17 April 2011

A brief review #006 - "Teela's Quest"

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 "Teela's Quest"...

It is hard to review an episode that transcends the series it was written for. This episode is the first to establish the show as a different kind of action-adventure series; one in which the characters care for one another, and have personalities laced with history. The relationship between the Sorceress and her daughter Teela is what makes the story absolutely unforgettable; their meeting proving to be one the most beautiful scenes in the series. This episode is also a testament to the voice talent of Linda Gary who voices Queen Marlena, the Sorceress, and Teela, all with warmth. This episode above all others will live in our hearts when the series has long since faded from our minds. 10/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

6 comments:

Grimbot said...

100/10! :D
It's a shame that writing didn't stay this strong for the rest of the series.

Kevin Martinell said...

Ditto! What else needs to be said? Any episode that features a flashback, showing what the characters looked like in their younger years, is always a plus! Also, while Mer-Man had such few appearances in the Second Season, especially near the end, it was a treat to see him as the main villain in this episode ... Mer-Man comes across as more threatening than comical, on this occasion. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Gallo said...

Though it is refered as one of the best episodes I find the battle sequence with Merman and the Kraken kinda dull. Plus the ending is terrible, a terrible wrap up after Teela s memory is erased.

It is not of my favorites, though it shows the origin of Teela and her mother s struggle to save her.

I rate it a 5 out of 10

Geret said...

I love when backstories are given and Teela's adoption storyline deserved to be told. A beautiful tale about the Sorceress's brave and selfless decision to place her daughter for adoption.

Chris (He-Fan) said...

There is no question that this episode is one of the defining episodes of the classic He-Man cartoon, not just for the storyline but for its execution - it contains a superb mixture of heart, character development, action, backstory, Skeletor being demonic and Mer-Man being awesome! I love it! :)

HB Potlood said...

I’m always amazed how Paul Dini managed to include Queen Marlenas origin in the story when the rest of the show is all about Teela’s history. So much information in just 22 minutes! All those wonderful flashbacks. But Adam had better watch out with that memory projector. If Teela or anybody else can just put that thing on his head, who knows what secrets he might reveal, despite his boasting about knowing how to keep them to the Sorceress. Also, I love that Duncan has a crate full of bomb parts and special section for grenades in his workshop. 10 out of 10 from me.
Ps sorry to keep going on about these typo's in your wonderful guide, but seeing as you're going to do a second printing, the same typo ‘is should be noted’ (concerning the Mann’s Chinese Theatre trivia) is on page 26 and 42. It isn’t on page 21, but in that case the M ann is spelled with a space between the m and the a.

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