04 October 2011

A brief review #015 - "A Beastly Sideshow"

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 Beastly Sideshow"...

The first act of this episode is very strong, with a great feeling of suspense, as Beast Man slowly lures Cringer into a trap. However, by the time act two comes around it feels like an average capture and rescue plot; the story deserves much more than that. In a script in which Cringer should be the star, it is surprising that he is only in the episode sporadically. There are some good moments in this episode, and the directing throughout is worth taking note of. Sadly, these brief scenes cannot save an episode that slowly falls into the average category. He-Man's ridiculous confrontation with Skeletor at the end of the episode sums up the script. 4/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

4 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

This synopsis has some valid points, but I would rate the episode much higher, almost perfect for me, because it was entertaining throughout. This was the first episode in the series where He-Man interacted with Cringer (Instead of immediately transforming him into Battlecat, during the transformation). "Pretty Kitty" made for a cute, evil character, but too bad she vanished from the rest of the story, after Cringer was captured ... Would have been interesting to watch a scene where Cringer/Battlecat got his revenge on her, like scaring her away with a huge roar or finding a way to trap her inside of a glass cage! Skeletor's "mirror trick" and Orko's "pepper gag" were amusing and tied together well, as the episode came nearer to the end. The villains were played very well, and it was nice how both Beast-Man and Evil-Lyn attempted to take on He-Man without any fear or hesitation. One more thing, I have to laugh when Evil-Lyn yells, "Beast-Man, this is all your fault!," two times near the end of the episode. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Chris (He-Fan) said...

I'd definitely give this episode a higher rating - it has its flaws, but it also has some great character moments and shows off the bond very well between Adam/He-Man and Cringer! :) Probably a 7/10 for me! :)

Sebastian Vogl said...

I'm slightly more favorable by going with a 5/10. I never watched the episode as a kid and ain't a huge fan of it now. My son and daughter however didn't seem to care too much about it either, cause unlike other episodes they never request to watch that particular one.
But they at least like to watch it in a row with one or two other episodes.

HB Potlood said...

I thought it a bit strange to see Cringer and Kitty wagging their tales at each other like a pair of dogs. When a cat wags it’s tail, it’s not being friendly, it’s about to attack. And then Cringer goes against type and pretends to like being wet for the sake of Pretty Kitty. I also thought it was funny that He-Man tells Cringer ‘you’ll feel better after this’. He almost sounds like a drug pusher.

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