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Star vs. The Forces of Evil Season Premiere Review/Recap

I have no idea when it was that I first got into Star vs. The Forces of Evil, but I don’t regret it. It’s one of the best cartoons Disney has come out with since Gravity Falls. More importantly, it appeals to my inner anime geek.

Don’t believe me? “Magical Princess from Another Dimension”. That is literally what Star says in the first episode. This show is a Western-made tribute to the highly influential “Magical Girl” genre found in anime. Now, I never really watched that as a kid: Sailor Moon was before my time, and the only show I know of was Cardcaptor Sakura. And I only saw a few episodes of this. On Kids WB. By 4Kids. Yuck!

Daron Nefcy, the creator of the show, even says that she came up with the idea of SvTFOE thanks to her childhood obsession with Sailor Moon, and threw in a dash of Dragon Ball Z. Again, a show I didn’t watch as a kid. I didn’t even know what Toonami was at the time.

Now, I’m going to assume that if you’re reading this, you know the basic plot of the show. If not, click this link. It will take you to a NerdWire video that’ll recap everything. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on with the Season 4 Premiere

Recap

After the events of the Season 3 finale, Star, Marco, and King River have been off searching Mewni for Star’s mom, who disappeared from the Realm of Magic. They’ve tried looking almost everywhere in Mewni, but there’s no sign of her.

Meanwhile, everyone’s trying to adjust to the new status quo: Star has given the kingdom and her wand back to Eclipsa as recompense for what her family and the Magic High Commission did to her. Not that Star needs the wand anymore: she can conjure her spells at will now. As for the monsters, they’re now being treated as equal citizens in Mewni, which is great.

The rest of Mewni, though, is not happy. Centuries of prejudice won’t go away overnight, so they’re mad about the way things are now. They’re especially mad at Star and King River, even satirizing them in a play called “The Butterfly Follies”.

Unfortunately, the group ends up going to the pie carnival where the play is being performed because they think Queen Moon’s there. She’s not; it’s just an actress.

All of this is frustrating Star and River to no end, since they’re no closer to finding Queen Moon. They end up heading back to the Monster Temple that Eclipsa has made her new castle, with the original one now abandoned. Monsters are now working for Eclipsa alongside the Mewmans, and she even has some trying to free her monster lover, Globgor.

Also, I think Meteora’s hatred of Marco is just mentally ingrained in her mind. Which is hilarious and disturbing. Hopefully, Eclipsa will raise her right this time and fix the damage the Magic High Commission did to her.

Meme me!

Just as Star’s about to give up on her mom, she realizes that a pie that Marco bought at that carnival they visited has the same butterfly shaped design that Star’s mom makes. Since the tin says it was made on Pie Island, Star thinks she might be there.

We then go to the second half, “Escape from the Pie Folk”. The title does not lie, either, because those Pie Folk are a little coo-coo bananas. They try selling off the group as pie-making servants, only to be saved by the Court Jester, Foolduke, who’s Pie Folk visiting her family. She also tells them that the “butterfly design” is something the Pie Folk have done for centuries. Another dead end.

Star vs. the Forces of Evil S04E02 – Escape from the Pie Folk

At least, until Moon is, in fact, revealed to be on Pie Island and serving as their baker. After being in the Realm of Magic for too long, though, she’s lost all her memories, though. But then it gets restored in a touching song sung by mother and daughter

The Pie Folk are not happy about this, though, and the group has to escape Pie Island and the angry mob with Moon in tow. And that’s where the season premiere ends.

Review

To be honest, I never had the time to properly watch the season premiere. I just have too much stuff going on right now to be able to do so. What I did see, though, I did like. To an extent.

Maybe it was because of how big the finale to last season was, but this felt a little bit underwhelming. I am happy that Queen Moon is now back, but restoring her memories will take a while. But this might be a blessing in disguise.

At the start of the show, Star and her mom don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things, but they have become progressivley closer as the show’s continued. Maybe this will be the event that will help bring them even closer together.

The one thing I did not like about this, though, is that aside from the amnesia trope, I have no idea where this season’s going. And since’s the final season, it will have a lot of things to resolve before that happens. Hopefully, they will manage to do just that.

Sorry if this seems a little rushed, but I promise you that the next review will be more in-depth. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go eat some pie. It is Pi Day, after all!

I Give These Episodes 3.9/5

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