She-Ra and The Princess of Power

Caitlin Grisham, Editor

   She-Ra and the Princess of Power is a Netflix original series based around Adora, also known as Shera, trying to figure out her true destiny and self while also trying to return the world to balance. 

   Not only did Netflix remake She-ra, which aired Nov. 13, 2018, to reintroduce it to younger generations, they dealt with many different boundary breaking topics while doing so. They show abusive relationships, both with friendships and parental figures, while showing the cycles that come with them, and they deal with loss of loved ones, mental health, while at the same time, many of their characters are members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

   One of the prime examples of abuse is between Shadow Weaver, Catra, and Adora. Shadow Weaver is like a parental figure to both the girls. She raised them, and has prepared them for the outside world, but for her own self interests. She is constantly manipulating the two to do what she wants. She is described as power hungry by many different characters throughout the show, but she’s not entirely “evil”. 

   This is a trope many television (TV) shows use when crafter character abusers or villians. But by human nature, it’s impossible to be completely evil. Same with abusers. You can still see the damage Shadow Weaver has done to both Catra and Adora throughout the show and how it affects them in time. It differs between the two girls but viewers can see the power Shadow Weaver holds above them and she knows this.

   The difference comes when Adora escapes her abuser and Catra is still in constant contact with her. Adora starts to learn healthier habits and understand how much she was manipulated as a child, while Catra is still experiencing cycles of abuse. She repeats unhealthy habits she was taught from a young age and blames Adora for leaving her behind and everything she’s experiencing since she left.

   Catras mental health after this point is a spirling mess. She blames Adora for everything and anything. Adoras the reason Shadow Weaver treats her the way she does, Adoras the reason she can’t do anything right, Adora lied to her, controls her, it’s all Adoras fault. She starts to lose herself and the mask she had built up not only starts to break, but she starts to become something she’s not because of all the emotions she is experiencing in such a short amount of time.

   But, mental health, realistic villains, and abuse cycles aren’t the show’s only qualities. She-Ra and the Princess of Power depicts many unpopular topics in mainstream media. The LGBTQ+ representation in this show is full and plentiful. Not only do they include characters within same sex couples, but includes characters whos gender is within the nonbinary. 

   Not only do they have same sex couples, but also they don’t make a fuss or show them in unrealistic ways. Spinnerella and Netossa are an interracial lesbian married couple. They are married before the show starts and are constantly with each other. While they aren’t main characters, they are still important to the show. Their roles become more important as the end of the show nears, but they still play significant roles throughout the seasons.

    Another same sex couple within the show are Bow’s dads. George and Lance have 13 kids and are very in love. They are very protective over Bow as any parents are over their children. The viewers get to see Bows homelife and his relationship with his fathers, but the scene that really stands out is when Glimmer and Adora meet them. They aren’t surprised, they don’t freak out, and most of all they don’t make any sort of big deal about it. They greet them, get to know them, and treat them like people. They don’t alienate them. It’s very refreshing to see.

   One of the most built up relationships in the show happens in season 5. But, it’s a twist on the normal. We see these characters get build up, their tension, and relationship build through every season, but nobody expected them to get together. Yet, the main character, Adora, ends up in a same sex relationship as well. Adora and Catra confess their feelings for eachother in the final season. We don’t see much of them as a couple, but we do get a glimpse into their future where the audience is to assume they are married, or getting married. 

   Many more LGBTQ+ characters are explored within She-Ra and the Princess of Power, and many more themes that are explored throughout the show. But, overall Netflixs’ re-creation of She-Ra not only shines a light on topics often deemed too controversial for television, but also shows them in a realistic light. They show them in a way that breaks old stereotypes and shows viewers they are not alone, and that they are seen.