Episode 30 – Play It Again, Bow

In which Bow does indeed play it again, though he definitely shouldn’t have.

Adora is playing hide and seek with a pair of ridiculously delighted Twiggets, but is mercifully distracted from this soul-sapping pastime when She-Ra’s services are needed to save an old man from a runaway wagon. The old man introduces himself as Fritt the Bottle Man, because he collects old bottles from villages. Unfortunately, the Horde have recently stolen his pack animal, True Blue, and he’s now finding it difficult to travel between the villages.

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Fritt: “I’m certainly not crazy. Don’t even suggest it.”

She-Ra leaps at the chance to escape the hide and seek more permanently, so offers the help of the Rebellion in recovering True Blue. Fritt happily comes along to the rebels’ camp, where he entertains the Twiggets with stupid stories and then asks Bow to sing a song. If Fritt did this in my house, I wouldn’t invite him back again. Bow, of course, is only too happy to oblige with one of the most unholy rackets I’ve ever had the misfortune to hear – and yes, that does include Spice Up Your Life.

Things get even worse when seconds later, Madame Razz shows up, and it emerges that Fritt is her ex-lover, conjuring up a whole world of mental imagery that I really didn’t need. I’m not entirely sure why the affair ended in the first place, but suffice it to say that the rest of the episode meanders pointlessly towards a reconciliation between Madame Razz and Fritt, via several less than amusing comedy set pieces.

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Madame Razz: “Don’t come near me, Fritt Stick.”

Fritt takes Bow and the Twiggets to see what he does with the bottles he collects; it turns out that Fritt has built a monument to freedom with them. He tries to claim that the bottles represent the people of Etheria, but frankly the whole thing looks essentially like a bottle-crazed loon has got into the glass recycling plant and indulged his passion for building demented structures. Bow pretends to be impressed, but I think he’s secretly pleased when Catra shows up proclaiming her intention to destroy the monument.

In the meantime, Adora and Kowl skulk off to a village to recover True Blue, and find him being forced to walk on a treadmill, for no particularly apparent reason. In order to rescue him, Adora becomes She-Ra and performs some unnecessary acrobatics before beating up some Horde Troopers. She then flies off on Swift Wind to attend to Catra and the potential glass bottle monument destruction, while Kowl and True Blue follow at a more sedate pace.

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Catra: “This looks like a rubbish version of the Sagrada Familia.”

On the one hand, She-Ra is too late, since Catra has started destroying the monument. On the other hand, Catra has elected to destroy it one bottle at a time, and since I estimate there’s about six billion bottles in the structure, this is going to take her a while. Needless to say, She-Ra arrives on the scene pretty smartish, but Catra threatens to shoot the rebels if She-Ra makes a move towards saving the bottles. This is an unexpectedly smart move, though it does rather rest on the notion that She-Ra wouldn’t want Bow and Madame Razz to get shot.

She-Ra doesn’t care for this ultimatum, and defeats Catra and her Troopers through a very stupid method that defies description. Unfortunately, Catra manages to get off one good shot before her ignominious exit from the episode, and nearly causes the monument to collapse. If you care even vaguely, She-Ra saves it, by propping it up with a cart, and then Madame Razz magically transforms the entire monument into crystal. This is ostensibly to make it so that the Horde can’t destroy it, but I wouldn’t mind betting it’s at least partly to make it less offensively ugly. Finally, Bow concludes the episode by singing that bloody awful song again, even less tunefully than before.

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Bow: “Just recording my audition to join Mumford & Sons.”

 

In today’s adventure…

It’s one of those weeks where Loo-Kee evidently wants to be found, since the camera lingers on him for about 15 seconds while he sits in a tree by the side of the road. He tries to suggest that the many colours of bottle in the ridiculous monument represent the many colours of people, and suggests that – just like the monument – we can become stronger when we all live and work together. He does not mention that when the monument became stronger by being turned into crystal, it also assumed a uniformity of colour, which I do not think is the message he was trying to convey.

