17 September 2011

A brief review #014 - "Colossor Awakes"

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 "Colossor Awakes"...

So much happens in this one episode than happens in two or three other episodes. The script is as confusing as Skeletor's random attacks on the Royal Palace. There appears to be two or three individual stories taking place and, at times, it is hard to know which plot we are following. It appears that this confusion hits the writer too, as late in act two Skeletor and Beast Man are heading to Castle Grayskull, yet in the very next scene they are attacking the Royal Palace once more. Even though the story features the heroes and villains travelling all over the planet with no sense of direction, the sub-plot with Colossor is enough to save the episode from being a convoluted disaster. 6/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

5 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

The threat of turning various "good guys" into stone was a thrilling concept ... It appears that whenever one of the heroes was turned into a stone statue, Skeletor acquired energy to bring Colossor to life ... A most unusual concept. I always laugh at Colossor's brief droning voice as Skeletor communicates with him. :) Evil-Lyn's brief cameo, on Skeletor's monitor, was a treat, especially when she greets him by saying that she wants his power! Something you won't find in any other episode is the inclusion of some beautiful desert scenery surrounding Castle Grayskull in all of the far-off shots, as a change from the usual forest scenery. One criticism I had was that He-Man and Battlecat transformed back into Prince Adam and Cringer, briefly, after Skeletor turned Man-At-Arms to stone (This situation also occurs in "Beauty and the Beast," with no logical explanation), instead of staying as they are and heading straight for The Sorceress for advice on how to revive Man-At-Arms. Great action scenes are included, such as He-Man's allies taking on the stone statues coming to life and the battle with Colossor at Castle Grayskull. I also like the extreme close-up shot of He-Man struggling with Skeletor, as the villain attempts to push He-Man out of The Collector ... He-Man looks like Lion-O from "Thundercats" in that one piece of animation. Pretty good episode and it had certain moments in it that made me think of both the "Disappearing Act" and "The Mystery of Man-E-Faces" episodes. I'd probably rate this one the same as listed here or a little higher. Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Chris (He-Fan) said...

For me this episode works more for its historical value than for its actual quality - scheming Beast Man, the introduction of the Collector, and Skeletor proclaiming himself "Master of the Universe" are all nice glimpses of early MOTU making its way into the Filmation show! :)

The episode itself I've always felt is pretty poor, and yes, it does feel very confusing and disconnected. 5/10 for me! :)

David Monid said...

'Must...reach...door...before...He-Man...punches...my...foo AARRGGHH'! :D

We all know it's your standard Greyskull background with added cells of Colossor trying to reach Greyskull, it's simple, but a very effective method. :)

Vinto-Man said...

Colossor was terrific for Skeletor to use and try to get into Castle Grayskull. Seeing Stratos, Ram Man, He-Man and Orko etc work together to try and stop him. Favourite dialogue is Stratos saying "Colossor is down" to which Orko replies "But not out"

A stellar story with a Chris Vint 8/10 rating!

HB Potlood said...

So that’s where Beast Man sleeps: in Skeletor’s hangar. I was amazed to see that Queen Marlena is the only one on Eternia with enough scientific knowledge to take Man-At-Arm’s place when he is indisclosed. At first I was wondering why Skeletor turned that random farmer to stone. Was it because the man looked like Alan Oppenheimer? But then I noticed he needed to turn living beings into stone in order to bring statues to live, and of course he needed a large amount of statue-power to awaken Colossor. One of the colourists at Filmation sure seemed to like the colour orange: first The Sorceress’ headdress was coloured this way by mistake, and later on Duncan’s midriff as well. Also, the cat apparently got King Randor and Ram Man’s tongues. And what was up during the moral segment? He-Man appeared to have a lot of trouble keeping up with Teela while jogging! 7 out of 10 from me.
PS I found a typo in your brilliant cartoon guide on the final piece of trivia on page 42: I think you meant to say ‘which IT should be noted’ instead of which ‘IS’.

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