08 September 2013


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.

He-Man battles the Evil Warriors with comically absurd consequences!
"Three on a Dare"

When the Royal Palace's high frequency transmitter is damaged, all communication equipment becomes useless. Hurriedly seeking a solution Man-At-Arms informs Prince Adam that they need to obtain Rainbow Quartz. However, the only place on Eternia that it can be located is a cavern within the depths of Snake Mountain! Whilst Prince Adam and Cringer pilot a Wind Raider to Skeletor's base of operations, Teela is deep within the Magical Forest with three students (Cynda, Krill, and Tager). As Teela searches for a good picnic spot, the children end up piloting their only mode of transportation towards Snake Mountain. Unable to radio for help, Teela sets off after them, but is captured, along with the children. Meanwhile Prince Adam and Cringer are discovered and transform into He-Man and Battle Cat. When He-Man learns that Teela and the children are Skeletor's captives, he and Battle Cat free them. The heroes find themselves in the hangar bay of Snake Mountain, in which the Rainbow Quartz is located. At that moment Skeletor, Beast Man, Evil-Lyn, Mer-Man, Trap Jaw, and Tri-Klops appear with no intention of letting them leave...

Skeletor, overlooking the heroes from a vantage point laden with the much-desired iridescent glowing Rainbow Quartz, exchanges dialogue with He-Man below. Without warning Evil-Lyn appears from nowhere and freezes Teela with an icy cold blast. Skeletor, intent on keeping Teela within the confines of his abode, declares, "Teela will not leave Snake Mountain!" He-Man quickly rebukes, "Well, I won't leave without her!" At that moment Beast Man, Mer-Man, Trap Jaw, and Tri-Klops surround He-Man, with Skeletor stating, "Then a few of my friends will have to show you the door!" Before the villains have a chance to attack He-Man he races over to a large vat of oil. Picking up the vat, he begins to pour the contents onto the floor. As Skeletor commands his Evil Warriors to capture He-Man, the four villains find themselves slipping on the oil, unable to maintain any balance or dignity. "Just think what you could do if you had skates", remarks He-Man. He-Man rushes over to Teela and deflects the icy cold blast back at Evil-Lyn freezing her in the process. He-Man frees Teela, much to Skeletor's chagrin. As Teela and the children prepare to take off in one of Skeletor's Basher ships, He-Man proceeds to rip open the giant metal door of the hangar bay. Whilst Tri-Klops attempts to shut down the power source, Beast Man, Mer-Man, and Trap Jaw race towards the Basher in which Teela and the children are located. He-Man stops them in their tracks asking, "Still want to play?" The Evil Warriors charge at He-Man, who somehow manages to grab all three at once and throw them into the air. Mer-Man lands on He-Man's shoulders, followed by Trap Jaw landing on Mer-Man's shoulders, with Beast Man landing on Trap Jaw's shoulders! He-Man briefly entertains this unexpected balancing act by ensuring that no one falls off, remarking to the three villains, "Ever think of going into the circus?" He-Man, knowing he has to help Teela and the children, hoists the villains into the air, and they land directly on top of Tri-Klops. Having defeated the forces of evil He-Man, Battle Cat, Teela, and the children escape Snake Mountain with the Rainbow Quartz.

Whilst "Three on a Dare" is by one of the most fun episodes of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, this scene specifically reminds us why we love the series. It is a true joy to see the original colorful cast of villains (Skeletor, Beast Man, Evil-Lyn, Mer-Man, Trap Jaw, and Tri-Klops) reunited for one more outing against the most powerful man in the universe, with truly comedic results. Is this scene silly? Absolutely! But the ludicrousness of the action sequences is what made this Saturday morning cartoon one of the most memorable of all time!


Kevin Martinell said...

Agreed yet again, and real good commentary! :) After all these years, I've realized that the only difference in the villain line-up between this episode and "Diamond Ray of Disappearance" is the absence of Panthor in this episode! I will always laugh at how Beast Man's voice is lined up with Mer-Man's mouth movements when he yells, "Put me down!" :) Plus, although James and I may always have conflicting opinions on this topic, I still like how this scenario is repeated with different characters in the She-Ra episode, "Shades of Orko" ... Even if this type of scene were to be used again and again with different characters each time, I still would never tire of it and it is one of the most hilarious moments in the series for me. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Steven L. Drake said...

Ever notice this scene was re-used in She-Ra's "Shades of Orko?" Even the line about the circus!

Buzz Chuck said...

Wow, those might be the most exaggerated expressions in the entire series.

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