“This isn’t the Lars we know. Maybe, Lars is actually… a good guy who likes making people feel good.” – Buck Dewey. Oh, jeez…
Airdate: July 21st, 2016
Written By: Raven Molisee and Paul Villeco
Plot: Lars is acting like his typical ornery self at work, brushing off Sadie’s attempt to get him to watch some horror movies with her. Steven happens to be at the Big Donut and tries to get Lars to admit that he loves her. When that fails, he is so unnerved when trying to get to sleep… that he hijacks his body, and lives his life for a few hours. Cringe ensues.
Hey, remember one of the most iconic lines of Steven Universe‘s first season? “If every pork chop were perfect, we wouldn’t have hot dogs!” Just a good reminder. It reminds us that we as humans are multifaceted and that not all aspects of us can be representatives of idealistic behavior, and that we aren’t all uniform figures. Further, it highlights that the experiences we face can’t all be good, that we can easily compare them, and that when they are bad, we can at least take stock of the good things in life.
The quote can naturally be applied to television episodes. I can not think of any show of substantial length – more than two seasons, I’d figure – that has had every episode go down with universal acclaim. Breaking Bad is almost universally cited as one of the best shows of all time, yet poll fans of the show and they are quite conflicted on “two-hander” episode “Fly”. Red Dwarf has a fanbase a mile wide, yet everything after Series V is contested – even I have little love for Series VII and VIII, although age has mellowed out my temperament towards the former and, to a lesser extent, the latter somewhat.
And guess what? Steven Universe, the queen regent of reminding us that pobody’s nerfect, is not immune to this. Hence, “The New Lars”, one of the most controversial episodes of the entire series. There is a substantial section of fans that despised this episode when it first debut or when they first saw it, ranking it near the very bottom. Time has improved it somewhat as the character development caused people to look at this episode for some attempt at foresight.
But, now that we’re almost three years out, how does this episode rank? Is it an underrated episode buried by initial hatred? Is it deserving of having it’s master copy traded to somebody that might have the remaining missing Doctor Who episodes? Or is it just forgettable, flushed into the ether?