Masters of the Universe: Revelation Part 1 sees Netflix bringing us the first five of ten episodes of this revived animated series, centred around He-Man, aka Prince Adam, before he bites his lip and turns green and rips his shirt off.
A handful of friends share his secret, such as Orko, Cringer (aka Battle-Cat) and Man-at-Arms, before the fireworks begin and Teela (aka Sorceress) joins the clan.
Naturally, it’s not long before the self-titled “Lord of Destruction”, Skeletor, shows up. Very little is what it seems, so people may not be what they appear as the punch-ups get on between Evil-Lyn and Sorceress. It’s, basically, like Foxy Boxing in cartoon form.
So far, after two episodes, I have absolutely no idea what’s going on, but it’s quite a hoot. Every five seconds, someone good is in peril, but you know it won’t be long before everything is resolved, usuallly with fists. Also, I like it in the first episode, when Skeletor kicks one of the good guys and gals off a ledge, then appears in front of them after walking through a Portal-style… er… portal.
Also, when Orko went to to protect Sorceress by saying he’ll put her in a protective bubble, he’s instructed by Prince Adam, “No more bubbles!” As we come out of lockdown, I can understand that 😉
A situation develops in the first episode to threaten to tear this band of brothers and sisters apart. Is this the end for the Masters of the Universe? Given that, over two parts, there’s another 9 episodes in total, I would say it’s not.
It’s difficult to give this a score because for me, it’s fine and it’s entertaining, and it’ll appeal to its target audience. Whether I need to see all ten episodes is a different matter. However, the important thing is, that from memory, it does feel very reminiscent of the original ’80s cartoon, in terms of style and tone, as you’ll see from the trailer, below. It doesn’t feel quite as camp.
One plus is that the episodes I’ve seen so far don’t end with a lecture from He-Man, himself.
Ok, so if you still want a plot, there is one, of sorts, where we will experience the war for Eternia, which the billing states could be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor… until Season 2, of course 😉
Now Netflix have brought this back, can we have a second season of Automan? That’s the ’80s series I’d most like to see return.
Masters of the Universe: Revelation Part 1 is not available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD, but is on Netflix from Friday July 23rd.
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