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Recap / She Ra And The Princesses Of Power S 2 E 04 Roll With It

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Adora's planning meeting goes awry as the Princess Alliance starts to treat it like a D&D game, while Scorpia excitedly protects the pass the Rebellion is planning to take.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: The spybot's "death" gets played like this.
  • And You Thought It Was Real: Scorpia, watching the feed from the spybot, misinterprets the Princesses' out of control planning meeting as a genuine description of their capabilities, and is terrified.
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  • Art Shift: Glimmer's vision of her plans are in an anime style in shades of pink and black.
  • As You Know: Apparently played straight at the start, when Adora, Bow and Glimmer are describing their plan as they're partway through it, but it soon turns out that's part of the wargaming session.
  • Badass Moustache: Bow has one in his Imagine Spot.
  • Buffy Speak: Scorpia, giving out instructions to the troops.
    Scorpia: Move those big weapony things! Flap those banners! Uh, keep doing whatever your doing, guy I'm pointing at! Now do a different thing! And look sharp!
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Bow. Everyone's fantasy seems to involve him getting hurt and / or killed.
    • Kyle, again. Even Scorpia is baffled by how much of a screw-up he is.
      Scorpia: Seriously, Kyle, how have you not been fired already?
  • Comically Missing the Point: Apparently before leaving her to guard the fort, Catra told Scorpia "even you can't screw this up". Scorpia somehow manages to think this was praise. That girl ain't right.
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  • Continuity Nod: Turns out Frostra is holding a grudge over Catra ruining the Princess Prom. Her version of Catra also has her in the tuxedo she wore to the event, now with added Cool Shades.
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: When Scorpia is facing the wrong way, Lonnie does this to correct her.
  • Cute Machines: The spybot, according to Scorpia.
  • Description Cut: Adora says the Horde will be guarding the fort with their best and brightest. Cut to Scorpia shouting out vague Buffy Speak orders.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • We know that the session isn't accurate to what the princesses can actually do. Scorpia, on the other hand...
    • Adora spends the episode freaking out over Catra being at the fortress. It turns out she's nowhere near.
  • Eye Patch Of Power: In Glimmer's fantasy, Lonnie has one. And so does Catra's Right-Hand Cat.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • Invoked by Glimmer, who says Bow's first "death" comes because he didn't make an observation check.
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    • None of the Princesses notice the spybot in their midst.
  • Femme Fatale: Glimmer's fantasy has Catra as one of these mixed with a Bond villain.
  • Her Codename Was Mary Sue: Frostra's character, Winter's Bane, who has super-strong armor and a wicked cool sword. Also, Glimmer is her sidekick.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Bow's fantasy has him and Catra doing this. Adora and Mermista are understandably horrified.
    Mermista: Mmm, now we're all hoping this mission kills us.
  • Imagine Spot: Most of the Princess Alliance gets these, of varying lengths and intricacies, as they try to plan the attack. Bow sees the cast in their 80s incarnations, Glimmer imagines the world as a cross between a dark shounen anime and a James Bond movie, Mermista wants to become her own version of She-Ra, and Perfuma just wants to hit things with flowers.
  • Indy Ploy: After spending the entire episode trying to come up with a perfect plan, Adora is forced to admit that the princesses are really only at their best when they're improvising.
  • Insistent Terminology: Bow is very adamant that they're not dolls, they're "war-table battle figures". Sure, Bow. Sure.
  • Just Testing You: Scorpia, to Lonnie. Twice.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Frostra's initial contribution to the planning session? "Punch them!"
  • Mood Whiplash: The Princess Alliance is having a great time imagining how to defeat the Horde. The mood turns dark and serious when Adora takes over to describe the worst-case scenario in which everybody dies.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Mermista's transformation into "Sea-Ra" is a near word-for-word recreation of He-Man's transformation sequence from the original cartoon.
    • Bow's fantasy, aside from the stuff mentioned down in Production Throwback, also has Catra trill her "rs" and engage in terrible, terrible punnage. Exactly like the original She-Ra.
  • Not So Above It All: Mermista has a doll of herself for some reason, and has an elaborate fantasy of becoming a marine-themed version of She-Ra.
  • No Waterproofing in the Future: The spybot is taken out when Mermista spills soda on it.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Scorpia realizes all the princesses are there.
    Scorpia: How many of you are there?! [Sees all of them] Oh, too many.
  • Only Sane Man: Lonnie, for the Horde.
  • Oral Fixation: Glimmer's Imagine Spot of herself always chews on a toothpick.
  • Pinball Projectile: Bow's Imagine Spot has him using a net-arrow like this, but it still ends up backfiring.
  • Poke the Poodle: Perfuma's idea of Catra's is her declaring "I have a lot of negative things to say and I hate flowers!" (Probably because Perfuma has had the least contact with Catra of the princesses.)
  • Production Throwback: Bow imagines the cast in their outfits from the original 80s series, as well as giving Catra her original incarnation's transformation power. The original She-Ra theme plays during the scene, and the original closing theme plays over the end credits for the episode.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Spitefully invoked by Glimmer when Bow interrupts her fantasy to say she couldn't teleport spam as much as she likes, saying that if that's the case, she falls on Bow and crushes him.
    • Scorpia's claws keep her from operating the spybot's tiny remote control and she has to pass it off to Lonnie.
    • Adora points out the flaw of Bow's plan to shoot an arrow at Catra - she can just duck.
    • Frostra covers herself in ice armor. As she soon learns, there's a little drawback of ice being freezing.
  • RPG Episode: The episode is framed as such, with characters using a dungeon master's screen while planning an attack on the fort.
  • The Scapegoat: Played for Laughs as the Horde squad retreats— they all agree to blame the loss on Kyle.
  • Ship Tease: When describing her transformation into "Sea-Ra", Mermista makes a comment about how She-Ra's hair looks "messy, but sort of beautiful".
  • Shout-Out: In Glimmer's Imagine Spot, Catra starts to deliver the line "No princess, I expect you to..." but is cut off by Perfuma.
  • Skewed Priorities: Scorpia's determined to do the best job she can so she can prove she and Catra are best friends, even demanding Kyle go and find out what her favorite color is.
  • Stepford Smiler: Bow insists that his Bow "war-table battle figure" is smiling through his pain.
  • Stock Sound Effects: In Bow's Imagine Spot, the teleportation sound is an old Filmation sound effect, and Catra gives the That Poor Cat yowl.
  • Storyboarding the Apocalypse: When Bow asks "What's the worst that can happen?", Adora acts out how Catra traps She-Ra, overwhelms Frosta and Mermista with bots, fires on Perfuma and use her to draw Bow into the open, pinning him down between the bots and Horde soldiers. Glimmer tries to teleport in, but won't have enough magic to teleport out and Catra forces Adora to watch while all of her friends are taken out.
  • Super-Deformed: Bow's minifigs of himself and his friends reappear.
  • Teleport Spam: Glimmer's plan involves large amounts of teleporting. Bow and Adora note that she'd never be able to do as many as she describes before running out of juice.
  • Transformation Sequence: Mermista describes "Sea-Ra"'s transformation. It sounds suspiciously similar to She-Ra's.
    Mermista: I am Mermista! Fabulous secrets were revealed to me the day I held aloft my trident and said "For the honor of grey whales!" Then it's like, sparkle, sparkle, dolphin, sparkle. I get shoes that are slightly better than my normal shoes. There's probably another dolphin, then like I twirl and my hair does this thing where it looks all messy but it's actually like really super beautiful.


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