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Masters of the Universe: Revelation. An Honest, Cheesy Review

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Warning: Major spoilers ahead

With the Twitter factions warring over The Masters of the Universe: Revelation series, I was both skeptical and somewhat apprehensive about wading into the murky waters that the irate fans of the original He-Man and The Masters of the Universe had created. That and the fact that I don’t normally watch anime, which in my mind, are, well, cartoons.

The series is bloody good.

Instead of the episodic series format of the 80’s series, Kevin Smith, Mattel and Netflix went the other way with a continuing story format that will seemingly span over seasons. And these first five episodes are essentially a build-up of what is still to come.

So if more of the same is what you wanted, you will be disappointed. But…it’s better. Believe me.

Touted by fans of the original as a show all about Teela, side lining He-Man and Skeletor, the first five episodes, that has her in the forefront of the action, would have you thinking exactly that. But it turns out, it is all part of the build-up of the premise of the whole story. If people didn’t pick up on that, then I don’t know…

And that is probably what Kevin Smith meant, when he vehemently denied it to be a “Teela Show”.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

The first episode showcases an attack on Castle Grayskull by Skeletor and his cronies, with He-Man, as always, swooping in to save the day. But when he “kills” Skeletor, his sword pierces the magical orb of Eternia, where magic originates from and he has to use the sword the absorb all of the magical power, or everyone is doomed. He-Man and Skeletor are seemingly killed and the sword split up and sent to two other dimensions, Subternia and Preternia. Teela, who never knew that Adam was actually He-Man, gets a rude awakening when He-Man reverts back to Adam while absorbing the power, and all the magic in Eternia disappears.

She throws her toys out of the cot, and sets out on her own. She is later convinced by the Sorceress to go look for the damn swords, combine them again and bring magic back to their dying planet, so all may flourish again. But the twist is, Evil-Lyn, is to accompany her on the quest as an ally, because it is in everyone’s interest to bring magic back to Eternia.

That is the very basic premise of the first part of the series, as Kaas understands it.

As the series is ongoing, it would just make sense that it couldn’t be about He-Man and Skeletor barneys the whole time as it tells a story, and that means sacrificing screen time for the hero and his nemesis. It would also get very boring, very quick. More of the same like in the episodic format. Also, there is whole host of characters, and like in every good series, you need character growth and progression, which means screen time for those characters.

The voice cast is stellar, although I’m in two minds about Sarah Michelle Gellar voicing Teela. Her teen-like nasal, petulant voice, doesn’t match the heroine in my opinion. I might get some flak for this….LOL…but, hey, we all have our opinions.

Here is a list of the who is who, where throaty noises are concerned:

  • Chris Wood as Prince Adam / He-Man
  • Mark Hamill as Skeletor
  • Liam Cunningham as Duncan / Man-At-Arms
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar as Teela / Man-At-Arms
  • Lena Headey as Evil-Lyn “Lyn” / Majestra
  • Diedrich Bader as King Randor, Trap Jaw
  • Alicia Silverstone as Queen Marlena
  • Stephen Root as Cringer
  • Griffin Newman as Orko
  • Susan Eisenberg as Sorceress of Castle Grayskull
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as Beast Man
  • Kevin Conroy as Mer-Man
  • Henry Rollins as Tri-Klops
  • Jason Mewes as Stinkor
  • Alan Oppenheimer as Moss-Man
  • Justin Long as Roboto
  • Tony Todd as Scare Glow
  • Phil LaMarr as He-Ro
  • Cree Summer as Priestess, Kuduk
  • Harley Quinn Smith as Illena
  • Tiffany Smith as Andra
  • Dennis Haysbert as King Grayskull
  • Adam Gifford as Vikor
  • Jay Tavare as Wun-Dar

Lena Headey stands out as Evil-Lyn and her Victorian style accent, does the character justice. I mean, who is better than Lena when it comes to evil characters? She played Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones after all. One of the most evil, vile characters known to mankind. Also…her voice is haaaaawt. And her snarky comments and insults hilarious.

To be honest, Teela comes across as a bit selfish and insensitive, and I can see her character taking a lot of flak by fans. Especially when she throws her toys because she was lied to, instead of taking Adam’s parents grief into account and the fact that her dad, Man at Arms, is being banished. Making it all about her feelings. I struggled to like her, but she does redeem herself a bit, right until she still stays miffed with Adam in the end because he kept his secret from her. Her character is very self centered. And that hair cut…She was gorgeous with her long hair, especially when she took the tiara hair thingy off and let it loose, so I’m not sure why the undercut had to happen.

The script is fun and there are some funny puns, especially when Evil-Lyn calls Mer-man, a “traitorous trout”. When did treacherous become traitorous? Is traitory now the new treachery? Henry Rollins’ character Tri-klops starts a cult, devoting themselves to The Great Sprocket. LOL.

