Daily Cartoon: She-Ra & the Princesses of Power S04E01 “The Coronation”

Welcome back to another episode recap! I’m super excited to be diving into this new season of She-Ra on Netflix! Season 3 was like a tease with only six episodes, but this time around they’ve given us a robust 13 to feast on and, if we’ve learned anything from the previous three seasons, this will be terrific. I’m serious. I love this show and they’ve been killing it since debuting on Netflix.

When we left off, the Rebellion had thought they had stymied Hordak’s plans to open a portal to bring Horde Prime and even more Horde troops to Etheria, but this victory had a high cost as Queen Angella of Bright Moon was lost after sacrificing herself to ensure that Adora could still protect Etheria as She-Ra. Unbeknownst to the the Rebellion, is that the portal was open long enough for Horde Prime to receive a transmission showing the location of Etheria and setting course. Shit, as they say, is about to get real.

I recapped all six episodes of Season 3 so if you need to catch up quick, you can always go back in the archives to do so. I actually recommend that you do because I would love the extra website clicks that would produce. Kthanxbai. Let’s start Season 4! Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: She-Ra & The Princesses of Power S03E6: “The Portal”

Here we are, people! The main event! It may have only been six episodes, but the first five were legit and we have no reason to expect anything less from the sixth.

In yesterday’s episode, the world of Etheria was trapped in an alternate reality or consciousness that only Adora seemed to recognize on her own at first after Catra had opened the interdimensional portal. The portal is now ripping through Etheria threatening to completely wipe it from existence unless Adora can go back to her beginning as She-Ra and retrieve her sword as directed by Madame Razz.

Madame Razz is pretty mysterious, right? In the original series, she was basically a stand-in for Orko as Filmation pretty much just copied the template that made He-Man so popular, but in this telling, she’s not as over-the-top from a comedic aspect although she still has glimpses of it, but she’s more a friendly, elder who may not be as sharp as she once was, but still has great value in wisdom and experience.

Razz has been the one pushing Adora in the right direction post-portal since, as she states, she’s seen this before when Mara (the previous She-Ra) opened a portal to save Etheria a thousand years ago. There’s been some debate and hypothesizing over Razz’s relationship with Mara and the way I took it since Season 1 was that Mara was the daughter of Razz from the way Razz would say, “my Mara.” That may or may not be true and I’m sure it’ll play out in some form, but I’ve also seen theories that Razz IS Mara and that was something I’d never considered.

I try not to dig too far down the internet rabbit hole for these things since I’ve genuinely enjoyed the surprises and swerves these writers have dropped thus far, but maybe I’ll have to change that mindset once this episode is over and engage since I know I’m going to be left feening for more She-Ra after this.

Yesterday’s episode left us with Adora trying to find that moment in memory where she first met Glimmer and Bow and came into contact with the sword while Catra – thought to already be portal collateral damage, pulls herself back up intent on stopping Adora from claiming another win at her expense.

This has been a lot of fun and we’ve got 24 minutes of action to go. Let’s do it! Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: She-Ra & The Princesses of Power S03E05: “Remember”

Welcome back to another episode watch on CarJoeMeZ as we conclude the work week with the penultimate episode of She-Ra & The Princesses of Power. Quick note: since this season is only six episodes, there’s no need to make anyone wait until Monday for the finale so that will be up tomorrow for a very special Saturday edition of the Daily Cartoon! I know you’re excited. I’m excited too.

But first, we have an episode to watch today which is coming off a dramatic turn of events at the conclusion of yesterday’s episode. Despite all the evidence pointing to doom should the Horde open the portal, Catra decided to ignore all of that and allowed her inner rage over everyone from Adora to Hordak to Shadow Weaver turning their backs on her to take over her decision-making and flipped the switch which left us with a Sopranos-style blackout and wondering just what fucking happened.

Look, I’ve covered each of the prior episodes this week so if you need a quick refresher, just hit the homepage and read up. There’s massive action and fallout that we need to get to immediately so no more wasting time! Netflix and chill time. Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: She-Ra & The Princesses of Power S03E04: “Moment of Truth”

It’s a Thursday cartoon watch and we’re rolling along with Netflix’s She-Ra & The Princesses of Power despite there being very few of the other Princesses actually contributing thus far in this season.

