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 ending its first “season” in ten episodes.
It was a show that took some big risks, however, the biggest one ended up sticking to its release strategy. Instead of waiting for the series to finish and releasing all the episodes at once, the decision was made to split the season into two halves of every five episodes.
As a result, the key characters in He-Man and Skeletor were barely in the first half when they were put on the sidelines to focus on side characters. This decision, combined with marketing that put He-Man in front and in the center, led to a vocal pushback from some corners of fandom, though critics fainted for the show.
The second half, which contains much more of the pair, might help dampen some of that criticism. But is it too late? Speaking of Den of Geek, Smith indicates that 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 am saying there would not have been room to attack it because all your questions would have been answered. Whether you like the answers or not would have been a completely different matter. But you live and you learn, and if we ever do it again, believe me, everything comes out in one season. There will not be a split. “
Smith adds that the intent of removing He-Man and Skeletor from most of the first half was to investigate why these two characters are important:
“The idea of going in was to make World Without a Superman. He-Man and Skeletor are the poles that every other character revolves around. 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.