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.
GREATEST MOMENT #23
He-Man is tempted by the Starseed to do evil.
Having received a worrying visit from Zodac, the Sorceress reveals to He-Man that Skeletor is currently in pursuit of the Starseed; the most powerful artifact on the planet of Eternia, comprised from the energy of the explosion that created the universe! She explains that the Starseed can do anything that its possessor wishes. He-Man, Battle Cat, and Orko leave Castle Grayskull and race after Skeletor. The heroes fail to stop Skeletor the first time and wind up trapped the other side of a cave-in. The second confrontation ends with Orko being taken hostage by Skeletor, prompting He-Man to work alongside his enemy in order to progress towards the Crystal Cave in which the Starseed is located. Reaching their destination the forces of good and evil find their path blocked by large crystal demons. Working together He-Man and Skeletor manage to defeat them, but as He-Man battles with Beast Man and Mer-Man Skeletor makes a dash for the Starseed. Believing he has obtained the Starseed Skeletor attempts to use it on He-Man, not realizing that Orko has replaced it with a fake. He-Man stands before Skeletor with the Starseed in hand...
He-Man's tone of voice has already changed as he informs his erstwhile foe, "You know better than to oppose me now, Skeletor. I hold the power of the Starseed." His expression begins to alter as he brings the Starseed closer to his face, "The universe could be rid of your evil!" He-Man's eyes widen as he realizes the true power he wields, "I could rid the entire universe of evil. Nothing could stop me!" He-Man's drastic character transformation continues, "No one would dare oppose my will. Whatever I want, I could have." Skeletor begins to suspect a change in the personality of the most powerful man in the universe exclaiming, "We're not so far apart, are we He-Man?" He-Man admits to Skeletor that he can understand why the villain wanted to possess the Starseed, with his voice now straining, "The feeling of power is very strong." Orko is shocked at the shift in personality of his ally. Skeletor delights in the situation informing He-Man, "You're becoming evil, He-Man - I can sense it!" The villain then makes a bold proposal, "Join forces with me! Together we will rule!" Just as He-Man questions the idea in his mind, the Sorceress appears to him, as he recalls their earlier conversation, "The Starseed will tempt you to do evil! You must fight it!" He-Man begins to come to his senses, realizing that his mind is becoming warped by the Starseed's power. He-Man then turns to Skeletor and threatens, "I could use this to stop you, Skeletor!" The villain cowers, before He-Man announces "But if I use this power against you - then I'm no better then you are!" He-Man, Battle Cat, and Orko watch as Skeletor hastily retreats.
"The Search" spends much of the episode focusing on the heroes chasing the villains towards the Starseed. However, this scene in which He-Man is tempted to do evil really does come out of nowhere! It makes for a refreshing change to see the most powerful man in the universe challenged (and nearly defeated) in an incredibly unique way. It is not He-Man's physical strength that is tested in this episode, rather it is his strength of character and heart. The scene is given even greater depth when we learn that the Starseed was Zodac's test of He-Man's virtue, revealing that this story truly was about the man that wields the power of Castle Grayskull.