The whole plot of the episode's second half is a blatant rip-off of "House of Shokoti". They even rip off the classic shot at the end of the latter's first part, showing the danger through the door of the temple!
This episode's sense of continuity is so bad that it even contradicts the opening sequence of the show! In the show's intro, He-Man more or less states that Cringer became Battle Cat on the same day that he became He-Man, but this episode implies He-Man had been He-Man for some time before Battle Cat came along!
Man-At-Arms claims that the whole of the flashback story took place before Orko came to Eternia, thus messing up continuity big time, since "Creatures from the Tar Swamp" featured a flashback showing Orko on Eternia when Cringer was a baby.
What exactly does Battle Cat's origin have to do with the fact that Orko is messing about in Man-At-Arms' lab? The flashback sequence bears no real relation to the wraparound story at all. The writers could have come up with a better reason for Man-At-Arms to tell Battle Cat's origin.
Since the young Prince Adam recognises the Sorceress when she tells him that Cringer will someday be very special to him, how long exactly has he known her?
He-Man: Well, you're certainly not a Cringer anymore! Alright, big cat...lets go!!
Man-At-Arms: In today's adventure Orko was warned not to play with certain bottles. Well Orko didn't listen and he nearly caused a lot of trouble. There may be containers like this one in your home. This symbol is a warning of poison.
Orko: Hey, that looks like Skeletor.
Man-At-Arms: And just like Skeletor it's bad news. It could make you very sick. So if you see this picture on a bottle or box it means 'I'm dangerous, don't touch me.
Orko: Be a safe person, not a sorry one.
Cringer: ADAM! ADAM!
(He-Man is shown still in the 'I Have the Power' pose)
He-Man: Easy Cringer it's me Adam.
(He-Man changes Cringer into Battlecat for the first time)
Sorceress: You may call him Cringer, but he is not entirely what he seems to you just now.