20 October 2012

A brief review #032 - "Search for the VHO"

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 "Search for the VHO"...

Water-based, race against time, action-adventure episodes do not come much better than this one. Within the first minute of the episode the plot is pretty much laid out, and when the Kraken appears and kidnaps Teela, we know we are in for a treat. He-Man's underwater adventures are visually interesting, as is the animation throughout this episode. Although Mer-Man does not get much screen time, he does shine in what little he has. He-Man seems to wear a wry smile during this story, and his moments with Teela are well scripted. It has to be said though, that as loud as it is, the Kraken is the star of this episode. 8/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

1 comment:

Kevin Martinell said...

Agreed! The scenario of Hovar and Justin about to be attacked by the wild animals with no radio communication on their end was a scary one, plus Kracken reminded me of "Godzilla" with its loud and horrifying screaming and roaring (Especially in the underwater cavern scene where Teela was held prisoner)! I also liked how there were so many similarities between this episode and "City Beneath The Sea," the other main episode of Season One to feature both Mer-Man as the lead villain and a mostly underwater setting. :) Finally, it was nice that Cringer actually had a day off from being Battle Cat, as we saw at the end of the episode! A great episode and a great review, James. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

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