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Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeast season 3

Its been a while and while I used to let that stress me out but now I much more enjoy going at my own pace. So please enjoy these thoughts that I’ve been sitting on since I’ve watched it.

KATAOW final season was amazing, but in a different way from seasons one and two. Seasons one and two were very much about exploring the world, we meet new characters and explore the world. Its opening up for us and we’re learning so much about everything. But season three is very much about bringing things to a close. This is exemplified by the fact that we’re mostly in one location for a lot of the season. It gives this season a chance to slow down and really deal with bringing humans and mutes together.

All throughout the show Kipo’s positivity and openness allows others to come together and change. In season three Kipo’s ideals are put to the ultimate test. While she had befriended the different mute gangs over the first two seasons it doesn’t mean that the mutes were willing to work together to stop a common enemy. It takes a lot of work on Kipo’s part to get everyone to work together and once all of the mutes are willing to work together it takes a long time to get the humans to come to trust the mutes, apologize to them, and live together on the surface. Kipo has to do a lot of what I would consider diplomacy (or a form of it).

I loved watching Kipo’s ideals get tested and her having to convince people around to her side and how she was willing to listen.

Her relationship with Scarlemange continues to grow in this season as we watch her help him integrate into the community and see him come around. We see the others have faith in her and her way of thinking. But we also see it fail. We see Kipo make bad decisions and watch people get hurt because of that and then we see how Kipo deals with the fallout.

Kipo and Emilia’s relationship is also very interesting. They are polar opposites. Kipo is all about coming together and working together to build a better future Emilia is all about control and regression. Emilia is mean and manipulative and has no one on her side that stands as her equal. She has no friends around her, no family around her, she leads through anger and fear. Kipo, who believes in giving people chances (a lot of chances) to change, Emilia doesn’t and she doesn’t like it when people change their minds, evident in how nasty she was to Zane, someone who was her right hand in a sense, when he mentioned that maybe not all mutes were bad. Kipo and Emilia’s final confrontation was amazing to watch and the ending was so satisfying for me!

I could write more about this show, but I don’t want to spoil it just yet in case anyone still hasn’t seen it (I’m planning, eventually, to write about all 3 seasons at once).

There are so many other little things about this season that I loved; the showcase of Wolf’s development, learning about Dave and Benson’s backstory, Benson and Troy’s relationship and its development, Kipo spending her time with her family. There are a million things for me to talk about but I shall leave it here for now.

Thank you for reading!

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Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeast season 2

Recently I had just watched the entire second season of Kipo and the age of Wonderbeast and I just want to say that I loved it! I don’t think that I talked about KATAOW here before but it’s a show that quickly becoming one of my favorites!

Season one was a lot of fun, we got to explore the world of KATAOW, seeing how the world had changed over the past 200 years, learning about all of different animals societies and how they interacted and viewed humans. I loved seeing how things had developed over time and each weird animal gang/society. Meeting two humans that live on the surface and how differently they view the surface world and the mutant animals, called “mutes”. It was a blast! I’m happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed season two just as much!

Season two has a…much more focused than season one since we’re following the characters on their quest to rescue the humans that have been captured by the “big bad” named Scarlemange. We get to see Kipo, our main protagonist, and her father interact more, we learn more about Wolf’s backstory, (which makes me want to learn about Benson) and meet an entirely new faction of humans.

Watching the bond continue to grow between our main characters, Kipo, Benson, Wolf, Dave, and Mandu was so much fun! Watching them bounce off of each other and helping Kipo learn more about herself and her mutant powers.

Kipo’s relationship with Wolf got some nice development, them simply growing closer with their bond. Kipo also had a very interesting and fun relationship with Scarlemange and even tries to get him to change his heart. Watching together is so much fun and it’s great seeing how their story plays out is amazing! Learning more about Kipo’s family drama and all of them coming together is amazing.

Kipo is such a fun and uplifting show and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants something fun to watch!

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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 4

This contains Spoilers for the new season

So.

