This episode made it official for me: while I like the Steven Universe series for its mythos, I really don’t care for its normal human characters- with the exception of Steven’s girlfriend Connie, I find them boring at best and annoying at worst. Still, this was an epic episode, once we got to the action.
Summary: After the revelation that (spoilers) Steven’ mom was actually the missing Pink Diamond all along, which led to a brief separation between Ruby and Sapphire, Steven helped them get back together and marry. Just as the ceremony is complete however, Blue Diamond and Yellow Diamond show up, intending to destroy the Earth!
The wedding was OK, even touching. But it had some parts that annoyed me, like why was the usually girlish Sapphire wearing the suit, and the tomboyish Ruby wearing the dress? I get that its a joke and also probably meant to please the show’s LBGT audience, and I don’t really mind it by itself, it just doesn’t make much sense in-universe. Neither does the fact that the guy who had the crush on Garnet and Major Dewey suddenly begin dancing with each other. There’s such a thing as pushing an agenda too hard.
Thankfully, the action part of the episode made up for it. The Diamonds’ plan to use The Cluster to destroy Earth backfires when it sides with Steven. Ok I didn’t see that coming! Nice touch. And I won’t deny that Lapis’ return almost made me tear up. Just one thing: In the battle against the diamonds, the Crystal Gems only merged briefly. Heck, why didn’t ALL of them merge into a new fusion? I get they wanted Steven to save the day, but again, it doesn’t make much sense in-story.
The final resolution however, did make sense as Steve was able to prove that the last fragment of Pink Diamond is now part of him. What now? Judging from the next episode bits [and the fact that next episode is #150] it could very well be the Series Finale. Well there are a few loose ends left [Lars is still in space, where is White Diamond etc.] but overall I don’t see much that could not be wrapped in say, a TV special.
Overall, I must say that Steven Universe is an unique experience, with great ideas even though marred by some bad characters and too much of a LGBT agenda [again, I don’t mind the latter but you know kids are going to be confused, and no I don’t believe gender issues are appropriate for preteens.] Still I have enjoyed the show and am glad it exists.