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Netflix's 'Masters of the Universe: Revelation' Really Is That Good

By the power of Grayskull... we guarantee you'll love it.

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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, the children’s fantasy series based on the Mattel toy line which broadcast new episodes from 1983 to 1985 and aired in syndication well into the 1990s, is famously unfinished. The show is only two seasons long, but at 130 episodes had enough juice to keep airing and airing for years after the studio turned its attention to the spinoff focused around He-Man’s sister, She-Ra, doing away with plans for a third season.

The storyline of He-Man, told mostly in episodes meant to be one-offs disconnected from one another (so that they could be aired in any order), never got any sort of conclusion, and the eventual revival and live-action movie both flopped. Along comes Netflix’s new animated series Masters of the Universe: Revelation, developed by Kevin Smith and animated by Powerhouse Animation Studios (Castlevania, Blood of Zeus), to pick up the pieces, and it’s nothing less than a delight.

Masters of the Universe: Revelation, the first five episodes of which are available now on Netflix, is meant to pick up pretty much where the original series left off, with the magical world of Eternia and Castle Grayskull temporarily safe from the evil Skeletor’s (Mark Hamill) dastardly plans-but not for long. Unlike the original show, as Revelation is geared toward a slightly older crowd, there’s a narrative arc to this show that takes the characters and worlds familiar to fans and totally upends them. There’s a huge paradigm shift in the very first episode, characters level up their powers and personalities throughout the course of the season, and the fifth episode ends on a shockingly massive cliffhanger.

And it’s good. It’s difficult to discuss what happens without completely spoiling everything that happens, so for now we’ll stick to the basics: The main protagonist for most of the episodes is He-Man’s friend Teela (Sarah Michelle Gellar), the former castle guard turned mercenary, who gets a hair and outfit makeover and begins to discover the source of her own mysterious power; the main quest is driven by the best trope in the world, heroes and villains teaming up to achieve a common goal; and some of the relationships formed-the tentative friendship between sorceress Evil-Lyn (Lena Headey) and little floating Trollan Orko (Griffin Newman) is a highlight-are genuinely affecting, an impressive feat given that the the show only consists of five half-hour episodes so far.

And though it’s meant to be a continuation of the original series, you can absolutely jump into Revelation with only a rudimentary understanding of who everyone is, or none at all. There is plenty of material for the die-hard fans-classic characters like Battle Cat, Mer-Man, He-Ro (his first appearance in an animated show), and Moss-Man (voiced by original voice cast member Alan Oppenheimer), all put in appearances-while also feeling refreshed enough that it’s not just more of the same. You don’t have to be a die-hard fan to get a rush of endorphins from hearing He-Man (Chris Wood) shout “I HAVE THE POWER!!!” for the first time.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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