Yesterday I binged the entire new season of She-Ra and I’m honestly still not over it. This season was dark. Not in a hopeless sense, there are moments of levity and hope for things, but the season had this tone over it that’s much darker than the previous seasons and I really enjoyed that.

This season, like the seasons before it, really shines with its character interactions. Getting more of the secondary princesses was great. I loved that we got to see more of Mermista’s dorky side and her with Sea Hawk is just golden. Seeing Perfuma in a new setting and watching her deal with that and bounce off different characters is lovely. Forsta didn’t get as much, but what we do see is still cute and funny.

But the real meat of this season was what was going on between Glimmer, Bow, Adora, Catra, Scorpia, and the new character, Double Trouble.

Glimmer is dealing with the death of her mother and she’s stuck in her grief. Glimmer wants to go out and continue fighting the horde, not simply staying behind like her mother had done. She’s learning magic from Shadow Weaver, growing more and more powerful (seriously, Glimmer kicks so much ass this season) but there is a kind of darkness growing inside her; she uses Adora as a decoy, at first without her knowing, and then starts going off on missions by herself without telling anyone else.

While she’s growing closer to Shadow Weaver and taking more of her advice she starts to lash out at people for not following her orders, not listening, and not trusting her. There is some meddling going on from other characters, but Glimmer’s feelings are still real. From her perspective, she’s lost her whole family, she’s so desperate to protect people and destroy the Horde that she pushes people away. And at one point she flat out blamed Adora for the “death” of her mother and shouts that at Adora in a heated argument. Then when she thinks that she has the power to stop the Horde she wants to use it despite the danger it could bring to the planet.

With all of that Adora does feel guilty about what happened to Angella and hearing Glimmer, in a sense, repeat something that Catra had said to her. That she was a terrible She-Ra, that all of the bad things that happened, happened because of her. It was messed up. Then going to see Madam Razz again and learning about Mara and more about the First Ones…Adora is essentially told that she is a key to a huge planetary weapon. Her worst fears could potentially come true, she could break and mess up the whole world and there could be nothing she could do about it. Though she tried which is why she fights soo hard against Glimmer to use the weapon.

Bow got to shine and flat out says that it’s hard to maintain relationships. You have to work at them, and that he gets tired of always being the “happy go lucky” guy, the one who’s always working at it. I know that this isn’t a lot but I feel like there’s so much depth in that line and idea. It’s so powerful, I loved it.

Double Trouble is a new character and I love them. They are a kind of theatre kid archetype and I can understand how some could find them grating but I certainly didn’t. What’s so interesting about them I think is their relationship with Catra (which I’ll get to soon) and how…transactional it is. This is the first character I think that’s really just in it for themself and money. The moments of joking around with Catra were great, but when Catra shows some vulnerability to them, Double Trouble is quick to remind her that all they do for the Horde is for a price, and once it looks like the Horde is gonna lose, they jump ship and give Catra a complete dressing down, which leaves her sad and broken. It was also fun watching Double Trouble sew seeds of discord throughout the rebellion, it was a lot of fun to watch everyone be so paranoid. I hope they come back so I can see more of them in action.

Now Catra. Catra, Catra, Catra. She was really at the bottom of the barrel this season. From all of the abandonment she’s been through, plus with her abusive background, she’s been craving power to try and make up for the fact that people keep abandoning her. She thought that winning would be what she wanted, that it would make her matter and make her important. But all it did was leave her more lonely and stressed out. She even managed to push away Scorpia, something she probably thought was impossible. Watching Catra continually make the wrong choices out of fear, anger, and hurt has been a rough road. Everything she did made sense to me as to why she did it, but I would still sit there and shake my head. Then at the end of everything she just gave up, Hordak found out about what she did to Entrapta so he tried to kill her, the rest of the Horde is in shambles, and Catra is just so, so tired.

But all of that was for the best I think. Now Catra is forced to choose to do something different. She will have to change, on some level, she’ll have to have some kind of positive growth. I could talk all day about Catra, but I’ll save that for another post.

