Still Watching the Skies: Episode 64 “Masters of the Universe”
Robert, Nat, and Cody are joined by joined by Sean Gerber and John Bierly of Fandalorians to discuss the one and only MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE made its live action debut in 1987, shortly after the series had run its course and before it was gone long enough for people to miss it. Suffice it to say, Cannon Films took a hit on their attempt at the big leagues. Yet, it’s developed something of a cult following over the years.
No doubt syndication of the cartoon and the happy memories of the toys play a part in the nostalgia. But, some canny casting, Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, and Meg Foster certainly are memorable visually, combined with brisk pacing, and a more or less straight faced attempt at the material certainly play a part too. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE may have been slightly beyond Cannon Films’ capabilities, but they certainly make a good effort at it.
There’s memorable character designs, some genuinely good performances, particularly from Frank Langella, and even a bit of pageantry. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE was never the most adult property, some would even use the word jejune to describe it, but its combination of Conan and Star Wars was certainly good natured.
Needless to say, these fond memories lead to a lot of discussion. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE is certainly not the deepest movie that we ever discussed, but it certainly is one we were excited to discuss anyways.
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MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE Discussion: 0:00 to 1:06:25
Next Film and Outro: 1:06:25 to End
Next month, we journey back to the 1960s and Mario Bava’s memorable PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES. We hope you’ll join us.
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