Oh my goodness gracious! Was that ever a twist to everything! I’m certainly not talking about Lapis just going to the Moon Base. Let’s get that out of the way. At this point, she prefers flight to fight because she certainly is still traumatized by what happened to her and does not want to go through that again. At the same time, she cannot help but wonder about what’s going on on Earth. She warmed to the idea about returning, but after Steven told her about his Diamond dream, off Lapis goes again to parts unknown.

So Steven wants to talk to Pearl as she might have been the one to shatter Pink Diamond. Pearl remains mum, but sends her cell phone inside her pearl for Steven to fetch and it will lead him to the truth. We have to go to the fourth power inside Pearl’s pearl to find out the truth. There was no shattering. Pink Diamond had Pearl disguise herself as Rose to pretend to shatter Pink, so she could roam free as Rose on Earth. If you go back to “Jungle Moon,” you saw an insolent Pink having an argument with Yellow Diamond over why the former could not have an army or fleet. At some point, Pink became enthralled with Earth and created a false story about Rose.

This is the series’ ultimate wham episode. It only leaves us asking more questions that won’t be answered until Summertime. We saw how Blue and Yellow reacted to Pink’s “shattering” in different ways. Now we’ll see how everyone reacts to this twist in the tale. In the preview after the second episode, at least one gem is not taking it well.

GRADE (both episodes): A-

Dan

517 – “Can’t Go Back”

Written by: Miki Brewster, Jeff Liu
Ronaldo spots something mysterious on the moon; Steven goes to investigate.

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Written by: Amber Cragg; Hilary Florido
Steven helps Pearl find her phone.

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SU Review: Letters to Lars

Here are a few short stories about Beach City from Steven to help Lars catch up with things at home. Mayor Dewey is feeling worthless after no longer being mayor. Nanafue organizes an emergency plan in case gems attack again. Pearl has a cell phone! Ronaldo and Greg are lookouts and now have a huge telescope to work with. Sadie Killer and the Suspects are planning their show in Beach City. Jamie has formed an improv group featuring Amethyst, Peridot, Barb, and Mr. Smiley. Peedee has taken over Bill Dewey former van and turned it into a food truck for tater tots. Oh, the Big Donut is still closed and Mayor Dewey is still feeling useless. Steven puts two and two together and Bill Dewey is now running the Big Donut and a gives a few to Lars’s parents.

This episode was a breather and a (no pun intended) gem. Everything about this episode was fun and it was tied together nicely by finding a new purpose for the former mayor given all the changes that have occurred recently. And we all cannot wait for Lars to meet Peridot for the first time!

GRADE: A+

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Steven Universe 516 – Letters to Lars Episode Guide

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516 – “Letters to Lars”

Written by: Lamar Abrams and Colin Howard
Steven writes about the latest news of Beach City.

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SU Double Review: Pool Hopping, The Big Show

SU Review: Pool Vision

Past performances are not an indication of future events. Garnet is being a bit random lately from taking a job at the Big Donut, ordering 20 pizzas and giving them away, to wanting to chase a kitten with one eye. Well, she wanted Steven to tell her to chase the kitten while posing for a Vidalia portrait.

Garnet has been struck by how her future vision has not accounted for the decisions Steven has made recently and it’s been vexing when people want her to use her future vision to help predict things. That’s because Steven has grown up and taken responsibility for himself. Steven helps Garnet along by focusing on what we want to have happen instead of using her future vision to see what will happen.

Obviously, what we want to have happen with the kittens is for them to get a good home. The kitten with one eye will get one at the temple and will be named “Cat Steven”.

You really have to stay for the whole 11 minutes to figure out what was going on here. You can’t merely predict that Garnet was going off the rails for no reason. Those who stay for the whole episode are well rewarded for it. Even me as a statistics buff who is interested in probabilities, it’s a waste to focus on what the statistics say and it’s more useful to focus on what you want to have happen.

For example, you’re “future vision” would have had Loyola Chicago maybe getting to the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. What Loyola fans would want is for them to go as far as they can and they were well rewarded with a trip to the Final Four.

This episode requires people to stay for the whole 11 minutes and they will be rewarded for it.

GRADE: A

StatManDan


SU Review: “The Big Show”

We take a break from the arc about the diamonds to present this documentary about a local Beach City band as they get their first big break in the form of a concert in Empire City produced by Steven. Sadie Killer and the Suspects (aka, Sadie, Jenny, Sour Cream, and Buck) have been playing in basements until Greg takes them on as their manager and books a gig for them in Empire City.

Sadie still has issue with her Mother being so involved in her life and how she doesn’t want her band to be encumbered in it as well. The group holds their concert, complete with effects, and the song and performance were excellent. We even get a cameo from Joan Jett as Sunshine Justice, an old friend of Greg and booking agent. After the concert, Sadie wants to play the next show in Beach City so that her Mom can see it.

So yeah, Sadie slayed it tonight. Everything about this episode was excellent. I liked how Steven filmed this on an old camcorder to give it that old effect. Greg is also fantastic here telling Sadie that he would’ve enjoyed the support Barb is giving her instead of his parents telling him he was wasting his life (turns out he wasn’t). It gets Sadie to eventually accept Barb’s support (even though she really wasn’t at the concert as Sadie thought).

Just everything about this episode was excellent from the song, to the performance, and every character was in top form.

GRADE: A+

StatManDan

Steven Universe 515 – Pool Hopping Episode Guide

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515 – “Pool Hopping”

Written by: Katie Mitroff, Paul Villeco, Joe Johnston
Garnet and Steven explore the most unlikely timelines in Beach City.

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514 – “The Big Show”

Written by: Hilary Florido, Amber Cragg
Steven shoots a documentary that follows a local band as they get their first big break.

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