15 June 2014

"Eternia's Ordeal"

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!

"Eternia's Ordeal"
A series of widespread catastrophes strike Eternia: floods, cyclones, famine and the like. The angry citizens threaten to revolt, blaming Adam's parents the King and Queen, for the cataclysm. He-Man discovers that Evil-Lyn has put Eternia under a spell and must devise a way to reverse it.

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

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