Kevin Smith’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation was released last week on Netflix in the form of the first five (of ten) episodes and, well, it didn’t go according to plan. The return of He Man was not loved by all.
The critics loved it, with a 97% Rotten Tomatoes score. However, the audience score was dismal. Around 30%. Of course, the makers are now talking co-ordinated review bombing efforts, while the audience is replying:
“No, we just really didn’t like it!”
The usual battle lines in the culture war are drawn, with one side saying audience critics must just be some kind of “…ist” while the mantra of “Get woke, go broke” is being repeated from the other side.
One person who isn’t taking things lying down is Kevin Smith. He points out that Masters Of The Universe is only half done, and has come out swinging in Variety:
“Its been interesting, seeing who truly is a hardcore fan. Because anybody that’s like, ‘Oh, man, there’s not enough He-Man’ or something like that, doesn’t understand the show that we based it on. There were episodes where he lost the sword and he never became He-Man. It wasn’t like He-Man always saved the day. His friends helped him. That was the f—ing point of the show.
I see people online go, ‘Hey man, they’re getting rid of He-Man!’ Like, you really f—ing think Mattel Television, who hired me and paid me money, wants to do a f—ing ‘Masters of the Universe’ show without He-Man? Grow the f— up, man. Like, that blew my mind, bunch of people being like, ‘Oh, I smell it. This is a bait and switch.’”
Mattel Television’s Rob David stepped in too, and fleshed out what to expect in the remaining episodes:
“A lot of Part 2 is a world in which Skeletor has the power – then we get to say, ‘Well, what made Adam special?’. ‘What does it mean to have the power? What made Adam the person who was most worthy to be He-Man?’ I will tell you this: Adam’s story is not done and will never be done. Not saying what happens to him, but I’m just saying the stories continues.”
Major spoilers ahead. You have been warned…
Chris Wood, who voices Prince Adam/He-Man, has let slip some confirmation for the second slug of Masters Of The Universe episodes. Prince Adam is not dead. He says he is very wounded:
“If you want to light the whole world on fire, in terms of destroying a fandom, you’d take He-Man out and be like, ‘That’s it, he’s gone, bye!’ Now what they’ve done is they’ve found really interesting ways to turn the dynamics of the show on its head and raise the stakes to a point that the original never saw.”
Smith himself let slip another clue, when talking of the music:
“Bear McCreary just recorded the live orchestra score for episode 10 and we finished the sound mix on Ep 8. So Revelation Part 2 is officially picture-locked, nearly wrapped, and ready to go! (And SPOILERS!!! Both He-Man vs SkeleGod fights are brutal.)”
Not seen it yet? You can still grab the first five episodes of Masters Of The Universe on Netflix, or you can watch the fight unfold in discussion forums across the internet.