“Night Life”/”Deep Dive” & “Monster Bash” Recap – Star vs. the Forces of Evil

By: Dylan Hysen


Dylan Hysen, Michelle Anderer, Sam Quattro, and Alex Bonilla recap the November 16th mid-season finale episodes of Star vs. the Forces of Evil, “Night Life”, “Deep Dive”, and “Monster Bash’.

Dylan is a software developer from the DC area who hosts the Overly Animated podcast discussing everything animation.



  1. FreakinB3acon says:

    Mina has had shown that power before she is the greatest warrior in all of mewni, and she , she lost her mind during Moons reign

  2. FreakinB3acon says:

    I gonna be the devil’s advocate and say I think Marco has Butterfly blood within him too, he’s some lost cousin and thats why he had the cheekmarks. I know alot of people do not like this thoery becasue it would mean Star and Marco are related

  3. Irving G. Steinberg says:

    Great discussion as always. Monster Bash presents a number of possibilities (and dark ones) to the story line. As I watched it, the question that sprung to mind mostly was “Is what we think what we know or is what we know what we think?” By this, I would present a work from another genre, Mozart’s last great Operatic Achievement, “The Magic Flute”. I came across this great clip of Diana Damrau singing the Famous and Daunting role of the Queen of the Night (this aria is among the most daunting of the coloratura soprano rep):


    Besides the great singing and drama, her costume immediately caught my eye as it appears like the black and purple veins on Queen Moon and Queen Eclipsa. Here in this famous aria, The Queen of the night seeks to persuade (mostly bully) her daughter into the murder of the High Priest Sarastro. The Opera initially presents us with The Queen of the Night representing good fighting against the evil Priest Sarastro and his brotherhood. It quickly becomes apparent that it is the exact opposite. Sarasto represents goodness and wisdom while the Queen, darkness and chaos. The parallels with daughter/mother Heinous (Meteora)/ Eclipsa and Star/Moon, suddenly brought this aria back into my head.

    The other most interesting aspect between The Magic Flute and SVFOE (and say Steven Universe), is that Mozart wrote this Opera in the form of a Singspiel, a musical form of its day like Hamilton or Westside Story. Produced in a public theater, it was not the high opera of the upper class and royalty which was commonly expected in his time and which he wrote so many classics of the era that are standards to this day in Opera. SVFOE (and Steven Universe) take what is essentially a child’s/preteen show and have imbued them with tropes and stories and characters that transcend their genre and speak on multiple levels. I wish the cartoons (and many other shows) of my youth were so well written and developed.

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