Beach City Drift Review

Concluding the first week of the Summer of Steven, is an episode acting somewhat as a sequel to the much-lauded “Alone Together” from season one, as Beach City Drift directly tackles the emotional fallout caused by Kevin’s earlier disrespect. “Beach City Drift” is no “Mr. Greg” but it is yet another classic provided this season. Delivering some quality humor and some of the best visuals shots from the show so far, “Beach City Drift” is a smooth ride from beginning to end.  Continue reading “Beach City Drift Review”

Mr. Greg Analysis & Review

The foundation Steven Universe was constructed on is wrought with emotional drama and often my favorite episodes are the ones dedicated to exploring the fundamental sense of loss at core of the show. Typically, this only truly exhibits itself in Pearl-centric episodes, undoubtedly a deciding factor in making her my favorite character. Episodes like “Rose’s Scabbard” highlight a maturity and grace in the show’s ability to tackle complex emotional issues grown from the loss of the Crystal Gems leader, Rose. However, loss is only a singular component to the series’ background, the birth of Steven is equally as important, lending the characters an avenue to move on. In this episode, the most fractured relationship within Steven’s support group, Pearl & Greg, finally confront their problems and get resolution. Continue reading “Mr. Greg Analysis & Review”

Drop Beat Dad Review

Of all the episodes I’ve written about so far, Drop Beat Dad is probably the episode I’m least enthusiastic about. That’s not to say that it’s a bad episode or anything, as I don’t feel that’s the case but it certainly doesn’t hold up to the standard of this season thus far.  They can’t all be home-runs but this was no foul ball either. Continue reading “Drop Beat Dad Review”

Barn Mates Analysis & Review

When we last saw Steven Universe, Steven found himself in the middle of a precarious situation, the formation of two new unlikely room-mates, Peridot & Lapis. If it wasn’t made clear at the end of Same Old World, this episode wastes no time making it abundantly obvious here that Lapis isn’t too fond of the idea of being roomies with a former enemy. Ever since Catch & Release, the series spent a lot of time developing Peridot into the lovable character we cherish today but poor Lapis was a bit preoccupied during that time. Coupled with her already defined issues, this pairing was doomed to get off to a rocky start. Thankfully, they have the greatest mediator of the 21st century on their side, Steven Universe. Continue reading “Barn Mates Analysis & Review”

Same Old World Review

Coming off the heels of Gem Drill, one of the best episodes in the whole series, Same Old World has a lot to live up to. While it doesn’t match the quality of its predecessor, it manages to deliver another high quality episode. Ignoring more directly antagonistic gems like Jasper, Lapis Lazuli is the gem whose received the least amount of screen-time and insight so it’s a pleasure to see the series rectify that here. This episodes acts as a cathartic piece for Lapis, as they’ve constantly placed her in a position of turmoil. It’s about time that the healing process begins. Continue reading “Same Old World Review”