03 June 2011

A brief review #008 - "The Time Corridor"

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 "The Time Corridor"...

Feeling very much like an early episode of He-Man, this story is paced quite slowly to begin with. It is only when the heroes find themselves in the past does the episode find its feet. What the episode does best of all is create a sense of unfamiliarity in Eternia's past. Due to the wealth of original backgrounds that are prevalent we are ourselves transported with the heroes to an unfamiliar time and place. Whilst the quality of the animation dips between good and bad, the storytelling and dialogue are great. Larry DiTillio successfully maintains the heroes as the stars of the episode, and their adventure throughout the past is thoroughly enjoyable. 6/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

4 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

The "fireworks" scene, near the end of the episode, was always one of my favorite hilarious moments, as was Tri-Klops' point of view, as the enemies' boulder is returned their way, courtesy of He-Man (We can see the giant rock coming towards the viewer, through Tri-Klops' vision). :) The "exploding plant" scene was pretty funny too! Awesome to see different looking dragons featured, compared to the familiar looking ones from "The Dragon Invasion" and "Disappearing Dragons" (A red one of the same design appears later in "The Defection"). The jungle scenery looks most impressive, but a small let-down occurs when He-Man explains how the forest looked like in the past ... The scenery isn't anything we haven't already seen before. Also, check out a scene with Orko missing, at the beginning of the second half of the episode, as the heroes travel on a raft! I agree about the animation being unusual at times ... Ex: Orko using a "whirlwind" spell and stating that his magic hasn't always been great, Man-At-Arms' elongated leg as he and the heroes run up a flight of stairs, and He-Man discussing Skeletor's "magical" cage that imprisons Zilora. The appearance of Zilora was nice, and she reminded me of Teela. :) I liked her nickname, "Ghost Face," in reference to Skeletor too! Well, I guess that's about it, so I would probably rate this a seven or eight out of ten ... Pretty good episode. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Bravo said...

The book sold out, so says Skeletor!

Congrats on that.

Chris (He-Fan) said...

I think one of the things that is so good about this episode is how, like a lot of the early He-Man episodes, it actually does a very commendable job of turning the planet Eternia itself into one of the stars of the episode - by giving us such a good look at Eternia's past it helps to reinforce that this is a very different planet from Earth! :)

Sebastian Vogl said...

I'm giving the episode a 7/10 based solely on nostalgic feelings. I always felt that the show could've made more of the clans introduced in here. Maybe if it ran longer and finally would've added the Snake Men, they could've given some backstory involving Zilora's clan.

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