12 August 2012

A brief review #029 - "Prince Adam No More"

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 "Prince Adam No More"...

In his all-too-brief time working on the series, Paul Dini proved that he knew these characters better than most. What he manages to do in this particular episode is give three characters, Beast Man, Prince Adam, and King Randor, an ample amount of screen time. We see the strained relationship between King Randor and Prince Adam beautifully scripted. By having the characters of Beast Man and Prince Adam at their lowest, he delves into what makes their characters work. Not only that, he seamlessly weaves an action-adventure story amongst all of this. In this single episode Paul Dini explores the characters more thoroughly than any other in the series, making it an instant classic. 9/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

2 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

James, you have said it best in regard to the three main characters whom this episode was focused on. I just wanted to add that I liked how Beast Man and Mer-Man interacted with each other and how they attempted to stop He-Man and King Randor together. :) The one action scene that featured He-Man and King Randor teaming up to destroy all of Skeletor's Hover Robots was amazing, as was the king's memorable dialog towards He-Man, to follow: "Sometimes it's hard for a father to say 'I love you' to his son." :) Perfect episode that works so well for such a small group of leading characters. Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Simon said...

This episode is fantastic, one of the best of the Filmation cartoon. Finally Beast Man gets some dignity from the script, and is not just shown as a stupid henchman. His interaction with Mer-Man reminds me of the very early minicomics by Alcala, and so does Skeletor's villany at the beginning, as he severly punishes Beast Man. It's also interesting to see Prince Adam questioning his fake laziness and weakness for once.

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