Natalie the Cat wrote:
When people criticize the old She-Ra they’re not talking about the writing so much as all of the female characters being designed around having interchangeable, statuesque bodies with impossibly thin waists and huge breasts.
It doesn’t really matter that he didn’t write her that way, as the show was a commercial for toys. It’s not like it was a creator-driven effort, it was an advertisement that was spun off from an existing brand that was starting to see a decline in sales in a very crowded market.
The new show was written to sell toys and is a creator driven effort with a plan and vision behind it. It is very silly but focuses on some very adult themes, particularly the last season where there’s a couple scenes that are as shocking as the “death” of Batgirl in the *Batman: the Animated Series episode “Over the Edge”.
It’s going to come off a little hokey at times since it’s legitimately a kids show and not an 80s revival for nostalgic adults, but overall it’s fantastic and builds up to a really satisfying conclusion even if it does feel like it needs a few more episodes in the last season to let a few things breathe.
It’s also a major milestone in LGBT representation, especially in kids shows.
I did hear but I need to confirm this, that the toy company is the reasons for the bardie doll look in the 80's series as the writers didn't want this look but their hands were forced as they believed she would not shift stock.
I do respect it for making the LGBT steps Korra couldn't though and I like that it basically says that homophobia is not a thing it doesn't exist making it a truly AU world as that was really bold and instead helps the focus be more about the conflicting sides and views, not oh your into women now how is sociality going to look at me.
As Korra made this mistake with its sequel comic Turf wars and it really ruined it going forward as it states the fire nation hated LGBT people and banned gay marriage which means if Korra/Asami visit the fire nation there is a real threat that they will get violence or homophobia towards them going forward like I get that this was a reflection of our world but I felt it would have been so much stronger without it.