Brony Panel, Additional SU Panel for SDCC

An MLP fandom-based panel and another Steven Universe panel have been added to the schedule at San Diego Comic Con.

On Saturday, July 22nd, a panel about Bronies will take place in Grand 1 & 2 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina featuring representatives from BronyCAN, Everfree Northwest, Equestria LA, Pacific Pony Con, and the SoCal Bronies group. Below is the full description of the event.

Bronies:  The Fandom of My Little Pony

Lyle Gilpatrick (Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony), Andrew Ho(public relations deputy director, BronyCAN), Laura Page (vice chair of guest and public relations, Equestria L.A.), Steven Stern (blog author, Equestria Daily), Kaelisa VanDyke (co-chair, Everfree Northwest), and Ted Visser (chair, Pacific PonyCon) discuss the fandom of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, followed by a Q&A session moderated by James Udan (event planner, SoCal Bronies).

Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Sunday, July 23rd at 10am (pacific time), there will be an arts and origins panel for Steven Universe with series creator Rebecca Sugar to promote the upcoming art book from the show.

Steven Universe:  Arts and Origins

Join Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar for her first San Diego Comic-Con intimate conversation as she discusses the making of the official behind-the-scenes art book, Steven Universe: Art & Origins, for the Emmy Award-nominated TV series. Accompanied by Ian Jones-Quartey and the book’s author, Chris McDonnell, she will lead a conversation covering a wide range of topics, including influences; the process in developing the characters, design, and music for Steven Universe ; and art from the new book, plus a fan Q&A.

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 29AB
 

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MLP, SU, Star Panels Scheduled for San Diego Comic Con

It’s a couple weeks away before San Diego Comic Con. My Little Pony, Steven Universe, and Star vs. the Forces of Evil will all have Friday (July 21st) panels in San Diego. Below are the full details (all times Pacific):

My Little Pony

  • Friday, July 21st, 10:30am-11:30am
  • Room 6A

The cast and creatives behind My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls share details of the making of the popular animated series. Fans will also get a look into the rest of season 7, a sneak peek in to My Little Pony: The Movie coming this fall, and more, followed by a Q&A.

Steven Universe

Friday, July 21st, 11:00am-12:00pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Hang out with Rebecca Sugar, Steven, and the Gems and be the first to hear the latest updates from Beach City. That’s right, CN is bringing your favorite Steven Universe characters back to the ballroom! They’ve got never-before-seen footage, exciting announcements, and answers to all your burning questions! Okay . . . maybe not all of them. Join Rebecca Sugar (creator), Deedee Magno-Hall (voice of Pearl), Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), Estelle (voice of Garnet), and A. J. Michalka (voice of Stevonnie) with half-Gem/half-human Steven Universe Zach Callison serving as half-guest/half-moderator.

Disney XD’s Star vs. The Forces of Evil and Milo Murphy’s Law

  • Friday, July 21st, 2:15pm-3:15pm
  • Room 6A

It’s gonna get a little weird, a little wild, and a little accident-prone as the creators and stars of Disney XD’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Milo Murphy’s Law team up to give you the latest exciting news about their shows, answer questions, and share clips exclusive to Comic-Con! Join Star creator Daron Nefcy, Eden Sher (Star), Adam McArthur (Marco), Milo creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, and “Weird Al” Yankovic (Milo) for a double dose of Disney XD Animation.

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Welcome to Season Five. Steven and Lars are stuck inside Topaz. Lars regrets running away and being afraid all the time while Steven’s plan of sacrificing himself has not come completely to fruition. Topaz, touched by Steven and Lars’s conversation tries to help them escape, but Aquamarine stops it. Topaz was going to destabilize Aqua, but would later face being shattered if they did.

Steven is set to go to “The Trial” and is given a blue zircon to help present his case—which is “I’m Rose Quartz and I shattered Pink Diamond even though as Steven I have no real idea how I did it.” Yellow Diamond wants to skip the formalities and shatter Steven, but Blue still wishes to know how Pink was shattered. While Yellow and Blue argue instead of making green, Steven and Lars escape in a blue palanquin and deep into Homeworld.

Steven and Lars try to evade the robonoids who can shoot and shatter rocks and gems, but not Lars as we will see. Steven and Lars come across a group of deformed gems called Off Colors. They include a six-gem fusion named Flourite, Padparadscha (a sapphire who can only see the past), a Rhodonite which has the opposite personality of Sardonyx, and conjoined Rutile twins. The Robonoids come, but Lars sums up his courage and helps destroy the Robonoids with Steven.

It seems as though Lars pays the ultimate sacrifice until Steven heals him, turns him pink, and gives him special powers in the process. Those special powers allow Steven to visit the dimension accessible through Lion’s mane. In fact, he can get out of Lion’s mane as well. So Steven can go inside “Lars’ Head” and come out through Lion’s mane. Steven offers the others come with him (apart from Lars who can’t go himself), but refuse and vow to look for another way instead of leaving Lars.

Steven comes back to the Crystal Gems, Greg, and Connie, and we have no idea when Season Five will continue. We also get no answers as to what really happened to Pink Diamond, either.

Obviously, the best part of this four-parter was when Lars summed up his courage in the third part. No matter how afraid you might be, sometimes you have to sum up your courage anyway. That’s been the Mane Six in MLP, that’s been Steven and the Gems in this show, that’s Lars now. You really have to give him credit for taking on the robonoids to save others to the point of sacrificing himself.

I would say that this was remarkable four-parter, but I cannot. “Stuck Together” and “The Trial” took too long to develop, though it leaves us with Blue Diamond determined to know the truth—which is probably why there was a trial in the first place. It also leaves many wishing that Aquamarine gets poofed in a later episode. We will certainly see the Diamonds (maybe White as well) and the Off Colors again, but the four-parter leaves us with more questions than answers. In fact, it didn’t give us any. Not even when the series will return to give us some answers.

