She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.png
Promotional poster for the first season
GenreAction
Adventure
Science fantasy
Magical girl
Sword and planet
Based on
Developed byNoelle Stevenson
Voices of
Opening theme"Warriors" by Aaliyah Rose
Ending theme"I Have The Power"
Composer(s)Sunna Wehrmeijer
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Noelle Stevenson
Chuck Austen
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNetflix
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseNovember 13, 2018 (2018-11-13) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related showsShe-Ra: Princess of Power (original series)
External links
Website

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is an American animated web television series developed by Noelle Stevenson and produced by DreamWorks Animation Television. It premiered on November 13, 2018, on Netflix. The third season is to be released on August 2, 2019.[1]

Like the 1985 Filmation series She-Ra: Princess of Power, of which this series is a reboot, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power tells the tale of the teenager Adora's rebellion against the evil Hordak and his Horde. As the heroine She-Ra, Adora leads a group of other magical princesses in an alliance to defeat Hordak. The series has been well-received by critics, who praised it for its diverse cast and the portrayal of She-Ra's relationship with her friend and rival Catra. It was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming.[2]

Premise[edit]

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power follows Adora, an orphan raised by the Horde. This evil army is led by Hordak, who rules the planet Etheria with an iron fist. One day, after getting lost in the woods, Adora finds a magic sword that transforms her into the Princess of Power, She-Ra. After realizing the suffering that the Horde has inflicted on Etheria and its inhabitants, Adora joins the Resistance in the fight against the Horde through rebuilding the Princess Alliance, a group of other magical girls that once all opposed Hordak. Adora's newfound allegiance to the Resistance pits her against her former best friend Catra, whose sense of abandonment, malicious ambitions, and the disappearance of her former friend enables her to rise in the ranks of the Horde to become the new heroine's mortal enemy.[3]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Development and production of the series began concurrently in April 2016. Showrunner Noelle Stevenson initially pitched it to Netflix on the assumption of creating only one season, but in November 2018 she said that "we now have four arcs of 13 episodes done". The first such arc was released as the first season, but only seven episodes of the second arc were released as the second season. She-Ra is created using traditional animation, with the exception of some computer animation for "complicated machinery".[4][5]

Themes[edit]

The first season of the serialized She-Ra reboot focuses on establishing the characters and their relationships in order to set up future seasons, initially by way of introducing "princesses of the week" to the core cast of Adora and her close friends Glimmer and Bow.[6] While the core premise and characters of the original series were carried over, as well as many of its affectations (such as Adora's transformation catchphrase "For the honor of Grayskull!")[7] the reboot sets itself apart from the 1980s series by its almost entirely female cast of deliberate diversity,[6] both as regards appearance as well as character traits, which range from good to "evil but understandable", "utterly amoral" or "full-blown hippie".[8] He-Man, in the original version She-Ra's brother who "awakens her destiny", does not appear in the reboot's first and second season, so as to set up She-Ra as a heroine in her own right.[9]

According to Stevenson, the series's thematic core are the relationships among its teenaged characters, which range from "wide-eyed love" to "heart-rending jealousy, crushes and infatuations".[10] Reviewers particularly highlighted the convincing portrayal of the anti-hero Catra and her complicated "frenemy" relationship with Adora,[8][6] which The Verge described as "the best animated antihero story since Avatar: The Last Airbender's Zuko".[11] In addition, the series addresses such themes as abusive relationships,[12] prejudice, isolationism (as exemplified, initially, by the princesses), colonization and genocide (a result of Hordak's planetary-scale warfare).[10] The series also emphasizes the necessity of taking action no matter one's own power or circumstances; it portrays magic as fallible and dependent on its wielder's skill and determination.[13]

LGBT representation[edit]

The creators indicated prior to release that the series would provide LGBT representation.[14] Tor.com commented that the series "reads as utterly queer in just about every aspect", with many characters coded as fluid in terms of gender or sexuality, and none as clearly heterosexual.[15] Stevenson said in an interview that, when asked by a network executive what the rainbow in the climax of the first season's last episode meant, she simply replied: "The gay agenda".[16]

The first season shows a romantic relationship between two female side characters, Spinnerella and Netossa,[17][18][19] and Adora and Catra's relationship has undercurrents of romantic tension.[8][20][21] In the second season, Bow's fathers Lance and George make an appearance.

