06 July 2015

A brief review #057 - "Castle of Heroes"

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 "Castle of Heroes"...

This episode is special not only because it tells a unique story, but because we have He-Man being challenged directly, instead of having him race to save the day. Mel Gilden uses the appearance of Monteeg as an opportunity to reveal Skeletor's near-admiration of He-Man's abilities; it is amusing to see the Lord of Destruction celebrating his enemy. Usually in this type of episode He-Man and Orko would take a back seat to the action or characters around them, but the pair are scripted so perfectly that they compliment the episode. This story features admirable writing, great action, interesting new characters, and a conclusion that is worthy of He-Man's greatest feats. 7/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

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