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 "Return of the Gryphon"...
What this episode does better than any other episode in the series is present life at the Royal Palace from a fresh perspective. The story of Thad is an interesting one, and numerous times during the episode it is easy to associate with him; especially his frustration at not being noticed. However, Thad is not the only star of the episode. The Gryphon is one of the series' best monsters, is able to carry many a scene; in part due to the beautiful animation utilized. There are numerous moments of really good character animation throughout the episode, combined with small moments of good character writing. David Wise crafts an episode in which the heroes are not the stars, and succeeds. 6/10
Now, may I ask; what is YOUR rating?