She-Ra Returns Next Week!

It's only been three months since the disappointingly short second season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. The show is coming back to Netflix next Friday with what is touted as its third season. Hopefully, this won't just be the other half of season 2 because then it would only need six episodes in order to add up to a full 13-episode season. At this time, the number of episodes in the upcoming season remains unknown. However, there was a panel for it at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, where series creator Noelle Stevenson launched the new trailer. It's pretty similar to other She-Ra trailers we've already seen except for a few hints that we might learn more about Adora's backstory. You can watch the new trailer below.

The trailer begins with She-Ra asking the robotic hologram Light Hope about her past. It would be nice for this season to reveal her backstory as He-Man's twin that got kidnapped as a baby, but I wouldn't count on this show introducing He-Man lore any time soon. That backstory would consummate her status as the princess of Eternia instead of just having the title "Princess of Power," but unfortunately, that's not what this show is about. As usual, Hordak is up to another evil scheme that threatens the lots of people's lives, and Adora is determined to stop him. A new character is going to be introduced this season as another throwback to the original show. Huntara, a violet-skinned warrior woman, is the leader of a new group of enemies called the Crimson Waste who must "reluctantly" help She-Ra and her friends. She will be voiced by Geena Davis.

Even though DreamWorks Animation waited for Comic-Con to launch the new trailer, they've been doing plenty of other work to promote the series in the meantime. Over the past few weeks, a series of shorts premiered on YouTube featuring Swift Wind, Adora's loud-mouthed alicorn companion. The first short, "Unicorn Warrior Training," showed Swift Wind attempting to help Perfuma train her warriors. "Arm Wrestling Challenge" had him arm wrestle a purple alien to help Sea Hawk win back his boat. My favorite short was "A Princess Birthday Party," in which Swift Wind helped Adora choose a birthday gift for Frosta. "Grounded Glimmer Jail Break" pokes fun at Adora and Swift Wind's naivete about what it means to be grounded. The fifth and final short is "Hero Horse Transformation," which spoofs some popular magical girl tropes while exploring what it means to be a cartoon hero.

In addition to the new shorts, Mattel launched a brand new doll collection to accompany the new season that they also previewed at Comic-Con. The new dolls include Adora, Bow, Glimmer, Catra, a proportionally larger She-Ra, and Swift Wind. They have a cutesy look that matches the newer Hasbro Disney Princess dolls with bigger heads and smaller bodies than their cartoon counterparts. She-Ra also recently became a theme park princess with a brand new face character meet-n-greet at Universal Studios Orlando. I love meeting princesses and think it would be a lot of fun to talk to She-Ra in person. Her costume looks picture perfect from her magical sword to her shimmering crown. It's great that this empowering new reboot is getting so much attention in so many different popular princess mediums.

DreamWorks has made every plausible effort to give She-Ra and the Princesses of Power the full princess treatment. From dolls to theme parks to new episodes, this show is super trendy right now. I'm eager to watch the new season in the hopes that it will live up to all the hype. The episodes will drop on Netflix next Friday, August 2nd. Here's hoping for a full story arc instead of the handful of filler episodes that the last season brought us!


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