Eternia. A world rampant with magic, machinery, and monsters. A place where beings with supreme abilities battle for supremacy, power, and a seat at the cool table in Castle Grayskull’s cafeteria. Each warrior is a master of his/her skills; weather it be controlling beasts, building sick weapons/robots, or showing just the right amount of thigh while wearing a cobra costume. But with great power comes an even greater responsibility, and there are some on Eternia who have chosen to use their gifts selfishly. Who could possibly stop a gang consisting of a crab-man, a dude with three robot eyes, a guy with a steel-trap jaw, a fish-dude, an evil white-haired sorceress, and a purple clad necromancer with a visible skull? Why, resident barbarian/strong-guy/moral minister HE-MAN, of course.
Based off the hit toy line of the same name, Masters of the Universe was one of the most popular cartoons in the ’80s, and still is to this day. I myself was a huge He-Man fan, owning a rather sweet set of Masters bed linens. I pretty much rule.
The show centered around Adam; prince of Eternia and defender of the secrets of Castle Grayskull. Fabulous secret powers were revealed to him the day he held aloft his magic sword and said, “BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL!“. His cowardly green-tiger Cringer became the mighty “Battle-Cat”, and Adam became “HE-Man”; the most powerful man in the universe. Only 3 others share this secret; their friends The Sorceress, Man-at-Arms, and Orko. Together, they defend Castle Grayskull from the evil forces of Skeletor. Damn, that never get’s old.
Diamond Ray Of Disappearance:
The Cosmic Comet:
The Shaping Staff:
She-Demon of Phantos:
The Curse of the Spellstone:
A Friend in Need:
In an attempt to prevent parents from going bizonkers over a show with so much fighting, each episode had a moral message cleverly woven into the story line. Everything from “drugs are bad” to “don’t tell lies” was focused on durring the end-of-show summary.
Jumping on the huge success Mattel’s toys and Filmation’s show garnered, Hollywood felt the need to make a very bad movie based on He-Man. Dolph Lundgren was cast as He-Man, some old-dude played an aging Man-at-arms, a Solid Gold dancer took the Teela reigns, and a young Courtney Cox was in it for some reason.
Once all of us hot-headed He-Men grew up, we demanded more of our much loved loin-cloth clad commando. 2002 answered our battle-cries. Masters of the Universe was given a face-lift, a touch of lipo, and a massive shot of steroids. This new incarnation delved a bit more into the mysterious origins of Skeletor, how Adam obtained the power sword, plus touched on the King Hiss stuff, as well as Hordak and The Evil Horde a little.
The Beginning (Part 1):
Even though the re-vamping lacked the liberal lightning-bolts, Skeletor arm-raises, abundant body tossing, and the plentiful punches to the screen, I still loved it. The animators breathed new epic life into the show and sliced away the severe amount of cheese that the original oozed.
It is now 2010 and our need for nostalgia is bigger than ever. I don’t know if it’s because people are looking to the past to forget their money woes of today, or writers have simply run out of ideas, but everything amazing from my childhood is getting a millennium twist. So far Transformers, G.I. Joe, The Karate Kid, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday The 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre have all gotten a complete make-over. A live-action Voltron movie is in the works, and word is out that Thundercats will be getting some cartoon C.P.R. Here’s a taste:
This had better last longer than the He-Man resurrection. We only got two and a half (maybe three) seasons before it got the axe. Cross your Thunder-fingers and Thunder-toes, little Thunder-kittens.