Reboots and remakes occur virtually as a given as of late. Masters of the Universe: Revelation is none of these issues, mercifully sufficient. Nonetheless, there’s definitely one thing to be mentioned about having the heart to sequelize a collection almost three many years after the unique aired, when one is aware of that the fandom is so intense that some folks shall be sad regardless of how one handles the venture. It sounds traumatic, truthfully! And this Netflix sequel is that form of (as foolish as this sounds, given all of the issues on this world there are to get labored up about) hot-button venture. Clearly, the present follows up on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which initially aired again in 1983. Even for those who don’t bear in mind all of the particulars of the present (which spun off the She-Ra: Princess of Energy collection), you understand sufficient to doubtless have some residual emotions (and concern of a wrecked childhood) for those who clicked on this evaluate.
You most positively are acquainted with the Mattel toys and know the entire “By the Energy of Grayskull” chant. Everybody, even an informal observer of He-Man, as an entity, is aware of that bit. And also you’re doubtless nicely conscious that Kevin Smith is the showrunner who brings this entire sequel factor collectively. Smith already needed to confront rumors that he made The Teela Present as a result of somebody (and that is nonetheless floating round on social media) needed to stomp throughout what they haven’t even seen. It’s a scenario that’s much like the fake-review-bombing of Captain Marvel a couple of years in the past. It’s not a incredible factor to fend off, however folks will get their kicks in any manner they’ll.
Brace yourselves, for I’m right here to interrupt some information to you: Revelation does have a variety of Teela. Calm down, this isn’t a foul factor. I promise. As a result of the unique collection, you understand, did have a variety of Teela, too. She was a robust participant within the unique present, whereas serving to to guard and practice Prince Adam as Royal Guard management. Sure, she was badass. And she or he didn’t even know that Adam was He-Man. That was truly fairly terrible, too. Looks as if a variety of these in Adam’s internal circle knew about The Secret, together with Orko, Man-At-Arms, Sorceress (duh), presumably Queen Marlena, and (clearly) Cringer/Battle Cat. The Secret was truly probably the most absurd and corniest (albeit forthright) components of the unique present. And this sequel takes a robust place on how ridiculous The Secret, in addition to different components of the unique present, actually had been. And people flaws are each embraced and harnessed to propel the story into additional motion.
So sure, Revelation is a really direct sequel that’s meant to choose up (with a lot snazzier-looking animation) virtually instantly after the O.G. present. Rather a lot occurs, actually quick, and the primary episode feels Earth-, or somewhat, Eternia-shattering. Skeletor returns once more and clashes with He-Man in a battle that threatens to destroy the very cloth of actuality. The Sword of Energy goes lacking, and there’s deception and insurrection and all method of drama. There’s a quasi-Shakespearean powerhouse of a narrative, accentuated by Mark Hamill dangling from the curtains (and swinging from metaphorical chandeliers) whereas shredding them because the voice of Skeletor. The primary episode carries a variety of shock worth, and my god, this can be a dangerous proposition. I think about that many, many nights of sleep had been misplaced whereas weighing programs of motion with fondness for the outdated present and childhood recollections in thoughts. By some means, every little thing finally ends up working. I don’t know the way they did it.
Smith and his writers (Marc Bernardin, Tim Sheridan, Diya Mishra, and Eric Carrasco) climbed inside this story and, clearly, did so with a variety of love for the unique present. They realized what components of the unique present labored nicely, and what wanted to occur to pave the best way for even higher tales. They justified the very existence of this sequel by holding the unique spirit alive and packing the present so stuffed with heartfelt emotion that a couple of nerd heads may implode. Individuals don’t like change, however I’ll say that what change transpires right here shouldn’t be radical. It’s not out of left area. It’s all per the character of those characters and what they’d have executed, had the unique present revolved round the next jackpot of penalties.
Lengthy story quick, the dynamics of this present descend into anarchy. The way forward for magic and the destiny of the universe are at stake. Issues can get somewhat traumatic, too. I imply, it’s price that stress. What progresses all through the primary 5 episodes makes all of those happenings a rewarding journey. But I’m not fully certain that those that are predisposed to skepticism will dangle tight to seek out out what occurs, although it’s wasted effort to surrender. That’s particularly the case when one considers that the stakes of the unique present had been truly fairly low. Nobody actually stabbed anybody, even, and there was no hazard of true peril. And this collection actually hits the bottom operating whereas trusting that the target market is (principally) grown-up and might deal with story developments of consequence.
With that mentioned, you don’t actually must be obsessive about the unique present to take pleasure in this new one. Though the episodes are breezy in size, they squeeze in the correct quantity of exposition to remind everybody the place these characters sit in numerous hierarchies. And there’s extra shading and improvement, too. Skeletor positive factors a substantial amount of dimension and Hamill has so a lot enjoyable voicing him, simply crushing the entire gig. Griffin Newman makes Orko quite a bit much less irritating than I recall (although he’s nonetheless not nice at magic). And though this present, as with the unique, exists to be able to promote toys — let’s get actual, all of those nerd-endeavors in the end achieve this — this sequel does much more legwork to make this an engrossing and bingeworthy expertise.
In the end, Masters of the Universe: Revelation feels a lot deeper and transformative than the unique present, but there are not any big and unconvincing leaps to the place this story goes. Likewise, the voice solid members slide into their roles fairly properly. Everyone seems to be nice right here, actually. Clearly, Hamill is the voice right here. There’s additionally Sarah Michelle Gellar as Teela and Chris Wooden as Prince Adam/He-Man. And there’s so many extra, all of whom — together with Lena Headey, Henry Rollins, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Root, Diedrich Bader, Alan Oppenheimer, Tony Todd, Kevin Conroy, Justin Lengthy, and (after all) Jason Mewes — who give it their all. Everybody concerned on this present clearly desires to deal with your childhood nicely and holds respect for Eternia. It is best to give them an opportunity to make magic occur (once more).
Netflix’s ‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation’ streams on July 23.