"The Island"
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Cartoon Series: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - 2002-04
Producer: Mike Young Productions
Season: 1
Writer: Dean Stefan
Year: 2003
Director: Gary Hartle
Production No: MYP122


Original Airdate: 04/05/03

On Orkas Island two crab creatures known as the Claw Guys, the same species as Clawful, overhear Dekker tell an old man that Man-At-Arms, his former student, is paying him a visit. Claw Guy I sends a coded message to his cousin Clawful in Snake Mountain.

A short while later Skeletor delights in the news that he has the perfect opportunity to capture Man-At-Arms. Meanwhile Man-At-Arms tells Prince Adam and Teela he is pleased that the pair of them will finally have the chance to meet Dekker. Unbeknownst to those on board the Claw Guys attempt to board the Water Raider.

Approaching an obstacle in the water, Teela manages to jump it, inadvertently losing the Claw Guys. Arriving on the island Man-At-Arms begins to suspect that there is something wrong, as Dekker does not meet them. Teela notices lots of footprints on the ground, Man-At-Arms determining that they show signs of a struggle. The three follow the footsteps into a large cavern, Teela rushing ahead much to Man-At-Arms' displeasure. Suddenly Man-At-Arms, Adam and Teela are confronted by the Claw Guys. Adam runs off with a few of the Claw Guys in pursuit, while Man-At-Arms and Teela surrender upon seeing Dekker held hostage.

Man-At-Arms awakens to find himself tied to a rock with his mentor Dekker. Man-At-Arms asks why they have been captured, prompting Claw Guy I to tell him that his cousin Clawful works for Skeletor. Claw Guy I leaves Claw Guy II in charge of the hostages. Man-At-Arms asks Dekker if he remembers the battle on the Isle of Blakely, prompting he and Dekker to start having an argument. Claw Guy II releases Dekker and Man-At-Arms in the hope that they will fight for his amusement. Dekker throws sand in Claw Guy II's eyes and they both knock the villain to the floor. Dekker explains to the confused Teela that what she just saw was a little strategy they developed back in the old days when they were ambushed by a group of bandits on the Isle of Blakely.

Suddenly Dekker, Man-At-Arms and Teela are surrounded by a group of Claw Guys, and at the same moment Adam manages to transform into He-Man. As Dekker, Man-At-Arms and Teela appear to be defeated He-Man crashes through the side of a cavern wall. Soon only Claw Guy I remains, and standing atop a rock he summons four giant jellyfish-like creatures, each possessing a lethal toxic sting. The four heroes manage to defeat the creatures, but Man-At-Arms is suddenly falls to the ground, realizing one of the spikes did penetrate his armor. Man-At-Arms finding it harder to speak utters someone to "remember lessons." Dekker, thinking that Man-At-Arms is referring to him, cannot remember the specific lesson that Man-At-Arms is referring to. Teela thinking hard to herself immediately realizes that it was a lesson that Man-At-Arms had taught to her, concerning the antidote for the poison. As He-Man searches for the cure, Man-At-Arms in fragmented sentences tells Teela that he is proud of her, and that even though sometimes he is hard on her, it is only because much is expected of her.

Teela embraces her dying father telling him that he means everything to her. He-Man hurriedly swims back to the island with the cure in hand. Teela pours the liquid within the pod into Man-At-Arms' mouth, and almost immediately he regains all of his senses. Looking at Claw Guy I Dekker tells Teela that he has a plan.

Much Later Skeletor and Clawful stand upon a very small remote island waiting for the arrival of Clawful's cousin and Man-At-Arms, not knowing for a second that they have been tricked.

Synopsis by James Eatock

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