The new reboot of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe changes some elements of the story. However, this also raises a question about Castle Grayskull.
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Season 1 of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, now streaming on Netflix.
New to Netflix He-Man and the Masters of the Universe reboot introduces many unique design elements and characters that set the series apart from its predecessors. The show also features many new ideas worth exploring. An example of this is Teela being a witch instead of a warrior and Cringer being anything but a coward. However, the fifth episode of the series, “We Have the Power,” poses a more humorous question regarding the bathrooms at Castle Grayskull.
At the start of the episode, Adam meets his friend Krass as she overlooks the skyline from the castle. Although it looks like he’s here to chat, he really only needs his headphones. That’s because he really needs to use the bathroom, and he’s desperate enough to see his helmet as a proper backup. However, his plan fails and Adam still does not have a bathroom as he gets up after being accosted by Krass, doing the revealing “pee dance”.
Adam immediately raises the question of the location of the bathrooms in Castle Grayskull, something that is rarely mentioned in cartoons – let alone in cartoons featuring action stars. Adam even plans to use the moat, even though he is at a significant height. The humor of the scene balances out with Krass’s worry about his place in the battle against Skeletor. She knows they’re meant to be the rulers of the universe, but like all heroes, she’s filled with doubts.
Although Adam cares about his problems, his urge to go to the bathroom is too strong and he constantly tries to take his helmet off, even after she tells him no. The scene is humorous for the younger ones, but also shows a deeper layer of the series, as it focuses on the issues of finding who you are and harnessing your potential. Ultimately, Krass lets Adam solve his bathroom problem, which prompts Adam to seriously consider relieving himself on the very high walls of Castle Grayskull, in the moat.
The funniest thing about the scene is that Adam is meant to be He-Man, and yet he still struggles with the same issues everyone else has. However, the scene also makes viewers wonder if there is even a bathroom in Grayskull or what the bathrooms look like for the entire universe. History paints an unsavory picture of bathrooms in royal castles, which begs the question whether the same logic applies here. The cutting edge technology found in the series, however, makes it unlikely that Grayskull will be the only place without a bathroom, although it is possible that the one that does exist is less than ideal.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is not afraid to question what came before, whether it be the design or the availability of bathrooms in old castles. Nonetheless, the series raises these issues in style and arouses awe or laughter as a result. It’s clear that Adam’s dilemma will be the first of many other rare concerns that will be asked about the series.
Find out how Adam handles his situation in the bathroom in Season 1 of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, now available on Netflix.
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