22 November 2012

A brief review #033 - "The Starchild"

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 Starchild"...

The strength of the non-villain episodes of the series is that the writers are often able to create character-heavy episodes in which we learn more about the main cast. Unfortunately, that is not the case with this, the first non-villain episode of the series. Whilst Palos and Willen are quite well-rounded characters, Starchild comes across as unlikable, as it is hard to feel sympathy for a character that actively tries to harm the heroes. After a while, we tire of seeing Starchild run away again, and again, and again, and find ourselves wanting her to be found, not because we care, but so that the story can end. 3/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

4 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

Agreed ... Starchild's follow-up appearance, in "Bargain with Evil," was much better. I actually found the brief scene between He-Man and Teela amusing, when He-Man accidentally startled Teela. :) Willin was my favorite guest character and I liked how he worked with Man-At-Arms briefly in the episode. The two "monster" scenes, at the beginning and near the end of the episode, were pretty entertaining too! It was a treat to see some beautiful underground scenery for both "monster" scenes, as well. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Buzz Chuck said...

"not because we care, but so that the story can end"

So true.

I have a copy of the Story Boards to this episode.

Rory said...

To me this episode felt more like a missed opportunity, yeah the pointless chase around the palace was lazy and Teela in particular was really written out of character and easily startled by a friggin' shadow fer' crying out loud. I mean if Starchild was putting people in danger, it should have been unintentional. My idea would have been that she's got all this power within her, but her youth and frustration makes it unstable, like her constant ability to make people like her (or just draw people and even creatures toward her in a subconscious need for companionship). But when running from others in the palace she should have been just touching things like furniture and what-not around the corridors, and her wild unstable magic would animate them like in that scene from Evil Dead 2, or the mops in Fantasia for example hampering their efforts in catching her (instead of that energy death trap she did). Wouldn't that have been cooler? They could have even stretched this into a multi episode saga type thing, where they try and figure out her origin through the Sorceress and her recourses, even attempt to connect her with the Star Sisters from She-Ra, maybe have Skeletor learn about her and try and kidnap her as well to create more tension (wouldn't put it past him) or even have Zodac intervene over Randor's authority. Instead she just returns some time later with this Bowena bodyguard who doesn't appear at all like the Tree Dwellers we saw in Bargain with Evil.
Also, I know Filmation had limitations with animation uses and all, but that scene, especially buy today's standards, of He-Man first approaching Starchild but lounging besides her is really inappropriate looking, IDK, maybe by Eternian standards the whole "stranger danger" thing only applies to people offering kids a black rose LOL.
And my favorite of all-time plant monster, The Tickle Trap (I still chuckle at that name) and its Tribble sound when tickled, still get a kick outta Star Trek sounds recycled for MOTU XD!

Nico C. said...

Starchild is the most annoying thing ever.

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