In which Teela reacts disproportionately to a simple mistake.
I think it’s only fair to inform you right now that if you’ve been lured to this episode by the title and are expecting 20 minutes of courtroom drama – Law and Order: Eternia, for example – then you are liable to be disappointed. With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s proceed.
Man-at-Arms is back to his old tricks again, inventing things that already exist. This week he’s devised a teleporter. Now, in complete fairness, I can only ever recall the baddies using teleporters, so I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that this is the first teleporter possessed by the powers of good. Even if this is the case, though, it doesn’t explain why the ubiquitous Trapjaw, who is hanging around, is so eager to get his paws on the teleporter.
In the course of a fight with Trapjaw, Teela uses the teleporter to transport Man-at-Arms to a random location. Instead of making his way home, Man-at-Arms occupies himself picking up rocks and looking at them like a simpleton. This he does until Trapjaw finds him, kidnaps him and takes him to Snake Mountain, where Skeletor welcomes him unexpectedly politely and asks him to design a new teleporter.
Devastated by her mistake in using the teleporter on her father without fully understanding how it works, Teela resigns her post as Captain of the Guard and exiles herself to the Wastelands. Randor and Marlena make only nominal attempts to stop her, and Adam’s effort isn’t a whole lot more convincing. Teela therefore makes her way to a desert and melodramatically sighs, “Well, I guess this’ll be my home now.” I understand what the moral is going to be in this episode, but the idea that anyone could possibly think this is a sensible solution to the problem is beyond me.
Luckily, Man-at-Arms manages to get a communicator working and gets in touch with Adam, who becomes He-Man and arrives at the Wastelands just in time to save Teela from a stupid snake. The two of them head straight for Snake Mountain, where Skeletor is testing a new heat ray and complaining that he keeps on burning his walls. Em, maybe test your stupid weapons outside then, Skeletor?
Outside, He-Man decides that this week he can’t be bothered to go in through the usual entrance of Snake Mountain, so instead he’s going to punch a hole in the wall. Once inside, they quickly locate Man-at-Arms and prepare to teleport out – but the teleporter has only sufficient energy for two people. There is of course much discussion over who will be left behind, but it’s noteworthy that while both He-Man and Teela volunteer, Man-at-Arms pointedly does not.
He-Man decides that now is the time for a lesson in life skills and insists that Teela set the controls on the teleporter, informing her that just because she got it wrong the first time, that’s not an excuse for not trying again. Eventually, Teela agrees to give it a go, and wow, she gets it right. She and Man-at-Arms return to the Palace.
He-Man jauntily saunters out of Snake Mountain and is immediately greeted by Skeletor, sitting in a ridiculous tank-like vehicle. Skeletor has supreme and ill-judged confidence that this tank will put pay to He-Man once and for all, which is quite decidedly not the case. It takes He-Man less than a minute to hang the tank from a rocky outcrop, and he departs Snake Mountain making comments that make literally no sense: “Mind that first step, Skeletor, it’s a lulu.” What does this mean????
In today’s adventure…
I was right. As predicted above, the moral this week – delivered by Man-at-Arms – is that stopping trying or running away when you make a mistake is no way to behave. It’s another sensible moral, tied into the storyline effectively. It would seem the writers are getting the hang of these.
There’s very little amusing I can say about the fact that this episode features the all-too-standard line-up of Prince Adam, He-Man, Man-at-Arms, Teela, Orko, King Randor, Queen Marlena, Skeletor, Beast-Man and Trapjaw.
Excuse given for Prince Adam’s disappearance
The transformation today occurs when there’s no one nearby, and so once again, there’s no excuse supplied.
With Skeletor on the scene, there’s an average number of insults, none of them too imaginative. Man-at-Arms calls Skeletor a “bonehead”, while He-Man refers to Beast-Man and Trapjaw as “goons”. Skeletor himself calls his comrades “fools”, and reserves “muscle-bound oaf” for He-Man.
Does it have the Power?
I did enjoy this episode, though I’m a sucker for any episode which involves He-Man breaking into Snake Mountain. This incidence isn’t as much fun as The Region of Ice, but it’s still entertaining. The point about Teela making mistakes and then being upset about it is perhaps a bit overlaboured, but it’s not too irritating, and it’s a worthwhile topic to explore on this cartoon. All in all, it’s a good solid entry.