Lunar Sea Spire podcast episode 58: the online shorts

PodcastTitleGC13, Sophia, and Hunter discuss the various online shorts for Steven Universe: the extended theme, the three Classroom Gems shorts (What Are Gems, How Are Gems Made, and Fusion), the Hot Dog Duffel Bag unboxing video, and Lion!

Which short was your favorite? How informative do you find the Classroom Gems to be? Can you answer any of the questions we can’t?

If you want to support James Roach (the creator of the track we use for our intro and outro) on Patreon, then here’s the link.


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    • Bugberry on November 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I didn’t take Rose’s shadowed face as menacing. In a bunch of anime, the legendary figure that the main character looks up to or aspires to be will be shown in shadows, to emphasize how monolithic and mysterious they are in the main character’s eyes. Steven is even talking about living up to the expectations he feels he needs to live up to. For an evil version of the shadowed figure, just look at Yellow Diamond, taken straight from Dio from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.

    I suspect the furnace room in the Temple is Ruby’s room, or at least a section of it, since it is more fire themed, and Garnet herself stated how Ruby is fire, Sapphire is ice, and she is electric.

      • Ken on December 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Your anime comparison is great. Her expression instantly reminded me of Gold Roger from Onepiece ( ), who, in a very general sense, fulfills a similar purpose in that story as Rose does in SU.

    • SUfan on December 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Hey LunarSeaSpire! You might wanna check this out! Rebecca Sugar leaked a NEW SU episode title name in her interview with “the Mary Sue” “The Answer”

    • Jon P on December 1, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Thing I didn’t realize I needed until now: Chibi!Connie in the Classroom Gems videos.

    Re: Lapis’s gem, my theory is that as long as the gem is in one piece, regeneration is possible. So a crack leads to weird situations, but it wouldn’t by itself lead to destruction.

    • Something Witty on December 2, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Garnet: “I will fight so that I can be gay.”
    Pearl: “I will fight for the one I was gay for.”
    Amethyst: “I live here.”
    Steven: “Mom set the bar way too high.”

    • Something Witty on December 2, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Both instances in which a Gem has been cracked, the Gem takes on an extreme version of the quality of their weapon.

    When Lapis had her Gem cracked she had reflective water / mirror eyes and her power seemed so immense, but she doesn’t seem to have that same level of power since she was restored.

    Then when Amethyst was cracked, her body started turning to noodles, like her whip.

    Also, Ruby and Sapphire are TECHNICALLY the same type of gem. Any Ruby that is not red, is called a Sapphire. Ruby is also the hardest gemstone type aside from Diamond). By that logic, Sapphire is a defective Ruby.

    I could totally see Pearls as being a bit of sand and they get the pearly material added to them to the specifics of however the owner orders them.

    Also!!! Peridot is comprised mostly of olivine. Peridot is often found in meteorites, and is quite unstable in Earth’s atmosphere, which is a nod to Peridot’s erratic personality.

    One more thing, each time we’ve seen a Gem regenerate, their first frame of regeneration is a mannequin-like thing, so their default body type is probably always the same. Although, when Peridot regenerated her hair was automatically a diamond, so maybe she just has to have that hair no matter what. Interestingly, Lapis only had one prior form to her current one, and it was her “mannequin” form.

    • Something Witty on December 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Sorry just one more thing! This one is for you GC.

    Do you think that the Crewniverse will make up for not making Sardonyx a fusion of Sard and Onyx by making Pearl + Ruby = Sard and Pearl + Sapphire = Onyx.

      • gc13 on December 3, 2015 at 8:13 am

      That’s way more of a gemstone question than I can divine an answer for. I leave such matters to the Crewniverse to decide. 🙂

    • digamma-f-wau on December 8, 2015 at 12:49 am

    I’m pretty sure it’s been stated a few times that Matt and Ben are the ones who run KBCW

    • digamma-f-wau on December 8, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Fun Production trivia on the shorts: looking through the model sheets on the crewniverse blog shows that there’s no episode with the production code 1031-058 (1031-057 is reformed, 1031-059 is RT/CS, 1031-060 is sworn to the sword). While there’s no confirmation, it’s extremely likely that the shorts collectively were produced in that spot.
    For example, starting with season 1B, there’s a specific pattern that storyboarders follow when boarding episodes (Lamar and Hellen/Lauren/Katie, Joe and Jeff, Raven and Paul, and Hillary and Katie/Lauren) that’s rarely broken (only confirmed instance is The Message and The Return). Following that pattern, 1031-058 would be a hillary and katie episode, and lo and behold they’re involved with all of the shorts.

      • Jon P on December 11, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Ok, I had expected there to be some sort of rotation to the storyboard crews, but I didn’t see it when I put these charts together a few weeks ago, because I was listing by the order the episodes were aired/intended to be aired, not production codes. And I had noticed on the SU Wiki’s chart that 058 was missing, so good catch!

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