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Friday, October 06, 2006

Oooo

Okay. This is awesome. I loved that show as a kid. I used to wear dixie cups with the bottoms yanked out as bracers with a bathing suit and "cape" (towel) because of this show!

That's not something I'm particularly proud of, but hey, I was five. I named my cat Glimmer. I was a baby fangirl.

Anyway, I've always been a bit more of a He-Man fan but this is great too. I'd buy it even if only for her origin movie, which had been the first thing I'd ever seen in which the female character consistantly shared equal importance in status with the male, first as an enemy then as an ally. It would have been so easy to end up relegating her into a sidekick status (since obviously the twin thing makes "love interest" not an option) but she was never anything but partner.

Also I always kind of thought Adam and Bow hit it off a little too well. Glimmer might want to rethink her options...

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  • At October 06, 2006 10:47 AM, Blogger Amy Reads said…

    Hi Kali,
    Oh my goodness! She-Ra ranks right up there with Jem and Rainbow Brite for me! Every weekend, every bloody weekend, I'd watch, and adore.
    There were some videos of She-Ra several years back (1996 or so) when I worked video retail, but they were easily $30 for a few episodes. Must Netflix immediately!
    Ciao,
    Amy

     
  • At October 06, 2006 12:26 PM, Blogger SallyP said…

    He-Man and She-Ra were always a little on the "eh" side for me. Now Galaxy Rangers...THAT was a great show.

     
  • At October 06, 2006 4:01 PM, Blogger Denyer said…

    Nifty. I think on reflection I prefer PoP to MotU, because the plots were more geared to thinking around problems rather than He-Man waiting until the end of the episode to hit things...

     
  • At October 06, 2006 4:33 PM, Blogger Centurion said…

    Ahh Jem....the 'cousin that we don't talk about' of Transformers and GI Joe. That's truely outrageous of Hasbro.

     
  • At October 06, 2006 5:18 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    amy: :-) Yep! All I can think is thank god I've got a job now!

    sallyp: Maybe you have to be a silly five year old with dixie cups. :-P

    Galaxy Rangers WAS pretty cool though. :-)

    denyer: :-) My one problem with PoP is that I never understood why Adora/She-Ra bothered to have a secret identity at all. Adam's made sense. Who'd let the crown prince do that? Not to mention it'd put everyone he loved in even more danger. But Adora was a wanted Rebellion leader as a civilian. Who'd stop her from being She-Ra, and Hordak already wanted her captured...

    :-) But both shows are fun.

    centurion: Hah, well, it always amused me how Jem dolls were taller than GI Joe. :-) She could squash him like a bug.

    TRULY Outrageous. :-)

     
  • At October 06, 2006 6:13 PM, Blogger Chris Sims said…

    I just spent a good thirty seconds trying to figure out how dixie cups could be worn as braces.

    I should read things more carefully.

     
  • At October 06, 2006 11:17 PM, Blogger Denyer said…

    Adora was a wanted Rebellion leader as a civilian. Who'd stop her from being She-Ra

    The transformation seemed to draw energy from the castle or the elders -- otherwise the Sorceress might've been a bit more liberal with the handing out of power swords, and the bad guys could've been rounded up once and for all.

    obviously the twin thing makes "love interest" not an option

    Someone really should have emphasised this to the animators...

    http://img107.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=77075_shera_s8_122_519lo.jpg

     
  • At October 06, 2006 11:58 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    The picture actually isn't very incest-y to me. Come on, you can do better than that.

    Could have at least used that scene where she's got him chained up...

    Now that could be incesty.

     
  • At October 07, 2006 12:04 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    As to the other. I get why she didn't stay transformed all the time.

    What I don't get was why it was so important that no one know Rebel Leader Adora = She-Ra.

    It's not like she wasn't capable enough at fighting when she had been Horde Captain or anything... And it couldn't possibly make either of her more of a target.

     
  • At October 07, 2006 10:58 AM, Anonymous Ununnilium said…

    I remember watching Galaxy Rangers and thinking, "Wow, it sure is lucky the guy whose name is Goose turns into gold."

     
  • At October 07, 2006 11:09 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Hey don't mock Galaxy Rangers! For its time, it was pretty complex. How many cartoon heroes were married and had kids? These characters actually had some...character! And I loved the talking robot horses. And some cool villains, and politics and silly humor and a terrific theme song. God I'm showing my age.

     
  • At October 07, 2006 12:13 PM, Anonymous Ununnilium said…

    Oh, on the contrary; I loved it too. The above thought, when I originally thought it, was totally without irony or sarcasm; I really did think it was "lucky".

     
  • At October 07, 2006 2:40 PM, Blogger Tom Foss said…

    I could talk about secret identities and the MotU/PoP universe for days, so I won't take up your comments section with it. I'll just say that, of all the cartoon series I have on DVD, the He-Man releases have consistently been among the highest quality. Not only has each set had 20+ episodes, but also fantastic packaging, art cards, and the kicker, in-depth documentary features. You won't be disappointed if you pick up the first season, though I recommend the "Top 10" set as well, which has the theatrical release version of the Secret of the Sword movie, while I'm sure the Season Set will have the 5-episode cut.

    Sorry, I He-Geeked there for a second.

     
  • At October 09, 2006 2:39 AM, Blogger Denyer said…

    The picture actually isn't very incest-y to me.

    I'm still making a show of retaining some innocence... although most of Musclor's smiles tend to come off as leers.

    What I don't get was why it was so important that no one know Rebel Leader Adora = She-Ra.

    Still the sword thing -- if you know who the "regular" ID is, on one of the rare occasions you do manage to capture her for a bit, you take away anything the sword could've turned into. (Or, y'know, kill her... but 's a kid show.)

    Knowing that She-Ra is an alt-ID also opens up specific avenues of attack -- either reverting the transformation magically or trying to bury her under cannon fodder until it wears off.

     
  • At October 09, 2006 5:50 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    I should clarify...I can see why She-Ra would keep the information from her enemies. But not from her allies.

    I mean...even spies don't work as a reason for me, because every horde female we see is very distinctive, while the stormtroopers are all male and would NOT fit in the rebellion.

    Now Adam (who by the way, totally does not swing that way even if they weren't siblings :-P) had a very good reason to keep it from his allies. Teela, his bodyguard, would always place herself in even more danger to protect him (While she's proven to be the more skilled fighter, she lacks his invulnerability/superstrength), his father would likely forbid his heir fighting, and there'd be all sorts of political turmoil.

    I can't honestly see that happening on Etheria. (Possibly because, while she does give them a fighting chance, Adora/She-Ra really isn't as vital to the rebellion as Adam/He-Man is to the Eternian people. There's been other leaders, there's only one heir.

     
  • At October 09, 2006 5:54 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    tom: I love my first season He-Man set. Though I haven't seen the Top-10.

    I avoid it though, because I remember being a kid with the five episode arc of Secret of the Sword on tape...then renting the movie, which was missing scenes!

    My five year old self was crushed!

     

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