We went to a gem harvest and a Thanksgiving episode broke out. Steven has his autumn visit to Peridot and Lapis where they are raising a farm. The vegetables don’t come to life, though, until Steven creates a pet pumpkin for the pair. All of sudden, a crusty pilot arrives and claims the barn. Greg and the Crystal Gems arrive on the scene and it turns out to be Greg’s cousin Andy and they used to be part of a flying team called the Flying DeMayo’s.
Andy, or “Uncle Andy” to Steven, eventually calms down and comes around to what’s going on by throwing a party. It turns out to be a pseudo-Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, the vegetables (that aren’t like Veggie Head), and cake. However, Andy then goes away again giving Peridot and Lapis the barn after feeling out of place. Steven follow him and asks him to come back. It turns out that the rest of Andy’s family all went their separate ways leaving just him to carry on the act—when he could’ve used his plane to visit the rest of his family. He does come back for the party and we’ll see if he becomes a recurring character.
This was a surprising episode. We get a family member on Greg’s side this time and at first he’s like the “conservative relative” that seems to always bring up something political as evidenced by calling Peridot and Lapis hippies at first. However, as Steven is ever the peacemaker, Andy shows a lighter side and goes with the flow. It is relatable for people to get bitter when everything around them changes and it’s not to their liking. That’s what we got with Andy as he only focused on the act and hasn’t seen Greg in over 20 years. Overall, though, he makes for an interesting character and likely one we’ll see again.
Again, there was no clue that this was actually going to be a holiday episode, but that is what we have there and it’s actually quite a heartwarming one. If there’s anything to take issue with, it’s that the dialogue at the table was very corny and awkward amongst the Gems. Outside of that, everyone was likable in this episode and surprises everyone by being more slice-of-life than the adventure that “Bismuth” became. Steven Universe is back and for that, we are very thankful.
Pluses and Minuses:
- + Peridot and Lapis farming
- + A new addition to the family
- + A surprise (if accidental?) Thanksgiving episode
- – Dialogue at the table
Even before Season Three is set to begin in June, Steven Universe has been renewed for a fourth and fifth season. That makes Steven likely to last well beyond 100 episodes. It’s currently at 78 episodes from two seasons. Season Two was supposed to be 52 episodes in length, but Cartoon Network split them into two seasons of 26 with “Log Date 7 15 2” effectively the Season Two finale. Ironically, Season One was originally going to be 26 episodes before being doubled to 52.
Series writer Matt Burnett recently stated on Twitter that he was unaware of the reason for the splitting of the episodes, but said it didn’t affect production. Season Three is expected to run from June to August and is being billed as the “Summer of Steven.”
Season One, when you include “Open Book,” “Story for Steven,” and “Shirt Club”; which aired after the Season Two premiere, the viewership average was 1.713 million. Season Two’s average was 1.592 million. That said, Steven
has become one of Cartoon Network’s and Tumblr’s
most popular shows.
It is currently unknown how many episodes the fourth and fifth season will include. Also getting a two-season renewal from Cartoon Network is Uncle Grandpa whom had an infamous crossover withSteven Universe a year ago on April 2nd.
Good News Everyone (well, Star fans).
The show that was renewed for a second season before its first season began, has been renewed for a third season.
The network has also ordered a season three pickup for Disney TVA’s Annie Award-nominated “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” from creator Daron Nefcy and a second season of the short-form comedy series “Two More Eggs” from acclaimed web animation PIONEERS The Brothers Chaps (Mike and Matt Chapman).
The Annie Award-nominated “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” follows fiercely awesome teen princess from another dimension, Star Butterfly (voiced by Eden Sher), as she navigates high school, embarks on dimension-hopping adventures across the multiverse and battles arch-nemesis Ludo (voiced by Alan Tudyk) and his monstrous forces of evil alongside best friend Marco Diaz (voiced by Adam McArthur). Nefcy, a 2009 California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) graduate, is executive producer. “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” ranked as Disney XD’s #2 animated series in Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11 for 2015. “Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension,” a hardcover book created by Nefcy and Disney Press, will be released in 2017.
Currently there isn’t any information on when Season 2 will begin. Thanks to Impus Tredecim for the tip off.
Its second season has yet to air, but Star vs. the Forces of Evil was given a third season by Disney XD on Friday. It joins Star Wars: Rebels in getting a third season pickup. The press release from Disney also announced a hardcover book entitled, “Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension” schedule to come out in 2017.
Star premiered on January 18th, 2015 to 2.325 million viewers on the Disney Channel. After moving to Disney XD for episodes 2-13, the show averaged 617,500 per episode only once falling below a half million viewers for a first-run episode. The second season had been given shortly after the premier episode aired.
What is unknown at this point is whether Wander Over Yonder will get a third season. The show received no mention in the press release. Wander has 12 11-minute episodes and one final 22-minute episode remaining in Season Two.
The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday that Cartoon Network is renewing five of its most popular shows, including Steven Universe for a third season. Steven is currently in the middle of its second season which is set to resume on July 13th with a third Steven Bomb with episodes airing Monday thru Friday at 6pm Eastern/5pm Central on Cartoon Network.
In addition to Steven, Cartoon Network is renewing Adventue Time (eighth season), Regular Show (eighth season), Uncle Grandpa (third season), and Clarence (second season). The Amazing World of Gumball had already been renewed for two additional seasons (fourth and fifth) last year, and Teen Titans Go! ws renewed for a third season back in April.