Maniac puts everything in place for its endgame in the best episode of the season

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It wouldn’t surprise me if “Ceci N’est Pas Une Drill” and “The Lake Of The Clouds” really were written as a two-parter; these episodes feel like a bit of a throwback to an older era of genre series doing longer stories. (Mostly, I’m thinking of the first few seasons of the 2000s Doctor Who, but there are a lot of…

It's time for a joyous wedding and a tense family reunion as Steven Universe is "Reunited"

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With this arc, a ton of 150 episodes’ worth of Steven Universe storylines are starting to pay off in real, seemingly final ways—or if not final, then at least something close to it. Bringing long-running stories to a satisfactory conclusion is hard on series with 22- and 42-minute episodes; it’s even harder with 11.…

Steven Universe finds itself torn as the Crystal Gems try to process new information

B+

Rose Quartz actually being Pink Diamond is easily the most important piece of Steven Universe backstory we’ve learned since season one—and where for most of the first season, it was just Steven (and the viewers) who didn’t know much about the history of the Crystal Gems, here, everyone is finding out at the same time.…

Steven Universe casually shatters its own backstory with a pair of intense, internal episodes

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Every run of Steven Universe Beach City episodes gets followed by some climactic events tearing open part of our understanding of the broader Steven Universe mythos. Is this what you were expecting? Both of today’s episodes move inexorably, slowly, toward decisive conclusions that set up major pieces of the season’s…

Garnet tells Steven Universe a story we've heard before about "Your Mother And Mine"

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It sure seems like we’re getting closer to a climax, right? Where almost every episode of Steven Universe has had forward momentum, if only for one or two side characters in Beach City or for our understanding of the Gems’ past, “Your Mother And Mine” is contemplative and quiet, more of a calm before the storm than a…