In which Catra loses half her face.
Adora wakes up to find herself in the Fright Zone, feted as a hero by the armies of the Horde thanks to her recent success in conquering Thaymor, and remembers nothing of her actual life as She-Ra – except brief, mysterious flashes of images she doesn’t understand. As the day goes on, she notices things going missing (100 inch TV screens, doors, Lonnie, Kyle and Rohalio – you know, the sort of thing that really shouldn’t go missing) and eventually comes up against a massive white energy vortex which seems to be gobbling up reality – but no one else even notices there’s a problem.
Teaming up with Scorpia – who, inexplicably, is also getting flashbacks to reality – Adora busts into Hordak’s sanctum to try to figure out what’s going on, where she begins to remember about the portal machine and the power sword plugged into it. It’s at this point that the entire Fright Zone begins to be consumed by the energy vortex, and Adora flees, following Madame Razz who is bumbling along through the ruins.
Adora and Catra take refuge in the Whispering Woods, where they have one of their impassioned heart-to-hearts in which Adora tries to persuade Catra to give up her Horde membership card – but all Catra can focus on is the sense of betrayal she feels from Adora’s behaviour since she joined the Rebellion, and eventually proclaims that she’d rather destroy the entire world than let Adora win. I think we can safely say that Catra’s picked her side, guys. She even does a full-on ‘evil person laugh’.
Catra then helpfully falls into the energy vortex, leaving Adora to have a chat with Madame Razz, who informs her that “this has all happened before” – instantly making me think of that infernal nonsense towards the end of the Battlestar Galactica reboot – and then tells Adora she’ll be able to fix things if she goes back to the beginning. Adora interprets this as meaning she has to find Bow and Glimmer – which seems a bit mental if you ask me, but by this point I was beyond caring – and so off she trots, pursued by Catra, who’s now got half her face missing. Good good.
In today’s adventure…
I think today we learned that if you wake up and things seem wrong but everyone else thinks they’re okay, then you should just stand around screaming at people until they admit things aren’t okay after all.
Righty ho – this week’s cast is Adora, Madame Razz, Catra, Shadow Weaver, Lonnie, Kyle, Rohalio, Scorpia, Hordak, Imp, Grizzlor, Octavia, a blue dude, a green dude, and some Horde Troopers. Seen in Adora’s flashbacks are Glimmer, Bow, Swift Wind, Queen Angela, Perfuma, Mermista, Sea Hawk, Entrapta, and Mara.
A Horde Trooper addresses Catra as a “twerp”, but besides that, we aren’t treated to any zingers today.
Does it have the Power?
Hmm, difficult question. It’s tense and relatively exciting, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that it’s trying to be all clever and important, but failing. And on top of that, it seems like it’s wasting time really. Other than the big argument between Adora and Catra at the end, I don’t think there’s anything of relevance in here. That’s fine, of course – not every episode has to be relevant to the long-term plot, but one positioned here, right after last week’s high drama, really ought to be pushing the story forward, not slowing it down with a rather odd left-turn.
So really, I suppose the question is whether Adora and Catra’s argument makes the episode worthwhile. It’s got a distinct air of finality to it: I don’t really see Catra coming back from this one, and that’s great because it means these two can stop having these conversations. On the other hand, their parting of the ways just somehow doesn’t feel as dramatic as I think it was supposed to. I’m going to have to chalk this episode up as a valiant effort but ultimately a bit of a misfire, regrettably.