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    Watching NA for the First Time Ever

    On other forums, I see threads like this pop up increasingly often, so I figured this would be a chance for me to do the same. I'm going to watch the New Adventures of He-man for the first time ever and give my comments/feedback/thoughts after I watch the episode.

    A little bit of background, I was the right age for He-man; I got into it during the FILMation era, even enjoyed the live action movie, but NA was a big gap personally. I had gotten the Skeletor/He-man 2 pack, but other then that comic, I had no further exposure to this part of the franchise. The cartoon didn't air at a time when I could see it, so for me He-man had ended until the 200X relaunch, which I didn't see until about a year later via pirate sources due to not having cable. Thanks to here and the wonder of the internet, I got caught up in many of the elements that I had missed out on, such as the DC comics, mini-comics, etc. I particularly like the Pre-filmation barbaric Masters of the Universe series. Oh, I'm also a Transformers fan.

    Enough of that, onto the first episode! (I'll use the episode guide here to make sure I get the names right.)

    1. A New Begining

    Primus is a nice place, under attack from mutants. Gandalf the-- uh, Master Sebrian has seen that way to save Primus is to get a warrior from the past "'with the power of the good and the way of the magic." He consults a group who like to hang out in crystals, who agrees. Our comic relief scientists build a snail shaped time machine and two heroic warrio-- Guardians of Primus, Hydron and Flipshot (Figures on sale now!) don their respective swimming and flying equipment for no obvious reason and hop into the timeship. Does it have a name? No? I'm naming it the Chronosnail.

    The Chronosnail arrives in the past, Hydron and Flipshot assume everyone is a friend and are quickly captured by Andros and taken to a really great Snake Mountain. Skeletor learns of their story and decides he likes their naivete as well as the whole future technology angle and decides to pose as the good guy. Hydron and Flipshot, knowing not to judge a book by its cover, agree to take Skeletor to the future. The Sorceress butts in and gets He-man to go before his parents, blow his secret identity, and run off and try to catch a ride to the future. He does, go figure.

    The Chronosnail arrives back in the present (future) just as the Mutants breach the shield to attack Primus. Skeletor blows his ruse, and long story short, He-man is known as the good and joins up with those on Primus while Skeletor hitches a ride with Flogg back to the Mother Ship where he joins up with them, under Floggs command, of course.

    Notes:

    -I didn't expect it, but either an explaination or a transition from the FILMation look to the current appearance would've been nice. I'll admit, again, since my only exposure to NA before this had been the minicomic, which did just that, I was hoping to see more of an explaination for Skeletor an He-mans new appearances, especially since we got a great looking classic Snake Mountain as well as a Randor and Marlena that more or less fit with the classic look. I wasn't expecting a whole episode explaining it, but just a nod or even a throwaway line about how they've changed.

    -This is a really different take on Skeletor. Different voice, different personality. I like it!

    -The Mutant fleet has a very Macross/Tekkaman feel to it. Technorganic in a few ways. I like it.

    -I had always taken it as Primus wasn't Eternia (and I did see the thread about what it really is, but given the way the scene transition worked with the mudhole turning to a clean lake and Snake Mountain eroding, along with the Chronosnail being classified as only a timeship sure makes it seem like it's just Eternia of the far flung future visually.

    -The Sorceress assures us that with Skeletor gone, Eternia is free from evil. This either gives Skeletor a lot of power or flat out ignores all the other evils in Eternia, of which there are quite a few, both natural and unnatural.

    -I have to admit, the hardest part for me to swallow is when He-man obliterated that tree with a blast launched from his powersword.

    -I don't like that whiny brat in the opening of the episode, I hope we never see him again.

    -Why is there an Adam and why is he pretending to be Sebrian's nephew?

    -It's funny how many Beast Wars actors there are in this series, and that Sue Blu is the voice director. I've met Gary Chalk and even did my original Skeletor voice impression during a voice acting competition at a convention, which he liked; I didn't realize he was He-man in this series until later!

