Steven Universe: Gemcation
November 13, 2017 3:20 PM - Season 5, Episode 7 - Subscribe

Greg tries to cheer up a despondent Steven the only way he knows how: Road trip!

Well, Greg probably knows other ways to cheer people up, but going on trips is certainly a time-honored tradition at this point.

Poster notes: The thing that struck me most in this episode was the explicit indication that Pearl is under some kind of compulsion to not speak about certain topics. Other fans have already gone back to find previous instances where Pearl's hand covered her mouth, the most notable being Steven's Dream (Where Garnet even admonishes him, "Stop it! You're upsetting Pearl!" So who placed this Geas on Pearl? Is Garnet under a similar spell? Is Steven truly doomed to never get the goods from his surrogate mother figures?

Ronaldo was used well in this episode. I think even the staunchest Ronaldo hater would agree with that. I also enjoyed the dunking on Air B&B type services. "They have a water dispenser in the fridge!" "The contract says you can't use the water dispenser."

Also, I'm sorry I mixed up Raising the Barn and this episode, I'm still not entirely clear what the official order is but it certainly makes more sense for this episode to take place prior to the events of Raising the Barn.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
This is really the arc where Steven transitions to a proper early teenager, isn't it?
posted by restless_nomad at 3:47 PM on November 13 [2 favorites]


It definitely looks like that at some point Peal was *expressly forbidden* to speak about certain things, and her body physically prevents her from even getting close. I wonder who gave that order? Rose? A pre-renegade master? Very mysterious.

This was a great episode for Greg, which was nice. He saw right away that Steven was upset, and *immediately* got everyone on board with an impromptu vacation. He was driving himself crazy assuming the problem was Gem related, since he assumed it would be beyond him, but once he realized that Steven was dealing with a human problem, he lit up like a god damn christmas tree, and gave all the right advice.
posted by mrjohnmuller at 4:30 PM on November 13 [5 favorites]


Greg is such a consistently good dad, which is fun because:

A) He looks like the stereotypical "schlubby worthless comedy dad" you get all the way back to Archie Bunker.
B) Stories about children going on epic adventures more often than not have a missing dad, a dead dad, or a bad dad.
C) The show was careful to introduce good male role models before sidling up on your Kevin or your Marty, so it's very clear which one of these guys you're supposed to emulate.

As a dad myself, I love Greg Universe.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 4:56 PM on November 13 [10 favorites]


I'm still not entirely clear what the official order is

From the app, this was labeled episode 6 and Raising the Barn was labeled episode 7.
posted by numaner at 9:40 PM on November 13


He was driving himself crazy assuming the problem was Gem related, since he assumed it would be beyond him, but once he realized that Steven was dealing with a human problem, he lit up like a god damn christmas tree, and gave all the right advice.

It was also a nice rejoinder that the human drama in Steven's life if just as, if not more important than, the grand space opera gem-stuff. I guess this is partially down to Steven's increasing cynicism towards his mother's legacy, which we saw pretty sharply in his shutting Garnet down in the jacuzzi, but it also feels like another contribution towards the fan argument about "plot episodes" vs. "human/Beach City episodes".

Also dang but "partyguy, about 3ft long, reptilian" followed promptly by an off-screen "Aah! Partyguy!" is the funniest old Simpsons/Futurama-style goof this show has dropped outside of the wrestling episodes.
posted by ocular shenanigans at 4:46 AM on November 14 [4 favorites]


Amethyst with the egg in her mouth. "Farm fresh!" Lauren Zuke really understood Amethyst the best I think. "Like a fiiish!"
posted by JHarris at 12:53 PM on November 14


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