Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Part 2, episode 1, Cleaved In Twain.
The premiere episode of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Part 2 took the intro of the classic He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series and made it even better by making it into a statement of defiance. Beyond being a simple Easter egg the speech showed Prince Adam’s courage in Eternias darkest moment. It also established that, regardless of whatever fabulous powers he commands as He Man, Prince Adam is every bit the hero without any magic to prop him up.
First airing in 1983, He Man and the Masters of the Universe went on to become one of the most popular cartoon series of the 1980s. The associated toy line by Mattel was also highly popular and new action figures based on the series are still produced to this day. Despite the original series’ influence and the many spin offs and reboots it has enjoyed since then, some feel that the original He Man cartoons have aged poorly, with the animation appearing cheap by modern standards and the dialogue being corny. Perhaps nothing exemplified this more than the introduction, where Prince Adam cheerfully introduced himself to the viewers as Prince of Eternia and defender of the secrets of Castle Gray skull
The first episode of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Part 2 referenced this introduction, but reworked the stilted dialogue into Prince Adam’s finest moment. Picking up from the shocking ending of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Part 1 where Skeletal seemingly killed Prince Adam and claimed the Power of Gray skull for himself, Cleaved In Twain revealed that Adam was not dead, but very close to it. With Tee la, Andra, Man At Arms and the Sorceress of Castle Gray skull held helpless by Evil Lyons magic, Skeletal was free to gloat about his victory, bragging that soon all of Eternia would remember “this historic moment when Skeleton finally kills He Man Yet Adam stopped Selector’s rant with three simple words, I m not He Man.
Masters of the Universe Revelation Prince Adam Confronts Skeleton
Pulling himself to his feet, Adam continued to speak, despite still bleeding and coughing up blood as he regarded Skeleton. I am Adam, the wounded prince continued, even after Skeleton, stronger in his new form than ever before, knocked Adam to the ground again. I am Adam. Prince of Herniate. and defender of the secrets of Castle Gray skull, he chanted before allowing himself a weak smile and finishing, And this, is my fearless friend. C ringer. This was the cue for his pet tiger, C ringer who had gone unnoticed in the battle before to pounce Evil Lyn and wrestle away her wand, breaking the enchantment that bound the other heroes.The battle which followed set the tone for Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Part 2. It also established that Prince Adam is every bit the hero, even without the Power of Gray skull. Those fans who were displeased that Part 1 was more focused upon Tesla and her destiny should be satisfied by the new season, which focuses more upon Prince Adam and his efforts to rebuild Eternia in the wake of Skeletons resurrection, building to a conclusion that promises an even grander epic for season 2.
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Matt Morrison has been writing about comics since before the word blogging was coined. He got his start writing for the legendary DC Comics digital fanzine Fazing before receiving his own column, The Mount. Since then he has gone on to write for over a dozen websites, including 411 Mania, Comics Nexus and The Cult of Nobody. He holds both an MS in Information Science from the University of North Texas and a BAA from the University of Texas at Arlington. Known as a font of comic book history trivia, he has delivered lectures on the history of American Comic Books,Japanese Manga, Doctor Who, and Cosplay at over a dozen conventions and served as an Expert In-Residence for a course on Graphic Novels for Librarians at the University of North Texas. In addition to his work for Screen Rant, Matt is currently the Editor In Chief of Kaboom.com and writes reviews for No Flying No Tights a graphic literature and anime review site aimed at teachers and librarians. He also maintains a personal blog My Geeky Geeky Ways which hosts his extensive episode guide for the television series making up The Arrow verse as well as his comedic Lets Play videos.