24 September 2012

A brief review #031 - "A Tale of Two Cities"

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 "A Tale of Two Cities"...

It is not often that an episode can create a truly unique atmosphere within the first minute, but this episode succeeds like no other. You would think that He-Man suffering from amnesia would be the plot that connects us to the episode, but it is the fact that we feel just as alone as He-Man. Much like our hero, we recognize none of the locations or characters. One of the most interesting aspects of this episode is that all the characters believe He-Man to be nothing more than a legend. This only helps to create the sense that we are far away from what we have come to know of this series; and also it makes He-Man just that little bit more extraordinary. 7/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

1 comment:

Kevin Martinell said...

Agreed! He-Man and Garn working together to save the city from the flood made for a great scene. :) Too bad that we didn't see too much of the princess in the episode, after He-Man rescued her. :( I also liked how the episode used the stock animation from the transformation sequence for both He-Man and Battle Cat: When Battle Cat was intent on finding He-Man, before he landed in the pit and when He-Man got his sword back. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

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