In which I attempt to come up with lots of rhymes for Widget, but give up after midget, fidget and ridget, the latter of which isn’t even a word.
I don’t often comment on the music in He-Man (it’s mostly all the same anyway) but this episode opens with the most sickeningly sweet symphony I’ve ever heard. This is supposed to illustrate the happy and good lifestyle of a bunch of midgets called Widgets including one called Squinch, who live in a fortress and are guarding something mysterious in their mines.
On a ridget above the Widgets, Skeletor is plotting to break in and steal some corodite, which he will use to fashion a breastplate which naturally will help him destroy He-Man once and for all. He leads an all-out assault on the castle, at which point the Widgets send a signal to ask He-Man for help.
He-Man is hanging out in the wilderness looking for people to help, so it comes as a blessed relief to him to see the Widgets’ signal. He arrives just in time: Skeletor has breached the castle walls and is demanding corodite from the Widgets. Once Skeletor has been repelled, the Widgets tell He-Man that they mine corodite, but it’s too powerful for them to use, so they keep it hidden in the mines. I was a tad confused as to why they bother mining it in the first place, but there’s no need to argue.
Back at Snake Mountain, Evil-Lyn and Panthor are laughing their fool heads off while Skeletor berates Beast-Man and Mer-Man for their failure at the Widgets’ castle. Evil-Lyn then disguises herself as a sexy blonde and offers to trick the Widgets into giving her the corodite. She returns to the fortress and pretends to be under attack from Panthor, leading the Widgets to rescue her and bring her inside.
Evil-Lyn introduces herself as Nadira and claims to have lost her family in the woods, prompting much fidgeting as the Widgets to offer to search for them. Only Squinch remains at the fortress with Nadira, and in an ill-conceived attempt to cheer her up, shows her the corodite mine. Of course, Evil-Lyn steals the corodite, but less expectedly, she then transforms herself into a fireball to make her exit.
He-Man and the Widgets catch up with Skeletor and Evil-Lyn in Volcano Cave, the only place the corodite can be moulded into shape. Think Mount Doom, but quite a bit less menacing. Skeletor actually manages to create the corodite breastplate, which he puts on and announces, “Now I have the Power!” which makes He-Man look angrier than I’ve ever seen him before. The Widgets attend to Evil-Lyn, while He-Man and Skeletor duke it out. Obviously, He-Man wins, and peace is restored to Eternia.
In today’s adventure …
Teela shows up to explain the logic behind the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover.” The Widgets were taken in by Evil-Lyn looking so sexy, but it’s what’s inside that counts. Teela wisely tells us we mustn’t judge people by their appearance. This is all well and good, but it’s not exactly born out by this very cartoon, is it? Would it really have killed the creators to have a character who looks evil but acts good?
Excuse given for Prince Adam’s disappearance
As the episode begins, Adam and Cringer are pointlessly wandering around on their own, and they transform before they even meet the Widgets, so there’s no need for anyone to explain it.
Well, we have Prince Adam, Cringer, He-Man, Battle-Cat, Skeletor, Evil-Lyn, Mer-Man, Beast-Man, the Sorceress, and all the Widgets, including Squinch, Laura and the other one. Plus there’s Teela, who only appears to dispense the moral.
Whoa! There must be something in the Eternian water today. Skeletor in particular seems livid, referring to Beast-Man and Mer-Man as “Witless fools! Dolts! Halfwits! Bunglers! Brainless idiots! Morons!” thanks to their pathetic efforts in storming the Widgets’ castle. He also yet again refers to He-Man as a “fool”, which seems to be his insult of choice for his nemesis. For his part, He-Man also displays a lack of imagination, once again calling Skeletor “skull-face”. More innovative is Squinch’s blistering assault on Panthor: “purple pest!” Evil-Lyn also gets in on the act with “little pests” directed at the Widgets when they tie her up in Volcano Cave.
Does it have the Power?
I have to admit, my heart sank when the episode opened with the Widgets. I’d forgotten all about them, but the moment I saw them, I remembered how irritating they are. Nonetheless, the episode isn’t too bad, concentrating as it does on Skeletor and his blundering cronies for quite a long time. Plus the episode doesn’t have Orko in it, which makes for a very special episode indeed. In conclusion, I’d say this episode is unexpectedly good. (Unexpectedly good for He-Man, that is – don’t go expecting any masterpieces.)