    Overall: I liked it! It's a good starting point for a new series, I just would've liked a smoother rollover from the previous setup if you're not going to start fresh or a stronger introduction of Primus/Mutants situation. 8/10
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    Welcome to the NA forum. Nice to have you here.

    Well made points re: Episode One.

    If you're going to get into NA for the first time, I suggest you listen to Masterscast Podcast Episode #25 in which I'm interviewed about NA. It will give you some good background information about the series and will answer a lot of questions that will no doubt come up during your viewing of the DVDs. Click on the link, scroll down to Episode #25 and listen in:

    http://www.podcastdirectory.com/podcasts/4975

    I hope you enjoy the rest of NA and, btw, everyone here -- including myself -- is always open to thoughtful, constructive, civil criticism...as well as a bit of praise once in a while.

    Best,

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    Thanks for the welcome Jack!

    I listened to your podcast, some interesting stuff, thanks for the link. I'll admit, I've seen watch and review threads for about 8-9 different series, yet this is the first time that I've ever seen the writer of the series post in them; it's almost intimidating! One thing I'll mention now, at this point, I do like the three scientists.

    Anyway, onto:

    2. Quest for the Crystals.

    Since Skeletor isn't in charge, he gets Slush Head to volunteer for a recon mission for Flogg that's entirely Skeletors design. Nope, Skeletors not in charge at all. Slush Head seems aptly named, since he can't keep focused on his job and attacks (*Sigh*) Caz and Drissi. Sadly the whiney brat has been named and has a second appearance, which means he's a cast member and not a one shot, isn't he?

    Anyway, long story short, He-man saves the day. The Mutants launch a second attack, damaging the Trithuseum generator, and fall back, knowing that He-man will lead a mission to Denebria to get new crystals. Sure enough, Flipshot, Hydron, and He-man bring up a Starship and head on out, with R2-D-- Gleep, and, (*Sigh*) Caz.

    He-man thinks he's brokered a deal to get the crystals, but surprise, it's a setup. Skeletor doesn't take him out, He-man gets the Crystals. They name the ship Starship Eternia.

    Notes:

    -I'm surprised that our key character on both sides (He-man and Skeletor) are both fish out of waters, yet there's no description of the Tri-Solar System, their societies, or anything. I don't want or need an episode dealing with a long and ultimately pointless history, but something like how many planets there are in the system, how long the aggression has been going on, some other base details would've been nice.

    -The society on Primus is an interesting one. They have spent at least 2 generations without any sort of conflict and isolated on Primus, yet they've got weapons, spaceships, and a Trithuseum plant that requires offworld resources. Drissi has repeatedly admonished Caz since Primus is a world without violence, yet Flipshot, Hydron, and so many others are awfully quick to go to arms and adopt a more battle oriented position. There is no mention of negotiations or anything other then "let He-man deal with it as violently as he wants" as a solution to their problems. Nor does there seem to be any reactionaries who feel this is a trial for their pacifist ways and want to stay that way (After all, it's easy to be pacifist when there are no enemies).

    -Speaking of which, if Primus is so ripe for the picking now that the shield has failed, why doesn't Flogg just send in his entire force and conquer the planet right now, before He-man and others can prepare any sort of planet wide defense? Heck, give Skeletor a wing to command and have him lure He-man away from the city, then sack it with your own forces!

    -This episode is really fast paced. Not a good or a bad, but it's a very tight script.

    -Skeletors really big on handicapping himself, isn't he? I've argued before in other series that he doesn't seem to want to win on unfair terms, given the powers he often demonstrates how He-man ever wins is a question mark at times, but here he takes that extra step by essentially hiring buffoons to take He-man in the mines. Why not just blow the cave and bury him alive? Even so, I still like this Skeletor; if he keeps this up, he could become a favorite!

    -I don't like Caz. I really don't. I think it's because he's moronically delusional.