Staff and cast[edit]

Noelle Stevenson is the creator of the rebooted She-Ra.

The series' showrunner and creator is Noelle Stevenson, a cartoonist who became known for her Eisner Award-winning comics Nimona and Lumberjanes. The principal voice cast includes Aimee Carrero as She-Ra, Karen Fukuhara as Glimmer, AJ Michalka as Catra, and Marcus Scribner as Bow.[22] Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is the voice director.[23] The series has an all-female writers' room, and only one man in the regular voice cast.[10] Around 45 people work on She-Ra in the DreamWorks offices in Glendale.[4]

Design[edit]

She-Ra in the 1985 series (left) and her 2018 redesign (right) that triggered a controversy on social media.

Visually, the rebooted She-Ra series takes inspiration from anime and the works of Hayao Miyazaki and Moebius. Whereas the original series' heroines were all of exactly the same size and shape to facilitate animation and toy production, and were all white (with the late exception of Netossa), the new series' characters are intentionally diverse in shape and ethnicity.[10]

Character design[edit]

After first images of She-Ra's design were released in July 2018, controversy ensued on social media. Some Internet users (men, according to some sources,[24][25][26] but also women according to others[27][28]) contended that she wasn't as sexy,[24] voluptuous or glamorous as in the original series,[29] or that she looked like a boy.[30] Other users responded that the new series tried to avoid sexualizing a children's show, and conveyed body positivity.[24]

J. Michael Straczynski, the co-creator of the original series, commented that his She-Ra was written as "a warrior, first and foremost", and that "anyone who is looking back at [her] as the 'ideal woman' is doing so through the lens of prepubescent (...) interest and kind of, understandably, imprinted on her like baby ducks. I get it. But that wasn’t the creative *intent*."[31] Fan artists responded to She-Ra's redesign and the controversy over it with a wave of artworks celebrating the heroine's new look.[29] The Verge reported that most of these artists were young women who were inspired by the new design's detractors to improve the new character's profile and her reputation.[29]

Music[edit]

The series' title song is "Warriors" by Aaliyah Rose.[32] The Washington Post highlighted it as one of the "theme song/opening credits so good it must not be skipped, right up there with Daredevil, The Crown and Narcos".[7]

The soundtrack was composed by Sunna Wehrmeijer. She aimed at creating a "contemporary ’80s synth-sound combined with orchestral adventure", based on the creators' desire to feature "big and epic" but also "sparkly" music.[33]

Promotion[edit]

A first teaser trailer released in September 2018 showcased Adora's transformation into She-Ra.[34] Longer trailers were released in October[35] and November 2018.[36] On January 24, 2019, the network announced the series' renewal for a second season, which debuted on April 26 of that year.[37]

As a novelty for a television series, the series' website is available in a virtual reality format, and is set up to present the user with a virtual crystal palace.[38]

