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Flying Omelette wrote:I don't know if that's really the biggest problem with it because the dragon recognized Adam by scent. Animals rely on scent more than humans. If for some reason I couldn't see my cats, I don't think I could identify them by smell, but they can probably identify each other that way.It's more the other situations that call attention to it. In that same episode, Adam and Teela are flying along on their speeder-bike things and Adam feigns having trouble with his. A few moments later, He-Man comes flying by on it, makes up a story about "borrowing" it from Adam without even trying to explain how he got it "working" again after Adam claimed it was losing power. Teela isn't suspicious of anything until the dragon scene occurs.Previously, there was an episode where Adam and Cringer run away from a battle into the forest, emerge moments later as He-Man and Battle Cat, and nobody suspects anything. Ram-Man, maybe I can believe being this stupid, but everyone else?
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Where the TV series failed was execution. So the question for the new series is, could it keep the promise the original series had (things like an "everything and the kitchen sink" approach to character design and settings), but do it more justice?I don't know so far. They have already explained why Skeletor has a skull face, and how Adam becomes He-Man. The Skeletor explanation added nothing, if you ask me. In a flash back, he throws something (acid or a magic potion) at Adam's father, the father blocks it with his shield, some splashes back onto Skeletor's face, and the next time we see him he's Mason Verger. Is that better than no explanation at all? It seems so simple, such a "level one" sort of idea for explaining his face. At least having no explanation lets you think of your own story. I might have imagined Skeletor as just being like a Lich.Prince Adam at first makes me think of Tony from Magi Nation: A typical, unimpressed, lazy teenager. At least he's not angsty, but I have trouble sympathizing with a character who doesn't want to put any effort into anything. He might vaguely have a point that he's not expecting any bad guys to attack again, but his sister Teela is willing to put effort into martial arts training. Why shouldn't she become the main character?
While the older show wasn't all that good, there were some benefits of it having started with everything in place (He-Man existing, only so many characters knowing his identity, etc.) You never really question why He-Man has to have a secret identity, because it's just always been that way.In this one, however, since Adam had to run off in the middle of a big fight to become He-Man (not just to make the transformation, but to become him to begin with), his sister is now giving him shit for being a coward. Also, Man-at-Arm's one personality trait so far is being a humorless prick about how everyone must maintain the secret about Adam being He-Man. He doesn't explain why it's so important (note: I am not saying I really care about that explanation), he just gets pissy when Adam or Orko seem like they're about to let it slip. I don't remember the old Man-at-arms acting like that.Anyway, back to The Courage of Adam. Adam hopes that maybe he can show to his sister that he really isn't a coward by going off on some mission as himself. Man at Arms is like, "NO, you HAVE to be He-Man!" Adam goes on the mission as himself, he's captured, and his sword is taken away so he can't turn into He-Man. So it seems like maybe the story is being set up to resolve some of these issues. However, the story plays out by Adam recovering his sword, turning into He-Man, saving the day AS He-Man, and then things going back to normal. Then Man at Arms admonishes him, "Now you see why you HAVE to be He-Man!"
I think the moral of The Deep End might be, Sometimes you might have to kill your father for the greater good! Wow!
The moral of Underworld is that you might think your father doesn't "do" anything (other than boss other people around) because he's the king, but in fact he's a total bad-ass who can more than hold his own in a fight. It's a good thing these morals are applicable to so many people other than Prince Adam.
I did kind of like the ending, and probably the second season more than the first. They tried to make it "darker" to be more "relevant" for more modern teenagers, with some mixed results.
When the Snakemen first appear, they are kind of scary, and they ride roughshod over all the previous villains. However, that happens in their first episode, and since the series can't end then, with them victorious, they have to be beaten. I guess TV Tropes calls this Villain Decay.
In one outrageous example, the snakemen have the heroes dead to rights and are about to eat them ... when one of them acts grossed out by the idea! How are they supposed to win with that attitude??
It kind of reminds me of how, at the beginning of Pirates of Darkwater, that monster that lives in the ship is touted as being an instant death. However, it eventually seems that people escape literally every single time they're tossed down there.
They did manage to get some edge back by the end of the second season, with one thing in particular being almost shocking, so I think it left me with a positive impression.
01/23/16 7:19 PM
Also, Man-at-Arm's one personality trait so far is being a humorless
prick about how everyone must maintain the secret about Adam being
He-Man. He doesn't explain why it's so important (note: I am not saying I
really care about that explanation), he just gets pissy when Adam or
Orko seem like they're about to let it slip. I don't remember the old
Man-at-arms acting like that.
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CLOUDBOND007 wrote:I remember there's a huge difficulty spike in Pure Land in terms of just the regular enemies.
Are you doing any spell spamming on bosses?
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