    -This episode feels a little schizophrenic, to the point where this could've been two episodes or a two-parter. We had He-man being questioned by the council and Skeletor sending Slush Head on a recon mission which could've provided backstory and context as well as setup for the next episode which was the attack on the Trithuseum plant and the quest to get new crystals, that would've allowed both stories to be told more fully.

    Overall, it's a stumble episode for me, sadly. 3/10


    EDIT: -At the end of the episode, there was a joke about Flipshot not being a good pilot. Did I miss something?
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    I'm really enjoying reading your thoughts on these!

    -I'm surprised that our key character on both sides (He-man and Skeletor) are both fish out of waters, yet there's no description of the Tri-Solar System, their societies, or anything. I don't want or need an episode dealing with a long and ultimately pointless history, but something like how many planets there are in the system, how long the aggression has been going on, some other base details would've been nice.
    I particularly agree with this, though they explain things to He-Man throughout the first five episodes, Skeletor seems to instantly know everything about the Tri Solar Galaxy - and we never see him being 'taught' by Flogg, as was mentioned in the first episode.

    Nor does there seem to be any reactionaries who feel this is a trial for their pacifist ways and want to stay that way (After all, it's easy to be pacifist when there are no enemies).
    Episode four, and the character of Werban (who appears briefly at the start of episode two) throughout the series, deal with this. Werban is openly critical of Sebrian and He-Man throughout the series.
    "Evil can never defeat good!"
    "Don't be ridiculous, of course it can!"
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    I woudn't call Episode Two so much a 'stumble' episode as a 'transition' episode.

    What you need to keep in mind is that Mattel first came to me with the concept of my writing just five episodes as an episodic mini-series. They wanted to run it for five days straight -- which they eventually did. But their thought process at the time was actually that they wanted to premiere the five episodes as a complete film so they could present it to a focus group in order to decide whether or not they wanted to commission 65 episodes.

    This they did, premiering it at MGM's theater in Culver City, CA to an audience of 1,500 kids. As it turned out, those 1,500 screaming kids fell in love with the film, and their audience response cards echoed this, resulting in Mattel immediatelly commissioning the rest of the episodes.

    For this reason each episode needed to be interconnected, but also stand-alone. So you couldn't really create a traditional episode in the sense of using classic story structure because it was, of necessity, linked to the episode preceding and proceding it. This dual purpose -- trying to create stand-alone episodes but also interlinked ones -- contributed to the split-personality feel of the first five episodes, as you pointed out.

    Add in the fact that I had two weeks to write a ninety-six page series bible and just another scant three weeks to write five complete episodes, from story springboars to outlines to complete script with re-writes and polishes -- and with no rest in between writing the series bible and moving to the scripts -- and it's a wonder I didn't end up schitzo! Were it not for being able to work with my good friend and brilliant producer Mark Taylor, Jetlag's VP Production and now GM at Nickelodeon, I might well have ended up in a rubber room! As it turned out it was an amazing experience and we enjoy much laughter and good times pulling off those first five episodes.

    And little did I know, at that point, that I would go on to write another thirty-two episodes and story-edit a bunch more in a period of a few months. (Not that I'm complaining )

    These aren't meant be be excuses; just explanations. And I think when the five episodes are viewed as a whole they become more of a cohesive unit rather than (admittedly) somewhat disjointed episodes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pravus Prime View Post
    On other forums, I see threads like this pop up increasingly often, so I figured this would be a chance for me to do the same. I'm going to watch the New Adventures of He-man for the first time ever and give my comments/feedback/thoughts after I watch the episode.

    A little bit of background, I was the right age for He-man; I got into it during the FILMation era, even enjoyed the live action movie, but NA was a big gap personally. I had gotten the Skeletor/He-man 2 pack, but other then that comic, I had no further exposure to this part of the franchise. The cartoon didn't air at a time when I could see it, so for me He-man had ended until the 200X relaunch, which I didn't see until about a year later via pirate sources due to not having cable. Thanks to here and the wonder of the internet, I got caught up in many of the elements that I had missed out on, such as the DC comics, mini-comics, etc. I particularly like the Pre-filmation barbaric Masters of the Universe series. Oh, I'm also a Transformers fan.

