Thanks for answering my questions Jack.
Oh and by the way I love Skeletor in NA he is hilarious.
Unfortunately, that didn't happen.
Regarding the Power Sword, I'll thank you for your comments and note that a lot of fans didn't like its new powers. I'll humbly take credit -- or blame, depending upon your point of view -- for the new powers. My feeling was that He-man was going on an epic journey, not only through space but through time as well. So, using a bit of creative license, I wanted his sword to be affected by it -- hence the new powers. I also hoped it would freshen up things a bit.
You know, while I'm on the subject of 'freshening up' things, I want to say a few words on that point. I know there's been a lot of spirited debate on this thread about Skeletor in particular. Now I'm not going to get into his eyes or his voice, since I didn't have anything to do with that. But I did have everything to do with Skeletor's personality in N/A. I hoped to add to his already strong personality and give it a few new twists. A lot of fans liked the fact that I gave Skelly a sense of wry humor and had him occasionally deliver a wisecrack. A lot of fans also throught it was pure sacrilege. Personally, I had a lot of fun with it. I felt it made the character more dimensional and layered. I can tell you that when I sat down to write each day that it was Skeletor who I looked forward to hanging out with for ten-to-twelve hours.
Of course that's a personal observation, and the debate about whether or not it was the right decision will continue. But I think there's a secondary point to consider here -- and one I admittedly had not thought about when I quite consciously made the Skeletor decision. And here's that secondary point: Because the opinions are divided, strong debate has erupted. And it's in that debate that He-man fans show their passion -- on either side of the debate. I think that's very healthy, because it keeps the fires of excitement about this extraordinary and much beloved franchise burning bright. And I think all fans who are arguing the Skeletor issue are to be applauded -- whether they agree with and enjoyed my decision or vehemently and articulately oppose it -- because it shows they are devoted fans who hold strongly to their opinions. Fortunate the series to have such fans after so many years. Fortunate, indeed, the writer to be involved with such a series and with such fans.
Thanks for answering my questions Jack.
Oh and by the way I love Skeletor in NA he is hilarious.
I haven't seen the answer maybe I have just overlooked it.
Is Primus and Eternia the same? I belive they are but there are some who don't?
Hey Jack, so is Primus and Eternia the same world? If so, what changed in the future to make it the Tri-Solar Galaxy?
So that's really the final word on some very interesting conjecture from a lot of N/A fans.
The truth is, the only input I had on artwork was to review the storyboards, which weren't in color. Final responsibility for the artwork rested with the studio in Tokyo, so I can't make definitive comments about their motivation. I am, instead, left to speculate like all other fans.
I think that the two Guardians don't seem to think they went anywhere because to them it probably didn't seem like they moved at all (it didn't seem like they were given much detail about how it would feel to travel through time, etc before actually doing so). Plus, they left a generally peaceful, grassy part of Primus and landed on a generally peace, grassy part of Eternia. So, at first glance, it would seem like they didn't go anywhere (meaning it seemed like they didn't move in time or space, not just one or the other), when in reality they did.
But seriously, I really would have liked to have had Caz get into a situation where he was separated from everyone and he had to go one-on-one against Flogg. (I can feel some of your cringing out there.) Well here's the reason: Someone made a post -- I believe in another thread -- that he almost gagged (my words) over yet another kid being in an action/adventure series. And I have to agree with that on the surface. The reason kids are in animated series, of course, is so very young viewers can have someone to relate to and identify with. But the problem is that Caz -- unlike The Avatar -- was never given a chance to stand on his own. Of course N/A wasn't Caz's show. But if I'd had an opportunity to have him stand alone in an episode then maybe his true personality would have come out and he would have emerged as more palatable to viewers.
The problem is that you've only got so many pages to tell a story and you have to keep your focus on your primary characters. So in that sense I wish I could have spent a little more time on Caz.
I think a romance story of unrequited love could have come out of Slushhead and Drissi being featured together in one episode. Slushhead -- and I dearly love old Slushy -- isn't a bad guy in the true sense, of course. He always reminded me -- and I know I'm dating myself here -- of Sgt. Garcia in the old Zorro television series. Sure, he was on the bad guys' side, but he was a good guy at heart. And sensitive Drissi would have understood that and tried to nurture Slushy.
