Imagine if there was a show about rocks – gems, to be exact. Expect to see it on Discovery, or the Science Channel, right? (I kid, I kid – it would air on ESPN.)
Now, imagine if these rocks were war veterans of various strategies and personalities, part of a quasi-militaristic race of aliens, and trying to interact with humans – even living with/raising a half-human who is about 11/12 years old, because the team’s sorta-leader married a guitarist.
Welcome to Steven Universe.
OK, if you want the real description, the show – created by Adventure Time alumnus Rebecca Sugar – revolves around this kid, Steven Universe (voiced by Zach Callison). He’s half human, and half-Gem. Gems are alien warriors who can harness superpowers, and project humanoid forms from magical gemstones in their bodies. Steven happens to live with three of these warriors, called the Crystal Gems:
- Garnet: the stoic, slightly enigmatic, Picard-esque “leader” of the Crystal Gems, voiced by singer Estelle;
- Amethyst: the snarky, lazy bum who lives on impulse and is quick to action (or, in other words, Dave Lister), voiced by Michaela Dietz and;
- Pearl: the strategist with many neuroses, and no knowledge of humanity. None. Basically, Rimmer… except not a coward; voiced by Deedee Magno-Hall.
There used to be a fourth member, Rose – the former commander of the Crystal Gems – but Gem science being what it is, when she gave birth to Steven, she “gave up her physical form”. Thus, Steven all but lives with the Crystal Gems – in effect, their guardians. He does occasionally hang out with (and get advice/stories from) his somewhat bumbling father, Greg Universe.
The dilemmas they face range from an odd job gone awry in the town of Beach City, Delmarva to saving the entire Earth. It’s a strange show.
Of course, as we see later on, this show is more complex at a closer glance. It touches on topics such as love, family, risk, diplomacy, insecurity, rebellion, psychosis, and war crimes. It’s one of the most well-developed shows on TV… and every episode only lasts 11 minutes!
So… wanna watch?
Same rules apply with watching – we start from episode 1. (Not the actual pilot – I want to get seasoned into reviewing this show first.)
Now, because these are 11-minute episodes, giving a “Favorite Scene” and a “Least Favorite Scene” will be pretty pointless. Instead, while the “Favorite Scene” will remain, I have decided to replace the “Least Favorite Scene” with two features: a “Best Character”, which is what it says on the tin, and a “Memorable Quote”, also self-explanatory (the latter started in my Futurama blog). This only counts to this show, so the “Least Favorite Scene” will remain for my other reviews. Hell, I might spin off the “Best Character” and “Memorable Quote” to other shows.
Also, if these are successful enough, I might spin these off into a separate blog, with more expanded commentary on SU on that blog.
Well… time to believe in Steven.