15 July 2012

A brief review #028 - "The Defection"

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 "The Defection"...

This episode has a very original and unique story with a former villainess trying to atone for her past deeds. However, from that moment on, all the characters do throughout the episode is talk about how people can change. Orko's attitude in particular becomes tiresome, because it seems a little too out of character. One of the things that lets this episode down most of all is the visuals, which are at times incredibly questionable. One has only to look at the way Orko is drawn from shot to shot. By the time the second act has begun it feels as if this episode is talking down to the audience by constantly reaffirming the moral of the story. Like we could ever forget it. 4/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

2 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

That's true about the moral message being rehashed again and again, but this was still a very entertaining story with some great action scenes, like the battle between the heroes and Gorgon's guards. Sibyline was a beautiful and pretty good guest character and Evil-Lyn had a strong presence among the side of the Evil Warriors, once again. Evil-Lyn's magical schemes of causing trouble for the heroes and making them think that it was Sibyline's doing was a pretty good plot. Orko came across as annoying and Teela even had to tell him to "hush up" at one point! He-Man's sarcastic remark about the "magical island holiday" was hilarious too. :) I'd give this episode an above average rating, but I agree with James on the animation of Orko. :)

Mosquitor said...

This is a truly terrible episode- second worst of season one after "The Starchild". The villain Gorgon is plain feeble. And it's very annoying how the characters go on and on about how evil Sybilline apparently used to be, without ever giving a single bit of evidence or any examples; it's way too hard to imagine this goody-goody girl with a very posh voice ever having been evil. And yes, Orko is way too annoying and out-of-character in this episode. The entire thing is written in the most patronizing manner, and seems to aim for a very, very young audience rather than a more general one. Gets 1/10 from me.

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