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 "Ordeal in the Darklands"...
This episode is surprising in that the elements that make the story are not all that impressive. What Marc Scott Zicree successfully does is bring all the familiar faces into a new location and has their characters develop through conflict and misunderstanding. Kor is a well-rounded character, not once feeling overplayed in his impulsive actions. Though it is brief there are some very good scenes between Man-At-Arms and Teela; and He-Man seems to be having fun in this episode with John Erwin getting to spout some amusing pieces of dialogue. At times the pace of this episode is quite slow, but the story and sub-plots keep us entertained until the threat of the Crimson Scourge has ended. 6/10
Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?