I’m a child of the 80s and one of the first cartoons I remember watching with my brother was He- Man and the Masters of the Universe, so when I saw there was now a sequel screening on Netflix I was curious to see how a character with the over-the-top, super-masculine name He-Man holds up in times like these.
I’ve watched some very interesting things during our recent lockdown so nothing is off limits anymore – but I’m a little embarrassed to say this wasn’t what I expected. Surprisingly, Masters of the Universe: Revelation is quite watchable.
I know a grown woman watching He-Man cartoons sounds ridiculous but so is not going to the office for 18 months, so put away the paint-by-numbers, make sure you feed your sourdough starter and water all those house plants, here are 6 reasons why you should do yourself a favour and watch Masters of the Universe: Revelation.
1. The character voices are just so familiar
I spent the first episode trying to place the very familiar voices of Teela, Skeletor and Evil-Lyn. Surprise, it’s Sarah Michelle Geller aka Buffy the Vampire Slayer, although her voice isn’t as recognisable as Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker playing Skeletor or Lena Headey aka Cersei Lannister playing Evil-Lyn. It’s an interesting mix of actors.
2. The twist in the first episode is a bit shocking!!
I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but the first episode really delivers a punch that is a complete game-changer and is the reason why I kept watching.
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3. Sarah Michelle Geller might be channelling Buffy just a touch
Crime-fighting heroine saving the world from a horde of monsters … gosh, that sounds familiar. I can’t help but think of Buffy when I hear her voice coming out of Teela’s mouth.
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4. I’m not going to spill the tea – but there could be a love triangle … and it’s not the one you expect!
There are some pretty significant character developments going on in the first 5 episodes. For a cartoon that used to be called He-Man, let’s just say the female characters are sharply in focus.
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5. We see a secret identity reveal go terribly wrong
The common thread with hidden identity reveals is how relieved the person is to finally tell their loved ones their secret. What it rarely shows us is how betrayed the other people feel when they find out. It’s a real conundrum. This series really turns on its axis from the moment of revelation and we see a main character walk away from everything.
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6. It might be a cartoon – but there is a lot to take away from it so far
There are so many great animated series, from SpongeBob SquarePants to BoJack Horseman. Revelation has enough nostalgia tossed in with the thoroughly modern look and feel that it appeals quite nicely both to my inner 80s child and my current locked-down situation. Maybe I would have been more critical if I hadn’t just watched 4 seasons of Catfish. But here we are …