Episode 11 – The Peril of Whispering Woods

In which Adora forgets that her secret identity is meant to be secret.

This week, Hordak has a guest: his nephew, Prince Ed, the son of Horde Prime. Given the dialogue, I would surmise that Horde Prime is not only Hordak’s brother but his boss as well. It is thus rather embarrassing for Hordak when a bunch of rebels successfully destroy a fair number of Horde tanks and steal a truck full of goods. Ed is not impressed by the Horde’s incompetence, but Hordak shows him that when the rebels go into Whispering Woods, the Horde cannot follow, because the trees magically block their path.

The Horde return to the Fright Zone to lick their wounds, but are met with unexpected good news: Shadow Weaver has managed to concoct a poison that will destroy the Whispering Woods. They put it to work straight away, and quickly manage to kill a large number of trees. A pleasing side effect of the poison is that it also seems to affect the Twiggets, so hopefully that’ll be the end of them.

Peril 1
Shadow Weaver: “Chin chin.”

Madame Razz tries her magic to counteract the poison, but without success. She then pronounces that a transforming spell is the only way to deal with the situation, but that would require a sample of the poison to work from. The other rebels ignore this helpful hint for now, and Adora goes so far as to claim that there’s nothing that anyone – even She-Ra – can do.

The following day, with vast swathes of the trees gone, the rebels are defenceless, so Hordak and Prince Ed arrive with a platoon of Horde Troopers to finish them off. Thanks to She-Ra, the rebels manage to win the battle, and are even lucky enough to capture Ed. The rebels prepare to mash him into a pulp, but She-Ra warns them that revenge doesn’t help, pointing out that harming Ed will not save the trees.

Peril 2
Glimmer: “Yes, of course I look like a plausible member of a lynch mob.”

She-Ra and Glimmer give Ed a crash course in rebel morality, and successfully guilt-trip him over the destruction of the forest and the Twiggets’ sickness. Ed then offers his help, and sends a letter to Hordak ordering him to stop poisoning Whispering Woods, and threatening to tell Horde Prime that Hordak left him to be captured by the rebels. Hordak snorts and snorts his stupid head off, but is forced to acquiesce.

At a parley, the rebels hand Prince Ed back over to Hordak, and in return Hordak promises to destroy all the poison. As an extra precaution, Madame Razz steals a sample in order to carry out her transforming spell, and then transforms all the remaining stock of poison – which is just as well, because Hordak breaks his word pretty sharpish. Thanks to Madame Razz, the Whispering Woods return to life, and so do the Twiggets. Whoop whoop.

Peril 3
Madame Razz: “I’m absolutely thrilled with this My First Chemistry Set.”

 

In today’s adventure…

Genuinely, if I can’t see Loo-Kee, how is a five year old supposed to? This time, he was tucked away next to a tree in Whispering Woods. I think the whole point of him is to make your blood boil at how difficult it is to see him, so you pay less attention to the gibberish streaming from his mouth, which is something about being nice to people so they’ll be nice to you, just like She-Ra and Prince Ed. Surely this might have been a good moment to try to do a message about the importance of preserving the environment? Hordak’s poison was a relatively decent stand-in for acid rain and pollution, after all.

 

Character checklist

This little excursion to Etheria features Adora, Spirit, She-Ra, Swift Wind, Glimmer, Madame Razz, Broom, Bow, the Twiggets, Loo-Kee, Prince Ed, Hordak, Shadow Weaver, Catra, Scorpia, and the usual array of background characters and Horde Troopers.

Peril 4
Prince Ed: “You don’t seem like you’re genuinely my uncle.”

 

Excuse given for Adora’s disappearance

Adora doesn’t give an excuse, and also doesn’t seem to care about keeping her identity secret, given she transforms in front of not only the entire Rebellion, but Hordak as well. This happens twice in the episode, suggesting that maybe this episode was penned by a writer who didn’t know it was supposed to be a secret.

 

Insults

Hordak makes an early reference to the Whispering Woods being “vile”, and Glimmer on separate occasions mentions the “darn Hordesmen” and “rotten Hordesmen”. Otherwise, insults are disappointingly thin on the ground.

Peril 5
Random rebel #1: “Highlight of my career.”

 

Does it have the Power?

It’s not offensively bad, but neither did it stir great feelings in me. I quite liked the idea of the story, and it was competently presented, but without going the extra mile to make it particularly exciting. Prince Ed didn’t do anything for me, though it’s interesting that he’s now a goody, even though he’s Horde Prime’s son. I also quite like the idea of an unseen, more powerful boss for Hordak, who hopefully we’ll meet at some stage.

