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Thoughts on the rebooted He-Man (Netflix)

Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
I had a ton of the toys in the early-mid 80s but never watched the show. My 7yo and I watched the new one yesterday and we thought it absolutely ruled. It was funny, it was dramatic, it had strong characters, and it didn't pander. The language was a little coarse in places but nothing horrible (after all, the kid has heard worse from me).

I can see a couple of plot developments coming, and it will be interesting to see if they at out the way I expect. We look forward to the next 5 episodes.
 
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Hussar

Legend
I'm also in the boat of knowing practically nothing about any sort of canon material of the show. I vaguely remember watching the old He-man toy adve... I mean cartoons back in the day, but, did they even have a plot back then? 25 minute toy ads is basically all I remember.

So, watching this now, I'm totally lost when people start throwing out all these names and stuff... There really was a character named Fisto? Seriously? :LOL:
 




Stalker0

Legend
Finished the season. It was … fine enough, I feel like it’s a bit in the middle ground of too involved for kids but too simple for adults.

Orko was the highlight for me, thst was the best part of the show.

So a question, is it ever explained in the original show why all these other people know He-mans secret, but Tesla can’t?
 



DammitVictor

Druid of the Invisible Hand
So a question, is it ever explained in the original show why all these other people know He-mans secret, but Tesla can’t?
Poorly. It's general opsec. The only people who were ever supposed to know were Adam himself, Duncan, and the Sorceress. Orko watched it all happen and was going to tell everyone before Duncan swore him to secrecy. And Cringer, obviously.

Marlena never explicitly admitted she knew. But when Faker held the entire royal family captive, she escaped first and used the opportunity to free Adam-- her useless, foppish princeling-- instead of Duncan, or Teela, or even Randor. At the end of the episode, when he's transformed back to Adam... he asks her why she'd do such a thing. Her response was, "A mother always knows her son, Adam. Always."

Marlena's a very low-key badass. There's a reason she's going to be my first Legends of Grayskull character.
 

Stalker0

Legend
Marlena's a very low-key badass. There's a reason she's going to be my first Legends of Grayskull character.
One of the few episodes I remember from the original cartoon was a mysterious pilot that saved everyone. It was then revealed that the queen was a combat pilot on earth that found her way to eternia.

that was pretty cool
 

DammitVictor

Druid of the Invisible Hand
One of the few episodes I remember from the original cartoon was a mysterious pilot that saved everyone. It was then revealed that the queen was a combat pilot on earth that found her way to eternia.

that was pretty cool
Four years before any woman had been to outer space in real life.
 

Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
One of the few episodes I remember from the original cartoon was a mysterious pilot that saved everyone. It was then revealed that the queen was a combat pilot on earth that found her way to eternia.

that was pretty cool
Pilot and Astronaut Marlena Glenn who was in a one-person mission to Europa but was knocked off course landing on Eternia.
The idea of her being from Earth was introduced to explain why He-Man was familiar with Superman when the two had a DC comics cross-over (Marlena use to tell her son Adam stories about Superman). Her badassery was later expanded in Teelas Quest and Visitors from Earth (when more earth Astronauts arrive). Masters of the Universe may well have started as a glorified toy advert but its also notable for having some prominent female characters and for covering reasonably topical issues - and tying them up with a nice moral
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So, watching this now, I'm totally lost when people start throwing out all these names and stuff... There really was a character named Fisto? Seriously? :LOL:

Yes, the show had its fair share of terrible monikers.
Fisto had a giant prosthetic fist which granted super strength and made him the Master of Hand-to-Hand combat. Its implied that he may be Man-at-Arms brother and may have been the amnesiac warrior who the Scorceress fell in love with when she was younger.
 

fba827

Adventurer
It was decent enough. I enjoyed some of the throw away references like…. There was a throw away line of dialogue between Tesla and Lyn during episode 3 I think it was. They were on the ship and they make reference to having been there before, that was a reference to one of the original episodes when Lyn and Tesla were stranded there and had to ‘learn to work together’ to make the journey out of there ;-).

some of the plot beats felt overly simplistic , but I wasn’t expecting something with deep thought I guess. ;)
 

Hussar

Legend
Fisto had a giant prosthetic fist which granted super strength and made him the Master of Hand-to-Hand combat. Its implied that he may be Man-at-Arms brother and may have been the amnesiac warrior who the Scorceress fell in love with when she was younger.
That... is not better. :D :lol:
 

MarkB

Legend
I haven't watched the aftershow, but my impression from the end of the final episode was not that Adam was definitely dead-for-real. He was stabbed through the abdomen and collapsed, but we didn't see him die, and there's no way a character like that goes out without some last words.

My only real issue with the show was just how much Mark Hamill was channelling the Joker in his performance as Skeletor. Seriously, you could reskin the animation and drop his lines into any Batman Animated episode and nobody would notice the difference.
 


I opened this thread fully expecting to roll my eyes at new handling of old media, but burning old he man characters alive sounds awesome to me. I was into he man at 8, and not interested in kids cartoons anymore but this sounds more like adult viewing
 

wicked cool

Adventurer
I'm going to be sorry I did this but curiosity has the better of me.

What did he lie about?
Also he lied that all the strong men characters would not be eliminated. Not even a secondary character. It’s basically Teelas show. Follow Kevin smiths Twitter. He went after almost everyone that criticized his show
 

a.everett1287

Explorer
So we're not allowed to criticise them when they screw up THAT badly then?
All of your ideas were terrible, though. This iteration was so much better than that.

Also he lied that all the strong men characters would not be eliminated. Not even a secondary character. It’s basically Teelas show. Follow Kevin smiths Twitter. He went after almost everyone that criticized his show
This response was just as godawful as we all assumed it was going to be.

More on-topic, I watched the pilot, I was a sorta-fan of He-Man back in the day, and I thought this was pretty good.
 

DammitVictor

Druid of the Invisible Hand
More on-topic, I watched the pilot, I was a sorta-fan of He-Man back in the day, and I thought this was pretty good.
I'm a hardcore, lifelong fan of Masters of the Universe... and I loved this show. Not as much as some other MOTU media, but more than others.

But... leaving the astroturf aside, I'm hearing more than a few other hardcore, lifelong fans who've seen the show and who've seen the previous shows saying they're pretty pissed. And, you know, I sympathize.
 

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