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220b – “Just Friends”

Written by: Zach Marcus, Brett Varon
Star, Marco and Jackie attend a Love Sentence concert, where Star aims to prevent Jackie from feeling left out.

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220a – “Collateral Damage”

Written by: Tyler Chen, Jushtin Lee
After she destroys the statue of Echo Creek High’s mascot, Star must find a way to cheer up the students again.

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IDW Solicitations for May and June 2017

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IDW solicitations are now here! Check out what’s coming in the month of May and some June paperbacks after the break.

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219b – “All Belts are Off”

Written by: Evon Freeman, Le Tang
Marco and Jeremy fight over who is more worthy to their karate sensei.

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219a – “Heinous”

Written by: Gina Gress, John Mathot
Marco is forced to atone for his behavior toward Miss Heinous when she arrives at his house.

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Admittedly, I find Steven Universe a bit more complicated to review at times than MLP. Mostly, the former puts quite a bit into 11 minutes while the other runs 22-minute episodes at a more fluent pace.

Steven has very conflicted feelings regarding his Mother, so he goes to the room for some answers. Out comes a mirage of his mother as what he wants to feel about her. Things take a turn after the Peanuts reference as Steven lets loose about Bismuth and Pink Diamond and wonders if he merely exists as an excuse for Rose escape her mistakes.

Many of the episodes of SU in recent times have acted as setup for future arcs and this is one of them. This arc will be Steven coming to terms with how Rose lived–both the good and the not-so-good.

This episode could be divided into three parts. The first is to setup the second where Connie talks about her Mom and it leads to Steven thinking about his. The second part in the room leads to the tempest in the room–and then it kind of ends abruptly.

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but this is why I’m more comfortable with the 22-minute format. This show have proven it could do it (read:  “Bismuth”). The sudden ending just makes things a bit awkward.

The one thing to take from this episode is that Steven, who likes to see the best in everyone he meets, has to come to terms that not everyone is perfect–not even his own mother.

GRADE:  B+

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