06 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.

Farin tricks his girlfriend into believing that he is He-Man.
"Mistaken Identity"

In the season two episode "Mistaken Identity" Karil and her boyfriend Farin are enjoying a picnic. Farin becomes increasingly jealous of his girlfriend's fascination with He-Man, with Karil even going so far as to muse over the possibility that He-Man may have a secret identity. Shortly after Farin leaves to fetch some water from the river an angry Shrieker appears putting the life of Karil in danger. He-Man arrives on the scene, leaps onto the creature's back, and guides the Shrieker away, as a returning Farin looks on in awe. Wanting to impress his girlfriend Farin comes up with the unique idea of pretending to be He-Man' secret identity, "There's no reason that I can't be He-Man! Or at least no reason why I can't let Karil think I'm He-Man." From this moment on, in order to arouse Karil's suspicions, Farin begins acting strangely, running off when danger threatens, and coming up with poor excuses as to his absence, all the while purposely prompting Karil to question his whereabouts...

When Farin and Karil learn of a Dragosaur lurking in the Crystal Caves, Farin awkwardly makes his excuses and leaves, knowing that his now-suspicious girlfriend will follow him. At the same time He-Man races to the Crystal Caves in order to remove the Dragosaur. However, once He-Man arrives he questions the howling noise made by the creature, "That doesn't sound like any Dragosaur I ever heard." Unseen by He-Man, Farin's pet omiran, Ommy, continuously blows into an ornate horn, creating the howls. He-Man continues to walk throughout the caverns, perplexed that he has yet to set eyes on the Dragosaur. Farin, knowing that He-Man is now deep within the Crystal Caves (and that Karil is watching the events from nearby) puts his plan into action, "Now to make Karil think I turned into He-Man!" Moments later Karil watches in horror as Farin runs into the cavern entrance, seemingly in which a Dragosaur lurks. Inside the cavern Farin picks up Ommy, avoids He-Man's presence, slides down a tunnel, and exits the cavern on the other side, unseen by Karil. A frustrated He-Man decides that there is no Dragosaur and leaves. Karil then sees He-Man exit the Crystal Cave, moments after Farin had just entered, and begins questioning herself, "But where's Farin? I just saw him go inside!" Her eyes widen and she breathlessly exclaims, "He-Man! He turned into Farin! I mean, Farin turned into He-Man!", before declaring, "I was right! He-man does have another identity! Farin is He-Man!"

There are only so many stories that can revolve around He-Man's secret identity. However, this intricately original scene is just one of many in an episode crafted by J. Michael Straczynski that successfully breathes new life into the familiar story of a character's secret identity.


Kevin Martinell said...

Definitely agreed! This is a great take on the whole "secret identity" angle ... I think that what prompted Farin to do this the most was when Karil told him something like Farin not even hoping to compare with He-Man, which I really thought was a biting statement to Farin. At least, by the end of the episode, Karil admits that she likes Farin just the way he is, and that was an amusing scene when He-Man appears to be annoyed that there was no Dragasaur around ... Can you blame him?! :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Mosquitor said...

Another scene that definitely belongs in this list. "Mistaken Identity" is such a refreshingly different episode, putting two ordinary teens in the spotlight and successfully making them interesting characters, while being the first episode where another character finally entertains the idea that He-Man may have a secret identity. None of the many supervillains He-Man fights had thought of that idea, but an ordinary teenage girl is smart enough to think of it! And of course this episode is brilliant for Modulok's introduction and origin.

It's interesting how the first two episodes showcased in this list are from the 1985 season- I generally think of that era of the show as its weakest period as there are a lot of rushed and poorly-written episodes at that stage, and villains were constantly being dumbed down, yet episodes like "Mistaken Identity", "Visitors From Earth" and of course "The Problem With Power" in this season are strikingly original episodes that rank among the series' best. If the series had continued along those lines it could have been much stronger and challenged its viewers to a great extent!

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