She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is an American animated web series developed by Noelle Stevenson and produced by Dream Works Animation Television. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power tell the tale of the teenager Adora’s rebellion against the evil Hordak and his Horde. As the heroine She-Ra, Adora leads a group of other magical princesses in an alliance to defeat Hordak. Interestingly the series was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming. It was last premiered on November 13, 2018, on Netflix. After the popularity and the huge success of the previous shows, a fourth season was announced at New York Comic-Con and is scheduled for release on November 5, 2019.
Season 4 begins with the respective rises of Queen Glimmer as leader of the Rebellion and Catra as co-leader of the Horde. As the Horde makes advances on the Rebellion under the looming threat of Horde Prime’s arrival, the Princess Alliance makes heroic strides but begins to disagree on the best way to defend Etheria. Ultimately, a shocking discovery about Etheria itself causes Adora to reconsider everything she thought she knew.
In a season where relationships and power dynamics are in constant flux, the cast gave a sneak peek inside other pieces of the season including new character designs for Glimmer and Catra, Lauren Ash shared a clip from an episode focused on Scorpia, and Stevenson teased that there’s a special episode called “Boys Night Out” that includes a couple of musical numbers, confirming what she and Marcus Scribner teased in my chat with them earlier this year.
“There was a story I really wanted to tell with Catra that we don’t get to tell very often with female characters, which is: What happens when you’re the toxic friend?” Stevenson says. “What happens when you’ve messed up and hurt your friends and pushed people away? Sometimes you don’t get better right away. I think that’s a place a lot of people find themselves in. It is something real that happens. Is there a chance you could make it right? Where do you even start sometimes? Some of it is drawn from my experiences as well, and the other writers and crew members. It’s so rare to see a female character who gets to just be angry, furious, messy, hurtful, destructive, all of these things. Adora struggles with a lot of the same stuff but she’s always trying to push through, while Catra is just stewing in this rage and misery. I think that’s two very real responses from people who have been through a lot and are dealing with a loss of control in the only way they know of.”
Netflix Kids and Family has published a trailer on October 6 along with a short description, “The stakes are higher than ever before in the all-new season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power! Coming to Netflix on November 5th.” Check out the trailer above.