Magical and Mundane: How Steven Universe Introduces Its Thesis in Two Episodes

Steven Universe is a show about the mixing of the magical and the mundane (that is to say: the non-magical), and the fascination the magical can have with what we might call ordinary. Rather than spending its first two episodes telling you where in the story we are, Steven Universe instead sets up this central thesis and starts laying down themes so the viewer knows what to expect.

Not every show is as theme-heavy as Steven Universe, but it’s always good to get your ideas out there like Gem Glow and Laser Light Cannon did.