Cleaved (Star vs. the Forces of Evil)
"Cleaved" is the thirty-seventh and final episode of the fourth season of Star vs. the Forces of Evil, and it marks the series' finale.
Star and Marco face their final conflict after Star announces her choice to destroy all magic.
Why It Sucks
- Being part a bigger problem with the four-part finale, including this final episode, as it wouldn't happen at all due (also being a bad plot twist, as well) of her mother, Moon, is somehow literally can't let go of what Eclipsa did on her from the final couple Season 3 episodes, despite begin to knowing that Eclipsa's daughter–then-now called by from her–Meteora (formerly Miss Heinous), was that giant monster, attacking Mewni and "couped" the Mewni throne as the rightful heir, to the real Butterfly dynasty. Was resulted her becoming the bigger main anti-villain/antagonist in the four-part finale, for this confusing reason.
- The finale (including the final previous three episodes that makes up, a four-part finale) feels like a hour-long season finale instead of a series’ finale, it’s also very rushed!
- Plus, the promos for the finale didn't help to treating it as this either.
- Destroying magic is a terrible thing to do to stop Mina. Star literally commits genocide and easily gets away with it. Sure, death is prohibited in kids cartoons like Invader Zim. But how did Disney not prohibit the idea of killing every single magical being we all loved off?
- Star and Marco become an official couple, which just clichéd because BFF couples became overused in cartoons such as Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable from Kim Possible, Billy and Mandy from The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Manny and Frida from El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera. These couples were way better uses of BFF pairings, this couple here is just rushed. Not to mention this was also demanded by very vocally toxic Starco fans!
- The ending was rushed, where are the other supporting characters of the series such as Jackie and Janna? It just ended with Star and Marco saying "hey" to each other.
- Star is extremely selfish. She doesn't care about the lives she ended due to the destruction of magic, her only concern is that she won't be able to see Marco again. If this was her idea of destroying magic all because it’s a problem for everyone (it’s how people use it as a problem) and didn’t care about the world in danger now that magic is gone, then she’s the unintentionally true main antagonist of the finale!
- And because of this, Toffee was killed for nothing!
- Mina is not killed or arrested in the ending, she instead runs to live in the forest claiming her ideas will continue, meaning she is still a threat!
- This is also another attempt by writers these days to force mercy on children viewers.
- The poor writing has unintentionally made Mina appear sympathetic. As much as she's is portrayed as being a hate-filled irredeemable fanatic, seeing her past as a shy lowly peasant girl who got infused and mind broken with magic and being the only one of her kind makes her present persona quite tragic especially as it was never made clear whether she truly hated monsters or it was introduced and amplified by the permanent effects from Solaria's magic. And after centuries of being dedicated to Solaria's cause, her hero and the one who made her a Solarian warrior, she finally meets her ghost and begs her for help only to receive a death glare from her and left to be drowned by the Unicorn.
- An unfortunate implication, It is shown in the end that some civilians are running in terror about Earth and Mewni being combined together. Which can cause even more "Racism" (Monsters against Humans) and a global war to start. Causing the Government and EVEN The Military to get involved as they will see that the Monsters exist!
- Technically, Star's insane plan of destroy magic, including her heritage wand's powers, was unfortunately justifiable, if her mother wouldn't just didn't making this fanatical race war to happen.
- Star and Marco aren't permanently separated.
- The finale is open-ended, leaving the potential for fan fictions and future series to pick up where it left off.
- Star and Marco staying in the crumbling Realm of Magic together was touching.
- Good animation and voice acting as usual.
Many fans and cartoon critics online consider this one of the worst, if not the worst series finale in television on par with Game of Thrones (Season 8)'s finale (which coincidentally also aired its own series finale that same day). Some have even gone as to say that they wished the show should have never been story-driven in the first place.