Following in the footsteps of better-known shows such as She-Ra: Princess of Power, Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders (known as Starla and the Jewel Riders outside the United States) was a Magical Girl show very loosely inspired by the Arthurian myths. It was created by Robert Mandell of Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers fame, and even used some of the same voice actors.Our story follows Princess Gwenevere (or Starla), the teenage daughter of Queen Anya of Avalon, and her friends Tamara and Fallon, as they quest to retrieve the Crown Jewels that keep the magic of the kingdom in check with the help of good wizard Merlin. The girls were chosen to be the Jewel Riders, and each has been given an Enchanted Jewel that gives her special powers: Gwenevere with the Sun Stone, Fallon with the Moon Stone and Tamara with the Heart Stone. Each girl also has an animal friend who can communicate with her, bonded with their respective Enchanted Jewel.However, trouble strikes when the evil Lady Kale finds the Dark Stone and uses it to banish Merlin to the realm of Wild Magic so she can steal the magical Crown Jewels to bring down her sister Anya and become the new queen of Avalon, taking over all the magic for herself to rule. But Merlin scatters the jewels at the last minute, sending the Jewel Riders on a quest to get them all before Kale does.By the end of the first season, the Jewel Riders win they are still unable to rescue Merlin. Season two picks up with Lady Kale meeting Morgana, one of the ancient Grand Wizards. Morgana, too, is trapped within the realm of Wild Magic and so she strikes a deal with Kale to help each other out and return with a vengeance. The Jewel Riders must now search for the Wizard Jewels, defeat their enemies, save Merlin, lather, rinse, repeat.First airing in the United States in 1995, Princess Gwenevere ran for two seasons, with 13 episodes each season, produced by the same company that made King Arthur & the Knights of Justice. Some call it out as a Sailor Moon ripoff, but it's a cute series for fans of the Magical Girl and Magical Girl Warrior genres. It's obscure, but seems to have a bit of a cult following. It also heavily inspired the Avalon: Web of Magic series.
Anachronism Stew: Aside from the usual Middle Ages confusions, their transformed costumes look like something that should take place in modern day, Lady Kale 'broadcasts' her voice as "Station K.A.L.E", while in a dream sequence Gwenevere runs into a modern supermarket and acts like it's completely normal.
Arc Number: Seven. There are seven Crown Jewels, seven (later eight) lands of Avalon, and seven Wizard Jewels (including the Dark Stone, which originally belonged to Morgana).
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the episode "The Faery Princess", Kale arrives in the land of tiny fairies and decides it's a perfect new kingdom for her to rule because of her giant size, so she attempts to destroy the king of fairies and usurp the power.
Bad Future: Episode "Fortune Jewel" involves one of the Wizard Jewels being able to see into the future, and thus revealing a possible one in which Morgana conquers all of Avalon (naturally, the Jewel Riders are able to prevent it from coming true).
Be Yourself: What the mer-boy learns in episode 21, "Jewel of the Sea".
Does not apply to the use of the Dark Stone though, which works without speaking (possibly because Kale's always in her Jewel Armor after the first episode, whereas the girls only don theirs when needed).
Averted in episode 22 ("Trouble in Elf Town"), where, for some reason, they summon their jewel armor without speaking the transformation phrase.
Conspicuous CGI: Any time it shows the area around the characters while travelling, as well as some of the cuts in the intro.
Darker and Edgier: The second season episode "Shadowsong" would like you to think it's this when Tamara thinks Shadowsong is dead, she starts blaming herself and her Heart Stone. This lasts for a only less than a minute before Shadowsong awakens and Tamara can now understand him.
Disney Death: Implied with Shadowsong; the result is still the same either way, fortunately.
Dragon Rider: Kale uses a big red dragon named Grimm for transportation. In a quite unusual way, however, as it carries her in a "dragon wagon" that she's sitting in. Grimm comes with a Breath Weapon but uses it very sparsely (and only on command).
It's Up to You: After Fallon and Tamara get turned into stone, Gwen/Starla and Sunstar are the only ones left to use the Wizard Jewels to create the One Jewel, bring Merlin home, and save Avalon from a Bad Future.
There was a DVD release in the United States (it was "region 0", but was still official) from Digiview Entertainment, but it contained only the first few episodes, some episodes were "mapped" to the wrong titles, and it ended up being the Starla version despite calling itself Princess Gwenevere. This same DVD was later "updated" to contain a couple more episodes. It has since gone out of print.
