Steven Universe


               “We… are the Crystal Gems…”

Centered on three alien guardians and a kid that lives with them, Steven Universe has become one of the largest cult hits in some time, gaining praise for its tapestry-esque plot, excellent world-building, sublime art style, wonderful character development, and ability to stab the viewer in the heart.

Personally, I love the show, and not only consider it among the greatest TV shows currently airing, but I also believe that it will go down alongside the likes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Babylon 5 in the echelons of sci-fi TV.

I might be insane.

Intros, Previews, Wrap-Ups, and Others:

Note: All episodes are reviewed in production order, not airing order.

List of Episodes:

Season 1A: Basically pre-season. Steven acts like a goofball around Beach City and goes on the odd trip with the Crystal Gems. Some odd hints are dropped at the rest of the universe, but most of the episodes are slice-of-life. Then Steven plays with a mirror, and things go pear-shaped.

  1. Gem Glow
  2. Laser Light Cannon
  3. Cheeseburger Backpack
  4. Together Breakfast
  5. Frybo
  6. Cat Fingers
  7. Bubble Buddies
  8. Serious Steven
  9. Tiger Millionaire
  10. Steven’s Lion
  11. Arcade Mania
  12. Giant Woman
  13. So Many Birthdays
  14. Lars and the Cool Kids
  15. Onion Trade
  16. Steven the Sword Fighter
  17. Lion 2: The Movie
  18. Beach Party
  19. Rose’s Room
  20. Coach Steven
  21. Joking Victim
  22. Steven and the Stevens
  23. Monster Buddies
  24. An Indirect Kiss
  25. Mirror Gem
  26. Ocean Gem
Season 1B: The “real” first season, dealing with the effects of the “Mirror Gem/Ocean Gem” two-parter. Steven learns just how messed up the Crystal Gems can be, becomes closer friends with Connie, and the trio get fleshed out even further. In more tragic ways. Oh… boy.
  1. House Guest
  2. Space Race
  3. Secret Team
  4. Island Adventure
  5. Keep Beach City Weird!
  6. Fusion Cuisine
  7. Garnet’s Universe
  8. Watermelon Steven
  9. Lion 3: Straight to Video
  10. Alone Together
  11. Warp Tour
  12. The Test
  13. Future Vision
  14. On The Run
  15. Horror Club
  16. Winter Forecast
  17. Maximum Capacity
  18. Marble Madness
  19. Rose’s Scabbard
  20. Open Book
  21. Shirt Club
  22. Say Uncle
  23. Story for Steven
  24. The Message
  25. Political Power
  26. The Return
  27. Jailbreak
Season 2: Season 2 of Steven Universe was one of dramatic change. The cat and mouse game between Peridot and the Crystal Gems turned revolutionary, we got looks back at Homeworld culture and the Crystal Gems, and we got even further insight as to how messed up our heroes are psychologically. Yay!
  1. Full Disclosure
  2. Joy Ride
  3. Love Letters
  4. Reformed
  5. Sworn to the Sword
  6. Rising Tides/Crashing Skies
  7. Keeping It Together
  8. We Need to Talk
  9. Chille Tid
  10. Cry for Help
  11. Keystone Motel
  12. Onion Friend
  13. Historical Friction
  14. Friend Ship
  15. Nightmare Hospital
  16. Sadie’s Song
  17. Catch and Release
  18. When it Rains
  19. Back to the Barn
  20. Too Far
  21. The Answer
  22. Steven’s Birthday
  23. It Could’ve Been Great
  24. Message Received
  25. Log Date 7-15-2

Season 3:

  1. Super Watermelon Island
  2. Gem Drill
  3. Same Old World
  4. Barn Mates
  5. Hit the Diamond
  6. Steven Floats
  7. Drop Beat Dead
  8. Mr. Greg
  9. Too Short To Ride
  10. New Lars
  11. Beach City Drift
  12. Restaurant Wars
  13. Kiki’s Pizza Delivery Service
  14. Monster Reunion
  15. Alone At Sea
  16. Greg The Babysitter
  17. Gem Hunt
  18. Crack The Whip
  19. Steven Vs. Amethyst
  20. Bismuth (Thirty-Minute Episode)
  21. Beta
  22. Earthlings
  23. Back To The Moon
  24. Bubbled
Season 4:
  1. Kindergarten Kid
  2. Know Your Fusion
  3. Buddy’s Book
  4. Mindful Education
  5. Future Boy Zoltron
  6. Last One Out of Beach City
  7. Onion Gang
  8. Gem Harvest (Thirty-minute episode)
  9. Three Gems and a Baby
  10. Steven’s Dream
  11. Adventures in Light Distortion
  12. Gem Heist
  13. The Zoo
  14. That Will Be All
  15. New Crystal Gems
  16. Storm in the Room
  17. Rocknaldo
  18. Tiger Philanthropist
  19. Room for Ruby
  20. Lion 4: Alternate Ending
  21. Doug Out
  22. The Good Lars
  23. Are You My Dad?
  24. I Am My Mom

Season 5:

  1. Stuck Together
  2. The Trial
  3. Off Colors
  4. Lars’ Head
  5. Dewey Wins
  6. Gemcation
  7. Raising the Barn
  8. Back to the Kindergarten
  9. Sadie Killer
  10. Kevin Party
  11. Lars of the Stars
  12. Jungle Moon
  13. Your Mother and Mine
  14. The Big Show
  15. Pool Hopping
  16. Letters to Lars
  17. Can’t Go Back
  18. A Single Pale Rose