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Steven Universe
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:51:40 PM »




Steven Universe is a new Cartoon Network animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar, former storyboard artist, writer, and composer for Adventure Time.  This will be the very first original series on Cartoon Network to have a female creator and showrunner.

The show is a coming-of-age story told from the perspective of Steven, a chubby and happy-go-lucky boy and the youngest member of an intergalactic team of warriors called the Crystal Gems. Together, the Crystal Gems fight and protect the Universe, while Steven strums up a cheesy tune on his ukulele.

Why yes, I DID just rip that director from Wikipedia.  It's a decent description.  Here's more of an inside look from the creator herself:



So yeah, the series premiere just happened Monday November 4 at 8:00 PM.  Here were my personal thoughts on the two episodes that premiered then:

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Yeah, awesome show. Got another show I'll be watching on a regular basis!

BTW, I managed to catch part of the original pilot on YouTube, but I don't know where to watch the whole thing... Would anyone mind, you know, pointing me in the right direction?

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2013, 04:18:40 PM »
The look of it reminds me a bit of Scott Pilgrim. I'll give it a shot sometime.

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2013, 11:01:20 PM »
Steven Universe premiered as CN's most watched Series Premiere of 2013 among kids and boys

But some outlets are actually reporting this as a disappointment.  And I have heard some of the criticisms...  But I sincerely hope that Cartoon Network pays attention to the good and not the bad here.

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2013, 07:23:11 PM »
Well the only other premieres were Ben 10: Omniverse and Uncle Grandpa. Not much competition.

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2013, 11:32:05 AM »
So hey, I managed to find the original pilot on YouTube.  For those of you who haven't seen it, check it out here (while you still can):



Again, I'm not a big fan of how the pilot looks compared to the original series, though it still looks pretty cool. 
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Also, there's a sneak peak of the next episode:

http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/tv_shows/steven-universe/video/cheeseburger-backpack-preview-clip.html

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2013, 05:39:03 PM »
So I watched the first pair of episodes, which are on YouTube in high quality (yay).

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2014, 04:28:27 PM »

BLOWN THE *bleep* OUT

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2015, 03:28:06 AM »
Huh, I would think this show would be more popular around here.
Given the last major episode, I've, for the second time in so many months, found myself smiling at the though of One Million Moms being up in arms about a cartoon. Particularly one like this (and the last one) that is at a level of popularity where anything they could do would have little to no effect.

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2015, 03:46:13 AM »
So, I blame tumblr for this, but...

I just binge watched the show in the past 36 hours, and my god, why have I never stumbled upon this show sooner. Like honestly, this show is so amazing, and the fact that it's on Cartoon Network (where most of today's show are either meh or completely terrible) just completely blows my mind.

Like, this is honestly one of my favorite shows now. There are a lot of great things, a lot of action, a lot of heartfelt emotions, a lot of silliness, but they know how to just be cool without forcing jokes or stuff like that. I feel that a lot of what plagues CN shows is trying to force memes to happen from it or try to appeal to tweens/older kids by trying to make a lot of innuendo, but this show takes it's innocence and just rocks on like there's no tomorrow. It is just so entertaining to watch. I mean, the writer is from Adventure Time (probably one of CN's other shows that I enjoy), so there are a lot of moments where you can see Adventure Time inspired-things, but I feel like this show goes so much deeper than any of recent CN shows, and actually has a plot that really streamlines well together.

Now that Season 2 has started, and that I'm all caught up, I'm really enjoying it. The earlier episodes were okay, but as the season progressed, it got a ton better, and it really has gotten awesome these last 10 episodes or so...