My favourite character remains Catra, who doesn’t appear for very long today, but is seen in the Fright Zone, being pointlessly evil by using rebel prisoners as a coconut shy. It’s a nice little animation sequence, which is not relevant at all to the story, but gives her another nice character touch. Hopefully she can stage a coup and get rid of Pig Boy at some point. I’m not holding my breath though.

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9 thoughts on “Episode 11 – The Peril of Whispering Woods

  1. My feelings exactly Owen for thus one! The most obvious flaw that mist people mention and quite rightly so is prince Ed its just ridiculous to believe this is horde primes son the one with the huge metal hand who you don’t see the rest of him! But this aside it actually is a pretty good episode not outstanding but reasonably well put together was one of the hordes more evil plots and katra remains my favourite too of hordaks baddies, I’m sure katra has a main episode much later on in magicats so think that one will be good for her character! Enjoyed your review Owen..

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      1. I must point out, that Horde Prime might initially be humanoid, and only later was transformed into some cyborg hybrid. Or, considering the Hordak’s transformation abilities – we could safely assume that Horde Prime may control them to far greater extend, and may be able to turn from cybernetic giant to humanoid form (with some mass detached). So, not implausible.

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  2. This episode, actually, is surprisingly threatening. The Horde chemical spray is clear reference to the Orange defoliant, used by US Air Forces in Vietnam War. The solution was labeled as “harmless to peoples”, despite the fact that Monsanto warned the US government that the production technology is flawed, and Orange agent could be contaminated with dangerous subproducts. The result was staggeringly cruel and devastating, turning giant areas into eroding desert, and causing health harm to millions of Vietnamese – for the sake of the war, which was hopeless for the very beginning. For 1980s this was a pretty harsh reminder to US public, that colonial wars are always ugly.

    And, we have a new spells from Madame Razz (finally!)

    * The decontamination spell – obviously failed, but we could hardly blame madame Razz for that. She faced the absolutely new (just invented) magic poison, with no time to analyze it and no time to prepare any new solution. So, I could not contribute this to “fail” category, since we have no reason to assume that madame Razz made any mistakes here. So, I propose the “unclear” category just to count such situations.

    * The transformation spell – worked flawlessly, as soon as madame Razz obtained the sample.

    So, the new count is:

    A) Flawless spells – 2 (two)

    B) Spells, that worked – 3 (three)

    C) Failed spells – 2 (two)

    D) Unclear – 1 (one).

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    1. Thanks Dilandu for the Madame Razz tally. Happy with the totting up so far! This is going to be interesting come the end of the series!

      I also thought of Agent Orange when watching this; the Chernobyl accident sprang to mind too.

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  3. If that episode were an He-man episode, I would say that “The Peril of Whispering Woods” is a slightly above average He-man episode.

    For me, this episode was somewhat entairtaining. There was not lot of action, but at least Shera didn’t do all the action, which was a relief. Also, there was some suspense until the end.

    Also, it was a lore episode, which I liked. We indeed hear of the existence of Horde Prime (He reminds me of doctor Claw in inspector Gadget.) who is in charge of Hordak. It is the first time in the Shera series that we heard of the existence of Horde prime.
    Also, it was interesting to see Bow and Glimmer working together. I liked Glimmer being upset about the use of the poison by the Horde. And Bow seemed preety competent at organising the rebels’ improvised air defense.
    Also, I liked Adora’s tactical map and her organizing efficiently the rebels.
    Thus, the rebels looked like a real rebellion, which I liked.
    Also, it was a bit interesting to see Shadow Weaver’s cool little lab and her buzzard.
    Also, this episode was about chemical warfare and I was surprised how sophistically the Horde used their devices.

    Also, Adora was too compassionate for me. I mean: She was compassionate to prince Zed. It seems to me that in the Shera series, Adora is always very compassionate and I don’t like it. Why should a woman character (Adora) always be compassionate? Thus I would have prefered that she wouldn’t have been compassionate to prince Zed and that instead Bow would have been the one compassionate to prince Zed. But it’s just my personal opinion.

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    1. Yep, the rebels did work well together here – perhaps evidenced by the lack of an Oh No, Bow! section today!

      I’d also have liked it if Bow – or Glimmer, or anyone else – had been the compassionate one. It would have helped to develop characters, which still need work!

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      1. Yeah, I also think that Glimmer being the compassionate one would have been a good idea. But I’m not for Madame Razz being the compassionate one.

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