Lunar Sea Spire podcast episode 157: The 20,000-year timeline of Steven Universe

GC13 and David open up the art book (to page 105!) to talk about the timeline that covers 20,000 years of the past and future of the Gem Homeworld and Earth.

No, we don’t know what’s on it. We don’t even know how much of it is past and how much of it is future. Apparently though, Homeworld is indeed a young empire (as far as star empires go, anyway).

More bits from this timeline are sure to make their way into episodes as the series goes on, especially as we learn more about Homeworld. Still, there’s no guarantee that when all is said and done we’ll know everything, since some pieces of lore don’t make for interesting stories.

Hopefully we’ll get it some day. Yes, one can hope.


    • Malcolm on September 27, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Great discussion about this, guys! I don’t have the artbook yet, so I didn’t know about this.

    Honestly though, even though they’re doing this on purpose, my biggest pet peeve with the show IS the fact that everything is shown from Steven’s perspective. I understand that this is what they want to do, but with the large cast of characters they have I feel it’s a waste. In my lifetime, some of the best episodes of TV shows are when the story takes a break from what the main characters are doing and seeing what’s going on with other characters. In fact, two shows you mentioned do exactly that (Avatar: The Last Airbender and Adventure Time). 😉

    I mean, if there going to take a break from the plot here and there, would it really hurt to maybe look into what the Cool Kids are doing, or even a day in the life of Connie since she doesn’t live in Beach City. Heck, the reason a lot of people don’t buy Lars and Sadie’s relationship is because we haven’t seen anything really convincing.

    But that’s just how I feel. :-/

    P.S. In reference to the last podcast, the comic book style during the old lady’s flashback in O.K. K.O. is a reference to Lupin III. In a nutshell, it’s about a gentleman thief and his cronies (one of them a samurai) having globe-trotting exploits, with being chased by a stubborn inspector. If you ever get the chance to see any of the films or TV series, I strongly reccommend it.

      • David on September 28, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Excellent thoughts man. I do agree that the focus on Steven begins to be limiting- I definitely think an Avatar approach (Tales of Ba Sing Se, Zuko Alone) could work in the show.

      I sense from the creators, though, that SU won’t be going that direction; with the limitation, I would expect them to use their purposeful choice to tell interesting stories. Moments like Steven hearing the Gems talking during Political Power as he walked up his porch steps, or Steven overhearing the Gems during The Test, is where this controlled viewpoint excels; as we head more into the realm of space and Gems, though, it starts being a bit frustrating (the whole cast can’t always be with Steven, and Steven can still be annoying [Adventures in Light Distortion]).

      There are always opportunities for characters to tell Steven something, and then we get episodes like Story for Steven, or The New Crystal Gems. But the fact that the narrative frame has to happen first sometimes wastes the precious 11 minutes we have.

      P.S. Thanks for the reference catch! I love how entrenched the crew of O.K. K.O. and SU are in the world of film and comics.

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