24 September 2006

Evil Personified!

As I said before in a previous Blog entry "A Christmas Special" started off superbly, Etherians on Eternia, Orko in danger, He-Man rushing to save the day with She-Ra not far behind. So how did it all go so very wrong? Well there a few minor instances halfway through, but the biggest has to be the worst characters ever to grace our screen; the Manchines! Truly these characters are the very personification of evil! Forget the Spirit of Evil in "Wizard of Stone Mountain" these are the most evil beings in the universe. In a mythos filled with Trollans, Widgets, Twiggets and Bibbets, I feel that the Manchines made those previous characters feel hard-edged! The Manchines were just too silly, and for some reason I feel even more offended when He-Man and She-Ra actually acknowledge them...


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8 comments:

He-Fan said...

I don't dislike the Manchines as much as you, James, but my biggest gripe about them is that they never appear in Filmation continuity either before or after the Christmas Special! As a kid, I felt sure that there must have been an episode that introduced the Manchines, and that I must have missed it - imagine my surprise when many years later I finally aquired all 93 episodes on VHS and...no Manchines! :(

Mosquitor said...

I've no idea who created the Manchines, but by that point of the episode it seemed as though the writer was trying to use the Xmas special as an attempt to showcase his own creations rather than write a decent He-Man/She-Ra story.

And Swift Wind's infamous 'evil robots' line when the Monstroids transform has to be the worst piece of dialogue ever in the series!

I have always felt since I was a kid that the Xmas Special was the worst travesty Filmation ever produced- I refuse to consider it 'canon' and I prefer to forget it exists!

Grimbot said...

I 100% agree.

Kevin Martinell said...

As long as the Manchines are fighting alongside The Heroic Warriors, they are OK in my book ... They may appear too "cartoony" for the He-Man and She-Ra world, but they don't bother me at all. Zipper's voice, most likely voiced by Alan Oppenheimer, has me in stitches every time! :)

On an odd note, it is rather unusual that such an episode that features these particular characters came from the same series that produced such dark and serious episodes such as He-Man's "The Dragon Invasion" and "Reign Of The Monster" ... What a contrast! This special was probably geared toward younger children, I guess.

As for the overall product itself, I love "A Christmas Special" ... However, I have one concern and one criticism. My concern was how He-Man and She-Ra were able to travel between Eternia and Etheria, many times, without any sign of a travel corridor in sight? Did they hurry off to Castle Grayskull to have The Sorceress conjure up a magic portal during the scenes that featured the villains or Orko and the children? Whatever the case, He-Man and She-Ra sure got to their destinations real fast! :)

...The criticism I had was the poor way Skeletor was illustrated in the scene where he kidnapped the children. When Skeletor lowers his Sky Sled to the ground, his legs are drawn like a little child's and when all three appear on Hordak's view screen, Skeletor appears to have the build of a small child, plus his Havoc Staff looks very unusual, as well. That's my only beef.

To end on a comical note, I got a kick out of Skeletor smiling, very briefly, as he holds Relay, the Manchine puppy ... Maybe you can get a shot of that little scene on the Blog, come December, James! Just an idea. :)

Thanks for posting and reading! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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Scorpia said...

Haha, the wonderful Manchines! :) I must admit, whilst they're not my favourite characters in the series (where would that leave the Bibbets....!?) I think they're alright.

Like He-Fan, I wish we'd seen them at least one more time. We were underwhelmed by the Monstroids in "Day Of The Flowers" - I think "A Christmas Special" handled them a lot better. I dunno, I'd have just liked to have seen the Manchines get another shot... :)

Chris M said...

The ahem 'best' part in A Christmas Special is: "they're changing into other forms, what evil robots" that line almost killed me. A very blatent Transformers dig as well.

TheW40 said...

I'd take the Manchines over the Widgets, Twiggets and Bibbets because it at least seemed like they had cool powers and abilities.

I'll also agree with the concensus that the among the worst lines in all of MOTU history is: "They're transforming! What evil robots!" I watched the Christmas Special with my seven year old nephew when it came out on DVD and even he thought it was ridiculas.

~W~

ToonJukka said...

I cringe everytime She-Ra out of the blue says "our friends the Manchines". I mean... if the characters are new and He-Man and She-Ra would say that they've never met, I might be able to accept them.....0.00000000001% better.

But their addition is just something I could never even fathom and since they are never mentioned before or afterwards, just makes their appearance here even more painful to bear.


On another note, I would be interested in finding out who was the one at Filmation that did get the idea of Manchines and why specifically they did get through all the way to screen.

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