What Lies Above, Part One
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Episode 1.25
Running time 23 min
Original Airdate June 2, 2012
Director(s) Shinichi Matsumi
Writer(s) Paul Giacoppo
Animators(s) Warner Brothers Animation
Studio 4°C
Distributor(s) Warner Brothers
Previous Episode The Soul Sever
Next Episode What Lies Above, Part 2
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What Lies Above, Part One is an episode from the re-imagined series of ThunderCats. Written by Paul Giacoppo, it originally aired on June 9, 2012.

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The ThunderCats are hard at work repairing an old airship that they salvaged from the Soul Sever’s Lair. Upon completion, the Wily twins christen it the Feliner. The Cats then fly the ship into the sky where the Book of Omens is pointing to. Shortly after take-off Panthro realizes that he is afraid of heights and lets go of the controls. Fortunately, Tygra is able to pilot the ship thanks to his natural talent for flying.

High above the clouds, the Cats are shocked to see a massive floating city. The city, Avista, is populated by Birds and as soon as the Cats land, they are greeted by the city’s prefect, Vultaire and his assistant Horus. Vultaire invites the Cats to dinner where Lion-O reveals that they seek the final Power Stone that is in the Birds’ possession. Vultaire blankly refuses even when Lion-O tries to explain its importance in defeating Mumm-Ra.

Irritated by Vultaire’s condescension, Tygra challenges him to a race. If he wins, the Cats get the Tech Stone. If he loses then Vultaire gets the Spirit and War Stones that the Cats have. Vultaire agrees. The intense race, which involves having to fly through energy loops, ends with Tygra emerging the winner. Vultaire however, reneges on his promise to hand over the stone and has the Cats imprisoned.

The Cats escape from their quarters and , using the Book of Omens, locate the Tech Stone’s chamber. However, they are unable to bypass the state-of-the-art security system that keeps the chamber locked. So Pumyra captures Vultaire and forces him to open the chamber. He then goes on to explain how the ancient animals from Mumm-Ra’s ship distributed the four Power Stones among themselves so that no one may have unlimited power.

Vultaire also reveals that the Tech Stone is what enables the city of Avista to float in the air. If it is taken, the entire city will crash. Not wanting to sacrifice the lives of the Birds, Lion-O refuses to take the stone but Pumyra disagrees with him. She lunges to grab the stone but gets a nasty jolt from the electric shield surrounding the stone. This also trips the alarm and a group of Ravemen quickly surround the Cats.

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  • This episode marks the debut of the ThunderCats vehicle, the Feliner.

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ThunderKittens: We're too cute to die!

Lion-O: Third Earth looks so small from up here. All the nations look like a unified whole. Maybe one day...

Vultaire: It is our pleasure to welcome you to our home. Any cats who manage to make it up here, despite their limitations, are to be our guests during dinner.

Vultaire: We're quite literally above it all.

Vultaire: Remember we are superior to you in every way, and that is why the birds will always own the skies.

Cheetara: He's only been a pilot for a few hours and it's kinda gone to his head.

Tygra: Shut your beak and fly!

Vultaire: Ha! You'll be lucky to leave with your lives. This agreement is void. You forfeit your wager.

Pumyra: If you won't make the tough choices, I will!

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This episode was released on the following media:

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ThunderCats 2011 - Episode Guide - Season 1
Omens, Part I | Omens, Part II | Ramlak Rising | Song of the Petalars | Old Friends | Journey to the Tower of Omens | Legacy | The Duelist and the Drifter | Berbils | Sight Beyond Sight | The Forest of Magi Oar | Into the Astral Plane | Between Brothers | New Alliances | Trials of Lion-O, Part 1 | Trials of Lion-O, Part 2 | Native Son | Survival of the Fittest | The Pit | Curse of Ratilla | Birth of the Blades | The Forever Bag | Recipe for Disaster | The Soul Sever | What Lies Above, Part 1 | What Lies Above, Part 2 Lion-O 2011 Clear 2.png
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