Steven Universe S1 Review: Pilot + EP 1
Steven Universe is a 2013 animated series from Cartoon Network; It was created by Rebecca Sugar who also worked on Adventure Time. The series is about the Crystal Gems – Garnet (Estelle), Amethyst (Michaela Dietz), Pearl (Deedee Magno), and the youngest of the Crystal Gems Steven (Zack Callison), together they protect Beach City and go on adventures.
Pilot: As the Crystal Gems return from a mission they bring back a magical hourglass which Steven gets his hands on. Steven finds out that the hourglass can turn back time which he uses to make snappy comebacks. But there are consequences for using its power, which puts the rest of the Crystal Gems in danger.
Thoughts: It’s a nice why to introduce the series and the characters, there is also a nice little song that Steven sings which will eventually become the opening theme song of the show. I give the pilot a 7/10, truth be told I had to watch the episode twice to truly appreciate it.
Episode 1 – Gem Glow: Steven is broken up that his favorite ice-cream sandwich (Cookie Cat) is discontinued but fortunately the Crystal Gems were able to get the last remaining desserts. Overjoyed over the news Steven’s gem finally glows and proves that his weapon is a shield which, he believes the only way to activate it is by eating Cookie Cat, or is it?
Thoughts: This is the first episode and of course things changed from the pilot, for one thing the Crystal Gems design changes a bit. Garnet’s hair changes from strait to a square shape, along with the pattern on her chest and lastly her crystal power gloves change from gold to black and red. Amethyst’s only change is that she has longer hair compared to the pilot. Pearl design changed the most from the pilot, her most notable change was her hair and costume. I do have to say that it is visually nice to look at, it reminds me of french cartoons because of how clean it looks. As for the opening theme song I LOVE IT, I love the way that the Crystal Gems harmonize in the song and it’s also very catchy.
In all honesty, the pilot wasn’t that interesting for the first episode of the season. I do like the look, feel, and style of the series and from what I have seen with these two episodes I am intrigued. I give Steven Universe episode #1 a 7/10, just like Adventure Time there is a deeper story hidden within Steven Universe and I can’t wait to find it. I do recommend this series, hell since each episode is about 10 minuets; it wont take you that long to catch up.
-Ratchuchu was here