Yesterday’s riff on Medieval weaponry got us thinking about one of of our favorite Saturday-morning shows of yore: the cartoon version of Dungeons & Dragons. To be totally honest, we were never really big on the game behind the series—guess we suffer from that whole lack-of-imagination thing, and thus needed moving images spoon-fed into our brains. But the cartoon was far from dreck—in viewing some clips this morning, we were struck by the sophistication of the acting and plotting (if not the animation itself). Children being spirited away by horned monsters to become salt-mine slaves? Very Temple of Doom, albeit without the infamous “heart scene.” We shudder to think about how we might have developed differently had the writers gotten their way and made the show several notches darker.