proclaims the first "He-Man Day" before a sudden earthquake
breaks off a substantial part of Mount Eternia. The removed rock
reveals a temple interior, and Adam, Teela, and Orko decide to investigate.
Orko visits the temple and finds an interior protecting a little
being trapped by a bell jar. Orko moves the bell jar, thus the Energy
Beast springs forth. When He-Man and Battle Cat attack the Energy
Beast, it decides to go to another dimension. At Castle Grayskull,
the Sorceress explains that the Energy Beast was created when the
planet formed. The Energy Beast terrorized the Ancients until they
found the secret of controlling the monster. She instructs them
to search the temple in Mount Eternia for the Gold Chamber, which
should contain the magic to control the Energy Beast. Adam, Cringer,
Teela, and Orko climb into the Roto-Rocket, an experimental drilling
machine, to locate the Gold Chamber, where a ghostly figure called
the Spirit of the Ancients appears before them. The Spirit produces
the Eternian Crystal, but Skeletor steals it. The heroes retrieve
the crystal. Atop Mount Eternia He-Man manages to trick the Energy
Beast into sealing himself inside the mountain.
and Orko Teela: "In today's story Orko found out how
important it is to have patience." Orko: "I couldn't wait to go into the ancient
temple. But I ended up causing a lot of trouble for me and everyone
else." Teela: "I'm happy you learned your lesson.
Oh, by the way, I guess I'll be seeing you at the big parade tomorrow." Orko: "Tomorrow? I've got to wait until then?
Oh, why can't we have the parade today?!" Teela: "Orko." Orko: "Okay. I'll be patient, but it won't
be easy." Teela: "See you next time." Orko: "Hope it's soon!"
"The Energy Beast" is a so-so episode from early season two.
Things start off with Orko feeling useless and wanting to prove himself. We have had very similar in several previous episodes, and here it feels rather repeated and rehashed.
Events are suddenly interrupted when Mount Eternia erupts. Naturally, we have never heard of it before, and never hear of it again after this episode.
When they reach the Gold Chamber in the depths of Mount Eternia, Teela, Orko and Adam meet "the Spirit of the Ancients". He is designed and animated, ghost like, really well, and is the sort of thing that I would loved to have seen more of in the series.
The climax of the story, on top of the mountain, with He-Man cutting the top section off and moving it, is a bit silly, and I didn't really feel as if it was a satisfying conclusion.
I don't dislike this episode as such. It has some interesting elements, but doesn't quite work as a whole.
I give this one an average 7 out of 10.