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 #26
Evil-Lyn and Teela converse around a campfire.
"The Witch and The Warrior"
Mallek, the wizard of Stone Mountain, is serving as the magical guardian of the Fountain of Life, which is located within the desert city of Aridan. At the same time the evil wizard Kothos has sworn to steal the fountain's magic water, which will cause the city to die. When the magic attacks of Kothos become too much for him, Mallek contacts the Royal Palace for assistance. Soon, He-Man and Teela race to his side in order to stop the evil wizard from succeeding in his theft. Skeletor, having heard that Kothos desires the fountain, sends both Evil-Lyn and Clawful to steal it first! Within moments of their arrival He-Man and Teela find themselves called into action. He-Man battles Kothos and his magical sand demon, while Teela comes face to face with Evil-Lyn. When He-Man is momentarily distracted by Clawful's attack, Kothos makes his way to the temple. The evil wizard uses his power to levitate the entire temple into the air, and shortly after strips Evil-Lyn of her magical abilities. Having no need for either, Kothos transports both Evil-Lyn and Teela back to the ground, thus stranding them in the middle of the desert. The pair find they must work together against the many terrors that lurk in the desert...
With the sun now set, and the pair having walked many miles across the desert, a now-powerless Evil-Lyn creates a campfire, so that she and Teela can settle down for the night. Feeling the need to prove to her adversary that she is more than capable without her powers Evil-Lyn remarks, "You see? Even without magic I'm not totally helpless." Teela quickly answers, "I never said you were", before complimenting, "Actually, you're pretty resourceful." Teela then decides to take the conversation in another direction by asking Evil-Lyn why she wastes her time fighting for Skeletor. Evil-Lyn happily answers, revealing a great deal about her character motivation, "I have no loyalty to Skeletor. It's his power I want. Someday I'll seize it from him, and then all Eternia will feel my might!" Teela reminds Evil-Lyn, "You know I'll have to stop you." Evil-Lyn turns away from Teela wrapping her cape around herself answering reflectively, "I know you'll try." Not making any eye contact with Teela Evil-Lyn continues, "Too bad, really. We make a nice team, you and I." Teela looks out into the distance and thoughtfully answers, "In a strange way, we do."
Some may question why this incredibly brief scene features in my list of the top thirty greatest moments from the series. The simple fact is that in the space of thirty-four seconds we're treated to beautiful direction, fantastic character writing, and the most natural voice acting by Linda Gary. "The Witch and The Warrior" is probably the least celebrated Paul Dini episode. The truth is this is not one of his strongest episodes. But with one short scene he is able to give the entire episode a great deal of credence.