She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 5 (2020)

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Season 5
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

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Action-packed, and full of powerful, well-earned moments, She-Ra's final season is just about perfect.

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Episodes

Air date: May 15, 2020

Adora, Micah and the princesses search for a way to fight back and to rescue Glimmer. On Horde Prime's flagship, Catra schemes.

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Air date: May 15, 2020

While Adora takes a much-needed rest, Mermista reluctantly leads the princesses into the Fright Zone so Entrapta can try to trace Horde Prime's signal.

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Air date: May 15, 2020

As Bow, Entrapta and Adora attempt to keep Mara's ship functional, Horde Prime orders Catra to betray Glimmer -- under threat of a memory wipe.

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Air date: May 15, 2020

Forced to land on a desolate planet to replenish the ship's fuel crystals, Adora meets three siblings on the run from Horde Prime.

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Adora surrenders herself to Horde Prime, hoping to buy time for Entrapta, Bow and Glimmer to rescue Catra and hack Horde Prime's server.

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The team tries to keep the ship working and evade Horde Prime's pursuit. On Etheria, Micah struggles to relate to Frosta during a mission to Elberon.

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Mermista, Scorpia, Perfuma and Sea Hawk go undercover underwater to recruit Prince Peekablue. Netossa notices that Spinnerella is acting strange.

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The squad heads to the planet Krytis to find a way to get past Horde Prime's blockade on Etheria. Shadow Weaver appeals to Castaspella for help.

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While Wrong Hordak's message of dissent spreads throughout the empire, the squad infiltrates the town of Erelandia to get a lead on their friends.

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Air date: May 15, 2020

Adora, Catra, Perfuma and Netossa reenter the Fright Zone to rescue Scorpia while Bow and Glimmer head to the library to check on Bow's dads.

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Critic Reviews for She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 5

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

"She-Ra's" fifth and final season surprised me with the actualization of its central queer love story.

May 19, 2020 | Full Review…

While some conclusions register a little too neatly, the overall sendoff for this universe is as well-earned as it is satisfying.

May 13, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Noelle Stevenson's reboot of the beloved 80's cartoon for Dreamworks and Netflix did not pull any punches with the series finale of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

Jun 7, 2020 | Full Review…

This final season is filled with devastating emotional revelations, gentle moments of love, and brief instances of laughter.

May 21, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

While the pacing of this season seems to be stuck at super sonic levels, I'm happy to report that the finale season delivers a satisfying conclusion that this series deserves.

May 18, 2020 | Full Review…

As we continue to recover from the current pandemic, She-Ra season five is an oasis reminding us that love is the most important thing. Nobody can defeat a terrible evil alone. We need each other.

May 18, 2020 | Full Review…

As an action series it entertains in spades. As a show about people with real emotions who genuinely care for one another you can't get any closer to perfection.

May 16, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

It's so hard to end a series satisfyingly, but She-Ra accomplishes it here. The season is powerful, passionate, incredibly exciting, alternating emotional and hilarious.

May 14, 2020 | Full Review…

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 5 never loses a strong sense of direction and action.

May 13, 2020 | Full Review…

She-Ra Season 5 is an absolute joy to behold. Every single thing about it clicks together and works beautifully.

May 13, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

She-Ra has grown beyond its source material and created something special that the cast and crew should be proud of.

May 13, 2020 | Full Review…

This is why the amazing light that shone through this entire final season was gratifying, as someone who loves great narratives, but as someone who finds works about optimism, moral greyness, and real redemption compelling.