Voice cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
113November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)
27April 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"The Sword Part 1"Adam HenryWritten and story by : Noelle Stevenson
Storyboard by : Jen Bennett, Diana Huh, Polly Guo, & Joseph Scott
November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)
Adora, a young cadet who lives a sheltered life in the Fright Zone, is promoted to force captain of the Horde, an evil army that rules most of the planet Etheria. To cheer up her best friend Catra after telling her she cannot join the conquest of Thaymor, Adora sneaks away with Catra to the Whispering Woods. After accidentally crashing their ship in the woods, Adora finds a mysterious sword and begins having visions upon touching it. Haunted by the dreams, Adora talks Catra into covering for her as she returns to the Whispering Woods to find it. While there, Adora encounters Princess Glimmer and Bow, members of the Rebellion, the army opposing the Horde that Adora was raised to view as evil. Following a fight against Glimmer and Bow versus Adora in an attempt by both to acquire the sword, the appearance of a giant spider creature allows Adora to grab the sword and transform into a large warrior princess.
22"The Sword Part 2"Jen BennettWritten by : Noelle Stevenson
Storyboard by : Polly Guo, Mickey Quinn, Diana Huh, Joseph Scott, & Stephanie Stine
November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)
Though Adora managed to calm the spider monster in her transformed state, both her reversion to her usual form and Glimmer taking the sword provokes the creature as they escape into a First Ones ruin. While briefly there, Adora finds that she can read the First Ones' forgotten language. While reading "She-Ra" under the image of a figure identical to her transformed state, Adora gradually befriends Glimmer and Bow while learning the truth about the Horde and their destructive war. It is only when Adora witnesses the Horde attack the peaceful village of Thaymor, which she was told was a fortified fortress, that Adora accepts the truth. Adora later finds Catra among the attack party, with orders from their superior and guardian Shadow Weaver to retrieve Adora. When Catra admits to knowing all along what the Horde truly was, she finds Adora refusing to return with her. Catra is forced to subdue Adora by attempting to pacify her with an electric baton. Adora transforms into She-Ra and drives off the Horde from Thaymor. Hoping to join the rebellion, Adora leaves to Bright Moon with Bow, Glimmer, and a horse from Thaymor.
33"Razz"Stephanie StineStory by : James Krieg & Noelle Stevenson
Written by : Noelle Stevenson
Storyboard by : Diana Huh, Angela Kim, & Joseph Scott
November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)
Once arriving at Bright Moon, Glimmer hopes to introduce Adora to her mother Queen Angella while in She-Ra form. Adora is unable to consciously transform, with her attempt to transform at will resulting in the transformation of a horse her friends called "horsey" into a winged unicorn. She is then chased out of Bright Moon by rebels assuming she is a Horde soldier due to her attire. Adora ends up back in the Whispering Woods where she meets the eccentric Madame Razz. Madame Razz helps Adora by taking her to the Beacon to pick berries, and informing her that "horsey" prefers to be called Swift Wind. Razz and Adora ride upon Swift Wind to a Horde base commanded by Grizzlor. After successfully fending off the Horde soldiers, a fully confident Adora later appears before Angella. Adora convinces the queen to allow her to join the rebellion. Meanwhile in the Fright Zone, Catra is promoted to the position of force captain in Adora' absence.
44"Flowers for She-Ra"Lianne HughesWritten by : Josie Campbell
Storyboard by : Marc Camelbeke & Mandy Clotworthy
November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)
Deciding to reassemble the princess alliance her parents once had with the other kingdoms before her father's death, Glimmer travels to the kingdom of Plumeria, which is home to Princess Perfuma. Glimmer, Bow, and Adora find themselves as part of a relief effort for Plumeria as it is under constant siege from the Horde. Although Adora considers remaining in her She-Ra form due to the legend built on it, Perfuma and her people are revealed to be pacifists who have done nothing to resist the Horde, while also believing that She-Ra would be able to solve all their problems. After unsuccessfully attempting to heal their dying plant life, Adora admits to not being able to heal like the She-Ra in the legends. Adora then learns that the Horde are poisoning Plumeria, and convinces the Plumerians to fight back against the invading army. Shadow Weaver, having recently learned She-Ra's true identity, acts against Hordak's orders by ordering Catra to find Adora while sending her shadow spies to keep tabs on her whereabouts.
55"The Sea Gate"Jen BennettWritten by : Sonja Warfield
Storyboard by : Polly Guo & Mickey Quinn
November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)
Nearing to reach the kingdom of Salineas to convince Princess Mermista to join the Princess Alliance, Adora and her friends garner the services of Captain Sea Hawk after She-Ra wins a bet by defeating him in an arm-wrestling match. It is later discovered that Sea Hawk is Mermista's ex-boyfriend. Shadow Weaver sends Catra with fellow force captain Scorpia along with a crew to retrieve Adora. Catra and the other Horde soldiers attack the Salineas Sea Gate, which is in their way. With the Sea Gate failing, She-Ra repairs the mystical barrier while her friends and new allies drive off the Horde forces.
66"System Failure"Stephanie StineWritten by : Katherine Nolfi
Storyboard by : Diana Huh, Angela Kim & Sam Szymanski
November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)
After Bow expresses his excitement for his newly made sonic arrows, Adora and her friends reach the Kingdom of Dryl. They've traveled to the kingdom to convince Princess Entrapta to join the princess alliance, only to find themselves fighting for their lives as Entrapta's experiments with the First Ones' technology unleashes a virus that causes her robots to turn violent. Matters worsen as Adora ends up being affected by the virus due to her link with the Sword of Protection, which is a form of First Ones technology. Glimmer and Entrapta keep Adora safe while they find a cure. Meanwhile, Bow leads the castle's staff in finding his friends. When Bow reunites with Glimmer and Adora, they decide to raid the room in which the virus seems to have taken hold. With the help of Glimmer, Entrapta, and the castle's staff, Bow shoots a sonic arrow at the virus. The virus's effects become null and void as the robots are pacified along with Adora being cured.
77"In the Shadows of Mystacor"Lianne HughesWritten by : Rich Burns
Storyboard by : Marc Camelbeke, Mandy Clotworthy, Angela Kim & Faryn Pearl
November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)
