was something that the Temple of The Sun missed out on.
Temple of The Sun was used three times in the He-Man
series, and continuity seemed to be something that the writers
forgot about with this location within the vast Sands of
doubt about it, the Temple of The Sun was one of the more
familiar places on the planet Eternia. Whenever there was
the slightest hint it would reappear, we the audience would
get excited. Unfortunately, after it's initial appearance,
the writers didn't know what exactly to do with it. And
while it was one of the most unique locations in the Sands
of Time, it never really had a conformed identity.
initial appearance of the temple was in season one's "Temple
of The Sun." You would be forgiven for thinking that
this episode was it's only appearance; the Scarab within
the temple is located and used by the villain, and then
destroyed. As a single episode location it works perfectly.
When Nepthu stumbles upon the temple, it is shrouded in
mystery, and hinted that nobody has accessed it in years.
This really confuses matters with the final appearance in
"Trouble's Middle Name."
its second appearance in "The Great Books Mystery,"
the temple is still given respect by the writer, in this
case Harvey Brenner. Batros, the guest villain makes use
of the temple by hiding all of Eternia's books in it. The
temple seems to have no definitive reason for appearing
in the episode, and is used only as a storehouse for stolen
books. This episode could've used any other location on
Eternia. Why use the temple? The other problems is that
now it appears a little too easy to access, with Teela and
Orko entering and re-entering the temple quite a few times
during the episode's duration.
Michael Straczynski who was usually the He-Man
and She-Ra series continuity expert really failed
when it came to writing "Trouble's Middle Name."
The reason for this is that in the temple's third appearance
all past continuity appears to have been thrown out of the
window. The idea of the temple being a place of great power
is something that was touched upon in "Temple of The
Sun," but this time the power seems far greater. This
time the Sunstone is a part of the temple, and by all rights
always has been. The strangest inclusion is that of two
men who are the keepers of the Sunstone.
the two latter episodes, which featured the Temple of The
Sun, are terrible in comparison. "Temple of The Sun"
was by no means a classic episode, but it is a highly enjoyable,
memorable and definitive appearance for the temple, and
the Sands of Time.