Shows

SRPOP Season 3 Reveals the History of Etheria, She-Ra, and Hordak

Show Review:

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 3

Rating: 8.7 out of 10 stars

Overview

Pros

  • Great for children and adults
  • Fun plot with high stakes
  • Well-made characters
  • Representation of different body types and skin colors
  • LGBTQ+ representation
  • Some Catra and Scorpia bonding moments
  • Backstory for Hordak

Cons

  • Overly childish intro
  • Poor art style choices

Warning: Spoilers Ahead!

Review

This season was only six episodes long, so this will be a short review. Nonetheless, it was a really good season and a wonderful experience.

This season begins exactly where we left off with the previous season. Shadowweaver is standing over Adora’s bed, but collapses after Adora draws her sword. Since Bright Moon has no dungeons, Shadowweaver is imprisoned in a spare room that had the cushions removed but otherwise is super comfortable.

I am not sure how I feel about Shadowweaver switching sides. Sure, it’s good for the heroes. But Shadowweaver is abusive toward Adora and Catra and makes a problematic hero. I do think they dealt with it pretty well though, establishing that she has selfish motives even when on the side of good.

It is just like Adora to be concerned about Shadowweaver, and for Adora to heal her. Adora obviously has an unhealthy attachment to Shadowweaver, but remains compassionate despite Shadowweaver’s transgressions.

Catra’s punishment is harsh considering she has increased the productivity of the Horde by 400% and has retrieved plenty of First One’s relics. Entrapta tries to stand up for her, which says a lot about her character. This season certainly strengthens Catra’s character arc as she becomes more and more unhinged.

I love that Catra and Scorpia become closer as friends, at least for the first part of the season when Catra is sent on an apparent suicide mission to the Crimson Waste. Also, when Catra is introduced to a party for the first time, it hearkens back to when this happened for Adora as well. It’s a sweet moment. For Catra’s sake I wish she had left the Horde and stayed in the Crimson Waste, at least for a time. The experience was really good for her and Scorpia.

The Hordak and Entrapta bonding moments were touching. Entrapta emphasizes that she enjoys being Hordak’s friend and Hordak points out that no one should underestimate Entrapta. As they build the portal together, Entrapta cools Hordak’s temper and accepts him as he is, flaws and all. She is a person who appreciates imperfections. It honestly made me like Entrapta more, even if she does frustrate me at times.

Getting to learn more about the history of Hordak and how he is a defective clone of Horde Prime was interesting and made him seem a little more personable, and less like a one-dimensional big bad.

Knowing that Etheria was separated from the rest of the universe and that a portal could compromise the safety of the planet really helped build the narrative. Revealing Adora is a First One and that she came through the portal as a baby is a nice touch.

Angella’s sacrifice and loss was a poignant part of the season, and showed how high the stakes had been. I never loved her as a character, but her being brave and spontaneous for once was a sight to see. Glimmer is young to be the next queen of Bright Moon, but her inheritance of the throne will no doubt change the dynamic of the three best friends: Adora, Glimmer, and Bow.

Catra snapping and sending Entrapta to Beast Island was incredibly sad, especially when she told Hordak that Entrapta had betrayed him. It was painful and yet fitting.

Like in the previous seasons, there is a lot of representation of different body types and skin colors. That is refreshing honestly, especially when you compare it to the original She-Ra franchise.

The intro is the same as the previous seasons. I know a lot of people really like the intro, but I don’t. It’s too childish compared to the rest of the show, and I don’t care what people say, it is not catchy. Not to say it’s horrible, but it’s not that great.

Also, the art style makes them all look young even though Adora, for example, is 17. They look like a group of 12-year-olds. It could have been better.

In conclusion, this season was even better than the first two and I would recommend it for all ages except the very youngest children.

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Shows

Catra is at Her Peak – Despite Being Kidnapped

Show Review (with Spoilers):

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 2

Rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars

Overview

Pros

  • Great for children and adults
  • Fun plot
  • Well-made characters
  • Representation of different body types and skin colors
  • LGBTQ+ representation
  • We get more backstory for several characters

Cons

  • Overly childish intro
  • Poor art style choices

Warning! Spoilers below!

