Episode 87 – The Inspector

In which Adora and Adam put on the worst disguises ever.

This week is a rare treat: we open on Eternia, where He-Man and Man-at-Arms are hanging out, testing a new shield that Man-at-Arms has invented. It’s good to see Man-at-Arms again, even if it does remind me that he’s almost as big a tit as Bow is. Anyway, soon enough, He-Man is summoned by the Sorceress to Castle Grayskull, and off he goes, leaving Man-at-Arms behind. This is surely the last time we see Man-at-Arms, and it feels like I’ve left a small piece of my soul behind.

He-Man: “Well, this is like the good old days.”

At Castle Grayskull, the Sorceress gets on Skype with Adora and Madame Razz on Etheria. Adora relates a hard-luck story about how the rebels were fooled by one of the most obvious traps I’ve ever seen, and have all been captured by Hordak. Adora and Madame Razz are the only ones who managed to escape, and Adora has lost her sword. Consequently, they’d really like He-Man’s help to get them out of this self-inflicted mess. Personally, I have no sympathy at all, but He-Man is a much nicer person than I am.

In the meantime, Hordak is celebrating his victory and congratulating Spicester, who is the gentleman who lured the rebels into the trap in the first place. His celebration is short-lived, however; Horde Prime gets in touch and announces that he is sending Inspector Darkney to make a thorough assessment of Hordak’s operation, and to discover why Hordak has completely failed to defeat She-Ra.

Hordak: “Come on Spicester. We’ll just have one drink.”

The moment He-Man arrives on Etheria, he is ambushed by Mantenna, and the one-sided battle is observed by Darkney. He-Man subsequently captures Darkney, and in a fit of insanity, decides to impersonate him and go to the Fright Zone. In total fairness, the impersonation does involve turning back into Prince Adam and putting on a fake beard, so I imagine Hordak will be completely fooled.

Actually, I don’t know why I’m being so sarcastic. Of course Hordak is fooled, even though Adam has brought Public Enemy Number One, Adora, along with him, and her only concession to a disguise is a big red cloak. Adam and Adora then put Hordak through a variety of humiliating exercises, seemingly purely for their own entertainment, before locking him in a cell and getting down to the serious business of locating Adora’s sword so she can become She-Ra.

Prince Adam: “Whose disguise is worse, do you think?”

Adam then dresses She-Ra and all the rebel prisoners up in Horde Trooper costumes, and marches them out of the Fright Zone. It’s Catra – putting in her first appearance for absolutely ages – who smells a rat, and rescues Hordak from his cell. Hordak gets in a big tank and gives chase to the prisoners, but comes up against He-Man and She-Ra, and the encounter goes about as well for him as you might expect.

Back in Whispering Wood, Adam accepts the thanks of Bow and Netossa for rescuing them, and then does a little flirting with Adora which makes for rather uncomfortable viewing. Cersei and Jaime have nothing on these two.

Netossa: “Not in front of the children, you deviants.”

In today’s adventure…

Not unexpectedly, Loo-Kee is in a tree in Whispering Wood today. He witters on about the love that families have for each other, which is definitely a topic he’s never touched on before. The writers had blatantly run out of life lessons to dispense by this point.

Character checklist

This trip to Etheria features Adora, Spirit, She-Ra, Prince Adam, He-Man, Madame Razz, Bow, Netossa, Man-at-Arms, the Sorceress, Loo-Kee, some random rebels, Hordak, Catra, Spicester, Mantenna, Grizzlor, Inspector Darkney, and some Horde Troopers.

Insults

The word of the week is evidently “bumbling”, since it appears on no less than four separate occasions. Mantenna and Hordak both refer to some Horde Troopers as “bumbling robots”, Hordak calls Spicester a “bumbling fool”, and Darkney calls Hordak a “bumbling bozo”. Darkney also considers Hordak to be a “miserable excuse for a Horde commander” and furthermore believes He-Man and Adora to be “blasted rebels”.

Inspector Darkney: “I feel this could have gone better.”

In return, the rebels only manage a couple of barbs in the Horde’s direction: Madame Razz says that Darkney is an “unpleasant man”, and He-Man calls Mantenna “bug-eyes”. The Horde do, however, manage to insult each other on a few further occasions: Catra says that Spicester is a “measly sneak”, and Hordak rather surprisingly calls Catra and Spicester “baboons”. This could have been “buffoons”, but I prefer “baboons”.

Does it have the Power?

I enjoyed this episode, though I certainly wouldn’t rave about it. It was, as noted above, good to see Man-at-Arms again, and the opening scene felt like the beginning of a He-Man episode rather than a She-Ra one, which was pleasingly nostalgic. The plot once again revolves around people being captured and needing to be rescued, but with the added spice of the inspector impersonation, this storyline doesn’t feel as tired as it often does.

He-Man: “Sorceress, couldn’t we see what’s on BBC2 instead?”

Speaking of spice, I’m at a loss to understand the need for Spicester, and I certainly don’t know why he’s called that. He doesn’t look particularly spicy, and he doesn’t go round throwing spices at people, which in the He-Man universe are the only two reasons why he might have a name like that. Neither, unfortunately, is he especially interesting. The only good thing about him is that Catra clearly doesn’t like him, which was vaguely amusing.

Anyway, this one’s not bad at all, especially if you ignore Spicester. You could definitely do worse.

8 thoughts on “Episode 87 – The Inspector

  1. Man-At-Arms seems to like recycling old tech. The portable shield was previously seen in “Trouble in Arcadia” when the women attempted to melt Adam’s sword in a furnace. And then, in “Shades of Orko”, he brings some of these shields to the rebels on Etheria, and they seem to have shrunk rather considerably.

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  2. >>> “The writers had blatantly run out of life lessons to dispense by this point.”

    Loo-Kee: In today’s episode, Adam finally manages to grow facial hair …..

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  3. Should point out, that Hordak may really have a problem with recognizing individual humans. For him, it is probably as hard as for human to recognize two black cats one from other. Our brain is simply not well suited for the task, our automatic recognition failed here. Its logical to assume, that Hordak have a same problem with humans.

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  4. Iv got to admit I loved the ending of this episode which was one of the funniest end scenes imo to an episode (episode itself im about a 6/10 similar to where you are owen I think with it not the best but definetly worth a watch still) so the ending I love well, you’ve got spister saying to hordak iv kinda got something to cheer you up and hes captured inspector darkney (one of horde primes remember which kinda ups the stakes of just how stupid it is what spisters done) and when she shows hordak he says “you fool that is inspector darkney” hahaha hilarious I thought! then hes pleading his case its great watching hordak squirm as hes basically terrified of it all going back to horde prime! watch this ending back owen and see if you agree with my thought! one of the funniest end scenes I thought to a she-ra episode!!

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    1. I will have to go back and rewatch that – I don’t remember it at all! Probably can’t beat the ending of For Want of a Horse though…

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  5. its the way hordak says it as well like “you fool that IS inspector darkney” hilarious!! spicsters all chuffed with himself as he believes hes captured another one of the rebellion members pretending to be a horde inspector! then hordak when he frees inspector darkney “inspector darkney it wasn’t me you must believe me” and then darkney says to hordak “you wait till horde prime hears about this” then if that wasn’t funny enough hordak (like he does to mantanna) accidentally drops inspector darney through his trap door and into the water pure gold that for me! o yes for want of a horse hilarious ending too with hordak giving prime a horde tie that was fantastic this ending owen is every bit as funny actually my funniest ending to a she-ra episode with for want of a horse yes a close 2nd, yes youl have to go back an watch it its only the last couple of mins id say do it an let me know what you think of it owen!! takecare..

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