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.
I honestly have to admit that I had forgotten that the Steven Bomb was about to drop. That’s because if you hadn’t found out by now, the episodes were purposely leaked earlier in the month. If I remember the story, one of the Non-US branches of the online app had the episodes available for a day, and then removing them. Since this is the internet, much like old VHS tapes and television stations, the episodes were recorded and distributed across the globe. I know many attempt to hide from spoilers, but its gotten pretty hard to do so in this day and age.
StevenBomb V, begins Monday, January 30th at 7pm EST with a double episode, Steven’s Dream and Adventures in Light Distortion. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are your standard 11 minute episodes, Gem Heist, The Zoo and That Will Be All.
Then starting on February 17th, SU will return to a regular single episode time slot in the Friday Night Lineup on Cartoon Network, with The New Crystal Gems airing on the 10th and Storm in the Room on the 17th.
That’s all for now.