"The Problem With Power"
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Cartoon Series: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - 1983-85
Producer: Filmation
Season: 2
Writer: Bob Forward & Leslie Wilson
Year: 1985
Director: Gwen Wetzler
Production No: MU110

Synopsis:

Original Airdate: ?/?/1985

Based on an idea by Tom Tataranowicz

Skeletor recruits General Tataran in a grand scheme to make He-Man undo himself. The Royal Palace learns that Skeletor has enslaved the people of Zak. He-Man, Man-At-Arms, and Orko confront Skeletor, the villain leads He-Man in a chase around a poorly built gate structure. Frustrated, He-Man punches through the structure to get to Skeletor. When the rocks fall, they land on a disguised Tataran, who protects himself with a small force-field. He-Man is devastated when he sees a body under the large rock fall. Convinced he has killed a man He-Man walks away to think to himself. Orko overhears Skeletor and Tataran, and Orko is imprisoned. Realizing he has abused his great power, He-Man relinquishes his powers at Castle Grayskull and throws the Sword of Power into the abyss. Skeletor rebuilds the intergalactic gate and uses it as a portal to the Goblin World, bringing Tataran's army to Eternia. Without He-Man's help, Teela volunteers to take a Mesatronic Bomb to the gate. Orko escapes Skeletor's cell and tells Adam the truth of the situation. Adam flies a Sky-Sled into the abyss to recover the Sword of Power, but falls into a giant spider web. As Adam is about to be devoured by a large Abyss Spider he discovers his sword stuck to the web and transforms into He-Man. When Teela confronts Skeletor with the Mesatronic Bomb, the Goblins run, but Skeletor stuns her, causing her to drop the bomb. He-Man arrives on the scene, much to everyone's surprise. The Mesatronic Bomb, which Teela dropped, begins to countdown, sending Skeletor fleeing. He-Man picks up Teela and carries her to safety before the bomb goes off which completely destroys Skeletor's gate. He-Man carries Teela lovingly into the sunset.

Synopsis by Zadoc Angell

Fun Facts: When BCI released the episodes on DVD, episodes were moved around for continuity's sake and episode MU110 "The Problem with Power" was moved to be the very last episode, though it originally air prior to MU130 - "The Cold Zone", which was the final episode to air on TV .The advancement of plot details such as He-Man questioning his right to wield such power without consequences, and the Teela/He-Man/Adam relationship gaining a major foothold, and the episode ranks highly amongst fans as being worthy of a series finale be it intentional or not.
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