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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is a reboot of She-Ra: Princess of Power, the spinoff of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. It is produced by Dreamworks Animation Television and developed by Noelle Stevenson.
Summary[edit | edit source]
In this reboot of the 1980s series, a magic sword transforms an orphan girl into warrior She-Ra, who unites a rebellion to fight against evil.
Why It Rocks[edit | edit source]
- Although the animation can be cheap looking at times, there are moments when it really shines, such as in the theme song and Adora's transformation into She-Ra.
- The show takes advantage of not being toy-driven or having limited animation by having unique character designs for each character, unlike the original show. There are all types of ethnicities and sizes featured in the designs.
- Great voice acting. Shout-out to Jacob Tobia as Double Trouble, Lorraine Toussaint as Shadow Weaver, and Keston John as Hordak/Horde Prime.
- Lovable, deep, and relatable characters:
- Adora is an all-loving hero who believes the best of everyone and is determined to be the hero. However, her worldview shatters when she finds out that She-Ra is used to activate the Heart of Etheria, a bioweapon that would destroy Etheria.
- Glimmer is a reckless, impulsive girl who is traumatized when her mother dies at the end of season 3 and has to be a queen from then on.
- Bow is the heart of the Best Friends Squad, but later crumbles under the pressure and nearly goes insane in one episode of season 5.
- Perfuma is a hippie peacekeeper who never resorts to violence but learns the hard way that sometimes, violence is the answer.
- Mermista is a sarcastic girl who acts like she doesn't care but really does, and is later traumatized when the Horde destroys her kingdom, Salineas.
- Entrapta is a morally grey princess who has a special interest in technology, particularly the technology of the First Ones. The other princesses dismiss her as weird and make her feel unwelcome in the Rebellion, which is what causes her to go to the Horde (also because they have more First Ones technology). She later gains a friend in Hordak, who treats her better than any of the princesses did. She later rejoins the Rebellion when she finds out that the other princesses still care about her.
- Frosta starts out as a cold, distant princess, but later becomes overzealous and hotheaded because she was raised to be serious and now she gets to behave as a child would.
- Catra has one of the most pleasing arcs in western animation, next to Zuko of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Catra starts off as a fun-loving girl who feels hurt when Adora leaves the Horde. Later she grows dark and bitter and makes her way up to the top of the Horde by hurting others, such as Scorpia, Entrapta, and even Hordak himself. When Double Trouble gives her a speech about how she drives others away, Catra is broken. In season 5, Catra works to redeem herself after getting chipped by Horde Prime. Later she joins the Rebellion and becomes Adora's girlfriend.
- Funny jokes here and there, such as Adora trying to adapt to life outside the Horde, and getting all starry-eyed when she sees a horse for the first time.
- The writing is really impressive and we get all sorts of fun character interactions over the course of the show, especially in season 2.
- Mature themes, such as death, abuse, PTSD, war, genocide, religious brainwashing, and the list goes on. Even though the show went from rather silly to dark, it never felt like an unnatural transition, as there were serious moments even in season 1.
- Catchy theme song, "Warriors". Bonus points to the extended version.
- Each of the characters gets a moment to shine in the final two seasons.
- Great episodes like "Roll With It", "Protocol", "Hero", "The Portal", "Promise", the "Heart" two-parter, and more.
- Very well done background music that sets the mood and tone for every scene.
Bad Qualities[edit | edit source]
- She-Ra's redesign created a lot of controversy on the internet, saying that it was ugly and/or too masculine.
- It takes A LOT of liberties with the source material.
- The animation can get cheap-looking at times. This is noticeable in the character walk cycles (sometimes they don't sync up with the background).
- Swift Wind can be annoying at times.
- A lot of characters get swept to the wayside sometimes, such as Netossa, Spinnerella, Castaspella, Huntara, Kyle, Rogelio, Lonnie, and Madame Razz. Luckily, in the last 2 seasons, they get more screen-time and development.
- He-Man and his companions aren't in this show due to legal issues. Thus, it's never explained what Grayskull is.
Reception[edit | edit source]
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power was acclaimed by critics, citing it as one of the better cartoon reboots along with DuckTales (2017 TV series). It has a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.