A Look Back on the ending to Star vs. The Forces of Evil
Okay, people, on this day one year ago, we saw the ending to two awesome shows. One of them was an animated cartoon, while the other was an adaptation of the life’s work of a guy that’s dragging his heels on finishing his work. Rather than talk about the ending to Game of Thrones since there’s enough hate for that, I wanted to talk about the end to the other good show on May 19th, 2019.
Look, I’ve talked about this series to death already on this blog. I can’t help it: I like it, and as much as I like the finale, I think Disney can do more with it. So, with a year between now and the end of the show, I wanted to give my thoughts on it.
The Finale In Hindsight
You know in hindsight, I think I may have given the finale a bit more credit than it should have gotten. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still happy that Star and Marco get to be together and go on adventures in an awesome new dimension. However, that doesn’t change the fact that Star’s decision to destroy magic was very irrational.
If you watched the eight episode arc leading up to “Cleaved”, then you know Star went through a lot of emotional turmoil in a short amount of time. Tom broke up with her, she realized she and Marco still loved each other and they got together. Right as they do, though, Star’s Mom betrays everything she stands for and condemns Mewni to be destroyed. In other words, she wasn’t thinking straight. Hell, there may have still been a way to stop Mina without destroying magic altogether. As LockandKey989 points out in their fan fic “Averting the End”, there was another option. Which I will now share in the form of a skit that would be seen on the popular web series How it Should Have Ended:
Star: All right, guys. I’ve decided that magic is now evil and can’t be trusted with anyone. So I’m just gonna go and destroy it and stop Mina from using it to destroy Mewni.
“Bright Idea” Guy: Here’s a bright idea. Why don’t you use that magic severing stone that can sever anything in existence to strip Mina of her magical steroids before you destroy the thing that connects the entire universe together. And for that matter, use it to sever the dark magic from the rest of the Real of Magic.
Star: Huh. You know what, that sounds like a much better idea. MARCO, WE’RE GOING TO THE UNDERWORLD!
That would have made much more sense. LockandKey989, you’re a genius!
I Like the Concept More
So, yeah, the show was amazing, and probably one of the best shows that Disney gave us in the 2010s. But after reading through the various fanworks, I have come to a conclusion. They could have done a lot more with the show if Disney had wanted to.
Star vs. The Forces of Evil goes from being this light-hearted comedy about magic and narwhals into this tale about overcoming prejudice and hatred. The problem is, it’s status as a kid’s show also holds it back. I’ve seen fanworks that dive deeper than the show ever did into some concepts.
What I’m saying is that while I like the show itself, I think I’ve come to love the concept of Star vs. The Forces of Evil as a medium for storytelling. It’s a show filled with all sorts of amazing characters, backstory and lore, and the fans have built on that. That’s the stuff that I’m interested in.
It Helped Me Make New Friends
I’m not joking on this point. Star vs. is what got me into the concept of fanfic’s and fanworks. I would eat up any good stories I could find, and it turns out, the show still has a sizable following. At least, it does right now. As I got more and more into it, something cool happened: I made friends.
I normally prefer to make friends with people in real life, as there’s the fact that you actually know them and can spend time with them. However, through social media, I wound up connecting with a bunch of fans of the show. KPRS4Ever, the Wandering Hippie, ROTHEM, BlackWolf, Andrew “Acuna” and many others. I may not know them in real life, but I still enjoy being able to chat with them online about various things, including the stories they write. That’s pretty much what friends do, so I think that this counts. And I like that.
Okay, rant’s over now. I said all that I wanted to say about the show. Happy anniversary to this awesome show, and I can’t wait to see what the people who worked on it will do next. And to all the fan writers out there, keep moving forward. You never know if Disney brings it back or gives us a sequel spin-off.