Monday, December 8, 2014
The Way We Weren't: Masters of the Universe
saw in a theater, He-Man, Skeletor and their supporting casts have long been a part of my pop culture upbringing. Starting it's syndicated run in 1983, I was too young to have seen the show in it's original broadcast. New episodes ran through 1985 and it remained in syndicated reruns until 1988. It must have been sometime in those years that I got to see the after school adventures of super tan and yoked Eternian hero He-Man and his allies fighting the evil forces of ultra buff, blue skinned wizard Skeletor. I remember having several of the action figures, vehicles and even inherited Castle Grayskull from a neighbor. One of my earliest memories was watching the He-Man & She-Ra Christmas Special in 1985 followed by my mom taking me to see the Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella starring big-screen adaptation in 1987. That film, one of Cannon's last major efforts, was beset by financial issues, pressure from the studio and toymaker Mattel and received a less than stellar reaction from critics and moviegoers alike. While it's enjoyed a cult following for years as a guilty pleasure, I've always openly loved the film's mix of sci-fi, fantasy and action with it's big sets, larger than life characters and the simple message that there's only one of you in the universe.