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 due back this Summer

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Season 3 of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is coming to Netflix August 2nd! AND Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis will be joining the voice cast as Huntara!

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!!!! I’m so excited!

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.

Thanks for reading!

Did The Dragon Prince really Bury their Gays?

Hey all! Long time no post, I know, but today I have something to actually write about.

Recently I had watched the second season of The Dragon Prince, a Netflix show I’ve been really enjoying. The first season was a lot of fun and the second season really hit me emotionally. I love it so much!

But there was one part of the show that seemed to…well it didn’t bother me, but it did give me pause for a moment.

There’s a long flashback story told by the chief antagonist/villain Viren (one of my favorite characters) where we see a pair of WLW (Women loving Women) Queens. We even give an on screen lip-to-lip kiss. But then, in a heroic fashion, they die; killed by a dragon.

I’ve seen some people call this an example of Bury Your Gays trope. For those who don’t know what this trope is referring to the simple version is when a queer character dies in the story or reaches another kind of tragic ending (really this is a very simplified explanation of the trope you can research more if youre interested). With that definition I can’t say that the Queens don’t fall into this pattern…

Or can I?

For me, this trope needs characters, and I don’t see the Queens as characters. They are simply props for Viren and the plan he’s trying to put into action. So when they died I didn’t find to too, for lack of a better term, problematic when that happened.

As the series goes on I would like for there to be more LGBTQ characters who are actual characters and have growth and a story, not just props used in another’s plan.

Now, this reading has its own problems, introducing your first LGBTQ characters being already dead isn’t a good look considering how people view queer rep, but I still don’t see this particular instance fall into the Bury Your Gays trope.

This is subject to change as the show goes from here, but these are my feelings about it as the moment.

Let me know what y’all think, about this trope or about the show as a whole.

Thanks for reading!

Movie Review: The Cloverfield Paradox

Hey! Recently I just watched a movie called The Cloverfield Paradox and I wanted to write a review for it!

 

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Some context: I am vaguely familiar with the Cloverfield franchise, I’ve seen the first one once a long time ago and I haven’t seen 10 Cloverfield Lane at all. I wouldn’t call myself a fan of the original movie since I barely remember what the actual movie was about so I’m coming to this relatively fresh.

Summary from IMDb: Orbiting a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis, and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality.

The Writing & Directing:

The story was written by Oren Uziel and Doug Jung, with Oren Uziel adapting the screenplay.  I haven’t seen anything else either of these guys so…I can’t speak to the consistency of their work but…well Oren Uziel wrote the screenplay for 22 Jump Street which I’ve heard good things about so there is that.

Just from watching this movie I think both of them are good at creating an engaging story. From the beginning of the movie, I was very interested in what was going on. The writing kept my attention the entire time and made me ask questions and try to figure out where the story was headed. Pretty good for a movie classified as a Mystery I think.

I also think they did a good job setting up characterization for each character. It’s nothing deep but it’s enough to make each character distinct.

There’s a good balance of tone in this movie as well. The emotions flowed from one to another very well and at no point was I taken from the story by a jarring shift in tone or out of place line.

That takes me to the directing. The director of this movie is Julius Onah. Looking at his IMDb page he’s done a number of shorts I haven’t seen, but I think he handles things in this movie competently. According to IMDb, this movie falls under the genres of Horror, Sci-Fi, and Mystery. Onah handles the horror segments well, with interesting uses of body horror (my personal favorite) and I loved it!

I honestly don’t much about directing in all honesty, but nothing in this movie, from a directing standpoint, made me pause, but nothing stood out either.

Just a really sold job.

The Acting & Characters:

The acting in this movie is great across the board. I don’t think any of these people would be consider “A-lister” but terms like that doesn’t mean much to me, but I recongnize Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle and Beyong the Lights), David Oyelowo (Selma, A United Kingdom, and Star Wars: Rebels), Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Rush Hour 2, and Memoirs of a Geisha) and Daniel Brühl (Captain America: Civil War) and can say that they give great performances.

The rest of the cast is great as well. As I stated above, none of the characters, with the exception of Hamilton (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw), get a lot of depth, but the actors do such a great job and have really believable chemistry.

Our main character Hamilton has to go through an arc of learning how to let go and move on from her past mistakes and Mbatha-Raw’s acting is really top notch.  I can’t go into more without going into spoilers or just devolving into praise so please just know that I truly think it’s great!

Final Thoughts:

As stated before, I’m coming in pretty fresh to this movie franchise, but I think The Cloverfield Paradox is a solid movie full of great performances. This Sci-Fi movie isn’t particularly deep on that end, but the horror aspects are equally scary and fun, while I think the mystery is interesting enough to keep you engaged. It’s fun!

Final Score: 6.5/10