    Enough of that, onto the first episode! (I'll use the episode guide here to make sure I get the names right.)

    1. A New Begining

    Primus is a nice place, under attack from mutants. Gandalf the-- uh, Master Sebrian has seen that way to save Primus is to get a warrior from the past "'with the power of the good and the way of the magic." He consults a group who like to hang out in crystals, who agrees. Our comic relief scientists build a snail shaped time machine and two heroic warrio-- Guardians of Primus, Hydron and Flipshot (Figures on sale now!) don their respective swimming and flying equipment for no obvious reason and hop into the timeship. Does it have a name? No? I'm naming it the Chronosnail.

    The Chronosnail arrives in the past, Hydron and Flipshot assume everyone is a friend and are quickly captured by Andros and taken to a really great Snake Mountain. Skeletor learns of their story and decides he likes their naivete as well as the whole future technology angle and decides to pose as the good guy. Hydron and Flipshot, knowing not to judge a book by its cover, agree to take Skeletor to the future. The Sorceress butts in and gets He-man to go before his parents, blow his secret identity, and run off and try to catch a ride to the future. He does, go figure.

    The Chronosnail arrives back in the present (future) just as the Mutants breach the shield to attack Primus. Skeletor blows his ruse, and long story short, He-man is known as the good and joins up with those on Primus while Skeletor hitches a ride with Flogg back to the Mother Ship where he joins up with them, under Floggs command, of course.

    Notes:

    -I didn't expect it, but either an explaination or a transition from the FILMation look to the current appearance would've been nice. I'll admit, again, since my only exposure to NA before this had been the minicomic, which did just that, I was hoping to see more of an explaination for Skeletor an He-mans new appearances, especially since we got a great looking classic Snake Mountain as well as a Randor and Marlena that more or less fit with the classic look. I wasn't expecting a whole episode explaining it, but just a nod or even a throwaway line about how they've changed.

    -This is a really different take on Skeletor. Different voice, different personality. I like it!

    -The Mutant fleet has a very Macross/Tekkaman feel to it. Technorganic in a few ways. I like it.

    -I had always taken it as Primus wasn't Eternia (and I did see the thread about what it really is, but given the way the scene transition worked with the mudhole turning to a clean lake and Snake Mountain eroding, along with the Chronosnail being classified as only a timeship sure makes it seem like it's just Eternia of the far flung future visually.

    -The Sorceress assures us that with Skeletor gone, Eternia is free from evil. This either gives Skeletor a lot of power or flat out ignores all the other evils in Eternia, of which there are quite a few, both natural and unnatural.

    -I have to admit, the hardest part for me to swallow is when He-man obliterated that tree with a blast launched from his powersword.

    -I don't like that whiny brat in the opening of the episode, I hope we never see him again.

    -Why is there an Adam and why is he pretending to be Sebrian's nephew?

    -It's funny how many Beast Wars actors there are in this series, and that Sue Blu is the voice director. I've met Gary Chalk and even did my original Skeletor voice impression during a voice acting competition at a convention, which he liked; I didn't realize he was He-man in this series until later!

    Overall: I liked it! It's a good starting point for a new series, I just would've liked a smoother rollover from the previous setup if you're not going to start fresh or a stronger introduction of Primus/Mutants situation. 8/10
    I just started watching it for the first time, and the first episode is great cause you get to see how eternia looks in the future. I love that they created a new evil warrior as part of skelators ranks, Andros ( I see an action figure out of him) He reminds me of the havoc staff, Basher(vehicle), and concept sketch of a of a goat headed man who has a ramming feature.
    I too wonder why hemans power sword and skelators havoc staff changed so drastically, why and how did they do that? Any one have any answers for that. Are there any other galactic guardians or space mutants that are featured but never really realized or dicussed.

    Also where can I find the series bible on this series?