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2015, 08:13:00 AM »
ive seen a ton of this on tumblr and it looks pretty great but i never got around to watching more than five episodes and now I feel there are too many for me to catch up

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2015, 03:18:45 PM »
ive seen a ton of this on tumblr and it looks pretty great but i never got around to watching more than five episodes and now I feel there are too many for me to catch up

Well, honestly you can jump in just about anywhere and it would make sense. However, there are a few episodes that you could do without seeing in order. Ones that I suggest you definitely watch in a certain manner are as followed:

Episode 7 - Bubble Buddies
Episode 10 - Steven's Lion
Episode 12 - Giant Woman
Episode 17 - Lion 2: The Movie
Episode 19 - Rose's Room
Episode 24 - An Indirect Kiss
Episode 25 - Mirror Gem
Episode 26 - Ocean Gem
Episode 35 - Lion 3: Straight to Video
Episode 36 - Warp Tour
Episode 37 - Alone Together
Episode 39 - Future Vision

And basically Episode 40 to the end of Season 1 you need to watch in order as well. Those are the main episodes I think that really cover the things that you need to make sure to watch in order. Saves you from feeling like you have to watch all 49 episodes, and cuts it down to about half of them.

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2015, 03:01:17 AM »
man I almost want to betray pearl. garnet was awesome in the two-parter

pearl is still best gem though.

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2015, 06:38:19 PM »
God, i love this show


BLOWN THE *bleep* OUT
H-O-L-Y H-E-C-K

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2015, 10:51:44 PM »
words

lol me too

guilmon was reblogging a whole bunch of *bleep* about it yesterday. it captured my attention with garnet's new song and the nature of her relationship with
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so then i had to watch everything

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2015, 11:12:03 PM »
So I started watching this because I was bored, and just got done with the episode called Cat Fingers.

Holy *bleep*, this is pretty *bleep*ed up.

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2015, 12:01:57 PM »
So I binge watched this and watched it all within 48 hours.  Now if only I can do that with anime. 

Anyways, this show is good.  Actually it's great.  It has great characters, great plot, lots of feels and emotions, and most of what they try to do, they do it well.  I'm pleasantly surprised.  I don't think this is show is as good as what it's trying to replace (Adventure Time), but it has the potential to be better, and give it another season or two, I think it will. 

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2015, 01:07:17 PM »
So I started watching this because I was bored, and just got done with the episode called Cat Fingers.

Holy *bleep*, this is pretty *bleep*ed up.
I really love that episode

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2015, 12:51:55 AM »
So I started watching this because I was bored, and just got done with the episode called Cat Fingers.

Holy *bleep*, this is pretty *bleep*ed up.

Actually, that is probably the most messed up episode, so just know it doesn't really get any weirder than that.

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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2015, 01:35:58 AM »
Yeah, I know. I watched the whole thing.

It's a pretty good show.

EDIT:
Ok, I decided "It's a pretty good show" is an incredibly lame thing to say and doesn't really do the whole thing justice.

I like this show. It's obviously comedic in nature, but it stays true to its characters and thus feels more believable. A bunch of very zany things happen and they are quite absurd, but never does it feel like a character is compromised to make the plot possible. I like that. I really like that. It's something that a lot of other comedic shows have forgotten over time, like Spongebob and whatever. The characters stay themselves.

Also, when the show decides to be serious, it absolutely delivers. There is an element of underlying mystery to the show, and it's legitimately intriguing. It also has lots of emotional moments, most of which seem natural and not cringeworthy. The birthday and full disclosure episodes come to mind here, but they aren't the only ones, just the ones I remember off the top of my head.

Out of the characters I think Garnet is the funniest, but I guess I find Pearl the most enjoyable (plus she has the best weapon because polearms are awesome). Steven I didn't quite like at first. He seemed annoying, unfocussed, and constantly causing problems. But he matures pretty quickly and starts pulling his weight, becoming a fairly competent member of the team in his own right. The only one I am completely on the fence about is Amethyst. She's got a legitimately tragic backstory and feels sympathetic, but on the other hand she is just so mean-spirited a lot of the time, it feels hard to root for her. Plus there's that one thing she does at one point that kind of made me detest her.

I do have to say though: For all the things I like, I'm not really the biggest fan of the puffy lips drawing style. Everything else is fine, but like, the emphasis on the lips isn't really doing it for me. This is just a nitpick though, and it becomes less goofy the more you get used to it.

All in all, really enjoyable show. Excited to see more, especially if they're going to show the elusive fusion of Pearl and Garnet at some point.
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Re: Steven Universe
« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2015, 03:35:18 AM »
One thing I love about this show is the music.

I mean...



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or of course: