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?