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    New episode review site!

    Hi everybody!

    I'm a long-time lurker here and finally taken the plunge and signed up...

    I'm sure a lot of you guys remember the old He-Man and She-Ra Episode Review website that used to be maintained by Busta Toons and Zadoc Angell. It was that site that reinvigorated my interest in MOTU after "growing out of it" in the early 90s, so I was naturally pretty sad when it closed down.

    Since then, I've not been able to find any websites offering reviews of all He-Man episodes (except for hemanreviewed, the style of which I must say I'm not a fan...), so the next stage was of course to start my own...

    I'm aiming to cover all episodes of all four series, and will be posting weekly, or possibly more often. I know this is the sort of project that must often get started and not finished, so I can reassure you that I have already written reviews for all 130 episodes of Filmation He-Man, and for the first 10 She-Ra episodes too. I'll post them gradually though.

    I'm aware, of course, that Busta will be publishing his book in the summer, and I will be eagerly buying a copy, so please be assured this isn't intended to take away from him - it's just an alternative viewpoint!

    So, the bit you are hopefully all waiting for - here's the link to my site: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/

    Please take a look, have a read, and if you want, let me know what you think!

    Many thanks

    Owen

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    Good job, OwenMorton.
    I am currently reviewing the 1st episode of the He-Man cartoon on your site.
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    Sounds cool!


    There was one site that did a lot of reviews and stopped once it met its goal. It's literally called He-Man Reviewed.
    And then you can find the old cartoon content on old.he-man.org.

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    Thanks for all the interest, guys - I've had a lot of views today so I hope you've enjoyed! I've just posted a review of The Shaping Staff, and as I say, I'll post roughly weekly!

    I can update this thread every time I post, but don't want to seem like I'm just annoyingly bumping on the forum, so would appreciate if anyone has an opinion on that? I've checked the rules and don't see anything suggesting it's not allowed. Basically, would people like me to post when I update, or would you prefer me to leave it? Many thanks.

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    There's nothing wrong with you updating this thread every time you post a new review.
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    Very cool! I'm looking forward to digging into these reviews.

    I did some fairly in-depth reviews of episodes for my upcoming book, and one of them I covered was The Shaping Staff. I can't wait to see what you pick up on that I didn't!

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    Good reviews! Not that you need to do it, but it might be cool to see a list at the end of each review of the major characters (ones based off toys and major recurring ones like Marlena) that appear in each episode.

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    Pretty good reviews .








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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfsfang View Post
    Pretty good reviews .








    However you dissed Orko and for that I must give you a thumbs down
    Er ... sorry, wolfsfang, but I have a relatively strong opinion on Orko, and I fear it may not coincide with yours ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefly View Post
    Good reviews! Not that you need to do it, but it might be cool to see a list at the end of each review of the major characters (ones based off toys and major recurring ones like Marlena) that appear in each episode.
    Thanks for the feedback - that's something I will add for future reviews!

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    And for your Sunday morning reading pleasure, here's my review of Disappearing Act: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2016...sappearing-act

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    Orko definitely splits the crowd.
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    Hello all,

    A review of the next episode, the ever popular Diamond Ray of Disappearance, is now posted on my blog; direct link here: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2016...disappearance/

    And now She-Demon of Phantos is up too: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2016...on-of-phantos/

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    Hello all,

    My review of Teela's Quest is now online, at the following link: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2016...-teelas-quest/

    Hope you enjoy!

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    Review of Curse of the Spellstone is now on the blog, here: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2016...he-spellstone/

    Thanks for reading!
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    Sunday night He-Man fix! Review of The Time Corridor available now: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2016...time-corridor/

    Enjoy!

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    Hello everyone - a review of The Dragon Invasion is now online here: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2016...agon-invasion/

    Big favourite of mine, this one! Hope you enjoy the review.

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    Hi all! We now come to what I consider the first real dud of the series: the rabidly anti-drugs episode A Friend in Need: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2016...riend-in-need/

    I hope you like it!

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    That review of "A Friend in Need" was appropriately brutal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianCBaer View Post
    That review of "A Friend in Need" was appropriately brutal.
    It was asking for it!

