He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) s01e27 Episode Script

A Tale of Two Cities

1 [dramatic music.]
I am Adam, Prince of Eternia and defender of the secrets of Castle Grayskull.
This is Cringer, my fearless friend.
Fabulous secret powers were revealed to me the day I held aloft my magic sword and said, "By the power of Grayskull!" [chorus.]
He-Man I have the power! [roaring.]
[He-Man.]
Cringer became the mighty Battle Cat, and I became He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe.
Only three others share this secret: our friends the Sorceress, Man-At-Arms, and Orko.
Together we defend Castle Grayskull from the evil forces of Skeletor.
[cackling.]
[dramatic music.]
[ominous music.]
[He-Man.]
I don't like it when the jungle gets quiet like this.
[whimpering.]
Hey, it's okay, Cringe.
Whatever it is, it's coming this way.
[electric humming.]
[whining.]
Shh, shh.
I think the young lady needs help, old buddy.
Oh, no.
By the power of Grayskull! [chorus.]
He-Man [electricity crackling.]
[chorus.]
He-Man I have the power! [chorus.]
He-Man Here we go again.
[roaring.]
Help! Oh, help! [He-Man.]
Hello, gentlemen.
Ah, who are you? Help! Oh, let me go, you stinky creep.
I think the young lady would rather be with us.
[roars.]
Freeze them.
[zapping.]
Ah! Get him, you fool.
How about a nice mud bath? [hollering.]
[splashing.]
[snarling.]
Aah! Let me go! You heard the young lady.
Bah! [bellows.]
[splashing.]
Oh, you were wonderful.
Thank you and your This is Battle Cat.
[roars.]
And I am He-Man.
Ooh, I've heard of you.
We thought you were only a legend.
"We"? I'm princess Rhea.
My father is King Thales of Operon.
See? This is my father's crest.
- [He-Man.]
Well, princess - Oh, please call me Rhea.
All right, Rhea, Battle Cat and I will escort you safely home.
You can tell us more as we go.
[Rhea.]
I thought I knew the forest, but I got lost.
And that's when the Gargons captured me.
Where were they taking you? To the city of Targa.
Queen Balina pays the Gargons for all captives brought to her, especially captives from Operon.
[He-Man.]
And I'm sure she would pay a very big price for a princess from Operon.
Oh, yes, and soon more Gargons will be looking for us.
You're right.
How much further? We're almost to the top of the ridge.
We can see the valley from there.
[Rhea.]
The valley of Operon.
Oh, isn't it beautiful? [He-Man.]
It certainly is.
[Rhea.]
And over there is my home.
What is that city with the huge lake above it? [Rhea.]
That's Targa.
The further we stay from there, the better.
Well, we'd better get across the river and find shelter.
It's going to storm.
[thunder booming.]
[Rhea.]
Oh, how will we get across now? I'll make a bridge.
A bridge? [roars.]
Here.
This should do the trick.
Okay, old buddy, you take Rhea across, and I'll follow.
[growling.]
[thunder crashes.]
[wood cracking.]
Aah! [snarling.]
Oh, no! - Hold on! - Hurry, Battle Cat.
[growling.]
[water crashing.]
[thunder clapping.]
There he is.
Oh, someone's coming! Gargons.
They're taking him to Targa.
Oh, we must follow.
[roars.]
[thunder clapping.]
I'm Garn, strongest man in the kingdom and so the master of the arena.
Who are you? I I don't know.
I can't remember.
Where am I? Why have I been brought here? The dungeon of Targa.
You are a stranger.
You must be a spy.
II'm no spy.
At least, I don't think I'm a spy.
All strangers are spies.
Why are you here? Why the chains? I am the strongest man in all the kingdom.
Yes, and perhaps in all the universe.
I make sport for Queen Balina in the arena.
She promised to release me soon.
A free man and a master of the arena.
She thinks these chains are a guarantee of no escape.
Watch this.
[grunting.]
You are indeed strong.
With such strength, why don't you escape? There is no escape.
The queen would send soldiers to hunt me down.
[door creaks.]
Come with us.
The queen wants to see you.
Good luck.
[chuckles.]
Sounds as if I might need it.
The prisoner, Sire.
What is your name? I don't know.
I can't remember.
You expect me to believe that? - It is true.
- You are lying.
What other reason for a stranger to be in Targa than to spy? You are a spy from Operon, aren't you? III know of no Operon.
You lie! And you will pay.
[gong crashes.]
[gong crashes.]
So, this is the stranger.
[warbling.]
[zapping.]
Enough.
Release the guard.
I will handle this.
You are either a very brave warrior or a fool.
Draca is the greatest wizard in all the kingdom.
Are you from Operon? I don't know of Operon.
You think me a fool? You stole Rhea, the princess of Operon, from the Gargons.
I want to know where you have hidden her.
I tell you, I don't know Rhea or Operon.
III can't remember anything.
Ah, you mean you won't.
Perhaps Garn can refresh your memory in the arena.
Guards, prepare our guest for the arena.
[trumpet fanfare.]
[Rhea.]
I wonder what evil deed they celebrate today.
[growling.]
What is it, Battle Cat? [growls.]
He-Man.
Battle Cat, wait! [snarling.]
[howls.]
[roaring.]
Oh, Battle Cat! [electric humming.]
[roars.]
[cheers and applause.]
Garn will soon have the fool begging for mercy.
[cackles.]
Don't be too sure, Draca.
To gain my freedom, I must conquer you.
And I will do it gladly.