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    Quote Originally Posted by facet View Post
    I just started watching it for the first time, and the first episode is great cause you get to see how eternia looks in the future. I love that they created a new evil warrior as part of skelators ranks, Andros ( I see an action figure out of him) He reminds me of the havoc staff, Basher(vehicle), and concept sketch of a of a goat headed man who has a ramming feature.
    I too wonder why hemans power sword and skelators havoc staff changed so drastically, why and how did they do that? Any one have any answers for that. Are there any other galactic guardians or space mutants that are featured but never really realized or dicussed.

    Also where can I find the series bible on this series?
    He-man's and Skeletor's weapons changed as a result of their moving through time and space and to another venue with an 'atmosphere' -- both a physical and a spiritual one -- that is very different from that on Eternia.

    What I wanted to achieve with He-man was to somewhat lessen his strength so he had to reply more upon his wits. To compensate for this I chose to give his sword some magical powers.

    As for the series bible, the one in the DVD collection is not mine. I believe it is earlier material that Mattel gave me at their formal presentation of the toy line. My own series bible was ninety-six pages long. I regret that I do not have a copy of it. I do think Jean Chalopin may have a copy of it and some day I'll mention it to him.

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    New episode time!

    4. Attack on Onnor

    More or less continuing where we left off, Skeletor is running an entertaining show, with a clever plan to take Primus, he'll use an unwitting double agent to disable the shield and launch a two prong attack to take Primus. Caz and He-man wander the single garden that seems to grow all of Primus' food supply, meeting Grot, the caretaker.

    Hoove and Karatti (Had to look up those names) attack said gardens in a Terror Claw (Buy one now!), but are foiled by Grot and He-man. That night Werban, a true pacifist meets up with Skeletor, who gives him an enchanted necklace to make him his pawn.

    The next day Werban takes the shield crystal and 23 Skidoo's it. Master Sebrian sends... uh... not Drissi to get Adam to help out.

    Long episode short, Werban looses his necklace, Skeletors Havoc staff (Who turns into the Kaiju Baragon) and He-man duke it out, the four scientists invent goo to cover Onnars tunnels. Skeletor beats a retreat, the mutants get gooed and feathered, Werban admits his "mistake".

    Notes

    -By far the biggest story problem of this episode that I have is that Werban folds on his stance. The scientists came up with a goo, Werban fled from Skeletor and the mutants, Werban should be more adamant then ever that they should persue nonviolent solutions or open a dialogue rather than have He-man lead open confrontation.

    -This opens up another plot possibility. If Primus' food supply is Grot's grotto, that makes it a pretty big target, methinks.

    -I could fill up the note section on comments about Skeletor, suffice to say he really shines in this episode. From one liners to his plan, it's all enjoyable. Also, he totally oogles Crita when she compliments him.

    -Maybe it's me, but this seems like a really poorly animated episode. There's many scaling issues (Crita is twice the size of Optikk after they get gooed), errors, and heck, at the end He-mans face changes shape and size; his nose gets really big then shrinks back down along with other facial features. They also don't seem to be sure if he has a pony tail or not, since it appears and disapears all the time.

    -It's a bit odd to think that Baragon ended up slumming it by living in the Havoc Staff.

    -Cactii on Primus must be strong to hold that much water at that pressure inside them normally. Without all those Cactii, I think that area would be a lake, not a desert!

    -Okay, up to this point I've been calling it the Tri-solar System. However they have repeatedly called it the Tri-Solar Galaxy, which makes no sense. Galaxies have millions of stars, not three. A Tri-Solar System makes sense and would be a far less common cosmic phenomenon, one that would allow for the frame of reference of calling it the Tri-Solar System and people would know which system you're talking about. So, I'm going to internally edit all occurances to the sytem, not galaxy.

