The Return of Watching NA for the First Time Ever!
It's been a while, and while I'd be prone to merely bumping the old thread, it just wouldn't work here as the posts would be automerged and no one would see that I've returned to finish the series. So Mods, I hope this is fine with you. Besides, this forum seems a bit dead, so some new life may be just what it needed.
The original thread, with reviews of episodes 1-31 can be found here.
It's been a long time, but it's New Episode Time!
32. The Siege of Serus
An invincible rock comes to Primus and reveals itself to be a Rock Person. It threatens Hydrons underwater home until He-man offers up his Power Sword. The Rock Person is impressed and leaves.
-Gobels goo fires as a laser, but sticks as a liquid. How does he do it?
-He-man fires a glass repair beam through the cockpit of the Astrosub. Wow.
-Is it me or is this an unusually large Astrosub?
-It's amusing that He-man travels through space unaided, yet here, underwater, he has an Aliens style helmet with viewcam and light.
-Why does Hydron on board the Astrosub tilt when the undersea base shifts?
-"Perhaps coward was a bit too strong a word." Chalks delivery made me LOL.
-The Sorceress and the Rock Persons Narations can hear each other. That thought is humorous to me.
-This is the first episode without Skeletor of the Mutants in it. :sksad:
Overall this was a fairly fast paced episode, but bland in a way. 4/10
33. The Childrens Planet
We open with Caz and Adam dueling each other with sticks as Pacifists are known to do. The Scientists come and inform Sebrian that they've detected Black Omega, a plot McGuffin that will destroy Primus' shield in even minute quantities. The gas is located on a frozen planet on the edge of the Tri-Solar system, which the Scientists, being Pacifists, strongly advocate destroying the entire planet to keep themselves safe. As Pacisfists are also known to do. Which Sebrian... Sebrian agrees to. (What?!) Meanwhile on said planet, a mutant we've never seen who has seemingly been exiled by not in command of the Mutants Skeletor is planning on harvesting said gas and then have his revenge on everybody. Starship Eternia enters proximity to the planet and He-man regrets that he's going to blow up a planet he's never set foot upon to save one he has, but it's to be done. Fortunately, Starship Eternia is equipped with weapons that can destroy a planet. You know, as Pacifist ships usually are. They are welcomed by Maxus and long story short, Maxus leaves for no good reason after capturing Spinwit and Tuskador with his Gorgon Vision. Caz finds the titular children. Meanwhile the Scientists, not content with allowing Starship Eternia to destroy a planet, has launched a seeking missile as well. Say it with me, as Pacifists tend to do. He-man is frozen, thaws for no good reason, then later reflects the freeze beam to stop Maxus from leaving, which is a moot point as the missile hits it, turning the Black Omega gas into laughing gas. Maxus is exiled yet again, the children are reunited with their father (parents?) and refuse the chance to come to Primus, as this distant, frozen, bear-lion filled world is their own.
-Sebrian sleeps above the covers. Four feet above the Covers.
-I was wondering outside of the voice what made Maxus a villain. Not a bad power, Crystal Gorgon vision.
-So Heroic He-man was going to destroy a planet without doing any sort of a thorough scan? Life that he found 5 seconds after he landed.
-Why did Maxus get out of his tank to attack He-man and company?
-Oh, it's just freeze vision. Less impressive.
-Oh good. The Sorceress. Telling him how hot good is.
-Caz did exactly what I expected him to do, find the children. However, he wasn't annoying.
-Tuskador's ice chopping animation. Well, it's a little unusual. Let's leave it at that.
-No Skeletor or the "regular mutants".
-Remind me of how He-man is the hero of this series?
Overall, not a bad episode. Another fast paced one. My biggest beef (and source of fun) was the reaction of the Pacifist People of Primus (PPP)'s solution to a threat. What would their response be if they were hostile and not a pacifist people? 4/10
So ends Season 1.
Onto Season 2:
34. Zone of Darkness
Master Sebrian and Mara are returning from an off-planet mission in an Astrosub when they're caught in a control beam pulling them to Denebria. He-man, Tuskador and Sagitaur (Toys on sale now!) leave in Starship Eternia to rescue them. The beam is Skeletors doing (Yay!) and He-man can't make it in time. The rest is pretty much a "don't judge a book by it's cover" parable.
