Steven and Onion were hanging out on a Summer’s Day—one of the last before the Fall, apparently. Then, Onion takes Steven into the woods to see that Onion has a secret set of friends. One of them, Garbanzo, speaks like a Pokemon and has a baby named Pinto. There is also Squash and Soup. They have some really dark humor like faking a death from a soap box accident and sneaking up on people to take photos.
Things get out of hand though when they have a bug race. Steven’s bug wins, but they apparently want him to kill it. Steven refuses and goes back. However, it turns out he is lonely and not Onion because Connie, Petey, and others are off doing other things right now. Then, it turns out Onion’s friends only come by in Summer and since Summer is ending, they are going away. But Onion still has Steven for the whole year in Beach City.
Frankly, I’m not sure what this episode accomplishes other than Onion has friends similar to him. They have as dark a sense of humor as he does. Onion can be creepy at times, but people do like him. Steven is trying to be his friend when he isn’t creeped out by him. It is a sweet episode for Onion if only to show that he does have friends besides Steven.
Preview for this week’s Steven Universe, Onion Gang.
I still think MLP has the best music among cartoons on the air, but Steven Universe runs a close second. Rock is in the background as Pearl, Amethyst, and Steven go on a road trip to a rock concert. Pearl tries to show her “edgy” side and does she ever! Part of the distraction is a human woman who has a hairdo similar to Rose. Pearl also runs a red light, speeds, and evades a cop on a car chase.
Amethyst is the wingman and Steven is the Voice of Reason on this trip. They do get to the concert given by Mike Krol and Pearl meets the girl. Despite an awkward conversation, the mystery girl give Pearl her phone number which evidently is in Western Maryland given the 301 area code.
The sequence where Pearl is fleeing from the police set to classic rock music is done very well and the background music is very fitting. Pearl showing an “edgy” side might even set up future episodes as well. Amethyst and Steven play their roles well here as they and Pearl work well together. Steven Universe has officially become the edgiest cartoon not on Adult Swim or FX.
Mr. Smiley is bringing back his old Zoltron fortune-telling machine and Steven accidentally breaks it—or put it out of its misery depending on your point of view. So to pay his debts, Steven fills in as Zoltron. He does a well enough job until he comes across a depressed soul named Mr. Frowny. He appears to have no answer for him until Garnet gives him a dose of her future vision to continue the plot.
It turns out that Mr. Frowny that Mr. Smiley’s former comedy partner and hasn’t seen Mr. Smiely for awhile. Mr. Smiley finally catches up to him and redid their routine finally getting a laugh from Mr. Frowny.
Now, this was a good episode with a fun twist and some good comedy. However, this is an episode that might have been better at 22 minutes than 11 because you can only tell so much of a story in 11 minutes. Plus, Garnet coming in to give Steven a dose of her future vision powers is a bit plot convenient, though it does work for Smiley and Frowny if only for fans wishing to know a little more backstory for the former. Still it’s a good episode, though one of the biggest handicaps once again ends up being its run time.