Actually there were since then also various releases in the other countries (in their local language), and as of 2010 the whole series in English (along with other BKN series) is now legally available for viewing for free at the website Kidlet.tv, but requires free registration. As of 2012 the show is also avalable on Netflix.
Kickthe Dog: Already in the first episode Kale is ordering Grimm to "fry" a pursued hawk and abuses an unicorn (which angers the girls when they witness it).
Lady in Red: The dresses of both Kale's and Gwen's (Kale-made and magical) in "Fashion Fever".
This including all the Pungeon Master stuff such as "Freeze me and I'm yours forever" and "Threy're bored to stiff" (in "Revenge of the Dark Stone"), or "And if anything happens to the [the sheep], you'll be in sheep dip" and "You're pixie dust" (in "The Faery Princess").
Lighter and Softer: Robert Mandell has a background in horror and even directed an episode of The X-Files. His two animated series, Thunderbirds 2086 and Galaxy Rangers, were sci-fi, action-adventure, and often shockingly violent. Jewel Riders has its dark moments, but it was much more lighthearted in tone.
Merchandise-Driven: A line of toys was made for the Jewel Riders series, including action figures and playsets. This, again, is a contrast to its "older brother" series who only lasted a single season because they were not backed by a toy company.
Mineral MacGuffin: Crown Jewels in the first series, the Wizard Jewels in the second one.
Mix-and-Match Critters: Sunstar is a unicorn with wings, and in the second season we get the zebra/unicorn mix Shadowsong. The dweasels are "dino weasels".
Non-Human Sidekick: A lot, as the Jewel Riders and the Pack have their own, and so has Lady Kale (Gwen's Sunstar, Merlin's Archie, Fallon's Moondance, Kale's Grimm, Rufus and Twig, Tamara's Shadowsong, among others). In fact Kale appears to have no human followers whatsoever.
Outlaw: The Outlaws are a band of brigands featured in the episodes "Badlands" and "Prince of the Forest". Lady Kale is an outlaw too, after she was banished from Camelot for trying to forcefully usurp the throne.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Such perfect disguises as wearing a dress and using a false name were successfully used by Kale repeatedly, mostly to get inside the New Camelot and then into the royal Crystal Palace.
Shapeshifting: Lots! Besides Ian, there is also a shapeshifting genie guardian of the Wizard's Peak, the Jewel Raiders turn into mermaids in one episode, Kale magically changes into an older woman for a disguise, and (in the same episode) one of the ancient Wizards is permanently cursed into the form of a cat.
Shout-Out: One of the episodes starts off with a guest star who laments that nothing exciting happens in her town. It is an almost line-by-line recreation of the opening scene from Tom DeHaven's "Galaxy Stranger", using the same voice actress.
Staying Alive: Lady Kale manages to survive being magically dematerialized and vanishing into Wild Magic - where she is then also magically restored, accidental courtesy of Morgana in her attempt to retrieve the Dark Stone.
Taken for Granite: Getting petrified happens to Fallon and Tamara and their animals (temporarily) and then to Kale and her crew (pernamently?) at the end of the second season. All of the living things in New Camelot are cursed into suspended animation in the finale of the first season, and Archie turns into a crystal for a while in one episode.
Talking Animal: Vocally only Archie, Merlin's nerdy owl that is accompanying the heroines. Every animal bonded to an Enchanted Jewel is also able to communicate telephatically with its Jewel's user. In addition Tamara can use her Heart Stone to talk with all animals (except Shadowsong at first) and they can also speak with each other. The occasional humanoid animal creatures also talk normally.
Treasure Room: In the Crystal Palace there's the Jewel Keep room where all the recovered magical Crown Jewels are being safely kept (or at least supposedly, as Kale manages to get there quite easily). Another such room, the Hall of Wizards, is hidden in a cave labyrinth inside the mountain of the Wizard's Peak mountain and is visited by the both sides repeatedly.
Three Timer Date: By Drake, the leader of The Pack who usually hits on Gwen only. To be fair to the guy, it was mostly the fault of a wicked talking sword.
Useless Boyfriend: The wielders of the Forest Stones, despite having badass wolf mounts, battle armor, and training, are usually not of much use other than as the local chew toys (but occasionally this wolf cavalry actually comes to the rescue, including in the final episode).