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 "A Friend in Need"...
The first episode of the series without Skeletor making a nuisance of himself proves that Eternia has a wealth of interesting characters. Much of the episode focuses on Ileena and Jarvan, and because of the strength of the writing, this proves to be a wise move. The music that accompanies the scenes between Ileena and Jarvan is, at times, haunting. Linda Gary acts out Ileena's character, and her addiction, to perfection; and while the episode does have a fair amount of atypical action, make no mistake, this is a character-driven episode, with a hard-hitting moral, if ever there was one. 8/10
Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?