This contains Spoilers for the new season
Yesterday I binged the entire new season of She-Ra and I’m honestly still not over it. This season was dark. Not in a hopeless sense, there are moments of levity and hope for things, but the season had this tone over it that’s much darker than the previous seasons and I really enjoyed that.
This season, like the seasons before it, really shines with its character interactions. Getting more of the secondary princesses was great. I loved that we got to see more of Mermista’s dorky side and her with Sea Hawk is just golden. Seeing Perfuma in a new setting and watching her deal with that and bounce off different characters is lovely. Forsta didn’t get as much, but what we do see is still cute and funny.
But the real meat of this season was what was going on between Glimmer, Bow, Adora, Catra, Scorpia, and the new character, Double Trouble.
Glimmer is dealing with the death of her mother and she’s stuck in her grief. Glimmer wants to go out and continue fighting the horde, not simply staying behind like her mother had done. She’s learning magic from Shadow Weaver, growing more and more powerful (seriously, Glimmer kicks so much ass this season) but there is a kind of darkness growing inside her; she uses Adora as a decoy, at first without her knowing, and then starts going off on missions by herself without telling anyone else.
While she’s growing closer to Shadow Weaver and taking more of her advice she starts to lash out at people for not following her orders, not listening, and not trusting her. There is some meddling going on from other characters, but Glimmer’s feelings are still real. From her perspective, she’s lost her whole family, she’s so desperate to protect people and destroy the Horde that she pushes people away. And at one point she flat out blamed Adora for the “death” of her mother and shouts that at Adora in a heated argument. Then when she thinks that she has the power to stop the Horde she wants to use it despite the danger it could bring to the planet.
With all of that Adora does feel guilty about what happened to Angella and hearing Glimmer, in a sense, repeat something that Catra had said to her. That she was a terrible She-Ra, that all of the bad things that happened, happened because of her. It was messed up. Then going to see Madam Razz again and learning about Mara and more about the First Ones…Adora is essentially told that she is a key to a huge planetary weapon. Her worst fears could potentially come true, she could break and mess up the whole world and there could be nothing she could do about it. Though she tried which is why she fights soo hard against Glimmer to use the weapon.
Bow got to shine and flat out says that it’s hard to maintain relationships. You have to work at them, and that he gets tired of always being the “happy go lucky” guy, the one who’s always working at it. I know that this isn’t a lot but I feel like there’s so much depth in that line and idea. It’s so powerful, I loved it.
Double Trouble is a new character and I love them. They are a kind of theatre kid archetype and I can understand how some could find them grating but I certainly didn’t. What’s so interesting about them I think is their relationship with Catra (which I’ll get to soon) and how…transactional it is. This is the first character I think that’s really just in it for themself and money. The moments of joking around with Catra were great, but when Catra shows some vulnerability to them, Double Trouble is quick to remind her that all they do for the Horde is for a price, and once it looks like the Horde is gonna lose, they jump ship and give Catra a complete dressing down, which leaves her sad and broken. It was also fun watching Double Trouble sew seeds of discord throughout the rebellion, it was a lot of fun to watch everyone be so paranoid. I hope they come back so I can see more of them in action.
Now Catra. Catra, Catra, Catra. She was really at the bottom of the barrel this season. From all of the abandonment she’s been through, plus with her abusive background, she’s been craving power to try and make up for the fact that people keep abandoning her. She thought that winning would be what she wanted, that it would make her matter and make her important. But all it did was leave her more lonely and stressed out. She even managed to push away Scorpia, something she probably thought was impossible. Watching Catra continually make the wrong choices out of fear, anger, and hurt has been a rough road. Everything she did made sense to me as to why she did it, but I would still sit there and shake my head. Then at the end of everything she just gave up, Hordak found out about what she did to Entrapta so he tried to kill her, the rest of the Horde is in shambles, and Catra is just so, so tired.
But all of that was for the best I think. Now Catra is forced to choose to do something different. She will have to change, on some level, she’ll have to have some kind of positive growth. I could talk all day about Catra, but I’ll save that for another post.
She-Ra season 4 is amazing and while I only talked about a few things that made it so great in this post, please know that there’s so much more! If you’ve watched the season, let me know what you liked about it, or what you didn’t like about it. I’m curious to hear your thoughts.
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