and Battle Cat make their way towards Snake Mountain, where in a
single dungeon all of the Masters are held prisoner. With Snake
Mountain in sight He-Man hears muffled cries for help, upon investigating
he finds Mekaneck imprisoned on a rock with vines. Azdar catches
He-Man by surprise striking both he and Battle Cat with his large
mallet, knocking them across the terrain. The three giants attack
He-Man, but he defeats them. Approaching to free Mekaneck, numerous
vines overpower both He-Man and Battle Cat, and the pair are pulled
to the ground. As He-Man appears helpless Evilseed and Count Marzo
team-up turning the vines turn to stone. Inside the Snake Mountain
dungeon Man-At-Arms uses the connections on the back of Roboto to
send a message to the Royal Palace, a message which only Orko hears.
Skeletor zaps the back of Roboto's head canceling the message. Evilseed
then drags Mekaneck into the room and drops him into the dungeon.
Skeletor informs Man-At-Arms that he and his fellow Masters are
still alive because he has decided to allow them to live just long
enough to bear witness to his greatest achievement; the conquest
of Castle Grayskull. A short while later Count Marzo presents to
Skeletor the Ram Stone that he took from the Faceless One. Skeletor
determines that it is time to move on Castle Grayskull. In the Royal
Palace prison compound the Evil Warriors contemplate how to escape
their respective jail cells. Still bound by the stone vines the
Sorceress suggests that maybe Prince Adam would be of some assistance.
Reaching for his sword He-Man manages to get his fingertips to the
hilt. Holding the sword in his hand He-Man commands the power to
return, enabling himself, as Prince Adam, and Cringer to escape.
Just as Adam prepares to transform once again Teela appears on her
Sky Sled. Orko tells Adam that Skeletor has captured all of the
Masters. Teela pulls Adam onto her Sky Sled, tells Orko to locate
He-Man, and the two take off for Snake Mountain. As the Council
of Evil prepare to leave, a Doomseeker reveals to Skeletor Adam
and Teela heading towards Snake Mountain, Webstor stating that he
will take care of them. With Teela piloting the Sky Sled, both her
and Adam manage to avoid an attack by the three giants, and fly
into one of the small caverns that are scattered throughout Snake
Mountain. Webstor captures Teela and traps the Sword of Power in
a web. Unfortunately the sword falls down from the web and into
a chasm. Trapped on a tiny ledge with a sheer drop leading towards
lava below Adam is cornered by Azdar and Webstor. The Prince falls
from the ledge, but Cringer leaps across the lava pool catching
him whilst in flight, the landing knocking Adam unconscious. In
the prison compound at the Royal Palace Kobra Khan and Rattlor prepare
to free the Evil Warriors. The Sorceress contacts Adam, but he is
too weak to move. He utters the word "Grayskull," prompting
Cringer to bravely carry him from Snake Mountain to Castle Grayskull.
Skeletor and his Council of Evil head towards Castle Grayskull.
As Skeletor prepares to attack Grayskull from afar Count Marzo,
possessing both the Ram Stone and his own Amulet, blasts Skeletor.
An unharmed Skeletor floats back towards Count Marzo and takes both
magical objects from him. Skeletor combines the power of both objects
and fires a blast which traverses the land striking Castle Grayskull,
and knocking the Sorceress deep into the abyss within Castle Grayskull.
Prince Adam and Cringer arrive at Castle Grayskull seconds before
the Council of Evil and the escaped Evil Warriors arrive in force.
by Michael Donovan)
"Previously, on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe..."
He-Man's very first season cliffhanger just goes to show you how far the writers are willing to take risks with the audience and grip them like never before.
Some great developments are touched on in this, we get to see Prince Adam shine rather than He-Man, his contemplating telling Teela who he is was quite compelling until Webstor ended the suspense and took the sword.
Sadly, I really wanted some good Adam/Teela moments to come out of this, but again Teela's brutal mistreatment in the series reared it's ugly head and such moments were never fully exploited, come on MYP...
Anyway, the cliffhanger ending, where Prince Adam stands alone in front of Castle Grayskull against the Council of Evil is very suspenseful, Adam's hopes that the Masters have broken free of Skeletor's prison are dashed in a great shot of Skeletor's evil minions riding the assault vehicles, leaving us with nothing but speculation as to the events of "The Last Stand."
A proud and thrilling season finale.