I remember bits and pieces of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe from childhood. One of the first comic books that I remember owning was one with He-Man. The show was being re-run at that point and this re-airing must have not lasted for very long, as I did not remember too much of the show. However, I distinctly remember watching G.I. Joe, which had numerous toys, games, re-vamps, and made-for-TV movies, as well as an overblown Hollywood movie in the summer of 2009 as part of its franchise.
However, due to YouTube and the official He-Man channel there, I was able to rediscover this show and I must say that it is a real hidden gem amongst the piles of garbage that can be found in TV land. Not surprisingly, the show ran for only 130 or so episodes, while other programs that had no intention of providing good social messages and/or teaching about ethical positives, tend to go on for season after season. He-Man also had its share of short-lived re-incarnations, but none caught on as well as shows like The Simpsons or South Park, which were of much better quality when they first aired, but have steadily slipped down into a fester-pot of tired unoriginality and blatant scatological humor. The latter goes double for South Park that is best described as an “equal opportunity ridicule machine” – the creators of the show, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, just pick up on mainstream media hot-topics and ridicule them into the ground. Many of the people they tear to pieces probably deserve it, but that doesn’t mean that the show serves any useful purpose. By now the show is pretty much the equivalent of a dog passing gas – it only matters for a second and only a few other dogs will ever bother to notice. Pretty much all of mainstream TV is deserving of this anti-accolade.
For now, enough ripping on the media, let’s take a look at some of the first episodes of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
The Cosmic Comet – Skeletor attempts to use a magic comet against the good beings on Eternia. The job of stopping such a powerful force is too much for He-Man alone, so he seeks helps from an old wizard. The “evil comet” doesn’t end up destroyed but paired with another magic comet and this stops it from wreaking havoc. This plot element is very interesting as it shows that He-Man and the good-guys on Eternia do not seek to destroy evil, but rather to ameliorate it. The magic comets, are perhaps more aptly described as some sort of celestial beings or life-forces, that have taken comet form. Skeletor attempts to use this power for evil, while He-Man for good. This doesn’t mean reining in the comet-being, but rather letting it make its own choice, and once it sees that Skeletor is using it for his own ends, it stops serving him.
This episode is a good display of one of the show’s major themes and over-arching conflicts: Honor – symbolized by He-Man – versus Dishonor – symbolized by Skeletor. He-Man uses his magic, namely his sword, to be able to directly deal with the enemy and he never initiates violence with it. On the other hand, Skeletor constantly schemes with magic to be able to get an upper hand and to avoid dealing directly with his enemies.
The Shaping Staff – Evil-Lyn, one of Skeletor’s closest allies, uses a magic staff that can change someone’s appearance in order to sneak her way into the Eternian Royal Palace. This is a very direct continuation of the scheming with magic theme. This plan also allows for the planting of a parasitic advisor as Evil-Lyn, posing as a traveling magician, makes King Randor disappear and reappear, but this was just a quick ruse to replace Randor with Beastman (another one of Skeletor’s key allies) who is in the semblance of the King due to the staff’s magic. This move is really a combination of the parasitic advisor and Manchurian candidate tactics.
In this episode, Skeletor also creates a being in the semblance of He-Man so as to fool the Eternians, which is just another parasite-placement tactic; they are literally the mainstay of Skeletor’s battle with He-Man and Co. The creation of mindless servants to do his bidding also mirrors the golem from Jewish lore – it is an example of avoiding direct conflict by orchestrating puppets.
The Disappearing Act – The subversive tactics of Skeletor continue in this episode as he kidnaps Prince Adam and sets him as bait with the hope that He-Man will rescue him. Of course, Skeletor has no idea that Prince Adam is actually He-Man. Other than Adam, only Man-at-Arms, Orko and Cringer the Tiger know of this warrior alter-ego.