-Denebria is stated to be a Mutant Stronghold. Interesting.
-Skeletor has a magic power that allows him to control starships from planetary distances? Wow. That's power.
-Skeletors response to Staghorns hesistation to go to Freon, where no one comes back is the source of much amusement. Oh Skeletor, how I've missed you.
-He-mans first reaction to a monsterous looking person is hostility. How heroic and open minded. Then he's dumbfounded when said person greets him with a civil tongue and offers assistance.
-Ah, suspicion and distrust. Hallmarks of great heroes.
-Sorceress is back to repeating herself. Herself. Herself.
-Sagiataur, the four armed giant monstrocity is all judgey on people by appearance.
-LOL at He-man running for Skeletors chopper which is like 2 feet behind him.
-Kudo's to the animation team, they kept the eyes brown/red after the change started for all the characters until the end.
-Sebrian, Mara, Tuskador, Sagitaur, and He-man all return to normal after being exposed to the "Light of good" that is the Priman suns. The new non-mutant friends stay that way. Not even a line about with time they'll return to normal. Not sure I like that.
Overall, themes like this are solid kids story tales, so I can't deduct anything for that. However, the plot felt rather thin. 4.5/10
35. Once Upon a Time
He-man is homesick. Skeletor wants a complete collection of "The Encyclopedia of Evil", which all but one volume is hidden on Primus. Teela shows up to help He-man. Skeletor relies too much on the book and loses the day.
-Ah, this is the infamous 'Teela' Episode.
-Skeletor's knowledge of history goes well beyond the Mutants. Interesting.
-Grotz, it's been a long time!
-Sebrian and Skeletor have the same book. Suspicious or animation error?
-"Why isn't this book out in paperback?" Hee hee.
-Oh Skeletor. Your over reliance on Magic cost you your dated Encyclopedias. Just pick them up and put them in a bag.
-"Good bye Forever He-man." Wow, that's pretty final.
Overall, not a bad episode. 6/10
And the final episode for this return,
36. Plague on Primus
Skeletor invents fear gas that effects everything but mutants and women. Crita uses it to gas the population of Primus. Adam changes into He-man and is unaffected, but pretends to be. Mara leads the planet defense as He-man and Gleep go to the Waters of Enos to get a cure. Skeletor is beaten, He-man gets the water, and uses it to make it (*Sigh*) rain, reversing the effects of the fear gas, undoing the mutant conquest.
-Fear Gas. The Scarecrow has contacted his lawyer. :skwink:
-Crita! Yay, now we need Grrr.
-I really hope He-man isn't exposed and then the Sorceress appears in his eyeball to tell him the power of good is always brave or some crap to undo it.
-Mutants and women are immune? That's selective.
-Man, Mara looks bored.
-Drissi! Haven't seen her in a while!
-Well, that prior dread isn't going to happen, so there's that. He-man isn't effected at all. Guess he's not a man. :sklol:
-Gleep hasn't been around for quite some time either. Still not very funny.
-The way of the magic. I haven't missed that.
-There's more than a few animation glitches during that fight. He-man slams the sword into the ground and Quake flies off, but there's a sound effect but no effect to show the beam going down to toss Quake. Later Skeletor fires a constant beam, but the reaction shot is He-man dodging individual blasts. Then it looks like He-man should reflect Skeletors blast back, but instead nothing happens and the staff is pulled from Skeletors hands.
-Wait, they have Spaceship Eternia tow the water as an Iceberg behind it? How did it not burn up in the atmosphere?
-Funny how when petrified, Spinwit and Flipshot lack their equipment, the second they're no longer scared, they have their equipment on for some reason.
Overall, it was an okay episode. 5.7/10
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37. Test of Time
Master Sebrian is feeling old and Levitan is sinking. It needs a shipment of ore that is intercepted by the Mutants. The skipper of the ship is a former classmate of Sebrians, making Sebrian feel even older. To prove that he's not too old, he comes along on the mission to retake the cargo ship. The Eternia and the Astrosubs valiantly cloak and use their cloaks to an advantage as Sebrian and his friend retake the cargo ship via Jedi Powers and some help from He-man. Sebrian uses the comm system to imitate Flogg and call off the attack on them, saving the day. Feeling young again, Sebrian wants to go on patrols from here on out.
