"The Beginning Part 2"
Synopsis and Review
Cartoon Series: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - 2002-04
Producer: Mike Young Productions
Season: 1
Writer: Dean Stefan
Year: 2002
Director: Gary Hartle
Production No: MYP102


Prince Adam continues to make his way towards the smoldering ruins of the Royal Palace. There he immediately sees his mother taking care of one of the victims of the attack. She informs Adam that it was Keldor's forces that attacked the Royal Palace, and that King Randor and the defenders of Eternia are currently trying to drive them back to the Dark Hemisphere.

Man-At-Arms appears on his Sky Sled and tells Prince Adam that the battle is now positioned at the eastern perimeter of the Evergreen Forest. Queen Marlena does not want her son to journey into combat, but Man-At-Arms states that Prince Adam has his duty. At the battle site Stratos tries to ground Beast Man atop his griffin, as Teela attempts to disarm the hideous Trap Jaw. Man-At-Arms arrives at the battle scene only to come face-to-face with Clawful, as Adam stands off against Whiplash.

King Randor and Skeletor's battle is a furious one, mixed with skillful swordsmanship and acrobatics. Skeletor approaches King Randor and reveals his skull-like appearance for the first time, saying that he is no longer Keldor. Skeletor and Beast Man take to the skies on their Griffins with King Randor as their captive. Adam flees the battle scene knowing that he must make his way to Castle Grayskull with Orko and Cringer close behind. Evil-Lyn casts a spell that results in a huge explosion wiping out a portion of the Evergreen Forest and knocking her attackers back. The heroes and villains continue to battle with the Evil Warriors beginning to gain advantage.

Meanwhile Prince Adam arrives at Castle Grayskull, the jaw-bridge already lowered. The Sorceress appears before him and Adam follows her through the maze-like corridors of the castle. Unbeknown to Adam, Orko and Cringer appear at the jaw-bridge and follow him inside. Prince Adam follows the Sorceress until she stops in a room, and the two face each other. The Sorceress taps the floor with her staff and a large portion of the floor lowers. Prince Adam and the Sorceress enter a vast magical space adorned with large platforms and blue crystals. The pair are transported to a specific platform where Prince Adam discovers a magical crystal orb that holds The Council of the Elders' power within. The Sorceress uses her magic staff to summon a container that appears to Prince Adam, a container that holds the Sword of Power. Prince Adam calls upon the power of Grayskull, and the magical crystal orb that holds The Council of the Elders' power unleashes a huge blast of energy that transforms him into He-Man.

The Sorceress states that He-Man will need a loyal companion, and so Cringer is transformed into Battle Cat. He-Man, Battle Cat and Orko leave Castle Grayskull and prepare to return to the battle in the Evergreen Forest.

Back at what remains of the Evergreen Forest the heroes are falling further and further back as Skeletor's Evil Warriors continue their fierce onslaught. As the heroes attempt to develop a battle plan, Evil-Lyn turns a harmless Magmatite shower into a barrage of large rocks that rain down on them. At that very moment King Randor regains consciousness as Skeletor continues to question him on the location of The Council of Elders and the power of Eternia.

The Magmatite shower continues to rain down on the heroes, each being knocked unconscious one by one. Just as Teela is about to evade a large Magmatite, one of Tri-Klops' Doomseekers fires a beam that holds her in her path. Just as Teela appears to have no hope, He-Man destroys Tri-Klops' Doomseeker and leaps to Teela's defense. Teela looks up in amazement at a shadowy figure standing before the large Magmatite rock hurtling toward them.

Synopsis by James Eatock

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