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Quest for He-Man is the 19th episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, written by Paul Dini and directed by Steve Clark. When Skeletor erases He-Man's memory and vanishes him to an unknown dimension, the heroes of Eternia must seek help from Zodac to save their friend.

Synopsis

Tri-Klops, Trap-Jaw, Skeletor and Evil-Lyn launch an attack against the Royal Palace. He-Man gives chase in a Wind Raider and is joined by Orko. Tri-Klops jeers He-Man, then his War-Sled is destroyed by Ram-Man. Man-At-Arms points a freeze-ray at Tri-Klops and Trap-Jaw baits He-Man to find him. He-Man follows him, but it's a trap and he is caught up in a force-field where he is confronted by Skeletor and Evil-Lyn, then banished.

He wakes up with no memory and is confronted by strange animals and a strange bird-headed woman who takes him home. The woman introduces herself as Gleedal and the planet's name is Trannis. They are captured by Plundor and they are rescued by Orko, Ram-Man and Cringer. He-Man gets his memory back, defeats Plundor and the planet is returned to normal.

Moral

Zodac: "In today's story, He-Man came to the aid of a planet whose natural resources were being wasted. Unfortunately, this same waste is happening now, and not on a distant planet, but right here on Earth. We must respect the plants and animals before they disappear, as some species already have. There's beauty all around us. Protect it, before it's too late. "

Heroic Warriors

Allies

Evil Warriors

Villains

Cast

  • John Erwin as He-Man/Prince Adam, Ram Man and Plundor
  • Alan Oppenheimer as Cringer, Skeletor, and Man-At-Arms
  • Linda Gary as Teela, Evil-Lyn, The Sorceress and Gleedil
  • Lou Scheimer (credited as Erik Gunden) as Orko, Trap Jaw, Tri-Klops and Zodac

Trivia

  • The Script was loosely based on the premise "He-Man Who?" in which Desira (later renamed Evil-Lyn) wipes He-Man's mind, and only Man-At-Arms can restore his memory. Paul Dini's version was approved May 10, 1983 and final script revision dated May 13, 1983.
  • A completely different story synopsis titled 'The Quest for He Man' was presented in the Masters of the Universe series guide produced to sell the series to potential broadcasters. In this version, He-Man was lured away from Eternos to try to stop the Vulcan Mountains from erupting while Skeletor takes over the palace of Eternia and attempts to conquer Castle Grayskull.[1]
  • The title card misspells He-Man's name with a lowercase letter m: 'He-man.'
  • Part of Trap Jaw's aerial attack on the Royal Palace was recycled from footage originally seen in Diamond Ray of Disappearance.
  • The shot of the three Eternian towers exploding was seen earlier in Diamond Ray of Disappearance and will be seen again in Return of the Gryphon.
  • The sequence of Orko using his magic to make a 'Bang' sign pop out of Trap Jaw's Lasatron was used again in House of Shokoti Part 1.
  • In the original script, Tri-Klops did not fall into a pool of mud, but was caught by He-Man in his Wind Raider, only to be dropped into a fish pond while flying nearer to the ground. Also, Skeletor used a device called an 'Eraser' that he placed on He-Man's head and then caused amnesia through the use of incantations.
  • The rainbow effect and backgrounds seen while characters travel through the Crossroads to All Universes would be re-used in The Return of Granamyr and the She-Ra: Princess of Power episode Into the Dark Dimension.
  • As He-Man is plunging through space and time towards the camera, for a couple of frames the top of his left arm is missing. [2]
  • The Shminavits can briefly be spotted in second season episode The Arena.
  • As He-Man jumps from a palace window into the Wind Raider, the backgrounds are of the city of Tahryn from "Song of Celice" rather than the city of Eternos.
  • When Trap Jaw and Tri-Klops change direction on their War-Sleds with He-Man pursuing them, Trap Jaw's mechanical arm is on the wrong side.
  • Paul Dini's script revealed that Gleedil's pet was known as a 'Tiger-Wolf', while Plundor's droids are referred to as 'Rabbots'. He also specified that the Shminvats should speak like the Jawas from "Star Wars" and described Plundor as a fearsome looking, armor-clad villain with ears that, in silhouette, resemble horns.
  • The background of the sky over Trannis would be used again in Disappearing Dragons and would form the basis of the polluted sky over the Fright Zone in the animated television series She-Ra Princess of Power.
  • The animation of He-Man punch, spinning crescent kick and throw tactic were seen again in Orko's New Friend. The kick would also be seen on it's own in Attack from Below.
  • When the heroes are ready to head back to Eternia Ram Man does not notice that Cringer is replaced with Battle Cat.
  • When the planet Trannis returns to it's natural, beautiful state, all the backgrounds are familiar foliage from Eternia. When the camera zooms out to reveal the entire planet, it is also clearly Eternia.
  • Plundor was finally released as an action figure in the Masters of the Universe Classics line in 2013.

External links

Bustatoon's He-Man and She-Ra Blog posts

References

  1. He-Man.org
  2. Bustatoon's He-Man and She-Ra Blog - He-Man's missing arm!
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