    -I noticed this before, but was waiting for a few more episodes before I comment, but He-mans sword is odd in that he doesn't hold it the same way. There appears to be two guards, and he can hold it either below the second or below the first, or use both to hold it two-handed, but there doesn't seem to be any rhyme nor reason for using one over the other. At first I thought that maybe Adam used the lower grip and He-man the higher, or that one would allow him to use the blades magic or something, but nope, seems random.

    -Still don't like Caz.

    Overall, without Skeletor I'd give this a 6 out of 10. The battle in the grotto is pretty much action for actions sake (yeah, I know, boys cartoon has action!), and Werban folds like a deck of cheap cards after his own first trial with his belief system, which annoys me. However, Skeletor is just so much fun in this episode, I give it 8.5/10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pravus Prime View Post
    -Okay, up to this point I've been calling it the Tri-solar System. However they have repeatedly called it the Tri-Solar Galaxy, which makes no sense. Galaxies have millions of stars, not three. A Tri-Solar System makes sense and would be a far less common cosmic phenomenon, one that would allow for the frame of reference of calling it the Tri-Solar System and people would know which system you're talking about. So, I'm going to internally edit all occurances to the sytem, not galaxy.
    I seem to recall someone complaining about the change to Tri-Solar System (from Galaxy) in Optikk's MOTUC bio when it was first released. Then a couple of evenings ago I was flipping through the only mini-comic I had from this toyline, and what do I see?



    The Tri-Solar System.

    My whole point is, you were doing fine before you even realized it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wacky Martin View Post
    Skeletor gets some of his best moments though, and the whole scene with him and Flogg and 'but we don't just go down there and go BLABABABABABABALALALA!' is hilarious.
    Yep, one of his many lines in that episode that actually made me laugh out loud.


    Quote Originally Posted by josh View Post
    The Tri-Solar System.

    My whole point is, you were doing fine before you even realized it
    Ha! Tri-Solar System it is!

    New episode time!

    5. The Ultimate Challenge

    Adam and Drissi are taking a walk through one of Primus' many grottos when Skeletor appears in the sky, wanting a final duel with He-man to settle the issue once and for all. Adam leaves to Drissi's dismay and consults with Sebrian, who tells him Primus will be safe if he goes off to battle.

    Flogg voices his uncertainty in Skeletor, to which Skeletor rebukes Flogg, calling him Flush and talks about his certain plan for victory, if Flogg can pull it off. Simply put, Skeletor takes on He-man, Flogg takes on Primus. Easy peasy. Flogg talks about how he'll be King of Primus, after the cockpit closes on Skeletors fighter, Skeletor remarks how soon everything will be his!

    He-man sets off in a fighter (On sale now!) to the Cameroon Asteroid, secure in his leaving Primus safe. Except the scientists decide that the supercomputer that's finding the holes in the shield can multi-task so they each set it to do an absurdly complicated task, overloading the computer. Without a hole detector, the peoples of Primus have no idea where the holes are and the planet is once again open to invasion, which is just what happens.

    Not Drissi gets a name, Mara and she and Caz set off in The Eternia to get He-man. On the asteroid, Skeletor wonders what's keeping He-man when he shows. The battle doesn't get far underway when The Eternia shows up, attacking Skeletor. Skeletor is bemused at He-mans cheating, who swears he had no knowledge of the attack. Caz explains how Primus is being invaded and they must return as Skeletor activates a device which pulls the debris field in to attack He-man and 86's the Asteroid himself. He-man orders The Eternia away and believes in the power of his heart. (What?)

    Sebrian has surrendured to Flogg, citizens of Primus are marched, shackled, jailed, whatever. Standing before the Fountain of Freedom, Sebrian will surrender to Flogg, which Sebrian remarks is a poor place for freedom to die. Skeletor blasts the fountain and He-man emerges! (What!) He then uses his sword to create a mini-meteor storm and deluges the mutant army with it, (What!) causing them to retreat. He turns the storm on Flogg and Skeletor, causing Flogg to retreat and Skeletor to teleport away.

    He-man remarks to his friends later that his power is l33t and that he will always be there for Primus. (Really?)

