03 July 2006

Robert Lamb: "I had plans..."

I spoke to Robert Lamb about his He-Man season two episode "The Ancient Mirror of Avathar"...

"Steve Clark did an excellent job directing. Everyone liked the story but complained that it just stopped. Well, it did just stop. I had plans for the Royal Family and Teela and Man-At-Arms to learn of the origins of their civilization and Skeletor's history and whatever else I wanted to see. Skeletor would, of course, want the mirror for his purposes...to learn the origin, identity, and Achilles heel of He-Man; and how to defeat the Sorceress. But did they let me do that? Noooo..."

9 comments:

Mike Bock said...

This is one of the things I hated about Filmation,they never approaved alot of cool stories.
What were they thinking? and this comes from a huge Filmation's MOTU fan.

Grimbot said...

Too bad. That would have made an exellent episode.

Mosquitor said...

I guess it had to do with the Filmation bosses' preference to avoid any kind of 'continuity' lest anything in the Avathar episode set established facts about the mythology that would affect other writers' scripts. Too bad, as this would definitely have been a classic episode and would probably have changed the whole fan community's view of Eternia and its history.

I remember being very disappointed with this episode as a kid- the opening half had me prepared for an epic, then in the second half everything just fizzled out... so it's very interesting to see what Robert Lamb really had planned for the episode.

Skelepimp said...

Very Cool!

Sheesh, how many times can you make me say "Very Cool"?

A lot!

I love all this stuff so much. You deserve a medal, Busta!

I got me an idea....strange..but not so much...

Anyway, how about a Skeletor and Catra scene from "My Friend, my Enemy"?

I'm shameless! Shameless!!

Cheers!

Kevin Martinell said...

This would have made a super 2-part episode ... It's a shame that the main focus of the episode occured very briefly at the end of Act 1 and at the opening of Act 2, while the rest of the episode had little or nothing to do with the Mirror.

Still, I do enjoy the episode a lot. It features an amusing interaction between Melaktha and Moss Man in Act 1, a well-directed storm in Act 2, and Trap-Jaw dressed like a pirate! :)

Thanks for posting and reading! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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Robert said...

No, mosquitor, the reason "Avathar Part 2" was rejected had to do with scripts committed by other writers. Arthur Nadel wanted to spread the work around to as many writers as he could. There were only so many slots available as the season wound down.

I had vainly hoped that I could convince Arthur to let me do the 2nd part on the strength of the first part but the rest of the episodes had been assigned and he wasn't going to take a script away from someone else. I understood but was very disappointed.

I did have a page in the script where the mirror gave glimpses of Eternia's past that Arthur did like. But the show was running long and that was a very expensive page of images. It had to go.

What can I say? I wanted to see the rest of the story, too.

Thanks for your interest.

Robert Lamb

Brett said...

The episode and premise had such incredible promise--especially after reading Mr. Lamb's comments. It's a damn shame they didn't let him follow-through with that vision.

Robert Lamb said...

To make up for the original deficiency, James asked me to pen the sequel for Cereal Geek. He can point you to the issue.

Daniel Quintero said...

This man had a really nice Plan!!

Great Adition to this amazing blog!!

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