You forget one thing, Garn.
What? There is a chance I may win.
You, beat me? Let the contest begin.
[cheers and applause.]
Now, my queen, we shall see this spy gets what he deserves.
This is good-bye, stranger.
[grunts.]
[grunting.]
[thud.]
[audience booing.]
Sorry, Garn, but I think I'll stick around.
The stranger seems to be as clever with the gladiators as he is with the sorcerers.
A lucky accident.
Nothing more.
Lucky move, stranger.
But not this time.
[grunts.]
From wizard's power, wizard's might, give Garn strength to win the fight! [shimmering.]
[cheers and applause.]
[both grunt.]
[Garn straining.]
[cheers and applause.]
The tide has turned.
II can remember.
I know who I am.
[grunting.]
- [thud.]
- [He-Man grunts.]
[audience booing.]
Take him to the lower dungeon.
I have won, and I am the one to decide Garn's fate.
You fool! Do you not understand the queen's command? She is your queen, not mine.
I have won, and I say let him go.
Set him free, and bring the stranger to me in the palace.
Coming, Draca? [Garn.]
But I would not have spared you.
Why did you spare me? He-Man cannot decide your fate.
That is for you to decide.
You alone.
You? You are He-Man? I thought you were only a legend.
You sent for me? Yes.
How would you like to be my captain of the guard? It is a generous offer, but I cannot accept.
- Why not? - I have seen that you are a cruel woman, and I cannot be a part of cruelty.
Besides, I have not completed my mission.
And what is your mission? [He-Man.]
To find my comrades.
Ah, don't you mean Rhea? My queen, good news.
The Princess Rhea has been captured.
Her father, King Thales of Operon, will be glad to pay for her safe return.
[cackles.]
A matter of urgency has just been brought to my attention.
Oh, you and Garn are free to go in the morning.
Huh, something's wrong.
I wonder what she's up to.
You made a wise choice in letting the stranger go.
He will never know we have the girl.
[laughs.]
Yes, I guess it is better this way.
[He-Man.]
Well, here's where we part, my friend.
[Garn.]
I am in your debt, He-Man.
Let me help you find the princess.
Then come along.
I just might need your help.
[Battle Cat roaring.]
It's Battle Cat.
Battle Cat! [Battle Cat growling.]
This way.
[Battle Cat growling.]
[growling.]
Cat, am I glad to see you, old buddy.
Now to get you out of there.
[Battle Cat growling.]
Garn, this is Battle Cat.
What a magnificent animal.
[growls.]
Thanks for helping me out.
Where is Rhea? [growls.]
Creatures took her.
Gargons.
And I know just where to look for her.
Come on, fellas.
[chorus.]
He-Man [Balina.]
You may go.
You will be rewarded handsomely for such a special prize.
Is her father coming? Yes, my queen.
King Thales should be here soon with the payment.
So, that's it.
It must be King Thales.
Yes, he's been captured by the queen's guards.
Come on.
I've got an idea.
[Thales.]
Just what is going on here? [He-Man.]
There's no time to explain.
I have a plan to free your daughter, but I'll need your help.
[Thales.]
I'll do whatever you say.
[chorus.]
He-Man Father! Now, my dear king, have you brought the payment? I am your payment, Draca.
That is, if you can collect.
He-Man! Oh, you're alive.
The stranger is He-Man? But I didn't believe you really existed.
I guess you were wrong again.
Come on in, guys.
You forgot to tell guards we were invited, Balina.
- [Balina.]
Garn! - [He-Man.]
And Battle Cat, who enjoyed his visit in your pit trap.
[roars.]
Do something to distract them.
We must flee.
The mountains shall rumble my wizard's power make all of Targa, tremble and shake! [rumbling.]
You fool! You forgot about the lake on the mountain! [water rushing.]
We're doomed.
Not if I can help it.
Battle Cat, you and Rhea go through the city and take the people to the arena.
[roars.]
Come on, Garn.
I'll need your help one more time.
What are you going to do? Save the city, if we can.
But why should we help our enemies? They should be punished.
It's not our job to punish those who are evil.
That's what the law and the courts of Eternia are for.
I believe all life is precious.
Just as I spared your life, help me spare theirs.
You're right, He-Man.
I'll help you.
We haven't much time.
Let's go.
[water crashing.]
[dramatic music.]
- [rumbling.]
- [both grunting.]
[He-Man.]
Here it comes! [pounding.]
We did it, Garn.
Thank you, He-Man.
You've shown me that along with great strength goes great responsibility.
Well, it's something that's easy to forget in the heat of anger.
I'll try my best to remember, and use my power to help others, not to hurt them.
I'll bet you will.
Can't you stay a while longer? No.
I'm afraid not.
But Battle Cat and I will be back someday.
Thank you, young man, for helping my daughter.
You're always welcome in our kingdom.
Thank you, Your Majesty.
I'll miss you too, Battle Cat.
[He-Man laughing.]
Come on, you big pussycat.
[growling.]
We'll be back.
[roars.]
- Good-bye.
- Good-bye.
Bye! I hope you enjoyed today's adventure.
You know, television is not the only way to be entertained by an exciting story.
There is another way.
It's called reading.
And one of the wonderful things about books is that they allow you to choose whatever kind of adventure you like: a trip with an astronaut, an adventure with the great detective Sherlock Holmes, a comedy, anything.
You can find it in a book at your school or neighborhood library.
Why, I'll bet there are even some good books right in your own home just waiting to be read.
[upbeat music.]