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?