She-Ra is back and better than ever. This season was the most explosive one yet and the results were game changing to say the least.
I must admit, I was surprised that we got another season so soon. We got season 3 back in August this year, and this one came out only three months later. That being said, this season certainly isn’t lacking in quality as a result of the fast release time. In fact, I’d go as far to say that this one is my favourite season yet.
The season seems to take place right after the events of season 3. Queen Angela is gone and Glimmer is now the new Queen of Etheria. We’re presented with a coronation and the tension couldn’t be higher. Everyone wants to make Glimmer happy whilst also not mentioning her mother’s death and ruining her day. Glimmer herself is much changed from the childlike character that we saw in the first three seasons. She appears taller and much more adult. Her hair has started to grow out and she even looks a little like her late mother.
Meanwhile, Catra has to deal with the consequences of setting off the portal in season 3. The Horde has lost resources thanks to Catra’s reckless actions and Entrapta is gone, banished to Beast Island. Hordak is beside himself with the preparations for Horde Prime’s arrival and the lower Horde soldiers are being overworked to the point where they aren’t getting any sleep.
Catra’s relationship with Scorpia also takes a huge blow as a result of the stress and the upcoming war. Scorpia is nothing but warm and friendly to Catra, but all she does is push her away over and over again. Watching this is extremely emotional, and I think Scorpia may be slowly becoming my favourite character as a result.
As far as LGBTQ+ content goes, we actually had the introduction of the show’s first canonically non-binary character in this season, with consistent they/them pronouns and androgynous presentation. Their name is Double Trouble and they’re a shapeshifter. They’re incredibly important to the plot of this season, but as an added bonus, they’re also very sassy and funny, and overall just a joy to watch.
Double Trouble isn’t the first canonically non-binary character in modern animated TV shows, though. That award goes to Stevonnie from Steven Universe (to the best of my knowledge, at least).
We also get more Spinerella/Netossa content, which is just as wholesome as it sounds.
All I can say about the ending (without giving away major spoilers, that is) is that it’s exactly what the previous season promised us, so it’s not too much of a surprise, but it’s just as well-written and emotional as the rest of the series. We get to see more of Mara, which is both amazing and heartbreaking at the same time. Tensions also start flying between characters who were the best of friends in the first three seasons, and the entire world pays the price for it.