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You should watch Steven Universe, and we should talk about it.

UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer GraphicsRedwood City, CA Icrontian
edited Sep 2014 in Lifestyle

Ok check it. Cartoon Network has this show called Steven Universe. Basically, you need to be watching it. It's incredible. It's a story about a boy who has been raised by three super human beings known as the Crystal Gems, and they save Earth from all sorts of messed up stuff.

The show is incredibly charming, genuinely funny, and hits you in the emotional guts in all the right ways. Rebecca Sugar, the creator of Steven Universe, was one of the original writers on Adventure Time. So think AT, but without all the LOLRANDOM humor and with real character development. Also, really frigging incredibly music.

The show is in Season 1 right now on Cartoon Network, airing on Thursdays. You can watch it there, or iTunes, or Android Play store, or, well, here: http://www.animeflavor.com/cartoon/steven-universe

This is the perfect time to get into this show. Story is just picking up and getting serious. Watch it, and let's talk about it.

Also, Pearl is best gem. Live it.

Ilriyas
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  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Sep 2014

    @CB said:
    Is going to be like that time you told me to watch Regular Show, and then it was terrible?

    No, because SU actually tells a story. I'll be the first to admit, Regular Show doesn't really deserve any merits for it's storytelling.

    But you're still bad for hating Regular Show, because it's Eggscelent.

    midgaUPSKingpin
  • WinfreyWinfrey waddafuh Missouri Icrontian

    That doesn't even mean anything.

    UPSLynxcola
  • IlriyasIlriyas The Syrupy Canadian Toronto, Ontario Icrontian

    I'll vouch for Steven Universe, I don't like Regular Show I don't get the jokes and there's no coherent plot. Nothing in that show makes me ask questions about the characters, the story or my preconceptions regarding the story.

    Steven Universe is an entirely different beast, the jokes are incredibly funny and I feel are always relevant to whatever is going on in scene. Despite much of the show till now seemingly being individual Slice of Life episodes there is a massive overarching plot, the as of yet relatively unexplained past of the Steven Universe world, as well as questions regarding what could happen next or where current reveals could potentially lead to.

    The characters themselves are all unique and enjoyable and even in the first few episodes you can learn about their characterization, quirks, flaws, etc. and that in only 25 episodes there is a massive amount of development that I don't quite think I've experienced in a very long time. (The fact that the amount of development that exists can be a thing without becoming obvious or even overshadowing the current arc or the comedy I think is an accomplishment in and of itself.)

    As for my preconceptions, writing too much could potentially spoil the show but I'd just like to say that episode 25 recently made me think that my ideas of the main characters may be completely wrong and the fact that an idea like that can be planted in my head in only 21 minutes is absolutely incredible.

    Also waifu, my favourite character so far in the entire show (My current avatar) is only present for TWO EPISODES, no other show I can remember has made me fall in love with a character, (Personality, Design, etc.) let alone a side character that quickly.

    UPSLynx
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Der Millionendorf- Icrontian

    Well, shit. I guess I'll watch it.

    UPSLynx
  • CrazyJoeCrazyJoe Winter Springs, FL Icrontian

    I watched the first four episodes. I'm not sure what I think of it yet.

  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian

    You're gonna get mostly fun slice of life sort of stuff for awhile with some small bits of worldbuilding info here and there (this show LOVES foreshadowing if you pay close attention), but around the mid point of where we're at now, things will ramp up a little and you'll start to learn a lot. The show feels a lot different at that point, in my opinion, and becomes compelling for more than just the fun charm.

    So far, 25 episodes have aired (at 11-ish minutes long). Originally, 25 was supposed to be the finale of S1. Cartoon Network decided to roll S1 and S2 together though, so when you hit ep 25, you'll notice it's 22 minutes long and has a pretty big build up. Fortunately, since the seasons rolled together, we're still getting new episodes every Thursday.

  • colacola part legend, part devil... all man Balls deep Icrontian

    I love this show. Ily loves this show. Ily doesn't know who his waifu is yet though.

    By the transitive property of waifudom, Ily has admitted to his shreksual tendancies.