-I don't recall the Astrosubs having cloaks before.
-Starship Eternia gets a chance to shine. She's a good ship.
-Hydron and Flipshot. Been a while.
Meh. It's a nice plot, it flowed well, and everything was solid, but it's not a favorite. 6.3/10
38. Four Ways to Sundown.
It's Rashomon with Flogg and Slush Head, Hydron and Flipshot.
-Clobber, it's been a while.
-Heh, both sides claim victory to the great battle.
-I wasn't sure if we were in flashback or not at first, I wondered for a moment if Hydron had some fear gas there, but then I realized the narrative bias. Clever Jack!
-Is this going to turn into a humorous version of Rashomon?
-Yes. Yes it is.
-Cowardly He-man is hilarious.
-Super Conquistador/Admiral Slush Head is amazing. Mr. Slush Head sir.
-"You let me sit in the pilots seat!?!" LOLs.
-Bored Hydron is funny.
-"We're lucky they've only got one Flipshot on their side!" LOLs.
-He-mans "Ugh!" when he cuts with the sword is very funny.
-"Nyah Nyah NaNaNyah!" Skeletors dance at being Conquistador/Admiral Slush Heads boot shiner.
-"I wonder if HE has to go through this" Fan-freaking-tastic!
Overall, this was something else. It was funny, it was smart, I'd love for an entire series to be made wherein Slush Head tells what happened according to him. I was starting to wonder if the series just wasn't doing it for me as it was, given these merely adequate episodes of late, then this one comes along and reminds me why I've been enjoying this series. I have never given this out before, but it's clearly earned it, as well as a place in the favorites list, so here it is...
39. Sheriff of Gorn City
Skeletor and Flogg notice how unruly Gorn City is. Skeletor comes up with the plan and Flogg pulls some strings, getting Flipshot elected Sheriff. Flipshot accepts and is quickly over his head, aided by Skeletors cronies to get himself in trouble with a major gang. He-man comes with help and they turn the tables on the Ugly Gang. Flipshot retires and hands the job over to Meliak.
-I believe in Lt. Flipshot. :sklol:
-There's an irony that Flipshot is the slowest draw in the city.
-Wow, there's a place that sells beer in Gorn City. Actual Beer. Says so and everything. Did that slip past the censors?
-This is all Skeletors plan? Man is this convoluted!
Overall, OK Western episode. 6.5/10
40. New Wizard in Town
Sebrian is hosting a wizard conference. Ramlin, one of the great wizards, has become corrupted and seeks to use this as an opportunity to take the magic from those present, including He-man!
-Slush Head pretends to be He-man? LOLs.
-Not sure I like the idea of there being an evil Wizard greater than Skeletor.
-Gleep still isn't funny.
-Gary Chalk as both Hero and Villain. Nifty.
-Ramlin is a Shujinko.
-Drats, I was really hoping for Skeletor to be on Ramlins ship as he departs in his weakened state and Skeletor takes his power. Would've really cemented the message of the episode.
Unless Ramlin is going to show up in the next 9 eps, this episode really should've ended with Ramlin losing his power to Skeletor. It would've been a fitting end to both the character and the story. Not a bad episode either, the wizards were interesting and the pacing was very good. 7.2/10
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New Episodes 9/23
41. The Nemesis Within
Primus plays EPCOT and Skeletor takes advantage of Pre-9/11 airport security to claim all the goodies for himself.
-At long last? You didn't even know about the McGuffin until about a minute ago!
-Nifty Camera, but how did it take a picture of Skeletor when he never came into contact with the cargo container?
-It's harmless, isn't it. (Guessing)
-I take it back, it's probably a cloning machine.
-Nifty Havoc sword
-Heh, Skeletor getting a ride on He-Clone.
-Why do all the Scientists wear robes? Did snazzy jumpsuits go out of fashion?
-He-man lost. Counting down to The Sorceress saying "The Power of the Good".
-30 seconds. Sorceress "Believe in the Power of the Good".
-...And throwing the solar energy sphere into the fountain created an explosion 10,000 times worse than an H-bomb! :sklol:
-Or not. Drats. That would've been funny.
-"Who said anything about fighting fair?" :sklol:
-If Skeletor can tap his staff and teleport off Primus, couldn't he do the same to get on Primus at will? Rendering much of this series plot points moot, doesn't it?
