Yes, I liked the combination of futuristic and primitive, plus science and magic. So much variety. I liked that Skeletor was more about magic whereas Hordak, usually found battling She-Ra, was more about science.
I feel the cartoon did have some character-driven episodes. There was one where Prince Adam was feeling a tad torn between his royal duties and his life as He-Man, plus the fact that he was seen as a lazy prince (or even a coward). He really wanted to prove himself in one episode. The whole double identity thing, well it gave him as many problems as Spider-Man at times, although I’ll concede that MOTU never really delved too deeply into He-Man’s psyche on that issue.
I felt the double identity was one of the laziest aspects of the writing. A double identity gave lazy writers opportunities to create cheap conflicts and complications that could easily be recycled from any number of other superhero stories. Adam is really just an amalgam of Clark Kent's cowardice and Bruce Wayne's affluence/laziness. Considering that Filmation had been doing DC cartoons since the 1960s, I wonder if they ever directly recycled some of those dual identity-centered episodes of MOTU from earlier Superman and/or Batman scripts.
Last Edit: Sept 19, 2020 12:41:18 GMT -5 by shaxper
Sort of sounds like my experience. In the 80s, I was already beyond cartoons, except Robotech since it was more adult-themed. I was aware of MOTU and shows like Bravestarr because I was a fan of Filmation as a studio, but MOTU as a concept was...lacking.
I see it as the total reverse, myself.
Masters of the Universe was big in concept -- a fascinating mish-mash of futuristic and primitive, science and magic, whereas Filmation was a spendthrift studio that cut corners where it could and served up subpar writing and animation as a result.
I think Filmation's work was stronger than any other U.S. animation studio producing for TV where their adventure series were concerned. Its clear that's where they invested their energy, as seen in Flash Gordon, Star Trek, Tarzan, Web Woman, Bravestar, etc. On the other hand, they were definitely going cheap on animation and stories with their comedies such as the pretty awful Mighty Mouse and Tom and Jerry revivals of the early 80s.