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She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power Season 5 Is The Perfect Ending To A Near-Perfect Show

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BY June 14, 2020
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It’s a bittersweet moment writing this She-Ra season 5 review. On the one hand, it’s a fantastic finale to an amazing series. On the other hand, it’s over, and I don’t want it to end. She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power was one of the best series that I’ve watched in years. The original Netflix series revived an old franchise and did some amazing things with it. With the series now over, check out my spoiler-free She-Ra season 5 review. 

How She-Ra Revived An Old Franchise Into The Modern Day 

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She-Ra was originally a spin-off animated series from the He-Man and the Masters Of The Universe cartoon from 1983. When Noelle Stevenson, creator of he new series, brought She-Ra back for an original Netflix series, I wasn’t expecting much. But the trailers were unique and seemed funny, so I decided to watch with my pre-teen daughters. She-Ra has now become an iconic series in our household, as we relate real-world situations to moments in the show. 

Stevenson took a story that was, looking back, quite cheesy and plain. She then infused humor into it, with relatable characters and story arcs, not to mention some incredible themes and ideas for a new generation. I’m constantly amazed at how the show has representation for race, gender, sexuality, and relationships. The depictions of friendships and love break the mold from any of the current family-friendly TV series out there. The stories and characters feel real, despite the show being about how a magical sword turns a girl into an 8-foot superhero destined to save a living planet. 

She-Ra Season 5 Review Perfectly Ends The Entire Series

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She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power began as the story of Adora (Aimee Carrero) and Catra (AJ Michalka), two orphans raised by the Horde. Raised to believe Princesses were evil, Adora learns the truth as she witnesses the Horde’s atrocities first hand. As she abandons her former family for a new one amongst the princesses, her best friend Catra takes this as a betrayal. The rest of the series focuses on Adora’s origins, the ability to transform into a legendary warrior-Princess, and the fight to save the planet from the Horde. But on a much larger scale, the story is about the duality of Adora and Catra. And She-Ra season 5 brings about a beautiful conclusion to their story. 

Adora Learns More About She-Ra’s True Powers In Season 5

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She-Ra Season 4 ended with Adora destroying the sword that turns her into She-Ra. Without it, she was powerless against the new threat, Horde Prime. So Adora spends most of the time in season 5 feeling hopeless and overcompensating for the lack of her superpowers. While on the opposite end, Catra also feels powerless to manipulate her new master, Horde Prime. It’s the first step towards her redemption, something many believed could not be possible. But if Ben Solo’s redemption in The Rise Of Skywalker can be a thing, despite being party to multiple counts of genocide, why can’t Catra’s? 

While the previous seasons showed how the other Princesses amplify She-Ra’s power, Adora learns that there’s more to it. Ultimately, as my 7-year-old called it when the season 5 trailer released, she had it in her the entire time. But despite being able to become She-Ra again, her connection to her powers remains unstable, until she resolves the feelings within her. She-Ra Season 5 is as much a journey for Adora and Catra, as it is the end of their individual stories. 

Horde Prime Is Basically An Evil Cult Leader In She-Ra Season 5

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The main villain of She-Ra season 5 is Horde Prime, the original creator of the previous villain, Hordak. Horde Prime arrives to announce himself as a conqueror of the planet, with plans to take over Etheria. It’s clear that the basis for the character of Prime, was after the charismatically ominous and creepy cult leaders from history. Prime is super polite and charming as he attempts to seduce Glimmer (Karen Fukuhara) and Catra to his cause. And when failing, his true, brutal and malicious nature rears its head. 

A villain like Horde Prime only makes sense given the themes of She-Ra season 5. She-Ra and Catra both have to learn to believe in themselves and each other. While Prime uses blind faith as a weapon against his enemies, and his allies. So, it only makes sense that Adora and Catra finally have to acknowledge who they are, and what they mean to each other, before being able to fight a force like that. 

Season 5 Of She-Ra Ties Up All The Loose Ends

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Any She-Ra Season 5 review is incomplete without discussing how everything ends, oh so perfectly. One of the best things about any series ending is having the time to end properly. All subplots receive an organic end. Character arcs and conflicts find satisfying resolutions. And She-Ra season 5 does not disappoint in that regard. The entire season gives us moments that brings story beats introduced in season 1, around in a full circle. When the announcement came out about She-ra‘s cancellation, we at Comic Years wondered if it really was the plan all along. Judging by how the storytellers brought everything to a close, it seems like five seasons was the plan all along. 

Catra Definitely Has Multiple Lives

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The major character arc of this season is obviously Catra and her redemption. So the story finds organic ways for Catra to interact with and make nice with everyone she has wronged. Catra’s moments with Glimmer and Bow (Marcus Scribner) are most notable, given that they become the new Best Friend Squad. But even with characters that Catra directly wronged, like Entrapta (Christine Woods) and Scorpia (Lauren Ash), she’s allowed scenes where she’s forgiven by them. It’s sweet and makes her redemption that much more meaningful. Especially considering that fact that everyone resolves their own issues with her, instead of just blindly accepting her as Adora’s friend.

Shadow Weavers Ultimate Act Of Motherhood

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One of the more emotional resolutions comes from Shadow Weaver (Lorraine Toussaint) who has been the closest thing to a mother that Catra and Adora have. Having manipulated them both since they were infants, Shadow Weaver was at times the cause of the wedge between the girls. But in the end, she ends up sacrificing herself to save Catra and Adora. Ultimately her twisted ideas of love and maternal instinct took on a conventional act, as she valued their wellbeing over her own life. 

Horde Extras Lonnie, Kyle, And Rogelio

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Even the minor characters of She-Ra get their moments of closure. Catra and Adora’s Horde-mates Lonnie (Dana Davis), Kyle (Antony Del Rio), and a growling Lizard person named Rogelio. Near the end of the series, they cross paths with Adora and her friends, but instead of a confrontation, they part on good terms. It’s just another example of how great She-Ra season 5 is, allowing even a brief moment to wrap up the arcs of these supporting characters as well. 

Going into any more detail during this She-Ra season 5 review would mean getting into spoiler territory. And anyone who hasn’t already watched the show should see it unfold as the storytellers intended. It’s an animated fantasy action-adventure that is thrilling and engaging. It’s a series that has a captivating story, interesting characters, and themes that go beyond anything that can be expected from a show originally created 40 years ago to sell toys. She-Ra is a must-watch for anyone who loves good storytelling and is suitable for the whole family. The show is currently rated at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. 

The entire She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power series is now streaming on Netflix. 

What did you think of She-Ra season 5? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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