Steven Universe: Skippable Episodes Guide

Steven Universe is an utterly fantastic show that has no right to be as good as it is. It’s like ingesting pure joy. The characters are complex and flawed, yet likeable and endearing. The show is funny, the art and voice acting is amazing and the songs are some of the best I’ve ever seen in a TV show. I usually hate it when they do the singing episode but the songs in this are so good that they often make the best episodes. It must be said that order is important in the show because there is a heck of a lot of continuity, more so than a similar show like Adventure Time. With that paragraph of gushing out the way, I thought I’d do a quick Steven Universe skippable episodes guide to help those on the fence about getting into the show.

I remember when I first started out, I actually looked up a guide like this and found a couple of okay ones. I’m hoping this one is a bit more comprehensive. I’m gonna keep it spoiler free and only comment on the episodes where my decision may need justifying or it’s a give or take episode. With the exception of one or two very noticeable episodes which I will mention, every episode is generally worth it and even if it isn’t, so what, you wasted 10 minutes of your life – big deal. I’m gonna be focusing mainly on Season 1 because I’m going to assume that if you’ve got to the end of a 52 episode season that you like it enough to watch every episode and also because there are very few skippable episodes after season 1 apart from one very notable exception which I will mention later.

Without further adieu, this is JK Pimento’s very personal and very subjective skippable episode guide for Steven Universe.

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Key: Green=Must Watch    Gold=Somewhat Skippable    Red=Entirely Skippable

Season 1

Pilot: The pilot is entirely skippable. I never even watched it until today where I decided to youtube it. It’s a fun little 7 min thing and is probably only worth watching for fans because the difference in art style and character designs for the gems is interesting. The designs are actually a little more elaborate than they are in the final show, Pearl looks way more punkier and hip and Garnet looks like Rick James or Milli Vanili which is hilarious.

  1. Gem Glow: This one’s really only required coz it’s the first.
  2. Laser Light Cannon
  3. Cheeseburger Backpack: Cheeseburger backpack is an overall fun episode which sheds some light on gem history. This specific episode links to another near the end of the season and is very almost a must watch.
  4. Together Breakfast
  5. Frybo: Introduces the character of Peedee and the Fryman family who are one of the core families in Beach City. A fun episode but entirely skippable.
  6. Cat Fingers: Establishes the limits of the gem’s and Steven’s shapeshifting powers.
  7. Bubble Buddies
  8. Serious Steven
  9. Tiger Millionaire: A really fun episode which you’ll love if you’re a wrestling fan. Really only not entirely passable because of Amethyst’s character development.
  10. Steven’s Lion
  11. Arcade Mania: Mentionable because it’s the first time Garnet is seen without her shades which is important to her character later on.
  12. Giant Woman
  13. So Many Birthdays: Almost must watch episode which deals with how long the gems live and how this works in regards to Steven.
  14. Lars and the Cool Kids: Introduces a few notable supporting characters and expands on Rose’s personality a bit.
  15. Onion Trade: Similar to the last episode but really only introduces one character. I would recommend watching it only because Onion is one of the best side characters because he’s such a shitbag and his episodes are always really funny.
  16. Steven the Sword Fighter
  17. Lion 2: The Movie
  18. Beach Party: Essentially introduces the Pizza family, one of the key families of beach city. A pretty fun episode, making fun of the ‘beach episode’ trope as the gems get into costume, also Nanefua gets some airplay here and is one of the funniest characters on the show.
  19. Rose’s Room
  20. Coach Steven
  21. Joking Victim: Really one of the sweetest episodes in the season. Deals with Sadie and Lars’ relationship and is only skippable plot wise as they are two of the more important supporting characters.
  22. Steven and the Steven’s: Not a bad episode, just entirely skippable, although there are some throwbacks to past episodes and sneaky looks into the future.
  23. Monster Buddies
  24. An Indirect Kiss
  25. Mirror Gem (Part 1)
  26. Ocean Gem (Part 2)
  27. House Guest: Expands on Steven and Greg’s relationship but little else.
  28. Space Race
  29. Secret Team: Explores the dynamics of the gems and is only really not skippable because it explores parts of the temple and how it works which is cool.
  30. Island Adventure: Continuation of Joking Victim, watch if you’re invested in Sadie and Lars’ relationship.
  31. Keep Beach City Weird: Introduces Ronaldo and actually prophecises a little.
  32. Fusion Cuisine
  33. Garnet’s Universe: Super skippable unless you’re particularly attached to Garnet or are an old school RPG fan (like Zelda 1/Square Enix era rpg’s).
  34. Watermelon Steven: Steven gets a new power, plus a location and it’s inhabitants wont make sense for an important episode later on.
  35. Lion 3: Straight to Video
  36. Warp Tour
  37. Alone Together
  38. The Test: A strong episode which deals with how the Gems treat Steven and connects up with an earlier episode.
  39. Future Vision: Details a specific power of a Gem but not much else.
  40. On the Run
  41. Horror Club: A pretty good episode with a lot of horror references but little connection to overall plot.
  42. Winter Forecast: I would almost say that any episode with Connie is a must watch and this one is no different.
  43. Maximum Capacity: A really memorable episode which is all round funny, sad, and complex. Explores the relationship between Greg and Amethyst.
  44. Marble Madness
  45. Rose’s Scabbard
  46. Open Book: Another required Connie episode, explores Rose’s room some more.
  47. Shirt Club: Fun, sweet episode about the Dewey’s, another important family, and father-son relationships.
  48. Story for Steven
  49. The Message
  50. Political Power
  51. The Return (Part 1)
  52. Jail Break (Part 2)
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Everyone’s reaction to the Uncle Grandpa episode

