SU Review: Historical Friction
Jamie arrives and is producing a play called “Beach City or Bust,” written by Mayor Dewey. It’s the story of the Mayor’s great-great-great-great grandfather William Dewey. Steven auditions and gets the role of William by default. Jamie is going to play everyone else. Initially, William Dewey is a great person with no flaws—which make him unbelievable. Steven takes the script to Pearl, still guilt ridden from the events of “Cry for Help.”
Steven tells Pearl about how William Dewey is portrayed as flawless (making him boring) and Pearl wishes she could be flawless. Steven says that it is impossible to be flawless and people make mistakes and there is satisfaction in accomplishment after struggle that makes a character and experience great. With that, Pearl takes a look at the script says it’s historically inaccurate. So she makes changes that Jamie approves of.
At the night of the play, Steven and Jamie apply the changes with Steven as William and Jamie as everyone else—including the Gems. The play is a success much to the relief of the Mayor and the enjoyment of the town. Jamie becomes the lead director of the Beach City Community Theater and Pearl is thanked by the Mayor for preserving his legacy. And the political banner at the end was Steven’s idea.
This was a pretty good episode and one that Pearl needed to build her self-confidence back up. Steven is great as always (bad accent aside). We get some nice backstory about the town. This was a good breather episode as we approach the end of Steven Bomb 3. There was really nothing wrong with this episode.
Pluses and Minuses:
+ Gives Pearl a chance to rebuild self-confidence
+ Steven and Jamie
+ Fun play
SU Review: Friend Ship
Well, it finally happened. There was one order of business left for Steven Bomb 3, and that was for Garnet and Pearl to talk things over. It took them getting trapped in a crushing pit, but it happened. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. The Gems confront Peridot, but Pearl tries to hard to capture her and she escapes. Through the use of Peridot’s escape pod, the Gems track her to an old Gem ship, where Peridot traps them.
OK, fast forward to Garnet and Pearl in the pit. Pearl confesses that she needs direction from someone and someone at present is Garnet since she’s the strongest. Garnet counters that even she can get weak sometimes like we saw in “Keystone Motel” and that Pearl needs to be her own gem. That will restore Garnet’s trust in Pearl. So they fuse into Sardonyx to escape the pit. They confront Peridot one more time, and make progress by getting one of her feet.
Pearl needed an episode like “Historical Friction” to prove that she can contribute to something positive. She also needed this episode as a reality check that the only thing she can do to regain Garnet’s trust is being herself and that there’s no such thing as a perfect relationship and that no one is flawless.
On a side, the action scenes were great as everyone got a part to play. Peridot is becoming quite the antagonist and one wonders what her plans are in the future, though we could’ve done without the taunting from both sides. I am going to look past that, though.
Overall, it’s nice conclusion to the Steven Bomb and we shall wait until Season Two comes back.
Pluses and Minuses:
+ Development for Garnet and Pearl
+ Action sequences
+ Nice conclusion to five-episode arc.
+ Peridot as a villain