    On the other hand, at the time I wrote the review, I thought this must be the absolute low point of the entire series. Little did I know what delights were in store *cough*Starchild*cough*

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    I think I probably like more of the episodes than you. My biggest complaint about the show is that with so few voice actors, I think some of the secondary characters suffer odd voices (ie, Fisto's echo or Spikor's broken speech). Also, children voiced by adults in cartoons such as Starchild don't always come off the best, but most cartoons did that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefly View Post
    I think I probably like more of the episodes than you. My biggest complaint about the show is that with so few voice actors, I think some of the secondary characters suffer odd voices (ie, Fisto's echo or Spikor's broken speech). Also, children voiced by adults in cartoons such as Starchild don't always come off the best, but most cartoons did that.
    I agree to some extent on the voices: Spikor in particular did sound like a complete fool, and I've noticed that Queen Marlena seems to switch voice actress seemingly at random. On the other hand, I think the quality and variety of voice work the actors did is incredible for the most part, but for some strange reason I only notice how good most of it is when there's something jarringly bad (like that moment in an episode much later on - possibly The Good Shall Survive, can't remember right now - where Man-at-Arms stammers like mad and sounds like he's forgotten his lines).

    To your other point - I really should make it clear that I absolutely love the cartoon. Obviously there's a few episodes that really don't make the grade, but out of 130 of them, I'd say there's only 15 at absolute most that are poor. And of course, while the lows are low, the highs are incredibly high!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenMorton View Post
    It was asking for it!

    On the other hand, at the time I wrote the review, I thought this must be the absolute low point of the entire series. Little did I know what delights were in store *cough*Starchild*cough*
    Oh, man. The Starchild sent me running to the liquor cabinet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenMorton View Post
    I've noticed that Queen Marlena seems to switch voice actress seemingly at random.
    Not totally random. They had Linda Gary as the voice of Teela, Sorceress, Evil-Lyn and Marlena. If in an episode the voice-actress already had a certain amount of characters to voice, Lou's wife Jay would come in and voice Marlena. As I recall there was some limit of voices in an episode for VA to do. (Hence why many times Lou pitched in with voicing some minor characters)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jukka View Post
    Not totally random. They had Linda Gary as the voice of Teela, Sorceress, Evil-Lyn and Marlena. If in an episode the voice-actress already had a certain amount of characters to voice, Lou's wife Jay would come in and voice Marlena. As I recall there was some limit of voices in an episode for VA to do. (Hence why many times Lou pitched in with voicing some minor characters)
    Ah, that makes sense now! Thanks Jukka. I had wondered if I was imagining it the first time I noticed!

    I think we all want to move on from A Friend in Need now, and never look back, so here's the next episode review: Masks of Power! https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2016...asks-of-power/

    Hope you enjoy!

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    Since He-Man was a Saturday morning cartoon, here's a Saturday morning review of Evil-Lyn's Plot: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2016...vil-lyns-plot/

    Enjoy, all!

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    I'm loving your blog, I am following through Wordpress as I blog there too www.gquests.wordpress.com - keep up the brilliant work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G!! View Post
    I'm loving your blog, I am following through Wordpress as I blog there too www.gquests.wordpress.com - keep up the brilliant work.

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    Glad you like it! I've had a look at your blog a few times and I'm looking forward to if you do write something about the Beano (you mentioned back in February I think?) - I used to love the Beano and Dandy too! I have just clicked follow on your blog so now I'll be alerted whenever you update!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenMorton View Post
    Glad you like it! I've had a look at your blog a few times and I'm looking forward to if you do write something about the Beano (you mentioned back in February I think?) - I used to love the Beano and Dandy too! I have just clicked follow on your blog so now I'll be alerted whenever you update!
    Thank you for following - The Beano is something I do plan to speak about in the future, it featured heavily in my childhood.

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    Hello everyone - here is this week's contribution: Like Father, Like Daughter. Featuring the Sorceress being unhelpful, Skeletor on Skype, and Adam briefly pretending to be a rabbit. What's not to like?? https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2016...like-daughter/

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    And here's Colossor Awakes, in which the Sorceress is even less helpful than last week. https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2016...lossor-awakes/

    Enjoy!

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    Hi everyone - I seem to have forgotten to post here when A Beastly Sideshow went up, so here's a link to that: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2016...stly-sideshow/

    And today I have posted Reign of the Monster, which is notable primarily for having about 8 billion Stratoses in it, so if Stratos floats your boat, it's the one for you. https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2016...f-the-monster/

    Enjoy!

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