If She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’s first season was dynamic, fresh and vibrantly new, its second season is even more so. Everything I so dearly loved about the first season is perfectly translated to the latter: gorgeous animation, thoughtful philosophies, sweet, compelling characters, and impeccable humor. She-Ra is remarkably easy to enjoy and filled with such a comprehensible yet impactful message.
Chock full of even more intriguing adventures, She-Ra season two is a heightened, higher stakes version of the first. As the Horde creeps out farther and farther from the fright zone, Adora and her friends are faced with exceedingly tricky challenges in the name of protecting their home. The rebellion has become stronger, but so has the Horde—especially with Entraptra now on their side, developing tech and stronger bots. Not only does Adora fight with the rebellion, but she constantly trains to improve her abilities as She-Ra (and to ensure she never becomes so chaotic that she nearly destroys Eternia, her biggest fear).
The show perfectly builds upon the relationships created in the first season, developing them even more fully with each passing episode. The relationship between Adora and Catra remains the center point of the show, as both continue to struggle with fighting on opposite sides of a war they do not fully understand; Adora just as clear-hearted and Catra just as sharp-tongued and sarcastic. Bow and the Princesses of Power, now officially working together after the unifying season one finale, find difficulty in becoming a truly cohesive team. Adora’s pegasus-unicorn steed Swift Wind slips hilarious but socially valuable commentaries about things like toppling unjust power structures into She-Ra’s dialogue. On the side of the Horde, Scorpia is even more starry-eyed for Catra, who is emboldened by her promotion at the hands of Lord Hordak, and Entraptra continues to tinker and mumble—science is of a much higher priority to her than choosing sides.
The writers have excelled at balancing meaningful dialogue and action, allowing significant development of both the characters and the plot. Supported by its solid animation style, She-Ra’s earnest story-telling is good for the soul. Although some scenes visually lack a certain depth in terms of background characters or complicated images, the style works perfectly well. I am delighted knowing how much fellow fans of the show will enjoy this new iteration. Empowering, daring and bright, She-Ra’s season two feels like a beautiful continuation of the first, which has left me thrumming with excitement for the rest of the season and the future of the series.
She-Ra and the Princess of Power: Season 2 will be released on Netflix on April 29th, 2019.
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Jenna Kalishman is a freelance writer and cinephile based in Colorado who often focuses on female and queer perspectives as well as female-led projects. She spends much of her free time listening to Stevie Nicks and re-watching Carol. You can find her on twitter @jenkalish.