Episode Review: Star vs the Forces of Evil (Season 4, Episode 18) – Mama Star / Ready, Aim, Fire
Without warning, the last episode of Star vs the Forces of Evil, plunged us into what is surely the big ending storyline of season 4 (and the series!).
This episode continues that storyline, as we find ourselves encountering a number of threats to Mewni, that may make what Toffee attempted, seem like child’s play.
Star, Marco, Tom, and Janna are surprised to find a hidden entrance to the Realm of Magic, underneath Echo Creek! With no other way to get back to Mewni, they take the plunge, but run the risk of losing their minds…and encountering something sinister.
The Realm of Magic has been both fascinating, and frustrating. It’s one of the places I keep expecting to learn more about, but we just get little glimpses of it, and with almost no answers given. Magic in many forms seems to function that way in the show: you’re never given a through line on how it all works.
After the last episode had some “okay” storylines, the direction this one goes in manages to balance between serious, and comedic…and a number of the comedy bits actually made me chuckle!
There’s some serious stuff happening in this place after the events at the end of last season, and it looks like it is going to have a major effect on things. Speaking of “major effects,” there are some things that are said in this story, that will probably make many fan’s faces light up…but whether they will have any bearing on our characters later on, that’s a mystery.
We’re still no closer to fully understanding the Realm of Magic, but this story managed to come off as one of the more entertaining ones that takes place within it’s confines.
Final Grade: B+
After the events of the last segment, Star, Marco, and Janna have been scattered across Mewni (as for Tom, we have no clue).
This story functions as a “while you were away” segment, where we see that Mina Loveberry is planning to put her “take back Mewni for the Mewmans” plan into effect, using a massive suit of Solarian warrior battle-armor. Our characters are mainly operating on the sidelines here, acting as liaisons to show us what has happened in their absence.
Surprisingly, Janna is our eyes-and-ears for a good chunk of the segment, as she has arrived at the Monster Palace, just as the battle begins. It is also noteworthy that she stows away her snarky attitude for a good portion of the segment.
A highlight is seeing Globgor in action against Mina, though it doesn’t last long enough for my tastes. I had hoped we’d get to see more out of him after his introduction some time ago, but I guess my hopes were too high there.
Sadly, this story is not as emotionally engaging or as enjoyable as the last story, but maybe this is just to prep us for what is coming in the next episode.
Final Grade: B-
Now that we’re back on Mewni, it looks like we’re all set to have a major, out-in-the-open battle that we haven’t ever seen committed to animation before. See you all back here for my next review.