02 May 2012

A brief review #025 - "Evilseed"

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 "Evilseed"...

This episode is a triumph throughout. Not only is the dialogue first class, but the visuals in this episode by Bob Arkwright are at times creatively stunning. Barney Cohen writes a superb Skeletor, crafting a villain that is evil, without being over the top. We get to see how his mind works as the plants begin to take over Eternia, and he patiently waits for his opportunity to strike. As for Evilseed, there are not that many guest villains in this series that make as big an impact as he does. In truth, all that Evilseed does during the episode is stand around; but his dialogue, voice, and look are fantastic. A traditional story that unites good and evil, but that is executed beautifully. 8/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?


Kevin Martinell said...

This one definitely gets a perfect rating for me, as this may be the first episode in the series where Skeletor appeared to be desperate and needed the help of He-Man, on account of Evilseed's attack (Ex.: The end of Act One and when he states: "He-Man, are you there? He-Man! I am calling as a friend!"). It was also entertaining to see how big a challenge Evilseed's creations were to the allies of both He-Man and Skeletor, as the threat was too much for each of them! Any fan of the series will remember the "team-up" near the end of the episode as being one of the best moments of the series, but I like how Skeletor remained true to his character in the following scene, at the end of the episode ... He-Man suggested joining forces for humanity, but Skeletor would never give it a second thought and remain his evil self. "Evilseed" himself made for a perfect guest villain, showing no signs of weakness or being intimidated, until the team-up at the end of the episode, of course! It was interesting how this episode featured so many characters, but most of them had brief appearances. Instead, the focus was mostly on He-Man, Skeletor, and Evilseed, as well as a fair amount of screen time for both Orko and The Sorceress. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Grimbot said...

Superb episode. Love the shock terrors (vines bursting through Talon fighter's control panel and the window of spirits).

Though there are two odd bits:
1. Sudden need of a machine to operate the space portal.

2. Heroes and Skeletor climbing on top of the Grayskull's tower by climbing the wall, then going out of the window and then climbing to the top as seen on the picture.
It's odd because... there's a stairway leading to the top. In fact, it can even be seen on the picture!

Nuria "iluvendure" said...

Thanks for Reading.
I really liked your review, I agree with your comments
This is an episode that I remember fondly; since rarely, we see an alliance between Skeletor and He-man

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