She-Ra season 4 is amazing and while I only talked about a few things that made it so great in this post, please know that there’s so much more! If you’ve watched the season, let me know what you liked about it, or what you didn’t like about it. I’m curious to hear your thoughts.

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She-Ra season 2 First Thoughts

The other night I finished the second season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power and I’d like to share my thoughts with all of you!

First a quick background with how I felt about the first season. I loved it! I thought the story was fun and interesting and I like the interpretations of all of these characters. I used to watch the original series on…a channel called Qubo (I think) when I was back in school so I’ve been a fan of She-Ra for a while.

The first thing I’ll say is that I’m sad that its only 7 episodes, and the 7th episode doesn’t feel like a proper climax to the season so it makes me wonder if this is only half a season and season 2 has been broken into two parts. I don’t have any news sources that say either way but that’s what it feels like.

The character dynamics are still great, Scorpia and Catra are a really high light for me, closely tied for Entrapta and Hordak. The Best Friend Squad (Bow, Adora, and Glimmer) are still great and I get sad thinking about how we missed out on Entrapta and Bow being science buds.

Mermista, Sea Hawk, Perfuma, and Frosta don’t get much, but what they do get is nice. Plus we get some more horde interactions. So first thoughts is that I still love this show so, so much!

Those are my first thoughts! Stay tuned for more writings about this show once I have more time to digest things.

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Siren Song

(Note: This post may contain slight spoilers for the first 3 episodes of the show Siren)

After giving up on reading and doing chapter reviews I decided to actually sit down and watch some shows I had on hold for a little bit. One show of note is Freeform’s brand new drama-slash-fantasy show Siren!

I’ve only seen 3 episodes of this show (there are 6 out at the time of writing this) and the thing I would like to focus on in this post is the main relationship dynamic between Ben, Maddie, and the titular Siren (well Mermaid) Ryn. I’m talking about the show now since I live by the 3 episode rule and I want to discuss what grabbed me about the show in just these 3 episodes.

Ryn, played wonderfully by Eline Powell, is a truly alien presence. The way she moves, talks, and even the way she looks shows off a subtle but very real and tangible danger, while couple Ben and Maddie, played respectively by Alex Roe and Fola Evans-Akingbola, both come off as very down to earth science types, both respecting Ryn’s personhood as well as wanting to learn more about her kind and the like.

With a show titled siren, there is, of course, the mystical allure of the mythical creature. When she first meets Ben she sings a song and just the look on his face has him hooked. There was even a moment later on where she almost kisses him. It’s a bit unclear why she did that. I didn’t get the sense that she’s particularly attracted to him, at least not in a way I recognize, maybe there’s some unique mermaid/siren thing going on.

Though something like that could get complicated since Ben is dating Maddie there’s also what’s going on between Ryn and Maddie to think about.

Maddie, much like Ben, finds Ryn alluring as well, but her introduction to the mermaid was decidedly different. Her first hint of Ryn was seeing scratches on Ben’s body, then she quickly learned about the fact that Maddie killed a man, and Ryn also flung her across a room. There’s a tension between them that sits a little uncomfortably between fear (which Ryn points out) and…something else much more…intimate, all played very well by Evans-Akingbola.

And that’s it right there, the central relationship between Ryn, Maddie, and Ben that has me the most interested. I will admit that the fact that there’s something between Maddie and Ryn as well as Ryn and Ben is really what sold it for me. It would have been so easy for the show to only focus on whatever is going between Ben and Ryn but it doesn’t do that. It’s a relatively small thing, considering the other plotlines running through the show at the moment, but it’s the thing that’s caught me.

Only time will tell if the Maddie/Ryn/Ben or if the show will only focus on one or the other. I certainly the three of them continue to develop the relationship. I also hope, in Maddie’s case, it’s just something supernatural related and that she’s actually bisexual. That would be nice as well. I’m excited to continue on with the show to see how everything plays out.

Siren airs on Freeform, Thursdays 8/7c. Check it out!