Episode 60 – Anchors Aloft, Part 2

In which Sea Hawk’s father is barely relevant.

After a speedy recap of last week’s shocking events, we are plunged straight back into the action. Admiral Scurvy has decided to chain all the pirates up and leave them on the island for a prison ship to pick up later, but he is taking Adora and Spirit back to Hordak. The moment Scurvy departs, Sea Hawk emerges and rescues the pirates. For some reason, he dresses up in the Falcon’s burglar outfit in order to do this, seemingly only for dramatic effect.

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Sea Hawk: “God, I look cool.”

Once the pirates are free, Sea Hawk sets them all to work converting the Falcon’s vessel into a solar flying ship, similar to the one that got blown up last week. While they are so occupied, he goes to talk to the Falcon, who is skulking about at the back of the cave, refusing to reveal himself to the pirates. He explains that he is old and ill, and only kept alive by the enchanted air of the island. I don’t know how he knows this, since he doesn’t appear to have ever tried to leave the island, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Unfortunately, Admiral Scurvy has got word of the release of the pirates, and turns his ship around to return to the island. With remarkable good fortune, Swen and the pirates complete their work on the solar sails in time, and head out to confront Scurvy. Naturally, pretty much the same thing happens as last week, since Scurvy’s ship massively outguns that of Sea Hawk. This time, however, Sea Hawk has learned from his mistakes, and tells his crew to get the ship out of range while he boards Scurvy’s vessel.

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Sea Hawk: “Listen guys, you’re all really annoying, so could you just clear off out of the episode now?”

As the battle unfolds, Adora manages to get hold of her sword and transforms into She-Ra, then goes off to demolish the guns on Scurvy’s ship. In the meantime, Sea Hawk tackles an endless array of Horde Troopers, while Davy Jones has a Tom-and-Jerry-like encounter with Scurvy’s cat Squall. All this jollity comes to an end, however, when Scurvy manages to capture She-Ra.

Scurvy loads She-Ra and Squall into a lifeboat, and tries to distract Sea Hawk with a bar of gold, in the deluded belief that Sea Hawk would rather have the gold than a chance to get into She-Ra’s pants. Sure enough, Sea Hawk chooses to rescue She-Ra, and once Scurvy is defeated, Sea Hawk suddenly remembers he has to rescue Adora as well. This means She-Ra has to run off, turn back into Adora, and put herself back into her cell, in order to be rescued. They already did that joke last week. It’s still pretty funny for a repeat performance, though.

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Admiral Scurvy: “Yeah, it is a bit tacky, I suppose. I can see why you didn’t go for it.”

 

In today’s adventure…

No sign of Loo-Kee for me today, but if you want to know, he was in Falcon’s cave. He explains that we should never cheat in order to win a game or pass a test, a subject which I think has absolutely zero relevance to the story we’ve just sat through.

 

Character checklist

It’s exactly the same cast list as it was last week, and so I’m going to give myself the day off and not trouble myself to type it all out again.

 

Insults

In Part 1 of this story, Davy Jones was incredibly free with his zingers, so it’s rather surprising that this week, he doesn’t say a cruel word to anyone, except perhaps a Horde Trooper towards the start, but I couldn’t make out what was said.

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Davy Jones: “I’d insult Squall, but I would prefer to stay hidden.”

On the other hand, Admiral Scurvy has a lot to say for himself. He addresses Sea Hawk’s crew as “pirate scum” and “pirate dogs”, as well as calling a Horde Trooper a “stupid robot” and an “idiot”. Furthermore, his entire army of Horde Troopers get referred to as “fools”. He reserves his best insult for She-Ra, who suffers the burn of being called a “blasted flying female”.

Adora calls Scurvy a “monster”, and evidently likes the way it rolls off her tongue, since she does it again later. Swen scores one for the rebels by telling Scurvy he is the “meanest shark in the twelve Etherian seas”, and then follows up by addressing some Horde Troopers as “cowardly tin cans”. Finally, a Horde Trooper gets in an “insolent rodent” aimed at Davy Jones.

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Horde Trooper: “Bit of a disproportionate response to me insulting a mouse, tbh.”

 

Does it have the Power?

This episode is some good solid pirate hi-jinks, but I’d hesitate to describe it as a classic. It’s certainly got ambition, since it ends with a decent change to the status quo: Sea Hawk’s crew out-and-out join the Rebellion, rather than just helping them out from time to time, and they also have their new ship. For animation purposes, it’s lucky the new ship looks just like the old one, but still. We also have a glacial advance in Adora and Sea Hawk’s relationship, for those that like that sort of thing.

There’s the usual problem with reintroducing someone’s father, though: for some gibberish reason or other, the Falcon can’t possibly leave the island, so we’re free to forget about him. To be honest, after all last week’s build-up about him, this episode virtually ignores him, featuring him in only one scene, and mentioning him in just one other. Bit of a missed opportunity there, I’d say.

While having this story as a two-parter does allow it time to breathe, I have to say it’s not entirely necessary. I was never bored throughout either part, but I don’t imagine it would have been too challenging to condense it into a single episode. Still, I’d give both parts of this story a good thumbs-up, as it’s pretty enjoyable.

