She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 5
May 15, 2020 11:58 AM - Season 5 (Full Season) - Subscribe

As the princesses struggle to keep the rebellion alive under Horde Prime's occupation, Adora must decide how to help her friends — without She-Ra.
posted by marfa, texas (20 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Oh good this is out now I will proceed to watch the entire show again.

This show is so good and I really need this kind of stuff right now. Ill be back to actually comment on season 5 once I get to it.

Thanks for the post giving a heads up
posted by weed donkey at 12:56 PM on May 15, 2020

It's quality content. Enjoy!
posted by marfa, texas at 1:51 PM on May 15, 2020

Aaaaaaa it is SO GOOD
posted by emjaybee at 9:29 PM on May 15, 2020 [3 favorites]

Oh good this is out now I will proceed to watch the entire show again.

I didn't rewatch the whole show but I did watch the 2 part finale from S04 which got me back up to speed very well.
posted by mikelieman at 12:45 PM on May 16, 2020 [1 favorite]

OK I made it through the whole show. I'm a little surprised they did a Korra on us.
posted by Karmakaze at 3:54 PM on May 16, 2020 [1 favorite]

I love this show! So many moments of awesome in his season, and while I have some quibbles it was just great. Also I love the little changes in the title sequence.
posted by Wretch729 at 4:21 PM on May 16, 2020 [1 favorite]

I'm a little surprised they did a Korra on us.

I'm not, this show has always been gayer than Christmas and it's been telegraphed hard through the whole series. Good times!
posted by Anonymous at 6:21 AM on May 17, 2020

There's a YouTuber who has been doing amazing crack clip videos of the show that leave me cackling/sniffling. Here are the two for Season 5: one, and two. I've actually been thinking I might do a crack video FPP but haven't put it together yet.
posted by Wretch729 at 7:58 AM on May 17, 2020 [2 favorites]

It was so much better than Korra in terms of representation, though!

1. Bow's dads
2. Spinnerella and Netossa
3. Huntara
4. Scorpia
5. Double Trouble
6. Kyle and Rogellio!...and they adopted the weird mini-Hordak baby?

And of course, Saving the Universe via Magical Lesbian Kiss is better than hand-holding in the last 5 seconds, ala Korra.

(not slamming Korra; they weren't allowed to do more).

It just fixes so many things wrong with media directed at girls. There's a variety of female body types; men don't save the day but are part of the team; nobody's wearing things that look like armored bikinis and stripper heels; there's a real plot and world-building beyond "beat the bad ugly dude." It just ended in a way that was incredibly satisfying.
posted by emjaybee at 1:05 PM on May 17, 2020 [11 favorites]

This show always reminded me of Zelda Breath of the Wild. Ancient high tech civilizations, robots, magic swords, and lots of other tropes mixed together in similar ways. But the show hit peak "open world game" when She-ra took down a tower and the giant glowing Horde symbol was replaced with her own giant glowing sword symbol.

Loved all the Entrapta moments we got this season. The Vader/Emperor scene with Hordak was telegraphed a mile away and it was still great. I did like one of the characters (Mermista?) remarking "and we're just ok with this?" when Hordak is celebrating with the group at the end.

I am a little disappointed that everything wasn't saved by the Power of Shanty.
posted by Gary at 9:05 PM on May 17, 2020 [6 favorites]

It got a little slow around early season 4 for me, because I felt it was too much back and forth between Catra and Adora, and then Catra seemed irredeemable after the portal thing. Then I heard season 5 would be the end, so I gave season 4 another chance and it got super interesting towards the end (of course), and I was so ready for season 5. And now that I finished season 5 I can say it's one of the best shows ever.

My only quibble was that, while it might have been addressed offscreen, Catra really needed a therapeutic B-plot that showed her overcoming with her huge insecurity and abandonment issues. Other characters (Double Trouble, Shadow Weaver) rudely pointed out her issues, but nobody ever just talked her through it, other than Adora just acknowledging their feelings together and stopped pushing Catra away at the end. But I know no one wants long talky scenes in a show like this.

Also, they wrapped up so quick, I wanted a last line from everyone, and for somebody to say something nice about Shadow Weaver's sacrifice.

Anyway this was so progressive and I loved it.
posted by numaner at 6:11 PM on May 21, 2020 [4 favorites]

It turns out that they win in the end. Who could have foreseen?

This show was excellent and Scorpia is the best. It took a while to acknowledge that everyone's strength and powers would always be scaled exactly to suit the drama of the scene, but once I focused on enjoying the ride it was a really fun ride!

The first time I heard the theme song, I'd just finished marking some exams, and thereafter every time a new episode started I couldn't help going through the scene in my mind:

Please list 4 things you must do to win in the end (4 marks)
Student: we must be strong
Me: yes, good start
S: we must be brave
M: nice!
S: we've got to find every bit of strength that we have and never let it go
M: okay, that's stronger than point 1, but still the same point
S: we must be strong!

It's just such a familiar scenario that I can't hear it any other way.
posted by Acari at 7:52 AM on May 22, 2020 [6 favorites]

I did like the evolution of Netossa from "I toss nets" to "I have a contingency plan to take out all of my teammates because I'm Batman".

Including the spray bottle on Catra which was perfect.
posted by Gary at 10:40 AM on May 22, 2020 [15 favorites]

Including the spray bottle on Catra which was perfect.

That was a perfect moment.
posted by mikelieman at 6:00 PM on May 22, 2020 [3 favorites]

We were carefully spacing out our watching to one episode a day, so we have only just finished, and


I, uh, I may have more to say about it at a later time.
posted by kyrademon at 10:49 AM on May 26, 2020 [4 favorites]

My (queer) teenage child and I finished the season/series last night. Afterwards we discussed what we thought the themes of the show are and hit upon (in almost no particular order):

Finding your strength and using it to help others
Confronting your trauma in healthy ways
Developing and nurturing loving friendships
Speaking truth to / confronting power
All while being queer AF (for the most part)


Did we miss anything?
posted by joseph_elmhurst at 2:54 PM on June 2, 2020 [2 favorites]

That’s a great list but missed one major theme: unconditional forgiveness.

Right on the button. Thank you for this.
posted by joseph_elmhurst at 11:10 PM on June 3, 2020

I'm just glad I had a chance to fanboy gush at Noelle Stevenson at her MoCCA table back when she had just stuck the landing with Nimona.
posted by whuppy at 3:14 PM on June 4, 2020

"That's warmth, buddy"
posted by vibratory manner of working at 3:00 AM on September 8, 2020

With only one exception: Shadow Weaver. And that exception reinforced the theme. Her sacrifice was a rebuke of sorts. Not that Adora and Katra’s rejection of her was entirely unwarranted. But Shadow Weaver proved she was deserving of forgiveness and love too.

I think that was because she had both actively done wrong (and for long periods of time) and because she never tried to apologize or atone for her wrongs in any way. The mind controlled people largely snapped out of it to apologize and be horrified by their actions. Catra both apologized and atoned by rescuing Glimmer, while leaving herself in harm's way. In contrast, Shadow Weaver showed up at Bright Moon and said she came because she wasn't safe in The Fright Zone anymore. And of course her own safety is important, but it was clear from this that it was the only important thing for her. She continued harming both Catra and Adora when she encountered them, all the way up until the final battle. And in her redemption, she finally told Catra things she had always needed to hear from her. It felt like this was the first time she had really been unselfish.
posted by blueberry monster at 10:52 AM on October 24, 2021

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