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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenMorton View Post
    I actually watched and wrote my review of Episode 6 today, which was Ork-0's first appearance: it pretty much goes without saying that I'll find Orko irritating in any of his incarnations, so it's perhaps not a surprise that I agree with you there.
    Oh, nice... you're moving along faster than I expected!

    And good point... after thinking for a moment, I think Revelation Orko was the first one that I didn't hate outright. I actually think that I kinda loved him out of the gate.

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    As far as Duncan's concerned.... I don't quite know what it is about him; I think maybe it's the kind of try-hard, "please like me, I'm super relatable" feel to his character. Plus of course he's Man-at-Arms, who has earned my bile in the past and therefore is likely to be a prime target in the future.
    I can see that! The way he does it is more subtle and earnest. I'm more irritated by the loud, pushy, and brash versions of that personality type.

    LOL so true!!! No matter the dimension, Man at Arms will always feel your scorn!

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    I do think it's interesting how humour in these kinds of shows changed over the years.

    Compared to 80's or even 90's shows (discounting the ones that were outright comedies), they are much more willing to let the hero be the but of joke.
    I love this change for the better. Makes a lot more sense and more true to life.

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    This week's offering is Signals, which - in line with most of Season 2 so far - is decent enough: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...de-16-signals/
    This reminds me how and why I think SPOP and MOTU CGI would crossover SO WELL. I'm still holding out hope that they can iron out the legalities to do it. We'll see.

    Ah, the start of the Entrapta and Hordak courtship... something I never would have expected or wanted, but it turned out so much better than I think anyone would have anticipated!

    #BestFriendSquadForever LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexApprobation View Post
    Oh, nice... you're moving along faster than I expected!

    And good point... after thinking for a moment, I think Revelation Orko was the first one that I didn't hate outright. I actually think that I kinda loved him out of the gate.



    I can see that! The way he does it is more subtle and earnest. I'm more irritated by the loud, pushy, and brash versions of that personality type.

    LOL so true!!! No matter the dimension, Man at Arms will always feel your scorn!



    I love this change for the better. Makes a lot more sense and more true to life.



    This reminds me how and why I think SPOP and MOTU CGI would crossover SO WELL. I'm still holding out hope that they can iron out the legalities to do it. We'll see.

    Ah, the start of the Entrapta and Hordak courtship... something I never would have expected or wanted, but it turned out so much better than I think anyone would have anticipated!

    #BestFriendSquadForever LOL

    I absolutely agree with you on all points Alex!
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    Here we have one of my favourites so far - Roll With It: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...-roll-with-it/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    I absolutely agree with you on all points Alex!
    Thanks, Mikey!

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    Here we have one of my favourites so far - Roll With It: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...-roll-with-it/
    Yeah, this one was fun! I don't remember too much about it besides the visual changes for each character's fantasy perspective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexApprobation View Post
    Yeah, this one was fun! I don't remember too much about it besides the visual changes for each character's fantasy perspective.
    Definitely a good one - a fun little time-filler!

    This week we have White Out, which I enjoyed well enough: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...-18-white-out/

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    And another decent outing, if perhaps not enormously consequential - Light Spinner: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...light-spinner/
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    I think Shadow Weaver's backstory is part of a running theme with the show were most the villains are framed in a somewhat sympathetic light and have actual reasons for being the way they are.

    I think that might be partially down to the show taking a few cues from the magical genre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenMorton View Post
    This week we have White Out, which I enjoyed well enough: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...-18-white-out/
    Another one I don't remember too much about except that I wished we got more Red Hulk She-Ra action and I liked how charming and sympathetic Scorpia & Sea Hawk were as they forged common ground.

    Quote Originally Posted by OwenMorton View Post
    And another decent outing, if perhaps not enormously consequential - Light Spinner: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...light-spinner/
    This one I really enjoyed, but I tend to be partial towards good origin stories... especially when they give more context to a character's world view, desires, goals, mistakes, regrets, etc. I love a strong character piece.

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    I think Shadow Weaver's backstory is part of a running theme with the show were most the villains are framed in a somewhat sympathetic light and have actual reasons for being the way they are.
    Agreed! Another reason I dig this series so much!
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    Morning all, thanks for all your great thoughts! Agreed re giving the villains back stories and making them believable, it really does add a lot to the series.