Overall. OK. 6.5/10
He-mans biggest fan doesn't pull a Misery on him. Thus ruining a great potential story.
-Werban! Actually in the episode! Hoo-ray! And touting peace too! Double Hoo-ray!
-Sebrian is a jerk.
-That lady is becoming creepy.
-Why is Mara laughing? Does she know that Adam and He-man are the same?
-I've refrained from mentioning it before, but man does the background music in the second season sound like it's from the original Doctor Who series. Like they got the rights to some of the incidental music or something.
-Laser darts are cool.
-The weapon is sound? A sound weapon in space. :skshift:
-The Colossus? Is that the first time we've had a name or really a good look at this craft?
-I'm not going to like this episode, am I?
-Did Tuskador just break a laser with his tusks?
-Wait, what just happened? He-man threw his sword into the giant record and the label turned from red to blue, thus causing destruction?
Overall. Blech. 1/10
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43. The Dream Zone.
Both sides go into the Dream Zone to attack/defend the council generating Primus' shield. Skeletor beats the tar out of He-man, but Sebrian and the Sorceress interfere and nonsense wins.
-Why is Skeletor taking Quake and BH with him?
-Wow, Shakespeare and Twilight Zone references, go Skeletor!
-The Dream Zone is like early animation.
-I'm suddenly thinking of "I like trains". You'd think He-man would be in danger in the dream zone. After all, there's got to be some baggage with having a dual identity. It should leave him vulnerable.
-"Lets give them a Priman welcome!" Bang bang bang! Pacifists!
-The Mutants destroyed an Astrosub and killed the pilot. Wow.
-Wow, He-man is completely unarmed. Kudos!
-"Woah, where do you find batteries for that thing?" :sklol:
-Ugh. They use good and evil in such flat states that it's just silly.
Overall, I liked all of this episode except the resolution, which I knew was going to be a Sorceress guided Deus Ex Machina. Skeletor beating He-man had some nice animation to the sequences. 5/10
44. Brain Drain
Skeletor tires of the stupide mutants and gets a device that boosts the IQ of Slush Head, BH, and Staghorn. This causes friction between them and Skeletor, as well as Flogg. He-man uses brute force to solve the plot.
-Skeletor is on the verge of snapping. Poor guy.
-So... why did the pacifist people of Primus come to Denebria and interfere with their culture? Sounds like something the Tri-Solar council should be investigating. Heck, that would be quite the plot. The opening further re-enforces the idea that Primus is the bad guys of this series.
-Something was wrongfully stolen from you? Not my problem. "Heroic" He-man everyone.
-I think I'm going to like this episode...
-Kill him! Kill the villain He-man!
Overall, OK. 4.5/10
45. You're in the Army Now
Adam is framed for treason and is found guilty of desertion as well. For some reason the desertion thing is forgotten when he finds the traitor.
-LOL, Adam is on trial, isn't he? If I'm right, this is a brilliant idea.
-Is Adam faking being bad at this, or is he really bad at the training?
-Wait, is Adam only able to change from his civies into He-man? He was wearing that under his training clothes?
-You disabled your trusted friend. "Heroic" He-man everyone.
-Boy the villain timing couldn't be worse. The facility should've exploded during the initial battle or at the very least when Skeletor confronted He-man. If Evan is going to take all day, what's the point?
Overall, meh. 4.5/10
46. No Easy Way
Primus sends everything they've got to explore a moon and come back with foreign flora.
-Wow, seeing the Colossus next to the Eternia shows just what a behemoth of a ship it is.
-How does attacking an asteroid from the rear make any difference to destroying it?
-Sorceress is so annoying. Really.
-Atmospheric entry, is that a first for this series?
-And now we explicitly see that He-man doesn't need to breathe. He puts helmets on the others, but not himself. Also, Artilla doesn't need one, so I guess he's an android.
-Wow, I didn't think we'd get Skeletor and the mutants, but we do. Yay!
-Hmm. Skeletor passes up the obvious. While they're exploring this moon, attack the relatively defenseless Primus! :sklol:
-There's a slight irony that Hydron talks about his love of fresh air. Given that he's from an underwater city and usually wears a scuba mask.
-Where's the other scientist(s)? 2 ships, the entire backbone of Primus' defense force, along with He-man and several guardians go on this mission but there's only two scientists?
