We have finally reached the last episode of part one of Netflix and Kevin Smith‘s Masters of the Universe: Revelation. In the previous episode, Teela (voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar) and the gang ventured into Subternia for one half of the Sword of Power. In episode five, “The Forge at the Forest of Forever,” the group ventures into Preternia and a familiar figure warns them that there is no escape from this realm.
DISCLAIMER: This, my friends, is a recap and, by nature, will include major spoilers. I highly suggest watching Masters of the Universe: Revelation first before diving into these. Binge all five episodes here!
“The Forge at the Forest of Forever” begins as Adam (voiced by Chris Wood), Teela and the others say goodbye to Orko (voiced by Griffin Newman). They bury him near the forest edge and Adam asks the forest, who happens to be the soul of Moss Man (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer). Adam takes a moment to say goodbye on his own while Evil-Lyn (voiced by Lena Headey) is reminded by these otherworldly voices through the magic that they are in a bit of a time crunch.
Adam willingly hands over the other half of the sword and even believes the He-Ro (voiced by Phil LaMarr) can help them reforge the Sword of Power. However, he drops some heavy news on the group. The door to Preternia only opens one way and no one who enters gets to leave. Adam does have an idea of how he can get them out, but he is going to need Teela’s help with it. They head off in one direction, while Andra (voiced by Tiffany Smith) and the others head to the forge.
Adam tries to get Teela to explain why they are in Preternia, but she refuses to tell her secret, seeing as he never felt she needed to know his. Instead of fighting over it, Adam fills her in on his plan. If there is any way out of Preternia, it is at Grayskull Tower. But, they need to get the attention of the owner first by joining in the Wild Hunt.
At He-Ro’s forge, he struggles to figure out how the blade came apart and how to get it back together. Roboto (voiced by Justin Long) believes he will be able to help assist. But, the group doesn’t think they have a forge large enough to do it. Andra comes up with the idea to lockdown He-Ro’s building and create a giant forge out of it.
In the forest, Teela and Adam are soaring past the competition while working together, just like in old times. They are able to knock out a few of their friendly competitors and Teela even saves Adam a time or two. In the end, though, it is King Grayskull (voiced by Dennis Haysbert) who is the winner. Teela tries to explain to Grayskull why she is there, but the others cut in with “Flea-man” in tow.
Grayskull shares with her that in Preternia, they are able to pick how they wish to look. And Adam decided to go with his “lesser form” instead of appearing as He-Man. Later that evening, Grayskull explains to Teela how he was the first champion and that the guardians even named the Castle after him as an honor, though dubious at best. If she is looking to return to Eternia, she may use the gate within his tower.
Adam inquires why he never used the gate himself. This leads Grayskull to explain that one it would be unnatural since they are technically dead. And two, he spent his entire life being afraid of death. But when he finally arrived in Preternia, he realized there was nothing to be afraid of and it was a paradise never worth leaving. He asks Adam why he should ever leave. When he doesn’t answer, Teela gets up and storms away.
“The Forge at the Forest of Forever” cuts back to Andra and the team at He-Ro’s tower. Everything is set up and ready to go, so Roboto tells everyone to get back before beginning the reforging process using the last of Eternia’s magic.
Elsewhere, Teela is trying to relax when Adam finally finds her. She wants him to stop being so nice, so she can continue to go on being angry at him. Angry for lying to her all this time and then dying. She wasn’t able to mourn her friend because she didn’t even know who he was. Adam tries to get her to open up about what is happening in Eternia and even guesses that something is wrong with the magic. However, she still keeps a tight lip.
Adam eventually throws out that he can go back with them and help. But Teela throws Grayskull’s words back in his face and asks why he would ever leave. She storms off just as Moss Man makes his appearance, having heard everything. Adam asks him if anyone has ever left Preternia and what happens if they do. While Moss Man doesn’t know, he does know that there is a very large chance that if Adam were to leave, he would never be able to return.
At the forge, Roboto continues to forge the two swords together while the others wait outside. Things really heat up (don’t come at me for the pun) and finally, Roboto is able to merge the swords back together before they blow him apart. With Teela and Andra at his side, Roboto opens up that Man-At-Arms (voiced by Liam Cunningham) did a better job than he thought because if he were just a mere machine, he wouldn’t fear death as he does now. He doesn’t want them to be sad, knowing that in the end, he was more like a miracle.
The team makes their way to Grayskull Tower, where Teela and the others get ready to say goodbye. Adam drops the bomb that he is going to return to Preternia with them. He will not let anyone else die on this mission and needs to be there to save his friends. Grayskull and He-Ro remind him that there is no coming back once he leaves, but Adam has made up his mind. He goes where Teela goes.
With a final goodbye, the group is teleported outside of Castle Grayskull, where Tri Clops’ (voiced by Henry Rollins) men ambush them. With some quick reflexes and the help of Man-At-Arms, the team safely makes their way into the castle. Man-At-Arms informs the group that the raids have been coming every hour, but he would rather die than let them get their hands on Sorceress (voiced by Susan Eisenberg).
Adam pipes up that he knows a thing or two about dying. Of course, we get a tearful scene between him and Cringer (voiced by Stephen Root), who is happy to see him alive. Teela finally tells Adam what has been happening in Eternia and now that they have the sword and him, they can bring magic back to Eternia. He just needs to say the magic words.
Down below, Adam draws the sword and calls magic back to Eternia and saving Sorceress and everyone else in the process. But before he can completely transform, the head of the Havok staff comes out of Evil-Lyn’s bag, reforms and brings Skeletor (voiced by Mark Hamill) back. He stabs Adam and takes the Sword of Power for himself and as “The Forge at the Forest of Forever” comes to a close, Skeletor becomes Skelegod.
What a way to end part one of the first season of Masters of the Universe: Revelation. Honestly, I didn’t know where this was going, but I would have never in my mind went with “Skeletor taking the sword of power and becoming Skelegod.” And Adam can’t be dead again, right? He and Teela just patched things up for the most part. Maybe the second part of the season will see Adam learn to use the power within himself that he doesn’t need to be He-Man.
Speaking of people who are possibly dead. I am still on the fence about Orko. I know what people will say, but I stand by my belief that when it comes to Netflix, no body means no confirmation. Maybe by returning magic to Eternia, things will somehow fix some stuff. And I’d like to say that we can figure it out in the next episode, but this is it for part one of the series. Hopefully, we will be getting an announcement soon on when part two will kick-off!
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