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The Black Guardian

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Subj: Re: New banner! Did you watch Saturday morning cartoons in the 80s?
Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 at 11:21:57 am CST (Viewed 215 times)
Reply Subj: Re: New banner! Did you watch Saturday morning cartoons in the 80s?
Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 at 07:10:23 am CST (Viewed 267 times)

    My all-time favourite 30-minute cartoon series is the Dungeons & Dragons series. It doesn't get enough appreciation, imo. Those Season 3, Michael Reaves-written, episodes are some of the darkest, most psychologically intense Saturday morning toons there have ever been. Don't be fooled by the silly unicorn.

D&D is one of the few 80s cartoons I bothered to pick up on DVD. It had a fairly routine structure. Every episode has Dungeon Master give them a cryptic clue to find their way home. They follow it to a locality in the Realm where they find some people under some form of attack or oppression, usually by Venger, and they help those people. In so doing they miss their opportunity to go home. They realize if they had interpreted the clue differently they could have gone home from the beginning.

I like that there was a late episode (second from last?) where Dungeon Master shows up with his clue and Hank says screw that, every time we follow your clue we end up fighting Venger and we miss our chance, so no, we're not doing that. We're going to track down Venger and we're going to make it so he can never hurt us again (kill him?) Then they trick Venger into chasing them into a realm where he's powerless. Then Hank basically holds his flaming arrow up to Venger's head and says if you ever mess with us again we'll bring you back here and end you. So deliciously dark.

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