02 April 2011

A brief review #005 - "She-Demon of Phantos"

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 "She-Demon of Phantos"...

Although Skeletor is written perfectly in this episode, almost every other character is not. The biggest offender by far is He-Man, who is not only given some awful dialogue, but on numerous occasions uses his muscle instead of his mind to solve problems. Even the Sorceress seems aloof in her giving of information. The basic premise is good, but the way in which the action is staged borders on the ridiculous. Things happen during the course of the episode that make little sense; He-Man is trapped in a photanium body cell, at which point all the villains leave to tell Skeletor, prompting He-Man to escape. This is just one of many examples of how this episode fails to deliver. 3/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?


Kevin Martinell said...

9 out of 10 for me on this episode ... It's always been a favorite of mine. I enjoyed the little scene featuring Man-At-Arms versus Mer-Man. Great to see appearances for both Lizard Man and Stratos, characters not used as much as the regular supporting characters (Ex: Teela), in the series. I also like how He-Man is in his "I Have The Power" pose, while commanding Skeletor to release Queen Elmora from his spell. Also, the effects of the image of Skeletor superimposed on top of He-Man, for the illusion trick, was pretty neat, when the Queen does not know which Skeletor is real!

The criticisms ... He-Man's line, "A Demon under the spell of Skeletor" (Or something like that), isn't accurate ... He should have replaced the word with something like "woman," "ally," or "being." I think of Daimar when I hear the word "Demon."

Also unusual how long it takes for He-Man to free himself from the casket ... Teela states that she tried "heating it, freezing it," etc. Wonder how long that took? It's like He-Man was just waiting around to see how long his friends could sweat it out trying to free him, just to see if they could do it!

A harsh "restraint" consequence comes when Man-At-Arms and friends actually hang the poor guards upside down, so that the blood could rush to their heads! This is not like Man-At-Arms ... Very out of character. Most of the time, the enemy would just be tied up, right side up!

Lastly, while it's an amusing comcept of Teela disobeying Man-At-Arms' orders, concerning her leaving to help He-Man and the other warriors instead of helping to guard the Royal Palace, it seems that Teela never learned her lesson at the end. While peeling potatoes as the punishment, She STILL argues, "Queen Elmora was glad I was there ... I don't think I deserve to be punished for it." That's one good thing about both "Like Father Like Daughter" and "Ordeal in the Darklands." Teela learns how to obey her foster father ... Man-At-Arms usually has a good reason for keeping Teela behind, like for her own safety or to help the Royal Guard, in case something else goes wrong.

Great episode for Skeletor ... He doesn't get any more evil than this, plus I do enjoy the "potato" scene at the end ... Even Cringer laughs at Prince Adam and Teela teasing each other. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Gallo said...

I actually loved this episode, particularly because of Skeletor precisely.

He-Man had terrible dialogue as well, not only on this episode but on many many others, kinda like Dolph Lundgren in the movie himself.

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