15 February 2011

A brief review #003 - "Disappearing Act"

As many of you will know, in 2010 I published The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. At 300+ pages the book features 700+ pieces of trivia, 460+ deleted scenes, 360+ examples of animation reuse, 380+ quotes, 50+ abandoned episodes, and a LOT more! It is the book that NO fan of the Filmation series can live without! BUY IT NOW!

As an incentive, here is my brief review and rating (as they appear in the book) for "Disappearing Act"...

The biggest problem about this episode is that it seems to be confused as to what story it wishes to tell. Numerous storylines suddenly pop up the moment Prince Adam's Sword of Power is sent to Eternia's past. We have what appears to be the beginning of an identity crisis story, alongside a kidnap, a time travel trip, a robot He-Man decoy, and a rescue attempt; not forgetting Skeletor's invisibility helmet, which in itself could be the basis for an entire episode. The script goes back and fourth between all these different facets, and while they are entertaining individually, together in one episode they present a confusing story with little personality. 4/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

3 comments:

HB Potlood said...

If all goes well I'll be receiving the Guide before the end of the week. Looking forward to it!

Kevin Martinell said...

Good points, James. My gripes included a way too short appearance for Teela in the episode ... Would have been nice if she turned up later in the episode with reinforcements. Also, Beast-Man's role was wasted in the episode ... He could have had an action scene or two. Lastly, the robotic He-Man gimmick went by all too quick ... I would have been in stitches if Skeletor went on and on about why He-Man wouldn't speak, and the robot face wasn't revealed to the villain just yet, long enough for Skeletor to go into a rant about commanding He-Man to say something. I did love the colorful jungle scenery that was featured throughout the episode as well as the entertaining scene featuring the various creatures of the jungle chasing Cringer and Orko. 7/10 for me. Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Daniel Quintero said...

My rating on this one may be 8/10 but it's just i love all the episodes... i love that scene with Orko as a Gloop/Gleep from herculoids... (I so loved those characters)...

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