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    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Cartoon Series (39 Episodes)

    I watched all 39 episodes of the Mike Young Production of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon series on the Cartoon Network when they came out between 2002 and 2004, and I had not seen any of the episodes again since, until now, 5 years later.

    I bought the complete series from SAM'S CLUB this year and watched all 39 episodes again in 3 days. I love this version of MOTU and will never get tired of watching these episodes over and over again. The animation and stories were WAAAAAAAAAY better than the New Adventures' animation and stories. I liked it better than the original He-Man cartoon too, but the original was actually good, which I can't say about NA.

    The animation made me think of The Little Mermaid, The Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and The Road To El Dorado. MOTU was even better though, only thing missing was He-Man singing!

    All 39 episodes were great, although "Turnabout" was a little bit silly, and Queen Marlena didn't get to show her stuff until one of the last few episodes, "Of Machines and Men" when she pierces Tung Lashor's tung to a wall with a knife. The original Queen Marlena got a lot more action, but she just flipped evil warriors who were holding her from behind, over her head.

    I really liked the episodes that featured Hordak: "Seperation," "The Price of Deceit," "The Power of Grayskull" and "History." All the episodes that featured the Snake Men were great. The episodes with Sy-Clone, Roboto, Stinkor and Moss Man in them are my personal favorites.

    "Mekaneck's Lament" made me think of the MOTU mini-comic book, "Eye of the Storm," where Snout Spout feels he's useless. Did the writers have this in mind when they wrote Mekaneck's Lament? Was it intentional? Were there any episodes like this in the original series?

    In the episode "The Mystery of Anwat Gar" The Legacy Stones make Skeletor grow a little taller and get more body armor. The body armor made me think of the armor that Skeletor wore in the New Adventures. Did any of you catch that?

    Just a few questions:

    Evil-Lyn's father is featured in two episodes, "Lessons" and "The Price of Deceit." Is "The Faceless One" actually his name? Is he dead or alive? Is he good or evil? Is Evil-Lyn's father mentioned anywhere in the original cartoons or comic books? What exactly was his position or title on Eternia?

    King Randor's father or grandfather was featured in a flashback in one of the episodes, which one was it again, and what was his name?

    The snake around Snake Mountain comes to life in the last episode (the snake god serpos) and then it is sent back the way it was. Are we ever told anywhere in the original MOTU cartoons or comics that the snake around Snake Mountain used to be a living creature?

    Was Count Marzo in the original cartoon series or comic books?

    I wish this series had lasted longer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankovic-Gretzky View Post
    I watched all 39 episodes of the Mike Young Production of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon series on the Cartoon Network when they came out between 2002 and 2004, and I had not seen any of the episodes again since, until now, 5 years later.

    I bought the complete series from SAM'S CLUB this year and watched all 39 episodes again in 3 days. I love this version of MOTU and will never get tired of watching these episodes over and over again. The animation and stories were WAAAAAAAAAY better than the New Adventures' animation and stories. I liked it better than the original He-Man cartoon too, but the original was actually good, which I can't say about NA.

    The animation made me think of The Little Mermaid, The Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and The Road To El Dorado. MOTU was even better though, only thing missing was He-Man singing!

    All 39 episodes were great, although "Turnabout" was a little bit silly, and Queen Marlena didn't get to show her stuff until one of the last few episodes, "Of Machines and Men" when she pierces Tung Lashor's tung to a wall with a knife. The original Queen Marlena got a lot more action, but she just flipped evil warriors who were holding her from behind, over her head.

    I really liked the episodes that featured Hordak: "Seperation," "The Power of Grayskull" and "History." All the episodes that featured the Snake Men were great. The episodes with Sy-Clone, Roboto, Stinkor and Moss Man in them are my personal favorites.

    "Mekaneck's Lament" made me think of the MOTU mini-comic book, "Eye of the Storm," where Snout Spout feels he's useless. Did the writers have this in mind when they wrote Mekaneck's Lament? Was it intentional? Were there any episodes like this in the original series?

