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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Wastes a Classic Villain

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 3, streaming now on Netflix.

The number of villain has increased by the end of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 3. The Netflix series began the season with Hordak and Entrapta trying to turn the Fright Zone army into a powerhouse using the First Ones technology. But by the finale, Catra has reached the point of no return as she opens the portal they were working on, paving the way for Hordak Prime and his Evil Horde to invade Etheria.

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However, along the way we're also introduced to another fan-favorite enemy from the original animated series: Tung Lashor. Sadly, it's a drab debut, as he's wasted on the series and almost immediately becomes its most forgettable character.

Tung Lashor was a bit of comic relief on the 1985 series, fighting for the Horde against the armies of Etheria. He was seen as an over-exuberant thug, but between his backstory with the Snake Men and origins in the King Hiss dimension, fans immediately recognized the sinister potential. And with his tongue acting as a whip, Tung Lashor was indeed an intimidating sight in Hordak's legion.

He also crossed over to Eternia, and appeared in Skeletor's army on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe; the 2002 reboot turned him into a formidable henchman. There, he proved once more he was the meanest snake on the block and a major reason why He-Man found Eternia a difficult place to defend. But for some reason, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power doesn't give him similar treatment.

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In the third episode of Season 3, "Once Upon a Time in the Waste," Catra and Scorpia track Adora & Co. in the Crimson Wasteland. The heroes are searching for First Ones technology. However, Catra and Scorpia are ambushed by Tung Lashor's gang, which leads to a brawl for control of the sandy landscape. On first impression, this Tung is quite imposing, fit for the Mad Max series in his leather jacket. Instead of his tongue, he actually wields a whip, which makes fans think they're about to get a scary warrior. But his fight with Catra quickly is underwhelming and swift, as she gains the advantage by throwing sand in his eye. She then goads him into a quicksand trap and steals his jacket and whip. To rub salt in the wounds, Catra takes control of Tung's gang, who don't even bother to rescue their trapped boss.

Nothing's memorable about the villain , and this glorified cameo lacks any impact. He doesn't have any moment of significance other than Catra poking fun at his villainous speech about wanting to grind her bones to dust.

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What's worse is Tung's sworn enemy in this show, Huntara, is given such a great arc, filled with redemption as she tries to help Adora and her people take on Hordak and atone for her past. Tung could have been fleshed out more in-depth like that, offering partnership and mentorship to Catra, especially as seeds have been sown for her to overthrow Hordak. Instead, the series decides to make Tung a throwaway character and ignore how much of an ally he could have been to Catra and Scorpia in their plans to topple the Princess Alliance.

Streaming now on Netflix, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power stars Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, AJ Michalka, Marcus Scribner, Reshma Shetty, Lorraine Toussaint, Keston John, Lauren Ash, Christine Woods, Genesis Rodriguez, Jordan Fisher, Vella Lovell, Merit Leighton, Sandra Oh and Krystal Joy Brown.

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