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”

Gem Drill Analysis & Review

Gem Drill picks up right where Super Watermelon Steven left off, with Steven waking up in his regular body to The Cluster causing damage already, and ends up delivering one Steven Universe’s best episodes yet. It’s not necessarily my favorite episode of the series, though it is up there, but it’s hard to find an episode as meticulously well-crafted & thoughtful as Gem Drill ended up being. There are so many elements here to touch upon as the episode wisely utilized most of the prior episodes and character development to deliver an episode with a cohesive and powerful message. If I had to summarize the main points of Steven Universe, I’d say the series is about relationships, individualism, and how those two core concepts interlock with each-other. No episode in the series thus far better illustrates this, than Gem Drill. Continue reading “Gem Drill Analysis & Review”

Super Watermelon Island Review

About two months ago, Steven Universe returned from yet another hiatus debuting two new episodes right off the bat. The latter episode, Gem Drill, is one of my favorite episodes of the series & I immediately wanted to write an analysis on it. This whole blog basically spawned from the motivation to write about Gem Drill though obviously, it’s taken me quite some time to get around to it. There were a few a big contributors to my delay, time, laziness, and perhaps most importantly, a lack of urgency. Not too long ago, I saw this tweet and it became apparent that it was now or never. I hope to cover the five episodes of season three that have already aired before the 18th and then attempt to cover the entire season as it airs.  Which brings me to the premiere of season three, Super Watermelon Island. To be honest, this is review is a tad perfunctory, as I a quite frankly don’t have as much to talk about here. Continue reading “Super Watermelon Island Review”