25 August 2011

A brief review #013 - "Like Father, Like Daughter"

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 "Like Father, Like Daughter"...

Right from the beginning, this episode creates a good sense of atmosphere, but it is one lacking in character emotion. After the brief moment when Teela loses her cool with Prince Adam, the cast fall into a script where they appear to be devoid of any kind of personality. Even though this episode is laced with an emotional plot, that of a daughter disobeying her father, the characters are reactionary to the scenery around them. Some of the dialogue even sounds as if it is the first time that the voice actors are recording their lines. That said, the non-stop, almost never-ending action when the heroes enter the region of Stardica is enough to keep us interested. 6/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

5 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

Right on, James. :) The most hilarious piece of dialog for me was when Man-At-Arms asked He-Man, in reference to Skeletor, "What is his plan?" in such an obvious way! The drama and urgency in the scene where He-Man and Battlecat struggle to destroy the never ending Serpentoid stampede is great ... For a while there, it looked like the heroes would have been overpowered by the robotic creatures until Teela showed up! Funny how Teela disobeyed Man-At-Arms, but actually helped save the day for He-Man! Wonder if it would have been any different for the heroes if she stayed home? :) I also got a kick out of the whole "James Bond"/"MacGyver" time bomb scene with Man-At-Arms as the prisoner ... Again, I got a kick out of his timid dialog, as Man-At-Arms called out to He-Man for help. :) My fondest memory of the episode was when it was presented in a group of trading cards with captions on front and back of the trading cards ... Back in the day! One more thing ... A nice little moment in the episode was He-Man's grin, towards Teela, after she used her freeze ray on both Beast-Man and Trap-Jaw. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Paula M. said...

You have a few links to buy your book now but the page you link to says it's sold out. Any chance of that changing? I'd love to get a copy.

Joni Koivisto said...

"Like Father, Like Daughter" - the very first episode I ever saw from He-Man series. This is basically the thing that made me a MOTU fan. I was 4 or 5 years "old", when I first saw this episode. It was subtitled and I couldn't read at the time, so there were many things I didn't understand, but it didn't prevent me enoying it and becoming a fan of the series and MOTU in general.

While I tend to look this episode through nostalgia colored glasses, there are some real things I like about. In this episode Skeletor was much more menacing/evil, than on some later episodes. As a child I also like about the references to Earth (like bowling) and that very convenient life sign detector gizmo He-Man had in/under his armor. By the power of nostalgia, my score for this episode is 9/10.

HB Potlood said...

Something is definitely off with this episode. Randor and Beast Man’s voices aren’t right. Adam looks weird when he whistles. As noted in the Guide, he says his oath before even unsheathing the sword. The Sorceress looks cross-eyed. He-Man knows more about Skeletor’s plan than The Sorceress told him. Orko appears to hypnotise Teela when he says he’ll do anything for her. Also, He-Man indirectly reveals his mother is from Earth while Trap Jaw is watching him on a monitor. And this was back when Trappy and Beastie were still kinda smart.
5 out of 10 from me.

HB Potlood said...

Something is definitely off with this episode. Randor and Beast Man’s voices aren’t right. Adam looks weird when he whistles. As noted in the Guide, he says his oath before even unsheathing the sword. The Sorceress looks cross-eyed. He-Man knows more about Skeletor’s plan than The Sorceress told him. Orko appears to hypnotise Teela when he says he’ll do anything for her. Also, He-Man indirectly reveals his mother is from Earth while Trap Jaw is watching him on a monitor. And this was back when Trappy and Beastie were still kinda smart.
5 out of 10 from me.

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