He-Man Gets a New Twist in ‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation’

Maria J. Danford

The new Netflix sequence Masters of the Universe: Revelation, created by Kevin Smith, is the newest offering from Powerhouse Animation, which also made the Netflix displays Blood of Zeus and Castlevania. Science fiction creator Zach Chapman thinks it’s top-quality to its predecessors.

“I imagine the animation actually surpasses Blood of Zeus—for absolutely sure in the models, and redesigns, of a ton of the figures,” Chapman states in Episode 478 of the Geek’s Guidebook to the Galaxy podcast. “And then just in the top quality of the animation by itself. The struggle scenes are, on typical, better and a lot more appealing than Castelvania.”

Masters of the Universe: Revelation picks up the story of He-Gentleman as he appeared in the 1983 children’s cartoon He-Gentleman and the Masters of the Universe. Geek’s Guidebook to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley enjoyed the demonstrate, but was astonished that it strayed so far from the traditional He-Gentleman formula. “I was upset that the demonstrate appeared to be sidelining the figures that I actually remembered,” he states. “My original response was that I wanted to see a lot more of the He-Gentleman that I bear in mind, exactly where he’s switching back and forth amongst Adam and He-Gentleman.”

Tv set writer Andrea Kail also experienced difficulties with the characterization of Teela, who emerges as the focal issue of the sequence. “They commonly do this with gals figures, exactly where their lives are high-quality: She just acquired promoted, she’s acquired a wonderful romantic relationship with her dad—she was just hugging him—and then she finds out that any individual lied to her, and it’s like, ‘That’s it. I’m throwing down my sword and walking out, and I’m under no circumstances chatting to you again for decades and decades,’” Kail states. “It perpetuates the stereotype of the hysterical, overemotional lady who holds a grudge. So I actually want they hadn’t completed that.”

But fantasy creator Christopher M. Cevasco identified Masters of the Universe: Revelation to be a close to-excellent mix of traditional figures and new ideas. “It ticked all the containers that I was hoping it would, as an individual who loved the demonstrate in the ’80s,” he states. “And I loved the new directions that they took it in from that starting off issue. So to me I just imagine it was the finest of both worlds, and I glimpse forward to observing what comes about next.”

Pay attention to the comprehensive job interview with Zach Chapman, Andrea Kail, and Christopher M. Cevasco in Episode 478 of Geek’s Guidebook to the Galaxy (over). And check out out some highlights from the dialogue under.

David Barr Kirtley on Skeletor:

“The person who invented Skeletor, when he was a kid he went to some amusement park, and was in the haunted household, and this corpse on a noose dropped down in front of him and afraid the crap out of him. And he’s like, ‘That’s a real lifeless physique! I know which is a real lifeless physique.’ And it turned out it was a real lifeless physique. There was this outlaw who died in a shootout with police, and no one arrived to acquire the physique, so the person at the funeral household made a decision to embalm him and charge admission to see him. And then a conman arrived and cheated him out of it, and sold it to a carnival or a thing. It modified hands a bunch of moments, and ultimately folks didn’t understand it was a real lifeless physique, and it lastly ended up in this amusement park. … So which is what influenced Skeletor.”

Christopher M. Cevasco on He-Gentleman and the Masters of the Universe:

“I actually utilized to file the episodes on VHS, and would check out them back and take thorough notes for a planned undertaking&mdsahwhich of study course under no circumstances arrived to fruition—where I wanted to make a large compendium of the entire planet, with facts about the record and geography, and biographies of the numerous figures. … I loved the simple fact that it was not just a operate-of-the-mill cartoon exactly where all the things is on the floor. With numerous episodes through the operate, you uncover out layers and layers of record powering figures, and they bring particular components back, and the relationships that establish and the mythology powering the planet get a lot more and a lot more formulated as it goes alongside.”

Zach Chapman on Beast Gentleman:

“I thought that Beast Gentleman ought to have been towards Triclops for good reasons other than, ‘Hey, never harm Evil-Lyn.’ Why is his alliance with her? His alliance ought to be with the beasts that he controls. [The Triclops cult] takes these nano-devices, and they consume them, and they turn into part equipment. So Beast Gentleman, currently being a beast, currently being of the purely natural planet, ought to be opposed to this mixing of engineering with flesh and polluting the purely natural planet. I thought it would have been way cooler if they experienced long gone that way. Instantly, I was like, ‘You’re making this person just a bodyguard, when he could be way a lot more appealing.’”

Andrea Kail on gals writers:

“As I was looking at [Masters of the Universe: Revelation], I watched the credits proper at the beginning, and it stood out to me that there is only one lady writer, and the principal character—for all intents and purposes—is a lady. I just never recognize why you cannot get a lot more gals writers in there. And no gals administrators either—it was just two men. Viewing the [Electricity of Grayskull] documentary this morning, they experienced a lot more gals performing on the first demonstrate in the ’80s than they do on this. … There’s a call now for a lot more sturdy gals figures, and which is wonderful, but we will need a lot more gals powering the scenes. We will need a lot more gals producing women’s tales.”

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