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GC13 and Sophia discuss the first in a string of good old episodes: Watermelon Steven. (Not everybody likes it just for the assault against Ronaldo.)
Steven is crowned king by a Greg who is surprisingly good at chomping through a watermelon rind, and Steven shows off the impressive watermelon seed spitting genes that his father gave him. Do you think it would be fair for him to enter contests?
Seeing the new fighting techniques of the Crystal Gems was a treat, as was the sight of a three-dollar bill.
Are you ready for new episodes to begin? There’s only one more week of retrospective looks at old episodes before we get new episodes.
Okay, several things I want I point out:
1. Ronaldo was slowly typing on his phone as an Easter egg. As he was typing, the actual Keep Beach City Weird site was being updated in real time. So was the video he taped.
2. Other times the gems used their secondary attacks: RTCS, On the Run, Friend Ship, and When It Rains.
3. Amethyst was crying about being put in the ground because she might have been reminded of her dark past in the Kindergarten. It’s like forcing a baby back into its mother’s womb when the mother was a crack addict who would have killed the baby if it was kept inside any longer.
4. Are you forgetting that Steven has the power of Rose Quartz, the strongest member of the Crystal Gems? Of course the gems would have trouble with the Watermelons if they were created by Rose Quartz herself.
Ronaldo slowly typing = real time Easter egg for KBCW website
Crystal Gems used their ranged attacks in Rising Tides, On the Run, Friend Ship, and When It Rains.
Amethyst crying about being put in the ground: Gems come from the ground. Callback to Ocean Gem and On the Run
The episode said it clearly, these were Rose’s plants, as in the warriors of the strongest Crystal Gem. Of course they’d have a hard time against her plants.
This episode came out before On the Run, so it can’t callback to it, only foreshadow.
Ronaldo is an interesting character with depth, horror club showed that. His tendency to foreshadow intrigues me. He’s one of the least developed of the humans that regularly get involved with Steven, but he’s gotten at least as much development as Onion. And I find his development some of the most interesting compared to the other minor characters, since he’s the one most actively adjacent to Gem stuff, as GC13 pointed out. I simply can’t believe that they’d put this much effort into his character and not be going somewhere with it.
Also, the thing I love most about this episode is how sudden and out of nowhere the Gems using their new powers is. It’s like if Princess Bubblegum started breathing fire or something. Pearl and Amethyst’s powers would go on to get more regular usage, but I find it funny how we’ve only seen Garnet’s rocket fists in Reformed and Attack the Light. It’s been so infrequent, it’d be even more hilarious if they kept that power to just this episode and never brought it up again. It’d make the episode feel even weirder.
I’m surprised you guys didn’t mention Onion. He seemingly made off with all of Steven’s money. Maybe that’s what he used to obtain all those G.U.Y.S. and G.A.L.S.
Sophia put it exactly into words, the feeling that the camera hanging on Ronaldo was a Family Guy type joke. It did feel out of place, but if it served as a gag for the real-world KBCW tumblr, I’ll grant a pardon. I feel conflicted, because I want more of the KBCW tumblr, and less of Ronaldo in show.
When it comes to “pieces of money”, I think this is one of those things where Steven just does not know how the world works. He probably has no concept of money.
Sadie’s scar is, of course, one of the great subtle notes. Come to think of it, it would’ve been interesting to hear an overt mention of “let’s cover up that scar” during her makeover in Sadie’s Song (although it looks like the star on her face is directly on top of it).
Watermelon rind is pretty nasty (although I’ll come pretty close to it), but orange peel isn’t terrible.
The final scene with Steven munching on Baby Melon is hilarious, because even Amethyst is disturbed.