He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is the latest reboot of He-Man to hit Netflix and this one will be a hit with the kids, but not fans.
Masters of the Universe: Revelations made it apparent that fans will not be happy with any changes made to their beloved He-Man series, which unfortunately means they likely will not enjoy the latest one to hit Netflix, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. While He-Man has a major role in this one, pretty much everything else has changed. The series almost immediately gives off Trollhunters and Skylander vibes, and has had a major upgrade in the technology and equipment that the characters use.
The biggest differences in this series are apparent right off the bat. Adam is not living with his family in Eternia, instead he is living with a tiger tribe. He was abandoned as a young boy and remembers nothing about his early childhood. When Teela, who is a skilled magic user in this version, finds the Power Sword, someone speaks to her, telling her to bring it to the Champion. Adam has always had a cuff on his arm, which powers up the sword and turns him to He-Man the first time he touches it.
As for Skeletor, it takes a few episodes to even see him in his new form, but it is quite predictable and obvious which character will become him. The plot change is a big one here, considering that someone has to become Skeletor as the season goes on. His motivations seem to be similar to the original though.
Of course he is not Skeletor without his sidekicks, Beast Man and Evelyn. They have had a serious design change as well. As the season goes on, they get even more of an upgrade.
Netflix has said from the start this version of the new He-Man releases is for kids, and that feels very apparent with the writing, animation style, and upgrade of characters and powers. Children who are fans of Trollhunters and Skylanders especially will connect with this one, as it seems very similar in style and plot.
I watched this season with my 8 and 10 year old daughters and they were immediately taken by it. They know very little of He-Man, although they did watch Masters of the Universe: Revelation, so any character changes did not upset them. As soon as an episode ended, they would ask to put on the next, and this continued through all ten episodes. The story captivated them, and they just had to know what was going to happen. The animation is bright and colorful, and kept their attention easily.
Watching it alongside them helped me to appreciate this show for what it is. Sure, it could be called something completely different because it is very loosely based on the He-Man characters, but it works as a whole. Hardcore fans are sure to be annoyed with the changes because there are a lot more in this one than there were in Kevin Smith’s Revelation and we all saw how that turned out.
What viewers need to keep in mind is that this is not your He-Man. This is a new He-man for future generations, or at least this youngest generation, and they are sure to love it. It is packed with action, an interesting story line, and messages about chosen family versus blood family. Duncan is surprisingly one of the best parts of the show and will be stealing many hearts. Teela with her magical upgrade is a lot of fun as well, and is sure to be a fan favorite among the little ones.
Overall, this show is a lot of fun, and if fans can put aside the fact that yes, it is He-Man, but different, they just might allow themselves to enjoy it. Go into it with an open mind, and bring your kids along too. Allow them to fall in love with He-man just as you did as a child, and don’t push your ideas of change on them. Let them have this. Because when it comes down to it, this show is a blast.
About He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
On Eternia, the first planet of creation, a demonic tyrant rises: Skeletor! With dark armies at his command, Skeletor is on the march, hell-bent on capturing Eternia’s kingdoms, and its ultimate prize – Castle Grayskull, the ancient fortress of mystery said to contain the greatest power in the universe. It’s up to He-Man and his brave squad of rookie heroes to stop Skeletor and restore the peace.
Both sides come armed with enchanted Power Weapons – transforming them into Masters of the Primal Powers of the Universe. It’s Master vs. Dark Master, He-Man vs. Skeletor – fighting for control of Eternia, Castle Grayskull, and the fate of us all. In the end, who will become MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE?
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe premieres globally on Netflix on September 16, 2021!
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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Hollywood Critics Association and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.