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GC13 and Hunter discuss the In Too Deep event, plus ask for more Steven Universe comics or a webcomic and a more consistent airing schedule (pretty please?).
So, the bad news: we never found out what they really are (still, it made for a great commercial). On the plus side, Lapis is integrating well, and Peridot is still great and lovable. Let’s also never forget: Ruby! Ruby! Ruby. Ruby! Ruby. And Ruby!
Plus, Super Watermelon Island was just a great fight. Steven’s not just a great coach, he’s a great inspirational speaker. His father does, after all, live in a van down by the car wash.
While I agree that “In Too Deep” didn’t feel like much of an event, I actually liked that it had so many light episodes. What has made SU so good in the past were the light episodes where the characters can just be developed without some world ending crisis happening, then we get the big Oh Crap episodes like Mirror Gem or Warp Tour spread throughout. My fear with the Bombs happening too frequently was that it would put pressure on every episode to be an Event, but that wouldn’t leave room for the lighter episodes.
I do think In Too Deep being spread out over several weeks helped to bring things back to a normal relaxed pace though. It’s been far too long since we’ve had any amount of focus on the human characters, Steven’s Birthday was 8 episodes ago, and the last time we got any focus on a human that wasn’t Greg or Connie was Sadie’s Song.
I haven’t lost my fire for SU, because I know the heart of the show is still there and still has more to show us, it’s just that it’s getting to us at an irregular rate. It would take the actual show loosing quality for me to loose interest.
Also, the Ocean Town disaster should be a gritty documentary with dramatic re-enactments that Ronaldo and Jamie partner up to make.
I’m ready for us to get back to Beach City and its crazy cast of characters.
In Too Deep was great as a 5-episode arc, but it isn’t at all what I was expecting after the foreboding promo. The only sense in which we learned “what we really are” is really freaking dense. The table was set for Season 3: the Cluster will be back, Jasper will be back, that flash in the sky will come up again, but there weren’t any big answers, nor anything that caused us to look at GA&P in a new light.
The individual episodes were pretty solid. I think “Hit the Diamond” is my favorite on sheer laughs, and honestly “Gem Drill” was probably bottom of the list.
I started watching last August and caught up just before “Nightmare” aired, so–once the fall series finished airing–this hiatus with occasional interruption is all I’ve ever known. I don’t think it will drive me away unless we seriously break the record we just set of four months without an episode. In the meantime, fanart and fanfic is the cheap fix that keeps me from withdrawal.
But in terms of official content, Grumpyface (the group behind Attack the Light) has been implying that there may be another SU game in the works, posting a few months ago: “The second project is earlier along, though we may have an opportunity to announce this one soon as well. It’s something that will make ATL fans quite jazzed… so stay tuned for that!”
This event was very strange to me. It feels as though CN took the first five episodes of what was meant to be Summer of Steven, shoved them a month ahead of schedule, and put them in a weekly format. Almost seems like they wanted to see how the one-a-week style compared to bombs in terms of performance, and used this as a test of sorts. I mean, the promo gave promises of learning what they really are, which was not even brought up once throughout the entire event. This led me to expect five episodes covering the same general plot with recurring themes from the teaser, so in this sense, I was greatly disappointed. That’s not to say that did not enjoy the episodes themselves, I just feel that this tacked-on event only served to hurt them.
I agree with you guys when it comes to the lack of content, and it appears that the bombs are mainly to blame. I started watching a week after Log Date 7 15 2 aired, so I’ve been craving more Steven like crazy since then. In Too Deep felt way too short (especially with the French airings, guilty) to satisfy the longest content drought in the show’s history (I’m assuming here, correct me if I’m wrong). Right now, it seems as though the well is running dry, but I think that’s just temporary. I believe that these feelings will vanish once the true return of Steven Universe arrives.
Everybody is itching for new content right now, and this event didn’t scratch us well enough. It wasn’t a bomb, and (for some of us) it wasn’t entirely weekly. It wasn’t what was shown in the trailer, so right now it feels underwhelming. Maybe once this is all over, this whole situation will make a bit more sense.
For now, though, I’m gonna give it the time that it needs to deliver the content that I love. It will be back, and that’s good enough for me.