10 August 2014

A brief review #051 - "City Beneath the Sea"

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 "City Beneath the Sea"...

The episode starts off with a great deal of promise, as we see the strained relationship between King Randor and Prince Adam once more. But as soon as the heroes begin their voyage only disappointment follows. There are numerous interesting story elements in this episode, such as the Pearl of Power, which are touched upon, but never explored. The above average action sequences, of which there are many, are what drive this episode along. However, after a while, the action sequences cannot sustain this episode and it soon becomes reliant on old story formulas. What this episode proves is that great writers, like Larry DiTillio, do not always get it quite right. 4/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

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