MADRID, July 22 (CulturaOcio) –
Masters of the Universe: Revelation, the continuation of the mythical 80s animated series, comes to Netflix with its first five episodes. More than 35 years later of the emission of its last chapter, the showdown between He-Man and Skeletor returns with this production created by Kevin Smith, a self-confessed fan of the Mattel toy franchise.
That means, heading into the new series, there are a lot of characters, plot elements, and magical items and locations that viewers will have a hard time remembering.
Therefore, before facing this long-awaited and belated sequel, at CulturaOcio we have prepared a list with everything to remember before watching the first five chapters of Masters of the Universe: Revelation So, whether you are a die-hard fan or a newcomer to Eternia, you can enjoy the epic animated series.
1.- WHAT IS MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ABOUT?
Masters of the Universe, or He-Man, as the franchise is popularly known, they were successful toys that Mattel launched in the 80s and that mixed the subgenre of Sword and Witchcraft, in the style of Conan the Barbarian, but adding elements typical of futuristic science fiction like robots, cyborgs or laser weapons.
To give the collection of figures more traction, the company launched a television series that It will give a story to the characters of its line of action figures and make them more attractive to children.
Broadly speaking, the series was about the planet Eternia, whose protector was Prince Adam, who, under the identity of He-Man, the most powerful warrior in the world, fought against the forces of evil led by Skeletor, an evil dark sorcerer whose motivation was to steal the power of the Castle of Greyskull and conquer the Universe.
2. WHO ARE THE GOODS?
He-Man is the main protagonist of the series. His true identity is prince adam, son of King Randor. Before his father he pretends to be a coward, but when he takes the magic sword and screams “By the power of Greyskull! I have the power!“becomes the most powerful man in the Universe.
Next to him is Man-At-Arms, also known as Duncan. He is a mentor to He-Man, the head of the Royal Guard and the adoptive father of Teela. She is much more than the romantic interest of the protagonist, as she is a courageous warrior with abilities that can rival those of He-Man himself at times. What she does not know is that her real mother is the Sorceress of the Castle of Greyskull and that one day it will inherit its title.
Finally is Orko, a magical pixie from the Trolla dimension who is rarely able to use his powers properly and who serves as a comic relief in the series. Along with all the heroes mentioned there are a large number of allies such as Stratos, Mekaneck, Ram Man, Man-E-Faces, Buzz-Off or Fisto.
3.- WHO ARE THE BAD?
He-Man’s arch enemy is Skeletor, a blue-skinned sorcerer with a cadaverous face whose greatest desire is to steal the powers that the Castle of Greyskull harbors and subjugate the planet Eternia. Not everyone knows ((ATTENTION SPOILER … LATE)) that this character is actually King Randor’s brother, Adam’s uncle, and that his face was disfigured after he tried to usurp the throne. A plot worthy of Shakespeare.
On his side he has the sorceress Evil-Lyn, who works with Skeletor according to his own interests and a whole gallery of surreal minions, most with very little lights, such as Beast Man, Mer-Man, Trap Jaw, Tri-Klops, Clawful O Jitsu.
It is also worth mentioning other factions such as the horde (leadered by Hordek, former master of Skeletor and main villain of She-Ra) and the Snake Men, some gloomy ancient inhabitants of Eternia who were defeated by Adam’s ancestors and since then live underground confined by a spell … which they manage to break.
4.- WHO WAS SHE-RA AND HOW DOES IT FIT IN ALL THIS?
Following the success of Masters of the Universe, Mattel tried to introduce a character named She-Ra, a lucky female version of He-Man. The character was featured in the 1985 film Secret of the Sword and was intended to capture the interest of girls. Within the canon of heroin, she was the twin sister of Prince Adam, Adora, who was kidnapped by the evil Hordak as a child and raised on the planet Etheria, where, as an adult, she fights to free her people from the terrible tyrant.
In continuations of the original series, such as the one from 2002, the character was completely ignored., as in Masters of the Universe: Revelation, where so far there is no indication that it will appear. In 2018 he had his own reboot, also animation, which is available on Netflix.
5.- WHEN DOES MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: REVELATION TAKE PLACE?
In the different previews, Kevin Smith has yet to reveal how much time has passed between the end of the original series. Y Masters of the Universe: Revelation. However, the official Netflix synopsis does suggest that a long period will have passed and that in fact, the main team will be dissolved at the beginning of the series.
But nevertheless, peace in Eternia will be disrupted again by Skeletor and his minions, causing Teela to gather the heroes for her most important mission to date. Along the way, they will discover something that will forever change the history of their Universe.
6.- REAL IMAGE FILM AND OTHER ADAPTATIONS
Although the Netflix production is a direct continuation of the animated series of the eighties, which aired between September 1983 and December 1985 and consists of 130 chapters, it is worth remembering in addition to the spin-off of She-Ra, which aired between 1985 and 1987, other versions of Masters of the Universe.
In 1990 they were released The New Adventures of He-Man, an animated series composed of 65 episodes that radically changed the aesthetics of the original with a more futuristic cut and moved its adventures to a new planet. A facelift for the new decade that did not capture the attention of fans at all. Already in 2002 a new version was released, more faithful to the original, which updated the He-Man aesthetic with more sophisticated animation and the participation of Jay Oliva in two seasons of 39 episodes.
Special mention should be made of the live-action film directed by Gary Goddard in 1987 and that it had Dolph Lundgren in the role of He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor. A young woman Courteney Cox as Julie Winston was also part of the cast of a frankly improvable film but that, Over the years, he has managed to earn a small place in the hearts of the fans, that after the disappointment that aroused in its premiere and thanks to the magic of nostalgia, they look at her now even with a certain affection.