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STAR VS. THE FORCES OF EVIL’ SPOILER ALERT! These are untimed boards from the end battle of “Starcrushed,” the season 2 finale of “Star Vs. the Forces of Evil.”  There were story points I had to hit, but I still got to invent a lot of what happens. I had the honor of boarding alongside the talented Evon Freeman and Gina Gress for this episode.

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Want a souvenir to remember the service? Show your respect for the dearly departed with an abstract painting of his chin, by artistic genius Bulkhead. [ON SALE HERE]

All proceeds will go to paying off the damage caused by Sentinel Prime during his term as temporary Magnus.

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“I know a lot of you probably don’t have much use for religion. I didn’t either, for a major portion of my life. I’ll be honest, I wear a collar sometimes, but I still have doubts. Big ones. If anyone tells you they don’t, they’re lying. Because life is mysterious, death more so. And I don’t pretend to have all the answers.”

Rocknaldo was a good episode with an important message.

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I definitely saw it as an allegory for cultural appropriation. Ronaldo sees the gems as ‘other’. He even has the discussion with Steven about how the Crystal Gems aren’t ***really*** ‘Rock People’. (Even after Steven tells him that he finds those words offensive). Even though Steven is a Gem, the Crystal Gems ARE Gems.

Then he goes and tries to become part of the group, become a Gem. Takes on what he THINKS are their characteristics and even goes so far as to begin to tell Steven what is and is not Gem behaviour. Sound familiar? 

Ronaldo is not a good ally, or a good friend. Connie is a wonderful example of both a friend and ally to Steven. She’s part of the Crystal Gems not because she demanded it or asked it but because she’s proven herself as someone who cares about them. She’s someone willing to put herself in vulnerable positions for Steven and Steven feels the same. The fact that Ronaldo says it’s only because she’s Steven’s girlfriend is significant. It shows he has no understanding of the core values of the Gems.

Honestly there’s a lot to unpack in this episode.

I know people are upset because there was a teaser that we’d be meeting a new Gem. That was kinda a shitty move. HOWEVER not every episode can further the grand, overarching plot. Sometimes we need to have other episodes and I think this one was a FANTASTIC one that tackled some serious issues in a way kids can see as approachable.

  • Henry: Where do you think she went?
  • Regina: There's no way to know for sure, but I bet she ended up with Wish Robin.
  • Henry: What? Why would it send her to a world where she's a wanted criminal who's just killed the reinging monarchs, made off with the princess, and has a price on her head? I wrote 'the evil queen gets a fresh start' not 'the evil queen has a public execution'.
  • Regina: I'm sure it'll work out.
  • Henry: Didn't you say Rumple was trying to kill you when you left too?
  • Regina: I'm sure it'll work out.
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Action Comics #974 strongly suggests that mysterious figure seen stalking Jon in the woods and watching Kents at the end of the issue in Superman #17 is the mysterious human!Clark Kent.

And it also very strongly implies said human Clark really is who many people suspected him to be. Although if that’s the case and not a misdirect he seems a bit past his…Prime.