21 September 2013


On the 5th of September 1983 the animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe received its WORLD premiere in the UK! To celebrate 30 YEARS since this historic day I am counting down (on a daily basis) what I believe to be the 30 GREATEST MOMENTS of the Filmation series.

He-Man lifts Castle Grayskull!
"The Taking of Grayskull"

He-Man, Battle Cat, Teela, and Ram Man find themselves fighting severe weather disturbances. The Heroic Warriors manage to prevent many disasters from occurring, but strange things begin to happen; one of which being the disappearance of He-Man's Sword of Power. The heroes soon discover that Castle Grayskull has vanished, and that the strange occurrences are a side effect. Man-At-Arms deduces that Skeletor has managed to create a white hole and transported Castle Grayskull into another dimension. Eventually He-Man, Battle Cat, and Teela trek through to the other dimension and locate the castle. Working together He-Man and the Sorceress manage to capture Skeletor. Whilst the Sorceress attempts to hold Skeletor inside the castle, He-Man ventures outside...

The Sorceress warns He-Man that she can only hold Skeletor for a short amount of time. The most powerful man in the universe hastily runs underneath the alien structure upon which Castle Grayskull stands. Using his bare fists the most powerful man in the universe creates an area in which he can gain a position directly underneath the castle. Using all of his strength He-Man begins to lift the castle, but it is a struggle. He-Man pleads, "Help me, Sorceress. Give me the strength of the Castle's secrets!" A vision of the Sorceress answers, "Yes, He-Man. I hear you and I am trying..." As thunder and lighting rage around Castle Grayskull the Sorceress commands, "May you have all of the powers, all the strength, that dwell in the secrets of truth and knowledge." With a final burst of strength He-Man declares with great strain in his voice, "I--I can do it!!" Managing to stand upright He-Man succeeds in lifting the castle above his head. He-Man throws the castle high into the alien skies where it soars through a dimensional gate and returns to Eternia.

While I have personally never been a fan of this episode, I can appreciate why so many people enjoy it. However, this scene in which He-Man performs a phenomenal feat of strength is not only the best part of the episode, but also one of the best remembered scenes from the series! When watching this scene it is impossible not to get caught up in the excitement, as He-Man, the Sorceress, and Castle Grayskull are all involved! This is one of those moments that continues to be remembered by those that vaguely recall the events of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. It is a classic scene that will outlive the show itself.


Mosquitor said...

This is one of my favourite scenes in the show, showing He-Man's strength at its best as he defeats Skeletor's biggest scheme to date. As a kid this was easily one of my favourite episodes; as an adult I was quite surprised to see just how poorly the script is written in most places and how much time is wasted on the completely pointless Orko subplot (absolutely none of which had stuck in my mind from when I was a kid despite repeated viewings). The climactic battle scenes still rank among the show's best, it's just a shame they couldn't have maintained this standard across the whole episode, so that what ends up ranking among the average episodes could have been the classic it was clearly intended to be.

Kevin Martinell said...

Excellent, James! I was hoping that this would be one of the greatest moments because He-Man actually has a challenge when he lifts the castle! Too bad he didn't use the same strategy when he pushed the moon from "Jacob and the Widgets," as that was too easy for him. :) The thunder and lightning effects really add to the scene, and this episode is full of them! One of the most amusing images in the series is Castle Grayskull flying through the air. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

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