The war for Eternia begins again in what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor. A new animated series from writer-director Kevin Smith.The war for Eternia begins again in what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor. A new animated series from writer-director Kevin Smith.The war for Eternia begins again in what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor. A new animated series from writer-director Kevin Smith.
To be fair, it's only part one of the first season (5 episodes, 30 minutes each), but the show spent all that time and energy hyping up Teela for a reason. It's her show. It's always been her show.
The trailer, which is literally a montage of He-Man being awesome, promised us that He-Man is back, and he's just as sensational as always. What we got instead is Teela leading a team of mild characters. And the show kept insisting that Teela is special in every way.
Teela's story, which takes center stage in the show, doesn't even make sense. Before becoming the new Man-At-Arms (and after a life-changing battle with Skeletor), she finally discovers Prince Adam's secret. She's so upset about the truth that she quits and leaves. I understand why she would be a little disappointed, but why abandon your home, your family, and your friends? Not very heroic. And the show tries really hard to convince the audience to sympathize with her.
Soon, she becomes a mercenary who hates magic (?) and has a tech-savy partner. Then, an old enemy shows up and persuades her (and her sidekick) to help save magic and the universe. Not exactly a groundbreaking plot. And she almost turns down the offer (reminder: the offer is to save the universe) because she's still upset about the lie.
Revelation is a bit dark and very serious, which can be boring at times. Not to mention awkward: why is there cursing in a He-Man cartoon? The characters are alright (for the most part) and the dialogue is decent, but a great deal of the show is a bunch of children's cartoon characters moping around and arguing with each other. Why does every show have to be a textbook soap opera?
Yes, the original cartoon was a 80s toy commercial, but it was a lot more fun. Revelation was interesting at times, but it's way too manipulative and bland.
- Jul 25, 2021