 

Character checklist

Today’s visit to Etheria gives us a chance to spot Adora, Spirit, She-Ra, Swift Wind, Bow, Madame Razz, Broom, Kowl, Glimmer, Fritt, True Blue, the Twiggets, Loo-Kee, Catra, and – as always – a truckload of Horde Troopers.

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Kowl: “Don’t look at me so seedily, you weird horse.”

 

Excuse given for Adora’s disappearance

Yet again, it’s two transformations and no excuses. Adora is really rubbish at this.

 

Insults

A Horde Trooper addresses True Blue as a “broken-down nag”, while Catra calls She-Ra a “fool”, and elaborates with “hopeless fools” for Fritt, Madame Razz, Broom, Bow and the Twiggets.

 

Oh No, Bow!

I think a very special mention has to be given here for Bow’s dreadful song. I bet the voice actor was horrified when he got the script for this episode. He must have known that he can’t sing for toffee.

 

Does it have the Power?

Hmm, let’s see. Bow singing twice, in an episode all about Madame Razz’s love life, also featuring a lunatic who has wasted his entire life building a demented sculpture out of bottles. Do you think it has the Power? In case you’re unsure, allow me to explain: NO IT DOESN’T.

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4 thoughts on “Episode 30 – Play It Again, Bow

  1. Actually, not that bad. Of course, episode plot doesn’t make much sense, but there are quite a lot of good action, baddies aren’t completely morons, and the scene when madame Razz threaten the Bow… oh, how I wanted that he would try to play that tune another time & being turned into a drum, or something like that.

    (must admit, prior to this week I consider old Bow just annoying. But after watching the new She-Ra and the new Bow, I realize that the old one was not just annoying but utterly degrading)

    Aaand some new madame Razz spells:

    * Reflective bottles spells – done exactly what it supposed to do. Maybe not exactly very efficient spell, but madame Razz was forced to perform it with her hands tied (literally). So, clearly flawless spell.

    * Bottles-to-crystal spell – I suspect that madame Razz used it as a subtle way to turn the horrible bottle pile into something REALLY unusual (and thus saving her former boyfriend name from being ridiculed for all eternity). Still, it worked. And worked exactly the way it supposed to. So, flawless.

    So the new total count is:

    A) Flawless spells – 8 (eight)

    B) Spells, that worked – 6 (six)

    C) Failed spells – 2 (two)

    D) Unclear – 1 (one).

    One more good spell, madame Razz, and we have a clear win!

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    1. I’ve always maintained that Filmation Bow is a complete idiot, but I do suspect he was written that way intentionally – though he does come across really seedy sometimes. From what I’ve seen (first three episodes) of the new series, the new Bow is a much more inherently likeable character.

      Madame Razz is doing well! This is a really interesting analysis you’re doing here, Dilandu. I’m looking forward to seeing how she comes out at the end, but it’s looking good. Better than Orko at any rate…

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      1. “I’ve always maintained that Filmation Bow is a complete idiot, but I do suspect he was written that way intentionally – though he does come across really seedy sometimes. .”

        Well, I suspect that they wanted to demonstrate “powerful women’s” and for some reason decided that the best way is to present the only major male as complete idiot. It was 1980s, after all) Not much experience.

        “From what I’ve seen (first three episodes) of the new series, the new Bow is a much more inherently likeable character”

        Yep! Intelligent, clear-minded, resourceful. I like this new portrayal of him very much! He is my second-favorite character of new show (after Scopria 🙂 She is just too cute)

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      2. “Madame Razz is doing well! This is a really interesting analysis you’re doing here, Dilandu. I’m looking forward to seeing how she comes out at the end, but it’s looking good. Better than Orko at any rate…”

        It’s interesting to note, that in first episodes she made much more mistakes in her spells than in later. Looks like somebody decided mid-season: “no, the last thing we need is another Orko”, and ordered to improve madame Razz success rate.

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