29 July 2015

"Riddle of the Comet"

As He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was developed into a series, the staff writers at Filmation came up with a wealth of proposed story premises. Numerous episodes were never developed beyond the early stages. Showcased below is one of those abandoned episodes, alongside a title card that I have created to show what might have been. Please note that in some of these synopses Orko is still referred to as Gorpo, Evil-Lyn as Desira, and the Evil Warriors as the Masters of the Universe. The Sorceress does not appear to have been fully developed at this point either; with many references instead to the Spirit of Grayskull. Also, Stratos is a villain; much like he was in the early Mattel material. All of the original spellings (Tee-La, Beastman, etc.) are also retained for authenticity.

The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe features many more abandoned episodes!

"Riddle of the Comet"
When a comet crashes into the planet, He-Man loses his strength. Meanwhile, Beastman's legions storm into the kingdom, and without He-Man's defensive power, Castle Grayskull is sure to fall. Only by unraveling the riddle of the comet...and its strange properties...can He-Man recover his strength and save Grayskull.

* Legally I should say that Larry DiTillio did NOT write this episode. This is merely an example of how the episode title card might have looked.

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