(Notice: This publication contains spoilers of the first season of She-Ra and the princesses of power. If you haven't seen it yet … why haven't you seen it yet ???)
Not long ago the first images of reboot from She-Ra and the girl that I was was curious. In particular, that lack of breasts of what had been a hypersexualized warrior princess and with heels (who is going to hit the heels with heels?). The character design of this version looked more like that of Steven Universe, with round people and big eyes. I didn't see it wrong, just different. "You don't have to like it, you have to like girls now," I read about it, and I agreed very much.
About thirty years ago
(how old I am), I had one blonde doll with a red cape and a golden tiara with which he played to go around saving people and destroying things. He also had a Skeletor doll and a green tiger that served as a mount for She-Ra; I knew it was actually his brother He-Man's tiger, but Swift Wind seemed a bit like me over the top With those colors and those wings. I love pegasocornios, but my She-Ra was a rough aunt, so I was grateful that she rode a somewhat rougher bug.
I occasionally saw a series called He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and also another one called She-Ra: The Princess of the Power. For me they were a kind of continuum, although I understood that the first was centered on Prince Adam and He-Man and the second on Princess Adora and She-Ra. But although they protected different kingdoms (Eternia and Etheria: EXTREMELY DIFFERENT UNTIL THE NAME), everything seemed very similar. Well, in She-Ra there were more girls and more colors, that's it.
However, what I remember most were the comics. I was a very reading girl and at that time my family had problems to stock up on books and comics. Thanks to these, I took a lot of love to a character that I barely remembered from the series: Catra. The poor woman took all the sticks. What's the point of being mean if the bad guys take you by the pito of the serene and She-Ra makes mincemeat every time he sees you? What's the point of molaring so much, becoming a cat (making my furry soul happy) and being mean when they don't take you seriously?
So I included it in my games, although without a doll. Catra was Skeletor's ally and wanted to hit She-Ra. Or She-Ra hit Skeletor and rescued Catra. Why Catra gave me tenderness and he wanted the best for her. And because I liked that She-Ra rescued her. Anyway, those things we know but we don't know yet.
Flash forward thirty years, at the launch of the new She-Ra series on Netflix produced, to my surprise, not by Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe), but for a 26-year-old comic book artist (that is, a person who was not NI VIVA when I saw She-Ra) with limited audiovisual experience: Noelle Stevenson, the creator of Nimona Y Lumberjacks. Or it is really very good in his or Dreamworks TV has been nepotism to death.
While I'm still thinking about whether I should approach this remake who have already told me that it is not for me, but for girls now, my Twitter goes crazy and begins to fill up with photos of a cat-girl who puts eyes on an Adora with a ponytail. And to the girl that I went (to the girl that still I am) It is as if an arrow is stuck in your heart. Those are Catra and Adora, thirty years after when I played with my doll in the red cape.
OK, decided. I will see the reboot of She-Ra.
And now, thirteen episodes later, I can say it: She-Ra and the princesses of power – this is the name of the new series, emphasis on the plural – it's a pass. Is EVERYTHING I liked of She-Ra as a child and also EVERYTHING I DIDN'T SEE AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE.
Of course it's not the she-ra then, but I was already with the idea that neither was nor had to be. In fact, I was surprised that he was so faithful in some ways. Y the rest of the changes are for the better. I would have just wanted some more budget on the graphic issue and, even so, I think the series has managed relatively well with the action scenes. Basically, She-Ra is still what I remembered: a story of adventures and confrontation between good and evil in which the heroine is transformed into a princess with a magic sword. No more no less.
And why is this version better? Well, I explain it, character by character.
She-Ra is very cool, but in this series there is much more Adora than She-Ra. And it is not the "Princess Adora", but rather "Adora, the Horde's excadete who becomes the legendary princess She-Ra." Which is MORE THAN WELL, because that way Adora has room to be Adora and show her weaknesses, her fears, her anxiety and, in short, to be a more or less complex character and not be all the time saving the world.