May 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 5

  • 5d ago
    Excellent show with some great characters.
  • Oct 21, 2020
    It's been so long since I watched a story that made me care for almost every character, I want a movie so bad.
  • Aug 22, 2020
    Season 5 is the Mary Poppins of tv: practically perfect in every way. After learning that She-Ra was not designed to be a hero, but rather to be the control mechanism for a devastating weapon, Adora shatters the Sword and gives up She-Ra rather than allow herself to be used as an instrument of destruction when Glimmer's terrible decision to use the Heart of Etheria nearly destroys Etheria. Unfortunately, it also allows the true Big Bad of the series to find them. When Horde Prime arrives, he takes Glimmer hostage, and Catra somehow also ends up aboard his ship. Brilliantly, Catra's and Glimmer's paths are shown as mirrors of one another, each one as devastating as the other. It's here that Catra really begins to turn around. Last season, Scorpia finally left the Horde and Catra behind, realizing that their paths could not be hers. And Double Trouble, the shapeshifting mole, gives her a blistering dose of truth. Between these two incidents, Catra begins to realize that, as Double Tribble put it, her heart just isn't in being the villain any more. The truth is, we often feel that winning will make us happy and solve all of our problems. In fact, winning changes little unless we allow ourselves to change. This sets up a complex and rich arc of redemption for Catra which starts with her rescuing Glimmer in an astonishing act of self sacrifice. When, against all odds, Adora comes for her, Catra nearly dies, but is healed by She-Ra, whom Adora now has successfully summoned through magic alone. Through the entire season, Catra's redemption is hard - she does the hard work if facing those she's hurt, apologizing, and attempting to make amends. She's surprised to find acceptance and friendship, and it's very uplifting and inspiring. SPOILER ALERT - DON'T READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE ENTIRE SEASON. In the end, we also realize that Catra and Adora are not only one another's opposite numbers, but they too are mirrors. Catra must learn to be less selfish, while Adora must learn to be less willing to sacrifice everything for others. Trying to get to the Heart before it fires and destroys the universe, Adora is severely wounded. Catra makes Shadow Weaver take her to Adora, and she helps Adora get to the Heart only to realize that Adora is dying of the wound she received. Catra at last fully opens her heart and declares her love for Adora, who rallies to say that she loves Catra in return. As they kiss, Adora's heart is filled with the love and power that summons She-Ra, and this absorbs the power of the Heart of Etheria before it can destroy the planet and maybe even the universe. It's glorious to watch her heal the planet, heal Hordak, and finally end her journey, not as She-Ra, but simply as Adora, finally having found her love in Catra. By fighting and finding their way through the abuse of their childhood, their personal issues, and all of their differences back to one another, by opening their hearts to their love for one another, the two are able to not only save one another, but the universe. Seeing this unfold is a wonderful upending of the Chosen One trope that often ends with a Defeating Hero/Conquering Hero scenario. In other words, the Chosen One either dies or becomes king. Young people watching are treated to a step by step guide to being a better friend, being true to oneself, being open and emotionally available, dealing with parental abuse, and accepting others in all their shapes, sizes, and forms. And did i mention that queer love saves the universe? It does, and you HAVE to see it. You'll love it. She-Ra manages to do all this without being preachy, and with plenty of real laughs, great characters, warmth, and fun mixed in with all that serious shit. Watch it. You won't be sorry.
  • Aug 16, 2020
    Let me begin by saying that the only reason I began watching this series only because two friends of mine wouldn't shut up about it, so for the sake of inner peace, I played the first episode. The omnipresent rainbow, childishness and over expressiveness was enough to annoy me to the core. However, since I don't tend to abandon a series or a movie that I already started watching, I persisted. During the first season, I got used to all the sparkles and gayness; I'm not homophobic (in fact, I'm bi- myself), I'm referring to the attitude that is typical for gay people, not sexual orientation. The second season continued with more or less the same pace. This is where the magic began to happen. After the skepticism and annoyance wear off, you begin to realize, that the characters you have been watching for over 9 hours have actually grown quite close to your heart. You are happy when they are, you cry when they do, you are part of the squad. Couldn't believe it myself. In any case, I continued watching, this time because I genuinely wanted to. And boy, was I surprised when the third season changed the pace of action entirely. She-Ra became, well, maybe not mature, but definitely more serious all of a sudden. The plot thickened, the problems at hand grew bigger and more complex, the character developed in unexpected yet well-chosen directions. Season 4 continues in the same direction, and my admiration towards the creators grows even more. The story ramifies, conflicts emerge, decisions are made, new players appear. [MAJOR SPOILERS] Season 5 is absolutely off the charts; incredibly emotional, full of personal development for many characters, an amazingly written redemption arch for Catra, epic sacrifices (Shadow Weaver's last stand, Hordak's self-discovery), and - most importantly - a great finale for Adora's and Catra's relationship. When they confessed their love for each other in the Heart of Etheria, I, a grown man with an inherited despise towards romance in movies and series, have cried like a b*tch I am. I really doubted this storyline would see a proper end, set aside such an amazing one, simply because of She-Ra's age restrictions (12+). Luckily, I was greatly mistaken. In fact, I don't think I have ever seen a romance that was written better than this one, neither in any movie, series, or book nor in a videogame (and that's coming from someone who dedicated his life to discovering amazing stories and analyzing them). It wasn't obtrusive, it wasn't cringy, it wasn't cliché; it was simply natural and beautiful. [END OF SPOILERS] There's one more detail that makes She-Ra a great series, and that is the world it has created. It is a world of no discrimination towards nobody. It's not just that women, men, people of LGBT+ are treated like normal human beings; what makes this world special, is that at no point is any of this even mentioned, because there is just no need to do so. No one is even remotely surprised seeing people of the same sex being in love or a woman kicking a man's ass in battle. This is what makes this world so beautiful. There, I said it. This is how a cartoon for children became one of my favorite series of all time. I am still a bit shocked at my own journey with this series, from being annoyed to the core all the way to rewatching the final episode just to experience it once more. I honestly doubt I will ever experience another work, be it a movie, a series, a book, or a videogame the way I experienced She-Ra. Great props to the creators and everyone who participated in making this series (looking at you, voice actors).
  • Aug 13, 2020
    She-ra has some amazing representation, along with great writing and character development. It also has wonderful healthy queer romance. This show is absolutely fantastic, and is a must see for every lgbtqia+ member. And that's on what? Catradora.
  • Aug 01, 2020
    It's not just the genuine representation - It's the quality of it all; characters, storytelling, visuals...
  • Jul 12, 2020
    Looking forward to my girls watching this as well, great for all ages!
  • Jun 29, 2020
    This is by far my favorite final season of a show ever. It's as close to perfect as it gets. Every episode was unique and well executed. It delivered moments we've been waiting years for, as well as scenes we didn't even know we craved/needed. The animation was especially gorgeous this season and all the character moments (a consistent strength throughout the series) were next level. You can tell everyone that worked on the show turned in their very best and strived to make the most beautiful ending they could. There wasn't a single second of filler in the finale, nor was it rushed. The show continued to get better with each season, and this final season is a masterpiece.
  • Jun 24, 2020
    I loved this season so much! I was crying, laughing, and it was just so amazing. The storyline was perfect and unique, the characters were loveable and felt like real people. I just wish there was another season or a movie...
  • Jun 20, 2020
    It's now my favorite show of all time. Period. I wish I had seen this as a kid.

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