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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Dirty n Evil » Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:04 am

Steven Universe returns May 12th!!! It all starts with a special 30 minute episode. It seems like maybe the people at Cartoon Network realized that waiting until June was perhaps too long of a hiatus after all.
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Dirty n Evil » Fri May 13, 2016 6:55 am

So, TWO episodes of Steven Universe tonight - "Super Watermelon Island" & "Gem Drill"!


These two episodes collectively saw Steven further expand what seems to be a psychic ability that was only hinted at back in "Chille Tid". Then, he was making mental contact with Lapis Lazuli while he dreamed. In "Watermelon Island" he actually possesses a Watermelon Steven and proves to be integral to saving the day as he organizes the other Watermelon Stevens. (An interesting nod to the previous episode in which they appeared, by having a statue of the baby watermelon person who sacrificed themselves to save the Crystal Gems.) And in "Gem Drill", Steven seems to form a connection with the gem shards of the cluster by tapping into their collective feelings and communicating with them mentally.

"Super Watermelon Island" saw the return of Lapis Lazuli, with Jasper slipping into a crevice to disappear until a later time. And as vital as it was to show the elimination of Malachite, I liked the message of "Gem Drill" so much more. We got to see Peridot and Steven bonding, and Steven finding a non-violent solution to a problem that could have destroyed the world. A poster on Tumblr made an important observation as well; when Peridot and Steven thought it was the end and Peridot asked if he had any final words, Steven made sure they were something that would mean something. "I love you Peridot!" That tells you so much about his character, that those were the last sentiments he wanted to express if this was the end, to tell someone they were loved. And how does Peridot respond? With her eyes tight with emotion, telling him "Gee, thanks." What she was taught by Steven to say when you are given a gift. She understood on some level the importance of his statement, and it moved her. And THAT is why this is one of my favorite shows ever, that sentiment and message.

What will be interesting now is that the threat of the cluster has been solved (even though it's still very much there and I expect it to show up again in later episodes), and Lapis Lazuli has been brought back (albeit unconscious) with the returning Crystal Gems.
Next week, we have "Same Old World" to continue the latest new episodes!
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Artemisia » Fri May 13, 2016 1:26 pm

Overall, I liked both episodes.


I did find the second episode a little anticlimactic in that the build up about the cluster had been enormous and it seemed to be resolved pretty quickly overall; however, I loved the fact that Steven and Peridot bonded and that Steven matured in his abilities. I can't wait to see what happens with Lapis since I suspect that she now knows that she can't return to the Homeworld. I hope Peridot can help her with adjusting.

I thought it was rather funny watching the Watermelon Stevens as they grew new children and had wonderful little lives.
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Dirty n Evil » Sat May 14, 2016 12:27 am



I really like the developing sibling-like connection that Peridot and Steven are forming. While the Crystal Gems are clearly and obviously the "Mom Squad" as they are often called, Peridot is more like Steven. She's still learning a lot, and she's more of a peer to Steven than someone he looks up to.
Also, while re-watching through the first episode of the show "Cookie Cat", I spotted this moment that I screen shotted:

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Right there in front of the viewer's face at the back of the freezer is Connie's glow in the dark bracelet. She doesn't even get mentioned for 6 more episodes. Dammit, this show keeps giving me feels.
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Dirty n Evil » Fri May 20, 2016 5:58 am

Tonight's episode was "Same Old World".


I know perhaps to a lot of people, they'd feel this was a "filler" episodes... but to me, these sorts of episodes are the exploration of character that I adore. Firstly, we get to see Peridot telling the story behind "Gem Drill" from her point of view, and I liked that it showed she wasn't suddenly given a dramatic change in nature. She likes Steven and is learning to do good, but she still has a lot of flaws and her slightly egocentric nature showed in how she related the story. But at the same time, that she wanted to communicate the events with the other Crystal Gems showed her improvement in socialization.

Then, there was Lapis Lazuli. She can't return to her home, and Steven does his best to show her that just because life changes doesn't mean it's always bad - it's just change. They had some fun bonding moments, including a couple of throw backs to Lapis and Steven making flatulence noises and how Lapis doesn't get it when Steven uses a rhyming different name to refer to her. "No prob, Bob" to "Ready, Freddy?" And of course, we find out the complicated and unfortunate situation that found Lapis trapped in a mirror. Still, in spending time with Steven, he got her to smile and enjoy the moment for a little while.

Then, there was the ending of course. Lapis seeing Peridot was with them, and how clearly agitated she was to learn over that twist. Something that will likely be addressed in the next episode, "Barn Mates".
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Tenjen » Fri May 20, 2016 10:29 am

i never really see anything as filler if it has either character or plot development and growth. not everything needs to be an adventure but a lot of people just seem unwilling to let themselves enjoy a show and see characters in their natural element outside of action. Episodes like this are necessary for gradual and natural build up.

A lot of people have wanted to see lapis as part of the show and amongst the gems.
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Dirty n Evil » Mon May 23, 2016 5:28 am

So, something Steven Universe-related happened this weekend that has much of the fandom in a tizzy. Normally, new episodes first air on Cartoon Network. However, the French affiliate of Cartoon Network decided that they were going to air the next three episodes this weekend. So "Barn Mates", "Hit the Diamond", and "Steven Floats" are already out there - even in the English language version. And I'll be honest, I have seen them. However, I'll refrain from discussing them until they air over here in the U.S. to things all uncluttered.

I just have to admit, it's so strange that these sorts of things keep happening to Steven Universe. I've never heard of a show having this many problems about leaks, spoilers, and the like of any sort of program... but especially not a kid's cartoon. it's odd.
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Post by Tenjen » Mon May 23, 2016 8:34 am

either that or its not reported as much as SU is. though thats flimsy because there is always information like this out there baout other shows
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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Artemisia » Mon May 23, 2016 12:33 pm

It actually does happen. It is uncommon to the point of being rare, but some shows have been aired in other countries ahead of them being aired in their country of origin. It is usually the other way around. It is almost unheard of for a show to air the same day and within hours of the original airing the way that Doctor Who is set up. Each country's affiliate network has a pretty wide berth when it comes to their programming decisions. After all, BBCAmerica can choose to show what they want and when, and do so. Most shows are sent in bulk these days digitally, so a network in one country may do what they are doing in France. It is problematic, sure, and shouldn't be done, but it isn't something that Cartoon Network (US) can necessarily control.
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Re: Steven Universe

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Re: Steven Universe

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Re: Steven Universe

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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Tenjen » Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:18 am

how come spoilered?

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Re: Steven Universe

Post by Dirty n Evil » Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:33 am

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Re: Steven Universe

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