That’s not a bad thing, though, as the reveal of Adora’s unknown past and her ensuing search for answers has been dynamite through three episodes and since this writing team has earned my trust, I’d expect they finish off the final three episodes on a similarly high note.

In yesterday’s episode Adora and pals made their way aboard Mara crashed ship in the Crimson Waste and activated a holographic message about how she brought Etheria into Despondos via portal as a way to save everyone, but that seeing this message means she failed as she was supposed to have been the last She-Ra and the message couldn’t be activated without She-Ra’s sword. This is getting heavy, Doc.

Catra has become the leader of all the freaks and weirdos in the Waste, captured Adora and taken her sword, but that’s still not enough for Catra who – after finding out that Shadow Weaver once again chose Adora over her – has now sworn to open the portal to bring the Horde’s full might to Etheria on her own as a way to finally prove herself to all who’ve doubted her.

There’s a lot at play here and, honestly, it seems like a lot to tie up with just three episodes remaining. But, like I said, the team behind this show has earned my trust and haven’t let me down yet so I’m with it. Now that we’ve had our quick little catch-up, let’s head over to Netflix and hit play. Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: She-Ra & The Princesses of Power S03E03: “Once Upon A Time In The Waste”

Welcome back to another She-Ra episode recap! Coming off two solid episodes to open the season with big reveals in both of them we’ll see how our heroes begin to follow up and dig deeper into the mystery of Adora’s past.

When we left off, Adora, Bow and Glimmer traveled to the Crimson Waste in search of any clues that would help them further understand Mara (the last She-Ra) and what she did that caused all this ruckus with portals which led to Adora being kidnapped and brought to Etheria as a baby.

The group come across Huntara who swerves them, but eventually has a change of heart and decides to help them after finally realizing she can’t continue to spend her days hiding from reality in the Waste. As the episode ends, she brings Adora to Mara’s ship.

To this point, this season has been available on Netflix for a few weeks already and, while I haven’t read any full spoiler reviews, I do see the show getting some blowback for pushing politics and LGBT themes which – if I’m being completely honest – is nonsense. It’s 2019. At this point, if you don’t know at least one person who is LGBT then I am forced to believe you live hundreds of miles underground in a cave in Montana. Gays exist and therefore are reflected in popular culture. Why is that a big deal? More so, why is it something that people are still losing their minds over? Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: She-Ra & The Princesses of Power S03E02: “Huntara”

Welcome back to another episode recap! After opening the season with a banger, we’re sure to be joining Adora as she now begins following whatever clues she has available to put together her past and find out just who she is.

In yesterday’s blog I mentioned how the fact that they’ve stayed away from this kind of reveal was actually something I liked about this series. It allowed this universe to just build around the characters involved and let their stories grow and, after two seasons, I was really OK with that and just looking forward to seeing more from Adora and her pals (and quasi-non-pal Entrapta). I think I pretty much tossed aside the possibility that they’d go this route with Adora so when it happened it became a genuine “Oh shit!” moment for me. In today’s world of blogs and review sites and spoilers, the fact that I really didn’t know this was coming was pretty terrific. Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: She-Ra & The Princesses of Power S03E01: “The Price of Power”

Welcome everybody to a brand new beginning! This week we’re going to be watching Season 3 of the Netflix series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power! Having just completed the 200X Mike Young Productions He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, this seemed like a natural piggyback since Season 3 was just recently released.

Since we’re not starting from the very beginning, let’s do a quick little history: the series focuses on teenage Adora who has grown up while part of the Horde and has finally graduated to Force Captain. When she finally leaves the Fright Zone, she realizes that the Horde are the real bad guys and comes across a sword that enables her to transform into She-Ra, the defender of Etheria. Pretty simple, right? Right.

Whereas in the original Filmation She-Ra Adora was the kidnapped twin sister of Prince Adam (He-Man) and would eventually feature crossovers and Christmas celebrations between universes, through two seasons of this series, there hasn’t been any mention of that little plot point and really, it’s not even missed.

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Though I was kind of iffy on some of the first images that were released publicly prior to the series’ debut, I promised myself to give it a fair shot since it was being done by Dreamworks and I absolutely loved the Voltron: Legendary Defender series they put out a couple of years prior that was way, way fucking better than anything Voltron ever before. I even did an episode recap of the premiere episode of that way back when so you know I’m not lying. Continue reading