"The Eldritch Mist"
Synopsis and Review
Cartoon Series: She-Ra Princess of Power 1985-87
Producer: Filmation
Season: 1
Writer: Robert Lamb
Year: 1985
Director: Steve Clark
Production No: PP027


Original Airdate: ?/?/1985

She-Ra and Swift Wind are flying to visit Castaspella in Mystacore, when they spot a Horde slave camp, where the prisoners are being forced to work at excavation labor. They fly down and free the slaves, who race to the Horde transport and use it to escape. Having dealt with that threat, Adora continues on to Mystacore. Castaspella uses her magic vision pool to show Adora the image of her brother on Eternia.

Castaspella is a little smitten with affection for Adam, and so she "accidentally" uses her powers to bring Adam through the pool and onto Etheria. Adam is likewise intrigued by Castaspella, and a few sparks of flirtation fly, until Kowl arrives and warns them that the Horde are stationed at the edge of the Whispering Woods, no doubt planning something nefarious.

Adora, Adam, and Castaspella arrive just in time to see Shadow Weaver conjure a strange sleeping mist using the ancient book of Eldritch. These mists effectively prevent them from entering the Whispering Woods and prevent the other rebels from leaving, making the rebels' home into their prison. Adam and Adora leave Castaspella to find an alternate route into the Woods, and they soon transform into He-Man and She-Ra.

Inside the forest, Madame Razz and Broom are unable to pierce through the mist, and the mist soon causes her and the other rebels to fall sound asleep. She-Ra and He-Man go to the Crystal Castle, hoping that Light Hope might provide the key to countering the spell. Light Hope tells them that the spell cannot be reversed without the book, and even then, the spell can be reversed only by a talented magician.

At the Fright Zone, Hordak is pleased with Shadow Weaver's magic, and as she departs, she leaves the book in a security cabinet. As the heroes arrive at the Fright Zone, Hordak has told Horde Prime of his successful trapping of the rebels. The alarms begin to sound, and Shadow Weaver materializes, using her magic to transport both herself and Castaspella to Horror Hall. It is clear that Castaspella and Shadow Weaver have a shared history, as Castaspella states that she is disappointed in what Shadow Weaver has become.

Even though Shadow Weaver conjures monsters and ghosts, Castaspella is able to counter them with her positive magic, defeating Shadow Weaver with the help of a giant teddy bear. He-Man and She-Ra elude the Horde Troopers and burst into Hordak's throne room from below. In the midst of the battle, the book falls to the floor. Hordak uses his stasis beam on He-Man, but he breaks free with She-Ra's help and seizes the book.

She-Ra and He-Man leave Hordak struggling with his own defenses, such as a wall of heat, while they return with Castaspella to the Whispering Woods. Castaspella uses the book to break the spell, awakening the others. Adam prepares to leave Etheria, and there is a lingering spark of flirtation between him and Castaspella, as they each invite the other to visit.

Synopsis by Michael Cravens


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