We first heard chatter about this way back in 2019 but of course the world has been a crazy place since then, so for me, I’d actually pretty much forgotten about it, until I was surprised by it on the 23rd when it suddenly hit Netflix. So far we have had the first half of the first season, with 5 episodes having been released in total, and more still to come. Well, at least I hope that there will be more to come, because the reviews have been fairly mixed across the board if I’m going to be honest.
I don’t know what it is, whether it was the result of a huge hype machine which then didn’t deliver or whether the generation who is mostly watching this series having too many fond memories of the show which spawned as just a necessity to help them sell one of the most successful action figure lines of all time… But for me? I actually really enjoyed it! And maybe that’s because in our household when I was growing up Masters of the Universe wasn’t that big. I was never encouraged to watch it so I think it actually partially passed me by.
Don’t get me wrong I’m no He-Man virgin, but I had an absolute blast with this.
The story takes the universe in a very different direction and helps us catch up with and focus on some of the side characters which often because of their insane appearances and ridiculous names have even more of a cult following than He-Man himself. I was going to say he-Man and Skeletor have, but lets face facts… Who in their right mind doesn’t LOVE Skeletor?
Speaking of Skeletor though I have to say that I was a bit bummed that he didn’t have a stupid voice in this show!
I was a bit nervous to see that every episode was written by different people, especially knowing that the producers are largely He-Man super fans, who made the show in order to continue the story they loved as kids both for themselves, and everyone else who has grown up with it (and as such it does have a little bit of a more mature theme). But I was glad to see that it didn’t turn in to 5 separate fan fictions. It has a decent story, it flows well and it actually leads on well from where MOTU originally left off.
I have to say though that in order for this more mature audience to get the delivery they deserved, they needed a stellar cast – preferably from at least some people who had as much love for the project as Kevin Smith does, and on that side they chose absolute gold! Just some of the amazing faces we don’t get to see but know and love from their voices too are:
- Mark Hamill (Skeletor)
- Sarah Michelle Gellar (Teela)
- Lena Headey (Evil-Lyn
- Alicia Silverstone (Queen Marlena)
- Henry Rollins (Tri-Klops)
- Jason Mewes (Stinkor)
- Tony Todd (Scare Glow)
- Justin Long (Roboto)
I have to say another talent involved in the voices is a little lesser known but sort of had her foot in the door a little is Harley Quinn Smith… I’m not mad that her dad is the executive producer… In fact I’m glad of it, because she is an awesome addition which I’m sure we will continue to see more of, and I’m sure she grew up with that passion you can hear spoon fed for breakfast!
I don’t want to give anything away about the story – this thing is going to be spoiler free, so I suggest you just sit down and get this in to your eyes as quickly as you can and then go on eBay and spend all your adult money on those He-Man figures you had as a kid and ended up throwing out! This is an absolute nostalgia dream, but I’m actually glad that they took the character designs and the crazy 80’s colors, but totally updated the animation style (it almost feels more like an anime series) and made it modern and still as cool now as it was back in the way.
Bring on part 2 of this season and then hopefully many more seasons to come!