    Notes:

    -I've got to get this out of the way first. The resolution to this is insultingly bad. He-man is left to die on the Cameroon Asteroid, then appears inside the statue of freedom on Primus because. Seriously, my original synopsis was going to be, "Skeletor and Flogg come up with a plan which they successfully execute, winning their battles until He-man breaks the plot." If this were the new Battlestar Galactica, I'd expect a later episode has someone returning to the Cameroon Asteroid and finding He-mans dead body, causing them all to wonder who this new He-man is. Seriously, I actually feel insulted as a viewer for having seen this episode. The crap about the power within or seeing with your heart, no, it doesn't cut it. He-man super cheated. I could've accepted a lot, He-man used the power of his heart to see his way to get his power sword, then used said sword to open a wormhole. There, I could've accepted that and I just made that up.

    -Adam and Drissi seem to have a developing relationship.

    -Speaking of which, Drissi seems to have Snow White syndrome in that there are always animals on her and near her.

    -Skeletor is awesome.

    -Caz actually wasn't annoying.

    -We saw several new Guardians of Primus. Don't know their names, I'm sure several were available wherever toys are sold. The episode guide on the site here is entirely blank for this episode.

    -Skeletors plan is a good one, heck it's the one I suggested a few episodes ago! And he won!

    -This episode, arg, I really do loathe it. Had I seen all five episodes together, the bad taste this one leaves in my mouth would negatively impact my score for the entire mini-movie. If this were being broadcast today this episode would get the series moved onto my probation list; I'd give it 1-5 more episodes to do right by me or I'd stop watching it. Going back, I'd suggest that Quest be broken up into two episodes and this episode never happened to make our first five. End the mini with Werban and Primus having the shield go back up and the open criticism of He-man end.

    -I'm not fond of the Sorceress/Goddess Telepathic Plot Device. I've never been fond of it in any series or any form. I had hoped that in this series she would be more of an inner voice for He-man, telling him nothing new, just serving as an inner mental tool. Instead it seems she's communicating with him from another time and place, which makes it worse. Plus she repeats. Repeats. Repeats.

    -He-man remarks that he'll always be there for Primus, yet if he was supposed to return to Eternia, wouldn't that be abandoning them? Not that he hasn't done that once already by turning his back on Eternia, but where is the line? What if Eternia and Primus were both in mortal danger and only one planet could be saved, at the cost of the others complete and utter destruction. Which planet does he save? Plus he essentially assassinated Adam before he left.

    -He-man emerges from the statue, sword in hand, then he does his ponytail binding then draws his sword. That means he sheathed it to tie back his hair. Made me chuckle at the idea that he makes his triumphant entrance then fiddles with his hair.

    -I'm likely to watch another episode later on, just to get the bad taste of this one out of my mouth, so to say. Blech!

    Overall, I'm sure you see this coming, 1/10. Skeletor gets this episode most of it's point, I'll admit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pravus Prime View Post
    -Maybe it's me, but this seems like a really poorly animated episode. There's many scaling issues (Crita is twice the size of Optikk after they get gooed), errors, and heck, at the end He-mans face changes shape and size; his nose gets really big then shrinks back down along with other facial features. They also don't seem to be sure if he has a pony tail or not, since it appears and disapears all the time.
    It's definately one of the worst looking. Skeletor's face just looks bizarre at certain points. The next episode is the best looking one in the whole series, imo.

    Skeletor gets some of his best moments though, and the whole scene with him and Flogg and 'but we don't just go down there and go BLABABABABABABALALALA!' is hilarious.
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    "Don't be ridiculous, of course it can!"
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    Does anyone here have problem with Disc 4 - Episode: Adam's Adventure @0:24:16? The picture becomes pixelated for just a bit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SONICR View Post
    Does anyone here have problem with Disc 4 - Episode: Adam's Adventure @0:24:16? The picture becomes pixelated for just a bit...
    I believe that's Flogg on Denebria, jamming the transmission.

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