The first half of Masters of the Universe: Revelation made its Netflix debut on July 23, 2021. The sequel series to Filmation’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe picks up the characters’ storylines from the original show while ignoring the 1990s television series, The New Adventures of He-Man. Gorgeously animated with impressive fight scenes, Masters of the Universe: Revelation drops viewers right into the thick of the action, making it feel like barely a day had passed since the end of the original show. Thanks to a well-crafted narrative, stunning visuals, and a phenomenal voice cast, including the talents of Chris Wood, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tiffany Smith, Liam Cummingham, Mark Hamill, and Lena Headey, the series debuted to critical acclaim and currently holds a score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.
However, in a turn of events reminiscent of the reaction to the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters and Rian Johnson’s 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a large mass of vocal and angry fans posted negative reviews of the series on Rotten Tomatoes, tanking the audience score to a measly 39%. Many reviews reflect the anger towards the modern interpretation of the characters and misogyny in some parts of the fanbase directed at the focus on female characters. Some of the criticism (in my opinion) is valid, such as the lack of He-Man and the somewhat deceptive marketing precluding the series’ premiere.
Unfortunately, the valid criticisms of the series are getting lost in the turbulent discourse online. I’m going to try and break some of it down and share my own thoughts on Masters of the Universe: Revelation, which I did enjoy. There’s a lot to unpack here with fan backlash. Is it really just a case of toxic man-babies losing their sh*t? Eeeeeehhhhh…..ummmm…well… not all of it. So buckle in and flex those muscles. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. Also, I’ll be discussing spoilers from the franchise, so consider this your official spoiler warning.