• Network:
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 13, 2018
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Image
Metascore
  1. First Review
  2. Second Review
  3. Third Review
  4. Fourth Review

No score yet - based on 2 Critics Awaiting 2 more reviews What's this?

User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 74 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: The reboot of the 1980s cartoon finds the orphaned Adora (voiced by Aimee Carrero) leaving her life with the evil Horde after discovering the truth when the Sword of Protection transforms her into warrior princess She-Ra. She joins the rebellion against the Horde that includes Glimmer (KarenThe reboot of the 1980s cartoon finds the orphaned Adora (voiced by Aimee Carrero) leaving her life with the evil Horde after discovering the truth when the Sword of Protection transforms her into warrior princess She-Ra. She joins the rebellion against the Horde that includes Glimmer (Karen Fukuhara), Bow (Marcus Scribner), and Catra (AJ Michalka). Expand
  • Genre(s): Animation, Action & Adventure, Kids
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Nov 8, 2018
    83
    Stevenson honors the basic plot layout and the birthday-cake radiance of old-school She-Ra. But the original cast of characters has been casually diversified, and newly illustrated to boldly suggest human beings have all shapes and sizes.
  2. Reviewed by: Alex Abad-Santos
    Nov 21, 2018
    80
    In rebooting the beloved series, Stevenson has created something special, a cartoon that both honors and improves on the original by amplifying its characters’ feelings, and emits equal parts electricity, joy, and warmth. Like its titular hero, She-Ra is so full of heart that it’s easy to recognize its humanity, even with all the super-powered hijinks going on.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 34
  2. Negative: 11 out of 34
  1. Nov 17, 2018
    10
    I'd actually give this show a 7-8.

    Overall it's a solid and entertaining show. Kids and animation buffs will enjoy it. It's not
    I'd actually give this show a 7-8.

    Overall it's a solid and entertaining show. Kids and animation buffs will enjoy it. It's not groundbreaking by any means but neither is it some insidious agenda laden SJW piece the anti-PC Redhat outrage culture has tried to demonize it as.

    She-ra does a good job portraying a wide array of unique and interesting character designs, all with unique personalities. I do wish the supporting cast were shown a touch more depth, but first seasons often tend to skim a bit shallow before diving deeper.

    But overall She-ra's characters, world building and overall narrative chug along and a solid pace and make for an entertaining watch. It gives the princesses a bit of an introduction and exposition. Though it does feel a bit light for how prominent they are meant to be. Another personal flaw is the first arc feels a bit short. It should have gotten 2 extra episodes to let Adora, She-ra and her revelation to go to the Rebellion marinate a bit longer as it does feel abrupt.

    The animation is attractive and solid. The character designs are charming and the environments follow suit. I wouldn't call it the show's strong point but it fits the overall tone quite well. It's not a high budget show, so don't expect Avatar level choreography. Nor does it try aping She-ra's old aesthetic of ultra detailed images that posed and moved jerkily because they opted for poses and not fluid animation.

    As mentioned before, the moralizing's pretty generic: Friendship, coming of age and isolation vs community. This is not identity politics, this is classic cartoon fantasy morals 101. The show does portray characters and princesses of varying body types and skin tones, taking a wise approach of showing them as a matter of fact. It doesn't even mention whether skin color is an issue, hell, there are half humans out there and it doesn't even nod to an issue with half scorpions and Khajit like half cats. If anything it could be condemned for passing over the subject matter.

    Because idiots just slap a 1 review without bothering to watch it, I gave it a 10. If people want to be stupid, I shall provide counterweights.

    The hate's largely because they think it's an "Identity politics" show.

