After drying our eyes from episode one of Netflix’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation, it’s time to get into episode two. No spoilers in this section for the first episode, so go watch it if you haven’t seen it. In episode two, “The Poisoned Chalice,” Teela (voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar) and her new partner accept a job from a mysterious woman that sends them to Snake Mountain for an old goblet.
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 Poisoned Chalice” looks to kick off weeks or even months after the events of episode one. Two masked mercenaries are tracking something into a rather stinky place. Just ask one finds what they are looking for, Stinkor (voiced by Jason Mewes) leaps out at them. A really quick battle ensues as Stinkor is no match for the two mercenaries who turn out to be Teela and her new companion Andra (voiced by Tiffany Smith).
The two head to the temple and return the stolen glove. The priestess informs them that magic items from around Eternia are being stolen and sold to the highest bidder. Magic itself has abandoned Eternia and these items have the last bit of it. It turns out Teela has turned away from magic altogether, favoring technology now. Most specifically, the tech created by her partner Andra.
From the shadows, Teela and Andra are met by a mysterious older woman who calls herself Majestra (voiced by Lena Headey). Majestra hires Teela and Andra to sneak into Snake Mountain and bring back an old goblet. It isn’t magical, just sentimental to her as it belonged to a friend who has passed. Teela takes the job without question and they head off to Snake Mountain.
“The Poisoned Chalice” jumps to a quick flashback to a time when Teela and He-Man (voiced by Adam Wood) took a trip to Snake Mountain. It shows that the two were such a great team and willing to work together through anything. This doesn’t seem to be a pleasant memory for present-day Teela. She still seems to be harboring anger towards Prince Adam for lying.
As they approach, Teela realizes that some sort of tech guards the mountain. Andra knows that just touching it will blow them sky high – instant death. Teela remembers the trap she originally fell in before and decides that it will be the best way in. They just need to do some heavy digging. Once inside, Teela realizes that they have done quite a bit of redecorating.
Teela and Andra knock out a few guards and take their robes and follows the rest into what looks to be a ritualistic cult surrounding the great Motherboard. Tri Clops (voiced by Henry Rollins) is making the nearby villagers drink the Motherboard’s blood which turns them into half-human half-tech. Teela decides that she is going to be the distraction and Andra will go for the cup.
Tri Clops tells Teela that after the death of Skeletor, they knew that the true answer to power in Eternia was mastering technology. Regardless, Teela is here to do a job and smack some heads together. An all-out battle ensues and the two hold their own against the cronies of Snake Mountain and even pull a move Teela used with He-Man before. The two make it out, cup in hand with some enemies and a tentacle monster on their trail.
“The Poisoned Chalice” sees Teela and Andra safely make it out and back into the city. Andra is confused about how Teela could walk away from her old life if it were even a fraction of the excitement they experienced. At this time, Majestra pops out and remarks how she got outwitted and left. Teela hands over the cup and grabs her reward when Majestra asks if she wants to finish the job.
All they have to do is escort her to Grayskull. Teela isn’t down for returning there, but Andra wants to go. She knows that the hero’s life isn’t something Teela wants to return to, but she can’t walk away from this chance. Teela can’t seem to let Andra go on her own and ultimately decides to go with them.
At Grayskull, they find Sorceress (voiced by Susan Eisenberg) holding all of the magic in Eternia in place. Majestra reveals herself to be Evil-Lyn and the cup itself is the head to the Havok staff. Teela thinks she is trying to hurt and throws her spear, but Cringer (voiced by Stephen Root) stops it. Evil-Lyn is actually trying to save Sorceress. She transfers the last small ember of magic into Evil-Lyn’s staff and, in turn, loses all of her own power.
The issue they face now is that if all the magic disappears, Eternia and the universe will disappear completely. Sorceress asks Teela to find the two halves of the Sword of Power. They share that the Sword of Power was forged of two blades, one from the Hall of Heroes in Preternia and the other in the Land of the Dead. When torn apart, they were sent back to where they were forged.
They need Teela to be the one who goes after the two swords and have them reforged together. Clearly, she is completely against this, having walked away from all of this before. Cringer tries to talk some sense into her, thinking that she is scared that since Adam trusted her with all of this, she is scared of letting him down. But Teela doesn’t feel like she ever knew Adam.
But that isn’t true. In fact, Teela knew him better than anyone and he was willing to sacrifice himself, knowing she would still be there. It’s a tearful moment between the two. Of course, Andra wants to go on this trip and Evil-Lyn isn’t about to let them do this alone. But before they head to Subternia, they need to visit the best weapons forge master.
“The Poisoned Chalice” comes to a close with a brief glimpse at the Man-At-Arms (voiced by Liam Cunningham).
The second episode of Masters of the Universe: Revelation was fantastic. Teela has moved on from her past. But it is apparent that she still holds resentment for everything with Adam and the others. It does seem like she has found a good friend in Andra (who I absolutely love!) and a new life as a mercenary. But like they say, duty calls and Eternia needs her help. I am thankful that she is going on this journey, but I do understand her apprehension.
Now our makeshift team of heroes is on their way to meet with the Man-At-Arms in order to take the next step of their journey. And their journey is taking them essentially to heaven and hell! I can’t wait to see how many more characters we get to see in this series. I know Tony Todd is voiced the amazing Scareglow and I can’t wait to see his performance and what Subternia looks like. Let’s head into episode three!
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