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Thundarr the Barbarian

S1E11: Portal Into Time

Thundarr must travel back in time to retrieve a part from “ancient earth” to save the denizens of the Alamo from the evil wizard Crom.

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Robert Ridgely


Nellie Bellflower

Princess Ariel

Henry Corden

Ookla the Mok

Dick Tufeld


William Woodson


Stacey Keach Sr.

Additional Voices

Joan Van Ark

Additional Voices

Shep Menken

Additional Voices

Alan Oppenheimer

Additional Voices

Julie McWhirter

Additional Voices

Keye Luke

Additional Voices

Episode Synopsis

Thundarr, Ariel, and Ookla settle down for a good night’s sleep, but suddenly are attacked. Some tanks with monstrous drivers shoot at them.

Thinking they have killed the crew, the tanks continue their way towards an old fort. Thundarr and the others ride towards the fort as well, hoping to help any people who may inhabit it. When they arrive, they see a group of robotic orbs rise from the fort and attack the tanks. They disintegrate the tanks, leaving the drivers on the ground.

Before destroying the last tank, the orbs lose power and Thundarr rides in to help out. Ookla breaks off the turret and Thundarr threatens the driver and gunner. They run off and Ariel encases them in magic and sends them flying off into the distance yelling, “remember the Alamo.”

Kardath, the leader, opens the door to the Alamo and invites them in, mentioning that the guardian has never failed them until now. They stole it from the Wizard Crom when they escaped from his dungeon, and he has been trying to get it back. It seems Crom has a Moon Dial which can travel through time. He uses it to steal weapons from the past. Thundarr decides they will use it also to find the part needed to fix the guardian.

They ride off to Crom’s fortress to find the Moon Dial. They jump from the cliff to the roof and are attacked by a guard. He nearly falls off the roof, but Thundarr saves him. The guard runs off. They head inside with their horses and reach a dead end. The floor is an elevator and descends into the fortress. They see the Moon Dial. Ariel casts a spell on the Moon Dial, hoping it is the right one to make it work. A door opens to ancient earth. Crom appears and tells them they are doomed. They ride into the portal and end up in the middle of a busy street.

The police officer directing traffic asks if they think this is a rodeo, and drivers roll up their windows at the sight of a Mok. Crom passes through the portal and attacks them. He uses his magic to turn a bus into a mechanical snake creature. It grasps Thundarr in its mouth and raises him up to Crom who laughs evilly and comments on Thundarr’s death. The wizard disappears and Thundarr breaks free. The mechanical snake bus attacks some people, but Ariel magics one of them away as Thundarr attacks it.

Ariel catches the girl, Samantha, and Ookla breaks off a fire hydrant to attack the beast, but it just gets him wet on a jet of water. Thundarr climbs a building and jumps at the beast, cutting it from head to tail. It crashes down to the street.

The cop leans against Ookla’s mount, not believing what he is seeing. They need a place to rest and think about their next steps. Samantha offers her house. Samantha decides to look under “computers” in the yellow pages. Thundarr goes all Gen-Z and doesn’t understand what “yellow pages” are. Ookla watches television and is frustrated and amazed by it. Thundarr is thwarted by a locked door.

They head to the computer factory. Once there, Thundarr cuts open a hole in the wall, and Samantha waits with the horses. Ookla accidentally turns on a “trap” in the form of an escalator. They find the Guardian computer with its orbs. Ariel pulls out the part they need and an alarm goes off. Guards rush in but Ookla scares them off by picking up the Guardian computer and shaking it at them. They retreat.

The group leaves and heads to the time portal where the cop is still directing traffic. Samantha jumps off of the horse into the cop’s arms and they all ride through the portal.

Thundarr breaks the Moon Dial with his Sunsword. They ride toward the Alamo. At the Alamo, Kardath has surrendered to Crom. Thundarr rides in and jumps on Crom. Ariel says to pin his arms so he cannot use his magic.

Ariel plugs in the part and the Guardian orbs start destroying Crom’s army. They flee and Ariel teleports Crom away.