Major spoilers ahead.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is officially back in full force.
After torturing us with two mini-seasons, She-Ra has finally delivered a full season jam-packed with adventure, conflict, singing, lesbian vibes, and gender-bending.
The season kicks off with Glimmer’s coronation as queen, which is shrouded in grief from the sudden loss of Queen Angella.
Everyone is trying to give Glimmer the perfect party but nobody wants to bring up Angella’s absence. It’s a common response to death. Nobody knows quite how to deal with the bereaved and ends up tiptoeing around, avoiding the topic at all costs.
It’s a heartbreaking but necessary way to start off the season. Ignoring Glimmer’s anger over the loss of her mother would have been a mistake. And it perfectly sets up the rest of the adventure, which shows Glimmer trying to deal with her grief while figuring out how to be her own type of leader. It’s a tough line to walk but the series navigates it to a tee.
Following Glimmer’s coronation, we’re back at the Fright Zone where we’re introduced to the highly-anticipated new character Double Trouble, a gender-neutral shapeshifter who uses the pronouns “they/them.”
Double Trouble is everything they promised and more. They’re sassy and completely fabulous. Are they a bit of a queer stereotype? Absolutely. But anyone who watches Drag Race knows that that stereotype definitely exists IRL.
Of course, the fact that they’re a shapeshifter is just the icing on the cake. It’s a cheeky nod to the fluidity of gender and how someone can feel feminine one day and masculine the next.
But the best part of Double Trouble is how low-key the series is about their gender identity. Nobody has to explain their pronouns, they just use them as simply as they would any other pronouns. It’s completely natural and beautiful.
Next to Double Trouble, the next best highlight of the series was Scorpia’s journey. Scorpia has been in an emotionally abusive relationship with Catra since season one. And despite their bonding in the Crimson Waste, Catra has gone back to her cruel ways. It’s painful to watch what was once a cute odd couple turn into a destructive one.
But thanks to Emily, Scorpia has finally realized what she needs to do: leave.
She soon takes solace in Bright Moon where she starts to learn true friendship and the meaning of non-abusive love. It’s the first time she seems to realize her self-worth and embrace her destiny as a princess. And with Glimmer’s encouragement, she’s finally able to connect with her runestone for the first time.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power gave us so many gems this season. There may have been a few less lesbian moments but all in all, the series delivered a captivating and rewarding storyline: It’s been a while since She-Ra has been so on-point and this season was just what the doctor ordered.