Kate (kate_nepveu) wrote,
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Steven Universe S04E08-09, "Gem Harvest"

I misremembered the title of this as "Gem Hunt" and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what it referred to. For good reason.

Nb: this has some present-day resonances that may make it less than escapist viewing, though it is certainly not anywhere near as dark as this show can go.

So . . . yeah. That was kind of weirdly lumpy and a lot.

It did not help that I really found Andy's voice grating.

The opening bit about Lapis & Peridot's farming endeavors did not really seem to fit with the rest of it. (And if they don't have Halloween why did Greg show Steven jack o'lanterns?!) And the attempt to do Thanksgiving without being Thanksgiving was distractingly artificial.

There were a lot of good things! That wedding cake, and the gravestone, and Lapis generally continuing to have zero fucks, and Steven's new sweater, and Greg backstory.

But . . . I know it's first a kid's show. And "people might be mean because they're scared of change, but when they realize what they're causing themselves to miss because of that fear, they can decide to change too" is a probably a really good message for kids both to apply to themselves and other people. And it is totally not the show's fault that this episode came out under the circumstances when it did. I just feel kind of too battered for a call for empathy for a conservative who dislikes immigrants and for a suggestion that the motivations of such a person are ultimately not hateful and are easily changed.

Also I have a cold and am exhausted. So, for what it's worth.

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