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Star vs. the Forces of Evil (seasons 3 & 4)

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Star vs. the Forces of Evil


Turns out that Bunk'd and Wizards of Waverly Place aren't the only Disney shows that got slapped with the "Let's Make Everything Bad!" sticker.
Genre: Magical girl
High Fantasy
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: July 15, 2017 - April 7, 2018 (Season 3)
March 10, 2019 - May 19, 2019 (Season 4)
Network(s): Disney XD (Season 3)
Disney Channel (Season 4)
Created by: Daron Nefcy
Distributed by: Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Starring: Eden Sher
Adam McArthur
Alan Tudyk
Episodes: 21 (Both Season 3 and 4)

Star vs. the Forces of Evil is a animated television aired in January 18, 2015 and ended on May 19, 2019. It airs on Disney Channel and Disney XD. However, while the first two seasons were well received, the third season received a mixed reception and the fourth received a mixed to negative reception.

Bad Qualities

  1. To get Star Butterfly out of her magic wand, similar to Dragon Ball GT and the dark seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants, the main problem with these seasons is that Daron Nefcy had less involvement in the show, which led to them lacking any of the charm and heart that makes the first two seasons good.
  2. Exactly similar to season 3 of Danny Phantom, the show started to focus too much on the romance drama/shipping (with Star and Marco shipping taking the majority throughout the show, while the other shipping made with one of the main two, in all the seasons on a back burner and thrown away in a negative payoff), while at the same time, fantastical racism against monsters in Mewni became the series’ new main plot all of the sudden, a bit right after Toffee’s death, without building up too much from the previous two seasons.
    • Speaking of fantastical racism, the issue of it was handled poorly in these seasons as it blames the racism of monsters on magic instead of heavy propaganda made by the post-Festivia era Mewni politics and implies that the only way for monsters and humans to co-exist peacefully is for the magic to be destroyed and therefore being about genocide on a non-human/mewman race that looks like monsters, which therefore implies that magical beings can never co-exist peacefully with monsters and humans. The blaming of racism on magic is very ludicrous as the show never stated that Mewmans were under a magic spell that made them hate monsters, despite hinting in the early seasons to be again, heavy propaganda in that dimension's politics. Except all of the first Mewmans' memories were magically erased when teleported from Earth to Mewni's, while in the realm of magic. It's even worse is that the bigotry the magical high commission has towards monsters feel forced as they look like monsters with Star herself even pointing that out in season 3. To sum this all up, the racism issue was completely mishandled with blatant hypocrisy written all over it.
  3. On top of that, the writing has been downgraded from being fun, yet serious at the same time to being nonsensical and lame.
    • On the topic of shipping, Star and Marco become an official couple by extreme ridiculous means, which that itself is just clichéd because main 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, and Steven and Connie from Steven Universe. However, unlike these couples, which were way better BFF pairings, this couple here is just rushed and unnecessary. While it’s true that Star and Marco have been great friends and had good chemistry, it’s never once shown in the first two seasons to be romantic at all, and both of them treat each other originally as normal friends before season 1 episode "Blood Moon Ball", where it causes this snowball effect. Not to mention this ship was also demanded by very toxic Starco fans!
  4. Jumping the shark: The fourth season messes up its world-building, by revealing that the first Mewmans were humans from centuries ago. This destroys the fantastically alien aspects of the Mewmans (even though it technically explains the human-like names in some Mewni and non-Mewni places like St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses) and seems to draw unfortunate parallels from the Mewmans and monsters by indirectly comparing them to the relations between Pilgrims and Native Americans. It even doesn't help that these first Mewmans were all dressed like Pilgrims and half of their group are non-white for some reason, contrasting in real-life as the real Pilgrims were white English Puritans.
  5. Hypocrisy: The show promotes the end of bigotry and discrimination against monsters yet it indirectly claimed that magical beings were to blame for the monster bigotry and for that reason has to be destroyed. It was suggesting that the only way for peace and equality to happen between humans and monsters if genocide is committed on magical beings, which is immoral and illogical.
  6. For the reminder of the series, after The Battle for Mewni arc's final part "Toffee", where all the characters and new direction for the show, feels they're acting like being part of an official sequel series for the previous two seasons, instead of being already part of the original series. And it really shows.
  7. The seasons seem to promote infidelity as it positively portrays adultery and unfaithfulness. For example, Eclipsa was revealed to have cheated on her husband, King Shastacan with a monster named Globgor, resulting in Meteora’s birth yet the show portrays Eclipsa’s affair positively by portraying Shastacan as a despicable man by having Meteora sent away. Then we have the many moments where Star herself gets involved in unfaithfulness towards Marco and Tom through her love triangle with them.
  8. Marco's human family and friends, that isn't Janna or later his new sister, Mariposa, were put into the wayside and almost completely forgotten, except in two or three episodes of both seasons and the series finale.
  9. Some episodes have many new writers working on them, resulting in some old and new ideas being cut or never being used again.
  10. There is a lot of rampant character derailment, flanderization, and out of character behavior present in these seasons. The worst of it is directed towards the members of the magical high commission, who went from being protectors of magic and good friends of Star Butterfly, into selfish and stubborn bigots who can’t stop hating Eclipsa, and both her husband and long lost daughter. The character derailment of the magical high commission is most evident in Rhombulus who went from an impulsive and childish but well-meaning guy to a prejudiced idiot who would put lives at risk just to prove a point and celebrate a genocide with a pizza party. On top of that, Marco Diaz, Star, and Moon Butterflies have become unlikable.
    • Marco, while still likable, went from a kind, responsible, very organized, and supportive of others to a selfish, annoying, and obsessive with Star and Mewni (the two latter being in Sophomore Slump)
    • Star herself went from a very friendly and energetic girl who loves having fun, optimistic who got character development in the first two seasons to her personalities being spread everywhere (brat girl in Junkin' Janna, overly responsible in Princess Turdina, uses the excuse of her being a teenager in Swim Suit) and mistreated her boyfriend Tom despite literally rebuilding himself for her.
