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.


    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


    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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