Ratings for Mirror Gem and Ocean Gem

It looks like Steven Universe did pretty well in the ratings on Thursday: Zap2It is reporting 2.335 million viewers for Steven Universe last night, which is a new record for the show.

Let’s all just hope this is a sign of things to come. Mr. Burnett seems to say that we’re going to be getting a much higher pace of heavy-hitting episodes than we’ve been getting in the past, so let’s buckle up and see how high the show can go.

Immediate reaction to Mirror Gem and Ocean Gem

Well, it looks like we won’t be getting our Fortune Telling merit badge any time soon.

Still, these episodes gave us the best kind of look at the lore: they confirmed what we already had been able to guess, and gave us something tantalizing to look out for in future episodes.

So, take this away:

  • The Gem Backstory page has quite a lot of material to fill it out now.
  • We can start a Crystal Gem backstory page now too!
  • Believe the hype.

Saturday will have the more detailed lore implications, so if you missed the episode today you have a bit of time to catch them. Sunday will have the speculation for what it all means, and that post is going to be a big one. 🙂

Aivi and Surasshu post: Overgrown Brambles

Another song from An Indirect Kiss, today we get to listen to Overgrown Brambles (2:24).



What to expect from Mirror Gem and Ocean Gem

Well, tomorrow’s the big day. Steven Universe will complete its first twenty-six episode batch with a two-part bonanza. It’s going to be spectacular.

We know there are twenty-six more episodes of season one and fifty-two episodes of season two coming. However, Cartoon Network initially ordered only twenty-six episodes. You can bet good money that Mirror Gem and Ocean Gem were written so that fans wouldn’t be left feeling cheated if the network declined to continue the series.

So because of that, expect a lot of “whoa” and a fair amount of “holy crap!” Cartoon Network has been running a lot of commercials for the special event, so we can make some guesses. There has also been a leak to help us too. If you’re a brave sort when it comes to spoilers, check out our expectations for the episode starting a few paragraphs below.

If you want to see the episode yourself before you come to the lore mill, then a word on scheduling: after the episode airs we’ll publish a reaction post which will be completely spoiler-free except for some vagaries (it would say things like “we have enough to start a page on Gem culture now!” or “looks like there’s something else for the Technology page”, and there will probably be a “believe the hype”). As usual Friday will be a day off regarding Mirror Gem and Ocean Gem while we process everything, then Saturday will go more in depth on what we’ve learned and Sunday will speculate about what the still-ambiguous stuff means.

Ready? Spoilers below. Ye be warned. Click “Read More” only if you mean it.

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New episode: House Guest will air next week

Steven Universe will continue coming back strong from its long hiatus by airing House Guest on Thursday, Oct 2, 2014. It will air at 6:45 PM EST rather than the usual 6:30, in what looks to be a permanent schedule change.

House Guest
After injuring his leg, Greg comes to live with Steven and unintentionally interferes with Steven’s powers.

Cookie Cat by DragonBeak

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This one was too good not to share. Who doesn’t love Cookie Cats? Lion Lickers just can’t cut it. Check out DragonBeak’s Cookie Cat in its full-sized glory on Tumblr!

Aivi and Surasshu post: Rose’s Fountain

Aivi and Surasshu have posted Rose’s Fountain (1:02) from An Indirect Kiss. It does indeed sound a lot like this week’s featured song: The Hill,which makes sense considering the heavy association both of them have with Rose Quartz.


Song of the week: The Hill

In honor of Rose Quartz’s heavy involvement in An Indirect Kiss, this week’s selected song is The Hill, from Lars and the Cool Kids. This song seems to be Rose’s theme, and was also featured in extended form in An Indirect Kiss when the fountain was restored.



Steven Universe air times for September 22-28, 2014

All times are EST and PM.

6:30: Steven and the Stevens
6:45: Laser Light Cannon

2:00: Steven the Swordfighter
2:15: So Many Birthdays
2:30: Coach Steven
2:45: Beach Party
3:00: Rose’s Room
3:15: An Indirect Kiss
6:30: Joking Victim
6:45: Cheeseburger Backpack

6:30: Gem Glow
6:45: Steven and the Stevens

6:30: Mirror Gem
6:45: Ocean Gem

6:30: Monster Buddies
6:45: Onion Trade

6:30: Mirror Gem
6:45: Ocean Gem

What could An Indirect Kiss mean?

As we saw in yesterday’s post, An Indirect Kiss was rather heavy with potential implications for the lore of Steven Universe. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s more of an episode that sets us up to recognize answers hinted at later in the series rather than one that gives us any.

What are the gems?

Amethyst glitched out as her gem was damaged, almost like a malfunctioning projector or computer screen. We know from Ms. Sugar that the Gems have no gender and don’t reproduce (Rose giving up her physical form to beget Steven being the sole exception), so this means that Gems could be artificial creations; much as the Gems used the gem shards shown in Frybo before they rebelled, Gems could possibly be the leftover creations of a dead civilization.

That’s all wild speculation, though; it’s something to watch out for as the series progresses, but it’s really “out there”. We know that we’ll learn more about the history of Gemkind as the series goes on, hopefully a lot just in the next two episodes, but we might never get an origin story for them. We’ll just have to keep reading between the lines, and see what we can see.

Rose’s motives

Rose’s role as leader also came up. If the Crystal Gems have become directionless without Rose, though, what were they working towards before Rose decided to replace herself with Steven? Why did Rose decide to do that? She can’t have come to the conclusion lightly. Steven the Swordfighter and Lion 2: The Movie have both referred to Steven having a destiny. The best guess as of right now is that Rose wanted Steven to heal the monsters, as he does seem to be better at it than Rose ever was, but we still don’t know what happened to them in the first place.

The origin of non-gemmed monsters

However the monsters get healed it won’t be with Steven’s healing saliva; if the saliva were enough, Rose could have just used her tears. Rose’s tears were enough to restore the bramble creatures, however.

It’s possible that whatever is hypothesized to have reduced the majority of the Gem population to monsters worked its magic elsewhere, and Rose used her fountain to keep the brambles in their natural, peaceful state. We know that the Gems have fought monstrous non-gemmed creatures before (the giant bird mentioned in Cheeseburger Backpack wouldn’t have had any reason to lay eggs if it were a gem creature).

It seems more likely, anyway, than Rose’s “healing tears” changing things from what they are “meant” to be (though it’s also possible that, martial side on display again, Rose cultivated potentially dangerous plants as a dead man’s switch to booby trap the fountain should it ever fall into disrepair). They can cure Connie’s eyesight, but only up to regular human ability.

Rose’s power

How powerful was Rose exactly, though? We know she was an inspirational leader, and apparently quite skilled with the Gems’ magical technology, but could she have had even more powers that set her apart from the other Gems? Amethyst attributes Garnet’s leadership status to her extrasensory perception, so it’s not a stretch to assume that Rose would have enough powers to put her over Garnet in Amethyst’s eyes.