As we all well know, season 5 is the last season of the consistently outstanding She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. Over less than 2 years, creator Noelle Stevenson and her crew have made an excellent show that, for my money, is the best-animated children’s show currently airing. Am I ready to let it go? Not in the least. I can’t believe it will all be over so soon.
Season 4 ended on a foreboding, hopeless note. Horde Prime has arrived at Etheria after Light Hope shifted the planet out of the protective dimension where Mara hid the planet. Glimmer and Catra are Prime’s captives. Hordak is captured and being reconditioned. Adora shattered her sword, which will at least temporarily prevent her from transforming into She-Ra. It is a dark place to begin the final season, and leaves a lot to be settled. The trailer leans right into this perilous tone, complete with a slower version of “Warriors” providing the soundtrack. The Princesses face overwhelming odds to defend their home from the full Horde threat.
There look to be some new characters joining the struggle, as some unidentified forms run across a bridge at one point. The heroes are going to need all the help they can get.
Look, we have to assume things will ultimately be okay in the end. It’s a kids’ show, things have to end positively, right? I’m still fascinated to see the cost necessary to win their happy ending. And of course, we all wonder if Catra will wind her way over to join the princesses. I know I’m not the only one who saw her and Adora reaching for each other. Will She-Ra take a side in the ship wars? What will it take for Adora to recapture her She-Ra powers?
I want it and I don’t. May 15th is somehow both too close and too far away. Netflix’s premiere animated show is back, and it looks as excellent as ever.