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GC13 and Hunter discuss Alexandrite’s debut episode: Fusion Cuisine.
It may not be the best episode ever, but it’s the one that gave us the term “mid-season pre-finale”, which has retroactively been applied to the Mirror Gem and Ocean Gem two-parter. Plus, Steven in a little bowtie. What’s not to love?
Well, Pearl did develop an incredibly strong aversion to eating, thirty-two episodes into the series. That was a little weird. Maybe someone should close the gate, lest anything happen to the pie.
Still, if this episode doesn’t get you hyped to go work on an apple farm, then what will?
1. The perfect weapon for Alexandrite is the Kusarigama. Has a blunt part (Garnet), A long whip chain part (Amethyst), and a blade on stick part (Pearl).
2.While Pearl hating food was convenient and toned up, it wasn’t completely out of character or inconsistent for her.
3.Connie was acting like a jerk because she felt she needed to walk on eggshells when dealing with her parents.
4.You should know by now from Nightmare Hospital that Connie’s mom is controlling and paranoid for very logical reasons. She sees death and injury on a regular basis, so being overly concerned that her daughter doesn’t get involved with anything like that makes sense. Also, the end of Nightmare Hospital proved that Connie’s mom is understanding. Connie is someone that loves to analyze things, and her mom is similar, but being an adult she has become cynical and a doctor so her analysis is “everything can kill you”.
To me, Alex-bland-drite is the way she is because the gems are all struggling against each other yet trying hard to stick together, so there’s little personality.
Hopefully her next appearance will be better now the gems are getting on better. As for Ms. Maheswaran, it’s pretty clear Connie isn’t really able to judge what she does and doesn’t object to. Multiple guardians: fine as long as they’re disciplinarians, swords: bad.
Wasn’t Pie gate done? Wasn’t it confirmed that Pearl only like the CONCEPT of pie not the consumption? Didn’t this make a crewniverse member delete their tumblr?
Yes. I can see that their point though, Pearl’s hate of food, while justifiable, was taken to a “convenient” extreme. She’s been aprehensive before about food and other messy organic matter, but not to the same extent as Fusion Cuisine, It also doesn’t help that it was her only flaw preventing her from coming alone, yet they could have easily just said she has a special diet as an excuse. This episode relies a little to much on people being stupid or not thinking of obvious solutions, like how Connie could have easily told her parents that Steven’s mom is no longer around, which is technically true.
This episode reminded me of the old Ted Knight show “Too Close for Comfort” (1980-87) where ALOT of the plots hinged on miscommunication and putting up false fronts, etc. because nobody asked follow-up questions.
….and you would sometimes get the dumbest sitcom plot type, where the guest stars were putting up a false front forcing the regular cast to put up THEIR mirror version false front, and the “comedy” would be watching how both fronts collapse in the second half of the episode.
I still think the “fleeing on a bus” bit at the end was a reference to “The Graduate” (1967).
I didn’t really love this episode that much beyond the Ruby/Sapphire peek.
Also Alexandrite’s music gave me some Donkey Kong feels.
I do agree that this episode was a lot sillier than many, and a strange choice for the introduction and only use to date of Alexandrite (“We are very confused, and we are very confusing, and we are very sorry” may be the single best new line in the entire Guide book), but I don’t dislike it as much as others seem to.
The BOING sound cracks me up every time precisely because it is so unusual for SU.
I must disagree, however, with one of the last things you said. “Mirror/Ocean Gem” is the mid-season FINALE. “Indirect Kiss” is what I would call the mid-season pre-finale.
I actually liked that we were introduced to a fusion this way. The others got to show off their combat abilities, but this way it was emphasized just how disjointed they are as a team without Rose. Fusions are more than just weapons or tools, and this episode was the first to bring attention to that aspect