Rebecca Sugar is “Shooting for the Moon” for Season Five (which was originally going to be the second part of Season Three before Cartoon Network Math split things up and made the first part Season Four). So while it gives Lars some purpose, some interesting new characters, and some intrigue; it left us no clue as to where things are going from here. That’s the most frustrating part.

GRADE:  B-

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501 – “Stuck Together”

Written by: Lauren Zuke
Steven and Lars, stuck inside Topaz, try to look for a way to escape the Homeworld-bound ship. While bonding, their heartfelt conversation earns them Topaz’s sympathy.
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502 – “The Trial”

Written by: Paul Villeco, Katie Mitroff
Steven goes to court against Blue and Yellow Diamond to determine his (or rather Rose Quartz’s) fate. During the trial, Steven’s defendant, Moonstone, shares facts about Pink Diamond’s fate that were unknown to Steven.
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503 – “Off Colors”

Written by: Lamar Abrams, Jeff Liu
After escaping from the Diamonds, Steven and Lars encounter some “defective” gems who they quickly befriend.
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504 – “Lars’ Head”

Written by: Jeff Liu, Madeline Queripel
After Steven brings Lars back to life with his healing powers, he discovers that Lars now shares powers similar to Lion. During which, Steven must make a difficult choice.
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“The Good Lars”

Here we find Lars has a gift for baking, but doesn’t want to share it with anyone afraid people will think it’s not cool. Lars, Steven, and Sadie are invited to a pot luck by the cool kids. Steven tries to get Lars to come with his pastries, but he bails (or so Steven and Sadie think). Sadie, who brought paper plates, wonders if she should fix her life first before Lars’s. Well, I feel that it might have to wait as those shadowy figures were following.

We’ll see where this all leads on Thursday.

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“Are You My Dad” & “I Am My Mom”

As a reminder, it is my policy to only review episodes when they have their official US Release. So the “Wanted” special review will take place after Memorial Day (May 29th).

This is what everything was leading up to. Add Jamie and Connie to the list of abducted and we meet a gem named Aquamarine who has a fusion named Topaz and who keeps asking, “Are you my Dad?” Gems do not have Dads. ‘My Dad’ is part of a list of humans given from Steven to Peridot way back in “Marble Madness.” Lars, Sadie, Connie, Jamie, and Onion so happened to be on the list. ‘My Dad’ is actually Greg.

Both Aquamarine and Topaz appear to have been sent by Blue and Yellow Diamond to collect them for Pink Diamond’s Zoo according to the Crystal Gems. Steven attempts to sacrifice himself by saying he is ‘my Dad’ in an attempt to rescue his friends. Steven feeling guilty that he is the cause of all the troubles, then offers himself as Rose in exchange for his friends’ freedom (except for Lars who is still stuck in the spaceship). That ends Season Four with Season Five starting with the one-hour “Wanted” special on Memorial Day.

We didn’t know how this Steven Bomb was going to build, but the end result was quite explosive (no pun intended). Steven is very conflicted at this moment. On one hand, he believes that his Mom is a war criminal and thus, he is part war criminal since he has Rose’s gem. Now, he is determined to end this once and for all. Things are about to come to a head in Season Five.

Post episode notes:

  • Clever use of call backs
  • Sets up a climax brilliantly
  • Steven is very conflicted and feels only he can ‘end things’
  • Things are going to get intense!

GRADE:  A

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Steven Universe 424 & 425 – ‘Are You My Dad?’ & ‘I Am My Mom’ Episode Guide

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424 – “Are You My Dad?”

Written by: Raven M. Molisee, Lauren Zuke
Lars, Sadie, Onion and Jamie have mysteriously disappeared. While investigating the mystery, Steven and Connie come across what appears to be a new Gem, who keeps asking “Are you my dad?”.

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425 – “I Am My Mom”

Written by: Hilary Florido, Paul Villeco
Steven and the Gems race to rescue Steven’s friends from Aquamarine and Topaz, but as the stakes keep rising, Steven must make the most difficult decision of his life.

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SU Review: “Lion 4: Alternate Ending” & “Doug Out”

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We’re back with another Steven Bomb. And like the last Steven Bomb, grades will be handed out at the end of the Steven Bomb on Thursday.

We start with Steven looking for secret messages in the video from Rose. He’s unable to find anything that could answer what his “magical destiny” when Lion coughs up a key. The key opens a door in the desert that leads to…..Rose’s garbage bin. But wait, there’s a video there and it’s entitled, “For Nora”.

Lion then takes him to Greg and they see the video and it’s merely the same video except if Rose gave birth to a girl instead of a boy. So, it would’ve been Nora if a girl, and Steven if a boy. In the end, it turns out that Rose just wanted Steven to be Steven—nothing really more.

We’ll see if there is more to that story, but it might be that Steven was trying too hard to figure out the “magical destiny” from the video. But of course, we are certain to find out more as the week progresses.

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We get a visit from Connie’s Dad and he’s on a case of a break-in at Funland. Doug asks Connie (aka Veronica Cucamonga) and Steven (aka Peter Pizzapopolous) to join him. For most of the episode, Doug’s flashlight is not super effective as the culprit is giving them the slip. Connie and Steven finally corner the suspect and it’s Onion.

Doug was trying to show that his job is adventurous, but ends up looking silly, especially compared to the adventures Steven and Connie have been on. Connie says that she enjoys spending time with him as a respite from the serious things in her life. They let Onion go thinking they scared him straight, but did he really do it?

Well, we’ll just have to wait for the rest of the Steven Bomb to figure out.

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