This version of Adora reminded me a lot of Buffy Summers (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Both are girls idealistic and ambitious who receive a gift that makes them incredibly strong, but that also turns out a hard load to carry, And that only get ahead thanks to your friends. But unlike Buffy, Adora has been part of "the bad guys." As a former soldier of the Horde, she has been educated in a very strict environment that has enhanced her military and strategic utility. That's why Adora tries to respond to problems with overplanning and is unable to relax. Something that in the end turns against her, because she is not like that, it is intuitive and not cerebral. But there is that touch of having to reach everything and having to do everything (and, if possible, be the best).
I did not remember at all the Adora "part of the Horde" and it has left me perplexed to know that in the original series it was also like that. But it makes sense that he didn't remember it, because no one made reference to that stage that, nevertheless, HAD BEEN ALMOST ALL OF HIS LIFE. In this series, everything reminds Adora that she has been part of the Horde until very recently, and above all, the constant presence of her favorite aminemy.
About Catra I could write paragraphs and paragraphs, but basically: someone – I would say Noelle Stevenson's supervisor – has been the same girl as me, has had similar feelings for Catra and has decided that I would turn her into the main villain in history keeping its pathetic and huggable and even redeemable touch in the future (or, vice versa, with the potential to become even worse than Hordak).
And someone, surely this woman on whose feet I prostrate, came up with the idea that the enmity between She-Ra and Catra was much more powerful if Adora and Catra had been friends in the past. Rewrite that: If Adora and Catra had been all for each other in the past.
At this point I think it is no longer so important to define if what is between Adora and Catra is / was love or if it is only an intense friendship converted into enmity just as intense. It is worth the series gives a number of winks for the shippeo Catra / Adora (a.k.a. Catradora) that almost lay you down, but the series in general allows you to see many of the characters as gay or bisexual as soon as you have your glasses on (more on this shortly). The most important thing is that the two are complex characters with very different problems and interests and, at the same time, it has been established that each of them is the main weakness of the other. As long as you keep the successive seasons in this orbit, I will be happy.
Catra is one of the characters written with more affection and I am pleased to see that the obsessive need for recognition of the original character It is also present here, further enhanced by the different treatment it has received from different members of the Horde, especially by Shadow Weaver. This Catra is divided by his affection for Adora (who tries to bury again and again, but alas, never ends up being overcome) and his jealousy, his envy, his negativity, his lack of self-esteem and his own desire to send everything to hell.
It is a Catra that gives a lot of tenderness and at the same time it also horrifies and exasperates you. A thin line difficult to maintain and that, as expected, also reminds me of the character of Faith in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That is why the only thing that would kill me with Catradora would be that they do as in Buffy: suddenly ignoring that all that has existed because we have more important things to talk about, such as, for example, a male character who tries to demonstrate all the time that has been redeemed Not that, for God's sake. That never. Seriously, before that, kill her.
I want this Catra to be redeemed, but I don't believe in automatic redemptions, much less when the characters get up to the neck in an arc of descent into darkness. She-Ra (Adora) has already saved Catra on several occasions, as she also did in my games as a child. Now it's up to Catra to save herself, If you wish. Or die of excess power, like Shadow Weaver.
I knew I liked Shadow Weaver, but I didn't know how much I could like it. My memory of Shadow Weaver was a bit like Catra's, although heightened by the respect that the fact that I had never seen his face and that this woman had been serving the Horde for a long time. It was not redeemable, nor desire.
This Shadow Weaver He has won my heart as a selfish and cruel villain, but not without feelings. That he dies when Hordak yells at him like he's a fellow who has done something wrong. She is horrified to think that the girls she has tamed herself can see her deformed face. That he commits (MANY) more failures than he should because he does not do what he preaches and gets carried away by his own weaknesses and obsessions.
I'm not sure if he only kept Adora for the future power he promised or if he had really come to hold her in high regard; In any case, as with Catradora, how much she loves Adora and how much she despises Catra is canon. As is the fact (somewhat creepy) that he touches the girls all the time and that some of his gestures are later imitated by Catra with Adora. That … I better leave that for a fanfic.
