The new Netflix series Masters of the Universe: Revelation, composed by Kevin Smith, is the most recent offering from Powerhouse Animation, which also produced the Netflix exhibits Blood of Zeus and Castlevania. Science fiction writer Zach Chapman believes it’s superior to its predecessors.

“I believe the animation basically surpasses Blood of Zeus—for certain in the patterns, and redesigns, of a large amount of the people,” Chapman suggests in Episode 478 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “And then just in the quality of the animation by itself. The fight scenes are, on common, greater and additional intriguing than Castelvania.”

Masters of the Universe: Revelation picks up the story of He-Person as he appeared in the 1983 children’s cartoon He-Male and the Masters of the Universe. Geek’s Tutorial to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley appreciated the display, but was surprised that it strayed so far from the typical He-Person system. “I was upset that the display appeared to be sidelining the characters that I actually remembered,” he states. “My initial reaction was that I needed to see much more of the He-Guy that I try to remember, wherever he’s switching back again and forth in between Adam and He-Male.”

Television set author Andrea Kail also had difficulties with the characterization of Teela, who emerges as the focal issue of the collection. “They usually do this with women of all ages characters, the place their life are high-quality: She just acquired promoted, she’s acquired a excellent partnership with her dad—she was just hugging him—and then she finds out that any individual lied to her, and it’s like, ‘That’s it. I’m throwing down my sword and going for walks out, and I’m never speaking to you once more for years and a long time,’” Kail says. “It perpetuates the stereotype of the hysterical, overemotional lady who holds a grudge. So I really wish they hadn’t performed that.”

But fantasy author Christopher M. Cevasco discovered Masters of the Universe: Revelation to be a close to-perfect combine of basic characters and new concepts. “It ticked all the containers that I was hoping it would, as another person who beloved the clearly show in the ’80s,” he says. “And I liked the new directions that they took it in from that commencing level. So to me I just assume it was the finest of equally worlds, and I look forward to seeing what takes place following.”

Listen to the complete interview with Zach Chapman, Andrea Kail, and Christopher M. Cevasco in Episode 478 of Geek’s Guidebook to the Galaxy (earlier mentioned). And test out some highlights from the discussion beneath.

David Barr Kirtley on Skeletor:

“The dude who invented Skeletor, when he was a kid he went to some amusement park, and was in the haunted dwelling, and this corpse on a noose dropped down in front of him and terrified the crap out of him. And he’s like, ‘That’s a serious dead entire body! I know that is a actual lifeless human body.’ And it turned out it was a serious lifeless physique. There was this outlaw who died in a shootout with police, and no a single came to gather the overall body, so the guy at the funeral residence made the decision to embalm him and cost admission to see him. And then a conman came and cheated him out of it, and offered it to a carnival or anything. It transformed fingers a bunch of occasions, and sooner or later persons did not know it was a genuine lifeless human body, and it finally finished up in this amusement park. … So that is what motivated Skeletor.”

Christopher M. Cevasco on He-Guy and the Masters of the Universe:

“I in fact made use of to report the episodes on VHS, and would look at them back and consider cautious notes for a planned challenge&mdsahwhich of class in no way came to fruition—where I preferred to make a massive compendium of the complete earth, with particulars about the historical past and geography, and biographies of the different characters. … I beloved the reality that it wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill cartoon wherever every little thing is on the surface. With a variety of episodes all through the run, you uncover out levels and layers of background driving figures, and they convey selected features again, and the associations that acquire and the mythology guiding the earth get more and a lot more created as it goes together.”

Zach Chapman on Beast Male:

“I believed that Beast Person really should have been towards Triclops for good reasons other than, ‘Hey, really don’t damage Evil-Lyn.’ Why is his alliance with her? His alliance ought to be with the beasts that he controls. [The Triclops cult] takes these nano-equipment, and they drink them, and they develop into aspect device. So Beast Guy, remaining a beast, remaining of the organic planet, need to be opposed to this mixing of technological know-how with flesh and polluting the normal world. I assumed it would have been way cooler if they experienced long gone that way. Right away, I was like, ‘You’re producing this guy just a bodyguard, when he could be way more interesting.’”

Andrea Kail on women of all ages writers:

“As I was seeing [Masters of the Universe: Revelation], I viewed the credits appropriate at the starting, and it stood out to me that there’s only one particular lady writer, and the main character—for all intents and purposes—is a woman. I just really do not recognize why you cannot get additional ladies writers in there. And no girls administrators either—it was just two men. Looking at the [Power of Grayskull] documentary this morning, they experienced extra gals performing on the primary present in the ’80s than they do on this. … There is a simply call now for a lot more powerful women figures, and that’s great, but we require far more girls powering the scenes. We have to have far more gals composing women’s tales.”

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