She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power Season 1 review: P is for progressive

Here’s our review of She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power Season 1, on Netflix now

Adapted by comic artist Noelle Stevenson, She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power follows the 1980s hit show on which it’s based closely, only in the sense that it’s about a young woman who was raised by a tyrant, and leads a rebellion against his Evil Horde after she discovers she can transform into a super-heroine when in possession of a mystical sword. This time, she doesn’t have a brother in He-Man – this girl’s saving the world on her own.

Well, not all on her own. Perhaps the greatest thing about She-Ra is how much it champions friendship, evidenced best in an episode that sees She-Ra grapple with saving her new pal Glimmer or, eventually, saving the world. Even snarky antagonist Catra has a history with the titular character that examines what can happen when companions head down very different paths.

Its bright rainbowtastic visuals fit in with its sweet message of acceptance and standing up for what you believe in perfectly, while its excitable Pokemon-style pacing moves the plot along effectively. However, it’s fair to say that the show needed a little more tension throughout in order to appeal to older audiences.