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Masters of the Universe Revolution premiering 1-25-24

And yes, that is Keith David as Hordak.

The first series is surprisingly watchable and tries to punch above its weight. I am the perfect age for this to hit me right in the nostalgia, so take this with a grain of salt, but I am excited.

I watched the above. Tl:dr is don’t.

Unless you can elaborate on that being other than "they changed this thing from my childhood and I don't like the changes", which among other things bedeviled a lot of the response to Revelation, I wouldn't believe any tl;dr on it.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

I watched the above. Tl:dr is don’t.

So I thought the first two seasons tried to explore some issues regarding the use of power and technology and magic. I thought the first season which was largely He-Man-less and they explored the other characters in a world without him was interesting. They tried stuff, and while it didn't always land, they were trying stuff.

Revolution largely abandons all that for a story that, while better than an 80s cartoon, isn't great. More disappointingly, they abandon most of the attempts to explore any deeper issues and instead rely on shades of stories from bad comic books, and tell them poorly. It has all the funnel your childhood toys and stunt casting from the first one (William Shatner and Keith David both play prominent roles) but none of the desire to use MOTU to explore anything.

It's ok. If you want to see He-Man, Skeleton, and Hordak do stuff, it is that. But Revelations tried to be more, and I was hoping Revolution would be more. Instead, Revolution just didn't try.

Honestly, one season of He-Man that even attempted to be more than either "buy action figures!" or "'member how much you loved playing with these action figures over a quarter century ago?" is one more than I ever expected. If I want a challenging piece of genre fiction that explores themes, He-Man is not the first place I'd think to go.

NIMONA is on netflix's official youtube channel for free. Great movie.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

I watched the above. Tl:dr is don’t.

On the other hand, I loved it and recommend it if you liked the first season.

X-Men '97 is just the craziest thing to exist. Episode 4 is so bizarre, and the whole thing manages to feel like a long lost series that never aired. It's so damn cool.

I know it is part one of... two? I am waiting until the rest comes out.

I think after 97 I may embark on a leisurely project to watch the original run.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

I know it is part one of... two? I am waiting until the rest comes out.

I think after 97 I may embark on a leisurely project to watch the original run.

I don't know! There are just 4 episodes or so out. I really want to see a documentary behind-the-scenes thing on how it came to be and how things were approached to preserve the style. Back then, it would have been traditional animation, but they probably switched to digital with filters and effects.

Binged Invincible Season 2, loved it. Just as good as the comic and they stayed truer to the comic by not making Amber a S person. I don't know what they were thinking in season 1. They got all the easter eggs I remember from the comic. Plus Lex Luther and Optimus Prime show up.

And the finale of the "first" season of X-Men '97 is out. Holy sh*t. That was everything I want in more X-Men going forward.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

And the finale of the "first" season of X-Men '97 is out. Holy sh*t. That was everything I want in more X-Men going forward.

So how representative is the writing/voice acting in the first episode of the series as whole? Because everyone everywhere is constantly hyping this show but I barely made it halfway through the first episode before I couldn’t deal with the dialogue anymore and had to turn it off.
I like the X-men and want to like this show but I don’t know if I’m just missing something, I never really saw the original series.

ruhk wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

And the finale of the "first" season of X-Men '97 is out. Holy sh*t. That was everything I want in more X-Men going forward.

So how representative is the writing/voice acting in the first episode of the series as whole? Because everyone everywhere is constantly hyping this show but I barely made it halfway through the first episode before I couldn’t deal with the dialogue anymore and had to turn it off.
I like the X-men and want to like this show but I don’t know if I’m just missing something, I never really saw the original series.

So, you're bouncing off of this is exactly how I bounced off of the original 90's series trying to watch it after watching Batman: The Animated Series and X-Men: Evolution.

Despite reading the Chris Clairemont run of X-Men, it didn't click. Now it clicked. I think the oddity of it existing caught my attention.

It may just be that you don't have the nostalgia for the original that's needed to fully enjoy it, which an entirely fair reason to bounce off it. The dialogue is very much done in the style of the original, and it doesn't get any more modern sounding. Personally I loved it, but I can't argue that the dialogue/voice acting are great, just that they're exactly how they're supposed to be for the series.

Just completed X-men 97 season 1 and thought it was excellent. When I first heard about a continuation of the 90s cartoon I thought they were nuts but it worked for me. Loved how the show got more and more serious with each episode. Loved the spectacle of the battles. Gambit, remember that name.

Watched Robot Carnival 1987 and liked it. They got a bunch animators that were the top of their game at the time and told them to make shorts that in some way featured robots. If you like classic Japanese animation it is a must watch.

Started on Arcane. I have no League of Legends knowledge, but it seems decent.

Anyone else keeping up with Smiling Friends from adult swim/HBO Max right now? Season 2 is actively airing with new episodes dropping on Mondays, and it seems to be the current adult swim golden child. They have a lot of fun with blending mediums in their animation, and the episodes are at that crisp 12-minute runtime.

Check it out!

Okay, this makes a lot more sense now. A whole documentary behind the scenes feature thing about X-Men 97 dropped on Disney Plus. This is what I wanted!

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
ruhk wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

And the finale of the "first" season of X-Men '97 is out. Holy sh*t. That was everything I want in more X-Men going forward.

So how representative is the writing/voice acting in the first episode of the series as whole? Because everyone everywhere is constantly hyping this show but I barely made it halfway through the first episode before I couldn’t deal with the dialogue anymore and had to turn it off.
I like the X-men and want to like this show but I don’t know if I’m just missing something, I never really saw the original series.

So, you're bouncing off of this is exactly how I bounced off of the original 90's series trying to watch it after watching Batman: The Animated Series and X-Men: Evolution.

Despite reading the Chris Clairemont run of X-Men, it didn't click. Now it clicked. I think the oddity of it existing caught my attention.

Watch the documentary!

I'm half way through the new season of Star Trek Prodigy. So far so good. Lots of surprises and callbacks to other trek shows.

I finished Scavengers Reign last weekend, and it's relly an amazing weird thing. The American animation style is a bit like Heavy Metal but updated. Some of the voice acting is pretty rough and awkward, but others are really good. But what sells it is the amazingly imaginative life and terrain on the planet. It's really incredible and weird and unlike any other sci fi flora and fauna I have seen. I kept watching just to see what the next weird critters would be and how the characters would deal with them.
It's a slow, weird burn, but very cool.

Mixolyde wrote:

I finished Scavengers Reign last weekend, and it's relly an amazing weird thing. The American animation style is a bit like Heavy Metal but updated. Some of the voice acting is pretty rough and awkward, but others are really good. But what sells it is the amazingly imaginative life and terrain on the planet. It's really incredible and weird and unlike any other sci fi flora and fauna I have seen. I kept watching just to see what the next weird critters would be and how the characters would deal with them.
It's a slow, weird burn, but very cool.

Yes!