Before I begin, I would like to celebrate a meaningless milestone – 400 posts on this blog! First off, I just want to thank everybody that’s continued to read and comment on my blog over the past few years. I can’t thank you enough.
Now, here’s the dealio. For my 100th, 200th, and 300th posts, I took on a Star Trek movie – Wrath of Khan, Final Frontier, and Generations, respectively. While I did initially intend to tackle Star Trek (2009) for the 400th, I’ve ultimately decided to push the Trek 09 review towards the Christmas season, given that a) it’s a monumental movie, in terms of the Star Trek franchise, b) there is a lot to unpack with that movie, and c) it would bring the movie just a little bit closer to the decade of its debut in American theaters.
In effect, this review will be a bit more muted. For reasons that I will talk about in the review, though, this subject still reflects something of a memorable moment in the Steven Universe franchise.
“Alright, it’s the bottom of the ninth. We’ve got Lapis on second, but one more out and the game’s over for us. We need to hit a home run.” – Steven. The counterargument, as per Moneyball, get on base. Boom – hit it far enough to get Lapis to third, and get somebody that won’t be distracted by the Ruby to send two of the home team, well, home.
Airdate: June 2nd, 2016.
Written By: Jeff Liu and Joe Johnston
Plot: A quintet of Rubies has crash-landed in Delmarva, and they’re not happy. Neither is Peridot, thinking that this is the end of the line for them all. While Garnet un-fuses to get Ruby to play with the quintet’s… absent-mindedness, Amethyst’s recommendation that Steven have a baseball bat ready to go leads him to strike a deal. The Homeworld ship can search the barn if, if, they win a game of baseball. This seems easier said than done, especially since two participants on opposing teams are infatuated with one another.
Let’s just get this blast of admiration out of the way.
I love baseball.
There’s the tension between the pitcher and the batter, as the former tries to outwit the latter and protect his lead, all while the batter could very well have the scoring opportunities of three men on the line. There’s the utter thrill of watching a ball fly in the air, hoping that it becomes unreachable to the opposition outfield to secure every run possible. Likewise, watching a pitcher throw a no-hitter (or, maybe, a perfect game) manages to demonstrate the sheer power of strategy on top of arm strength. The dichotomy between the defensive side and the offensive side makes each half-inning starker than any other sport (except for Cricket, I think). How every single play, every single strike, every single movement matters – any team can theoretically come back in the bottom of the ninth. And the parity in the MLB is virtually unparalleled, with teams often rotating between rebuilding periods and periods of dominance. The appeal, in my opinion, is ceaseless. For those that like action? There are sluggers across the league. Stats? Nothing less. Strategy? A pitchers duel is right up your alley.
Beyond that, the sport stirs up feelings of nostalgia in many an American (and even quite a few fans from other countries.) Baseball, to me, is permanently intertwined with the seasons of Spring and Summer, as well as the memories within (although the MLB always climaxes in autumn). Kicking back on a spring or a summer night, unwinding, and watching the sunset as our icons take the field. This is triply true for those that are lucky enough to see a game, especially at the highest levels.
Now, I could go on, but I’m going to keep myself brief. Baseball might be my favorite sport, and if it’s not, it’s very close to soccer. I mention my admiration of baseball because that’s the driving force between today’s subject – the Steven Universe episode “Hit The Diamond”.
…and if you’re not a fan of Steven Universe but like other sci-fi shows, a chill ran down your spine. Why didn’t it do the same to me?
And for our Steven Universe fans, why are others that are stumbling across this review freaking out? Continue reading