In which Negator puts in an unexpected and unwelcome repeat appearance.
He-Man, Battle-Cat, Man-at-Arms, Teela and Orko are invited to a ceremony at the Temple of the Sun. The Keepers of the Temple use the Sunstone to perform acts of charity, such as curing illnesses, but now the Sunstone’s batteries need recharging. This can only be done once a century, when the sun is in a certain position, and requires the presence of the universe’s most powerful forces of good.
En route to the Temple, our heroes come across a giant bottle in the sand. Battle-Cat is the only member of the team with an ounce of brains, suggesting that they leave it well alone, but his idiotic companions overrule him and open the bottle. This releases a Trollan who introduces himself as Prankster, and he promises to be more annoying than the average Trollan, in that he comes from a region renowned for its practical jokes. Prankster is insistent that his real name must remain secret, and Orko explains that if Prankster’s real name is revealed, he will have to return to Trolla.
Pausing only to magic up some impressive moustaches for Orko and Battle-Cat, Prankster disappears, and our heroes continue on their way to the Temple. Their departure is observed by Negator, who if I’m not mistaken, was the baddy in the less than impressive episode Game Plan. On this occasion, Negator intends to absorb the power of the Sunstone for himself and become the Most Powerful Man in the Universe (TM).
Prankster’s tricks are irritating but ultimately benign, but Negator develops a nasty habit of taking the tricks and developing them into a much more serious form. Prankster conjures up some butterflies, which Negator turns into wolf bats. When Prankster creates some tiny insects, Negator magnifies them to dangerous proportions. Of course, Prankster gets the blame for Negator’s enhancements, though he doesn’t seem to care.
Once our heroes reach the Temple, the Keepers begin the ceremony, which appears to be no more complex than raising the Sunstone on a plinth so that it is very slightly nearer to the sun. This is evidently what Negator has been waiting for, since he now makes his move, seizing the Sunstone and using it for the unexpected purpose of doubling his size. He then erects a forcefield, which prevents He-Man from reaching him, and settles down to absorb the Sunstone’s power.
Outside, Prankster is trying to come up with a super practical joke, and eventually opts to conjure up a raincloud to block out the sun. As soon as he does this, the Sunstone is unable to recharge its energy from the sun, so starts draining power out of Negator instead. As he shrinks, Negator pointlessly shoots what remains of the Sunstone’s power into the raincloud, causing an energy storm. He then shrinks so much that he disappears inside the Sunstone.
He-Man then does something incomprehensible which enables him to fly up into the energy storm, where he does something else incomprehensible to get the Sunstone’s energy back. This is all wrapped up nice and neatly and as quickly as possible, to ensure that there is enough time for Prince Adam to find out what Prankster’s real name is, and thus send him back to Trolla – notably without thanking him for his raincloud joke which, like it or not, did save the day.
In today’s adventure…
Teela not unexpectedly considers that this episode taught us that practical jokes have a way of getting out of hand. Well, judging by this week’s evidence, that’s only the case if there’s some blue-skinned freak hanging round putting his own finishing touches to your jokes. Prankster is actually the hero of this episode – if he hadn’t pulled his raincloud stunt, who knows what would have happened? The moral we all learned, therefore, is that practical jokes are really useful, until someone interferes.
Excuse given for Prince Adam’s disappearance
Adam makes his transformation alone, and no one seems to want to know where he is, so no excuses are needed this week.
Well, whoop whoop de loop, it’s Prince Adam, Cringer, He-Man, Battle-Cat, Orko, Man-at-Arms, Teela, Negator, Prankster, and a variety of Temple of the Sun gentlemen in silly hats.
There’s a moment when Orko and Teela refer to the absent Skeletor as “rotten”, but that’s all we get this time.
Does it have the Power?
I wouldn’t describe it as my favourite by any stretch, but it’s not offensively awful either. Prankster isn’t very interesting, but at least he never crosses the line into infuriating as I had feared he would. Similarly, Negator’s evil plot is fairly dull but serviceable. There’s very little to say about this episode one way or the other; it exists, it goes by relatively pleasantly, but doesn’t distinguish itself at all.