Unaware of Shadow Weaver tracking her through the shadows, Adora stresses out while Glimmer takes her to the hidden kingdom of Mystacor guarded by her aunt, Castaspella. Whenever Adora tries to relax at her friends' request, she keeps believing that Shadow Weaver is in the kingdom , which everyone tells her is impossible. As a ceremony to renew Mystacor's barrier draws near, Shadow Weaver enacts a plan by using one of her shadow spies to disrupt the ritual while isolating Adora for capture. She-Ra successfully foils both plans.
88"Princess Prom"Jen BennettWritten by : Josie Campbell
Storyboard by : Jasmine Goggins, Polly Guo, Kiki Manrique & Mickey Quinn
November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)
Adora receives an honorary invitation to the Princess Prom, an event that occurs once a decade, being held by Princess Frosta in the land of Snows. As Adora tries to understand the rules and formulates a strategy, she learns that all weapons are confiscated before entering to promote neutrality. To Glimmer's dismay, she learns that Bow is attending the prom with Perfuma, which she fears may be growing his and her friendship apart. Meanwhile, Catra decides to formulate her own scheme to capture Adora after learning that Scorpia is a princess. Catra convinces Scorpia to attend the Princess Prom, with herself as Scorpia's plus one. Once everyone is gathered at the prom, Adora makes a bad first impression on the much younger Frosta. Adora continues to irritate Frosta when she sees Catra and Scorpia together at the Prom. Adora and Glimmer split up to keep an eye on both of them, but besides getting Adora banned from future Princess Proms, this all played in Catra's favor. Catra and other Horde members bomb Frosta's castle as a diversion to steal the Sword of Protection and kidnapping Glimmer and Bow in the process.
99"No Princess Left Behind"Stephanie StineWritten by : Sonja Warfield
Storyboard by : Angela Kim, Diana Huh & Sam Szymanski
November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)
Shadow Weaver, taking credit for Catra's accomplishment, holds Glimmer hostage to force Angella to surrender herself. Adora enlists the help of Perfuma, Entrapta, Mermista, and Sea Hawk to infiltrate the Fright Zone to save Glimmer and Bow. Adora's plan goes horribly wrong as she gets captured, while Entrapta is seemingly killed when the others escape with Bow. Shadow Weaver proceeds to use her magic to alter Adora's memories to restore her previous mind set, only for Glimmer to free herself as she knocks out Shadow Weaver before freeing her friend. The two then attempt an escape before encountering Catra carrying the Sword of Protection. Catra returns Adora's sword to her, and allows them to flee the Fright Zone.
1010"The Beacon"Lianne HughesWritten by : Katherine Nolfi
Storyboard by : Marc Camelbeke, Mandy Clotworthy, Diana Huh, Angela Kim & Sam Szymanski
November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)
Following the events of their rescue mission, Adora blames herself for Entrapta's death. Mermista and Perfuma leave the alliance while Frosta closes off her kingdom from the outside world. The event also effected Glimmer as she makes attempts to conceal her power "glitching" from Angella. As Glimmer is forced to a mandatory dinner with her mother, Glimmer and Angella finally come to an understanding that Angella cannot protect Glimmer by holding her back like she did to her father. Adora leaves to find the Beacon. Meanwhile, Hordak scolds Shadow Weaver for acting against his orders and hiding the fact that Adora is She-Ra from him. Catra and Scorpia find Entrapta hiding in the air vents, alive and well. Following an unsuccessful interrogation that included Entrapta escaping her restraints multiple times and improving a robot's destructive power, Catra wins Entrapta over to the Horde by claiming the others abandoned her. Entrapta then reveals the existence of the First Ones to her would-be interrogators. Entrapta gives Catra a scanner while telling her that she presumes that there is a large stash of First Ones technology under the Whispering Woods. Catra ends up following Adora to the Beacon.
1111"Promise"Jen BennettWritten by : Noelle Stevenson
Storyboard by : Polly Guo & Mickey Quinn
November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)
Adora enters the Beacon in her quest to heal Glimmer, attempting to communicate with the AI and only learning that her Sword is a portable rune stone keyed exclusively to She-Ra. Upon becoming frustrated with the hologram answering her questions, she requests to speak with Light Hope, the woman she first saw when she touched the Sword of Protection. However, Adora soon realizes Catra followed her inside as she unknowingly set off the Beacon's alarm while stealing a data crystal, forcing them to run from its defenses while subjected to hologram projections of their memories. This gradually makes Catra, admitting she did not want Adora to return to the Horde, realize her own ambitions as she leaves Adora hanging on a ledge. Adora hangs for dear life before hearing Light Hope telling her to let go. Adora falls into the abyss. Catra returns to the Fright Zone, informing Entrapta and Scorpia that she has stolen a data crystal.
1212"Light Hope"Lianne HughesWritten by : Josie Campbell
Storyboard by : Marc Camelbeke, Mandy Clotworthy & Angela Kim
November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)
After letting go, Adora finds herself in the Crystal Castle and meets Light Hope, who reveals the history of the First Ones and the legacy of She-Ra. Light Hope tries to communicate to Adora that she is the defender of all Etheria, attempting to convince her to remain with her in order to harness her full potential. However, Glimmer and Bow free their friend, to which they are joined by Swift Wind, who is revealed to have the ability to speak. Meanwhile, Entrapta learns more about the First Ones by decrypting a data crystal and discovering the First Ones's technology is integrated into the planet of Etheria itself, with the rune stones as a means to tap into it. With Hordak's blessing, he allows Catra to utilize Shadow Weaver's Black Garnet runestone. Furious by this, Shadow Weaver retaliates by attempting to subdue Catra, Scorpia, and Entrapta. After Shadow Weaver immobilizes Scorpia and Entrapta, Catra punches Shadow Weaver's mask before finally subduing her. As the experiments on the Black Garnet runestone continue, an imbalance on Etheria is caused. This leaves Bright Moon exposed to an attack by the Horde due to the Whispering Woods freezing over.
1313"The Battle of Bright Moon"Stephanie StineWritten by : Noelle Stevenson
Storyboard by : Diana Huh, Jasmine Goggins, Angela Kim, Sharon Sun & Sam Szymanski
November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)
Catra leads an invasion force on Bright Moon to destroy the moonstone and strengthen the Black Garnet's hold on Etheria. Angella keeps her runestone safe while She-Ra, Glimmer, Bow, Netossa, and Spinnerella mount a defense. Catra's forces seem to have the advantage due to Entrapta's technological improvements, and Catra leading She-Ra away from the battle after She-Ra lost her sword while fighting. However, Glimmer's connection to the moonstone is restored when Frosta, Perfuma, Mermista, and Sea Hawk arrive to turn the tide of battle as She-Ra regains the Sword of Protection and restores the balance of the runestones. Despite her failure, Catra earned enough of Hordak's praise that she replaces Shadow Weaver as his new second-in-command.

