Noob Reviews: Masters of the Universe: Revelation (Part 01 | Episodes 01 - 05)
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Masters of the Universe: Revelation?
Released in late July, Masters of the Universe: Revelation sees the beloved characters from the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe franchise returning to our screens in a Netflix original animated series created by Kevin Smith and produced by Powerhouse Animation Studios.
Skipping over the events from The New Adventures of He-Man animated series from the 1990s. Masters of the Universe: Revelation takes us back to the ending of the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe animated series, which ran between 1983 and 1985. To continue the story from there.
As we join the events of Revelation, we find that Castle Grayskull has finally been breached, and Skeletor has made his way to the heart of the castle. Before He-Man and the forces of good can launch a successful defence, Skeletor is soon deep within the bowels of Castle Grayskull and strikes at its very core. Unleashing power beyond imagination as he seeks to elevate himself to godhood and vanquish He-Man once and for all. With He-Man instinctively putting himself between the release of such raw, primal power and his friends as they fight to drive back Skeletor’s forces, it is a shocking start to the series as He-Man is immediately taken from the board.
Luckily, He-Man knew his sacrifice would not be in vain, and it is left to the Masters of the Universe to take up the mantle as champions of the realm. Having to defend Castle Grayskull in He-Mans absence and to seek out and find a way to restore Castle Grayskull and its guardian, the Sorceress, to their original power.
Will Skeletor be victorious finally? Will Castle Grayskull be returned to its former glory? And are the Masters of the Universe up to the task laid out before them? I guess you’ll have to check the series out to find out!
What age rating is Masters of the Universe: Revelation?
Masters of the Universe: Revelation has an age rating of 12.
When was the first part of Masters of the Universe: Revelation released?
The first part of Master’s of the Universe: Revelation was released on the 23rd of July this year and consists of the first five episodes. However, there are ten episodes in total for the first season, and the final five’s release date is yet to be announced.
How long does each episode run for?
Each episode has an average run time of twenty-four minutes.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official teaser trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
- The official launch trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can also find Masters of the Universe: Revelation on Netflix here.
Who are some of the voice actors and actresses that we might know?
Dennis Haysbert (King Grayskull)
Lena Headey (Evil-Lyn)
Mark Hamill (Skeletor)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Teela)
For a complete cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What do you think about Masters of the Universe: Revelation so far?
Having been a massive fan of the original He-Man series when I was younger and still been an enormous fan of the Masters of the Universe film, which starred Dolph Lundgren from 1987. I was excited to see a franchise reboot that would bring the fantastical characters, might versus magic themes and the wondrous world of Eternia to a more modern audience. And I have to admit - Revelation did not disappoint.
Although Revelation has been launched to a series of mixed reviews, some of them scathing. Personally, I thought that Revelation has a lot going for it. Although admittedly, I was really disappointed, to begin with, seeing how little screen time some of the characters received. As the adventure unfolds, many other characters (from Grayskull’s forces and Snake Mountain’s forces) begin to step up and bring a real sense of presence and energy to the screen that some have not displayed before. Or may not have been given a chance to show in the older series. Some prime examples of this are Evil-Lyn and Teela. When push comes to shove, both step up to lead their respective teams and do so in a confident and inspiring manner - really pulling everyone together when times get tough, and the world literally balances on a knife’s edge.
One of the most significant complaints people have had about Revelation is that our protagonist is primarily Teela (voiced by the legendary Sarah Michelle Gellar). As opposed to He-Man. Unfortunately, when you really look at the core of these arguments, it is a lot of sexist bull where people are more bothered about the series become more pro-female - which is not a bad thing. And after all, it is called Masters of the Universe: Revelation and not He-Man and the Master’s of the Universe: Revelation. When it comes to the cast of voice actors and actresses, all actors and actresses put so much passion and drive into their roles that it is a refreshing change to some of the other Netflix originals. And the character development is on point, with all characters receiving a solid amount of growth, giving new and old fans alike an insight into their personalities and how they are handling the events of Revelation. I thought this might be worth mentioning as even if you were a fan of the original animated adventures, there is many a new and unique twist in Revelation that can really flip what you thought you knew on its head.
Personally, when many people complained and whined about Teela been the lead character this time around, I saw the flip side. With so many younger people getting into animated series now and a high percentage been made up of young females. There is an excellent array of strong female characters for them to relate to and enjoy.
When you look at the animation style used, Revelation is also delivered beautifully with well-crafted backdrops, brilliantly choreographed scenes and a sense of immersion that really tries to grab hold of you and drag you into Eternia. On top of this, when you immerse yourself in the musical score and well-written script, it is hard to pick fault with much of what is on offer. And the way the lack of magic in Eternia is handled - draining magic users and warping the very environment across the globe. Causing it to become withered and lifeless. Really does highlight just how much the world depended on Castle Grayskull to keep the status quo.
Admittedly for all of the good, I did have a few issues right at the start of the first few episodes, as I said, with how short He-Man’s screen time was, but once we got fully underway, that soon did not bother me. The other character I found really awkward was Skeletor. Although I love Mark Hamill, his voice actor, I thought Skeletor was portrayed as an absolute clutz. Still, if you stick with the story, the beloved evil ’genius’ eventually shows his true colours and will hopefully have a lot more to offer in the episodes to come.
It is really tough to give a full review and my full thoughts on the first season of Master’s of the Universe: Revelation as is - as it was left on such a cliff hangar but needless to say, I am very excited to see how the remaining five episodes play out and am already looking forward to a second part/season been commissioned in the future.
What rating would you give the first five episodes for Masters of the Universe: Revelation (Part 01)?
I would rate the first five episodes as a fantastic 4.2 out of 5 bananas.
Bringing new life to an old franchise that has been loved by many, Masters of the Universe: Revelation starts off strong and just continues to go from strength to strength. With excellent character development, thrilling adventures and a star-studded cast of voice actors and actresses, the first five episodes have come onto the scene on a sound footing. Personally, I can not wait to see where the following five entries take us.
Whether you be a long term fan of the He-Man and the Master of the Universe franchise, or a new viewer just getting into the franchise for the first time, ignore the haters and the bad reviews and dive into Master of the Universe: Revelation to check it out for yourself. And you’ll be in for a treat.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Masters of the Universe: Revelation and would like to check it out yourself, to form your own opinion, you can find it on Netflix here.