The Masterpiece Reboot, She-ra and the Princesses of Power

Brianna Reddell

Noelle Stevenson’s “She-Ra” reboot is one of the best cartoons ever made in my opinion. It has beautiful animation and scenery, amazing fight scenes, LGBTQIA+ and POC representation, and an incredible plotline.

The original 1985 She Ra was good for its time, considering it was the mid-1980’s. And while it was amazing that there were so many women of power in the original, there was a lot of over-sexualization and unattainable body figures. But again, it was the 1980’s.

However, this is not the case at all with the new reboot. She-Ra takes place on Etheria, a cyber-magical planet where every climate zone is a fantasy landscape ruled by a monarchic lady elemental. Water princess, plant princess, snow princess, a princess who does machines — and that’s just the opening credits, and they’re not even the lead characters!

The series follows Adora, an efficient teen soldier in The Horde, an army set out to take over Etheria. With a steady diet of anti-princess propaganda, Adora is an orphan raised for global conquest, but she begins to think she’s on the wrong side of history. This puts her at odds with Catra, a childhood friend with dark motives, and fellow Horder. But it also pushes her into the orbit of a couple of anti-Horde rebels: teleportation princess Glimmer and trick shot arrowmeister Bow. And there is also the issue of a mystical sword that Adora discovers in the Whispering Woods, an ancient blade that transforms her into the shimmering red-caped warrior She-Ra.

She embarks on many journeys with Bow and Glimmer after this, training to be a better She-Ra than the last. She encounters Catra many times throughout the series, struggling to fight a war against the person she trusted and cared for the most. They both train to become strong enough to defeat the other, one fighting to take over the planet, and the other fighting to save it.

In my last article, I reviewed Avatar: the Last Airbender and said it was one of the best shows made for kids ever made. Well, She-Ra is definitely high up on that list as well. It has so many incredible messages and lessons about friendship, love, teamwork, trust, second chances, etc. There are many minorities represented in this show and not once is it treated like it is in the real world. They all see it as something completely normal, nothing to take a second glance at.

I definitely recommend watching this and analyzing everything. There’s so much packed into this story and every little bit is amazing. Currently, there are 5 seasons on Netflix, but with fans trending the hashtag “#moreshera” on Twitter and other social media platforms, we may be getting a season 6 or a movie. I also recommend checking out a few of the Original She-Ra episodes, which you can find on YouTube. While it’s not nearly as good as the reboot, it’s a good idea to at least know what the original looks like.