She-Ra and the Princesses of Power – Updating the Smurfette Effect Review

She-Ra and the Princesses of Powerr ReviewRating 5/5 -Let’s get this out the way now.  She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is an excellent series.  It has a great plot, well-crafted characters, and an actual beginning, middle, and end.  It does a little turn on the bad guy trope and the ending did a whole “go big or go home” thing.  However, that third act (which was pretty much the final season of the show) was nicely foreshadowed, well earned with a reasonably executed pay-off.  What about the “relationship” the thing that isn’t as important to me except within the rules of “will they/won’t they?”  We’ll get to that.  I just want to start right away with if you like great sci-fi/fantasy with interesting powers and a well-thought-out plot through-line, you want to go and watch She-Ra and the Princesses of power right now.  You will not regret the experience.  Now, on to the broader review:

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power – A History of Weird Intolerance

I did not watch She-Ra and the Princesses of Power when Netflix first dropped the binge back in 2018.  I did catch the usual band of the crybaby dickhead crowd going ape shit because the female character featured in the cartoon mostly aimed at children did not have big boobs.  (I’m not bullshitting, there are literally a series of YouTube videos where weird-ass men made this argument.)  And somehow it was the SJW leftist millennial cancel culture who canceled She-Ra’s boobs.  In a cartoon.  Mostly aimed at children.  (And people still wonder how a guy like Donald Trump got elected.)

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power – 1980’s Smurfette

The old She-Ra cartoon was, to steal a theme from author and video essayist Lindsay Ellis, a “Smurfette Principle” character.  A female version of a male-coded character.  In this case, He-Man.  I vaguely remember the episode that connected them, was aware their stories happened in different dimensions or planets.  I generally thought both cartoons were pretty bad so I never thought about them past the few episodes I did see.    I know what they are, but let’s face it they were not Transformers, and Tramformes TOS pretty much rocked.  Anyway, I did not care about She-Ra and the Princesses of Power so I did not watch it.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power – Netflix Binge

Earlier I mentioned there were two reactions to the ending.  The other reaction – the one by actual human beings, did an examination on the ending.  They explored the storyline and through that, I got curious.  So I spent the last two weeks binging She-Ra and it was fantastic.  I cannot believe how good this show turned out to be using the same exact premise as the old show.  Even the filler episodes added to the overall storyline.  Choosing to end with five seasons is a smart move.  TV shows are getting to be like a book series now, where you can revisit them as one long story rather than episodes you have to wait for.

Bottom LIne

Is there anything negative about this show?  Sure, but none of them are really worth mentioning.  She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is just a good show with a story worth your time.  Watch it and find you’re own groove.  Nothing is perfect but when you get a group of artists who really care about what they create, you tend to get works art.  Everything about She-Ra and the Princesses of Powers works, it’s just that simple.  This is a show that will be rewatched for ages because it’s just that good.  Why aren’t I talking about the plot?  Well, it’s a sci-fi fantasy that takes place on an alien planet with a Darth Vader like big bad, and a powerful woman with a sword.  Nuff sed.  Watch it, experience it, and love it as I did.   Or don’t.  If you’re reading my stuff I’m gonna bet you will.   So why wait.  Binge it now.



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