Well, it just wouldn’t be acceptable if we had to go a week without some sort of pop culture-based fan war, so here we are with a controversy over Netflix’s new Masters of the Universe: Revelation series.
The series is “review bombed” by viewers, although many dispute the term, but it has represented a wide divide between critics, who gave it a 94% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and fans, who have it. down to 28%. It’s… quite a gap.
The problem seems to be that a certain subset of fans feel “cheated” by the marketing and branding of the new Masters of the Universe series, created and written by Kevin Smith. They believe they were promised a show starring He-Man and his alternate form, Prince Adam. Instead, the show primarily focuses on Teela, and spoilers, He-Man is killed at the end of the first episode of the series.
But the truth is, if you’ve watched Part 1 of Season 1 here, you’ll see that this is all… overkill. Yes, I agree that the marketing, from trailer to thumbnail, suggests this is focusing on He-Man. And yet, some things are true about the current series. Spoilers follow.
– He-Man or Adam appears in all five episodes of Part 1, even though Teela is the protagonist.
– Adam is not really “dead” dead. It’s a fantastic universe after all. He travels to a paradise designed for heroes like him, but chooses to return with Teela and reclaim his power. Skeletor steps in, stabs him and takes the power for himself, and yet it doesn’t appear that Adam has died a second time and can possibly heal from what doesn’t appear to be a fatal wound.
– Again, this is only part 1 of season 1, and 5 more episodes will follow, which will likely continue to feature He-Man and Skeletor. What if the series goes beyond a single season like She-Ra (which lasted five seasons), I think it’s just too early to say how present He-Man will be, even as Teela continues to be raised alongside him.
I can say yes, I guess I would agree that He-Man was featured more prominently in marketing than he was in those early episodes here, and the implication was that he would be the star of the show. But if there was any deception done here, I don’t think it was in order to “wake up” the star of the series Teela, but rather to keep it a secret that He-Man died in the first episode, a twist of the plot that you don’t have. I don’t want to be ruined. And even that turned out not to be permanent.
As always, I think people are making too big of a deal out of this. He-Man or Adam is in every episode. These are just five episodes of a series that will ultimately last who knows how long. What if Teela was featured? So what? She is good! And the show is still a solid return to the Masters of the Universe as a concept, and it does some interesting things with the tradition of the series.
We’ll have more answers in the next 5 episodes, although I’m not sure when those will arrive.
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