In Summation:

Must Watch: 1,2,4,7,8,10,12,16,17,19,20,23,24,25,26,28,32,35,36,37,40,44,45,48,49,50,51,52

Somewhat Skippable: 3,6,9,13,14,27,29,34,38,39,42,43,46

Entirely Skippable: 5,11,15,18,21,22,30,31,33,41,47

Out of 52 episodes we’ve got 24 somewhat/entirely skippable episodes and 28 must watch, not bad for a first season. Let me know if you agree or disagree and why. If this gets some traction then I’ll do another one for season 2/3. If not just a heads up, the “Uncle Grandpa” episode which is number 3 of season 2 is godawful terrible. It’s so bad that Pearl says at the start of the episode “don’t worry, this isn’t canon” as if the show’s creators knew how bad it was and were acknowledging how cartoon network forced them to promote their new show. If for some reason you like Uncle Grandpa…you know…for whatever reason…then you’ll love this episode. For everyone else however, steer way clear, it almost hurts the show overall it’s that bad.

On that pleasant note, have an awesome day and let me know what you think.

Cheers,

Pimento

Update: Samurai Champloo, Metro, Fables + First Draft Completed

Quick update: Just finished watching Samurai Champloo and it was simply amazing. Shinichiro Watanabe does it again. I’ve mentioned him before here with Kids on the Slope and he is fast becoming one of my favorite directors. Champloo has one of the best soundtracks of anything and I watch the opening and closing themes every time because they are so damn good. Certainly the best anime OP’s I’ve ever seen.

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I’ve continued reading Fables and it continues to be fantastic. I got two tpb’s for xmas (I think vol. 7 & 8 or thereabouts) and I read them both in single sessions. I think Fables would make a fantastic tv show, however it would be difficult to get the tone right. It goes from being really fun and whimsical to really dark and dire so that would be the main issue.

– Also I finished Metro 2033 redux and am about half way through Metro: Last Light now. I have finished both games before but wanted to play them again and the redux versions are perfect for this. They’re both really fantastic games, the type of which don’t really exist these days. You would probably call them AA games, but apart from some minor polish issues, they feel like AAA games. Also they are completely single player FPS’s and the way the story is delivered is really effective.

I’m playing Last Light on Hardcore Ranger mode which means you take more damage but deal more damage, no HUD, no hints and much less resources. I would definitely recommend playing on the harder difficulty for Last Light, far more context appropriate and challenging. Last Light I think is a lot easier than 2033 as well. I heard 4A games is working on a new Metro game and I will eagerly look forward to it as long as there’s no multiplayer, but I don’t think there would be.

– I finally finished a proper first draft of the novella I wrote. I wrote most of it about a year ago and I’ve just been editing it since then. I’ve sent it out to some friends for some feedback and semi-professional editing so I’ll keep this blog updated to see how that goes.

Happy New Year!

Cheers from JK Pimento

 

Thoughts: Dishonored 2 and Kids on the Slope

In the course of a very productive weekend, my days went like this: Wake up, start watching Kids on the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon) on Netflix, go to work around 5 in the arvo, work till 10-11, come home, play Dishonored 2, go to bed and repeat. Not a bad few days if I say so myself.

Kids on the Slope is a 12 episode anime series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, he of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo fame, with music by noted composer Yoko Kanno. It’s a coming of age story set over a few years from 1966 onwards. The protagonist, Kauro, is a freshman high schooler who’s on the honour role and a gifted pianist. He ends up befriending the school bad boy, Sentaro and his childhood friend Ritsuko, forming the core group of oddball characters the series follows as they go through high school.

Don’t worry about all those anime tropes, this series is real quality. The portrayal of domestic problems, societal stresses and teen romance is spot on. The characters end up bonding over jazz, so if you’re a jazz lover then you’re in for a real treat here. The animation is so on point here, particularly the animation when Sentaro is drumming is so damn good. The music as well is amazing. The OP is so damn good, normally I don’t really care about anime OP’s, especially the ones with generic Asian pop songs, that I usually skip them, but I watched the opening damn near every time.

I was really surprised with Kids on the Slope. I rarely watch this type of show, let alone anime’s of this genre but I’m so glad I did because it was really amazing. The whole series is on Netflix and it’s only 12 episodes so I definitely recommend it. Also it’s a very Japanese anime, if that makes any sense, so I ended up watching it subbed just because the voice acting is really good and it felt more appropriate to the story.

