"Anchors Aloft Part 1"
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Cartoon Series: She-Ra Princess of Power 1985-87
Producer: Filmation
Season: 1
Writer: Bob Forward
Year: 1985
Director: Ernie Schmidt
Production No: PP059


Original Airdate: ?/?/1985

Aboard the Solar Sailor, Adora and Sea Hawk are transporting supplies for the Rebellion. As they travel, Sea Hawk and Swen tell Adora the legend of the Falcon, the greatest captain to have ever sailed the seas, a great man with a great heart, who also happens to be Sea Hawk's father. Sea Hawk hates the Horde, so he has agreed to help the rebels in obtaining and transporting supplies, but he maintains his interest in gaining plunder where he can. Sea Hawk spies a Horde treasure ship and plans to loot it.

However, this is all part of a plan by Admiral Scurvy to capture Sea Hawk and the Solar Sailor, to undermine the Great Rebellion. As the Solar Sailor approaches, the Horde ship transforms from a treasure ship to a Horde Dreadnought, which opens fire on the Solar Sailor. Adora runs to find cover in order to transform into She-Ra, and she goes to confront a battalion of robot fliers ridden by Horde Troopers. Admiral Scurvy preps the stun cannon and fires upon She-Ra, but she deflects it back at them, destroying the cannon. Admiral Scurvy grows enraged, and uses the laser hidden beneath his eye patch to fire on the Solar Sailor. This blast hits the engines, diminishing the ship's photon power.

The crew abandon the ship in escape boats, but Sea Hawk will not leave his ship without Adora. He goes to find her, as the photon converter powering the ship begins to rupture. She-Ra positions herself back on the ship, and allows Sea Hawk to rescue her. When he finds her, he kisses her and carries her over his shoulder to the lifeboat. Sea Hawk plans to divert the attention of the Horde Dreadnought, permitting those on the lifeboat to escape, knowing himself that this action will almost certainly be a suicide mission for him.

The ship and Sea Hawk appear to have been destroyed top all those that bore witness. However Sea Hawk washes up on a nearby island, and when he awakens, he regrets that he has sacrificed his golden plunder in the crash. A smart-mouthed mouse named Davy Jones reveals himself and appears to have knowledge of Sea Hawk. Sea Hawk pockets Davy and they attempt to find cover from the Horde scouting party. Davy shows Sea Hawk a hidden entrance into a cave, a cave that has a lagoon with an old abandoned sea ship in perfect condition. When he boards the ship, he finds a magic compass, which shows him that his Adora and his crew have landed on the same island.

Admiral Scurvy and the Horde Troopers arrive and demand the surrender of Adora and Swen, along with the rest of the crew. Adora and the others are stunned, and when Sea Hawk sees this, he vows to help them. At that moment, a stranger in a blue shroud appears and challenges Sea Hawk to a fight. The stranger uses seven league boots, an impact ring, and a photon cutlass to defeat Sea Hawk and his laser rapier. The stranger then presents Sea Hawk with an offer: Sea Hawk can take the treasure full of gold that remains on the ship and leave the island without his crew. Sea Hawk resists the temptation for plunder, and at that moment, the stranger reveals himself as the Falcon, Sea Hawk's father.

Synopsis by Michael Cravens

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