This set has some of the lighter episodes like those from volume 1, but also builds more complex back stories based them. I've seen this entire series at least three times through since the original TV airings, and they just keep getting better. This particular volume seems the weakest of the three, but it plays such an important role in the 2002 mythology that I can't fault this set for anything at all. What can I say, it's an awesome dvd set. Whether it's Roboto's or Stinkor's origin - or you just want to see Skeletor finally make an intelligent power play for Eternia... this set has some great stories.
By this volume, your knowledge of classic and 2002 MOTU is not necessarily needed, BUT being versed in the mythology is consistently rewarded with amazing tidbits in every episode. If this series was your first experience with Masters of the Universe, then it won't hit you the same way as the boy or girl who grew up seeing the characters / toys / comics / etc. of classic He-Man and She-Ra. These are not stand alone episodes for small kids to just view casually... no, these are the episodes that build and provide the groundwork for future darker stories in Volume 3. And oh by the way, anytime these episodes are labeled as a multipart story - prepare yourself, these are usually the most shocking. For fans of the classic series, the 2002 series is a MUST SEE.
And of course, the extra features are just as fun to watch as the show itself. The creative team behind this series did an amazing job - because they are as much fans as the viewers. BCI similarly devoted a great deal of attention into this DVD set, art cards, and packaging. Only thing negative I can say is that this series is way too short. Once I start watching volume 1, I then have to watch 2 and then watch 3. I really hope that new interest in He-Man toys will lead to more of the 2002 storyline - I would even settle for a direct to DVD movie.