[I don’t usually link my Steven Universe recaps here, but I’m particularly proud of and interested in how this one turned out, and I thought it might help tide you all over while I finish working on the next Gankutsuou post]
What, really? This again? I know. I hope you’ll bear with me, a few deep breaths out if holding no more concrete answers.
We’re a few weeks out now from “Gem Harvest,” from the election, from….everything. On something of a precipice of waiting for things to happen. And I’ve been thinking about that episode a lot, because I think it deserves it a step or two removed from the deeply unfortunate flashfire of when it aired. And I kinda…still don’t think it works.
It’s an admirably ambitious episode in many ways, with a lot to say about the general cultural climate of this year if not the last few months. And it bit off way, way more than it could chew, trying to do in one double length episode what would normally be the work of four or five (not helped by the fact that the adorable but thusfar tangential introduction of Pumpkin takes up five minutes of a 22 minute running time – about a quarter). That leaves about an episode and a half to introduce Andy, the entire introduction of Greg’s tenuous relationship with his family (in itself a huge revelation for Steven with his concerns about feeling isolated from his humanity), the idea of what makes a family in general (found versus blood, and the issue of trying to balance or choose when they come into conflict), and digging past Andy’s apparent issues with the Gems to his actual issues of loneliness.