WARNING: The following contains spoilers for She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 5, now streaming on Netflix.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 4 ended with Catra and Glimmer captured by Horde Prime and Season 5 picks up right where its predecessor left off. Catra pledges allegiance to the galactic conqueror and uses the promise of information about Etheria to secure her safety. Meanwhile, Glimmer finds herself held prisoner. However, their situation soon sees the two become unlikely allies. Catra doesn’t actually have anyone to talk to on the alien ship, so she takes to sitting outside Glimmer’s cell and talking to the Queen of Bright Moon. They start sniping at each other, but soon form a bond over the one thing they have in common: Adora.
Ironically, this had been the basis for their particular enmity in the past. Catra, insecure as she was, saw Glimmer as having stolen her best friend. Meanwhile, Glimmer saw Catra as a symbol of Adora’s past connection to the Horde. The episode where the two become tentative friends (Season 5, Episode 3, “Corridors”) even highlights this: It’s spaced throughout with flashbacks of a time where Catra attacked Lonnie as a child. When questioned why, a young Catra explains she attacked Lonnie because she “knows that [Adora] likes her better than me.”
The relationship between Catra and Glimmer develops throughout the rest of the episode, eventually resulting in Glimmer calling Catra out on her selfish behavior and saying there’s no point in working for Horde Prime if he plans to destroy all of Etheria. She then asks Catra to “do one good thing in her life.” Catra takes this opportunity to storm off, but then later reconsiders her actions.
“Corridors” ends with Catra breaking Glimmer out of jail and beaming her (using a Star Trek-style teleporter aboard Horde Prime’s ship) to safety. She even quotes Glimmer’s words back to her, saying she does “want to do one good thing in [her] life.” It seems like Glimmer takes it to heart. Later the Best Friend Squad attempts to rescue Catra and Glimmer is fully on board to rescue someone who was once her fiercest enemy.
Overall, it’s nice to see Catra becoming friends with one of the members of “the gang” before she actually gets rescued. It makes her later integration into the group more believable. After all, it’s easier to become part of a group of friends when you’ve built a bond with one of them. Adora counts, but her relationship with Catra is complicated, to say the least.
Glimmer’s relationship with Catra might also be built on a foundation of former enmity, but it doesn’t have the same betrayal which lies at the heart of Catra and Adora’s bond. It’s instead built on Glimmer’s genuine and heartfelt attempts to help Catra become a better person, something Adora hasn’t been able to do over the last four seasons.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power stars Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, AJ Michalka, Marcus Scribner, Reshma Shetty, Lorraine Toussaint, Keston John, Lauren Ash, Christine Woods, Genesis Rodriguez, Jordan Fisher, Vella Lovell, Merit Leighton, Sandra Oh, Krystal Joy Brown and Jacob Tobia.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 5 sees two former enemies band together and it's a welcome inclusion to a great season.