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Steven Universe wrapped up its fifth and potentially final season last month—although Steven Universe: The Movie has been announced, a sixth season of the show has not—with the double-length episode “The Reunion.” And this week, Cartoon Network released a DVD edition of the linear event that closed out season five,…

It's time for a joyous wedding and a tense family reunion as Steven Universe is "Reunited"

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With this arc, a ton of 150 episodes’ worth of Steven Universe storylines are starting to pay off in real, seemingly final ways—or if not final, then at least something close to it. Bringing long-running stories to a satisfactory conclusion is hard on series with 22- and 42-minute episodes; it’s even harder with 11.…

Steven Universe has a tender, clarifying reconciliation with an old friend

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A wedding is a pretty damn good setting for some Steven Universe comedy. As “Made Of Honor” kicks off, everyone is trying to pull together to plan Ruby and Sapphire’s wedding, working off an enormous binder Steven has been compiling over the course of his whole life. It’s very sweet to see Pearl get excited about the…

Steven gets in Amethyst's head on a melancholy, funny Steven Universe

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There’s a reason Amethyst is the only Gem Steven has fused with so far—they have a lot in common, and their relationship is much more equitable than Steven’s relationships with Garnet and Pearl. These similarities have been repeatedly teased out in episodes like “Steven Vs. Amethyst,” eventually forming basis for one…

Steven Universe finds itself torn as the Crystal Gems try to process new information

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Rose Quartz actually being Pink Diamond is easily the most important piece of Steven Universe backstory we’ve learned since season one—and where for most of the first season, it was just Steven (and the viewers) who didn’t know much about the history of the Crystal Gems, here, everyone is finding out at the same time.…

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

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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"

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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"

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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"

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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…