like Batman had a "Bat Signal," and the Widgets
had the privilege.
the Widgets are in trouble and their fortress is threatened
they need only do one thing; fire the signal flare and call
He-Man! If this reminds you of the "Bat signal"
from the Batman series, you would be right in thinking
so. The signal flare lights up the sky with an image of
the symbol that appears on He-Man's harness. Fortunately
every time they fired the flare, He-Man just happened to
- "Evil-Lyn's Plot"
The four-sided shape on He-Man's harness is given some much-needed
attention in this episode. He-Man reveals that the harness
was fashioned from Coridite; also we see for the first time
how the Widgets contact He-Man when they are in trouble.
The Widgets' symbol for He-Man is the same as the one as
his chest, actually giving some meaning to the shape.
- Jacob and the Widgets
Knowing Mer-Man has gone into the mines to get the Coridite,
Cando unleashes the flare hoping for the best. Normally
there is some kind of realistic delay between the signal
firing and Adam's sighting, but Harvey Brenner puts the
two incidents back-to-back in such rapid-fire timing that
it becomes funny. Right after Cando fires the cannon, the
camera cuts to a shot of Adam and Cringer. The scene is
so painfully obvious we cannot help but laugh. It is amusing
to watch a He-Man writer finally making fun of
the Widgets' flare formula. The He-Man signal looks great
this time, because instead of it being typically head on,
it is at an angle.
- The Littlest Giant
Much is made of the Widgets' flare in this episode, perhaps
more so than in any other. Usually it is regarded as a measure
to be employed only in extreme circumstances, but this time
the Widgets use it twice in one act. In both instances,
Prince Adam is the one to spot the flare, so this necessitates
two transformation sequences in Act One. The first time,
Adam and Orko are alone in the forest for no apparent reason,
a situation quite similar to Adam and Cringer's sighting
of the flare in "Evil-Lyn's Plot."
it is Adam and Cringer that see the second flare. This time,
Adam appears ready for bed as he is in his nightshirt watching
out the window.
though the Widgets appear in the other episodes, they do
not fire the signal flare on screen. In "The Mystery
of Man-E-Faces" we actually see Man-E-Faces destroy
the mechanism just as they are about to fire it; "Into
the Abyss" has He-Man, Teela and Orko already helping
out the Widgets, and in "The Gambler" the Widgets
are already part of the episode.
first time we see the signal flare mechanism is in "Evil
Lyn's plot." It is the design that is used again in
season two's "The Littlest Giant."
second time we see it is in "The Mystery of Man-E-Faces."
Now this story is told in flashback, so we can only presume
that the reason this mechanism is a different design is
because this flashback takes place before events in "Evil
after Man-E-Faces wrecked this one, they created the one
seen in other episodes.
finally in "The Littlest Giant" we see the signal
flare mechanism for the last time.