Aivi and Surasshu post: Decisive Path

We have another track from Aivi and Surasshu. This time it’s Decisive Path (1:01), the last song to appear in The Test, uploaded now for your enjoyment.

Song of the week: Heart of the Pyramid

If there’s one thing The Test gave us more of an appetite for, it’s death chambers meant to deceive their hapless inhabitants. Therefore, we’re getting to the heart of the matter by making Heart of the Pyramid this week’s song of the week.

Steven Universe air times for January 26 – February 1, 2015

Steven Universe will be back to a regular schedule next week. Until then, it still gets its premier and we can still cross our fingers for some Sunday re-runs like last week.

6:30 PM EST: Future Vision
6:45 PM EST: The Test

What could The Test mean?

Rare is the Steven Universe episode that doesn’t try to sneak at least some little nugget of wisdom past us, and The Test isn’t about to break with tradition. We learned a fair bit from the episode, but there are also the more subtle hints that require a bit of teasing out and more time to see how accurate they turn out to be.

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Good news for January 25 and February

YouGotItDudeThis has certainly been an interesting week for Steven Universe’s schedule. However there has been another update to the weekly schedule: Sunday, January 25, 2015 will see two big blocks in both the morning and the evening.

Also, the good signs we observed on Monday have turned out to be accurate. While the week of January 26-February 1 is still not scheduled to have any re-runs of Steven Universe, starting on February 2 all normal re-runs seem to be back in their old places in the schedule.

What we learned from The Test

The Test was kind of an important episode for us. The first test was taken at the site’s namesake, after all! The preview was enough to make it clear that there was no funny business involved with the lunar sea spire, though alas a magical resurrection doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

As for the titular test in The Test? Ah, it was a good one, and like always it gave us some good material to comb through looking for clues about the show’s lore.

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Ratings for The Test

Well apparently not re-running at all this week didn’t hurt Steven Universe’s ratings: it hung in there against the other Cartoon Network premiers just as well as it always has and got 1,935,000 viewers on The Test‘s premier.

Immediate reaction to The Test

This is definitely a good episode to watch unspoiled. Its point is wonderful, and it’s not a bad idea to make sure you see it fresh the first time.

We’ll have to mull for a while whether we want to call what we’re thinking of more concrete lore or more speculation, but this episode has at least one important takeaway for Steven.

Invader by Rice-Lily


More Peridot, this time battling two of the artist’s OCs with a very nice background. Check out the full-size version on DeviantArt!

What to expect from The Test

We’ve been looking forward to this. The preview has already made it clear that the test at the Lunar Sea Spire was just opportunistic, so the site’s namesake is still legitimate (though still unfortunately collapsed and underwater).

This episode could go a lot of ways. Really it’s a fantastic chance to highlight how Steven has grown as a hero since the early days of the series: not just the massive suite of powers he’s acquired, but how much better at making decisions he is (it’s hard to imagine New Steven tuning his ukulele while immediately under threat now).

Also, maybe a little bit of an Indiana Jones-style boulder run just for good measure? Please don’t let that one be Steven’s imagination.