Modernized and successful, Masters of the Universe: Revelation continues to be a Netflix animated hit.
This review of Netflix animated series Masters of the Universe: Revelation season 2 does not contain spoilers.
Bringing back this source material for a much-needed continuation was always a good move. Netflix has a habit of taking risks, primarily due to its speculative budget. It allows them to dip n’ dive where required to find a gap in the market. This can sometimes have a less desirable effect – The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance was hailed by critics as a remarkable revival, but it did not get the numbers required for the streaming service to give it another punt. Masters of the Universe: Revelation withstood the test of time, and a pandemic, to get a deserved season 2.
Carrying on from a hectic part 1, the second season sees the Sorceress (voiced by Susan Eisenberg), Adam (voiced by Chris Wood), and others feeling at a loss. Skeletor (voiced by Mark Hamill) continues with his plans, using his new powers for evil and dismantling Eternia into chaos. The war to stop the end of the Universe continues, but this time, the stakes feel even higher, as Netflix attempts to ride home the continuation from the 80s classic.
There’s a pivotal moment in season 2 of Masters of the Universe: Revelation that changes the game completely; there is an immense risk that everything will end for good this time. And that makes the viewing experience intense. The second season hones in on the measured nostalgia but also increases the scope of the story.
And the reimagining remains impressive. While it would have been an easy win for Kevin Smith (story editor) to implement this story, that does not make the visuals any less impressive. Carrying on from season 1, the second part leaves remnants of the classic-feel, while also enhancing the colors and scene-to-scene motions.
But it’s the sense of dwindling mortality and panic that roars home season 2 above its predecessor. It has the entertainment factor that spans 6-chapters and leaves the viewer spent from energy by the time the finale concludes. There’s a real emphasis that this story is a “real deal” rather than a gimmicky continuation to appease long-life fans.
For a start, I haven’t even watched the original from the 80s, but since the remade continuation, I’ve felt at ease with understanding the story. Modernized and successful, Masters of the Universe: Revelation continues to be a Netflix animated hit.
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