Review

This season is only 7 episodes running at about 24 minutes each, so this review will be a little on the shorter end. I think this season is worth it’s own blog article though. It had so many moments I loved.

First off, I want to say that this show is one that both children and adults will enjoy. I was hooked from the first season, but the second season kept me interested. I also know several adults who have enjoyed it, so I know I am not the only one.

The plot is so fun. At one point there was an episode where the characters are planning to invade a Horde-compromised area and run through the scenario numerous times with miniature figures like a board game. The scenarios become increasingly ridiculous as they go along.

Catra is kidnapped and she is her usual badass self, not even the least bit concerned about her situation. She makes things hard for her kidnappers and even pushes Bow off a cliff at one point.

Entrapta is her usual fun but morally ambiguous self. She has no problem working for the villains, just like she was willing to work with the heroes in the first season. Even though I do not like her willingness to switch sides without much convincing, she is a well-made character.

My favorite part of the season though was the last episode. Getting to meet Bow’s dads was a sweet experience. He wanted to be an archer all along, but his parents wanted him to be a scholar. Yet what they want more than that is for Bow to be happy. Their family moments are so cute, and it is great to see some positive LGBTQ representation.

Some other characters we get some more backstory for are Shadow Weaver and Micah. Their complicated mentor-student relationship that ends in disaster is sad but fascinating to watch. Shadow Weaver, who is a complex, manipulative, and abusive, was once Light Spinner, a magic user who was on the side of good. Her desire for power corrupted her, but if you follow her arc through all the seasons from her back story to the end you will find that despite being a terrible person, she is very interesting.

Like in the previous season, there is a lot of representation of different body types and skin colors. That is refreshing honestly, especially when you compare it to the original She-Ra franchise.

The intro is the same as the previous season. I know a lot of people really like the intro, but I don’t. It’s too childish compared to the rest of the show, and I don’t care what people say, it is not catchy. Not to say it’s horrible, but it’s not that great.

Also, the art style makes them all look young even though Adora, for example, is 17. They look like a group of 12-year-olds. It could have been better.

In conclusion, this season was just as good as the first and I would recommend it for all children and adults except the very youngest children.

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Shows

This She-Ra Remake is Surprisingly Good

Show Review:

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 1

Rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars

Warning! Minor spoilers ahead for Season 1!

Review

Anyone who has been reading my content for awhile knows that I adore kids shows when they are made in a way that adult audiences can appreciate. Yet I was still skeptical about this one. It just looked childish to me from the pictures, and my sister’s claims that it was as good as or better than Avatar: The Last Airbender didn’t assuage my doubts.

I was wrong to judge it so quickly. It is one of the best cartoons I have watched in my life, even if I still like Avatar: The Last Airbender better.

The first season begins with Adora, the main character, working as a soldier for the evil Horde. She has been brought up to believe that the Horde’s missions are benevolent in nature, and that the Horde’s enemies–the princesses–are wicked. One day she ventures outside of the Fright Zone, which is the headquarters of the Horde, and finds a magic sword. The princess Glimmer and her friend Bow capture Adora. They try to get the sword for themselves, but Adora manages to use it. This sword transforms her into the legendary She-Ra.

Even though Adora has several opportunities to escape from Glimmer and Bow, she does not. This is because she comes upon a town burned by the Horde and realizes there is something wrong with what the Horde is doing. Adora comes to realize that the Horde has lied to her and that they are attacking innocent people.

She joins Glimmer and Bow and they take her to Bright Moon, where she joins the rebellion against the Horde. The first season focuses on building the rebellion’s forces.

Adora’s best friend from the Horde, Catra, is devastated by Adora’s abandonment of her and the Horde. Catra’s character development is one of the best parts of Season 1 and of seasons to come. Her mental and emotional breakdowns, her mourning, her pride, and her jealousy make her a well-rounded and sympathetic villain.

