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"We...are the crystal gems..."

http://youtu.be/6OIGgDiHszo

The Startrekman, Sunday, 30 March 2014 01:01 (six years ago) link

it took me a little while to warm up completely to this show (they can lean a little too heavily on the gems in-fighting), but i love it now. the theme song and the "giant woman" song are total earworms:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT13ijUfSts

reddening, Sunday, 30 March 2014 12:03 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT13ijUfSts

reddening, Sunday, 30 March 2014 12:04 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

This is a great show!

Dan I., Friday, 15 May 2015 16:11 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

I've never watched this despite being curious bc of the Scharpling connection, but I found out last week that the head writer is a guy I went to high school with.

Immediate Follower (NA), Friday, 19 June 2015 20:37 (four years ago) link

i haven't seen this yet but i know the couple who do the music for it and they're pretty great

ciderpress, Friday, 19 June 2015 20:46 (four years ago) link

this show has been shaking up the status quo so much

Mordy, Friday, 19 June 2015 20:47 (four years ago) link

It is an incredibly wonderful show

Nhex, Friday, 19 June 2015 20:49 (four years ago) link

six months pass...

http://www.polygon.com/2016/1/6/10723862/steven-universe-censorship-cartoon-network-uk
Boy, wait until they get around to airing Monday's episode with how Ruby and Sapphire met...

Nhex, Friday, 8 January 2016 02:59 (four years ago) link

the song in last night's ep was one of their best

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Friday, 8 January 2016 03:07 (four years ago) link

You mean Peridot's song? That was pretty great. I wonder if the opening sequence is going to have another change soon!

Duane Barry, Friday, 8 January 2016 11:02 (four years ago) link

Life and death and love and birth and...

Another successful Stevenbomb, I'd say

Nhex, Saturday, 9 January 2016 20:29 (four years ago) link

six months pass...

That song by Deedee/Pearl last night was real nice. Sweet musical episode all around, love to see more of these

Nhex, Wednesday, 20 July 2016 20:21 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

CN released some 3D videos (I guess this is a new thing on YouTube) from the sing-a-long panel at SDCC:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D5tlrv0Hp4
Lot of fun stuff that came out from that, including some videos from the rehearsals. Wish I could've been there!

"Here Comes A Thought" from last week was another great song, here's Rebecca Sugar playing it solo at the same event:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOEO6NHxg1k

Nhex, Sunday, 28 August 2016 23:21 (three years ago) link

This is the only show where me, Carl, and our almost 3 year old all like, so we watch it all the time.

http://www.npr.org/sections/monkeysee/2016/08/12/489615434/pop-culture-happy-hour-steven-universe-and-the-games-we-play

Jeff, Monday, 29 August 2016 00:43 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Okay, I should _not_ have started relistening to "Do it for her" in work.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 3 November 2016 15:45 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

CARL

Nhex, Saturday, 19 November 2016 22:23 (three years ago) link

I know!

slathered in cream and covered with stickers (silby), Saturday, 19 November 2016 22:49 (three years ago) link

two months pass...
one month passes...
one year passes...

TWIST!

Nhex, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 19:01 (two years ago) link

Quite a few fans have been speculating about that particular development for some time; I never really gave it much attention but there definitely was a strong case to be made.

I wonder how much planning Rebecca and co put into this show. It was hinted in an early episode that Pearl was ambivalent about shape-shifting, and we're getting a possible reason for that only now!

Duane Barry, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:24 (two years ago) link

yup, it makes sense that she would never want to shape shift again after that

of course, it leads to MANY questions (like, confusing Star Wars prequel trilogy Emperor-shenanigans) that hopefully we won't have to wait too long to see answered. definitely feeling the show heading towards the endgame now

i think they've been planning this for a while - the seeds of doubt were planted as far back as Bismuth's appearance. kinda love that they've been slowly developing Rose Quartz's personality throughout the show, showing her to be a much more flawed and conflicted figure than was let on

Nhex, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:40 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

That's it for Season 5! Battle Of Heart and Mind is over.

i thought this was really the end of the show period - the way it ended, they resolved all the main story arcs - but apparently there's still a season 6 and a movie coming up next fall. from what i heard they weren't sure if they would get a sixth season, and since this was all planned out like two years ago they did this in case it was the end. still, if this was all we got, it would've been perfect wrap-up for the show as a whole.

still - i love this show so much. so much love and excitement in the special tonight. ALL the fusions! epic gem battles! the emotions! talking out problems and ultimately saving the universe through.. shame!

also - besides the incredible empathy mission this show embarks on, it makes time to put some seriously creepy, bordering on Evangelion-level scenes with White Diamond that freaked me out. 'pink' Steven's "SHE'S GONE." was also phenomenal

also:
https://i.imgur.com/Z5OytGT.jpg
good job, cartoon network, you bastards

Nhex, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 03:47 (one year ago) link

my family watched the full run of this show over the past year and we're now caught up except for yesterday's episode. it's such a great show and i feel like my kids (8 and 4) get different things out of it.

na (NA), Tuesday, 22 January 2019 15:24 (one year ago) link

I've never watched this despite being curious bc of the Scharpling connection, but I found out last week that the head writer is a guy I went to high school with.

