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Why would Skeletor want a circus to perform for him? And what good would it do him to take over the circus for himself? It'd hardly help him conquer Eternia, would it?
Remember Mount Eternia, the strange mountain from "The Energy Beast" that overlooked the palace, yet had never been seen in any previous episodes? Well, it appears again in this episode- but if "The Energy Beast" messed up continuity really bad, this one does it even worse, as yet again Mount Eternia is in a different place!
The Title card for this episode has He-Man misspelled as HeMan.
Cringer's mouth is deformed in one shot.
Don't Drak and his grandfather find it at all unusual that He-Man would be out in the middle of nowhere with Prince Adam's cat?
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?
Melaktha is written ridiculously out-of-character here (it's almost surprising that David Wise didn't write the episode). He is portrayed as the fool of the episode, making himself sound an idiot with each line, and it does not seem like him at all to jump to conclusions about Stanlin in the way he does here. It completely contradicts the sensible, wise personality he displayed in previous episodes.
To flaw his character even further, Melaktha is ridiculously over-afraid of the fire in the cave. He almost shrinks from it with fear, which is not right for him, especially as he's an archaeological explorer!
Various elements of the episode seem to suggest Kobra Khan was not part of the original script. The heroes often refer to 'Evil-Lyn and Webstor' without mentioning Khan, Khan has little dialogue or action, and at the end he has been forgotten about altogether when Skeletor only punishes Evil-Lyn and Webstor. This would seem to suggest he was added in at the last moment, but the production deadline meant that some parts of the episode could not be revised to accommodate him.
This is the only episode in which we see a native Trollan- Prankster- unmasked, thus giving an idea of what Orko may look like beneath his costume.
If "The Great Books Mystery" didn't mess up continuity seriously enough with its use of the Temple of the Sun, this episode messes it up big time. Having the Temple inhabited by humans, with the implication they've always been there, is plain ridiculous as both its previous episodes made it pretty clear it was abandoned centuries ago!
Apparently the character of Prankster is ripped off from a Superman villain called Mr. Myxyzptlk, and the way Negator is defeated is identical to the way another Superman villain is destroyed in one of the comics.
Why would Adam not only change out of his sleepwear to his daytime clothes, but he also went to get the Sword of Power behind a bookcase...so why would he put it in its sheath and change his clothes before calling for the powers of Greyskull?
Why would Squinch go to Skeletor for help, and willingly believe Evil-Lyn even after being tricked by her back in "Evil-Lyn's Plot"? Surely he's not that naive!
In one shot when TrapJaw and Merman are in MerMan's sub and talking, TrapJaw's mechanical arm is on the wrong side.
This episode is one of several which make the mistake of giving Eternia just one moon instead of two.
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