poor man named Nepthu limps across the Sands of Time in search for
the Temple of The Sun. Inside he claims the Scarab of Power, a magical
jewel. The scarab's power transforms Nepthu into a muscular, dominating
being. Nepthu uses the scarab to capture a falcon flying over the
Sands of Time, which just happens to be Zoar. The Sorceress contacts
Adam through telepathy revealing her location. Adam immediately
becomes He-Man, but Cringer refuses to become Battle Cat. When they
arrive at the Temple of The Sun, many obstacles block their path,
thus Cringer finally decides to become Battle Cat. Nepthu is busy
creating an army of Sand Demons with which to take over the world.
Zoar tries to escape but Nepthu stops her fleeing by crystallizing
her. He-Man confronts Nepthu and along with Battle Cat defeats all
of his Sand Demons. He-Man takes the scarab and destroys it. Nepthu
turns back into his normal self and Zoar is freed.
"Today we met Nepthu, a man who wanted to become a leader and
became one. But Nepthu used his leadership for his own selfish glory
and in the end he got what he deserved. Being a good leader takes
a lot of responsibility, but you must also be responsible when you
follow a leader. Don't do something wrong or dangerous because someone
tells you to. Think before you act. We can't all be leaders, but
we can all choose what's right and wrong for ourselves."
"Temple of The Sun" is a nice, later-first season episode of the classic series.
One memorable element of the episode is Cringer refusing to become Battle Cat, one of the things that I remembered most vividly from the series from when I watched it as a child.
One thing that did cross my mind is, if the Scarab is so powerful, how come Skeletor has never gone after it? I guess such thing is just not to be questioned!
This episode has not one but two of Filmation's trademark "silly He-Man feats". One as he reverses a tornado and sends it flying off into space, and the second, where he makes glass out of sand!
I like the ending of this episode. The music as Zoar finally escapes and flies free of the temple is great, and the final scene, with Nepthu tending flowers in the forest, with a repaired Scarab now as part of a water fountain, caps the episode off really well.
Despite its sillier points, I really like this episode. I'll give it a favourable 9 out of 10.