In which Skeletor arranges an interstellar circus.
After a vicious dogfight with the self-styled Galactic Guardians, the Mutant mother ship is forced to land on a desolate asteroid to make repairs. By good fortune, this asteroid happens to be the junkyard of an advanced alien civilisation, and Skeletor and co. waste no time attempting to reactivate the ancient technology – especially the weapons. Unfortunately, their efforts prove to be in vain, but they do discover a device that allows its user to alter their appearance. Seemingly for their own entertainment, Skeletor and Flogg unexpectedly make themselves look like crocodiles, before getting back to business.
Their next step is to set up a space-faring circus company and land on Primus pretending to be performers, using the image-alteration device to disguise themselves. I honestly think they only do this because they think it’s funny, since they abandon the disguise almost immediately, in favour of kidnapping the scientists. With this achieved, the Mutants return to the asteroid and set the scientists to work repairing the ancient weapons.
While the other scientists work, Gepple surreptitiously contacts He-Man to give their location, which brings our heroes charging to the rescue. Unfortunately, repairs on some of the weapons are now complete, allowing Skeletor to entertain himself trying to shoot down the Galactic Guardians’ ships. This is unsuccessful, of course, and our heroes land, treating themselves to an energetic hand-to-hand battle with the Mutants. I’ve never seen He-Man look more like a street thug than he does in this fight.
Skeletor and the Mutants eventually gain the upper hand, and bundle He-Man into one of the newly repaired technological devices. Gepple assures Skeletor that this device will drain all the power from a living being, but this is a clever bluff. Instead, the machine drains the strength of anyone standing near it, and that just happens to include all the baddies and none of the goodies. With this reversal in fortunes achieved, our heroes rescue the scientists, blow up all the alien technology, and depart.
In today’s adventure…
Adam and Sagittar helpfully inform us of the best steps to take to avoid our bikes being nicked by Skeletor and the Mutants. I’ve had my bike for 20 years now, and frankly, if Skeletor did nick it, he’d be doing me a favour by saving me the trouble of getting rid of it myself.
Well whoop-de-do, it’s Prince Adam, He-Man, Sagittar, Artilla, Icarus, Gepple, Meldock, Elcon, Krax, Skeletor, Flogg, Slush Head, Quake and Stackhorn.
Excuse given for Prince Adam’s disappearance
Adam’s on his own, just making his way to the circus, when he realises that He-Man is required. He thus ducks out of sight and doesn’t waste his time making excuses.
It’s a bad day for Slush Head, who gets called a “coward”, an “idiot” and “stupid” in rapid succession by Flogg. He’s also included in Skeletor’s description of the Mutants in general as “idiotic” and “clowns”. Otherwise, it’s the scientists who come off badly: Skeletor refers to all four of them as “cowardly scientists”, Flogg calls Gepple a “little egghead”, and Stackhorn calls the other three “nerds”. Finally, Gepple indulges himself in an uncharacteristic outburst of viciousness by calling Krax an “amoeba-brain”.
Despite focussing on the scientists quite heavily, they don’t do anything dreadfully infuriating. Both Gepple and Elcon can have a point for stammering ridiculously when they try to say “Mutants”, and Krax and Meldock get one for nearly blowing themselves up with an alien device. However, I’m also going to reward them all by taking a point away from them, because they all sabotage the devices they’ve been working on, actually demonstrating the character trait of ‘bravery’ rather than ‘annoying’ for once. Consequently, the scores remain as last week, at:
Does it have the Power?
It’s certainly got a sense of humour, with some excellent lines given to Skeletor, and also to Slush Head, surprisingly. (Admittedly, there are also some appalling lines given to Slush Head, just to balance things out.) The plot is incredibly simplistic, but I did like the discovery of an alien junkyard, with the implication that it’s a big, mysterious galaxy, with many treasures just waiting to be found.
All in all, it’s an entertaining episode that doesn’t go wrong, and I can’t help but applaud it for including what I’m choosing to interpret as a passive-aggressive swipe at She-Ra: the scientists tell Skeletor that “space is a vacuum, and it’s very cold. It’s freezing, and there’s no air. And humans need air to breathe.” Yeah, She-Ra. So stop going out into space without a suit.