10 September 2013

30 YEARS - Top 30 GREATEST MOMENTS #25

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 #25
The Spirit of Evil realizes that it can never defeat He-Man.
"Wizard of Stone Mountain"



Mallek, the wizard of Stone Mountain, pines over Teela, who rejected his romantic advances many years before when they were studying in the City of Wisdom. A creature named Lokus appears to Mallek, claiming that for a price his master can help the young wizard win the heart of Teela. Mallek happily agrees to the bargain. However, it soon becomes apparent that all is not as it seems. In disguise Lokus arrives at the Royal Palace and informs Teela that Mallek destroyed the Stone Mountain dam out of love for her. Teela quickly enlists the aid of He-Man, Battle Cat, and Ram Man, and together they head for Stone Mountain. Upon arriving Mallek captures Teela and warns He-Man and the others to leave. As Mallek sits down with an understandably disgruntled Teela, Lokus reappears and informs Mallek that the young wizard now has to pay him honoring his half of the bargain. A confused Mallek inquires as to what Lokus desires. Lokus reveals that the price is Mallek's soul! As Mallek and Teela try to comprehend the situation, Lokus hurriedly summons his master. The Spirit of Evil, a large fiery demon, appears, moments before He-Man and his allies come crashing through the wall...

The Spirit of Evil greets the most powerful man in the universe having learned of his identity "He-Man! So we face each other at last!" A somewhat perplexed He-Man tries to make sense of the fiery being stood in front of him. The Spirit of Evil gives a chilling speech laced with an underlying threat, "I am the master of fear, and the destroyer of hope! The enemy of mankind throughout the universe! Mortal, I am evil itself!" And with that the heroes immediately leap into action! With both Battle Cat and Ram Man failing to stop the Spirit of Evil, the creature raises its fiery fist and attempts to crush He-Man. The Spirit of Evil is visibly shocked when it realizes just how strong He-Man is. "No! It cannot be! He is as powerful as I!" reveals the creature, as He-Man continues to prevent the large fiery fist from crushing him. with a great effort of strength He-Man pushes the hand away, prompting the Spirit of Evil to announce, "Incredible! Your goodness is equal to my own dark power!" It becomes clear that the Spirit of Evil has never fought a foe such as He-Man, and is almost impressed with the most powerful man in the universe's strength of will. Revealing the true extent of how evenly matched they are the Spirit of Evil declares, "I could fight you for years and never win!" He-Man answers, "I'm ready if you are!" And with that the fiery creature turns its attention away from He-Man, and back to Mallek.

This scene wonderfully demonstrates He-Man's physical strength and his strength of will. The Spirit of Evil is not simply the name of a fiery creature written into the script. This being is the personification of pure evil. Its appearance in this episode is both dramatic and brave on the part of Filmation to follow through with such a dark concept. Another great thing about this confrontation is that the Spirit of Evil doesn't enter into a lengthy fight with He-Man. As soon as the creature realizes just how powerful He-Man is, it retreats! To think that in this episode He-Man overcame the embodiment of pure evil is nothing short of astounding.

4 comments:

Grimbot said...

Too bad the design of it was so weak. :(

Kevin Martinell said...

The Spirit of Evil gives He-Man quite a compliment about how strong He-Man is, which is one of the most memorable quotes for the episode ... I wonder who would win in a battle between the Spirit of Evil and Skeletor? :) Just as impressive is the following moment, when Mallek's assistant, Karyn, puts her life on the line to save Mallek! Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

juannavarro said...

Great stuff I'm enjoying the hell out of these. I almost want to chime in with my favorite episode but think I should hang back let you get to it.

Mosquitor said...

This is another of my favourite episodes. The scenes with Malek and Careel realizing they love one another are almost moving, I dare say. It was great to see an episode of He-Man based on the Faust legend, and the character of Locus is genuinely creepy. As Grimbot said, it was a shame the design of Evil itself was so laughable, this could have made for one of the darkest episodes of the series if he'd been designed properly. It would have been good to see the spirit of Evil return again, possibly to team up with Skeletor... maybe he could even have been the 'Unnamed One' from the Powers of Grayskull storyline? It's debatable whether they'd get away with an episode with such blatantly Satanic themes in the present day- they should definitely have done more episodes along these lines.

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