The Defection is the 28th episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, written by Ron and Sam Schultz and directed by Marsh Lamore. One of Gorgon's most powerful minions, Sibyline the sorceress, defects to Eternos, creating an opportunity to liberate the Isle of Tears.
In the Palace courtyard, Orko is demonstrating some magic tricks which actually go correctly. Adam and Man-at-Arms patronizingly tell Orko how he’s gotten much better, which leads Orko to go off on a completely irrelevant rant about how good people always remain good and evil ones remain evil. In Orko’s mind, no one ever changes.
Meanwhile, in a new and exciting location called the Isle of Tears, a sorceress called Sibylline is yammering away about how she used to be a good sorceress, but now a little troll called Gorgon has made her into a bad one, and she wishes she was good again. Gorgon doesn’t take kindly to this and throws Sibylline in the dungeon, where she joins King Danton, who she had previously helped Gorgon to imprison. Sibylline has enough magic to teleport herself to freedom, and tells Danton she will seek help from King Randor and He-Man.
Once Sibylline arrives at the Palace, King Randor agrees to help free King Danton, but then apparently doesn’t order anyone to do anything about it, leading to a series of disjointed scenes where Sibylline hangs round the Palace sniffing flowers and rescuing King Randor and Queen Marlena from an escaped dragon, while Orko huffs around claiming not to trust her.
Adam and Man-at-Arms decide that this situation warrants a visit to Castle Grayskull. The Sorceress suggests that Sibylline must be given a chance to demonstrate that she genuinely has changed her ways from evil to good.
And so, to the inevitable confrontation. He-Man traps Gorgon in a submarine, while Sibylline outsmarts Evil-Lyn in a magical duel. Evil-Lyn makes the not unexpected move of saving herself and leaving Gorgon to He-Man’s tender mercies, after which King Danton is restored to his throne.
Teela and He-Man tell viewers anyone can change their bad habits, and the first step is telling themselves, "I can."
- John Erwin's voice for King Danton is an imitation of actor Ronald Colman.
- Originally, Gorgon's guards were going to be reused as Queen Balina's warriors in A Tale of Two Cities.
- Sibyline's Cobra staff changes position in her hands during her fight with Evil-Lyn.
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