25 October 2013

A brief review #043 - "The Mystery of Man-E-Faces"

As many of you will know, in 2010 I published The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. At 300+ pages the book features 700+ pieces of trivia, 460+ deleted scenes, 360+ examples of animation reuse, 380+ quotes, 50+ abandoned episodes, and a LOT more! It is the book that NO fan of the Filmation series can live without! BUY IT NOW!

As an incentive, here is my brief review and rating (as they appear in the book) for "The Mystery of Man-E-Faces"...

One of the things this episode does really well is frame the origin story within an appropriate context. It is slightly hard to believe that Man-At-Arms was not around during the events of the flashback, but the story works well nonetheless. While the exploration of Man-E-Faces' character could have run deeper, he is well-rounded enough; scripted to be a tortured soul, while those around him fail to understand. There is some really nice, unique directing during this episode. The attack on Castle Grayskull at the end comes across as a bit of an afterthought. Ultimately Paul Dini writes an episode that is a thoroughly entertaining origin story for a character that gets little screen time. 6/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

1 comment:

Kevin Martinell said...

Definitely an above-average rating for me on this one, but I thought that Man-E-Faces had just the right amount of screen time and played well against the heroes and villains. There was a good moral theme running through the episode about being a bully, between Man-E-Faces attacking the Widgets and Skeletor and Beast Man gaining control over Man-E-Faces. Both Skeletor and Beast Man come across as more threatening in this episode, rather than used as comic relief, as seen in some Season Two episodes ... Also, the villains appear to be a threat to Castle Grayskull, as the Sorceress seems to have a difficult time fighting them off, compared to a few Season Two episodes when nothing appeared to be stronger than the power of Castle Grayskull (Ex.: "The Secret of Grayskull"). Skeletor's "cartoony" take, once the Collector falls down into the Abyss, is probably the most hilarious moment in the episode. :) Finally, I agree that it's difficult to think that Man-At-Arms was not around when Man-E-Faces first appeared ... I could picture Prince Adam telling the story to a character like Ram Man instead. :) Very good story and flashback to this episode and thanks for reading! God Bless... ~"KevyGuy" :)

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