DREAMWORK’S She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is more than just a children’s cartoon. It’s a animated series (appealing to viewers of all ages) promoting the beauty of diversity, the strength of kindness and the power of friendship.
Picking up where the second season left off, the third season of the popular Netflix original wastes no time jumping into the action – and it’s She-Ra’s most dangerous battle yet. With Catra’s hatred of Adora at an all-time high, Hordak’s forces are growing ever closer to executing his master plan, which could not only destroy Bright Moon, but all of Etheria.
Award-winning actress Geena Davis joins the cast as Huntara, a no-nonsense warrior from the Crimson Waste who helps the Adora, Glimmer, and Bow on their quest to find out what happened to Mara, and how to (hopefully) save Etheria. She’s tuff, she’s unpredictable, and she doesn’t take crap from anyone – which is exactly the kind of role you would expect Geena Davis to take. As an actress she’s tough as an activist, she’s an unstoppable for who has worked tirelessly to advocate for equal representation of women in the industry through The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
What I love about She-Ra is that it shows that a princess does not have to be in distress. In fact, she can be the hero. It’s a type of story that isn’t told very often. For generations we’ve been told you can be a hero or a princess, but being both – it just isn’t done (very often). She-Ra and the Princesses of Power have taken that stereotype, chewed it up, and let Bow use it as target practice because She-Ra also shows that boys can align themselves with the Princesses, not as the all-powerful hero or begotten fool, but as an equal.
The series’ continued devotion to diversity is nothing short of commendable. Powerful women, sensitive men, sexualities and gender identities that do not define a person, but merely add to the vibrancy of their colorful personalities.
The only negative thing I can say about the binge-worthy series is that there were not enough episodes. But, that’s how you know it’s a good show – it leaves you wanting more. The six episodes of season three is available for streaming on Netflix starting August 2nd and based on the finale there are (hopefully) already plans for a fourth season to follow. Luckily, while we wait, She-Ra fans can go on even more adventures in Etheria with a new line of dolls from Mattel released exclusively through Target and a series of chapter books from Scholastic.