Episode 067 – The Energy Beast

In which our heroes plan public holidays to celebrate their own awesomeness.

As the inhabitants of the Palace prepare to celebrate He-Man Day, in honour of all the good He-Man has done the kingdom, Orko decides to crash the party by destroying one of Man-at-Arms’ stupid inventions and then whinging about how no one thinks he’s a hero. It’s thus shaping up to be a pretty annoying episode, when suddenly an earthquake shakes Mount Eternia, causing a rock fall and revealing an ancient temple buried inside.

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King Randor: “Perhaps if I hold this piece of paper up against my face, no one will know I’m here.”

Teela translates the writings on the temple’s entrance, which state that magic treasures and ultimate power await those who enter. Orko is very keen to get inside and find the magic treasures, but Teela and Adam decide to wait until the rest of the writing can be translated, in case it’s dangerous inside. In a twist which I’m sure you didn’t foresee, Orko sneaks back without the others, and enters the temple.

Inside, he meets a glowing orange thing – vaguely reminiscent of Donkey Kong, at least to my poor demented eyes – trapped beneath a glass dome. This creature is the Energy Beast of the title, and it promises to make Orko as famous as He-Man in exchange for its release. Orko moronically agrees to this bargain, unleashes the Energy Beast, and quickly realises his error when he is attacked for his troubles.

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Energy Beast: “I’m annoyed and a little perplexed at being compared to Donkey Kong.”

The release of the Energy Beast causes further earthquakes around Mount Eternia, so Adam becomes He-Man and forces his way into the temple. There he confronts the Energy Beast, who engages in a crazed rant which made little sense to me, other than the bit where it explained it would shortly dominate Eternia. He-Man seems relatively cool with this prospect, even chilling out sufficiently to turn back into Adam.

At Castle Grayskull, the Sorceress gives Adam, Man-at-Arms and Teela a brief history of the Energy Beast, where she helpfully reveals that the only way to stop the Beast has been forgotten. Man-at-Arms adds that they can’t use any kind of energy against the Beast, since it will only absorb it and become more powerful. Then the Sorceress decides that maybe the only way to stop the Beast hasn’t been forgotten after all – it’s written down in the Gold Chamber in the centre of Mount Eternia.

Consequently, Adam, Teela, Orko and Cringer board Man-at-Arms’ new experimental drill, and start burrowing to the centre of the mountain. Notably, Man-at-Arms does not come with them, which perhaps indicates that he’s not as confident in his invention as we might hope. Nonetheless, it takes very little time for our heroes to reach the Gold Chamber, where they meet the ghost of an Ancient Eternian, who gives them the Eternian Crystal – the only means of controlling the Energy Beast.

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Cringer: “Say, Adam, you don’t think Man-at-Arms didn’t come with us on his experimental and dangerous invention because he hates us, do you?”

Unfortunately, Skeletor has been hanging around the fringes of the episode, laughing even more dementedly than usual every now and again, and he chooses this moment to make his grand entrance and steal the Eternian Crystal. This proves only a momentary distraction from the real business, however, and He-Man easily retrieves the Crystal – though he manages to arrange it so that Orko does the easy bit and feels like a hero in the process.

He-Man then cuts a hole in the top of Mount Eternia, revealing a shaft that allegedly leads all the way down to the centre of the planet. He throws the Eternian Crystal down it, the Energy Beast idiotically flies down after it, and then He-Man closes the hole again. They all then return to the Palace, cancel He-Man Day, and prepare to celebrate Orko, Teela, Man-at-Arms and Adam Day. I felt like I was genuinely insane watching this conclusion.

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Orko: “2-4-6-8, who do we appreciate? Mostly H-E-M-A-N, but I’m quite good now and then.”

 

In today’s adventure…

An unnerving close-up on Teela’s face greets us, as she lectures us on the importance of having patience. Orko’s inability to wait did admittedly cause a great deal of trouble in today’s episode, so I suppose I’ll grant them this one.

 

Character checklist

This week’s episode allows us to feast our weary eyes on Prince Adam, He-Man, Cringer, Battle-Cat, Orko, Teela, Man-at-Arms, the Sorceress, King Randor, Queen Marlena, Skeletor, Beast-Man, the Energy Beast, and the Ancient Eternian.

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Man-at-Arms: “And for my next number, I’ll be doing Livin’ La Vida Loca.”

 

Excuse given for Prince Adam’s disappearance

There are three transformations this week, but He-Man only explains himself once, with the by now standard, “They’re safe.” The inverse also occurs this week: at one stage, Teela asks where He-Man is, and Adam replies, “I’m sure he’s nearby.”

 

Insults

Skeletor seems to be in this episode only to give and receive insults: he refers to Adam, Teela, Orko and Cringer collectively as “fools”, calls Orko a “little pest” and He-Man the fairly enigmatic “muscle-head”. He also is subjected to bone-based abuse from our heroes: Teela and Orko both call him “bonehead,” while He-Man opts for the more imaginative but less sane “boneface.”

Otherwise, I very much doubt it’s meant to be an insult, but Adam does refer to He-Man at one stage as a “perfect tool”. I’m not going to elaborate; if you want context, you’ll have to watch it yourself.

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Skeletor: “Why isn’t the TV working, Beast-Man? It’s nearly time for Poirot, and I shall be very upset if I can’t watch it.”

 

Does it have the Power?

It’s a pretty standard episode, offering nothing we haven’t seen before, though it does it relatively entertainingly. Skeletor’s appearance was fairly gratuitous, seeming to exist only to pad the episode out to the required length, but on the other hand I think it would have been a lot duller without him, as the Energy Beast never really became a very exciting prospect. It was a good concept though: a creature that couldn’t be defeated, because it would just absorb whatever was thrown at it, has a lot of potential. It’s a shame the writers couldn’t think of a way to defeat it that didn’t boil down to “throw it in a pit”. Ultimately, I think you’ll probably enjoy the episode well enough, but it’s no classic.

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3 thoughts on “Episode 067 – The Energy Beast

  1. This isn’t one of my favourites episodes I must say, on paper it looks really inticing ie it’s title, but the episode doesn’t live up to its title! It’s not a stinker of an episode just average at best imo, I like the energy beast not too keen on the continuous theme of the “Orko feels unloved” episodes where Orko upset an runs away however it is watchable just about it’s not one I watch very much do I don’t have too many feelings of it it’s a 4/5 out of 10 ep for me if I’d have to score it, just not one of my personal favs!

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  2. James Eatock points out in his book that this is one of the clearer references to the fact that Queen Marlena knows Adam’s secret identity. During the discussion of whether to celebrate He-Man Day, she suddenly asks for Adam’s opinion, which flusters him to no end.

    I think Eatock might be stretching this a bit, but I can see what he’s talking about. Of course, Rainbow Warrior (upcoming) delves into this a lot more.

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  3. well she sort of looks at adam queen marlena and says to quote “i think its nice that we celebrate he man dont you think so adam” so i can see what james eatock saying she even looks at adam as shes saying it!! but your right the rainbow warrior is the episode that delves into this the deepest! theres a season one epiasode prince adam no more (one of the series best as well) where you have this but in this episode its adam and his father king randor. this senario tho in the energy beast reminds me the end of search for a son where the character mech a neck is reunited with his boy and he says to mech a neck something on the lines of its good to be in your arms again father and he man says “well thats where a father and sun should belong” and king randor looks towards he man iv always liked these moments in the series it gets you thinking…

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