18 May 2011

A brief review #007 - "The Curse of the Spellstone"

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 Curse of the Spellstone"...

This episode has many good things going for it; best of all are the two storylines that run concurrently. We feel a real sense of danger as those in the Royal Palace are threatened by one of the best plot devices in the series in the Creeping Horak. And the action-packed adventures of the Heroic Warriors as they battle Skeletor's Hover Robots and the Fire People is executed to perfection. At times the script is a tad haphazard, switching locations just as we are getting settled. There is little to no character writing in this episode, but that does not matter. This episode revels in the fact that it is an entertaining action-adventure episode. 7/10

Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?

5 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

This is THE image that sums up the episode ... I love it! Evil-Lyn seems like the lead villain in this episode, as she uses the Spellstone to cause each of the oncoming disasters to happen. Battlecat has a couple of funny lines in the episode. The appearance of Trap-Jaw was good, but too bad that he didn't have any action scenes. This is also one of those episodes that feature guest character and creature designs that were reused in other episodes. I also get a kick out of how Orko's "rainbow" gag, at the end of the episode, segues into Man-At-Arms' opening dialog during the moral message, about Orko's magic tricks not always going according to plan! He-Man's cry of "Heave Ho," was pretty hilarious too. :) Definitely an above average episode! Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

mermaidliz said...

8/10, a certainly like it better than the Diamond Ray of Disappearance

Geret said...

Any episode which features Evil Lyn doing her thing (and doing her wonderfully evil laugh) is a good episode in my eyes!

Chris (He-Fan) said...

This episode has never been a particular favourite of mine but is nevertheless a really good, solid, action-based episode - probably a 6/10 or maybe 7/10 for me! :)

HB Potlood said...

Don’t you just love how Duncan and Adam always known exactly which mythological and obscure object is the cause of any problem that arises, and also the person who is responsible for any trouble? Two of the three villagers with speaking parts have unusual voices. I think the woman Bran may be Jay Scheimer, but who is the old man called Zak? He sounds familiar, and yet different from the regular four voice artists. A confused 7 out of 10 from me.

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