There's an episode in this set titled "Glastnost Schmaznost." Judge David Johnson thinks that's just stupid.
Our review of The New Adventures Of He-Man: Volume 2, published April 25th, 2007, is also available.
Uh, whose idea was this?
In 1990, He-Man was brought back into the public consciousness with this revamped cartoon series, ripping the beloved, moralizing Alpha Male from Eternia and sending him to the future, essentially launching the character into space. So how does Space He-Man work? Err…
Facts of the Case
So, here's the story. After apparently cleansing Eternia of all evil, He-Man/Prince Adam is summoned to the planet Primus, which is threatened by space mutants led by an a-hole named Flogg. Sadly, Primus only has some goofy-looking dwarf people and a short wizard with a dope flattop to fend off the invaders, so Master Sebrian, the male version of the Sorceress, travels back in time and convinces He-Man to join the fight.
Being the Boy Scout he is, He-Man agrees, quickly reveals his secret identity to his clueless parents, then leaves forever to tackle the mutant threat. Little does he know, there's a tag-along: Skeletor!
Here's the deal with He-Man. The original Masters of the Universe was unabashedly cheesy, but the combination of nostalgia and ridiculous creativity made the experience enjoyable, even 20-odd years later. And the BCI Eclipse treatments of the DVDs were nothing short of astounding.
But this cartoon sucks. Even setting aside that it barely resembles the original, save for the retainer of a few characters who in turn barely resemble the originals, The New Adventures of He-Man is just a lame series anyway. None of the charm has been left intact and the plots and characters are nonsensical cutouts, merely conveyances for Mattel to sell toys. Let's take a peek at some of the elements of this series…
• Prince Adam
• The Supporting Cast
The stories themselves are headache-inducing fare, built mostly around the creation of new characters and the subsequent generation of Kaybee profits, though a few stand out: "He-Man Mutant" was OK, as the bug guy got his groove on as wigged-out Incredible Hulk rip-off, and "He-Man in Exile" has a nifty Red Dawn thing going. Pretty much everything else—no thanks.
This is still a great-looking set, though not as lovingly crafted as the original He-Man boxes. The video quality ranges from "ass" to "not-so-much-ass," as episodes are wildly inconsistent in their appearance; one show may look sharp and detailed and another will make it seem like someone coated your TV with the glaze they put on donuts. Two extras of note are the documentaries, "Creating The New Adventures of He-Man" and "The Comic Book Adventures of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe." Both are well done and feature an impressive number of nerds. Brining up the rear are character, creature and artifact profiles, trivia, an art gallery, DVD-ROM scripts and pointless commercial bumpers.
This set is the very definition of "lipstick on a pig"; a quality DVD presentation of a forgettable cartoon series.
Skeletor is to have his goofy new eyeballs gouged out.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: BCI Eclipse
• "Creating the New Adventures of He-Man"
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