When Whispering Woods Last Bloomed
Synopsis and Review
Cartoon Series: She-Ra Princess of Power 1985-87
Producer: Filmation
Season: 2
Writer: Frank Becker
Year: 1986
Director: Ernie Schmidt
Production No: PP078


Netossa and Spinnerella are visiting the rebels in the Whispering Woods, when they reflect upon the one-year anniversary of the day they joined the Great Rebellion: Catra and Mantenna prepare to attack the rebels, as Madame Razz and Adora feed the forest animals unaware of the Horde activity. Catra begins firing into the Whispering Woods, prompting She-Ra to appear and oppose her. Bow uses exploding arrows to destroy the robot tanks, which frightens the Horde Troopers and causes them to flee. Catra, Mantenna, and Grizzlor also retreat back to the Fright Zone in defeat. Netossa and Spinnerella witness all of these events from safety, choosing not to intervene because they are on vacation in Thaymor, and their only concern is having fun and dancing. 

When Catra reports to Hordak, he is very angry at their bungling, but Shadow Weaver calms him. She tells Hordak of Spinnerella's power to spin fast enough that she might be able to destroy the trees of the Whispering Woods, leaving it exposed and vulnerable to Horde attack. She disguises herself as a villager to kidnap Netossa in a force-field and have her sent to the Fright Zone dungeons. Shadow Weaver then appears to Spinnerella and offers to help her find her missing friend. Shadow Weaver takes Spinnerella back to the Fright Zone where Hordak tells her that the rebels are the ones responsible for Netossa's disappearance. He offers to help Spinnerella free her friend, except for the fact that they cannot pass the trees that protect the rebel camp.

Spinnerella proposes to use her power to make this possible. Using her power on the outskirts of the Whispering Woods Spinnerella bends the trees of the forest backward, and seeing this, Madame Razz and Broom race back to camp to tell the rebels about the assault on the forest. As the tanks press forward into the Whispering Woods, Madame Razz and Broom try to rescue the animals of the forest, while Adora confronts Spinnerella, who demands that she release her friend Netossa. Adora and the rebels honestly have no idea where they might find Netossa, but as the Horde presses forward, she leaves to transform into She-Ra. She calls upon Light Hope to provide her answers, and he tells her that Hordak has deceived Spinnerella into attacking the woods, and that Netossa is imprisoned in the dungeons of the Fright Zone. She-Ra and Swift Wind fly to free Netossa, who helps She-Ra defeat the Horde Troopers with her magic net. They all fly back to the Whispering Woods, where Netossa reveals the truth. 

Angry at having been deceived, Spinnerella uses her spinning dance to destroy the Horde tanks, causing the Horde to flee in retreat. She then spins in the other direction to repair the damage to the trees that she has wrought. In present day the rebels celebrate the first anniversary of the day that Spinnerella and Netossa joined the Rebellion, and took an active hand in protecting the Whispering Woods.

Synopsis by Michael Cravens

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