09 July 2013

A brief review #040 - "House of Shokoti" Part 1

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 "House of Shokoti" Part 1...

Due to this episode merely being a setup for the following episode, it achieves a minimal amount of plot development. While there are many exciting things that occur during the course of the story, it often feels like a series of events heading in one direction, but with no goal in sight. There is no doubt that Masque is one of the all-time great villains, and his presence quite literally carries the episode at times; while the other characters merely go through the motions. As wonderfully eerie as it is, the conclusion of this episode leaves us somewhat confused rather than excited. The first of these two episodes does little to benefit the story; nonetheless it is still very entertaining. 7/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

1 comment:

Kevin Martinell said...

This was one of those episodes that I have seen many times from childhood, and it has always been very entertaining for me. The action scenes were some of the most exciting, including He-Man battling a couple of monsters and the heroes' battles with the mechanical spiders and Reptile Men. Masque was definitely one of the most memorable villains of the series and the inclusion of Trap Jaw working at his side was a bonus, plus made for some amusing comic relief. :) "Desert-based" He-Man episodes have always been exciting for me, and I was definitely looking forward to the sequel when I first read, "TO BE CONTINUED!" Oh, and the comical twist of Cringer becoming Battle Cat, while hiding in the sand, was one of the highlight moments for me. :) Definitely another one of my more favorite episodes of the series! Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

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