Steven Universe casually shatters its own backstory with a pair of intense, internal episodes

Every run of Steven Universe Beach City episodes gets followed by some climactic events tearing open part of our understanding of the broader Steven Universe mythos. Is this what you were expecting? Both of today’s episodes move inexorably, slowly, toward decisive conclusions that set up major pieces of the season’s…

Steven Universe tells some fun short stories structured as "Letters To Lars"

Steven Universe rarely does just one Beach City episode—usually there will be a few in a row, each focusing on a different character or group of characters to check in on how they’re growing and changing in between Steven’s Gem adventures. Here, the conceit of “Letters To Lars”—Steven writing Lars a letter to give him…

Garnet's anxiety is surprisingly sweet as Steven Universe goes "Pool Hopping"

Garnet’s future vision has long been one of my favorite science fiction elements of Steven Universe, and that’s not just because it’s cool that Garnet can see the future. Rather than merely using her ability as a way of solving plot problems, Steven Universe has spent time exploring what it means for Garnet to be able…

Garnet tells Steven Universe a story we've heard before about "Your Mother And Mine"

It sure seems like we’re getting closer to a climax, right? Where almost every episode of Steven Universe has had forward momentum, if only for one or two side characters in Beach City or for our understanding of the Gems’ past, “Your Mother And Mine” is contemplative and quiet, more of a calm before the storm than a…

Cartoon Network's Apple & Onion isn't the freshest fruit, but it's still pretty tasty

The animated buddy comedy is a well-worn format at this point, with pairs ranging from Ren & Stimpy to Cow And Chicken to Billy & Mandy. The genre has endured, largely because it’s a sturdy foundation for all kinds of wacky adventures—as long as the audience can hang on to the two main characters, you can do pretty…

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Adventure Time welcomes guest animators that experiment with style

Marceline’s tragic past is one of the most heartbreaking elements of Adventure Time, and “Ketchup” is an episode that explores Marceline’s difficulty coming to terms with the pain and loss she’s endured during her life. When BMO arrives at Marceline’s house to hunt down vampires (not realizing that they were all…