17 March 2014

A brief review #048 - "Return of Evil"

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 "Return of Evil"...

What starts off as an episode with a great deal of promise, soon descends into bad character writing and poor staging. The mystery and threat that Aremesh presents is lost within seconds of his arrival. His design looks out of place in the series; as if he is a leftover from Filmation's Groovie Goolies. The regular cast are given some truly awful dialogue, and the ease of which the Evil Warriors enter and exit the Royal Palace soon becomes tiresome. The episode's most exciting scene, where it appears for one brief second that we are going to learn more about Orko, only helps to confuse us more. Sadly one of the series' most promising episodes miserably fails to deliver. 4/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

2 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

James, there is so much I agree with you about ... At first, it does appear as though Aremesh is a real threat at the beginning of the episode, as he continuously blasts people unconscious with ease ... When He-Man shows up, however, it is a different story. ;) James also once made an observation on how easy it was for the Evil Warriors to enter the Royal Palace with ease, via teleporting themselves in and out at their free will! The villains also appear to be wasted as they do not receive any action scenes at all and are defeated with ease! Even Skeletor appears to be TOO negotiable when Man-At-Arms suggests that the heroes wait one hour to give the Lord of Destruction an answer to one of his "demands" ... Skeletor actually agrees and repeats this to He-Man! Too bad that the heroes didn't request more time so they could formulate a real good plan to defeat the villains ... Would Skeletor have been that foolish to say, "Okay?" That had to be the episode's weakest moment, and I actually enjoy the episode a lot because it is that silly! ... The most amusing part of the episode for me took place when Battle Cat used his tail to trip Skeletor, causing the villain to fall into the tar swamp, followed by him laughing mischievously at Skeletor. :) Definitely a below average rating for drama and the way the story was written, but a near perfect rating for how hilarious this episode can be, in regard to some of the cast appearing out of character! Nice to see an angry He-Man in the scene where Skeletor actually returns a captured but unharmed Orko to the heroes as well! Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Mosquitor said...

It's a shame episodes like this didn't have more work done on them; it's one of those episodes that has a great idea behind it but feels like the writer just rushed through the script without much regard for actual quality. Probably the main flaw of the series was that there were too many episodes of this nature. I still kind of enjoy this ep, as pure cheesy fun despite its flaws.

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