    • Moon went from a very strict and stubborn authoritarian figure, but at least well-meaning mother to Star, to a completely racist, self-centered, and unlikeable character who is a terrible mother to Star and never listens to what she says, doesn't care how she thinks, and never supported her quirkiness. She also is bigoted towards monsters and has almost no redeeming qualities outside of her combat skills, badass look, backstory, and her mother's death.
      • She has also became very lazy in season 4 as well, as seen in "Ghost of Butterfly Castle", she didn't try to stop Mina or warn Star and Eclipsa.
  11. The "Disney Twist Villain" cliche is used in those seasons towards the Magical High Commission members for both seasons and Moon for the final episodes of season 4, but the problem is that this cliche has been used a lot in several of Disney's movies and TV shows in the 2010s to the point where it became overused. The twist of the Magical High Commissions (and later Moon's) villainy became more and more obvious and predictable to the point where it stops being shocking and unexpected by the time "Cornonation" aired.
    • Another problem that this show has with using the Disney Twist Villain cliche is that by using it, the show forcibly took away all of the redeeming qualities and character development of all the Magical High Commission members (except Heckapoo) just for the sake of a melodramatic shocking twist. This cliche eventually becomes controversial due to the damage it inflicts on the characters affected as it removes everything likable about them before the big reveal.
  12. Several of characters on the show had very inconsistent characterization in these seasons. Heckapoo’s characterization was very inconsistent in season 4 as she first crusades against Eclipsa taking over the throne then chews out Rhombulus for endangering Mewni, then helps out Mina within her monster Genocide before helping Star and her allies destroy magic.
  13. A couple of beloved plot arcs from the first two seasons are rendered completely pointless in these seasons. For example, the revelation that Toffee is suddenly right in the final two episodes, about having magic destroyed makes the season 2 Finale and the Battle For Mewni arc meaningless.
  14. These seasons are very disrespectful to Lekmet and the heroic sacrifice he made in the season 2 finale as the seasons made his funeral feel rushed and dull and his legacy gets completely tarnished with the revelation that the magical high commission did bad things.
    • Several terrible plot twists occurred in these two seasons as the plot twist in "Ready, Aim, Fire" revealed that Queen Moon was a traitor to the pre-Festivia legitimate Butterfly dynasty, usurper-wannabe as she wants to restate her thorne of now consider post-Festivia illegitimate Butterfly dynasty, and a supporter of Mina Loveberry out of nowhere, despite still recovering from amnesia, from the Season 3's episode "Tough Love".
  15. These seasons have a lot of bad or mediocre episodes like:
    • "Lint Catcher"
    • "Trial by Squire"
    • "Princess Turdina"
    • "Starfari"
    • "Death Peck"
    • "Ponymonium"
    • "Stump Day"
    • "Holiday Spellcial"
    • "Sophomore Slump" (which started the downfall of this series)
    • "Is Another Mystery"
    • "Marco Jr."
    • "Swim Suit"
    • "Yada Yada Berries"
    • "Down by the River"
    • "The Ponyhead Show!"
    • "Surviving the Spiderbites"
    • "Cornball!"
    • "Meteora's Lesson"
    • "The Knight Shift"
    • "Cornonation"
    • "Ready, Aim, Fire!"
    • "Queen-Napped"
    • "Junkin' Janna"
    • "A Spell with No Name"
    • "Pizza Party" (Which many consider to be the worst episode of the series)
    • "Cleaved" (the series finale, which ended the whole series on a sour note.)
  16. Season 4 was very rushed because it aired for only 2 months (although the UK & Ireland had a hiatus between October 2019 to February-March 2020). This resulted in the series skipping very plot-specific story arcs, like the Marco x Kelly arc just abruptly stopped, before even showing how they broke up, but didn't, between "Kelly's World" and "A Boy and His DC-700". This is because Dominic Bisignano confirmed that the show was written while it was in production. While this does work with shows like SpongeBob SquarePants and even The Simpsons (considering that those shows doesn't have any story and continuity and just relies on wacky and random adventures) it doesn't work with shows with continuity and story.
  17. Season 4 is shown to be somewhat sexist as the protagonists who oppose racism against monsters are mostly women with the exceptions of Marco and Tom while the people supporting the racism are mainly male with only Mina Loveberry as the sole female antagonist of Season 4. It also only gave a rushed redemption towards Heckapoo, the only female member of the commission while denying Rhombulus and Omnitraxus, who are both male any chance of redemption despite the fact that Rhombulus showed remorse for the actions of the Magical High Commission in season 3.
  18. It uses excessive pandering towards theory-centric fans via fanservice overload, most notably Disney channel fans who are obsessed with making theories about their shows and expecting all of them to be proven right. The pandering ranges from the aforementioned shipping drama to Toffee being right and making the Magical High Commission evil.
  19. The seasons have the show try way too hard to be like Gravity Falls by making itself more serious and introducing concepts where fans would make theories on.
  20. While the animation is still good here, there are a lot of animation errors considering that Rough Draft Studios and SugarCube don't do a good job here keeping the errors go away.
  21. The final episode "Cleaved" was an awful and rushed way to end the whole series.
    • In that episode, Star Butterfly destroys magic by literally committing genocide, and doesn't care about the lives that she ended, and instead only cared about seeing Marco. Not only does she get away with what she's done, but it unintentionally makes herself as the true main antagonist of the whole episode. The ending was also rushed as Star and Marco said "Hi" to each other while the humans were running away in terror from the monsters.
  22. Sequel Baiting: Because of its rushed ending, it ended on a major cliffhanger, even though it might not likely going to happen due to its poor reception.
  23. On that topic of "Cleaved", the pacing is all over the place. Some of them is very sluggish and tiresome (like "Sophomore Slump" and "Junkin Janna") while some episodes (like "Cleaved" and "Cornation") started pretty slowly at first, but then suddenly became way too fast to the point of being too rushed and causing the humor to fall flat.
  24. These seasons show that the writers and show creator Daron Nefcy can’t handle criticism well as season 4 has the show seemingly not only refuse to listen to the criticism from season 3 but continue the things the season was criticized for in a more aggressive fashion with the show continue to indulge in the things it was criticized for such as the excessive focus on romance and the massive character derailment of characters such as the magical high commission.