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I’m probably close to the end of Dishonored 2, so my thoughts here will most likely be the final ones. I really enjoyed the first Dishonored as something new, the art design was phenomenal and you really had a tonne of options. So I was really looking forward to the sequel, I’ve been craving a really good single player experience after mainly playing the Modern Warfare: remastered and Battlefield 1 multiplayers.

To be honest, I was a bit let down initially. The visuals are noticeably dated, as in this looks far more like a good looking 360 game than an xbox one game. Also, the controls felt a bit clunky and it took me a while to get used to the sensitivity. It was like the look acceleration setting was off but there was no option for me to change it.

Thankfully, the game improves dramatically after the first couple of levels. The art design is still top notch and it feels like there are more options to how you approach things. You can play as either Corvo (royal protector and protagonist from the first game) or Empress Emily Kaldwin. I chose Emily with the plan to do a low chaos run and then a Corvo high chaos run. There are a lot of new powers but the overall number doesn’t seem that much higher than in the first game which is a bit of a shame. Apparently Corvo has different powers, so I hope they’re not just the same one’s he had in the first game.

The premise is basically this: there’s a coup involving a witch who may or may not be your sister, you get ousted, whichever character you don’t choose gets turned to stone and you have to take it all back. The story is pretty basic but it’s more about the world building and the little stories that inhabit the environment which are special.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with Dishonored 2, but I was let down by the visuals and initial clunky controls. It almost feels like this game deserved a bigger budget which it didn’t quite get. I remember liking the first game more after I finished it the second time because I discovered a bunch of things I’d missed, so I’m hoping that’s the case with this game as well.

*Also, Vincent D’Onofrio and Rosario Dawson voice characters in the game, plus Emily is voiced by the same person who voices Sapphire in Steven Universe!

Thoughts: Finished Inside and FMA:Brotherhood

So I finished work, got home around 10ish and started playing Inside by Playdead, the developers who made Limbo, with this game sort of being a sequel to that. Roughly 3 and a half hours later and I finished the game and holy shit was it good.

Firstly it seems a little short, but I have to mention that I’ve finished Limbo a few times and gotten all the secrets and that stuff. This is a very similar platformer to that – basically just run, jump and interact – so if you haven’t played Limbo then it would probably take longer. Furthermore the pacing is so goddamn on point, in the sense that I was never like ‘oh I wish this section was over’ that I didn’t mind. There was only one section where I had to look up how to c0mplete the puzzle, and I realised I’d already tried that method but didn’t execute it properly so forgot about it and spent ages doing the wrong thing.

The amount of new areas and mechanics and ideas that the game throws at you is just phenomenal. I’m already thinking about replaying it and getting all the secrets to unlock the secret ending. I only found the first one and apparently there’s like 10 which is crazy because it’s not like I didn’t know they were there. In Limbo, they were hard to get but you accidentally stumble upon them by going a certain way or doing a certain thing.

tldr; Play both games they’re great, the order doesn’t matter but if you play Inside before Limbo then you may feel let down a bit just because of the advancement in production quality, although the art style on Limbo certainly holds up.

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I smashed through the last three seasons of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood in the last week after finishing uni for the semester. Boy does that show pick up speed after the first couple of seasons. There’s so much going on and it seems like the internal logic of the show makes sense but there were a couple of things I didn’t understand at the time. I’m sure it’d be like one of those things where you watch it again and pick up on a tonne more stuff…but I rarely rewatch things unless I’m crazy about them.

Would highly recommend, if you’re finding the first season a bit slow then I reckon you can just wiki plot summary the first couple of seasons and blitz through the last three seasons. They’re only 24 minutes episodes so it’s not hard. One thing which bothered me about the show was that the two main love interests finally get together but they never kiss! The whole goddamn, five season, 60 whatever episodes and they never kiss. Now I gotta go OVA hunting, what a pain.

That’s all for today, Have a good one!

ONE OTHER THING! I was flicking through tv late the other night and I started watching Peep Show. I recognised the show but I never really got it, probably because I’m not the biggest David Mitchell fan. Anyway, it’s this unique British comedy which is shot entirely (or almost) from the point of view of the characters, with their inner monologues narrating the scenes as they go. In the episode, the two guys go to this party, end up going bowling and then back to their place with their respective women they hook up with. The sex doesn’t go well for one of the dudes and is interrupted. Later he thinks about going back in for another try and then gets put off by the sound of his mate doing it in the next room. So he leans over and grabs a tissue box, on the nightstand next to the bed the girl is on, as we watch him from her eyes. The unapologetic face that he makes as he shuffles off was the funniest shit.

Here’s a link to the episode, I thoroughly recommend watching the whole thing but if you want to skip to the part I mentioned, it’s right at the end (23 min). It may be somewhat NSFW also. I can’t speak for the series as a whole but this episode was great.

Cheers,