In the fourth episode of the first season ofÂ Steven Universe, I deeply understand the power of breakfast. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ Steven Universe.Â
I really didnâ€™t know what I was getting into withÂ Steven Universe. I guess my only assumption was that since this came about in a world post-Adventure Time, which allowed for both serialized and episodic animated television for kids and adults, that this show would be somewhat similar in that regard. I expected a lot of one-offs, and â€œTogether Breakfastâ€ is the first one Iâ€™ve gotten to that feels disconnected from what came before it. Thatâ€™s not a bad thing at all because it gives me something else: my first look inside the Crystal Temple.
I wouldnâ€™t say that thereâ€™s a deep message within â€œTogether Breakfastâ€ either, except maybe you should ask before going in peopleâ€™s rooms? Yes, always knock. You never know whatâ€™s on the other side of a door, and also: privacy! Itâ€™s just a nice thing to do. In Stevenâ€™s case, though, the mystery is part of what fuels his curiosity. He just wants to have Together Breakfast with his best friends so badly! And as far as I can tell, the Gems rarely share the details of their trips. Steven, like the audience, gets bits and pieces.
Heâ€™s also a kid in a house with a door he canâ€™t open, which hides a place heâ€™s never been in. Iâ€™m gonna jump ahead a bit and point out that scene where Steven hangs on the Crystal Heart and Pearl tells him not to look down. Thatâ€™s basically what the Crystal Temple is at all times: itâ€™s the place that Steven is told never to go in and soÂ he goes in there when he has a chance to finally do it.Â Itâ€™s not the best idea by any means, but for a purely selfish reason, I loved it. I GOT TO SEE INSIDE OF IT, TOO.
And what a weird place, yâ€™all. So, for certain, it contains all three of the Gems rooms, each of which represent their personalities. I was surprised by NONE OF THIS. Pearlâ€™s room is immaculately organized. Her sword display systemÂ aloneÂ is absurd. (But I love it. Oh my god, organization satisfies me so much.) Yet her room leads to Amethystâ€™s by waterfall, and I am going to think about this way too much. Itâ€™s so telling to me that Pearl is a perfectionist, but the things she drops or loses end up in Amethystâ€™s room and become part of the controlled mess that exists there. However, Pearl doesnâ€™t even know this is happening, but instead takes it upon herself to â€œcleanâ€ Amethystâ€™s room. PERHAPS YOU SHOULD TAKE CARE OF YOUR INEFFICIENT STORAGE SYSTEM BUILT ON A WATERFALL. JUST MAYBE.
I know people who function better with organized chaos, but my mind is messy enough as it is. Clutter ends up stressing me out more, so I tend to aspire to be more like Pearl. Letâ€™s talk about Garnet, though. Her room is the furthest away, located deep down in the Temple. Except WHAT IF THAT ISNâ€™T HER ROOM? What if itâ€™s the place where things are destroyed instead? The only reason I say this is because no one everÂ confirmedÂ that this was Garnetâ€™s room, and we never saw anything personal in that space. What if we havenâ€™t actually seen where she lives?
Wait, I have more questions. What the hell was that smoke monster thing??? I know that each of the creatures weâ€™ve met so far were pretty gnarly, and theyâ€™re set on destroying the world. But where are they coming from? How do the Gems find out about them? Â Had the Gems captured it in that creepy scroll? What else could that monster have possessed? Because the Possessed Together Breakfast was hilariously creepy, but Iâ€™m guessing it could have been so much worse than that. Is it also strange that I kind of want to try popcorn on waffles now? I just like popcorn a lot, okay. DONâ€™T JUDGE ME.
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