At 4:00am today I received an important email from Netflix. The wait is over. SHE-RA AND THE PRINCESSES OF POWER Season 2 is FINALLY here. Last year, comic creator Noelle Stevenson led the first season as an executive producer. The series reboots the 1985 HE-MAN spinoff designed to draw young women into watching the gloriously over the top superhero show. With Stevenson at the helm of a predominantly female cast and crew, SHE-RA AND THE PRINCESSES OF POWER gives women in the comics and animation industry something to celebrate. Importantly, however, people of all ages and genders can enjoy the humorous, kind, and exciting antics of Adora, Glimmer, Bow and the universe of SHE-RA.

In the first season, audiences met Adora, the newest in a long line of She-Ras tasked with saving Etheria from the Evil Horde. Unfortunately, Adora was once a member of the Horde. Moreover, her best friend/enemy Catra takes it very personally when Adora leaves to help organize the Princesses of Power. SHE-RA Season 2 addresses these same conflicts. However, this season takes time to develop the other princesses including Horde-affiliated princesses Scorpia and Entrapta, and Rebel Princesses Frosta. Additionally, this season introduces new and exciting details about Etheria’s complicated history. If the history of Etheria and a team of daring princesses isn’t enough to entice you. Here are 5 reasons to watch SHE-RA Season 2.

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Glimmer, She-Ra, Bow, Frosta, Perfuma, and Mermista in SHE-RA AND THE PRINCESSES OF POWER Season 2. Image courtesy of Forbes.com.

1. “Gal Pals” and Multifaceted Female Characters

To be honest, this is just a reason to watch the entire series. But the second season of SHE-RA lives up to the first’s dedication to providing audiences with nuanced, diverse, and yes, powerful princesses. Netflix hilariously tags SHE-RA Season 2 with the term “Gal Pals,” reinforcing the importance of the alliance between the different princesses. However, that doesn’t mean all the princesses are the same. Indeed, there is room for every character to be themselves. For example, Frosta, the youngest princess and princess of ice and snow, is feisty and rebellious. Her stubbornness causes friction between her and Princess Glimmer, who loves to be in charge. Navigating their differences strengthens the allegiance between them, and proves that there is room to celebrate our differences. Moreover, there are many ways to be a princess.

Another excellent example of gals being pals is Scorpia’s absolute devotion to Catra. The primary antagonist in the series, Catra is bristly, misguided, and manipulative. However, Scorpia and the tinkering gadget-loving princess Entrapta find ways to support Catra, too. Indeed, even Adora seems to give Catra a chance to be a better friend and person. Not all female characters are perfect princesses. But the show emphasizes the important role each character plays. And in true “gal pal” spirit, there are definitely queer undertones to many of the characters’ relationships.

2. Taking Aim at Toxic Masculinity

Fans of the series will know that the show doesn’t restrict itself to all female characters. Indeed, one of the best parts of SHE-RA is the charming and crafty archer, Bow. Bow’s skill at archery is matched by his gregarious personality. The young man is fiercely protective of his best friends, Adora and Glimmer. However, he gracefully sidesteps arrogance and misogyny. Instead, he trusts their abilities and supports their decisions. Bow values his friendships with the princesses because they are good people.

Throughout the season, Bow works with the princesses to fight the Horde and to help Etheria. Bow is unabashedly in-touch with his emotions and uses his creativity to build beautiful and useful tools for all the princesses. As a result, Bow is consistently an enjoyable character that reminds audiences that young men can help support women without losing their masculinity. And don’t even think about missing the moment where Bow’s choice to wear a crop top is resoundingly affirmed!

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Bow from the 2019 International Women’s Day #BalanceforBetter celebration.

3. Animation by Honor Grayskull

The animation team deserves a full round of applause for producing a magnificent second season. Indeed, the cute character design pays tribute to the original series but gives the animation a sleek modern look. There is greater body-size diversity as well as more compelling costuming for the women characters. Additionally, the animators emphasize a racially diverse cast of characters. As a result, the show not only honors Grayskull, it honors the need to provide diverse representation in the media, especially in media geared towards young people.

It’s not just the diverse cast that makes the animation from SHE-RA Season 2 stand out. The animators add a great deal of humor by paying attention to facial expressions. This season in particular, they are rocking the bugged-out eyes of surprise. Additionally, Adora is often pictured eating – a hilarious behavior she shares with her horse, Swift Wind.

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Glimmer, Adora, and Bow. Image from rotoscopers.com.

4. More than Good Versus Evil

The first season of SHE-RA followed a fairly deliberate plot. Adora, Bow, and Glimmer form an allegiance of Etheria’s princesses in order to save Etheria from the Horde. Now that that’s done, what’s left to do in Season 2? SHE-RA Season 2 may feel a little messier, but there is a lot more going on. For example, Princess Entrapta accidentally joined the Horde last season. While Entrapta is not a “bad guy,” her passion for science distracts her from an intense problem: she’s helping the Horde destroy Etheria!

These and other ethical dilemmas come into play in SHE-RA Season 2. Additionally, the good versus evil trope blends with a more compelling exploration of Etheria’s history. Last season, audiences learned about the Old Ones and the ancient technology that helps keep Etheria stable. In SHE-RA Season 2, viewers will be excited to learn more about the history and how it connects to previous She-Ras. As always, the series will appeal to nerdier viewers who can imagine a world with unique archaeology all of its own.

5. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

After the first season, you’d think the princesses of power would realize that they are better off together. However, being on a team can sometimes be challenging. Luckily, SHE-RA Season 2 emphasizes the message that there is room for everyone in the revolution. In fact, if She-Ra is going to succeed against Horde, she’s going to need all the help, creativity, and support she can find.

Go watch SHE-RA Season 2!

This season of SHE-RA lives up to the fun-filled and effervescent first season. Indeed, by giving audiences time to get to know the other characters, the show-runners emphasize the importance of diverse representation on screen. Moreover, the show does not give into tokenizing minorities. Instead, SHE-RA refreshingly points out that people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and people of different bodies and abilities, can all be part of a delightful team. Don’t believe me? Go ahead and watch the second season of SHE-RA!

One Comment

  1. Judy Hopps

    April 29, 2019 at 11:55 am

    And now one reason why not….. It’s poo

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