Criticism of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, the spectacular Netflix series

Kevin Smith directs this sequel to the classic 1980s animated series, the first five episodes of which are now available on Netflix. This authentic “Blast From the Past” will excite those who grew up with Mattel dolls, who will now be able to shout with their children that of “I have the power!”

28/07/2021

by Bruno Sol
For Hobby Consoles

In recent years, Netflix has kept very much in mind the legacy of Masters of the Universe, the unforgettable franchise of Mattel that conquered the chick of the 80s, both when it came to producing the excellent She-Ra and the Princesses of Power and great documentaries, like The Power of Greyskull or the third chapter of the first season of The Toys That Made Us, both dedicated to the creation of original toys and the transmedia universe that they generated at the time.

The next play of Netflix Y Mattel has certainly been audacious: recruiting Kevin Smith (director of Clerks y Mallrats, and known fan of the Masters) to act as director and showrunner of a sequel to the legendary animated series created by Filmation between 1983 and 1985. After getting long teeth with a spectacular trailer, the first part of Masters of the Universe: Revelation is now available in Netflix. Five 25-minute chapters that go beyond our wildest expectations.

The plot of this series, produced by Powerhouse Animation Studios (responsible for the animation series of Castlevania), is much more adult than that of Filmation and the subtitle of “Revelation”Is not there by chance, given the surprising turn it takes from the first chapter. But don’t worry, that in this review there will be no spoilers. Run away from them as if they were the armpits of Stinkor, because this first batch of chapters, and especially its outcome, will leave you with your mouth open.

The start of the series reflects what was shown to us in the trailer: a real festival of characters (both heroes and villains) and vehicles that will bring more than one tear to those who had the toys in the 80s and will unleash mass consumerism in search of the line Origins that Mattel It has been marketing since last year.

The Spanish dubbing is quite good (watch out for the familiar voice that accompanies the initial description of Eternia and the beings that inhabit it), but without detracting from the great work of the Spanish dubbing actors, I heartily recommend activating the audio in original version, because their voice cast is simply spectacular.

For starters we have the very Mark Hamill embodying Skeletor, a Sarah Michelle Gellar What Teela (a character who ends up becoming the great protagonist), to Lena Headey What Evil-Lyn, a Alicia Silverstone as the Queen marlena already Chris Wood What He-Man. Smith He has also recruited friends from his own cinematic universe, such as Jason “Jay” Mewes, Justin Long, Diedrich Bader, Stephen Root o Harley Quinn Smith (su hija). The most surprising signing is that of Henry Rollins (the leader of the hardcore band Black Flag) to give voice to Tri-Klops, a minor villain within the MOTU universe but that takes on a notable weight in the plot of the series.

Unlike what happened with Castlevania (or at least that is the impression that the animated adaptation of the classic of Konami), in Masters of the Universe: Revelation the pace of the plot is frenetic. The five chapters are passed to you in a breath, while characters and iconic locations are paraded. I am not exaggerating when I say that more than one mythomaniac will be excited to see certain places, heroes and villains, throughout a plot that brings a new point of view on certain characters, especially certain evil ones who are endowed with a surprising humanity.

The animation is also much more successful than in Castlevania and the character design is simply exquisite. The general tone of the series is surprisingly adult, but its level of violence is kept at bay so that both young and old can enjoy the series. Even a character like Orko, the comic relief from the ’80s series, presents here a surprisingly bleak approach, albeit Smith and his team of scriptwriters (including himself) have not left out humor, as is evident in the references to the smell of pine that it gives off Mossman.

Little else can we say without falling into spoilers. We love the prominence they charge Teela y Evil-Lynn, two female characters who at the time (it was the 80s) did not go beyond being mere comparsas and who here carry a good part of the story on their shoulders. There will be those who are disappointed at the lower weight they have He-Man Y Skeletor, but this is not a series of self-concluding episodes at the Filmation. The narrative arc is spread over the five chapters, pausing the story in a cliffhanger that will make us bite our fists until the broadcast of the second part (which apparently will consist of another five episodes).

In a personal capacity, Masters of the Universe: Revelation It is the series I always dreamed of in the 80s, when I threw myself on the model of my room and placed my dolls around the Grayskull Castle while making up my own stories (I even drew maps of Eternia). Now I am 49 years old, but for just over two hours I have been that kid again. Kevin Smith He had been in free fall for years, but with this series he has shown that his love for the franchise of Mattel it could not be more sincere. He is one of us.