― Immediate Follower (NA), Friday, June 19, 2015 4:37 PM (three years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i haven't seen this yet but i know the couple who do the music for it and they're pretty great

― ciderpress, Friday, June 19, 2015 4:46 PM (three years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

And my wife was roommates with Sugar in college!

Evan, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 17:45 (one year ago) link

yeah i was referring to l@mar @brams. we weren't friends or anything but were both on the AP track and so we had a lot of classes together. i do remember him drawing a lot of anime (very well) in class.

na (NA), Tuesday, 22 January 2019 17:52 (one year ago) link

Yeah, this season finale was fantastic - they threw so much stuff into it, but it all worked beautifully. I'm not sure I really agree with certain characters being "befriended" really, but that is in line with the series' ethos, so fair enough. S5 was a lot better than S4 overall, too.

Man, Obsidian making that sword was so freakin' awesome! And James Baxter animated the Pink Steven sequence.

Duane Barry, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 18:17 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

https://www.polygon.com/2019/8/30/20837281/steven-universe-movie-rebecca-sugar-cartoon-network

Fantastic, long interview about Sugar's influences, the making of the movie and her generally lovely positivity about animation.

Nhex, Saturday, 31 August 2019 04:49 (nine months ago) link

anyone else watch the movie yet?

spoilers in my thoughts below.

i had mixed feelings about it. i found spinel pretty grating as a character and it was frustrating to not have the "real" crystal gems around for most of the movie (though the reset pearl and amethyst were funny) and for the residents of beach city to not really be in it at all. on the other hand, i loved the message of there being no happy endings and that we all just continue to change and grow, and there were some good songs (predictably, my favorite was the ted leo song). and i loved the friendly (but somehow still threatening) diamonds, especially white diamond, who has maybe my favorite character design in the show. and spinel's back story was convincingly sad.

na (NA), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 20:13 (eight months ago) link

I loved Spinel, her animation alone was worth the trip
also STEG

Nhex, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 03:07 (eight months ago) link

four months pass...

Forgive the thread spam, but I wanted to note that this show's 2019 season is nominated in the 2019 ILX TV poll:

ILX's Best Television of 2019 Poll / VOTING AND CAMPAIGNING THREAD / Voting Ends January 31

If you like this show and you'd like to see it have a good showing in the poll (running in February) all you need to do is submit a ballot including it and your other favorites (4 minimum, 25 maximum, organized by your favorite to least favorite) to forksclovetofu at gmail by end of day today. It'll take five minutes; get to it!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 31 January 2020 14:30 (four months ago) link

sure, what the hell. might as well throw in Infinity Train, too.

Nhex, Friday, 31 January 2020 23:28 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

caught up on the series, the movie, and most of what's aired of SUF. As much as I hate to admit it, the more traditional Big Bad denouement of the "closing run" of Adventure Time (I guess they're making more now?) was considerably more emotional and satisfying to me than the end of s5 of Steven Universe. In general SU is clearly the more laudable and original but less entertaining series, and its "resolutions by friendship" got very repetitive, even if much more of AT is skippable. I guess she shows up this week but the lack of Connie in SFU has been a real bummer so far as well. SFU also kind of bugs me at times for being so transparently a response to criticisms/shortcomings of the series/Steven as a character. There's nothing wrong with that, but I feel like I can see the gears turning a lot and it kinda suffers as an entertainment as a result.

mind you if I had a kid I would definitely force them to watch this lol

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Sunday, 8 March 2020 22:45 (two months ago) link

the limited number of episodes means basically every beloved character other than steven gets short shrift. it's nice that there's more but it isn't particularly satisfying so far.

na (NA), Monday, 9 March 2020 14:31 (two months ago) link

the whole season is an extended epilogue to the last season/movie, so I'm forgiving it for not having a compelling overarching story besides "Steven fights deep anxiety and fear about the future"

totally with you on the lack of Connie though, it seems like she should've been a key part of this story. but we've got eight more episodes left, i think

def don't agree about Adventure Time's last season, it got too much with all the different threads they had to pull together, as much as I love that series as a whole

Nhex, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 00:53 (two months ago) link


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