He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Season 2 Episode 36

Not So Blind

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Aired Unknown Nov 01, 1984 on USA
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He-Man meets a blind boy called Lous, whose friends consider him to be helpless just because he is blind. To give him a chance to prove himself, He-Man offers to take Lous on an adventure with himself and Ram Man, to the caves of the Singing Crystal. Lous accompanies them to the caves, but once inside, a flash of light blinds both He-Man and Ram Man. With all three of them blind, Lous uses his senses and bravery to lead them back to safety, across many dangerous obstacles.moreless

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  • Prince Adam offers a blind boy the chance to see the singing crystals. Trouble arises though when pieces of ice break the crystals causing a bright flash which leave He-Man, and Ram-Man blind.moreless

    8.0
    One of those rare He-Man episodes not featuring a bad guy. Also one of those rare episodes that is primarily about suspense and has no battle scenes.



    This episode was a bold story about people's perceptions about blindness and the treatment of blind people.



    We begin with Prince Adam listening to one of the elders telling a story about He-Man. Lous one of the kids who loves He-Man would love the chance to meet He-Man. Of course Adam is right there and fulfills the kid's request. He takes things a step further and offers Lous the chance to take a journey to hear the singing crystals. The crystals are located on a dangerous journey featuring a messed up obsolete bridge, cave ins and much more.



    When He-Man, Ram-Man and Lous finally get to enjoy the singing crystals, the stalagmites in the area fall down. The trio duck for cover but the stalagmites cause a couple of the crystals to break making a bright flash. The flash makes He-Man and Ram-Man temporarily blind.



    Lous offers to guide back to get help using his sense of sound and smell. Like I said overall this was uniquely different from other He-Man stories. Clearly a character driven episode. The writers made Lous the hero of the story by having him guide He-Man around. He-Man of course using his strength helps to complete the journey back.



    There is one minor thud. There is one very politically incorrect if not nasty comment by Ram-Man which I am surprised that the writers wrote in at the time. Ram-Man asks Lous what is the worst thing when you are blind. LMAO. Wow.



    I mean the answer to that should be obvious but why was this question asks is bizarre.



    Like the other episodes on Season 2 DVD set of He-Man this one doesn't have any commentary. I can only assume then that the writers didn't take into consideration how politically incorrect that scene.



    Ignoring that though this is still a very special episode and really set He-Man apart as a great cartoon.



    I mean it was already recognized as a high quality action cartoon but this episode showed that they could incorporate a very personal issue like blindness.moreless
George DiCenzo

George DiCenzo

Some additional voices (not credited)

Alan Oppenheimer

Alan Oppenheimer

voice of: Skeletor, Man-At-Arms, Cringer/Battle Cat, Merman, Buzz-Off, Roboto, Melaktha, Yuckers and others

Lou Scheimer

Lou Scheimer

voice of: Orko, King Randor, Stratos, Trap Jaw, Tri-Clops, Man-E-Faces, Kobra Khan, Mekaneck, Fisto, Clawful, Modulok, Sy-Klone,

Linda Gary

Linda Gary

voice of: Teela, Evil-Lyn, The Sorceress, Queen Marlena, Dree Elle, Delora, Queen Elmora, Lady Valtera, Shokoti, Kittrina and ot

John Erwin

John Erwin

voice of: Prince Adam/He-Man, Beast Man, Ram Man, Whiplash, Webstor, Granamyr, Icer, Count Marzo, Squinch the Widget, Zagraz, Pr

Erika Scheimer

Erika Scheimer

Queen Marlena (in some episodes), additional voices (not always credited)

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Adam: So children, what did you learn from the story?
      Child 1: Even though Loos is blind, he's just like the rest of us.
      Child 2: Yeah, and because he learned to use his other senses, he helped He-Man.
      Storyteller: That's right. Just because a person is blind or handicapped, well it doesn't mean that they're helpless.
      Child 3: Yeah! They have feelings, and want to do stuff like we do too.
      Adam: And who knows? You might learn as much from them, as they do from you.

    • Ram Man: You know, some people treat me differently because they think I'm stupid. I'm not stupid...no! B-b-but I am kinda slow!

  • NOTES (2)


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      He-Man only says "I have the power" when he changes into He-Man when he is alone so how could the kids in this episode, who say it, know it.

       

    • Like "Into the Abyss", this is one of the only He-Man episodes to feature no villains at all, once again written by Robert Lamb.

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