    Now I know what you're thinking, what could that possibly have to do with a show about Crystal Gems? Well...

    This is Onion, an interesting character in the show with more depth than you're prepared for, he's mysterious, unpredictable, and just the type of character that I belive @Ilriyas will come to love.

    My point in all of this is, Ogres are like onions, and this character's name is Onion. Ily, you cannot deny the truth.

    And now watch as Onion does what Onion does best.

    UPSLynxmidga
  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian

    The reason it's difficult to grasp Regular Show is that there's really nothing to get.

    It's like Seinfeld + Animation + acid. You just kind of have to roll with it.

    midgaUPSLynx
  • RequitRequit That one guy Somewhere over there, I don't know Icrontian
    edited Sep 2014

    Regular show is what you run in the background when you're "drunk" and want some white noise while you play video games. If you go in expecting more than that, you'll be let down.

  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian

    I enjoy Regular Show. It amuses me.

  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian

    SEE? Everyone needs to be watching this! It speaks to us!

  • colacola part legend, part devil... all man Balls deep Icrontian

    Watch this show. You don't even know you're in the deep end until you watch it, and next thing you know you're in them middle of the ocean with no way to deal with what you're seeing.

    Also, Lapis Lazuli is best.

    UPSLynx
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian

    New episode today! I think it airs at 6:30 EST, so we should see it on Anime Flavor this evening. Anxious to see where they pick things up after the bombshell that was Mirror/Ocean Gem.

  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian

    Best cosplay:

    colaUPSKingpin
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian

    I hope you guys have all seen Space Race by now, it's one of my favorite episodes. I've watched it three times now, no regrets.

    There is some FANTASTIC world/canon building in it. We now know that the crystal gems have more or less been marooned on Earth, either by accident or intentional. We also know that Pearl (and likely the other CG's) feel just as strongly about going back home as Lapis did, only they're all helpless to do anything about it since Lapis is the only one we've seen thus far with wings.

    And once again, the cookie cat theme lyrics are more or less verified. Why do you miss space, Pearl? Is it because you left your family behind?

    That sequence just before the bail out, and Pearl looks up into the starts one last time, is heart wrenching. I frigging love it.

    So at this point, it's safe to assume that space and gem-controlled planets (whatever exactly that means) will play a much bigger role in the story, possibly the end game. Can't wait to see more.

    Also, those Evangelion references.

    Ilriyas
  • BandrikBandrik Elkhart, IN Icrontian

    Oh, Lynxie. I feel like I've seen this enthusiasm from you before...

    RahnalH102midgaGuppy
  • IlriyasIlriyas The Syrupy Canadian Toronto, Ontario Icrontian

    Ponies don't got no crystal gems. Certainly no Pearl can't even violin.

    Some kinda chump can't into thumbs.

    What is this some kind of game? Cause Ponies ain't playin.

    Can't hold cards with no fingers how you gonna bluff?

    RahnalH102UPSLynx
  • colacola part legend, part devil... all man Balls deep Icrontian

    If every pony was perfect, we wouldn't have Taco Bell.

    RahnalH102UPSLynx
  • GuppyGuppy Warren, MI Icrontian

    @Ilriyas said:
    can't even violin

    @Ilriyas said:
    Can't hold cards with no fingers how you gonna bluff?

    colamidga
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Oct 2014

    I found this screencap of drunk out @cola singing his rendition of the Steven Universe theme song:

    (In case you can't read the chat, full screen here: http://i.imgur.com/aEaIrDy.jpg)

    colaBasilCreeperbane2
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian

    This is really, really well done (and full of spoilers if you haven't seen all the episodes)

    New episode tomorrow, prepare your bodies.

  • IlriyasIlriyas The Syrupy Canadian Toronto, Ontario Icrontian

    That video, omg my feels.

  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Der Millionendorf- Icrontian
    edited Oct 2014

    So, I'm mostly caught up. I only haven't watched the most recent ep yet. A couple thoughts off the bat.

    First: Cola has the right of it - Lapis is best Gem.

