Tag: Steven Universe

SU Review: “Can’t Go Back” and “A Single Pale Rose”

Oh my goodness gracious! Was that ever a twist to everything! I’m certainly not talking about Lapis just going to the Moon Base. Let’s get that out of the way. At this point, she prefers flight to fight because she certainly is still traumatized by what happened to her and does not want to go through that again. At the same time, she cannot help but wonder about what’s going on on Earth. She warmed to the idea about returning, but after Steven told her about his Diamond dream, off Lapis goes again to parts unknown.

So Steven wants to talk to Pearl as she might have been the one to shatter Pink Diamond. Pearl remains mum, but sends her cell phone inside her pearl for Steven to fetch and it will lead him to the truth. We have to go to the fourth power inside Pearl’s pearl to find out the truth. There was no shattering. Pink Diamond had Pearl disguise herself as Rose to pretend to shatter Pink, so she could roam free as Rose on Earth. If you go back to “Jungle Moon,” you saw an insolent Pink having an argument with Yellow Diamond over why the former could not have an army or fleet. At some point, Pink became enthralled with Earth and created a false story about Rose.

This is the series’ ultimate wham episode. It only leaves us asking more questions that won’t be answered until Summertime. We saw how Blue and Yellow reacted to Pink’s “shattering” in different ways. Now we’ll see how everyone reacts to this twist in the tale. In the preview after the second episode, at least one gem is not taking it well.

GRADE (both episodes): A-

Dan

SU Review: Letters to Lars

Here are a few short stories about Beach City from Steven to help Lars catch up with things at home. Mayor Dewey is feeling worthless after no longer being mayor. Nanafue organizes an emergency plan in case gems attack again. Pearl has a cell phone! Ronaldo and Greg are lookouts and now have a huge telescope to work with. Sadie Killer and the Suspects are planning their show in Beach City. Jamie has formed an improv group featuring Amethyst, Peridot, Barb, and Mr. Smiley. Peedee has taken over Bill Dewey former van and turned it into a food truck for tater tots. Oh, the Big Donut is still closed and Mayor Dewey is still feeling useless. Steven puts two and two together and Bill Dewey is now running the Big Donut and a gives a few to Lars’s parents.

This episode was a breather and a (no pun intended) gem. Everything about this episode was fun and it was tied together nicely by finding a new purpose for the former mayor given all the changes that have occurred recently. And we all cannot wait for Lars to meet Peridot for the first time!

GRADE: A+

StatManDan

SU Double Review: Pool Hopping, The Big Show

SU Review: Pool Vision

Past performances are not an indication of future events. Garnet is being a bit random lately from taking a job at the Big Donut, ordering 20 pizzas and giving them away, to wanting to chase a kitten with one eye. Well, she wanted Steven to tell her to chase the kitten while posing for a Vidalia portrait.

Garnet has been struck by how her future vision has not accounted for the decisions Steven has made recently and it’s been vexing when people want her to use her future vision to help predict things. That’s because Steven has grown up and taken responsibility for himself. Steven helps Garnet along by focusing on what we want to have happen instead of using her future vision to see what will happen.

Obviously, what we want to have happen with the kittens is for them to get a good home. The kitten with one eye will get one at the temple and will be named “Cat Steven”.

You really have to stay for the whole 11 minutes to figure out what was going on here. You can’t merely predict that Garnet was going off the rails for no reason. Those who stay for the whole episode are well rewarded for it. Even me as a statistics buff who is interested in probabilities, it’s a waste to focus on what the statistics say and it’s more useful to focus on what you want to have happen.

For example, you’re “future vision” would have had Loyola Chicago maybe getting to the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. What Loyola fans would want is for them to go as far as they can and they were well rewarded with a trip to the Final Four.

This episode requires people to stay for the whole 11 minutes and they will be rewarded for it.

GRADE: A

StatManDan


SU Review: “The Big Show”

We take a break from the arc about the diamonds to present this documentary about a local Beach City band as they get their first big break in the form of a concert in Empire City produced by Steven. Sadie Killer and the Suspects (aka, Sadie, Jenny, Sour Cream, and Buck) have been playing in basements until Greg takes them on as their manager and books a gig for them in Empire City.

Sadie still has issue with her Mother being so involved in her life and how she doesn’t want her band to be encumbered in it as well. The group holds their concert, complete with effects, and the song and performance were excellent. We even get a cameo from Joan Jett as Sunshine Justice, an old friend of Greg and booking agent. After the concert, Sadie wants to play the next show in Beach City so that her Mom can see it.

So yeah, Sadie slayed it tonight. Everything about this episode was excellent. I liked how Steven filmed this on an old camcorder to give it that old effect. Greg is also fantastic here telling Sadie that he would’ve enjoyed the support Barb is giving her instead of his parents telling him he was wasting his life (turns out he wasn’t). It gets Sadie to eventually accept Barb’s support (even though she really wasn’t at the concert as Sadie thought).

Just everything about this episode was excellent from the song, to the performance, and every character was in top form.

GRADE: A+

StatManDan

SU Review: Your Mother and Mine

We’re back on Captain Lars’s ship and Steven returns through Lars’s head to find that the ship is drifting in space with their nova thrusters busted. Steven then brings Garnet to meet the off-colors and starts to tell them the story of Rose Quartz (different from what they were apparently told on Homeworld).