Seeing as it was brought up earlier, how come Crita was the only character from the first five episodes who wasn't in the series bible?
Did you get a chance to look at the Ultimate Challenge?
As for the chanage in his hair, I'd like to say something cute like "He wanted a new hairstyle" or "His hair sprouted in the new environment." But to be honest, I just don't have the answer because I wasn't involved in the artwork. Could be one of the Japanese artists just liked Steven Seagal.
He-man's new abilities are simply a manifestation of his being on a new planet and in a new galaxy, similar to Superman acquiring new powers by virtue of his traveling from Krypton to Earth, or your being a drive a golf ball a thousand yards on the Moon. Because he had certain incredible powers on Eternia, he had certain incredible -- but different -- powers on Primus. Thus, I don't think he'd have those same powers back on Eternia, but rather would revert to what he originally had back there.
For once and all, much as many fans would have liked it to be otherwise, Primus and Eternia are two entirely different planets.
I hope this helps, and I'll get back to you again after I view The Ultimate Challenge. Thanks for being a fan.
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But anyway, my question is as follows: can you describe the different measures of time in the NA Series? How long was a "Talc?" (sp?). Since He-Man was used to years, hours, minutes, seconds, etc. on Eternia, he must have had to learn these new systems of time. How do they compare?
Thanks, the hair thing I'd just chop up to the animators changing his look and thinking people might not notice .... but they really highlighted it in such a way that I thought maybe it had something to do with the plot and whats happening there at the end... when you watch the episode maybe look for this moment at the end while you watch
As for 'telcs', I'd love to give you some esoteric explanation, but it actually pretty much translated to a year. Units of time seem to be fairly uniform in much -- although not all -- of sci-fi, I suppose because we need to have a similar time unit that we can equate to merely for the sake of understanding. So it was with the telc.
Thanks for your incisive comments, and for giving me some food for thought.
Thanks for noticing and keep a good thought.
Hi Jack !
First I would like to thank you for creating this thread and answering everyone's questions , and thank you also for all your work and involving on NA.
I realy love NA !!! I discover this serie 5 years ago , I knew about it but never could watched an episode before. When I watched the first episode 5 years ago I was totaly blew out by NA. I'm NA addicted since.
My first question is , is there some scenarios of unproduced episodes ? And is there also some part of these episode that were animated but not complete ?
Second question , did you create some new characters and MATTEL refused you to introduce them in the episodes ?
Thanks for answering my first question. I am really enjoying the series even more than I thought since buying the dvd set. I know you discussed the second season in going back to Eternia, but I wanted to know if you planned on bring a good amount of the cast to Eternia. If some of the Galactic Guardians or Mutants would accompany He-Man and Skeletor back home. If the you had gotten the chance to continue the series, what characters besides Man-At-Arms would you have given a good treatment (bad and good guys)?
I will tell you that in the heat of creating all those episodes that I had very little time to view them as they aired. Bu I do know that I saw the entire five parter when it premiered at the MGM Theater in Culver City to 1,500 screaming kids and I have no recollection of it ending this way.
If it really did end this way, then the storyboard artists must have taken tremendous liberties with my script and made a huge ellipse to the ending. Eighteen years after having written the script, I admit I don't recall every bit of every script. But I KNOW I didn't end it that way.
I'm going to write to Jean Chalopin and see if he has a copy of the script. (Jean tends to hold onto everything.) If he does I'll have him send it to me and I'll post the ending on the forum.
Either way, I'm tremendously that after the build-up of those opening episodes that the ending, in my book, comes up short in terms of logical, creativity and continuity.
I'm just after watching the opening credits and I have a few queries:
My name is Adam of Grayskull.....
When good is threatened,
By the Power of Eternia
Should it not be the other way around? It makes far more sense..doesn't sit well with the original concepts..
My name is Adam of Eternia
When good is threatened
By the power of Grayskull
For the original Filmation fans that is amjoar blooper...any comments Jack? Don't mean to be threatening or anything only joking with you