She-Ra’s Seasat two Is Excellent But Having Growing PainsGizmodo Australia at MSN.Com #She_RaMay 7, 2019
The first season of Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power channeled the magic of the classic animated series into a surprisingly poignant, heartfelt, and inclusive story about how powerful emotions can pull people closer together or tear them apart.
This isn’t by any means a bad thing, but it’s particularly noticeable, and there are times when the series’ emotional punches don’t land quite as solidly because they come at you almost too quickly over the course of the season’s seven, 30 minute-long episodes.
Even though Entrapta’s (Christine Woods) defection to the Horde has given them a significant technological advantage in the war, Team She-Ra understands they’ve still got a shot at returning peace to Etheria, but they’ll only be able to accomplish their goal by relying on their ingenuity and wiliness.
She-Ra’s return to the world has emboldened the princesses to truly step into their roles as the next generation of Etheria’s heroic protectors, something you can see in their collective eagerness to follow Adora (Aimee Carrero) into battle.
Unlike her fellow princesses, who are somewhat new to being this directly involved in war, the crisis threatening Adora is all too familiar because she was raised to thrive in battle.
Adora knows that they’ve got a shot at beating the horde, but she’s haunted by the idea that the Rebellion’s victory might lead to massive casualties on their side, and potentially drive her over the edge in a similar way to her predecessor Mara.
While She-Ra ’s first season was largely a story about the two sides of the war gathering their forces and getting to know one another, the new season shifts slightly to give a large chunk of the show’s characters significant moments of introspection as they take stock of their lives and the people they’re becoming.
She’s also working with a team of enthusiastic princesses to change the world, but where the Rebellion actively lifts Adora up and supports her, even when she stumbles, Hordak shows nothing for contempt for Catra, making it that much harder for her to truly believe that what she’s doing is right.
She-Ra ’s new season also packs in a significant amount of world and mythos building, which makes the show feel more expansive, but also somewhat narratively cluttered because it isn’t a traditional, complete season.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power ’s first and second seasons are now available on Netflix.