20 September 2013

30 YEARS - Top 30 GREATEST MOMENTS #15

On the 5th of September 1983 the animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe received its WORLD premiere in the UK! To celebrate 30 YEARS since this historic day I am counting down (on a daily basis) what I believe to be the 30 GREATEST MOMENTS of the Filmation series.

GREATEST MOMENT #15
Orko saves the lives of Prince Adam and Cringer.
"Creatures From The Tar Swamp"



Lady Edwina, Prince Adam's beautiful, rich, and spoilt cousin arrives at the Royal Palace on a visit. Orko is captivated by her beauty, and decides to impress her with his magical abilities, though he seems completely unaware of her selfishness. Orko fails to impress Lady Edwina with a gift and begins to feel sad, remarking that he has very little importance. In an effort to cheer up Orko Prince Adam decides to inform Lady Edwina just how brave Orko is and begins to recount the time that Orko once saved his life with his magic medallion...

Prince Adam explains that during the Season of Storms he and Cringer had wandered far from the Royal Palace, only to find themselves lost in the Tar Swamps. As Prince Adam attempted to reassure Cringer that they were in no danger, the incredible power of the storm opened a temporary rift between dimensions, and Orko appeared on Eternia for the first time. Although stranded on Eternia Orko immediately rushed to aid Prince Adam and Cringer who were now beginning to sink into the tar! Orko produced his magic medallion and uttered an incantation, "Oh magic medallion hear my command, and give these two a helping hand!" At that moment a nearby tree's branches reached over and plucked the stranded pair out of the tar, transporting them to safety. A victorious Orko, acknowledging that he had saved the day, casually floated backwards spinning his medallion, only to crash into a protruding rock structure, and subsequently drop the medallion into the tar. Adam continues to reveal that after this event, the Royal Family adopted Orko, and made him a member of the royal court.

No list would be complete without this scene. While it may not feature incredible writing, or an amazing action sequence, it is by far one of the single most important events in the rich history of Eternia. For it is the day that Orko saved the individual that would grow up to wield the power of Castle Grayskull! Numerous writers on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe would write Orko as the comedic relief, when in truth the character could be portrayed as one of the most important individuals in the series, without needing to sacrifice his dignity for laughs.

2 comments:

pH6 said...

That is a great scene...which also includes the one treat about Orko, the total carelessness that usually results in Duncan getting hit by something, but in this instant makes Orko lose his medallion. The real fans and professional reviewers can say what they want, but to me this is the best episode of Filmation. One of these centuries I might even type a review of my own about it.

Kevin Martinell said...

Good points on the personality and significance of Orko in the series, James. Even when a more brief version of this scene was shown again in "The Secret of Grayskull," the Sorceress said it best to Orko: "Without you there would be no He-Man." Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

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