Netflix recently dropped She-Ra and the Princesses of Power season 2 and it’s nearly as good as season 1.
I have to admit: I was incredibly nervous to watch season 2.
I *loved* season 1 (you can read my review here). It dropped on Netflix during a time when I was going through some mental health struggles and it quickly became my comfort show. I’m pretty sure I watched the season on repeat about three times in a row.
Luckily, She-Ra season 2 met my expectations — well, most of them. My few complaints include that fact that the season was way too short (only seven episodes?!) and the severe lack of Catra/Adora scenes. The Catradora sexual tension was perhaps the best part of season 1. Their dance at Frosta’s party was hot as hell. And I totally got chills every time Catra purred out Adora.
But putting those factors aside, season 2 was filled with the same great things I’ve come to expect: major homoerotic vibes, feminist themes, and straight-up adorableness.
We may not have had Catra and Adora, but we did have tons of Catra and Scorpia, and I am currently *living* for it.
Lauren Ash, the voice behind Scorpia, is absolutely hilarious and can pretty much do no wrong in my eyes. Despite Scorpia being so different than Lauren’s character in Superstore, Lauren somehow manages to nail both parts perfectly.
There’s a moment in the season when Scorpia tries to ask out Catra on a date (ok, it’s “technically” a friend date but we all know it’s actually a date date). Her love for Catra is so heartwarming and their odd couple status makes me root for them even more.
Lauren Ash isn’t the only standout this season though — Marcus Scribner (Black-ish) continued to steal scenes as Bow and win all of our hearts.
The only non-princess in the best friend squad, Bow is the kind of person you would want to be your best friend IRL. And Marcus plays him to a tee. No moment is wasted; Marcus makes the most of every line he has. It almost makes me wonder if Black-ish is truly making taking full advantage of his talents
And perhaps the most important holdover from season 1 is that the show continued to honor its mission to empower girls everywhere. I can never compliment them enough for their portrayal of princesses as thick, thin, athletic, tall, short; brown, Black, Asian, white; smart, sassy, snarky, and everything in between.
I might be a grown-ass woman but seeing all these different representations of what a world-saving princess could be makes my inner 8-year-old’s heart sing.
I love all the princesses equally (minus Entrapta), but Glimmer has always spoken to me just a little bit more. She’s short and curvy (just like me!) and hella stubborn. Not to mention that she gives off some major gender non-conforming vibes, which is freaking awesome.
Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power season 2 might have been slightly less impressive than season 1 but that doesn’t mean I won’t go back and watch my favorite episodes a few times over. And I’ll definitely be counting down the days until season 3.