Lunar Sea Spire podcast episode 294: The trailer for season five of She-Ra

GC13 and David discuss the big trailer for the fifth and final season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

The trailer footage was… Well-selected. There’s a lot to speculate on, but we’re very short on conclusive answers (though GC13 will of course point out that the trailer makes it look like *SPOILERS REDACTED*, as expected in our upcoming discussion of season four).

Are you hype? Get hype! Season five drops on the fifteenth.

This episode of the podcast is also available on YouTube.

Cartoon Network April 2020 Ratings Report

Cartoon Network continued in April by airing almost entirely weekly runs. Teen Titans Go! took the ratings crown with its last weekly episode and its Easter special, Egg Hunt, averaging 532,000 viewers between the two episodes.

Saturday’s premiers all came in with ratings above 300k, with Craig of the Creek leading the pack with 374k, then Thundercats Roar with 361k, Apple and Onion with 355k, Total Dramarama with 352k, and Victor and Valentino with 334k.

Sunday’s premiers didn’t do so well, all coming in between 200k and 300k. DC Super Hero Girls was the best on Sunday with 263k, then Ben 10 finished with 259k and Bakugan: Battle Planet also managed 259k. Unikitty’s single premier got 249k viewers, Transformers Cyberverse got 230k, and Power Players got 213k.

Unlocked episodes as of May 1, 2020

Here are the episodes of Steven Universe that are currently available to watch on the Cartoon Network website and app without logging in with your cable provider:

  • The Good Lars
  • Gem Hunt
  • Sworn to the Sword
  • Together Forever
  • The Future

Lunar Sea Spire podcast episode 293: Thumb War

GC13 and David discuss Thumb War from Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart.

While the Maomalore is surely deep, we don’t know where Big Thumb Pete came from or where he went. Also that breadsticks are apparently expensive enough to be worth bribing everyone for.

While Badgerclops is a master of Doorbell Danglers, his thumbs are as yet untested in a true war. Hopefully this doesn’t come back to haunt him…

This episode of the podcast is also available on YouTube.

Mao Mao’s Dad: When Will Shin Mao Live His Golden Truth?

Mao Mao’s dad wasn’t a very good father to him growing up because he felt a deep shame about his own small stature—a trait it looks like Mao Mao inherited from him. His son has made him proud though, so now it’s time to wonder: when will Shin Mao become proud of himself?

Sugar Berry Fever is the one episode of Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart where we’ve seen someone live a Golden Truth, but Shin Mao definitely has the hidden shame necessary for him to unlock it. How long will we have to wait for him to unlock it, and what could that episode be like?

Unlocked episodes as of April 22, 2020

Here are the episodes of Steven Universe currently available to watch on the Cartoon Network website and app without logging in with a cable provider:

  • The Good Lars
  • Are You My Dad?
  • I Am My Mom
  • Mr. Universe
  • Fragments

Lunar Sea Spire podcast episode 292: It’s My Party

GC13 and David discuss It’s My Party from Summer Camp Island.

This is it. This is the episode that really starts Susie’s shift from pure antagonist to a character you’re rooting for. (Even if she really was charming the entire time.)

Susie may be able to walk around understanding two contradictory sets of facts, but Pepper’s savage speech was apparently a fact too far. Thankfully she didn’t think to turn the cake into a monster, or merge with it in a Steven Universe: Future-like rampage.

This episode of the podcast is also available on YouTube.

Steven Universe and Canon: Does Canon Matter?

Steven Universe has a wealth of comics to read and three video games to play, but what of them is canon? Well, there is an official answer from Ian Jones-Quartey, but why be so concerned about canon in the first place? Steven Universe is about characters, right? Why be concerned about whether a story featuring them “really” happened? A good comic is a good comic.

Even if most of the comics get excluded from even “level two” canon status by Mr. Jones-Quartey, the strength of their story means the Steven Universe comics are well worth reading.

Unlocked episodes as of April 15, 2020

Here are the episodes of Steven Universe currently available on the Cartoon Network website and app without logging in with a cable provider:

  • Earthlings
  • Back to the Moon
  • Bubbled
  • Together Forever
  • Growing Pains

Lunar Sea Spire podcast episode 291: Popularity Conquest

GC13 and David discuss Popularity Conquest from Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart.

Ah, back to Mao Mao, and right back to another episode about Mao Mao’s insecurities. Miserable as he is on the inside, he at least looks happy when he’s living in the Now Now. (It’s kind of distressing how eager the sweety pies are to turn to petty crime though.)

Feed us little lies, as sweet as cakes and pies.

This episode of the podcast is also available on YouTube.