Smith On He-Man Backlash, Part 2 Status

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Kevin Smith’s He-Man franchise revival “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” kicked off this past Friday on Netflix with the first five of the first season’s ten-episode run.

With short episodes clocking in at just 24 minutes or so each, the work aimed to be true in spirit to the original whilst offering a more adult take exploring the psychology of the characters. Gone are Man-At-Arms’ moral lessons and the wrestling-style fighting, replaced by genuine stakes, consequences and emotional fallout.

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The critics swooned (97% on Rotten Tomatoes), but the series also suffered what has become increasingly common in recent years – a swift, vocal and organised backlash from part of the fanbase over their subverted storytelling expectations (ala “The Last of Us Part II,” various forms of “Star Trek,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”). A regular occurrence in the wake of this, namely review bombing of the audience score on both Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, then took place.

For those who wanted just a repeat of the old show, this was not it as both He-Man and Skeletor are absent for much of the five

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