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
141"The Frozen Forest"Jen BennettWritten by : Katherine Nolfi
Storyboard by : Jasmine Goggins, Angela Kim, Kiki Monrique & Mickey Quinn
April 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)
Despite their common cause, the Princess Alliance members face internal dispute owing to diverging attitudes while Catra deploying platoons of robots deter the group's attempt to restore the Whispering Woods. Bow suggests capturing an intact Horde-Bot to install a kill-switch program which could take all the Bots out, while Entrapta develops an advanced type of Horde-Bot utilizing First Ones' technology. Adora and her companions encounter the four prototypes, who easily thrash them before retreating to salvage more technology from the Beacon. Adora re-encourages her companions; they succeed in working together in destroying the Horde-Bots, and their inspiration triggers a magical force in them which revives the damaged woods. But while taking the remaining Bot apart, Bow discovers that Entrapta is still alive and working for the enemy.
152"Ties That Bind"Stephanie Stine & DWoomanWritten by : Laura Sreebny
Storyboard by : Karen Guo, Diana Huh, Angela Kim & Sam Szymanski
April 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)
The Horde has taken Dryl, Entrapta's home. Light Hope informs Adora that she and her mount Swift Wind must form a special connection with each other, and asks Adora to seek out the ruins of the Watchtower, a First Ones' relay station destroyed by the first She-Ra, whose restoration would improve her technical functions. Adora and Swift Wind discover the ruins, but Swift Wind's excited prattling makes it hard for Adora to ask for his assistance until they find a common understanding and thus establish their bond. Upon learning that Entrapta is still alive, Glimmer decides to mount a solo rescue mission with Bow, but they end up capturing Catra instead. On the way to Brightmoon, messing with her captors by calming that Entrapta is being tortured, Catra exhausts Glimmer's powers with her antics before activating her tracking beacon for Scorpia to find her. Catra then bluffs Glimmer and Bow into releasing her and reveals that Entrapta is helping the Horde willingly, Glimmer and Bow able to escape capture.
163"Signals"Lianne HughesWritten by : Katherine Nolfi
Storyboard by : Mandy Clotworthy & Olivier Malric
April 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)
Catra faces Hordak's growing displeasure about her performance, driving her to seek the imprisoned Shadow Weaver's aid. In her search for a tool she needs, Entrapta sneaks into Hordak's laboratory and witnesses him conducting a failing experiment to create a multidimensional portal, impulsively deciding to perfect the process before being discovered. To Hordak's surprise, the next activation succeeds and he accepts Entrapta's offer to assist him. In the meantime, Adora, Glimmer, Bow and Swift Wind investigate the loss of communication with Alwyn, a farming outpost for the Rebellion. There, they meet several ghostly apparitions which Bow eventually identifies as holographic recordings of the First Ones, wich are produced by an ancient communication device which has self-activated. Adora shuts off the device, ending the holograms; but this also activates the transmission of a message from a lost station of the First Ones.
174"Roll With It"Jen BennettWritten by : Josie Campbell
Storyboard by : Jasmine Goggins, Angela Kim & Mickey Quinn
April 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)

