28 July 2013

A brief review #041 - "House of Shokoti" Part 2

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 2...

From the moment this episode begins with a long panning shot of the House of Darkness, accompanied by some foreboding music, we know we are in for a treat. The atmosphere throughout the episode is breathtaking, with a wealth of twisted, creepy, action sequences. He-Man, Battle Cat and Ram Man make for an exciting heroic trio, but they are not the stars of this episode. The dynamic between Stanlan and Shokoti works beautifully as the episode progresses. Numerous factors, including Larry DiTillio's script, the beautiful yet haunting direction and animation, and Linda Gary's fine performances as both Stanlan and Shokoti, make this episode one of the scariest and best of the series. 9/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

1 comment:

Kevin Martinell said...

Totally agree! The setup is perfect with a disobeying Stanlan wanting to look inside of the temple, to him getting captured, to the heroes hot on the trail and getting captured themselves, and finally a brave Stanlan confronting Shokoti (Thanks to the advice from the Sorceress!) and helping to free He-Man and his allies! What I like best about the episode is that Shokoti's magic and allies are too much for He-Man and his friends to handle and that this is one of the rare occasions when a villain gets the upper hand on He-Man ... In addition, it's nice that there are friends of He-Man or guest characters, like Stanlan, who can help save He-Man. :) My only gripe was that, when Prince Adam talks to Stanlan about his actions at the end of the episode, it would have been nice if he added a compliment at the end, telling Stanlan that he was very brave to confront someone as evil and powerful as Shokoti. Definitely one of the greatest, action-packed, and dramatic episodes of He-Man's Season One. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

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