On Glimmer, my mind is a desert. I have no memories of her, it's that simple. Maybe that's why I liked his character in this version of She-Ra, although not to the point of fascinating me like Catra, Adora or Shadow Weaver. But it is very nice that there is a character whose personal arc is that of outdo yourself and overcome the difficulties, which in the case of Glimmer begin at home. To Glimmer we will see her getting very strong in many ways and, of course, as we are going to what we are going to do and I love drama, I hope to see your friendship with Adora put to the test just as there has been a threat this season with Bow.
Speaking of Bow: I am very sorry for the loss of that mustache That was his hallmark, but I understand that he would not have married well in a leading teen trio. This Bow retains the qualities with which I reminded him, kindness and generosity. Who wouldn't want to be Bow or have a friend like Bow? He is a character with a heart so big that it lights the way for everyone wherever he goes. And, surprise, I don't have to be in love with She-Ra for this to happen!
At this point, I think I have already said it, but I will emphasize the issue: yes, in this She-Ra it's all very gay and that's great. When I half joke that something is "very gay" I want to say the following:
- It contains representations of affection, attraction, etc. between characters of the same genre. For example, if there are two girls, they are not competing with each other all the time or talking about a third male character. Case of Catra and Adora. (Which, in fact, also compete, but not for the approval of any lord.)
- Characters of the opposite gender can be friends. Bow and Adora case. (The case of Glimmer and Bow is more complex, but friends are.)
- Male characters have signs of tenderness or weakness. Case of Bow, but also of Sea Hawk, which I DO NOT REMEMBER being especially tender in the original series.
- There is absolutely no problem if a character does not want to wear one type of clothing or another (such as Catra in a suit at the ball or that Bow prefers to carry the belly in the air).
- There is absolutely no problem if two girls or two boys decide to dance together, mimic themselves, if they are rescued from some bug, etc. Case of … the whole series. From Sea Hawk rescuing Bow (and not any of the girls), through Catra dancing with Adora or Netossa and Spinnerella CASADÍSIMAS in the final battle.
- There is a certain sensitivity when it comes to showing different ways of being, cultures and, frequently, also different races or bodies, simply because we are more trained to see and represent diversity.
- There is a certain sensitivity kitsch that permeates the work, as if it were allowed to show many things that others are censored. From a slightly silly humor to characters fascinated by horses, through rainbow swords or dances with colored lights. And this connects quite well with the original series, which was not exactly a sobriety prodigy.
For those outside this way of speaking, when we say "very gay," we usually simply mean that something is inclusive and diverse. And this She-Ra takes the palm on that. I very much approve that Not all girls have the same body type and, ABOVE ALL, do not go in heels. I very much approve of more skin tones. I greatly approve of Scorpio, all of it, EVERYTHING. I approve of Entrapta, to Frosta, to Perfume, to Mermist… because each one has its own way of being and a unique design.
And this is the great power of this series compared to the original She-Ra. Maybe those of us who are somewhat older do not call the drawing so much (although it makes a lot of sense that, if the characters are smaller, the stroke is also more childish), but it cannot be denied that they have made efforts to reflect a wide range of girls, all different, all powerful and all with their neuros. That was something that the original simply did not have and that many of us have lacked growing. Why was my She-Ra riding He-Man's cat? Why was my She-Ra rescuing Catra?
As a child, I lacked these narratives and somehow I had to include them. I was missing a muscular She-Ra punching the soldiers of the Horde in the absence of a sword (THIS IS DONE!). I lacked an Adora who does not know how to relax, a Glimmer who discusses with her mother, a Catra with a coherent past, a Bow capable of showing her feelings … and why not, an Adora and a Catra sharing an aminemistad of the most intense in the middle.
This She-Ra has shrunk my heart, because it was what I would have wanted to see a long time ago. I have read that some of She-Ra's former fans are disappointed with the reboot from Noelle Stevenson. I don't, and I want to be told too. I am aware that I am not the target audience, but this She-Ra has all my love and all my approval.
Apart, of course, that I will be impatient until next season comes out and that, when Catra and Adora meet again, I will be the first to put my hands together and have a bad time, but very bad, extremely bad good for the two.