    On the subject of back stories, we get Bow's today, in Reunion: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...de-20-reunion/

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    A lore-heavy instalment now, with The Price of Power: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...rice-of-power/
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    This show is nearly perfect in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catra2017 View Post
    This show is nearly perfect in my opinion.
    I absolutely agree with you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenMorton View Post
    Morning all, thanks for all your great thoughts! Agreed re giving the villains back stories and making them believable, it really does add a lot to the series.

    On the subject of back stories, we get Bow's today, in Reunion: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...de-20-reunion/

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    A lore-heavy instalment now, with The Price of Power: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...rice-of-power/
    Ep20

    Did we ever see Bow's brothers within the rest of the series? I remember this mention and the expectation of perhaps seeing them later in the show, but I can't remember if that actually happened or not?

    But yeah, I also enjoyed Bow's dads and how the episode was handled as a whole.

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    I remember having a strong laugh at the "prison" as a spare room.

    I also expected a classic Muhahaha moment after Shadow Weaver was healed, but the direction they went was so much more earnest, sweet, and worked better to give weight to the story. This show does such a great job of subverting expectations for the greater story good.

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    This show is nearly perfect in my opinion.
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    I absolutely agree with you!
    I'm right there with both of you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexApprobation View Post
    Ep20

    Did we ever see Bow's brothers within the rest of the series? I remember this mention and the expectation of perhaps seeing them later in the show, but I can't remember if that actually happened or not?

    But yeah, I also enjoyed Bow's dads and how the episode was handled as a whole.

    Ep21
    I remember having a strong laugh at the "prison" as a spare room.

    I also expected a classic Muhahaha moment after Shadow Weaver was healed, but the direction they went was so much more earnest, sweet, and worked better to give weight to the story. This show does such a great job of subverting expectations for the greater story good.
    I'm pretty sure Bow's brothers never show up. As far as I recall, the dads only appear once more (or possibly are only mentioned - can't quite recall) some time towards the end of the series.

    Agreed on Shadow Weaver and the expectation subversion. It's a much better direction. I love how over the course of the series pretty much all the lead Horde characters defect - though oddly not Kyle, Lonnie and Rohalio.

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    I absolutely agree with you!
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    I'm right there with both of you!
    In terms of the series as a whole, I cover my thoughts in a series summary which I'll post once all the reviews are over - but sneak preview, I think the first two/three seasons (up to The Portal) are really strong, and in that run the weaker episodes are the exception rather than the rule. Personally, after that point, I found the reverse to be true: there were still plenty of strong episodes, but more weaker ones, and ones that look great on paper (Mer-Mysteries and Boys' Night Out being two major examples) didn't quite live up to their promise. But I'll expand on all that as the reviews progress! Thanks to all of you for reading my gibbering thoughts, it's always great having people following the blog!

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    This week's ep is a really strong one - here's my review of Huntara: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...de-22-huntara/

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    And another excellent outing, Once Upon a Time in the Waste: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...-in-the-waste/
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    Very cool, looking forward to that full series summary... but until then, still enjoying the episode reviews!

    E22 - I was so stunned to learn that Geena Davis voiced Huntara that it's the main thing I remember now.

    Oh, this was the episode with Hordak's origin story? I loved that as well and the continued bond between him and Entrapta.

    E23 - This version of Tung Lashor was fun for this incarnation, but yeah... this is one of those rare times my own feelings and preferences kinda get in the way (huge fan of the vintage toy and 200X versions). The Mara stuff was awesome and I remember being so surprised to learn she was a NA character (I couldn't get into the show in the 90s and I didn't make it past the 1st episode a few months ago).
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    I would love some more She-Ra episodes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexApprobation View Post
    E22 - I was so stunned to learn that Geena Davis voiced Huntara that it's the main thing I remember now.
    I did not know that! Cool info!

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    E23 - This version of Tung Lashor was fun for this incarnation, but yeah... this is one of those rare times my own feelings and preferences kinda get in the way (huge fan of the vintage toy and 200X versions). The Mara stuff was awesome and I remember being so surprised to learn she was a NA character (I couldn't get into the show in the 90s and I didn't make it past the 1st episode a few months ago).
    I do love the vintage toy, but his appearances in Filmation were largely underwhelming (except for his super-creepy turn in Book Burning), and I don't remember him in MYP being much more than Generic Snake Man - it's been a while though so I may be forgetting something! That said, I don't imagine I'd want too much of the SatPOP incarnation of Tung Lashor, but for this one-off it was fun.

