DuckTales Season 2 and Star vs The Forces of Evil Reviews: NOW-stalgia on Disney+

Review by Joshua Jordan
NOW-stalgia on Disney+ is all about reviewing modern animated shows that you can find on the Disney+ streaming service.

DuckTales: Season 2 (2018)

Scrooge McDuck is the richest Duck in the world and a world famous treasure hunter. Along with some of his family Donald, Huey, Dewey, Louie, his maid Mrs. Beakley and her niece Webby, there is no treasure too hard to find or an ancient city too hidden to find.

I grew up with the original DuckTales and I was amazed how great season one of the reboot was. Season two continues this trend with great episodes and a great season story arc that comes to a satisfying end. I love both the legacy characters brought back with a slight twist and the new characters they introduce. Everything about this show is so much better than it should be. You can tell the writers have a love for the original while putting a new spin and update to the rebooted cannon. I can’t wait till next season where according to reports is going to add a plethora of characters from the original Disney Afternoon characters like Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers and Goofy from Goof Troop. Let’s hope that the great story telling continues with all of these new characters.

Review grade for season two: A+

Star vs The Forces of Evil: Entire Series (2015)

Star Butterfly is a Princess from another dimension known as the Kingdom of Mewni. After turning 14 she is given the royal magic wand which she immediately shows She is not entirely ready to use responsibility. So her parents do the only sensible thing and dump her on Earth to learn how to use her powers. There she meets Marco, a guy who likes to keep his life clear of any danger, orderly, and without too much excitement. Once Star comes into his life though everything is turned upside down. Through their adventures they encounter different dimensions, different foes to fight, and uncover the dark past of the Butterfly royal line.

At first glance this show is weird and trippy similar to Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. It even has a similar progression as the show goes on the world gets bigger as you uncover more secrets. More than anything however Star is a love letter to what is known as the Magical Girl sub-genre of anime that include shows like Sailor Moon or Cardcaptor Sakura. You can definitely see the influence all over the show’s design and even story structure. I feel that Star’s biggest strength is in its main cast. They really make you feel for every character and give a lot of them interesting character arcs. My only problem with the show is near the end where it seemed to have stretched the story out too far and I lost some of my interest till the very end. Finally, I am aware that a lot of fans were not pleased with the series’ end but in my opinion (without spoiling it) I feel it was both wacky and heartfelt. To summarize Star vs The Forces of Evil is a wacky and interesting series with interesting characters and story arcs that can delight a lot of people but not please everyone and is perfect for binging.

Review grade for the entire series: B

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Milo Murphy’s Law Series and Big Hero Six Season One Review: NOW-stalgia on Disney+

Reviews by Joshua Jordan

Since the launch of Disney+ back in November Disney fans of any age have been able to get access to a lot of the vast content Disney owns both new and old Revisiting their childhood favorite shows and movies is what made older fans excited. That especially included the ability to pass that love down to the next generation. Yet, even though diving back into those shows and movies would give me joy too, I am just as enthusiastic about catching up on some of the more modern Disney shows. Starting with Kim Possible then going to Phineas and Ferb, Gravity Falls, and beyond I feel that Disney is doing a good job at creating modern, hit animated shows. Below are a few shows that I have watched in the last few months since the launch of Disney+. Please bear in mind that these are my personal opinions based on my tastes. 

Milo Murphy’s Law (2016) 

Milo Murphy, descendant of the man who discovered Murphy’s Law which states “whatever can go wrong will go wrong.” This also means that a lot of stuff goes wrong around Milo. Which means being his friend can turn a mundane day into an adventure. With Weird Al voicing the main character and the creators of Phineas and Ferb behind the concept was a recipe that automatically made me want to watch it and from the very first episode I was not disappointed. Milo is just like its predecessor smart, funny, and entertaining. I especially love the humor as it is very sarcastic and self-aware. I would say the only downside is that it had a lot to live up to with Phineas and Ferb and unfortunately it doesn’t seem to hit the same cord as Phineas and Ferb did as it only had two seasons. It is a shame that Milo never got the chance that it’s predecessor got Because it is a good show.

Review grade for the entire series: A+

Big Hero 6 the series Season One (2017)

In 2014 The Walt Disney Animation Studio released a movie based off a Marvel Comic called Big Hero 6. The story of the movie was about 14-year-old genius Hiro who after his brother’s tragic death discovers a robot he created as a health companion. Around the same time a mysterious crime wave is happening around the city and Hiro recognizes the tool the criminal is using as some tech that he created. So enlisting the help of Baymax and a few of his friends they join together to make a superhero team to find the criminal and bring him to justice. I won’t go into spoilers here but the series takes place after the events of the movie and deals with its aftermath. One of the things I like about the series is that it has a very Teen Titans vibe (the original not Go) but where the Titans are always superheroes Big Hero’s characters have to balance going to school and being superheroes. Another aspect of the show I like is the villains, the rogues gallery is very interesting and a bit weird. However the stand out of all of them is the major villain of season one. I really like the story they set up and how it connects to the main characters. All in all, Big Hero 6 the series is a great companion piece to the movie and I hope this continues into season 2.

Review grade for season one: A

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