The Dark One - She-Ra and Hordak Team-Up

Is there a scarier phrase in the English language than “group project?” She-Ra’s patience is tested this week when she teams up with Hordak, the cybernetic tyrant of Etheria, to escape an inter-dimensional world or risk enslavement in this strange place by someone called the Dark One, who looks suspiciously like someone else we met in a previous He-Man episode.

The trouble starts when an argument between Catra and Shadow Weaver results in a whoopsie-daisy that creates a rift in space and time. Hordak and She-Ra get pulled through the rift and must work together to overcome several trials as they search for a door to their homeworld. During the whole ordeal, Hordak comes off as a world-class brat, and She-Ra’s virtuous behavior enchants the Dark One.

To help us make sense of this story, we ponder kids clubs, the Dark One’s friendship strategies and complicated board games.

Then, in our fourth lightning round, we get a new action figure, learn about sharing robo-friends, meet an old lover of Madame Raz and learn how being mean to an old wizard can turn him into an evil tree.

Show Notes:
0:00:00 – Episode Start
0:00:27 – Introductions and Setup
0:01:29 – Thoughts on the Premise
0:03:41 – Life Lab Partners
0:08:29 – Act One
0:08:55 – Fright Zone Attack (A Good Idea?)
0:09:52 – Well, well, well – It’s Frosta
0:12:15 – Power Struggle
0:13:40 – Finally, Bow Got Stunned
0:14:32 – Act Two
0:14:44 – Inter-Dimensional Tumbling
0:15:21 – So Many Drills
0:16:36 – First Fight and Vocab Lessons
0:17:56 – Cave of Creepy Cousins
0:19:18 – A Familiar Villain
0:20:44 – Club Meeting Minutes
0:22:46 – The Dark One’s “Test”
0:24:10 – Loo-Kee, Try Harder
0:25:00 – Rom-Com Vibes
0:26:38 – Did We Learn Nothing from Hordak?
0:28:15 – Begin the Trials
0:29:13 – Baby Monkey Trial
0:30:00 – The “Test” of Mercy
0:31:32 – The “Test” of Friendship
0:31:53 – Mouse Trap
0:33:03 – Act Three
0:33:16 – She-Ra, Standup Gal
0:33:47 – The Dark One is Infatuated
0:35:55 – Homecoming
0:36:15 – Whoa, Loo-Kee
0:38:04 – Ratings
0:39:49 – Lightning Round Begins
0:40:56 – He-Man: Double-Edged Sword
0:42:35 – He-Man: The Mystery of Man-E-Faces
0:44:32 – He-Man: Region of Ice
0:46:06 – He-Man: Orko’s Missing Magic
0:47:44 – He-Man: Eternal Darkness
0:49:36 – He-Man: Keeper of the Ancient Ruins
0:51:49 – He-Man: Return of Evil
0:53:24 – She-Ra: Pay It Again, Bow
0:55:16 – She-Ra: The Reluctant Wizard
0:56:40 – She-Ra: Friends Are Where You Find Them
0:58:26 – She-Ra: A Talent for Trouble
1:00:43 – Final Thoughts
1:02:04 – Episode End