January 1, 2007, 10:08pm
"Oh dearie my!"
Wow, it's amazing the spectrum of episodes
I now have the entire series on DVD, but I'm currently halfway through Season 2 Volume 1, which I got for Christmas (along with 2.2).
It's so interesting at the spectrum of episodes the series has. There are some episodes I really like, some that are just kinda "meh" to me, and then there are those outstanding gems where every element seems to come together perfectly for what you wish would be an award-winning episode.
Last night I saw 2 such shows back to back---"Fraidy Cat" and "The Rainbow Warrior". I love Cringer, the Royals, and Mer-Man, so "Fraidy Cat" was enhanced by the appearances of those characters for me, and the fact that it's a starring vehcile for can't-help-but-love-him Cringer, lol. What was fascinating was getting to see rare occurrences such as conversations between Cringer and Randor and Cringer and Marlena, Mer-Man going after Cringer, Mer-Man guarding Marlena, Marlena confronting Skeletor (and Marlena in Snake Mountain, talk about rare! lol)...those elements just made the episode that much meatier for me. Great stuff all the way through.
Then "The Rainbow Warrior"---wow, no wonder I've heard so much about this one! Paul Forward had a brilliant idea to showcase Marlena. I've always liked her and King Randor a lot, but like they said, she had the least to do so far. It was terrific the way he weaved her history as an astronaut into this Eternian story. Seeing her fighting Skeletor and rescuing Adam, Teela, Randor, Duncan, and Orko was awesome, and I loved how Randor revealed her at the end and everyone was shocked (He-Man: "Mo--Your Majesty!" ). I also liked seeing how Randor and Marlena met and how she came to be an Earthling on Eternia. And what a perfect ending with the hint that Marlena may just understand how her son and He-Man "know each other".
I also greatly enjoyed "To Save Skeletor"---I love seeing a big group of He-Man's allies and Evil Warriors having to cooperate to overcome a new evil. It's so cool to see them have to work together, which is something that makes "The Witch and the Warrior" so fantastic---seeing Teela and Evil-Lynn have to survive together was fascinating. It really makes the Evil Warriors' characters that much more complex and fleshed out.
Man, by the power of Grayskull, I love MOTU!!
January 3, 2007, 12:39pm
I think my favorite episode of the series is when Marlena frees Adam because she "knows that he is capable of"! I always loved Marlena because she never did much but you always wondered what was going on. I mean she did give birth to He-Man so there must be some sort of specialness about her and Randor. They usually seem so helpless while their son is the most powerful man in the universe.
Even the pretty lame episodes are enjoyable. The way they are made lets you imagine them living and doing things when the show ends. I wish there were more shows like this on today. Now we just have wiggly people.