That doesn’t mean a She-Ra fan may not get any enjoyment out of it however. It’s all in what you’re looking for. If the new She-Ra intrigued you with how it handled the bigger mythos behind the story, MOTU: Revelation may be up your alley. Both shows dive heavily into the mythology behind their respective worlds and deeply weave it into the plot. They aren’t connected of course but there’s still that unique wonder that many entries in the MOTU franchise have.
Both series also feature strong emphasis on women. By its very nature She-Ra has more strong female characters but Masters of the Universe: Revelation does give a lot of focus to Teela, captain of the royal guard and frequent adventuring partner of He-Man. If women of action (with the space for deeper characterization) are your thing, Teela in Revelation will be great for you.
Masters of the Universe: Revelation is missing a critical element of what made the new She-Ra so beloved though. And that’s its queer content. She-Ra had a staff of many queer people behind it and that was very apparent throughout. Even before Adora and Catra ended up together in the finale, the show delighted in how much queerness it could get on screen. Netossa and Spinerella being married (and adorable), the non-binary Double Trouble (played by non-binary actor Jacob Tobia), Bow having two dads, amongst many others.
Masters of the Universe: Revelation doesn’t have the same level of queer content. No one, at least in the first five episodes presented for review, is confirmed as queer. This show is very much a sequel to the original He-Man and that holds true for how they treat the characters sexuality and gender identity. There is some room to possibly see one or two of the characters as queer but that’s subtext at best. It’d be great if the show is setting up for these characters to be confirmed queer but it’s a shame that MOTU: Revelation, a series targeted mostly at adults, can’t be as queer as the new She-Ra, a kids series, was.
It’s understandable that, by being a sequel, Masters of the Universe: Revelation doesn’t have the same kind of freedom the new She-Ra did in terms of reinterpreting the existing mythos and characters. In an interview with io9, filmmaker and creative lead of MOTU: Revelation Kevin Smith stated, “we did not have a kind of creative, let’s call it, freedom to reinvent the franchise the way that She-Ra did.” He went on to say that since the original She-Ra “wasn’t as well known as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe so there (was) more room for creativity there.”
This could be taken to mean that there were likely more rules about what could and could not be done with the He-Man characters, which probably included their sexuality and gender identity. The new She-Ra also had its own challenges getting its queer characters to screen and it’s telling that Catra and Adora only got together in the very last episode. With all that in mind, if you’re hoping for confirmed queer characters in Masters of the Universe: Revelation like She-Ra had, the first group of episodes won’t have much for you.
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