17 August 2013

A brief review #042 - "Double Edged Sword"

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 "Double Edged Sword"...

With this story Robby London manages to craft one of the series' most compelling episodes. Not only is it scripted beautifully, but the moral message it explicitly preaches is naturally woven into the episode through Chad and Elden, without any of it feeling forced. The character writing throughout the episode is rich in both humor and drama. The heroes and villains are all given great dialogue and interact with each other to perfection. Elden's tragic story of how he accidentally killed many of his fellow soldiers during the Orc War is one of the series' most touching pieces of character writing, and cements this as one of the most powerful pieces of storytelling in the series. 9/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

1 comment:

Kevin Martinell said...

Agreed! The team-up of Mer-Man and Trap Jaw is great, and it's too bad that the two did not work together more often in the series other than "Jacob and the Widgets" ... Their scenes made for great humor! I like the suspense that was portrayed when we find out about the grandfather's history about being a soldier, but not until the end of the episode. The whole angle of Berbie accidentally swallowing the Eternium and nearly dying is also a very powerful and touching scene, plus He-Man's moral message about handling weapons, fighting, and taking chances having consequences was one of the most powerful in the series. In addition, the action scene between He-Man and a "powered-up" Trap Jaw, courtesy of consuming some Eternium, made for an entertaining action scene! Definitely one of my personal favorites and one of the most memorable episodes in the series. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

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