05 September 2006

Happy Birthday He-Man #18 - Come on, Adam.

"Things That Go Bump in the Night" is one of the more refreshing and memorable episodes of He-Man's season two. It also features one of the most interesting variations on the transformation sequence when a semi-unconscious Prince Adam, lying on his front with his Sword of Power still sheathed, manages to transform into He-Man. The three images below show Cringer trying to get Prince Adam to call upon the power of Grayskull, followed by Adam struggling to utter the words, and finally the power of Grayskull summoned, prompting the stock footage to start! Interestingly in the script a slightly different scene was planned with Cringer drawing out the Sword of Power and placing it in Adam's hand. This makes the transformation into He-Man slightly more believable, as the final episode indicates that he need never draw the sword in order to transform at all.

(click on the images to see them at full-size)


Pig Boy said...

This was a really good oppertunity missed I think.
I imagined Adam rising slowly hunched over as he became He-man, finally raising both arms in the air!

Oh well! Somtimes Filmation cut more than their budget!

Kevin Martinell said...

Indeed, the script version makes much more sense, and this could have been pulled off in the final episode, without wasting much time in making the episode any longer in length. :)

The one other occasion that I can recall, when the Power of Grayskull was summoned while He-Man was not in possession of his sword, took place in "Orko's Missing Magic," as the Sword of Power was used against the villain, Zolt!

Also, this episode, along with "The Eternia Flower," featured Prince Adam transforming into He-Man, three times in the episode, with no edit jobs. :)

Thanks for posting and reading! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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murph2030 said...

If you notice in this episode, prince adam is speaking with hemans voice durnig the moral scene at the end. John Erwin does the voice of both prince Adam and Heman, but you can tell which voice is who's. You would think that they would have caught that.

ToonJukka said...

When I first time saw this episode; I was flabber-gasted and shocked when Adam's head....explodes basically. ;)

And it's awesome food for thought about what does it take in order for the Transformation to start. Like Kevin mentioned, I also think about He-Man "activating" the Sword's power when the Sword was in a villain's hand.

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