    In the episode "The Mystery of Anwat Gar" The Legacy Stones make Skelator grow a little taller and get more body armor. The body armor made me think of the armor that Skeletor wore in the New Adventures. Did any of you catch that?

    Just a few questions:

    Evil-Lyn's father is featured in two episodes, "Lessons" and "The Price of Deceit." Is "The Faceless One" actually his name? Is he dead or alive? Is he good or evil? Is Evil-Lyn's father mentioned anywhere in the original cartoons or comic books? What exactly was his position or title on Eternia?

    King Randor's father or grandfather was featured in a flashback in one of the episodes, which one was it again, and what was his name?

    The snake around Snake Mountain comes to life in the last episode (the snake god serpos) and then it is sent back the way it was. Are we ever told anywhere in the original MOTU cartoons or comics that the snake around Snake Mountain used to be a living creature?

    Was Count Marzo in the original cartoon series or comic books?

    I wish this series had lasted longer!
    The Faceless One taks of his mask in the comics, the comics happen in between 200X TV episodes

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam03 View Post
    The Faceless One taks of his mask in the comics, the comics happen in between 200X TV episodes
    He isn't wearing as mask, he was cursed to look like that.

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    Like you i recently decided to watch a few episodes (due to this thread actually) again after not having seen any episodes from the series for years.

    WOW. Its even better than i remember it . Im actually very surprised at myself as i dont like watching movies more than once. I already know whats going to happen so why watch (there are rare exceptions). But in this case the series is still "new" to me and ive really enjoyed the few episodes ive watched .

    It really saddens me that this series didnt last longer and that there arent any plans to bring it back. It actually makes me mad at Mattel and not want to support their product .

    I ...think i just realized how Transformers fans must feel.
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    Did all of you notice the similarities between the 2002 Masters of the Universe cartoon series and some of the 1980s DC and STAR MOTU comics? Obviously this was intentional.

    In the first Masters of the Universe comic book from STAR Comics in 1986, The Coming of Hordak, Adam and Teela are on jet sleds doing their training and Teela knocks Adam off and he falls.

    In the first episode of the 2002 MOTU series, The Beginning, Adam and Teela are also training on hover boards and Adam falls when he hits something.

    The Coming of Hordak from 1986 STAR Comics: Skeletor is trying to keep Hordak from getting into Eternia. Similar stories in MOTU 2002 episodes: Separation, The Price of Deceit, The Power of Grayskull, History.

    In the 1986 MOTU Star comic "Snakes Alive" Kobra Khan takes Skeletor to the dungeons below Snake Mountain, which Skeletor didn't know about, to release the Snake Men

    In the 2002 MOTU episode, "Snake Pit" Kobra Khan does the same thing. He takes Skeletor to the dungeons below Snake Mountain to release the Snake Men.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DynastyMasters View Post
    In the 2002 MOTU episode, "Snake Pit" Kobra Khan does the same thing. He takes Skeletor to the dungeons below Snake Mountain to release the Snake Men.
    No he didn't actually. Khan went down to the Void on his own after he managed to get in good with Skeletor and got access to Snake Mountain. Skeletor just happened to go after Zodak to the Void after the Snake Men got released.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagar View Post
    He isn't wearing as mask, he was cursed to look like that.
    Dagar is right.. The Faceless one never removed his mask because he is not wearing one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankovic-Gretzky View Post
    Was Count Marzo in the original cartoon series or comic books?

    I wish this series had lasted longer!
    Marzo was in the original cartoon.

    Yes, I wish it had of lasted longer too. *sigh*

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    Adam's grandfather, Randor's father; Captain Miro is mentioned in "Mekaneck's Lament" episode.

    King Miro existed in original cartoon series too.

    No word is said about Evil-Lyn's relatives in old continuities. Nothing mentioned of a father.
    The Faceless One (in accordance of comic) was a normal looking human member of Council of Wisdom (in ancient time before Council of Elders), and after a fall-out resigned, taught King Hsss how to unleash Serpos in order to protect his baby-girl.
    Council of Wisdom as punishment turns him into his current form that we see in the toon.


