In which the writers introduce an S&M-inclined dragon.
Adora, Bow and a rebel lady (who doesn’t get a name) have come to a town named Bluestone, where they meet a dragon called Sorrowful, who is the campest dragon I’ve ever seen. They try to recruit him into the Rebellion, and though he remains unconvinced, he is quickly required to help out when the town comes under attack from Catra, Leech and a newbie called Rattlor. Prompted by Bow, Sorrowful spouts threats at the Horde, but he is pitifully bad at it, and Catra gives the order to advance.
Naturally, therefore, it’s down to She-Ra, who shows up and uses her sword to freeze the Horde tanks in blocks of ice. I didn’t know her sword could do that, and it rather renders her friend Frosta obsolete. Still, it does the trick, and so long as Frosta doesn’t launch a constructive dismissal case against She-Ra, I imagine all will be well. Anyway, in the ensuing battle, Catra manages to capture Sorrowful and whisk him away to the prison on Beast Island.
Catra presents Sorrowful to Hordak, and explains that she plans to capture the other rebels when they inevitably pop along to rescue their dragon friend. Naturally, even as she speaks, She-Ra and co. are flying across the ocean to Beast Island, which they reach without incident. However, immediately on arrival, they are treated to a massive fight with a vast array of Horde Troopers, which ultimately goes very well for the rebels, as I’m sure you expected.
Bow manages to locate Sorrowful, but only by getting himself trapped in the same dungeon as him. It’s down to Kowl, as usual, to go to She-Ra and beg for help, but She-Ra is more interested in going for a swim. Admittedly, she has a reason (to reach some Horde destroyer ships and sink them, if you’re interested), but I think it speaks volumes on her regard for Bow’s welfare. While She-Ra is thus occupied, Catra manages to capture the nameless rebel lady, as well as Kowl, Madame Razz and Broom, so that’s great. Well done, She-Ra.
In the meantime, Bow and Sorrowful have been having a cosy heart-to-heart about how they’re both quite scared, and the inevitable truth that it’s actually okay to be scared. Who knew? I certainly didn’t – it’s not as if I’ve watched eight thousand episodes of He-Man which made the exact same point. Anyway, snarkiness aside, Sorrowful finds his inner strength, and uses his dragony powers to bust himself and Bow out of the prison.
She-Ra, meanwhile, has busied herself by throwing some more Horde battleships around, and having a bit of a barney with Catra, which ends with a slight degree of inappropriately sexuality when Sorrowful shows up and threatens to give Catra a good spanking. Catra doesn’t seem keen on this suggestion, and scarpers.
Once the crowd of rebels are safely back at Bluestone, Bow congratulates Sorrowful on his finding the courage to fight the Horde. Sorrowful responds that he will be happy to help the Rebellion any time in the future, which presumably means some more appearances from him. Which is understandable; having created an S&M-inclined dragon, the writers would be foolish not to use him as often as possible.
In today’s adventure…
Yet again, I didn’t see Loo-Kee, so the whole thing is getting pretty tedious. This time, he was next to some tree stump at some indeterminate point in the episode. More importantly, his moral lesson is that we must always be loyal to our friends, especially when they need us the most. I don’t know what I’m expecting in these morals anymore, but this didn’t thrill me.
Loads of them today. Just loads. If you want me to be more specific, it’s Adora, Spirit, She-Ra, Swift Wind, Bow, Kowl, Madame Razz, Broom, that nameless new rebel, Sorrowful, Hordak, Catra, Leech, Rattlor, Grizzlor, and Loo-Kee.
Excuse given for Adora’s disappearance
Adora doesn’t give an excuse; she just legs it as soon as the Horde approach. Weirdly, no one comments on her apparent cowardice.
Catra leads the field this week, but she’s pretty single-track. She uses the traditional “fool” on Grizzlor and Leech twice, and Rattlor receives this one three times. All three of them also get called “dolts”, “worthless” and “empty-headed”. To make matters worse for Grizzlor, Catra goes further and refers to him as a “worthless piece of nothing”. Catra gets her comeuppance, when shortly before the spanking comment, Sorrowful tells her she is a “mean, mean person”. After a burn like that, it’s no surprise that Bow’s only contribution – “revolting robot” to a Horde Trooper – is a bit of an anticlimax really.
Oh No, Bow!
Very early on in the episode, Bow tells Sorrowful that he will protect him. As far as I can tell, he doesn’t even try, and consequently feels pretty guilty when Catra carts Sorrowful away. This is exacerbated by She-Ra, who doesn’t say anything to Bow at this stage, but just stands there giving him the evils.
During the battle with the Horde Troopers on Beast Island, Bow also distinguishes himself by needlessly emerging from his hiding place, walking directly into a Horde Trooper, and knocking himself out. Kowl rescues him, though not before taking the opportunity to hurl a coconut at his head.
Seconds later, Bow moronically walks into a pit and falls into Sorrowful’s dungeon. Seriously, there doesn’t seem to be anything that this tool can’t completely cock up. At least he displays a slight modicum of self-awareness at this point by commenting, “This just isn’t my day.”
Does it have the Power?
Yes, it does. It’s an exciting, if not particularly original, plotline, which moves along at a decent clip. The most annoying characters in this cartoon (Hordak and Madame Razz) did appear but didn’t irritate me at all, which is a big step forward. She-Ra also seems to have toned down her patronising voice acting of late. Sorrowful himself had the potential to be really annoying, but neatly sidestepped this pitfall.
Catra remains an excellent baddy; she’s relatively competent, and she’s very scathing of her assistants, as the above Insults section shows. Although she doesn’t look too terrifying, there’s a definite air of implied threat about her. I’m pretty sure she’s my favourite character at this stage.