Catra vs. She-Ra

Despite being very good, the first season in a lot of ways is the set-up for what is to come. As the rebellion grows, several episodes each introduce a new princess who is not very well-developed in the first season. Background information is established and relationships begin to development and change.

There are many funny parts such as when Adora discovers things like parties and horses for the first time, because her experience has been limited in the horde.

Entrapta

My favorite character in the first season is Entrapta. From her love of tiny foods to her passion for anything science, she is a hilarious character. Her prehensile hair makes her even more interesting.

The intro seems more childish than the show itself, and I just couldn’t get behind the song. It’s fine–but it could be better.

The design is attractive, with bright colors and a beautiful palette that features various hues of pink and purple. Character design looks good, with representation of various skin colors and body types. Some people, mostly men, criticized the show because She-Ra doesn’t look sexy enough–but I can’t see why that is a problem, especially since the show promotes body positivity.

Animation is decent but not amazing. It’s kind of oversimplified, but it doesn’t look bad.

LGBTQ+ representation is present in the first season, but not as obvious as in later seasons. Spinnerella and Netossa are married princesses, but their relationship is not explored in the first season. There is more to come.

The names are not particularly creative, but they come directly from the 1980s series She-Ra: Princess of Power. Since the new show was loosely inspired by the 1980s one, I don’t consider this lack of creativity a con. Examples are Catra for a character with cat features, Bow for an archer, Perfuma for a girl with flower power, etc.

I would certainly recommend this season for most people ages 8 and up. I especially recommend it for fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. If you are expecting it to be anything like the 1980s show She-Ra: Princess of Power, you will be disappointed because it is vastly different from the moralistic and old-fashioned episodes of She-Ra: Princess of Power.

Final Breakdown

Pros

  • Great for children and adults
  • Attractive design choices
  • Representation of different body types and skin colors
  • LGBTQ+ representation

Cons

  • Overly childish intro

Observations

  • Decent animation
  • Names are not creative, but they are directly from the original She-Ra series from the 1980s
  • Not very similar to the original She-Ra

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Life

The Chaotic Chronicles (Issue #1)

Intro

Welcome to the first issue of the Chaotic Chronicles, which revolves around what’s been going on in my chaotic life. I intend to publish these weekly if possible on Wednesdays and will do my best to keep it interesting. Feedback is welcome and encouraged. Below I will list what I’ve been up to this week!

#1: Broadening my horizons

I am doing my best to be the greatest writer, blogger, and reviewer I can be. As a result, I’ve decided to broaden my horizons by publishing reviews on more platforms. I have revitalized my Goodreads account, started an IMDb account, and began posting reviews on Board Game Geek. If there are more sites I should consider sharing my work on, let me know!

#2: A Discord Server

Recently I created a discord server that is primarily for creative types, but is also a place for a lot of really cool people to hang out. Some of our topics include books, writing, art, movies, shows, anime, board games, video games, and music.

#3: I got this cute My Hero Academia energy drink

My Hero Academia energy drink

I think this was the first time I’ve ever had an actual energy drink. Everyone always told me they were bad for you, so I had been reluctant to try one. But I couldn’t resist one that was My Hero Academia themed. I am such a geek. It was raspberry-flavored. It wasn’t the best drink but it wasn’t the worst. I cleaned out the can to use as a decoration.

#4: Check out my new Funkos

Izuku Midoriya, She-Ra, and UA High Funko Pops

My newest additions include Izuku Midoriya and UA High from My Hero Academia and She-Ra. I love both shows, so it was a real pleasure to add these to my collection.

#5: What I am watching

  • Fullmetal Alchemist (the original series)
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
  • The Owl House
  • One Piece
  • Attack on Titan
  • Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina
  • Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense
  • Fairy Tail
  • The Dragon Prince
  • My Hero Academia
  • Fruits Basket
  • Wandavision
  • Violet Evergarden

#6: Current Projects

  • Co-writing a study guide for The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner with Ashley Ostrowski
  • Creating a list of writing prompts for a blog article that will publish in December
  • Working on Paralogue 4 for my novel-in-progress
  • Writing a biography essay of a local librarian
  • Teaching my little sister how to read

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