Rotten Tomatoes critic score and fan scores seem to be very different for Netflix’s SHE-RA and The Princesses of Power: Season 1. Reboots of classic shows have been at best a mixed bag of results. Some products do well, and others just tank.
Now when we see the Rotten Tomatoes Score of the latest project, a reboot of the classic She-Ra series, fans weren’t as receptive as their critic counterparts. Critics rated it at a solid 100% and the audience scored it at only 40%.
So what’s going on? Well, if you scan the critics score reviews you’ll see that there’s an agenda. Of course, the outlets you’d expect to rate it are there including IGN, The Mary Sue, Den of Keek and others claiming that this show was “groundbreaking in its inclusivity.”
Just take a look at some of the samples of these critic reviews, and see if you can spot a theme:
Entertainment Weekly’s Darren Franich review:
“She-Ra‘s a safe-for-kids show that never even gets around to explicit romance, but Stevenson and her collaborators take the fundamental glitter-camp style as an opportunity to fit some impressively complicated emotions into the undercurrents of the Adora-Catra relationship. Undercurrents, hell. There’s a pivotal moment where Adora dances with Catra, heroine in a magenta-fuschia dress, villainess rocking a sangria-colored tuxedo with an unwrapped bowtie, club lights around them casting a particular Bowie shade of pink, and then Catra dips Adora — wow!!”
The Mary Sue’s Vivian Kane made an interesting assortment that might explain why the audience score wasn’t reflective of the critical score. The reason? Because the show’s writing was meant for far left types and the so-called “Tumblr dreams“:
“[…] if you watched the trailer and were hoping the show would be full of female empowerment, body positivity, racial diversity, and queer rep, you’re in luck! This is 100% the She-Ra of your Tumblr dreams, in all the best ways. The show was made for fanfic and cosplay. (Oh, the cosplay is going to rule so hard.)
“At least two of the Princesses are presented as being in a romantic relationship, but there’s also a ton of inclusive, loving queer coding, especially between Catra and Adora. They revel in the friends-to-enemies-to-lovers trope. I mean, the “lovers” part may not be explicitly presented in their case, but it’s not denied either. There’s even an entire episode titled “Princess Prom” that features a dance sequence and a gorgeous magenta tuxedo, after which I honestly don’t understand how anyone could not be on team Catradora.”
So by the looks of some of these reviews, it seems that though Netflix wanted a young target audience, the writing didn’t match those intentions. And we’re left with an SJW incarnation of She-Ra.
Collider, of course, attempted to sell the show though many fans weren’t happy:
— Collider (@Collider) November 13, 2018
The level of propaganda and low level of writing even had a feminist reviewer calling out the show for its lack of quality. With a scathing review of the show, she even points to how the show just had a checklist that people go by to call the show “good.”
“So I wanted to give this show its due process and watch it all the way through before I criticized. Just based on the trailer alone, I really wasn’t impressed. But I wanted to try anyway, because on the surface, a predominantly-female and diverse cast could never be a bad thing. And this case it isn’t either – those calling it sjw propaganda are weak and natural selection is coming for you.
“THAT SAID – this show simply falls flat on its face. Feminists are often accused of having a checklist of things we tick off then call a show good. And, just what I’ve gathered online, that seems to be the case with She-ra. And as a queer feminist, to me those things – body diversity, racial diversity, female empowerment, casual queerness (I’m specifically referencing the princess prom episode) – are all well and good, but they should still be executed WELL with a story that grabs you, good animation, great voice acting and direction, and compelling characters.
“She-ra, for me, doesn’t have that.”
As we can see. The disparity between critics and viewers is very high when it comes to the She-Ra reboot. So who is right? For many of us who are either on the right or just want to be neutral customers, it’s frustrating to watch as extreme leftists drive their agenda into reboots while having the nerve to not even create a quality product.
The Quartering even made a pointed video about She-Ra and called it “woke garbage.” It did little to deliver a good show, but just seemed to want to force-feed leftist propaganda.
SO what do you think? Have you watched She-Ra? If not will you give it a chance? If you’ve seen the show what do you think? Let me know in the comments below!