This is quite an interesting take as Rose was initially created on Earth (meant to be Pink Diamond’s colony) to do Pink’s bidding, but started to take notice of the beauty of the planet and asked that the life on Earth be spared. Pink would have not have any of it and sends Rose back. Rose then organizes her revolt with other gems such as Pearl and Bismuth while Pink turns to Yellow and Blue Diamond for help of her own. While Rose’s forces were overwhelmed, Rose took her sword and shattered Pink Diamond and the other three Diamonds launched their attack to end the fighting—only unbeknownst to them the fighting is set to continue as Garnet rallies Lars’s crew.

So we have our setup for the next set of episodes even though the transition from “Jungle Moon” is a bit choppy as we suddenly turn to Steven bringing Garnet to Lars and the off-colors. Yet, we get the story of how Rose shattered Pink Diamond to eliminate any doubt and how the revolt started on Earth.

Garnet is one of the best characters in Western Animation today and here’s one of the reasons why and we have a setup for the rest of Season Five.

GRADE: A

StatManDan

New Episodes of Steven starting April 9th

I really liked it when shows aired on a weekly basis, but that doesn’t even seem to be a thing anymore, not even the regular crap like Family Guy or Bob’s Burgers.  Here’s maybe a few episodes, oh now its the holidays.  Here’s a holiday episode, now its super ball time.  Then Trophy February.  Either way, thankfully Steven has four episodes coming up, starting on April 9th.  The order of the episodes is unknown, and since its basically become tradition for the airing of new episodes I would probably guess a Steven Bomb.

Here are the upcoming episode synopsis.  Airing order unknown.

513 – Your Mother and Mine: Steven takes Garnet to meet his new friends.  (To note this is listed as airing on April 9th via Wikipedia’s episode list).

514 – Pool Hopping: Steven and Garnet explore the most unlikely timelines in Beach City.

515 – Letters to Lars: Steven writes letters to Lars about all the latest news in Beach City.

516 – The Big Show: Steven shoots a documentary that follows a local band as they get their first big break.

Brony Panel, Additional SU Panel for SDCC

An MLP fandom-based panel and another Steven Universe panel have been added to the schedule at San Diego Comic Con.

On Saturday, July 22nd, a panel about Bronies will take place in Grand 1 & 2 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina featuring representatives from BronyCAN, Everfree Northwest, Equestria LA, Pacific Pony Con, and the SoCal Bronies group. Below is the full description of the event.

Bronies:  The Fandom of My Little Pony

Lyle Gilpatrick (Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony), Andrew Ho(public relations deputy director, BronyCAN), Laura Page (vice chair of guest and public relations, Equestria L.A.), Steven Stern (blog author, Equestria Daily), Kaelisa VanDyke (co-chair, Everfree Northwest), and Ted Visser (chair, Pacific PonyCon) discuss the fandom of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, followed by a Q&A session moderated by James Udan (event planner, SoCal Bronies).

Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Sunday, July 23rd at 10am (pacific time), there will be an arts and origins panel for Steven Universe with series creator Rebecca Sugar to promote the upcoming art book from the show.

Steven Universe:  Arts and Origins

Join Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar for her first San Diego Comic-Con intimate conversation as she discusses the making of the official behind-the-scenes art book, Steven Universe: Art & Origins, for the Emmy Award-nominated TV series. Accompanied by Ian Jones-Quartey and the book’s author, Chris McDonnell, she will lead a conversation covering a wide range of topics, including influences; the process in developing the characters, design, and music for Steven Universe ; and art from the new book, plus a fan Q&A.

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 29AB
 

StatManDan

MLP, SU, Star Panels Scheduled for San Diego Comic Con

It’s a couple weeks away before San Diego Comic Con. My Little Pony, Steven Universe, and Star vs. the Forces of Evil will all have Friday (July 21st) panels in San Diego. Below are the full details (all times Pacific):

My Little Pony

  • Friday, July 21st, 10:30am-11:30am
  • Room 6A

The cast and creatives behind My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls share details of the making of the popular animated series. Fans will also get a look into the rest of season 7, a sneak peek in to My Little Pony: The Movie coming this fall, and more, followed by a Q&A.

Steven Universe

Friday, July 21st, 11:00am-12:00pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Hang out with Rebecca Sugar, Steven, and the Gems and be the first to hear the latest updates from Beach City. That’s right, CN is bringing your favorite Steven Universe characters back to the ballroom! They’ve got never-before-seen footage, exciting announcements, and answers to all your burning questions! Okay . . . maybe not all of them. Join Rebecca Sugar (creator), Deedee Magno-Hall (voice of Pearl), Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), Estelle (voice of Garnet), and A. J. Michalka (voice of Stevonnie) with half-Gem/half-human Steven Universe Zach Callison serving as half-guest/half-moderator.

Disney XD’s Star vs. The Forces of Evil and Milo Murphy’s Law

  • Friday, July 21st, 2:15pm-3:15pm
  • Room 6A

It’s gonna get a little weird, a little wild, and a little accident-prone as the creators and stars of Disney XD’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Milo Murphy’s Law team up to give you the latest exciting news about their shows, answer questions, and share clips exclusive to Comic-Con! Join Star creator Daron Nefcy, Eden Sher (Star), Adam McArthur (Marco), Milo creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, and “Weird Al” Yankovic (Milo) for a double dose of Disney XD Animation.

StatManDan