REVIEW: She-Ra is a Worthy Successor to the Original
With Voltron: Legendary Defender coming to a close in the next few months, DreamWorks Animation has set their eye to a new series: She-Ra and The Princesses of Power.
She-Ra and The Princesses of Power is a reboot of the original series by a similar name from the late 80s. It is also, of course, made by the same studios as the Netflix Original Voltron series, so the animation is very similar. It follows the conflict between the Horde and the Princesses. At the very heart of the conflict is Adora, who finds the sword of She-Ra and becomes the first She-Ra in a thousand years. Along with her friends Bow and Glimmer, she battles the Horde in an effort to save all of Etheria.
The new She-Ra is a much needed reboot of the partially outdated series, and brings a lot more diversity to the table. Just like Voltron, it is still a kids’ show at heart, but it takes itself seriously and brings an interesting story with it, along with some decent humor. Each of the princesses are fleshed out and are interesting in some way. Every character in the show seems like they have a place or reason to be there. Even for the minor characters, they still add to the story even if it is in some small, seemingly insignificant way.
Another good thing about the show is it’s world-building and mystery. Going into the show, there is a lot of mystery surrounding She-Ra and the world. Even by the end of the entire season, while a lot are answered, it still has this looming sense of awe and mystery.
While there are a lot of great and enjoyable things about the show, it does not mean it is without it’s issues. One of the major gripes I had with the series is some of the villains. Very few of the villains are fleshed out in the same way as the princesses. Shadow Weaver and Catra are the only villains with well explained motivations. Hordak has had very little backstory or reasoning as to why he is the way he is, but he also has hardly been in the show. Unlike the princess side, the minor villains don’t feel all that important and at some times they feel as if they have no place there.
The last issue with the series is the pacing. In hindsight, it all seems to flow together in a good way, but while watching the show, some parts of it seem a bit more rushed than others. Some of the fight scenes suffer from this drastically. One battle in particular in the season has a lot of buildup, but the battle itself seems easy and short.
All in all, She-Ra and The Princesses of Power is a great addition to the collection of kid-friendly Netflix series. It’s animation is wonderful and so is its story. Not only is it relatively easy to follow, it has two great characters at the heart of it, Adora and Catra. The series also has its fair share of issues, but they are nowhere near overshadowing the great things about the series.