(Note 25/11/15: Review edited because, in hindsight, the review I originally posted had a few errors in logic. Sorry.)
Airdate: December 2, 2013
Synopsis: Steven’s attempts to talk to a bespectacled bookish girl sitting on the beach (not his first attempt, apparently) result in him saving her life from a boulder… but also causes the two to become trapped in a bubble of Steven’s own making. Any and all attempts to free them fail.
And by hilariously, I mean they almost drown.
Review (SPOILERS): BUBBLES! Uh, I mean GEEKS! Uh, I mean GEEKS IN BUBBLES!
Uh, I mean, one of the biggest cliches in sci-fi history (if not TV history) has got to be the “first episode love interest”. If I may be able to describe it, it revolves around two protagonists (often of the opposite sex) who both appear in the first episode. It’s assumed from that moment on that the ship involving the two is to set sail and reach its destination.
In that case, Steven Universe certainly subverts that cliche a bit off the bat by waiting for episode seven to introduce a probable love interest for Steven… and then subverts it even further by having the two actually communicate right off the bat, rather than just have a series of awkward stumbling conversations.
The end result is what I consider to be the closest thing to a “sublime” episode of Steven Universe so far.