I’ve spent the past couple of weeks getting my heart torn apart (and stitched back together) by animated series.
First, there was the seventh and final season of The Clone Wars, which steered the series to the pitch-perfect and devastating conclusion that fans had given up hoping for after six1Can you believe it? Six! Season 6 aired in 2014! I can barely even remember January of this year, god. years. Ahsoka Tano is the best addition to the Star Wars canon post-original trilogy, and this final season did justice to the character and the vital role she plays in the stories of both Anakin Skywalker and the Jedi Order as a whole.
Then there was the final season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a series that I’d refrained from mainlining because it was a remake that hinted at some radical ambitions — and I wouldn’t have been able to take it if they couldn’t stick the landing. Spoiler alert2Not actually, but it’s a verbal tic at this point: They did, and I’ve caught up on everything, and I have spent the past few days laying on the floor, bursting with love and pride and gratitude.
There’s so much I want to say. I don’t think I’m at a point yet where I can lay out any of it, if only because the experience is still too raw and visceral. It’s probably ridiculous to have such an outsize reaction to what are essentially cartoons, but what can I do? I needed these stories; I’ve watched them unfold over the course of years. These goodbyes will take a while.
In the meantime, Emmet Asher-Perrit wrote a couple of thoughtful pieces over on Tor.com that really hit home:
- On Ahsoka Tano, understanding the tragedy of Anakin Skywalker, and The Clone Wars’ place in the Star Wars canon
- On Catra, embracing need and desire, and saving the universe in She-Ra: Princesses of Power
Spoiler alerts, obviously.
Bonus: Noelle Stevenson3Whose work I have loved ever since she doodled the Fellowship of the Ring as roadtripping himbos on Tumblr all those years ago — bless this talented soul has given nothing but excellent interviews about She-Ra, especially now that the final season is out. Here are a couple of my favorites.