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 "Quest for the Sword"...
On paper this episode promises to be one of the series' best. However, it falls short, failing to deliver the classic story that it initially promises. This episode suffers from incredibly poor pacing and nonsensical storytelling. The opening action scene is far too long, and full of contradictions. He-Man hopping into a Wind Raider to cross a large fissure that he had previously fought to keep open, is just one of many scenes that make little sense. The scene at the Royal Palace where the heroes come close to connecting Prince Adam and He-Man is well-scripted. The scenes underground are entertaining, but like the end of this episode, everything about the plot feels far too staged. 4/10
Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?