Sometimes a piece of entertainment comes along that makes you change everything you thought you had planned for your blog. I don’t review TV shows often (unless they’re superhero shows), but after watching the first season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power on Netflix, I knew I had to do more to preach the good word about this cartoon. Holy cow, you henchies, it’s good!
TV Rating: 10/10 – Fantastic
Based on the He-Man spin-off from the 1980s, She-Ra and the Princess of Power is about Adora, raised and trained by the evil Horde to help conquer the planet of Etheria. When she finds a magic sword that transforms her into a golden Amazon named She-Ra, she starts to learn just how evil and damaging the Horde really is. Adora switches sides and joins the Rebellion, making fast friends with some of the titular Princesses of Power along the way.
The new show was adapted and brought to the screen by Noelle Stevenson, one of the genius co-creators behind Lumberjanes. You can easily see Stevenson’s style in She-Ra, and I already loved her from Lumberjanes. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is everything I want from modern cartoons! You can find it on Netflix!
Join me after the jump for my review/thoughts on the first season of the show! Except FULL SPOILERS for the season.
I started watching the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power cartoon on Netflix this past week and I’m already in love! We have genius showrunner Noelle Stevenson to thank for that, creator of the beloved Lumberjanes. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power hits all the sweet spots that I love in modern day cartoons, with deft attention paid to characters, story, lore and world-building.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is only the latest in a long line of cartoon reboots of 1980s classics. There’s a new DuckTales, a new My Little Pony, a new Voltron, a new Inspector Gadget, a new Danger Mouse, and the unending lines of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers reboots. There was an old Thundercats reboot and a new one coming up. We’ve also got new Care Bears on the horizon. The 80s are ripe for nostalgia reboots!
So what’s left? And what do I want to see? Join me after the jump for six suggestions!
There have been a ton more trailers coming out of Comic-Con, and I’m too lazy to make individual posts for each of them — don’t judge me, it’s the weekend. And speaking of a lazy Sunday, how about we just run them down, shall we?
I love The Boys comic from Garth Ennis. It was pretty great from start to finish. As always, I’m a little worried about a TV show adaptation, but this trailer looks fine so far. Quality comic book show to make.
I read Good Omens a couple years ago, when I was reading Neil Gaiman novels. It’s good! And the trailer looks good too! So here’s hoping it’s another success.
Ugh. The trailers for this movie keep focusing on the wrong things. I want to see more of these giant, mobile villages and cities. That’s such a unique idea, and the trailers make them look amazing!
But no, the trailer focuses on all the usual Young Adult adaptation ideas. We’ve got a magical MacGuffin amulet, a Terminator-like monster, mom secrets, and more. Then the protagonist is described as “very, very rare”. Seriously? The badass female antagonist who is both “beautiful” and yet has “jagged edges”? Isn’t that every single badass female YA protagonist?
I’m still gonna see it.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
This looks amazing! As I’ve mentioned before, I rather enjoy all these serious reboots of classic 1980s cartoons. There are maybe too many of them, but I’m not going to complain about nostalgia-based entertainment. I’m as much a sucker for that as anybody. And I love how this looks!
I don’t remember if I ever watched the She-Ra cartoon back in the 1980s, and I watched a lot of cartoons in the 80s. I definitely watched He-Man. I also watch a lot of cartoons these days, and the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power looks pretty good to me!
We’re in an odd place right now. There are a lot of awesome cartoons, like Steven Universe, Adventure Time and more…but some of those are ending. We’ll need new cartoons. And so many of those cartoons appear to be reboots all of a sudden, instead of original ideas.
We have the DuckTales reboot, the Voltron reboot, then there’s that Thundercats reboot, now here’s a She-Ra reboot and there’s even been an announcement of a Care Bears reboot. So much for original cartoon ideas. I hope I live long enough for the Steven Universe reboot.