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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002)

Season 2 Episode 13

Awaken the Serpent

Aired Unknown Jan 10, 2004 on Cartoon Network
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Awaken the Serpent
Outside Snake Mountain, King Hiss along with Kobra Khan, General Rattlor, SSSQueeze, and Tung Lashor uses the Medallion of Serpos to release Serpos from his imprisonment as the snakes on Snake Mountain move. Inside, Skeletor orders Evil-Lyn, Tri-Klops, Mer-Man, and Trap-Jaw to head to the lower chambers. Serpos is the 3-headed Snake monster made of rock. As it gets off Snake Mountain, Skeletor vows to kill the one responsible for this. King tells Serpos to head to the Royal Palace. At the Royal Palace, King Randor is teaching Prince Adam how to sharpen swords as his reponsibility when Prince Adam becomes king. The Sorceress contacts Prince Adam saying that a great evil is approaching. Adam uses the excuse saying that he had to feed Cringer as both of them leave to transform into He-Man and Battle-Cat. Minutes later, He-Man, Teela, Man-At-Arms, Fisto, and Mekanek confront Serpos, the final battle is about to begin...moreless

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    Christopher Judge

    Christopher Judge


    Scott McNeil

    Scott McNeil

    Beast Man, Clawful, Mer-Man, Ram Man, Stratos, Kobra Khan

    Michael Donovan

    Michael Donovan

    King Randor, Count Marzo, Roboto, Tung Lashor

    Cam Clarke

    Cam Clarke

    Prince Adam/He-Man

    Mark Acheson

    Mark Acheson


    Garry Chalk

    Garry Chalk

    Duncan/Man-At-Arms, Whiplash

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    • TRIVIA (7)

      • Why does He-Man 'thank Zodak' at the end, when Zodak was the person who started the Snake Men trouble in the first place by allowing them to be freed?

        Response: Because He-man wouldn't see it as Zodak's fault.

      • But that was not the "ultimate" defeat of the Snake Men, which saw them sealed in the Void. The elders could have turned Serpos into Snake Mountain after the formation of their council, and then the Snake Men took up residence there, until the later battle that ended with them being sealed in the Void.

      • I'm rather surprised this hasn't been pointed out before... but there is a major continuity error in this episode. In previous episodes, it has been mentioned that the Snake Men used to use Snake Mountain as their base. Yet in this episode, it's shown that Snake Mountain was the frozen form of Serpos, sealed away by the Counsel of Elders. The problem? The episode "The Power of Greyskull" demonstrates that there WASN'T a Counsel of Elders until AFTER Hordak had defeated the Snake Men! I think that deserves an "Oopsie!"

      • Isn't anyone concerned the King Hiss could free Serpos again in the near future? As far as we know, the Medallion of Serpos is still floating around somewhere. Surely the Scorceress and/or Zodac would know how Hiss freed Serpos in the first place.

      • Response to that thought: that is an important consideration. It leads me to believe that Serpos was not truly a divine entity, but "merely" a huge monster whom the snakemen decided to worship; either that or King Hsss was not being truthful when he claimed he was controlling it.

      • Somewhat strange that a god could be controlled by a wizard... shouldn't King Hiss be the one taking orders from Serpos, and not vice versa?

      • Couldn't the Elders, in their "great wisdom", have banished Serpos to another sentence rather than place him back atop Snake Mountain again... particularly considering how "easily" he was set free here?

    • QUOTES (5)

      • (Zodak hands Adam his sword)

        Zodak: "He-Man is needed."
        Adam: "He-Man? So... you know?"
        (He takes the sword and pause)
        Adam: "Could you... at least... you know, turn your back?"

        Adam (annoyed): "Okay, fine!"

      • General Rattlor: These will be slaves.
        (He points to Mekanek, Man-E-Faces, and Roboto)

        General Rattlor: These will be lunch.
        [He points to Randor, Fisto, Man-At-Arms, Teela, Ram-Man, Stratos and Buzz-Off.)

        General Rattlor: [To Fisto] Going to have to eat around the fist. Too chewy.

      • King Hiss: You know Zodak, when I devoured your brother, I vowed that you would be I hate a meal unfinished...

      • Fisto: "So, the head snake lost his head. Nice!"

      • Skeletor Whoever is responsible will die a thousand deaths

    • NOTES (10)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • None: None
        The role of Serpos as a deity of the Snakemen is much like
        the realtionship between Set & the SerpentMen from the Conan cartoon series. In fact, Hiss is in a way similar to the Serpentmen as he can take on human form & is a master of black magic{Like Wraith-Amon}. Of cource the comicbook version of Set was multi-headed.

      • Serpos: none
        Serpos' form seems to be inspired by the Hydra of classic Greek and Roman mythology. The same could be said of King Hiss, in a sense. The Hydra was a large, monstrous serpent with a mutitude of heads that was dispatched by the Greek hero Heracles (Hercules in Rome). While nine heads is the accepted standard number of heads for the Hydra, some versions described the Hydra having as few as three heads and as many as a thousand. Fortunately for He-Man and the Masters, neither Serpos nor King Hiss seem to have the ability to generate two heads for every one lost, as the Hydra had.

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