Kevin Smith has spent the better part of a month building up his “love letter” to fans of ’80s cartoons He-Man that’s his new Netflix series, Master of the Universe: Revelation. The response the series has received is probably not what Smith had hoped for, with many fans of the original series more than a little dissatisfied with its “continuation” of the classic franchise. Smith is a self-proclaimed superfan of the cartoon, which makes it easy to understand why Netflix wanted him to bring the revival to screens and it’s hard to understand how it all apparently went wrong with its core audience. Smith recently spoke about why he took up the challenge and the audience he wanted to please with his new vision.
According to Kevin Smith, his main focus was on doing the things the original series couldn’t do, such as more mature characters and storylines, real-life consequences, and the apparent death of He-Man himself. “I know how a fan base reacts when they don’t get what they grew up with. Do you think I’m the best for that? If I’m involved in something, it will be true what it is. It will be true to the franchise,” stressed Smith.
When offered the chance to direct the series, Smith got the idea from Netflix original series director Ted Biaselli, and the prospect of what they wanted was enough to get Smith interested right away. According to Smith, the intent was to take away the elements of the original series that made it a “safe place” where no one died and any sense of danger was virtually non-existent. Smith was tasked with making a more mature version of it He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which allowed fans of the franchise to worry about the characters. As it turned out, they were seemingly only concerned about the lack of He-Man.
Smith took the bold step of taking both He-Man and Skeletor out of the series in the opening episode, leaving Teela run for the rest of the first part of season one. This in itself proved problematic for Smith’s series as many saw Teela’s character unsympathetic, abrasive and “acting like a spoiled child” for most of the series thus far. That said, Smith is plowing through with the new episodes and was happy to provide an update for fans who have enjoyed the revival.
Smith said: “Thanks! @bearmccreary just recorded the live orchestra score for episode 10 and we’ve completed the sound mix on episode 8. So @MastersOfficial Revelation Part 2 is officially photo-locked, almost packaged and ready to go! (And SPOILERS !!! Both fights between He-Man and SkeleGod are brutal.)”
Even with some hardcore fans tearing down the series with very little chance of retaliation whatever comes in the second part of the season, there is a growing amount of praise for the show. Smith has managed to keep most of the characters in line with their original iterations, and he has even managed to link Easter eggs and elements from the Dolph Lundgren movie, which previously had very little to tie it to the cartoon. With work on the second half of the season clearly gaining momentum, it seems likely we won’t have to wait too long to see how the rest of the story plays out.
Topics: Masters of the Universe, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe