The Young Podawans Ep. 44 – Steven Universe S2

AND STEVEN!

AGAIN!

Finally it’s our long awaited Steven Universe Season 2 episode! We get all the Peridot Feels, all the Peridot Giggles and every beautiful emotion in between! So strap on your paint can boots and join us for another Gem-tacular episode!

Segment 1: What Are We Geeking Out About? (1:30)

Every week in the opening segment we discuss what we’re currently geeking out about! This week Kristin is geeking out about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (with bonus do we really like cringe humor?) and Brian is geeking out about Doomsday Clock (with bonus RETROACTIVE GEEK OUT RETRACTION OF ANNE WITH AN E).

Segment 2: What Are We Drinking About This Week? (13:25)

Another regular segment where we discuss – you guessed it – what we’re drinking. Kristin’s drinking 18th Street Oh, So Pretty and Brian’s drinking Almanac Brewing Emperor Norton Belgian IPA.

Segment 3: Steven Universe S2 Discussion (19:50)

  • Big themes this Season – Assimilating Peridot and the threat of the Cluster!
  • Some big character arcs in this Season:
  • Greg’s tale of how he met Rose Quartz.
  • Greg isn’t just Homer Simpson with a mullet anymore – he’s really sweet and good dad.
  • Greg and Rose awkward feeling out of their relationship – alien and human, finding common ground.
  • Young Greg and Rose have amazing hair.
  • Pearl’s love and jealousy for Rose drives her story this Season.
  • Training Connie and obsession with protecting Rose.
  • Pearl searching for purpose, for a relationship like Garnet’s – tricking Garnet to fuse with her.
  • The show tackles important subjects like consent, without having to overtly address.
  • Pearl embracing her Pearl-ness in the robot fight against Peridot.
  • Show does a good job leaving you wondering and wanting more about the character’s pasts.
  • Peridot is the Best – her music, her insults, her overall weirdness is just perfect.
  • Peridot learning jokes, watching Camp Pining Hearts (and SHIPPING the characters), paint can boots.
  • Super funny as both a villain and kinda-sort of hero.
  • Peridot is very awkwardly sweet in a bunch of scenes with the Gems.
  • Even as she becomes good, Peridot is still unflinching loyalty to Yellow Diamond – until she calls Yellow Diamond A CLOD
  • Loved Peridot and Garnet talking about fusion, understanding each other – good wrap to the season with all of the fusion subplots.
  • We did not love Sardonyx.
  • More Connie character development – we disagree about Steven wanting to protect Connie for the truth about the Gems at the beginning of the Season.
  • Further depth to Amethyst’s body image/psychological issues, but she was more of a side character in this Season.
  • More body horror with the gem pieces and mutants – Garnet’s fear of the broken gems was really powerful.
  • The F’n Answer.
  • Some good non “lore” episodes better this season.
  • Uncle Grandpa was truly awful though.
  • CRYING BREAKFAST FRIENDS the new LIL BUTLER.
  • We argue about “Jif” vs “Gif” for about 10 minutes.
  • GREAT DEBATE: Original opening vs New drum & bass version?
  • Overall we liked this Season better than S1.
  • Next week we’ll be chatting about WONDER WOMAN!

Segment 4: Outro, Contact Info & Outtakes! (60:01)

WITH EXTRA BONUS POTATO DONO

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