He-Man and the Masters of the Universe – The Cosmic Comet

by Alan Rapp on September 25, 2018

in Television Reviews 

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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - The Cosmic Comet TV review

Our Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to Eternia and the sword-wielding protector of Castle Greyskull. Created for the sole purpose of selling more He-Man toys, the first episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is bizarre. The core characters all get introduced here as Skeletor (Alan Oppenheimer) attempts to seize control of an evil comet to give him the power to break into Castle Greyskull and rule all of Eternia. To stop him, He-Man (John Erwin) and his friends Man-At-Arms (Oppenheimer), Orko (Lou Scheimer), and Teela (Linda Gary) will enlist the help of a washed-up wizard named Zagraz (Erwin) who helps create a twin for the comet filled with peace and love to help balance out its malicious nature. (Did I mention the plot to this one was pretty damn odd?)

The episode sets up common tropes for the show including Prince Adam disappearing from the action to allow He-Man to save the day, various vehicles and weapons (all with corresponding toys on shelves such as the Attak Trak) will be highlighted, Orko’s magic proves to be more helpful on some occasions that others, and Skeletor’s mad dash for power (and lack of concern for any of his henchmen) is highlighted as well. As will be a common theme on the show, the episode ends with a moral for kids about the adventure they just watched.

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