Wednesday, 23 January 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “We Are the Crystal Gems” by Steven Universe

We'll win the fight and then go out for pizzas…

We’ll win the fight and then go out for pizzas…

Did you watch the big, huge, new, hour-long Steven Universe that premiered on Monday night? If not, stay the heck away from this post! Heck!

Anyhoo, the episode, “Change Your Mind,” sure seemed to be the culmination of 5 years and 100+ episodes of the show. It brought to a close pretty much all of the major storylines, and it ended, as it should, with a song: a reworking of the opening theme song of the show itself. Take a watch/listen for yourself!

Actually, my previous paragraph was not entirely truthful. The show didn’t end with a song; it ended with two songs. After all the problems are solved and everything has calmed down, Steven sits on the beach with the three people (well, sentient lesbian space rocks) with whom he began this journey in Episode 1, and sings a little coda to the whole series. It’s very simple, but it’s exceedingly sell-sung by Zach Callistan. It is, like the episode itself, called “Change Your Mind.” Here you go.

I don’t know what Steven Universe can do from here. I know there’s a movie coming out later this year, and the possibility of another season. But the whole arc of the show has now been wrapped up; the diamonds have been “defeated” and the corrupted gems have been uncorrupted. There are some dangling threads, like will the diamonds be able to successfully dismantle their horrible, oppressive dictatorship? Will gem society be able to adjust smoothly into a free society? Will Pearl ever go out on a date with the Mystery Girl? So we’ll just have to wait (for a long time, per usual with this show) to see what happens.

Categories: Cartoons, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

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