SU Review: “Mindful Education”


Steven and Connie are about to practice as Stevonnie in the Ruins, but Connie is haunted about an incident at school where she accidentally flipped over someone and Stevonnie falls apart. Garnet talks about how fusions need balance and sings a song about finding one’s self in the midst of things that are bothering you. Connie feels better, but then it’s Steven’s turn to feel awful as his is compounded by visions of Bismuth, Jasper, and Eyeball. Stevonnie falls off a cliff and de-fuses again, but Connie is there to rescue him to say that he needs to be honest about how bad it feels that he couldn’t help any of them as a means to get over it.

This was a very good episode even if you get that all too common feeling that the 11 minutes just fly by. Steven doesn’t like conflict, let alone bring harm to anyone. He tried to help Bismuth, Jasper, and Eyeball; but ultimately had to poof Bismuth, allow Peridot to do the same to Japser, and he to send Eyeball floating off into space. It still hurts him that Rose shattered Pink Diamond. But in all of those circumstances, he had to do what he did for the better.

This will likely be a plot point for the rest of Season Four as Steven deals with the fact that his mother had to shatter one of the diamonds and that he himself has had to action against someone he tried to be friends with—especially when that gem was trying to kill him. We’ll see where this goes from here.



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