The Emotional Honesty of She-Ra

On November 13 of 2018, Noelle Stevenson and the amazing crew at Dreamworks debuted the re-imagining of She-Ra, and in its 5 seasons we’ve been brought along on an amazing journey of character growth with both the protagonists and antagonists.

Speaking as someone who grew up on the original, as well as a horde of other 80s animation that has seen reboot after remake after re-imagining (Transformers, Gem & the Holograms, He-Man), it did my heart good to see She-Ra given such loving treatment. My nostalgia remembers those old shows fondly, and I was even able to partake of a few episodes when the first She-Ra series was on Netflix, and while I don’t wish to be overly critical of a cartoon from the 80s, I do realize in my later years that it was a toy commercial.

Which is exactly what She-Ra & The Princesses Of Power is not.

Before I go any further, seeing as how the final season only just came out a few days ago, I’m going to put the rest of this article behind a cut as there are some majour spoilers.

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The Building of the Falsehood of No Politics In Games

I’d like to start off this article by having you, the reader, look at the following image:

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When you don’t want to acknowledge the politics of the games you played because you couldn’t see them before.

On the surface, this tired old argument is every bit as ignorant as it is, but what it is is part of a falsehood that game companies have cultivated, going back all the way to the days of the NES when it came out in the 80s.

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John Boyega & The Case of No More Damns To Give

As 2019 ended, and John Boyega finished his contract with Disney and the press tour finished, I can imagine him taking a comfy seat in front of his computer, pulling off the kids gloves, and popping his knuckles.

TW for mentions of online harassment, as well as spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker.

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Too Little, Too Late For Black Widow

Last week, the first trailer for the Black Widow movie dropped, after YEARS of fans asking for a Black Widow movie since her first appearance in Iron Man 2 in 2010, and thus far the response is a resounding… meh.

It was also interestingly pointed out by Ashley Lynch, a really good film editor and commentor on Twitter, that they had released the trailer at midnight.

Of course, this film comes too little too late for me and a number of other people, due to circumstances surrounding both Scarlet Johannson as well as executive decisions within Marvel Studios itself.

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Anohana – Grief and Moving On

Brief apologies for not getting a piece out this week, as work really interfered and my days off were busy.

Also, TW: minor mention of attempted sexual assault.

Grief is a powerful emotion in our lives, something that can root us firmly in place, making us feel like a rock in the river of time, unable to move while envious of the water flowing about us.

This is a story about moving on.

However, be warned that as I will be talking about this short series in depth, there will be spoilers beyond the cut.

Spoilers Sweetie...

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Battle Angel Alita – The CORRECT Female Lead Action Film

Hello everyone, lets take a step into the way back machine, and travel back to earlier this year, when two films came out. Both had female leads that were chock full of action and CGI, based on comics, and had the political allegory of fighting back against oppressive systems.

Except only one was an acceptable female lead, and the other wasn’t.

That’s right, I’m talking about the rivalry between Battle Angel Alita and Captain Marvel.

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“You’re a bad friend.”

Season 4 of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power debuted this week and I binged it, not only enjoying but feeling my mind absolutely blown away by the powerful emotional arcs and the build up to the finale as mysteries were finally resolved in ways I had not anticipated. It’s a wonderfully crafted piece of writing that has built up over the previous three seasons with its treatment of its characters and the world.

It’s also an example of media that does not absolve the characters of their actions or words, and leans heavily into the more complicated issues of friendship in very intense, emotional ways.

However, before we continue, I will tell you all that beyond this, there be spoilers. MAJOUR spoilers.

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