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

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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.

New episode: Future Vision will air on January 29, 2015

This one should be good. Maybe if we’re really good the lore fairy will teach us a little bit about Garnet. At the very least we should finally get a taste for how powerful she actually is (which we’re guessing the answer is “really”). Be sure to check it out on Thursday, January 29 at 6:30 PM EST.

Future Vision
Steven learns that Garnet can see into the future and becomes curious about the possible dangers that lurk around him.

Aivi and Surasshu post: Twilight Run

Another track from Alone Together has just gone up. Twilight Run (0:40) is now ready to be listened to on Aivi and Surasshu’s Soundcloud page.

 

https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-twilight-run

Steven Universe cut down to half an hour a week

okayTerrible news, everyone: Cartoon Network’s reschedule is indeed real. The schedule published for this week has been replaced with one that only features The Test and a repeat of Alone Together, and it looks like next week will likewise feature just Future Vision and a re-airing of The Test.

Things might pick up after that, however: Monday, February 2 is showing Steven back in the 6:30 PM time slot with a repeat of Future Vision and Laser Light Cannon, so hopefully this is just a two-week blip.

We can get through this: everything is going to be okay.

Song of the week: Be Wherever You Are

We think that Alone Together calls for just one song of the week: Be Wherever You Are. Without further ado:

 

https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-be-wherever

Steven Universe air times for January 19-25, 2015

All times are EST.

Thursday:
6:30 PM: The Test
6:45 PM: Alone Together

Sunday:
11:00 AM: The Test
11:15 AM: Alone Together
11:30 AM: Keep Beach City Weird!
11:45 AM: Secret Team
6:00 PM: Lion 3: Straight to Video
6:15 PM: Warp Tour
6:30 PM: Garnet’s Universe
6:45 PM: Watermelon Steven
7:00 PM: Fusion Cuisine
7:15 PM: Island Adventure
7:30 PM: The Test
7:45 PM: Alone Together

 

Cartoon Network has changed the schedule again. Two new blocks have been added on Sunday, in the morning and the afternoon.

 

This is what the schedule was originally planned to be. This schedule will not, however, actually air. See here for more information.

All times are EST.

Monday:
6:30 PM: House Guest
6:45 PM: Tiger Millionaire

Tuesday:
2:00 PM: Lion 3: Straight to Video
2:15 PM: Alone Together
2:30 PM: Island Adventure
2:45 PM: Watermelon Steven
3:00 PM: Warp Tour
3:15 PM: Garnet’s Universe
6:30 PM: Ocean Gem
6:45 PM: Steven’s Lion

Wednesday:
6:30 PM: Mirror Gem
6:45 PM: Steven the Swordfighter

Thursday:
6:30 PM: The Test
6:45 PM: Alone Together

Friday:
6:30 PM: Joking Victim
6:45 PM: Lars and the Cool Kids

Sunday:
6:30 PM: The Test
6:45 PM: Secret Team