>>91346244>My New Wand!
Establishes the common formula this season of "Star fucks up somehow and has to rely on other people to help her accomplish a goal and better herself."
Also prominently features Glossaryck, who becomes a major player this season, and establishes that Star's wand is fucked up and kind of evil
.>Ludo in the Wild
Very strongly presents the tonal shift of the season and that the show is moving away from episodic and "cartoonish" villains and plots.
Ludo goes from a shitbird to a serious, even respectable threat, through both his development as a person and the power granted to him by his own wand.
Total stylistic break from what the show's done up to this point, and will do for several more episodes focusing on side characters with little to no involvement from Star and Marco.>Mr. Candle Cares
Presents two major themes that will be explored and developed throughout the season.
It forces Marco and Star to acknowledge that they are growing up and have to start thinking about their future. Star has to come to terms with the fact that she'll be Queen one day no matter what, and that comes with a lot of responsibilities and high standards she has to hold herself to. Struggling with this is a big part of her character development over the season. Marco also has to think about growing up and taking action in his life, but that doesn't really come up until "Red Belt."
The second aspect is romance, with Mr. Candle and Tom looking into Star and Marco's relationship. Obviously, this is also a major theme of the season - not as pervasive, but very impactful when it comes up.>Red Belt
The dream at the start is full of foreshadowing and symbolism, but the episode is really about Marco starting to take charge over his life, which continues through his development with Jackie
That said, the episode still feels like pointless filler, which Season 2 still has its fair share of.