01 March 2015

A brief review #055 - "Eye of the Beholder"

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 "Eye of the Beholder"...

The premise for this episode is original and interesting, and while the episode does have certain moments of merit, ultimately it falls short. The first half of the episode really conveys a sense of dread across the planet; and although He-Man is written somewhat out of character, his exhaustion is well played out. The main problem with story is that during the second act the highly original idea of oxygen depletion is lost amongst the story of inner beauty. While the story was never going to be one of the series' best, this episode is prevented from reaching an above-average status due to the overbearing moral, which contradicts itself at the end; thereby rendering it pointless. 5/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

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