05 September 2013

30 YEARS - Top 30 GREATEST MOMENTS #30

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 #30
The most powerful man in the universe saves the planet Earth!
"Visitors From Earth"



In the season two episode "Visitors From Earth" two astronauts from Earth, Colonel Mark Blaze and Major Andrea Steele fly their ship through a vortex and find themselves on the planet Eternia. Steele explains to the Royal Family that a giant meteor is on a collision course with Earth, and that time is of the essence. Following an encounter with Skeletor, during which the missile timer is activated and the firing mechanism damaged, Colonel Mark Blaze and He-Man fly back through the vortex...

Seeing the planet Earth for the first time He-Man mutters to himself, "Earth. So that's where my mother came from." It is a brief, but wonderfully written piece of dialogue that reminds us of He-Man's Earth-based origins. This planet is just as important to him as Eternia. With the timer continuing to countdown, the pair have three minutes to find the meteor and launch the missile, before it explodes! The meteor is then seen to be at least a quarter of the size of the planet Earth, but slowly disappearing around the other side of the planet. Blaze comments that they only have forty seconds until the missile explodes, with He-Man encouraging him to fly as close as he can to the meteor. The most powerful man in the universe then rises from his seat and tells Blaze to open the canopy before announcing, "Let's try out our new rocket launcher -- me!" A startled Blaze replies, "You?!", but continues to open the canopy. As the dramatic music plays He-Man, with missile in hand, pulls his arm back, and pauses for what seems to be an eternity. He then throws the missile towards the meteor at great speed. At the very last second the missile strikes the meteor and explodes! And with that He-Man saves the planet Earth from destruction!

While some may consider this a simple action scene, the grandeur of He-Man's accomplishment has to be acknowledged. Yes, we have seen the character move an Eternian moon or two (annoyingly rather effortlessly at times), but given his connection to Earth, this monumental act of strength is a perfect feat for the character.

6 comments:

Chris Davis said...

That's a beautifully-written piece, James - looking forward to more! Happy Birthday He-Man! :D

Grimbot said...

"The meteor is then seen to be at least a quarter of the size of the planet Earth"

Unless those dead satellites are city sized, there's no way it's that big. :P

That scene where Earth pans in front of the meteor is just an animation error.

Keith Tucker said...

Hey, I drew storyboards fro this episode. Man did I have some fun! www.tuckertoons.com

Kevin Martinell said...

Great scene but I think that the timing was way longer than forty seconds, when He-Man was raised to the roof an threw the rocket ... Also, the explosion should have had as much impact as the explosion Orko caused at the beginning of "Orko's Missing Magic." :) Still, the drama of the scene was well executed and I agree that He-Man's comment to himself about his Mother coming from earth is a classic! Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Mosquitor said...

This is easily one of my favourite episodes of the entire series, and this is definitely one of the best scenes- a stunning climax to the perfect action-packed episode. It's a great idea that He-Man has managed to save the Earth without actually setting foot on the planet, and without anyone on Earth knowing. You can just imagine the speculations and conspiracy theories that would abound on Earth when the astronauts return and try to convince the authorities that it was not them who saved the Earth, but a superhuman extraterrestrial offspring of the missing astronaut Marlena Glenn!

I'm generally against incorporating Earth into the MOTU universe, but this episode does the job perfectly, and it would have been very interesting to see what Filmation would have come up with if they had done a sequel to this episode with He-Man visiting the Earth, as was hinted at the end of this episode.

pH6 said...

Consider the following: If he had failed, they would've been forced to locate most of the Motion Picture anywhere else but Earth!

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