The animation is also very well done. Not that I have a lot of experience about what is good and bad when it concerns animation, having not really watched animated anything in years. There is a moment that I called BS… I mean, how do you build something when you have nothing?

*Sigh* Only in cartoons.

Two of the things that got hard core fans to whip out their pitchforks and torches, actually do take place.

Yes, a beloved character dies. But he dies a hero, saving his friends and allowing them to escape to Preternia. Well, we are led to believe he is dead, anyway. Methinks he will make a comeback.

And King Grayskull, He-Man’s great, great, great….erm…great grandfather is now Black, instead of the Nordic featured hero he was in the comics. But his role is so small, it shouldn’t even really matter and is something stupid to get pissy about.

So, there you have it. Great animation, awesome voice acting that doesn’t seem stinted like in a lot of anime series and a great story.

I really think the review bombers and the angry horde of fans should take this series for what it is, a start to an amazing journey instead of looking for instant gratification. But…that is just my opinion.

Last Updated: July 26, 2021

14 Comments

  1. “Henry Rollins’ character Tri-klops starts a cult, devoting themselves to The Great Sprocket.”

    Just a correction…The devote themselves to The Motherboard.

    Don’t know where I got sprocket from. https://media2.giphy.com/media/gnJgBlPgHtcnS/giphy.gif

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    • Lu

      July 27, 2021 at 03:13

      There was a line about the Sprocket at some point.

      Goode review Kaasie. I’m only 2 eps in, and while some of the lines are cheesy (pun intended) the show is pretty awesome so far. Methinks this is more a prequel season for cool things to come.

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      • MonsterCheddar

        July 27, 2021 at 03:21

        Indeed. Exactly my thoughts as well.

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        • Lu

          July 27, 2021 at 07:17

          Ep 3 trapjaw says “in the name of the Holy Sprocket”, which is prolly their play on the Holy Spirit

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          • MonsterCheddar

            July 27, 2021 at 07:47

            LOL.

          • Original Heretic

            July 27, 2021 at 08:21

            In the name of the father, the son and the holy goat.

          • MonsterCheddar

            July 27, 2021 at 08:35

            LOL…Three weddings and a funeral?

      • Original Heretic

        July 27, 2021 at 08:23

        I think the cheesy lines are actually an homage to the original show.

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        • Lu

          July 28, 2021 at 01:25

          Ah see that makes sense. I was born too late for the original

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    • Ry

      July 28, 2021 at 20:36

      Holy Sprocket

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  2. D4m@E

    July 27, 2021 at 06:55

    The problem is that this is the season as it stands NOW. You can’t “hope” for something to happen later. So they can’t really blame people for judging these 5 episodes, as it stands, for not meeting the expectations that Smith himself set.

    They should’ve released it as a full season and not split it up.

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    • MonsterCheddar

      July 27, 2021 at 07:59

      Very good point, yes.

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  3. RagingTiger

    July 28, 2021 at 12:34

    My biggest issue with the series is the whole drive behind Teela’s plot is that she’s angry that she was never told that Adam was He-Man, she’s basically butt-hurt that her BFF never said he was a superhero to the point she’s jaded with the world of magic and is even willing to let people suffer as long she she can be emo about a secret she had no right to know anyway.

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  4. Mandalorian Jim

    July 30, 2021 at 06:35

    lol, I’m just going to throw in my opinion, especially since I haven’t watched the show and have no intention to do so. I think releasing only 5 episodes thus far, may have been a mistake, but I also think banking on the hope that the next 5 will fix the mistakes of the first 5 is a little troublesome.

    Anyway, all I know is, Kevin Smith lied, and it seems as he lost his weight, his talent has also diminished. Maybe, it’s time for someone to get Kevin a cheese burger. Maybe, his vegan diet has made him delusional, cranky and affected his judgement.

    I’ve added my two cents – which honestly had no bearing on the review. Personally, I think if you enjoyed the show, you shouldn’t get upset by those that didn’t, and vice versa. At the end of the day, it’s just an animated show. It’s like how some folks can’t take the current iteration of Rick and Morty. I used to like Rick and Morty. I thought the first two seasons were fantastic, but it’s gotten long in the tooth these days (strangely, it feels like the decline has been faster than the Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad – all three of these shows had some staying power, but they’re clearly in decline). South Park, on the other hand, went from a bizarre little crappy adult cartoon* to one of the most powerful modern satirical shows. It just seems to be getting better and better.

    *Let’s be honest, the first season of South Park was pretty crap. I think back in the day, Parker and Stone were just happy to get a show on the TV, and they tried to push the boundaries as far as they could. The first few seasons are also very much a product of their times – the late 90s… before we entered the mess that would be the 00s, the dumpsterfire that would be the 10s and currently the “blackhole of creativity” that is the early 20s.

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