22 June 2012

A brief review #027 - "Orko's Favorite Uncle"

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 "Orko's Favorite Uncle"...

The first act of this episode is one of the most entertaining of the series. The storm is directed with such fury that we physically feel Tauron's threat, and the scene with the heroes trapped in the cavern with the Manticore is staged and directed perfectly. What this episode does incredibly well, is take a very small cast of characters and tell a story that is both entertaining and character-driven. Even though the second act is slightly weaker then the first, a majority of the character-writing occurs in the second act, with Orko and Montork scripted to perfection. The end of this episode revels in an act of love conquering the forces of evil; and on this occasion it works. 7/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

2 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

James, you have said it best in your review for this episode and I totally agree! As you have mentioned before, the "love conquering evil" theme worked better in this episode than in "The Return of Orko's Uncle," because it is original and not repeated. It was also nice to see an appearance of the Talon Fighter too. :) This was one of my favorite "non-Skeletor" episodes of the series and I liked the voice acting for the "evil/possessed" version of Uncle Montork. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

David Monid said...

I love the expression of Uncle Montark's face.

"This fish isen't fresh enough! I wanted fresh fish. I'll bet not even Cringer would eat this'! :D

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