04 August 2011

A brief review #012 - "Evil-Lyn's Plot"

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 "Evil-Lyn's Plot"...

Although we are introduced to the Widgets, the first quarter of this episode is nothing special in terms of storytelling. However, when Evil-Lyn reveals her plan to Skeletor at Snake Mountain the episode really begins to shine. In their scenes together Squinch's innocence is played perfectly against the wicked beauty of Evil-Lyn. The story manages to run two plots side by side at this point with He-Man racing to stop Skeletor, and Squinch making the effort to redeem himself. Paul Dini knows how to write classic episodes and this time does it by introducing the Widgets, using Evil-Lyn to her full potential and providing an even match between He-Man and Skeletor. 8/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

5 comments:

Heath Breitenbach said...

I watched this video the other day on Hulu, and I agree with you James. I enjoyed the interaction between Evil-Lynn and Panthor. Also the use of Panthor as a henchman was nice. I also identify with the widget who fell for Evil-Lynn's disguise. That seems like something I would do. I would give this one an 8/10 also!

Kevin Martinell said...

Agreed, James. :) The slapstick action scenes with Beast-Man and Mer-Man (Gotta love his gargling only dialog!) versus He-Man were entertaining! Evil-Lyn's disguise in this episode is her most attractive, for sure. :) Skeletor posing just like He-Man, with the Sword of Power, was a classic little moment! Also thrilling to see He-Man and Skeletor evenly matched in strength, in the latter half of the episode. Finally, I got a kick out of Squinch's "Through with women/For one of the guys" remarks towards Laura at the end of the episode. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Brett said...

One of my all-time favorite Filmation moments comes from this episode: When Evil-Lyn wraps her cloak around her body and transforms into a ball of flame--AMAZING!

Chris (He-Fan) said...

This episode has a lot going for it - the Widgets risk being very annoying characters (and in later appearances I would argue that they are), but this episode really puts them to superb use. The episode also scores by shining the spotlight firmly on Evil-Lyn. For me I would rate this as 9/10! :)

HB Potlood said...

Lots of quoteable lines in this one, like ‘it’s quieter than a flea’s hiccup’. Another pretty disguise for Evil-lyn, and probably the best physical confrontation between He-Man and Skeletor ever seen on the series. But why did He-Man have to save that skinny half nude boy’s cart when the Widgets were already in trouble? They had an extra minute to fill? I thought it was a bit strange how Nadira looked quite comfortable sitting on all those green jewels in the mine. But I was even more surprised to see He-Man and B.C. just lounging about in the woods, Adam and Cringer style. When Zoar showed up, she didn’t even reprimand them for it either. 7 out of 10 from me.

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