"The Arena"
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Cartoon Series: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - 1983-85
Producer: Filmation
Season: 2
Writer: Warren Greenwood
Year: 1984
Director: Ernie Schmidt
Production No: MU081


Original Airdate: ?/?/1984

Man-At-Arms makes contact with an alien being, Om, whom he introduces to King Randor and Prince Adam. Om wishes to visit Eternia to learn about humankind, and the royalty prepare for his visit. General Tataran brings his army of Goblin warriors to Snake Mountain to join forces with Skeletor and attack Eternia that night. Om visits and almost immediately the Goblin army storms the Royal Palace.

During the breakout of war, Om freezes everyone, deciding that there is too much life to be lost. He selects the "champions" of each side to duel each other, and He-Man and Skeletor are the chosen. Skeletor tries out many tests on He-Man, all of which He-Man defeat. Skeletor unleashes an insect beast on He-Man and energizes the monster, making it ever larger. Skeletor's constant blasts eventually anger the insect beast and turn it against Skeletor.

Out of magic, Skeletor has no means to defend himself. He-Man picks up the beast and throws it on its back, saving Skeletor's life. Om deems He-Man the winner and sends Skeletor and the Goblins away, rewarding He-Man for his compassion and his capacity for love.

Synopsis by Zadoc Angell

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