“You’re worth more than what you can give to other people”
– Mara, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
That line’s gotten lost in a lot of the hoopla surrounding She-Ra, and not without reason. A singular line, no matter how good, can get lost in a powerful scene, in a powerful episode, of one of the best well-written and beloved TV series in the last year. I stand by my previous assertion that She-Ra and the Princesses of Power will go down as one of the best cartoons ever, full-stop. I have little doubt it will be remembered along with Avatar the Last Airbender, Batman the Animated Series, GI Joe: Real American Hero, Super Friends, and Speed Racer.
But this little kernel of brilliance really deserves some evaluation on its own, independent of the scene that showcased it. I’ve been fixated on it since it was utter because I feel like there’s something strangely prescient here, relevant to today’s world. Continue reading →