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Subj: Cartoon Fun 20: He-Man - Diamond Ray Of Disappearance
Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 at 12:28:02 am EST (Viewed 84 times)

Filmation's He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe cartoon ran from 1983-85.  It was based on the Mattel toy line and showcased the battle between good and evil staged by He-Man and his friends against Skeletor  and his cohorts in the land of Eternia.  I remember the show, as well as the toys, being very popular at the time.  This episode, though the fourth produced, was used as the pilot in 1983, according to Wikipedia.

In "Diamond Ray Of Disappearance", Skeletor obtains the Diamond and uses it's ray to transport many of the do-gooders to another dimension.   Following the advice of the Sorceress, He-Man is able to destroy the diamond, returning his friends and driving off Skeletor's forces.

I watched He-Man in my early teen years and was surprised at how much of the show came back to me with this watching.  I wasn't a big fan, as I think I had outgrown these types of shows by then, so I don't have a great deal of nostalgia for it, but, I have to say, this episode was enjoyable.  I've always thought that The Masters Of The Universe characters had great designs, and they were shown in this episode with Beast Man, Mer-Man, Trap Jaw, Tri-Klops, & Evil-Lyn.  Characters Orko and Cringer were slightly annoying, but not so much so as to ruin the show for me.  I'm sure kids who were younger at the time liked them.  The He-Man/Adam and Battlecat/Cringer secret IDs seem to be one of the most unnecessary in the super-hero biz, but it was still par for the course at the time.

A good cartoon, but not really something I'd seek out again as I'd imagine the plots get pretty formulaic and I don't have a strong nostalgic pull as I would to some 70's Superfriends.

The show is also available on Hulu.

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