25 November 2011

A brief review #018 - "Creatures From The Tar Swamp"

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 "Creatures From The Tar Swamp"...

The plot for this episode is relatively simple, but the character writing throughout the script, whilst not spectacular, is above average. Orko is written in this episode more appropriately than many other appearances in the series. During the course of the story we see him learn a hard lesson, and we can almost feel his frustration and pain. Not only are we treated to Orko's origin story, but we also get a fantastic character in Lady Edwina. She steals each and every scene she is in thanks to her wonderful look and Linda Gary's great voice acting. The pacing of this story slows down during the middle of the episode, but it is not enough to spoil an entertaining episode. 7/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

9 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

Definitely one of the better episodes of the series. I could give this the same rating or higher because there really isn't a dull moment. Nice to have a surprise appearance from Stratos, on the side of the heroes. :)

The flashback scene is definitely a bonus and a visual treat to the episode! Lady Edwina's "stuck up" personality is a riot, especially when she says things like, "I'd like to stay and chat with 'the help'," "I want out," and "You can stay with those monsters if you like!" Orko's relationship with Edwina is so true to life and both characters and dialog are written real well. Fortunately, Orko will meet Dree Elle a couple of episodes later. :)

This is also one of the few occasions in the series where we see He-Man get mad for a brief moment (To Skeletor: "Let Orko go or I'll...")! Skeletor is his usual evil self and it was hilarious to see both him and Evil-Lyn sitting on the thrones of the King and Queen, in one scene!

The scene at the very end is priceless but I won't say anything in case someone has not seen the episode before. :) Definitely an essential episode for the He-Man series, based on the flashback scene alone! Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Chris (He-Fan) said...

I think the rating someone would give this episode really depends on how much of an "Orko person" you are - for me he really is the star of this episode! :)

Someone once made the point to me that Orko was the most important character in the He-Man mythos, because if he hadn't turned up and saved Prince Adam, there would never have been any He-Man and Skeletor would probably have conquered Eternia - I couldn't argue with her logic! :)

8/10 for me at least! :)

Brett said...

A great review, and a great episode--I always loved seeing Skeletor go after the Royal Family, rather than just Castle Grayskull time and time again.

Sebastian Vogl said...

I never was a big fan of that episode. It's not bad, but it was rather boring for me the whole time. Lady Edwina was a great addition to the extended Royal Family though. I always hoped to see another episode playing at her home. Would've been nice to see how someone like Teela would react if being confronted with not only Lady Dewina herself but her "High Society" friends as well.

chosen1heath@me.cm said...

I think the episode is great....But I didn't like the attitude of "Lady Edwina," and felt that Orko should have seen through it, or at least that SOMETHING wasn't right. I don't care for the designs of those monsters. They remind me of walruses.

Vinto-Man said...

I really love this episode and the commentary James and I did on "Creatures From The Tar Swamp" was a true highlight judging by the way James was talking about Orko and Edwina maybe getting it on...

Joni Koivisto said...

This is the second ever episode I ever saw from the He-Man series. What I like of this episode is that we learn, how Orko arrived on Eternia. I've always, even as a small boy, liked stories of characters' backgrounds. Apart from Lady Edwina this was a good episode, except maybe Orko's amulet was a little bit too powerful too. My score for this episode: 8/10.

Even though I'm a pro heroic warriors kinda guy, there is something satisfying to see Skeletor taking over the royal palace and sitting on the throne.

SirBush said...

You mention Linda Gray in this review... did she voice Teela, or was it Queen Marlena that she did? I assume she did Evil Lyn as well, because they hardly had the budget for a full voice cast, although I could be wrong. Although I'm really more interested in who Erika Scheimer voiced, to be honest.

HB Potlood said...

Episodes that contain flashbacks and origins are always destined to become instant fan favourites and this one is no exception. I second Sebastian Vogl in saying that Lady Edwina should have made a return appearance, possibly with her little brother Jeremy. Although having the both of them would have been too much for even He-Man to handle. I noticed that on 51 of your brilliant Cartoon guide you accidentally turned Lady Edwina into a man by way of a typo: it says Lady Edwin in the first of the quotes section.

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