Original Air Date: 27th September 2002.
Writer: Michael Reaves
Director: Gary Hartle
As will rapidly become a trend throughout the course of the first season, the team at MYP decide to shine a light on some oft-overlooked characters in this episode. In this case, Stratos and Buzz-Off. For a lot of fans, this is the defining characteristic that makes this series so darned appealing – namely, the fact that it’s not just He-Man, Teela, Man-at-Arms and Orko doing their thing week after week, as was frequently the case back in the ’80s.
As far as the story itself goes, it’s another fun offering, with Skeletor targeting Ambrosia, the strength-giving food produced by the Andreenids, and stirring up some animosity between them and the inhabitants of Avion via a little gargoyle-inspired trickery along the way. As plans go, it’s actually not a bad one from ol’ skull face, and comes impressively close to actually succeeding, if it weren’t the intervention of the Most Powerful Man in the Universe.
Once again, the world-building is top class throughout, giving us a better understanding of the Avion and Andreenid cultures and the personalities of both Buzz-Off and Stratos along the way.
There’s also a fun skirmish near the end of the episode with the Ambrosia’d up Skeletor, Evil-Lyn and Tri-Klops squaring off with He-Man, Teela and Battle Cat. Entertaining and satisfyingly twirl free, it gives the MYP team the opportunity to flex some of their ample amination muscle. Not only that, but we get some really cool new designs for the juiced-up Evil Warriors. Sadly, only one of them ever made it to the toy shops in the form of Skeletor’s “Battle Sound” version, but it’s still a pretty cool aesthetic nonetheless.
Another solid offering that, while not quite making it into the A-Tier, really opens up the scope of this particular version of Eternia while giving a lot of fresh characters the opportunity to shine. Well worth a watch.
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