In this fifth and final part of the arc, Steven and Greg are taken to a a group of amethysts which include Amethyst and a jasper and a carnelian. Everything’s cool and they’ll help Steven and Greg break free. Meanwhile, Blue Diamond has arrived and goes to a room of quartzes that have been bubbled when Yellow Diamond makes a visit. Yellow wants Blue to shatter the gems, but Blue is hesitant since the gems are still representative of Pink Diamond.
We get our first villain song where Yellow misses her too, but wants Blue to move on. It’s a setup for perhaps the remainder of the season. However, that part of the story will have to wait as we still need to get Steven and Greg back home. Blue Agate ultimately discovers the ruse, but is stopped from doing anything by fusion again Garnet and Pearl who tells “Holly Blue” to keep her mouth shut as the Diamonds probably wouldn’t go for rebel gems infiltrating a facility and escaping with a pair of humans.
So, what to think here? We get some midseason world building (we’re still in the middle of Season Four) with the introduction of Blue Diamond and what she is all about. She seems to be a bit more merciful if not still mourning the loss of Pink Diamond. We are certain to know more about this as the season progresses. Steven will still probably seek some answers into the story behind his Mom shattering Pink Diamond. To me, all of this is midseason setup for what is to come the rest of this season.
Overall, the arc as a whole was good, though it really doesn’t do anything more than to set up the remainder of the season and beyond and to introduce Blue Diamond. Steven is returning to a weekly schedule at least for the rest of this month on Friday nights at 7pm ET/6pm CT on Cartoon Network.
Pluses and Minuses:
- + World building
- + Introduction of Blue Diamond
- + Gems: How do the work in the gem world?
- – Zoo humans are one-dimensional and made mundane
- – Does little else but build up for later
- Steven’s Dream: A-
- Adventures in Light Distortion: B+
- Gem Heist: A
- The Zoo: C
- That Will Be All: A-
- Average: B+
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.
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.
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.