12 December 2013

A brief review #045 - "Orko's Missing Magic"

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 "Orko's Missing Magic"...

This episode does not feature fantastic character development or memorable action scenes; but what it does so well is craft an atmospheric tale, heavy on magic and mystery, and give the artists at Filmation an excuse to be truly creative. Ernie Schmidt's wonderful direction in this episode helps to bring Larry DiTillio's vision to life. The pacing of this episode is quite slow at times, but what that allows us to do is take in the wonders of Omiros. The story itself is good, and we get a sense that Orko's friends really do care for him a great deal. This may not be one of the best scripts, but it is easily one of the most visually interesting episodes of the series. 6/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

1 comment:

Kevin Martinell said...

You bring up a lot of good points, Sir! Well there was pretty good character development among Prince Adam, Teela, and Orko in the scene where Orko feels terrible about losing his magic, and Orko's friends remind him of how special he is. The guest characters, Tick/Tock and Zolt, are the more comical of the series, especially Tick/Tock ... Unfortunately, Zolt does not receive much show time, but the one scene was a hoot where He-Man tricked Zolt into freeing the heroes from being imprisoned, by using the Sword of Power against Zolt. :) Definitely one of the more "magical" episodes of the series, like you once said, James, and one of the most enjoyable above-average episodes of the series. I'd give this one a similar rating or maybe even a little higher. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

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