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Steven Universe Returns January 30th 2017

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Not to break the library style silence that hovers over this site, but we actually have news.  Steven Universe returns January 30th with a fresh and much needed “Stevenbomb” week.  Double episode on Monday and three single episodes over the next three days.  Seems we’re missing a day from this bombing run.

The full report is directly below.

Via TheGeekiary.com

Steven Universe returns to televisions everywhere on January 30. Five new episodes will air over a week starting at 7 PM EST, in what has been dubbed the “Stevenbomb” format.

These episodes are:

  • Monday, Jan. 30: “Steven’s Dream” – A strange dream prompts Steven to search for answers.
  • Monday, Jan. 30: “Adventures in Light Distortion” – Steven and the Gems take off on a search and recovery mission.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 31: “Gem Heist” – The Gems try to pull off a heist.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1: “The Zoo” – Steven visits a special zoo.
  • Thursday, Feb. 2: “That Will Be All” – Steven and the Gems make a daring escape!

After this summer’s “Steven Nuke” (a full month’s worth of weekdaily episodes) and a handful of weekly episodes that followed, it seems like Cartoon Network is getting a better handle on how to market and release this show. At the very least, the fandom is receiving more consistent information on when hiatuses are going to end.

Steven Universe isn’t the only show getting new episodes after the new year. Adventure Time will kick off its penultimate eighth season with its own bomb, starting Monday, January 23, at 7:30 PM with back-to-back episodes. The following week, we will be treated to the 8-part miniseries “Islands,” with two episodes a night from January 30 to February 2, also at 7:30 PM.

SU Review: “Three Gems and a Baby”

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Once in a while, we get stories like this and it’s appropriate givent the holiday season. During a blizzard, Greg and the Gems tell Steven about a story when Steven was a baby. Vidaila had let Greg use her house to take care of Steven. The Gems come by and give Steven presents he’s clearly too young for.

Steven’s gem glows and each of the Gems get an idea about what it could mean. Amethyst thinks is Rose shapeshifting, Garnet thinks Steven is a fusion trying to unfuse, and Pearl thinks it’s Rose trying to communicate. In other words, they all think it’s Rose. They take Steven and find out that Steven is Steven and not Rose and they and Greg agree to figure out things together.

It is established that changing and growing does not come naturally to Gems, though Amethyst has been depicted as younger in previous episodes. This was simply a nice story during the holiday season before yet another hiatus.

GRADE:  A

StatManDan

SU Review: “Gem Harvest”

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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

GRADE:  A

StatManDan

SU Review: “Onion Gang”

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Steven and Onion were hanging out on a Summer’s Day—one of the last before the Fall, apparently. Then, Onion takes Steven into the woods to see that Onion has a secret set of friends. One of them, Garbanzo, speaks like a Pokemon and has a baby named Pinto. There is also Squash and Soup. They have some really dark humor like faking a death from a soap box accident and sneaking up on people to take photos.

Things get out of hand though when they have a bug race. Steven’s bug wins, but they apparently want him to kill it. Steven refuses and goes back. However, it turns out he is lonely and not Onion because Connie, Petey, and others are off doing other things right now. Then, it turns out Onion’s friends only come by in Summer and since Summer is ending, they are going away. But Onion still has Steven for the whole year in Beach City.

Frankly, I’m not sure what this episode accomplishes other than Onion has friends similar to him. They have as dark a sense of humor as he does. Onion can be creepy at times, but people do like him. Steven is trying to be his friend when he isn’t creeped out by him. It is a sweet episode for Onion if only to show that he does have friends besides Steven.

GRADE:  B

StatManDan

SU Preview: Onion Gang

Preview for this week’s Steven Universe, Onion Gang.

SU Review: “Last One Out of Beach City”

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I still think MLP has the best music among cartoons on the air, but Steven Universe runs a close second. Rock is in the background as Pearl, Amethyst, and Steven go on a road trip to a rock concert. Pearl tries to show her “edgy” side and does she ever! Part of the distraction is a human woman who has a hairdo similar to Rose. Pearl also runs a red light, speeds, and evades a cop on a car chase.

Amethyst is the wingman and Steven is the Voice of Reason on this trip. They do get to the concert given by Mike Krol and Pearl meets the girl. Despite an awkward conversation, the mystery girl give Pearl her phone number which evidently is in Western Maryland given the 301 area code.

The sequence where Pearl is fleeing from the police set to classic rock music is done very well and the background music is very fitting. Pearl showing an “edgy” side might even set up future episodes as well. Amethyst and Steven play their roles well here as they and Pearl work well together. Steven Universe has officially become the edgiest cartoon not on Adult Swim or FX.

GRADE:  A

StatManDan

SU Review: “Future Boy Zoltron”

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Mr. Smiley is bringing back his old Zoltron fortune-telling machine and Steven accidentally breaks it—or put it out of its misery depending on your point of view. So to pay his debts, Steven fills in as Zoltron. He does a well enough job until he comes across a depressed soul named Mr. Frowny. He appears to have no answer for him until Garnet gives him a dose of her future vision to continue the plot.

It turns out that Mr. Frowny that Mr. Smiley’s former comedy partner and hasn’t seen Mr. Smiely for awhile. Mr. Smiley finally catches up to him and redid their routine finally getting a laugh from Mr. Frowny.

Now, this was a good episode with a fun twist and some good comedy. However, this is an episode that might have been better at 22 minutes than 11 because you can only tell so much of a story in 11 minutes. Plus, Garnet coming in to give Steven a dose of her future vision powers is a bit plot convenient, though it does work for Smiley and Frowny if only for fans wishing to know a little more backstory for the former. Still it’s a good episode, though one of the biggest handicaps once again ends up being its run time.

GRADE:  B+

StatManDan