Conner’s Critique: Masters Of The Universe: Revelation Part 2

We are proud to return to review the second part of Masters of the Universe Revelation. I know that this show took a lot of flack in the first part for surprising a lot of the fans, and turning the main character of the series and Teela, as well as not having Skeletor in many of the episodes. However, this selection of episodes picks up where the last ones left off. Prince Adam returned from the Preternia and Skeletor holding the sword of power. We are in for quite the ride.

Let’s not waste any time and jump right in to the review. As always we break down the critiques of the three categories: Story, Acting, and Overall.

STORY: 8/10
In part two, we focus a lot more on the journey, and the return of Prince Adam. A reminder, he died early in the prior session of the series and time progressed quite a bit as magic left the world. We also touch on Teela’s lineage to the Sorceror. Showcasing what this discovery means about her inner strength. While these two threads are playing out, Skeletor is attempting to use his new found power to rule all of Eternia. It almost seems too easy for him with his new power, until his obsession once again with He-Man causes strain and stress with his relationship to Evil-Lyn.

The story of this season is pretty good and goes to some interesting places. Also it was nice to not have to relying as heavily on flashbacks this time around, unlike the prior bank of episodes. Additionally, it was nice seeing all of the characters get a little bit more depth and becoming three dimensional. I don’t wanna spoil anything, but the second episode of the five episode bank made me jump up in excitement.

ACTING: 8/10
We’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it, with an animated series, the stress and work of voice actors make the performance of the show. The amount of energy they have to produce to showcase a myriad of emotions with just their voice, helps transform two dimensional characters into flesh and blood. In this section fo the series, there was no learning curve for Sarah Michelle Geller, who plays Teela, as she perfectly performs throughout the episodes as a constantly evolving Warrior. Prince Adam, played by Chris Wood, unfortunately doesn’t get as much time to grow in this section, but Wood does a good job trying to catch up for the lack of growth from the first part. Unfortunately Skeletor, played by Mark Hamill, comes off more as The Joker than the villain of this series, due to his constant obsession with He-Man. Hamill was a character I was excited to see when I heard you was cast, and I’m not saying that he didn’t do a good job Vocally as Skeletor, but you could have replaced the model with The Joker, and I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference.

I do want to give a lot of credit to Diedrich Bader and Alicia Silverstone who played Prince Adam’s parents the King and Queen of Eternia. Their journey and struggles in this show was profound and beautiful. They were not giving a lot of time in the series, but their story definitely stood out to me during my watch. In my mind, the Queen is also totally Cher.

I will say that the show pretty much ends the way that most TV shows of it’s era did, since they were primarily focused on selling action figures. A massive battle that feels a lot like children smashing their action figures together. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, as a man who had a lot of He-Man action figures as a child, it literally felt like I was a kid again, and was enjoying it.

I think a lot of the original fans will love this second part of the series, but they’ll have to watch the first part to understand the significant journey that takes place. If they really are that upset, just think of it as eating your veggies before you get dessert.

Conner’s Final Thought(s):
I have a feeling a lot of people are gonna be less upset about this season. The show is literally the “Masters of the Universe” focusing more on who wields the sword of power, and what it grants them. Also we get a lot more time with Prince Adam, and of course He-Man. So that should make them happy to see that mostly naked male on their screen.

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