02 October 2015

A brief review #058 - "The Once and Future Duke"

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 "The Once and Future Duke"...

What this episode has going for it is an overriding sense of magic; every single part of this episode pertains to Count Marzo's magical spells. Count Marzo himself is a great villain because he is a cunning nobleman, instead of a muscle-bound villain that only wants to destroy. The heroes are given a good amount of screen time in this episode, and Orko, who appears more than most, is thankfully given a lot of good scenes laced with amusing dialogue. The directing in this episode is very clever in places; steering clear of scene transitions and relying on interesting ways to change the scene. However, while it is an enjoyable adventure with many great scenes, something feels missing throughout. 6/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

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