Good Qualities

  1. The animation and voice acting is still good.
  2. Tom, Janna, Marco (despite his flanderization) and River are still likeable as usual (With Tom becoming better for Star). Even some of the new characters (such as Globgor) are pretty likeable.
    • Star Butterfly, Moon Butterfly, and the members of the Magic High Commission are also okay during the first half of season 3.
      • Also, even after Star and Moon's flanderization, both still look pretty cute in these seasons, especially Moon.
  3. The new opening and closing themes are great.
  4. There's still a fair share of good episodes in these seasons, such as:
    • "Return to Mewni" (which started these seasons on a high note)
    • "Moon the Undaunted"
    • "Toffee"
    • "Night Life"
    • "Deep Dive"
    • "Butterfly Trap"
    • "Ludo, Where Art Thou?"
    • "Skooled!"
    • "Booth Buddies"
    • "Divide"
    • "Conquer" (which ended Season 3 on a high note, and would have been a good way to end the show if it didn’t continue past that)
    • "Mama Star"
    • "The Right Way"
    • "Here to Help" (depending on your view)
    • "Britta's Tacos"
    • "The Monster and the Queen"
    • "Princess Quasar Caterpillar and the Magic Bell" (Which many consider to be the best episode of the last season)
  5. It still has its fair share of funny and heartwarming moments in there, despite the romantic scenes being rushed and essentially forced.
  6. "Marco, no! I told you not to eat the pies!!!"
  7. Season 3 is at least the most passable of these seasons since it wasn't too bad for the very first half since it continues where season 2 left off, all the characters are at least passable since there are the same characters as they are, and the second half (starting with "Monster Bash") is where the season picked up. It wasn't until "Sophomore Slump" is where the seasonal rot is noticeable, causing the first half to feel unbearable.