    The Truth: It's a kids show filled with friends, adventure and coming of age. It's seriously lacking in any "beat you over the head" moralizing aside from "don't be evil" and "friendship is important" which is something nearly every fantasy show tells you. By the She-ra haters standards I guess identity politics has infected Lord of the Rings too since it promotes globalism (Fellowship amongst different races?!) and inter racial marriage (Elves and humans marrying?!!). But logic has never been their strong point.
    Expand
  2. Nov 14, 2018
    10
    any fan of the original she-ra with half a heart will adore it. i had the slightest reservation about the art style from the poster ad andany fan of the original she-ra with half a heart will adore it. i had the slightest reservation about the art style from the poster ad and teaser trailer, but she-ra is in good hands. the adora / catra dynamic is the anchor of the show and the new princess reveals each episode keep the character interactions fresh and unpredictable. these are vibrant reinventions of, let's be honest, somewhat dated and nostalgia infused characters. but the nostalgia continues! the mythology of the first ones and first princess rebellion add depth to the world building of etheria, and some characters are just wooden enough to be throwbacks (i'm looking at you, grizzlor!) the humor, heart, and gravitas give the princesses of power a levity and an edge that feels both familiar, and earned. i was worried it would be a kid’s show that this 40+ year old fan of the original couldn’t appreciate, but i love everything about this reboot. the perfect anecdote to these dark times.

    oh, and if you are trying to ruin it for your kids, yammering on about identity politics, entrapta would like to take a look at your brain!
    Expand
  3. Nov 15, 2018
    10
    A great show with great characters. Please ignore the 40yo dudes that hates this shows without watching it just because they hate women.
  4. Nov 19, 2018
    8
    I found this to be a smartly written reboot of the 80s cartoon. Kind of feels like the recent Voltron reboot except the show has a slightlyI found this to be a smartly written reboot of the 80s cartoon. Kind of feels like the recent Voltron reboot except the show has a slightly more comic and lighthearted feel. It also does a better job of filler episodes, although there a couple episodes that are little basic, but hey it's a kids show. It's gonna happen.

    The main cast is good. The big trio of Adora, Bo, and Glimmer is very strong from the start, though it is Bo who usually steals the show as a likable goober. I was surprised how fun and relatable the villains are. Adora's friend turned rival. Catra has her own group and they are surprisingly humorous. Catra and Adora's shared traumatic past is probably the most dramatic part of the show and really pays off. It's also refreshing to see the main/serious villain of the show Hordak played as reasonable and smart rather than a traditional short-tempered mustache-twirler. Only weak spot is that this show is overpopulated with supporting character princesses and most of them aren't as interesting as the main characters.

    Not the biggest fan of the animation. No, I'm not one of those people complaining about the fact that they redesigned the character, I'm just not the biggest fan of this particular over-simplified art style. The character's chins are too long and there is something about the arms and legs that's off but I can't put into words why. Though I do give the show props for for featuring more various and realistic body types rather than promoting the kind of unhealthy view that heroines have to be slim. The backgrounds are flat in terms of animation style and color scheme, but they do put a lot of detail into them.
    Expand
  5. Nov 20, 2018
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. For the honour of Greyskull: let's start with the good.

    - Fairly faithful to the original design, such as Swiftwind's wings, She-ra's outfit, Shadow Weaver, Hordak, the backgrounds, Bow's weird midriff thing (yes, fellow reviewers, that was in the original as well: don't freak out), general colour schemes etc.
    - More or less faithful to the origin story as well: Adora, in 1985, did start out as a Force Captain for Hordak's Evil Horde until He-Man saved her. She has the same position and revelation as back then, so no issues here. (the omission of He-Man is a blessing: imagine how poorly done he'd have been)
    - The voice acting is... decent.
    - The character diversity is perfectly fine.

