"The Power of Grayskull"
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Cartoon Series: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - 2002-04
Producer: Mike Young Productions
Season: 2
Writer: Dean Stefan
Year: 2003
Director: Gary Hartle
Production No: MYP209


Original Airdate: 12/13/03

Adam has a dream involving Hordak, the Snake Men, and a warrior very similar to himself as He-Man. He goes to Castle Grayskull to learn more about his dream from the Sorceress.

At Snake Mountain, Hordak commands Skeletor to go to his former sanctuary to free him from Despondos, the dimension he is trapped in. This is the price he must pay for having his life saved by Hordak years ago.

The Sorceress tells Adam that the warrior in his dream was King Grayskull, the former ruler of Eternia and lord of the fort. He was a great and noble warrior, and was married to Veena, the original Sorceress. Grayskull had lost his sword in battle against the Snake Men and sought power to defeat Hordak. Hordak had banished the Snake Men and planned to conquer Eternia at any cost. Veena directed King Grayskull to go to the Oracle for advice. The Oracle sent him on a quest that that tested and proved his courage, wisdom, kindness and strength. At the top of Mount Imperium, he presented him with his lost sword and told him that Grayskull's true power was inside of him and always had been. He went on to add that Grayskull would not survive the fight with Hordak. Grayskull faced his fate and returned to defend Eternia.

Hordak and his forces advanced upon Castle Grayskull. King Grayskull's giant cat trounced the soldiers and Grayskull easily defeated Hordak's generals. The two enemies faced each other, but Hordak knocked him back unleashing his full power. He commanded his wizards to open a portal to Despondos so that he could send King Grayskull there. Grayskull drew upon the power within, commanding that he had the power, protecting Castle Grayskull from entering Despondos. Using the Sword of Power Grayskull reversed the spell, and the portal sucked in all of Hordak's forces. Hordak physical being destroyed, he became a spectral form and flew straight through King Grayskull on the way to Despondos, threatening to return.

King Grayskull had beaten Hordak, but at a price. Hordak had struck a fatal blow, so King Grayskull left his power to fill his followers, who became the Council of the Elders. He then left his sword to Veena so that one day, when it was needed, a great warrior could wield it in battle against evil. The Sorceress swore to guard it until the day that she must give up her position to another. King Grayskull then died in the company of those who loved him, his spirit passing into the Sword of Power.

Adam, upon learning more of his ancestry and his destiny, changes into He-Man and goes to stop Skeletor from freeing Hordak. Instead of freeing Hordak, Skeletor destroys his former sanctuary, stopping him from returning and breaking his bond with him. He-Man, as well as Evil-Lyn, watching on from a distance, wonders why.

Synopsis by Dave Newman


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