The second half of “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” hit Netflix this week, Kevin Smith’s love letter to the iconic 1980s “He-Man” franchise closing out its ten-episode first ‘season’.
It was a show that took some big risks, the biggest however ended up tying to its release strategy. Rather than waiting till the series was all done and releasing all episodes at once, the decision was made to split the season into two halves of five episodes each.
As a result, the key characters of He-Man and Skeletor were barely in the first half as they were sidelined to put a focus on supporting characters. That decision, combined with marketing that put He-Man front and center, led to a vocal pushback from some corners of fandom even as the critics swooned for the show.
The second half, which does contain much more of the pair, may help assuage some of that criticism. However, is it too late? Speaking with Den of Geek, Smith indicates his only regret with the show is not releasing all ten episodes at once as fans would have been able to get a better idea of what he was trying to achieve:
“It would have saved a little bit of grief. I’m not saying everyone would have loved it but I’m saying there would have been no room to attack it because all your questions would have been answered. Whether you like the answers or not would have been a different matter altogether. But you live and you learn and if we ever do it again, trust me, everything will come out in one season. There won’t be a split.”
Smith adds that the point of removing He-Man and Skeletor from much of the first half was to examine why those two characters are important:
“The idea going in was to do World Without a Superman. He-Man and Skeletor are the poles around which every other character circles. What happens if you remove them from the equation? It allowed us to look at all the other characters and go deeper into their worlds and deeper into their hearts.”
All ten episodes of “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” are now available on Netflix.