The Rebels prepare to retake a Horde-controlled fortress controlling an important passage, but the operation gets stuck in its planning stage when Adora, Glimmer, Bow and the other Princesses begin arguing about procedure. While Adora assumed Catra was overseeing the fortress, it was actually entrusted to Scorpia—who is alerted to the group's presence by Glimmer activating her teleportation power and spies on them. Adora, frustrated over the others not taking the planning seriously, is encouraged to trust her friends in watching her back as proceed take the fortress despite Scorpia's precautions.

Note: In Bow's overblown planning suggestion, the featured characters wear the trappings of their 1985 versions.
185"White Out"Lianne HughesWritten by : Laura Sreebny
Storyboard by : Steve Cooper, Charlemagne Co & Mandy Clotworthy
April 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)
Catra, Entrapta and Scorpia are sent to Etharia's north pole region to excavate First Ones' technology, pursued by Adora, Glimmer, Bow and Sea Hawk. Having learned of the First Ones' virus disc which Entrapta restored, she uses it to infect Adora with the intent of making her a tool for the Horde. But giant worm robots that the First Ones created to guard the site were also infected and attack the excavation camp, forcing the two groups to work together despite Catra's refusal to allow the disc to be destroyed. Scorpia ultimately destroys the disc, restoring Adora and the worms to normal. In the course of the fracas, Entrapta revealed to have acquired First One tech prior to the Rebels' attack, Catra first recognizes Scorpia's affection towards her.
196"Light Spinner"DWoomanWritten by : Katherine Nolfi
Storyboard by : Trey Buongiorno, Diana Huh, Angela Kim & Sam Szymanski
April 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)
Hordak decides to send Shadow Weaver to Beast Island to prevent her knowledge from becoming of use to the Rebels, much to Catra's dismay because she still feels for Shadow Weaver despite her mistreatment in childhood. In her cell, Shadow Weaver reminisces about her past as Light Spinner in mentoring a young apprentice Micah until her pursuit of dark magic to end the war corrupted her and led to her joining the Horde where she became the infant Adora's guardian. In the present, Shadow Weaver tricks Catra into aiding her escape. In the meantime, Bow is able to decipher the message Adora activated in "Signals", which concerns Mara (the previous She-Ra), the name Serinia, and a portal.
207"Reunion"Jen BennettWritten by : Josie Campbell
Storyboard by : Jasmine Goggins, Mickey Quinn & Jessica Zammit
April 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)
Trying to find out what the mysterious message means, Bow leaves Bright Moon and seeks out the library of his fathers George and Lance. When Adora and Glimmer track him down, they find out that Bow was supposed to follow in his fathers' academic footsteps, but since they abhor the war against the Horde, he decided instead to become an freedom fighter without telling them. Following the accidental activation of a First Ones' monster robot in George and Lance's collection, Adora transforms into She-Ra, which blows Bow's cover story. Bow pacifies the robot, and after witnessing his dedication and being told the truth, his fathers give him their approval. George and Lance subsequently decode the message as a star constellation bearing the name Serinia which will soon appear above the Red Waste. In the Fright Zone, Catra desperately tries to track down the fugitive Shadow Weaver, but Hordak finds out about the escape and punishes Catra after giving her a chance to admit her failure. The same night, Shadow Weaver appears in Bright Moon at Adora's bedside.

