Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Parte 2, la recensione: We Have the Power!

The review of the second part of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, the Netflix series that reinvents the Mattel franchise.

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Masters of the Universe: Revelation, an image from the Netflix series

Writing the review of the second part of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, which is the five remaining episodes of the first season of the animated series Netflix based on Mattel’s toys, it comes naturally to think back to a few months ago, when self-styled fans of the franchise severely attacked executive producer Kevin Smith. The latter, in their eyes, was guilty of vandalizing the spirit of the original 1983 cartoon by leaving He-Man in the first episode, in favor of what they consider the infamous girl power, with Teela in the main role (detail which leaked before the show’s debut). It didn’t help that in reality Adam / He-Man was alive and well, with an important role in the episodes yet to come, or that Smith himself pointed out that he would never, ever be authorized to kill the most famous character in the saga. And it was useless to point out that, as the title suggests, the first five episodes had given the right space to all the protagonists, and not only to He-Man (considered primus inter pares only because in 1983 his name appeared in the title), therefore in fact no promises to the public had been violated. Concept reaffirmed even more in this second part of the season.

A new power

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Masters of the Universe: Revelation, an image from the Netflix series

We left Adam badly injured at the end of the fifth episode of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, in which Skeletor finally gained the power of Grayskull. At this point, he prepares to reshape Eternia to his liking, laughing at the plight of his opponents: Man-at-Arms is imprisoned, Sorceress ditto, while Teela tries to get Adam out of the castle alive to prepare for resistance. But Skeletor would do well not to gloat too much, for three reasons: the sorceress Lyn, his historical ally, is not necessarily happy with his return; Teela, who has magic in her blood through her mother, is preparing to play an increasingly important role in the balance of the universe; and above all, as regards the physical component of the battle, Adam never had the strength of the Sword of Power to transform into He-Man. The weapon helps him channel brute force, but the metamorphosis itself can happen regardless. And so the fate of Grayskull and Eternia once again become the subject of discussion and uncertainty …

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All together masterfully

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Masters of the Universe: Revelation, an image from the Netflix series

Also on Netflix it is possible to see another animated adaptation, this one with He-Man in the title and intended for a younger audience. Definitely more fascinating, however, is the work done by Kevin Smith and his collaborators, who have been able to update the mythology of the Masters – starting with the title, which places the accent on the entire group – according to the logic of contemporary seriality, deepening the themes of the franchise with a successful combination of epic and introspection, assuming that those who grew up with the 1983 version are the right age to appreciate a more mature and sophisticated approach (this also on a visual level, since the prototype, like most part of the contemporary American animated series, had obvious budget restrictions). So it was not entirely, as we said earlier regarding the reactions of part of the fandom, a small but annoyingly fierce part that, as with other franchises with decades of history behind it, refuses to accept that changes – which in this case they are not so momentous, among other things – they are inevitable over time.

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Masters of the Universe: Revelation, an image from the Netflix series

In fact, the series looks ahead but without losing sight of what came before; think about the future but respect the traditions, even if sometimes the self-deprecating joke escapes us (during a battle there is no lack of sarcastic comment on some characters who are clearly there just to make up the numbers). And the promises regarding what could come suggest that Netflix, which has previously dealt with this microcosm of Mattel, has found the right way to revive a franchise of ups and downs, also disproving the cliché. on animation as a form of expression for children only (examples abound precisely on streaming platforms that demonstrate the infinite potential of the animated medium). And Smith, the nerd who had the keys to the castle, so to speak, demonstrates that he has understood the strength of the experience shared within the fandom (net of the rotten apples that send death threats on Twitter) by turning it into a thematic element of the show the relationship between creator and user when this is articulated in a positive way: we we have the power. All together.

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We close the review of the second part of Masters of the Universe: Revelation by underlining how the animated series Netflix knows how to mix epic and introspection to update the toy franchise created by Mattel four decades ago in a modern context.

Because we like it

  • The animation is flawless.
  • The ironic references to the original series are a lot of fun.
  • The characters are very well written.
  • The original voices are flawless, especially Mark Hamill in the role of Skeletor.

What’s wrong

  • Why only five episodes?

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