    Second: Steven is probably the least interesting part of the show. I know he's our main dude, but his conflict is not very interesting, and his ignorance and awkwardness are more annoying than endearing, amounting to plot-blindness, rather than an actual character trait. I usually just want him to stop whining, and for the show to get on with the interesting bits, which are the developments of the setting. Episodes which only focus on developing Steven, and do nothing to advance the development of the setting, make me sad.

    -Spoilers follow-

    Third: Related to Lapis, the thing about the story and world that cuts at me currently, which keeps repeating itself over and over in my head, is the one line that Lapis said to Steven. "You're on of them!" she said, "The Crystal Gems!". This struck me. Lapis is not a Crystal Gem? So I went back and re-watched that episode, and some other key moments in other episodes when the lore of the Gems was being explored, and I noticed something: At first I thought that when the characters talked about Gems, it was just short for Crystal Gems, but the main characters only ever say Crystal Gems in full when referring to themselves, when talking about others, they seem to say only Gems. So, the four characters in the show are a subset of a greater population, but that leaves questions:

    Are Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl, and Rose Quartz the only crystal gems, like that's the name of their specific team or club among the Gem population, or are the Gems and Crystal Gems two separate populations, like different species? In either case what is the relationship?

    If Crystal Gems are a special team, are they like a spec-ops force, maybe a scouting team, or a group of superheroes (or villains) among the Gems? Why does Lapis act like being a Crystal Gem is a bad thing?

    If the Crystal Gems are a different species, are they at war or in some other conflict with the Gems?

    Then after a few more episodes, it was revealed that the creatures they fight are former Gems (I guess?). This opens up more, and somewhat darker possibilities. Have the Gems been enslaved or diseased? Did the Crystal Gems cause it? Are they trying to fix it? Are they doctors or villains? or crypt-keepers? asylum guards? Were they sent to Earth specifically to watch over these Gems in this temple, or is that a coincidence? Were they, at one point, given orders to do what they do? etc. etc. There are lots of questions here.

    I'm sure some of this stuff has been gone over a lot, and maybe even answered satisfactorily on SU message boards or whatever, but I'm not hip to those. Anyway, you wanted thoughts. Here were some thoughts.

    midgacolaUPSLynx
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Der Millionendorf- Icrontian

    Polymorphic sentient rocks! They're here to hollow out the earth!

    midgaIlriyascolaUPSLynx
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Der Millionendorf- Icrontian

    Latest episode, Fusion Cuisine, is terrible. A prime example of a disappointingly Steven-focused episode. Also, it was irritatingly awkward, but that's a personal peeve.

  • colacola part legend, part devil... all man Balls deep Icrontian
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian

    Legit points @CB. Here's how I see it with Steven. He could so easily be played as the classic "half-witted kid that screws everything up for comic relief" character, (And starting this show, that's what I feared it would be) but when this trope starts to play out, he almost always manages to deliver a positive resolution somehow. Cheeseburger Backpacks full of good examples of this. I like that they show growth in him in that way, because let's face it - he's still a really young kid. That's where the charm is for me.

    But I do agree with you that my main interest in the show is the world/character building happening around Steven, especially the Crystal Gems.

    You're definitely on to something regarding Lapis and the Crystal Gems. There are a lot of theories floating around out there and I've probably read them all, . For me, the two keys in that episode is Lapis saying "you're one of them!" and the bomb drop of Pearl explaining how they're always fighting gems, just that they're all corrupted and need healing of some sort, which they don't know how to do.

    In my head, I'm leaning towards the Crystal Gems being some sort of special team. (and I LOVE the idea of them possibly being villainous).

    And I think they were exiled or at war because:

    But yeah, those questions and the hints we've found that point to answers are what really keeps me into this show big time. I absolutely love it.

  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian

    Also I thought Fusion Cuisine was awesome. Lots of people hating on it (and honestly, I'd agree that the triple fusion should have been a much bigger deal), but I found it really funny and I like seeing Steven try to lead normal life type stuff while struggling with the reality that his family is mystical and he has super powers.

    midga
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