If you’re a long-term fan of Masters of the Universe then you will know that He-Man is good, and Skeletor is evil. Across cartoons, games, comics, and the toy lines, this is the default setting for all MOTU stories.
And when it comes to being evil, Skeletor really is bad to the bone (no pun intended). But he’s not the only bad seed on Eternia; Mer-Man, Beast Man, and Tri-Klops are all evil, as is Skeletor’s right-hand gal, Evil-Lyn.
But when it comes to Masters of the Universe: Revelation – the latest animated MOTU show – Evil-Lyn has shown a different side to her character. During the majority of the first five episodes of the series (aka Part One), Evil-Lyn has demonstrated that she can be a lot less ‘Evil’, and a lot more… ‘Lyn’.
But who is the real Evil-Lyn? Is she good, bad, or somewhere in between? And why the fluctuation in her character on Revelation?
In a recent Netflix featurette, called Masters of the Universe: Revelation The Ending Explained, showrunner Kevin Smith shined a little light on the subject of Evil-Lyn, to give some details on why she switched from bad to good (and then back to bad again). He explained that her journey in Masters of the Universe: Revelation has been designed to mirror Teela’s own journey of self-discovery, and this is why she temporarily stepped away from her usual path of evil.
As fans of the show will know, He-Man’s friend and colleague, Teela is the key focus of Masters of the Universe: Revelation – Part One. After He-Man and Skeletor seemingly ‘died’ in a monumental battle in episode one, she began to question everything about her life and the show followed her story.
And while Teela was getting to know herself, a similar situation was unfolding with Evil-Lyn, who found herself in a whole new place after Skeletor ‘died’. Skeletor had been such a huge influence on her life, that without him, things changed considerably.
Smith explained: “We’re talking about two woman who have been in the shadows of very powerful male characters since the inception of the franchise. And Teela, you know, fought side-by-side with He-Man – definitely more of his equal. Evil-Lyn though was always Skeletor’s subservient.”
He added: “What happens in a world where the person who helps identify that character – in the case of Teela and He-Man, and in the case of Evil-Lyn and Skeletor – what happens if those two figures are removed from their lives? Who do they get to be? And as we see in these first five episodes, there is goodness in Evil-Lyn, as Orko points out.”
So, Evil-Lyn got to highlight her good-natured side because Skeletor wasn’t around. Without Skeletor, Evil-Lyn was able to become someone else – a better someone else.
Or at least, she did until Skeletor returned in episode five. As soon as Skeletor made his comeback, Evil-Lyn reverted back to type, and took her place at his side.
But in those few episodes in between, when Evil-Lyn became her own person, she showed that she CAN be good. There is goodness inside her; it remains under the surface, but it is there.
Is she completely good? No. Is she bad. Most of the time. But the truth is, there is actually a real mix inside her.
Evil-Lyn’s evil is skin deep, but she’s not bad to the bone like Skeletor. There is a lot more to her than just a stereotype, and as we have seen, far more depth to her character.
Will we learn more about Evil-Lyn, as the show continues? Yes, according to Smith – audiences will get to see a lot more from Evil-Lyn as the series moves into Part Two.
He said Part Two “shifts into an Evil-Lyn story that is so compelling, absolutely fascinating, satisfying, heart-breaking.” According to Smith, “it became my favourite part of Masters of the Universe: Revelation.”
So, it looks like Evil-Lyn’s journey is far from over. There’s more to explore, and this means more good, more evil, and far more shades of grey in between.
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