09 September 2013

30 YEARS - Top 30 GREATEST MOMENTS #26

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.

2 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

This scene works for me as one of the greatest moments in the series, as well as possibly the greatest moment in the episode, and I like how Evil-Lyn isn't written TOO friendly for the time that both she and Teela must work together. I like how, in the moral segment, the flashback calls for this very scene! Yes, I also like the visual gag of Evil-Lyn wrapping her cape around her, making it look like a skirt. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Mosquitor said...

This is one of my favourite scenes, and definitely one of my favourite episodes. I loved seeing the series' two main female characters teaming up and finding they actually get on pretty well together when they put aside their differences. Paul Dini showed elements of their potential for teamwork again briefly in "To Save Skeletor" when the two of them had to work on the same side again. It would have been great to have seen more episodes like this in season 2. Evil-Lyn also has the honor of being probably the only villain in the show not to have been dumbed down as the series progressed and made to seem completely incompetent- she remained just as strong and powerful at the end of season 2 as she had been at the start of season 1, while the other villains had been reduced to mere comedy players.

Episodes like this where a random good guy and a bad guy are stranded in the middle of nowhere with no option but to work together have been used a few other times in the various cartoon series, with She-Ra and Hordak in "Into the Dark Dimension" and Stratos and Trap Jaw in MYP's "Trust". I think it's a common theme in other shows too, like in The Incredible Hulk episode "Mystery Man" with David Banner and Jack McGee; this recurring theme is always interesting for the development of characters and the breaking down of barriers between characters who are usually enemies.

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