Episode 59 – Anchors Aloft, Part 1

In which Sea Hawk finds his father, and an aggressive mouse.

Well, with a title like that, this episode’s just got to be about Sea Hawk. And so it proves. We join Adora, who’s popped aboard Sea Hawk’s ship for a dirty weekend, but all Sea Hawk wants to talk about is his father, who was an awesome pirate captain called the Falcon. Unfortunately, he disappeared 20 years ago. If this story doesn’t end with our heroes finding the Falcon, I’ll be very surprised indeed.

With this scene-setting reminiscence over, Swen spots a Horde tax vessel, and suggests robbing it. Sea Hawk agrees, but it very quickly transpires that it’s a trap, set by a Horde baddy called Admiral Scurvy, who comes equipped with a fat vicious looking ginger cat going by the name of Squall. It’s just as well that She-Ra happens to be in the area – but even with her help, the Horde manage to disable Sea Hawk’s ship.

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Admiral Scurvy: “Having been christened Admiral Scurvy, I couldn’t help but join the Evil Navy, could I?”

The crew evacuate the ship, all except Sea Hawk, who remains behind to distract the Horde long enough for the rest of the crew to escape. Unfortunately, the ship pretty much immediately blows up, prompting the crew to believe that Sea Hawk is dead. In actual fact, he’s somehow wound up on a desert island. His first concern is not for his crew or for his girlfriend, but instead what happened to his treasure chest. Leave him, Adora. You can do better. Well … actually, the only other eligible bachelor on Etheria is Bow. Okay, Adora. Stay with Sea Hawk.

On his island, Sea Hawk quickly makes friends with a needlessly aggressive talking mouse called Davy Jones. Davy Jones has a right attitude on him, but he does at least warn Sea Hawk that the Horde are on the island, searching for him, and he also helps Sea Hawk to hide. The hiding place is a cave which contains an old ship, which Davy Jones proclaims was once the finest ship on Etheria.

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Sea Hawk: “I was actually hoping to chat to Adora, not a lippy mouse.”

Meanwhile, the rest of the crew have been washed up on the same island, and they are very quickly captured by Admiral Scurvy and his Horde Troopers. On the old ship, Sea Hawk discovers a magic compass, which shows him that his crew are now Horde prisoners, and he resolves to rescue them. No doubt he would say more, but he is interrupted by a man in a purple cloak wearing a burglar’s mask, who challenges him to a duel.

Sea Hawk doesn’t particularly want to fight, but the burglar dude tells him that that is the only way he’ll get his crew back, so Sea Hawk accepts. It isn’t an enormously interesting battle, but it does eventually culminate in the episode’s cliffhanger ending, in which we learn that the man in the burglar outfit is, in fact, the Falcon. My oh my, what a surprise.

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The Falcon: “No one saw this coming.”

 

In today’s adventure…

Loo-Kee is hiding among the wreckage of Sea Hawk’s ship on the desert island, and he tells us that we will find friendship is more valuable than gold. This is an important lesson that Sea Hawk learned today at the end of the episode, but I couldn’t be bothered to include it in the synopsis because I was rapidly losing interest.

 

Character checklist

This opening part of a hopefully-only-two-part story features Adora, Spirit, She-Ra, Swift Wind, Sea Hawk, Swen, Davy Jones, the Falcon, loads of pirates, Loo-Kee, Admiral Scurvy, Squall, and the usual rank upon rank of Horde Troopers.

 

Excuse given for Adora’s disappearance

When it comes to time for the crew to abandon ship, Sea Hawk wants to know where Adora is. She-Ra looks worried, and responds, “I’m sure Adora’s fine,” but Sea Hawk refuses to leave without finding her. She-Ra thus has to turn back into Adora in order to be “rescued”, and even gets a kiss full on the lips for it.

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Spirit: “Oh, gimme a break, you two.”

Later on, Adora excuses her sneaking off by claiming she’s going to find a safe place to keep Spirit, in order to keep him out of Horde hands. Unfortunately, she never gets to the transformation stage, being interrupted in the middle of the phrase “For the honour of Grayskull.”

 

Insults

Davy Jones takes immediate and unprovoked exception to Sea Hawk today, calling him an “overgrown oaf”, a “fat head”, a “dummy”, “Mr Smarty Sea Hawk” and the “sorriest sap of a sea dog” in rapid succession.

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Davy Jones: “That told Sea Hawk. He’ll be crying for weeks.”

 

Does it have the Power?

Despite my comment above about losing interest, I found this episode pretty entertaining. It’s obviously a tad dependent on how it gets resolved next week, but it’s a decent setup for a hopefully fun Part 2. I sometimes wish this cartoon would be a little less obvious – mentioning Sea Hawk’s father at the start was a dead giveaway that he’d be appearing by the end – but that’s perhaps unfair, given the target audience.

Otherwise, the episode had a few highlights, especially the moment that She-Ra had to turn back into Adora in order to be rescued. The point at which Adora was prevented from turning into She-Ra again was also very pleasing. All in all, I’ll be tuning in next time with a reasonable degree of interest to see how this situation is sorted.