Advance Review: SHE-RA & PRINCESSES OF POWER Season 2 Delivers More Princess Power, But Less Emotional Resonance

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 2 Premiere
Written by Katherine Nolfi
Starring Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, AJ Michalka, Marcus Scribner
Produced by DreamWorks Animation Television, Mattel Creations
‘Rama Rating: 6 out of 10

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power throws us back into the action as the princesses adjust to their new team dynamic, and Catra comfortably moves higher up the ranks of the Horde. The premiere does a fine job at pushing the other princesses to the forefront, but lacks any significant plot progression, and the emotional resonance that made Season 1 so memorable.  

Credit: Netflix/DreamWorks Animation

The strongest aspect of the premiere was learning more about Frosta as she navigates the boundaries of friendship, and what that means for her dynamic with the team. The character development of the supporting cast makes the world of She-Ra feel even bigger, and I hope that the series continues to explore the friendship and character arcs of the other princesses to help expand the stories of our main cast. Frosta was a great foil to Glimmer in this episode as we get to witness that these two characters aren’t too different.

But what felt missing from this premiere was the electrifying dynamic between Adora and Catra. Their relationship is touched upon as they both adjust into their new leadership roles, and this is when the episode hits its best moments. My favorite sequence is when Adora is practicing with the magic of her sword, and as she struggles she has Catra taunting her in her head. It shows how much Catra gets under Adora’s skin, and even if Adora doesn’t want to admit it - she still cares about what Catra thinks of her.

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The premiere has less of an emotional punch compared to the first season, but in exchange ups the action as Adora has a larger team of princesses on her side. This gives her more time to explore the different objects her sword can convert into, and the overall power that She-Ra can tap. Adora’s new magical features and the powers of the other princesses make for some dynamic fight sequences, all while delivering a nice sprinkle of humor across the episode. It creates a well-balanced action-oriented animated series. 

She-Ra Season 2 has a very short season with only seven episodes, and the premiere doesn’t make significant movement or strike any big emotional beats to reach the heights of the series’ first season. But the episode does give a good glimpse at the bigger world that She-Ra and the Princesses of Power can explore past Adora’s hero arc as She-Ra. Hopefully the rest of the season will be able to find a balance between exploring their magical world, and the wonderfully complicated character dynamic between Adora and Catra that made me enjoy the show’s first season.

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She-Ra & The Princesses of Power Season 2 debuts April 26 on Netflix.

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