This episode demonstrates that without trustworthy allies, even the strong He-Man would not be able to effectively fight – camaraderie is essential for a Kampf to go forward and succeed. This notion also effectively makes He-Man antonymic to the Lone Wolf archetype that seems to be so popular in most superheroes – he is not arrogant, not a loner, nor does he project his eccentricities (when he is Prince Adam) – He-Man is pretty much the essence of honor, helping anyone and everyone without expecting anything in return. He possesses many traits that can be seen in the stories of Christ, Mohammed and Buddha.
Man-at-Arms (whose name is actually Duncan, but he goes by his title for the most part) is head of the Royal Palace guards. The plural of that title, Men-at-Arms, could be seen as a translation of “Schutzstaffel,” which means “Protective Echelon” and the SS was set-up as a guard unit for an authoritative and militarist leader, Adolf Hitler. Note, Man-at-Arms’s helmet design.
He has two S shaped Bolts on either side of his helmet and the same type of helmet is worn by all Eternian Royal Palace Guards. The S-bolts often seem like one band that stretches around the back of the helmet, but in several close-ups Man-at-Arms can be seen looking down or turning around and this always reveals that it is actually two identical bolt shapes.
Diamond Ray of Disappearance – The ever scheming Skeletor has cooked up another plan to subversively take over the rule of Eternia. He has found the long lost gem of the episode’s title that causes all who look into to it to be transported into some other dimension. Once again, this is all to avoid direct engagement with the Noble Eternians. In one scene of this episode, Skeletor even brings rocks to life and they take a humanoid form and this is yet another golem summoned by the main antagonist.
Oddly, Skeletor is shown as being quite muscular, yet he almost never uses his physical strength, which suggests that these muscles are just another illusion. He looks intimidating and strong, but the fact is that his power is actually quite easily sapped, since it has no real foundation – just smoke and mirrors.
Each He-Man episode presents a relavant lesson at the end. This is always seen in the form of a brief scene that brings the episode’s events into real World context. These coda scenes were one of the show’s main ethical positives and they are something that practically all contemporary TV programs lack. The one presented here is about how quick routes to riches and power are almost always wrong. Thus, He-Man stands for honest work so as to provide honest results.
The She-Demon of Phantos – This episode contains some very interesting images. Skeletor has decided to subvert Eternia’s weapons production by infiltrating the refinery in Phantos where Man-at-Arms acquires the metal needed for his workshop and forge. Skeletor hides behind a curtain and it is revealed that the supplies that the Eternians just bought are a fraud – worthless and frail ore – and that Skeletor blackmailed the Queen of Phantos, Elmora, to get his way.
Back on Eternia, Man-at-Arms has made some weapons, which includes a shield with an Iron Cross design, much like He-Man’s breastplate. The fake metal soon becomes apparent when the newly forged weapons fall apart. Our clever heroes soon figure out Skeletor’s newest parasite tactic and the coward antagonist immediately folds in fear as he is found out.
The interesting thing is that the spell that Skeletor puts on Elmora makes her see her friend, He-Man, as her actual enemy, Skeletor. This is really interesting, as Elmora knows that Skeletor is her enemy, but he just uses misdirection here and doesn’t at all try to hide his guilt, just deflect attention away from it. The criminal Jew does this the same way by making Adolf Hitler seem like a mass-murderer when it is actually the Jew and his puppet Gentiles that are to blame.
Teela’s Quest – This is an interesting episode in that it provides a side-track to the main storyline. We learn a bit about the background of Teela, whom Man-at-Arms raised as his own daughter, but she is actually adopted. Skeletor hardly plays a role in this episode, he just sends out Mer-Man to capture Teela as she travels to an oracle.
There is also a great scene that shows He-Man for the honorable warrior that he really is. He-Man actually saves Mer-Man, a sworn enemy, from certain death after the villain loses control over an ancient beast that he had magically reined, but soon it broke out into a rampage.
