The Mountain
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Production
Episode 1.58
Original Airdate 11 December, 1985
Writer(s) Danny Peary
Chronology
Previous Episode Out of Sight
Next Episode The Superpower Potion
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The Mountian is an episode from the original series of ThunderCats. Written by Danny Peary, it originally aired on December 11, 1985.

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Mumm-Ra summons the Mutants and threatens to banish them from Third Earth unless they bring him the Sword of Omens. While Lion-O is mountain climbing, the Mutants ambush him with Thundrainium cartridges. Lion-O summons Tygra and Panthro with the Sword. As the weak Lion-O hangs on the edge of the mountain's cliff, Jackalman grabs for the Sword and both of them go over the edge, into a river, and over a waterfall. The other Mutants mistakenly cause a rockslide, which traps them, Tygra and Panthro in the mountain's cave. They call a temporary truce, which the Mutants plan to violate as soon as they escape. Jackalman seizes the Sword from an unconscious Lion-O and climbs up the mountain. Lion-O catches up to him. Jackalman refuses to surrender the Sword and it takes him for a wild ride. The Sword flies through the air, twisting and turning, with Jackalman holding on to the handle, finally embedding itself in the mountain face high above the river. Lion-O saves the dangling Mutant and commands the Sword to return to his hand. He then frees the other Mutants, Tygra and Panthro from the cave. Once free, the Mutants start to battle the ThunderCats again, only to discover that while inside the cave, Panthro and Tygra emptied the Mutants' weapons of ammunition.

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Jackalman's obsession with power prevents him from working together with Lion-O to rescue them, when they are confronted by a common danger. Instead, he takes advantage of Lion-O's good deed saving him from drowning to steal the Sword of Omens. However, the power of the Sword proves to be a power that Jackalman cannot control, because it is based on goodness. Lion-O regains the Sword and uses it to free the ThunderCats and repel the Mutants.

The source of the ThunderCats' power is the power of goodness and a moral code, which comes from within. It is exemplified in this episode by Lion-O's good deed rescuing Jackalman and by Panthro and Tygra's cooperative working together with S-S-Slithe and Monkian to escape from the cave. The Mutants, on the contrary, seek power in external force and in evil, and they show no allegiance to an internal morality. This is why they are no match for the Sword of Omens and the ThunderCats. Real strength and power rests in a morality based on conscience and the judgment of discerning good from evil. We should strive in our lives not to base our actions on external circumstances or rewards, but on the rightness of the actions themselves.

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  • This is the first episode in which Cheetara does not appear.

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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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