    As for NA, like you, I couldn't get into it in the 90s. It's still not my favourite, but there's some good stuff in there: my general view of it is that it's reasonably strong in its first 15 or so eps, then goes through a very rocky patch, but suddenly comes out punching from about episode 45 onwards. The final 15 or so eps are (mostly) very good. Mara in SatPOP does seem to be basically an Easter Egg of that series though: there's no apparent connexion between the two characters other than name and appearance, as far as I recall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenMorton View Post
    I did not know that! Cool info!
    Sweet! Glad to have dropped that gem on ya!

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    I do love the vintage toy, but his appearances in Filmation were largely underwhelming (except for his super-creepy turn in Book Burning), and I don't remember him in MYP being much more than Generic Snake Man - it's been a while though so I may be forgetting something! That said, I don't imagine I'd want too much of the SatPOP incarnation of Tung Lashor, but for this one-off it was fun.

    As for NA, like you, I couldn't get into it in the 90s. It's still not my favourite, but there's some good stuff in there: my general view of it is that it's reasonably strong in its first 15 or so eps, then goes through a very rocky patch, but suddenly comes out punching from about episode 45 onwards. The final 15 or so eps are (mostly) very good. Mara in SatPOP does seem to be basically an Easter Egg of that series though: there's no apparent connexion between the two characters other than name and appearance, as far as I recall.
    Hmmm, I might have to look for that Book Burning episode. Yeah, the Filmation Snake Men designs didn't work for me at all. He might not have been a major player in MYP (I'm actually drawing a blank right now, too... long work day and I'm totally drained). The stories and designs were so good that maybe I gave a pass. Bonus: As much as I love the CGI series, the Snake men characters and designs were very lacking IMHO.

    True on the SatPOP incarnation of Tung Lashor being just one-off fun. I got what they were doing and for the most part I totally respected and enjoyed it.

    One of these days I still want to make time to give NA more of a chance. Or at least, say, the first 5 episodes. That first episode just didn't do it for me. Plus it took away one of the main things I love about MOTU: No matter what you look like, what matters is what's in your heart and what you do. For NA it seems the theme is: Humans automatically good, mutants/monsters automatically bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexApprobation View Post
    Hmmm, I might have to look for that Book Burning episode. Yeah, the Filmation Snake Men designs didn't work for me at all. He might not have been a major player in MYP (I'm actually drawing a blank right now, too... long work day and I'm totally drained). The stories and designs were so good that maybe I gave a pass. Bonus: As much as I love the CGI series, the Snake men characters and designs were very lacking IMHO.

    True on the SatPOP incarnation of Tung Lashor being just one-off fun. I got what they were doing and for the most part I totally respected and enjoyed it.

    One of these days I still want to make time to give NA more of a chance. Or at least, say, the first 5 episodes. That first episode just didn't do it for me. Plus it took away one of the main things I love about MOTU: No matter what you look like, what matters is what's in your heart and what you do. For NA it seems the theme is: Humans automatically good, mutants/monsters automatically bad.
    Book Burning was one of my favourite She-Ra eps. Looking back at my summary of the series, I put it in 4th place for my top episodes of the first season - it's well worth looking out for. It is a massive shame Tung Lashor couldn't have looked even vaguely like his action figure though.

    I'll have to look out for the Snake Men in the CGI series: I'm up to The World Below now, and they haven't appeared yet, though they've been hinted at!

    As for NA, yep, I'd agree with your summary of the theme, by and large, though the series has perhaps a little more room for subtlety than that. The Mutants were indeed basically bad, but I often interpreted them as being misguided rather than actively evil. Slush Head in particular was the sort of guy who seemed weak rather than actively malevolent. Flipshot, on the human side, is infuriatingly arrogant and I could well imagine him being evil if he happened to have been brought up among the Mutants. So it felt like it had far more shades of grey than Filmation.

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    Another strong outing this week - Moment of Truth: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...ment-of-truth/

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    And here's Remember, which felt a bit like a sidestep into the irrelevant:https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...e-25-remember/

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    An ultimately disappointing season finale this week, with The Portal: https://hemanmotu.wordpress.com/2022...26-the-portal/
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