Looking back at Mr. Greg

mrgregWherein Steven demonstrates that he’s willing and able to manipulate people for their own good. Also wherein we shake our legs for Mr. Greg!

Not that it’s bad that Steven finally helped Pearl and Greg get over their historical animosity (even if it was, admittedly, a speedy transition), but Steven is very much his mother’s son. He doesn’t look as good in a tux as Pearl does, but I suppose nobody does.

It’s a musical episode in a very musical series, so it’s no wonder that so many people love Mr. Greg! Even the Pepe’s Burgers jingle that Like A Comet was turned into is great, with Marty being as glorious as he knows how to be (not that Marty could possibly top the Stray Pearl Strut from It’s Over, Isn’t It, but he gets points for thinking he could).

Thankfully, no matter how big Le Bill was (and there have been various calculations made by many people), we know that Greg ends the episode with a very large percentage of his newfound fortune intact. Far too often cartoons will give a character a lot of money only to rip it right out of their hands, and while Steven Universe breaks a lot of tropes this kind of devotion to status quo is so strong it still feels refreshing to see it averted.

Knowing that Greg somehow managed to make it through the whole Steven Nuke a rich man (though not as rich as he started) makes this small victory all the sweeter, but It’s Over, Isn’t It was probably enough to put Mr. Greg over the top no matter what.

3 comments

    • TBC on October 29, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Usually you cringe when you know a cartoon is going in a musical direction. Either the voice actors can’t sing or the songs themselves are just unnecessary or poorly written.

    Yet time and again when that thought crosses my mind for this show, I just remember that Rebecca Sugar is handling this, and they wind up being fantastic songs wonderfully sung, especially by Magno Hall. All around a fantastic episode that doesn’t trade plot and development for what might otherwise be a gimmick on a lesser show.

    This should be in the Emmy conversation for 2017.

      • gc13 on October 29, 2016 at 4:51 pm
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      It certainly helps that the voice actors in Steven Universe are specifically cast (in part) for their ability to sing. It’s not like they hired people without making sure they can sing, then are like “oh yeah, by the way, you have to sing in this episode!”.

        • TBC on October 31, 2016 at 9:24 pm

        Definitely.

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