>>113407021>Moon, Eclipsa, and Star have literally every privilege one can have in their society, but they’re the characters we’re constantly told to empathize with.
This was especially bad with Eclipsa.
By the last season, Moon had lost literally everything. People can talk about white savior shit with Star, but she'd given up her political power and status too, which even before destroying magic can be seen as attempting to, and I can't believe I'm saying this but it applies, "check her privilege" and put herself on a more even ground with the rest of her society.
But Eclipsa still had everything she wanted constantly given to her by everyone else through almost the entire S4, even crazy ostentatious displays of privilege like tons of paintings of herself and her family that seem to have been created under her orders, and yet it was constantly presented as not enough. For most of S4 we're supposed to be seeing Eclipsa as a tragic victim and Star's attempts to help her as sympathetic/ideal. I'd even say most of it comes off as "Eclipsa solves racism" rather than Star.
The fact magic is destroyed and she loses her status by the end, as well as stuff like her displacing Mewmans etc., shows that the actual idea was probably meant to be that she was a bad ruler, but they fucked it up. They went way too far with nearly every episode being devoted to making Eclipsa look awesome/deserving and unfortunately a lot of viewers seem to have bought into it. They just loved their own character too damn much and too disproportionately compared to Star and Moon.
I mean, you're completely right about monsters themselves not playing a role in S4, and that's also a huge problem. Buff Frog certainly should've been a more regular character by S3, and maybe they could've even made Eclipsa evil or something but Globgor good to provide more conflict. But I think that problem is worse through how the final season mostly felt like glorifying the writers' new favorite character.