before he can dish out the same treatment to Luna, she turns the tables on him and Amok throws Bragg into the cage with the other captives. The Lunataks take control of the train and fly off with WilyKat tied to the front of the engine. Fortunately, Lion-O and WilyKit arrive in the ThunderClaw and the young lord single-handedly dispatches all the Lunataks before using the Cats Signal to press the runaway train’s “Break And Stop Hover” (BASH) button.

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  • In the close-up shot of Lynx-O, his top lip is incorrectly painted in a flesh tone instead of the usual white color.
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