-Introducing foreign Flora to an entire planet. Always a good thing. We shall see.
-Rigerous testing, eh Master Sebrian? What, do you work for MattyCollectors World Class Quality Control Facilties now?
Overall, not a bad episode. 7/10
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47. The Guns of Nordor
The Mutants create an interplanetary cannon. The PPP send a strike mission to destroy a mutant instalation on a mutant planet that's not theirs. As pacifists tend to do.
-I'm watching the (biased) opening credits, I'm guessing that this is a take on The Guns of Navarone based on the title. Which if I'm right, means a team of Pacifist Primans attacking an established mutant base on Denebria or Nordor. (Also a far smaller death count for our "hero" team.)
-Love the gun being on rails/wires to account for the recoil.
-How exactly does one become an "officer" of the Mutants? Is there some kind of promotion process where you go from a Stormtrooper to a guy with a gimmick?
-Hydrons descent is a bit weird. Why is he playing with his flaps all the way down? Set them up to get the most glide if you're short of the runway. Why isn't the Eternia firing a tractor beam or docking with him?
-Wait, so they walk away glad from an Astrosub that's on fire on top of the starship Eternia? Wouldn't they want to secure that?
-Yup. Guns of Navarone.
-Is Gepple getting situtationally aware? Usually they're so glad to be getting credit for inventing anything.
-Hmm. Darkside of Nordor. I'm guessing we won't see Ramlin there.
-The Colossus. Interesting. I'm really begining to think we were going to get a toy of it. Far too many appearances otherwise.
-Or not. The Colossus just bought it! :skeek:
-Everyone is congratulating Slush Head. If it weren't for the fact that we see him in normal attire, I'd almost say this was his fantasy!
-An empty decoy ship. Wow. That's quite the resource depletion.
-That's quite the suit Gepple.
-Gepple is flying his own ship? Wow.
-Cloaking Devices work differently in this episode. Wherein prior episodes had them as Star Trek style invisiblity along with non-detection, now they are just non-detection devices.
-+100 to Quake for figuring out the Primans plan!
-Why would Skeletor leave? Isn't he functionally immortal as established in 41. The Nemesis Within?
Overall, a sharp plot that worked fine coupled with some nice to OK animation. 8/10
48. The Bride of Slushhead
The Primans crash Slush Heads wedding. Jerks.
-I've seen two different spellings for Slushy, one with a space and one without. Just a note. Slush Head, Slushhead.
-What did they create? A GPS for their navigation system?
-Given galactic scales, landing in the swamp as opposed to Gorn City is a very minute course change.
-Alcon, the Mutants greatest asset.
-Gleep? No Felca. Same voice though.
-Evil Primans. I'm telling you.
-Is that the first (and probably only) time Slush head has used his tenticle claw?
-Ya know, with the way that the Primans act, I'd really just have them as part of the wedding and have no evil plan. Let their own suspicions make them into really terrible people and use that as evidence as needed.
-Waspinator voice from the pig-guy.
-Felcas a Bridezilla, isn't she?
-The mutant tux's. LOLs.
-Skeletor the matchmaker.
-How the heck did Staghorn get inside the cake when he was part of the lineup shot during the ceremony?
Overall, solid episode. 8/10
A gladitoral champion is sent to do in He-man. Guess who wins?
-Is Dreadator a combination of original Skeletor and Sting Chameleon
-Perhaps we've got an answer to how Mutants join up, Gladitorial Champions. Interesting idea.
-Interesting lung device. Guessing that's a weakness/addiction that will be exploited later.
-Skeletor. Master Mutant Manipulator.
-He even has a cloaked ship. That is cool.
-Heh, turning into a PPV fight. Clever!
-Ah, arming him with extra weapons to fight fair. Including another use for Gepples Goo.
-Slush Head as the hot dog vender. Awesome.
-Slush Head uses the tentacles. I'm surprised.
-Alcons goo doesn't work. Gepples does. I see that in a commercial in the future.
Overall, solid episode. 8/10
The episode guide here at He-man.org lists this as the last episode. I see now that's clearly not the case.
I wonder if there's a post length quota for a single post. With no one replying I can see myself running out out characters for a single post and forcing a premature end to this thread. As it is, I can no longer use emoticons in this now enormous post.