She-ra is over guys.
Such a great final season, such a wonderful ride. While I wasn’t on board entirely for the first 2 seasons, I was hooked by season 3 and the finale of this show was fantastic. I’ll warn you now: this is pretty much going to be me gushing about how much I liked season 5. There were a few nitpicks I’d have here and there, but nothing can sour my overall love and emotions I have for this show. So with that out of the way, let’s get into it!
The first thing I really enjoyed and noticed, was how well plotted the season was from the start. We were bouncing between 2 plots throughout the entire season, and neither felt neglected or out of place. Every character that has been established as important in the show had their time to shine, and bouncing between both plots paved the way for a very cohesive final climax that made perfect sense and hit so many emotional beats, I can’t even get started on breaking them all down. I was a bit nervous about what they were going to do with Catra, but they handled her story arc perfectly and while I wasn’t on board for what most of the fandom wanted with her character, it turned out well and I was so happy to see it happen.
There’s so much tension in this season from the get-go. The atmosphere, and animation and character beats just were so well done in that regard. There’s a certain thing that happens mid-season, and it truly amped up the horror factor of the show. Truly not knowing who to trust, trying to fight against all odds, and that tension just hanging over the main cast of the show was an amazing ride and kept me watching, without fail. That isn’t to say there isn’t humor in this season: There’s tons of it, and all of the jokes land perfectly. But there’s never a sense of too many jokes taking away from the severity of the situation they are in, but the light of their bonds and friendships just shine through so prevalently that it was so natural to see them joking around from time to time.
This show has always been about the characters, and this season was no exception. In fact, I think it does the best job of developing the characters, and fully fleshing out their story arcs that have been running throughout the series. You’d think with such a huge ensemble cast, someone would fall through the cracks. But no, every Princess and side character who has been in the show, has a clear identity, and isn’t relegated to one-dimensional side characters. My favorite has always been Mermista, with Perfuma as a close second and both of them shined so much in this season that I ate it up.
And that climax! With the themes of love, bonds, and different relationships in the series, the ending was so perfect. I feel like Dreamworks learned from the mistakes of Voltron, and decided to not try anything flashy, stick to a generic enough ending but at the end of the day, it was always going to be the natural conclusion of the show. That however, doesn’t take away from the building tension of this series, as you feel every sacrifice and decision the characters have to make as if you’re right there with them. It’s powerful, it’s poignant, and made the ending so dang beautiful. I was cheering at certain points, I was crying at certain points, everything was just so dang perfect. Bravo to the show runners, bravo!
One thing I will say, is the audio description was a bit wonky with this season. There were some times where it wouldn’t describe something rather important, and I was left a bit confused until another scene. And for the weirdest reason, in a few scenes when Frosta was in them, the describer said it was Glimmer. Of course, you’re using your common sense, and know Glimmer isn’t in the scene so it meant Frosta, but just going over the script again and making sure minor mistakes weren’t in there would have been nice. Overall though, the experience with the description was good – I especially loved how it captured all of the animation beats of Catras cat-isms, that was a really fun touch to the show and all of the Catra as cat jokes cracked me up.
Ugh, I can’t express how much I enjoyed this final season. The pacing was great, the character beats given to us throughout the series were ended well, and the open ended nature of the ending was so nice to see. We can imagine all sorts of adventures for our characters now that they’ve secured their future, and that’s so great to see in animation. I hope we get an epilogue series, I really do. But if this is all we’re going to get out of the She-ra series, I’m completely happy we got it. I’d totally rewatch this entire series again, just to see the plot beats play out in all of their glory.
Wonderful job with the show as a whole. I wasn’t quite on board with seasons 1 and 2, but after all of the ground work for the lore and story were laid, it turned out to be a fantastic series. I highly recommend watching this if you enjoy great characters, beautiful relationships of the romantic and platonic sort, and a well-crafted world and lore based fantasy world. You won’t regret it!