    And now... for the bad, which is why this is only a 4.
    - Animation style and quality is quite low: it looks like something cheap on Cartoon Network, with very flat, sharp designs.
    - The music is so-so.
    - Adora's transformation into She-ra is... odd. See, Adora is quite clearly female: she's got the right curves, and her facial design is clearly feminine. But when she becomes She-ra, she becomes... mannish. Very much so, in fact. Her shoulders and waist become more rectangular, thus giving her a more masculine look, her face gets squarer, and her general increased size lends a certain... androgynous feel to her design. It is like the animators went for something with She-ra's clothes and hair, but a teenage boy's body. It's weird.
    - Ironically, Glimmer, being drawn as a heavy girl, has the power that lets her skip physical exercise.
    - Boys are stupid, girls rule.
    - Adults are even stupider, teens rule.
    - This is not "our generation's Avatar: the Last Airbender". This is so far from ATLA, it may as well be... Korra. Yeah, I said it: it's as bad as Korra. Not based on animation, of course, but story and characters (of course, we have yet to see if Adora or Glimmer turns out to be a raging b*tch like Korra was from episode 1 to... book four?)
    - She-ra transformation solves everything. Oh no, we're about to die! She-ra walks in, shiny, swings her sword, everything is solved. Also, her fighting prowess is so inconsistent.

    All in all, it's... eh. There are better shows, the original included, but it's not a zero.
    Expand
  6. Dec 4, 2018
    3
    I'd like to start off by saying that I never watched the original show, so I have zero nostalgia binded to my viewing of this reboot.
    My
    I'd like to start off by saying that I never watched the original show, so I have zero nostalgia binded to my viewing of this reboot.
    My issues with this incarnation of She-Ra are the following:

    -Story setting: The show does a really bad job at setting its world, to the point one might get confused if they didn't watch the original one, like me. A reboot which requires you to have seen the original show fails as a reboot.

    -Art style: I watch animation because of two reasons; the first being that the medium has tons of potential. You can faithfully depict stuff which just isn't possible to portray in live action, or would require a huge budget. The second reason I watch animation is that I am easily amazed by drawings. I love seeing a character design and thinking to myself "Wow, I wouldn't be able to draw this in 100 years". She-Ra fails miserably at this.
    First of all, lines look all uniform, as if they forgot to enable pressure sensitivity. And there's no curves, everything looks robot-esque.
    I feel like I could draw most of it with a spare hour on Paint Tool Sai. In other words, it's uninspired and dull. It feels lifeless.
    Another issue I have with the art style are the characters themselves. Some are fine, I think Catra and Adora are fine, but everyone else though looks as though the artist in charge of creating the character skipped anatomy class. It's important to know how to draw real people in order to caricaturize them. This looks like when a teenager tries to imitate anime but doesn't quite have the basis for doing so. It looks... off.
    And yes, there's also the issue with femininity. I'm not gonna pretend I didn't notice it, and I could write an entire article on what makes a woman look feminine (In fact, I have, for biology class), but that's more of a minor nitpick. When in motion you don't notice it that much.

    -Agenda: There's obviously one. Frankly I do not care anymore about agendas in games and tv shows, although I do try to avoid shows that have one. Not out of misogyny, but because it typically doesn't make for good storytelling. And I'm an adult, I know how to behave myself, I don't need to be spoon-fed an ideology.
    The one reason I gave this show a try is because it's a Netflix Original, and most Netflix shows i've seen hit the mark perfectly.
    Anyhow, the agenda is not as bad as in other shows I've seen, but it is noticeable, and I wished they had handled things more subtly.

    The worst thing is not the art though, or the pacing. Not even the propaganda. My number one issue is that it was... boring to watch.
    I can overlook flaws if a show is fun to watch. This one wasn't. And to me, that's the biggest sin a cartoon can commit.
    So while I would normally give a "bad" show a relatively high score based on enjoyment value, I have to give this one a 3.
    For the right people, this might be a masterpiece, but I struggle to think who is the right audience for this show. It certainly isn't me. I had low expectations and even then it disappointed me.
    Expand
  7. Nov 27, 2018
    0
    Weak pandering to demographics that never cared about the show. Another great legacy, great character, a role model to girls around the worldWeak pandering to demographics that never cared about the show. Another great legacy, great character, a role model to girls around the world to aspire for greatness, to be better laid down on altar of PC culture. If you have daughters spare them this abomination. Good one NPCs. You won another battle. What next would you want to destroy? Expand

See all 34 User Reviews