“In this war – as almost always – the unjust are known by their arrogance, their pride and their bullying nature. In this war – as almost always – the just are known by their honour, and by their noble behaviour.” ~David Myatt
He-Man, most certainly, possesses the honor of which Myatt speaks. Letting Mer-Man die would have been an unrighteous act, but one that could easily be written off as a convenience. This is such a favorite tactic of the Jew, that he has gone so far as to orchestrate these kinds of “conveniences” as well as having a whole brigade of public relations officials that help pave over the resulting criminality.
Aryanism in He-Man
It is an unmistakable set of parallels that He-Man and the Masters of the Universe shares with National Socialist Germany. However, He-Man also fits as a part of a much grander mosaic – that of Aryanism. He-Man’s appearance has been described as “Germanic” and this is quite appropriate, since historically, out of all the European peoples, it was the Germans who were the best example of Aryanism, particularly after Germany had become united in the later 19th century. Other nations only had the odd Aryanist individual here or there. However, German thinkers like Martin Luther, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche and eventually Adolf Hitler all spoke out, in their own way, against everything that Jewry stands for.
The Jew is well aware of this and it is no mistake that one of the leading Zionist apologists had this to say:
“Every Jew, somewhere in his being, should set apart a zone of hate -healthy virile hate- for what the German personifies and for what persists in the German.” ~Elie “I might have survived exactly four or five death camps” Wiesel
If you think about it, that makes sense from the Jewish point of view. The German has repeatedly advocated against every major Judaic poison – Luther against the corruption of Christianity, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche against materialism, and Hitler was essentially a grand culmination of all this. He took it to the next exponential level – a nation-wide re-Germanization of all major aspects of society, and this was to then permeate down into each household and family member. He addressed both general concepts and took direct action. Essentially, Hitler held out a nice big silver mirror to the Jew, who then saw his own ugly character right in front of him. And it is for this that the Jew will never forgive Hitler. Not with the Talmudized ego that he possesses.
Today, Hitler’s concepts are being studied by members of practically every ethnic group and those people are seeing how Der Fuhrer’s ideas apply to their own nation. Perhaps this is why the Jew is becoming increasingly volatile in his actions, but often just plain old careless. War crimes, such as those in Gaza (a small piece of land that is essentially being used as an “internment territory”) are being harder and harder to defend – shamelessness is no longer enough!
This publicity image for He-Man shows some of the main story dynamics.
On the edges we have the animal-like characters: One bad – a crude beast. One good – a graceful bird with divine knowledge.
Then, the women-warriors, note that their breastplates and collars are very similar. The bad uses magical schemes to fight. The good uses her own wits and weapons in battle.
This is taken to the next level with the male warriors. The bad, Skeletor, creates many of the schemes and magical devices used by his allies, and he also summons golems to fight. The good, Man-at-Arms, forges weapons and commands actual troops in battle to help his allies. Orko’s placement right above Man-at-Arms is accurate as he is the good side’s magician, thus both these characters form the opposite to Skeletor. Orko also provides much of the show’s humor and makes his friends laugh, while Skeletor’s laughter usually comes when he feels like one of his schemes will work, it is a self-serving laughter.
Then, the apex of power is only attainable to the good, though the bad try and clamor up there every chance they get. He-Man is the ultimate combination of magical power and physical fighting ability. This is a dangerous combination, so only a few are privy to it, the noblest stock of Eternia. Ironically, this doesn’t include the King, but King Randor is highly respected and gives orders to Man-at-Arms who works closely with He-Man. Thus, the titular hero is like a secret guardian angel – all effort, no reward, and it’s all fine by him – a true Ubermensch and even an Arhat.
Part I was a reply to that one particular video, but with this much closer examination of the show’s content, I must correct my previous statement that the show “contains allusions to National Socialist ideas, though just on simple level” — the allusions are not so simple! They actually permeate the show and reflect NS ideals close enough to make the show a good element on The Storytelling Front.
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