Part 1 of the two-part DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk season finale airs next week. In preparation, we got a hilarious, silly, and (yes) touching episode in “Bing! Bam! Boom!”
Hiccup and Stoick discover three young Thunderdrum dragons stranded on top of a sea stacks. (Don’t know what a sea stack is? Check out Google images.) Ok, stranded might not be the right word, because the trio follow the Vikings back to Berk.
If you’ve not seen the short The Gift of the Night Fury (which aired at Christmas on Fox and is available on Netflix), baby dragons are quite colorful, and these are no exception. Even Stoick calls them “cute.” However, as the Dragon Manual tells us, the Thunderdrum produces a “concussive sound that can kill a man at close range.” Although the roar of these three young ‘uns isn’t fatal, it’s loud enough to wreak havoc on the island.
Stoick allows Hiccup and the Dragon Academy to try to train the young Thunderdrums, but it turns out to be quite a difficult task. The first step in training a dragon is to name it, and the twins promptly christen Bing, Bam, and… Lloyd. That’s Tuffnut for you. When the others tell him he’s got it wrong, he goes with… Darin. (T.J. Miller as Tuffnut is especially amusing in this episode.)
In case you don’t remember (or have never watched—shame on you!), last season Stoick bonded with a Thunderdrum which he trained to ride and named Thornado. Thornado takes quite a shine to the young dragons, and they to him. In fact, Thornado seems to be the only authority Bing, Bam, and Boom recognize.
In the end, the young Thunderdrums are deemed too difficult to control, and Stoick orders them off the island. Hiccup and crew take them to Dragon Island, but they’re too young to defend themselves against the adult wild dragons that keep attacking them. In the second surprise of the season (the first being the death of arch-villain Alvin the Treacherous—voiced by Mark Hamill) end, Stoick releases Thornado, returning him to the wild to protect take care of the young dragons. It’s a bittersweet parting for both Viking Chief and dragon, but it’s the right thing to do.