Ronaldo is back, so we don’t even mind that this is a character episode! (Well, some people are… Less enthused than others.) Rocknaldo won’t be offering much room for lore or speculation, but Steven is Steven and Ronaldo is Ronaldo.
Most importantly, however: Tiger Philanthropist awaits.
Steven, as usual, was too preachy. Ronaldo is a jab at Mary Sue OCs and SU CRITICAL. Obviously, the ratings are going down so CN has to bait people with BLOODSTONE. Oh no!!!! I can hear SU dying~
“as usual”, I don’t know what you’re talking about. The episode was supposed to show the behavior of people that say they support minority groups and other cultures but are really more interested in inflating their ego. The “minorities” in this case being Crystal Gems. Steven only needed to “preach” because Ronaldo was being a huge jerk. He only has ever gone on rants like this when someone has done something he disagrees with consistently.
Alright, I accept your argument about the episode, though Steven still feels too preachy. But…no jab at the Bloodstone bait? That was pretty desperate advertising.
I was kinda dissapointed, but it didn’t ruin the episode for me. I had also forgot about that bit of advertising by the time I actually saw the episode. What actually surprised me and made me like the episode was Steven and Ronaldo’s conversation at the end.
The end is actually a small relief. 🙂 By the way, when I said Steven was too preachy…it was because he was too preachy for a ‘kid.’ It was like the adults and far older CGs are the ones learning lessons ‘constantly’ (not just once or twice) from someone younger than them, rather than the other way around. ‘Teens learning WITH Steven’ episodes are fine and dandy. It’s…just….Steven just doesn’t feel the main character that can be related to. He doesn’t sound like a kid, but rather like a speaker for all those ‘morals’ and ‘political correctness’ found on the Internet.
Also, thanks for being reasonable with me. Means a lot. 🙂
While Steven is the one giving the “lesson” this episode, I still feel it came from a realistic place. He eloquently deconstructed why Ronaldo’s behavior was bad and where it came from, but that came after he already put thought into it. Steven also ends up being the one doing the learning much of the time, like the ending of the last Bomb arc. Also, while Ronaldo ended up learning something from Steven in the end, Steven’s initial faith in him came across as very idealistic, practically naive.
Ronaldo made serious actual changes by the end of this episode. This might be my favorite Ronaldo episode, and I really liked Rising Tides Crashing Skies.
I can’t stand Ronaldo, so I didn’t particularly care for this episode, but I’m not about to burn a CN logo in effigy because who the hell would take a promo like that seriously on an episode called freaking Rocknaldo? I was hoping it wouldn’t just be a gemsona, but I didn’t expect a huge lore bomb.
And at the same time, kudos to CN for exerting the smallest possible effort to promote this episode (literally, the bare minimum), which was still better than the last two weeks! If you literally don’t advertise an episode on TV until fifteen minutes before it happens, you can’t really be surprised that ratings are down.