She-Ra Season 3 is Very Good

Really this is She-Ra season 2 part 2 but it is billed as season 3 on Netflix. The streaming service appears to be encouraging shows to run shorter seasons more frequently. That makes sense as a way of both encouraging binge watching and helping draw in viewers with new seasons appearing.

For She-Ra that meant that season 2 finished around the point where the major plot arc was just warming up again after a few fun stand alone episodes. That left season 3 as much tighter plot-arc driven set of episodes.

Starting with Shadow Weaver visiting Adora, the episodes amount to a series of revelations about Adora, the First Ones, Hordak and the ‘first’ She-Ra Mara. We learn less about Catra’s backstory but her arc from friend to rival to arch-enemy continues to be both sympathetic and unforgiving.

Lots of twists, so I can’t really summarise but it is a genuinely great bit of TV.

5 thoughts on “She-Ra Season 3 is Very Good

  1. I liked the shot at the end, showing the series expanding into what is definitely a science fictional universe. Also, they should stop dancing around with Scorpia and just have her say she’s in love with Catra, because she is.

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    1. The whole thing where Catra and Scorpia nearly end up making a new life for themselves…and Catra ruins it because of her unresolved issues about Shadow Weaver…ouch

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    2. I’ve certainly said things like that about other stories, but… I actually like that there isn’t exactly romantic love per se in the new She-Ra. There are lots of intense friend-feelings and want-to-be-friend feelings and desire-for-approval, and in this world that’s the same thing as being in love. Bow’s dads are a couple, but they’re *parents*. Sea Hawk and Mermista were apparently a couple, but that’s pretty abstract, and they’re also played as more grown-up and less like the main characters. In general this is all a kid’s view of the world, and I think that’s a legitimate choice, not just because this is a kids’ show but because kids’ feelings are really intense and don’t necessarily distinguish between love and like in that way.

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