Star vs. the Forces of Evil is Weird, Wild, and Full of Potential
By the time you are reading this, readers, I will be at the happiest place on earth: Disneyland. So it’s only appropriate that I leave this post for you talking about a Disney XD series, Star vs. the Forces of Evil.
I am personally all for traditional animation coming from the great house of Disney, and while Star doesn’t pack the same narrative oomph that Gravity Falls does, it’s got quite a few feminist things going for it.
Our titular character is a Magical Princess From Another Dimension. She’s new to Earth and having a damned good time figuring out the differences between our world and hers, Mewni. She is perfect and awesome and did you really expect me to be objective about her?
Marco is Star’s best friend here on Earth. They end up being paired off together in the first episode because Marco is a stickler for the rules, never getting in any kind of trouble, which is definitely needed to ground Star lest she explode from excitement.
This… well. It sort of works. Marco is just as easily caught up in Star’s adventures as he is to start them. He’s actually kind of kick-ass as karate. He’s of mixed ethnicities, and while his latino father seems more of a caricature, it’s a good contrast to Star’s typical WASPy features.
Okay, there’s only six episodes so far, and this could come back and bite me in the butt, but so far? The relationship between Star and Marco is purely platonic. It’s a teen boy and a teen girl who are just friends, who have crushes on people that are not each other and who have each other’s backs without question.
The show itself is formulaic, and there doesn’t seem to be any real consequence to the actions of Star and Marco or even that of the villains chasing after Star. Star herself is the literal embodiment of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. But it is fun, and cute, and weird, so count me in.