Season 3[edit]

Season 3 will premiere on August 2, 2019. The number of episodes is unknown.[41]


Reception[edit]

The first season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power was well received by critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes counted 100% positive reviews out of 24, concluding that the series "packs a powerful visual punch that hits even harder thanks to layered writing and multidimensional characters – the perfect show for seasoned fans and little ones alike."[42]

Entertainment Weekly's review described the series as "a funny-wonderful pop fantasy animated like disco fireworks, fun for kids of all genders and any parents looking for something happy to cry about". It appreciated its self-aware humor and "hiply transgressive newness". EW also noted, however, some repetition, occasionally flat animation and the final showdown's predictable outcome. The reviewer found some of the tension in contemporary American politics reflected in the series' portrayal of the rebuilding of a "coalition of powerful liberal-minded thinkers left in disarray after a brutal defeat years ago by a monstrously all-consuming bad dude".[8] Collider called the series "visually exciting, emotionally charged, and unexpectedly hilarious", and "one of the best new shows of the year".[43] IGN praises the series for successfully rebooting the franchise but concludes that "Adora could have used more time with the Horde to help develop her character".[44]

Hypable praised the series' diversity and the multifaceted relationships among some of its core characters, but found much of the first season's plot "simplistic", and the rotating cast of princesses given short shrift.[6] The Washington Post highlighted the "top-notch" voice cast and particularly the work of Lorraine Toussaint as the sorceress Shadow Weaver.[7] The Verge commented that the series' biggest problem was that it was "retreading territory that Steven Universe and the two Avatar animated series did better", with several characters and plot points heavily reminiscent of elements from these earlier animated series, and also criticized the early episodes' shallow plot.[11]

The second season has a 91% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 7.81/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power continues to go from strength to strength with ebullient flair in a second season that will enrapture younger fans while reminding adult viewers about the virtues of friendship and kindness."[45]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Refs
2019 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Kids & Family Program She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Nominated [46]
46th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Nominated [47]
Golden Trailer Awards Best Animation/Family TV Spot She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Nominated [48]

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