02 April 2014

"Tee-La's Trap"

As He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was developed into a series, the staff writers at Filmation came up with a wealth of proposed story premises. Numerous episodes were never developed beyond the early stages. Showcased below is one of those abandoned episodes, alongside a title card that I have created to show what might have been. Please note that in some of these synopses Orko is still referred to as Gorpo, Evil-Lyn as Desira, and the Evil Warriors as the Masters of the Universe. The Sorceress does not appear to have been fully developed at this point either; with many references instead to the Spirit of Grayskull. Also, Stratos is a villain; much like he was in the early Mattel material. All of the original spellings (Tee-La, Beastman, etc.) are also retained for authenticity.

The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe features many more abandoned episodes!

"Tee-La's Trap"
Impatient for promotion, Tee-La decides to impress her father, Man-At-Arms, by capturing Skeletor singlehandedly. Instead, she is captured herself and held prisoner in a domed underwater city. He-Man must free her.

* Legally I should say that Janis Diamond did NOT write this episode. This is merely an example of how the episode title card might have looked.

1 comment:

Kevin Martinell said...

Sounds like an episode that's eager to feature Mer-Man. :) Yeah that DEFINITELY sounds like a Filmation He-Man story ... I always feel sorry for those characters who try to do their best to overcome the villain but cannot do it and STILL need the main characters like He-Man and She-Ra to save the day. :(

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