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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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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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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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423 – “The Good Lars”

Written by: Colin Howard, Jeff Liu
The Cool Kids invite Steven, Lars and Sadie to a potluck. Steven and Sadie encourage Lars to bake a cake for the party, but Lars is insecure about revealing his baking skill.

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422 – “Doug Out”

Written by: Lamar Abrams, Katie Mitroff
Connie’s father, Doug, comes to Beach City to investigate a break-in at Funland. He invites Steven and Connie to join him to stake out the amusement park.

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421 – “Lion 4: Alternate Ending”

Written by: Hilary Florido, Paul Villeco
Steven tries to search for secret messages Rose may have left him about his “magical destiny”. Lion eventually leads him to a tape—but it’s just an alternate version of the message from Rose he’s already seen.

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Well, that was interesting—and much better from the show. Navy comes crashing down to Earth and asks to be taken in. She apparently has no hard feelings about the past and Steven takes her to see Lapis and Peridot. Peridot is willing, but Lapis, not as much. Ruby is apparently getting used to Earth very quickly, which upsets Lapis given how long it took her to get used to things on this planet. Steven and Peridot manage to calm her down on that end.

Navy confesses that while she loves the Earth, she misses her ship. They still have it and Navy takes them for a ride. And then Navy asks Steven to press a button at the other end. The little trickster gets Steven to press the eject button and out goes Steven, Lapis, and Peridot from the ship. Lapis takes some comfort in confirmation in her beliefs that no one could be that well-adjusted, but Garnet is there with a pair of balloons. “It was still worth a shot,” says Garnet.

Well, I guess it was a matter of time that someone took advantage of Steven’s nature to make friends with everyone, wasn’t it? I also guess at least one of the rubies is much smarter than I gave them credit for (read:  not much). It does make the arc with the rubies well worth continuing as well as the one with the odd couple at the barn. Steven also gets more food for thought in someone taking advantage of him. We’ll see where everything goes from here, but it was much better compared to the last couple of episodes.

GRADE:  A

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