    I don't recall any mentioning of Snake Mountain being alive in older continuities. In Filmation episode "Golden Disks of Knowledge", Skeletor does summon "The Snake of Snake Mountain", which is a big snake in the base-section of the Moutain.

    The writers intentionally wanted to explore Mekaneck's power and based an episode around how he might feel about his power.
    Original series didn't have many origin-stories or stories were characters dwelve upon their "power". We do get an origin for Sorceress, Marlena, Cringer, Roboto, Modulok, Fisto. Mekaneck is given some quick flashback in "Search for a Son"-episode.

    Orko does have many episodes where he questions his powers, abilities, role in the Kingdom and purpose alltogether. The Sorceress, He-Man and rest re-assure him every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jukka View Post
    and after a fall-out resigned, taught King Hsss how to unleash Serpos in order to protect his baby-girl.
    I didn't know that (I know nothing of the comics).

    I only discovered this series in recent times, and I really enjoy it. Gutted that it ended when it did, it's so good.

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    I just finished watching the entire series for the first time. What a fantastic series! Wow. I loved all the history and the animation and characters, wow, just great! Why did this series end? And the toy line for that matter? I'm so sorry I wasn't watching it when it aired to help support it.

    I would love a continuation of this series or see direct to dvd releases of new episodes. I know that's probably not going to happen but I would just love to see more of these cartoons! :-)

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    The Council of Elders are referred to in the DC and Star Comics as the Elders.

    Whenever something shocking or unforseen happens, someone says "By the Elders."

    The Council of Elders are mentioned and shown in the 2002 cartoon series but not the 1983 cartoon series.
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    This series was surprisingly good. I've been watching it with my kid.

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    I agree DynastyMasters. If I ever hit the lotto or anything crazy like that, the first thing I would do is try to get the MYP comic up and running again. I think that would be the easiest thing to do. I'd prefer a cartoon but I think that would require a lot more working/money.

    I never wanted the cartoon and comic to end. They were the best!

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    In the episode, Siren's Song, what do you make of Buzz-Off entering Man-At-Arms lab to check up on the Imobilizer before he was attacked by Ram-Man who was being controlled by Evil-Lyn? Do you think Buzz-Off was going to turn against the Masters and take the Imobilizer, or was he just making sure it was still there, and found the device interesting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HordeFan View Post
    I agree DynastyMasters. If I ever hit the lotto or anything crazy like that, the first thing I would do is try to get the MYP comic up and running again. I think that would be the easiest thing to do. I'd prefer a cartoon but I think that would require a lot more working/money.

    I never wanted the cartoon and comic to end. They were the best!
    Yes I agree as well, I'm wondering though if it would be easier to get the artists who used to work for MVCreations comics and get them to continue the story rather than try to do the near impossible and get MYP running it again? I've thought about writing to them and asking them what it would take to start up the comic again and maybe bring in what DynastyMasters said about Adora.
    Also what Alleyezon4 said, seeing Adora transformation into She-Ra - a teenage girl into full grown woman - would be really interesting.

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    i keep watching & reading the 200x motu.
    i still cant get enough.

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    Love this series. Watching it with my kids one episode at a time. My daughter loves (either The Beginning 2 or 3) where Mer-Man comes up from the depths with a crystal that's supposed to help Skeletor destroy the mystic wall. She loves the line from Evil-Lyn, "It took you two years to get it, you could've taken five minutes to clean it off." We love Beastman's face as Mer-Man wipes it on his fur. Awesome stuff.
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    Just watched 'The Council of Evil' two parter And 'The Last Stand' today. Those three episodes boil down what is special about MOTU. Really captures the essence. It kills me to think how amazing the next batch of unmade episodes would have been. Big time Horde action. That would've been awesome. Oh we'll, maybe there's a new MOTUC series in the works...
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