The Movers Podcast Episode 35 – Steven Universe

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The Movers Podcast Episode 35 – Steven Universe – June 19th 2016

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Morgan (Airspeed Prime) is joined by Kelly (Gemini530) and Greg (Greg2b) to discuss our first Listener Suggestion show, Steven Universe as chosen by Steve. We review the first 4 episodes in detail. We also discuss E3 and what we have been playing/watching recently.

Next week is an Avatar Online Podcast Special where we will discuss the first episode of the new Voltron show.

Podcast is 2 hours and 26 minutes long.

First 11 minutes is the Intro and What we have been watching segment.

11 minutes to 39 minutes is E3 Discussion

39 minutes onwards is the Steven Universe discussion.

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  1. Steve Said: Comment by Steve on June 19, 2016 at 5:14 pm | Permalink
     

    I am the guy who suggested it. So my follow up thoughts, once again thank you for following my suggestion.

    My experience with the show, I watched it from the beginning at first, but I did fall off on the show mainly because of Cartoon Network inconstant schedule, and I thought it was a show that I liked, but didn’t go out of my way to watch it. I didn’t drop the show, it just wasn’t a property, when a new episode came on, I watched it if I remember to watch it, but if I missed a new episode, it didn’t bother me. It was a show I watched casually.

    Than Cartoon Network had this event called Steven Bomb, which was a new episode a day every weekday for a week highlighted by the season finale “The Return / Jailbreak” and when I saw it, I was blown away by it, and than I was re hooked. I missed “Ocean Gem / Mirror Gem” when it first aired, my introduction to a character that introduced in “Ocean Gem / Mirror Gem”, I first saw in “The Return / Jailbreak”.

    So Morgan you strategy of just watching select episodes, actually it is not different than what I did unintentionally.

    Like I said before, if you see “The Return / Jailbreak” and you are not hooked, than you probably never will be. That is the ultimate test. If you don’t like those two episodes, you should probably drop the show, it is not for you.

    So just watch the select big episodes, but you should go back and watch a lot of the smaller season 1 episodes, there will be stuff that comes out in those episodes that is mention in later episodes. That is what I did.

    I only rated based on the first 4 episodes, Amethyst is still my favorite of the original cast, but Garnet comes in close second, and I love Pearl as well, there is no wrong answer. Probably my favorite character overall is a character that is introduced later on, hint she is introduced in an episode called “Warp Tour”. She is neck and neck with Amethyst at least for favorite. Though Steven and all of the other gems are very close second, and third, and fourth, etc.

    I am sorry if my emails of my overall thoughts and episode reviews were too long.

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  2. AvatarKorraPark Said: Comment by AvatarKorraPark on June 19, 2016 at 8:54 pm | Permalink
     

    Trust me, if you get to the end of the first season (it’s long but its worth it), you’ll probably see what people are raving about.

    It’s a show I started out watching as like… popcorn. It’s fun and light and a good distraction and you start to really enjoy the characters.

    And then slowly but surely they start to really fuck you up, diving deeper into the backgrounds of the gems and showing that all the major characters are actually very complex, even the ones you just start off assuming are just going to end up being the goof ball character(s). And THEN you start to realize that all those episodes that came before, episodes that most just felt like fun throwaway filler, were actually them seeding and world building.

    It starts out feeling like any other kids show, and then eventually you start to realize it’s this decades ATLA. It goes from feeling like any other episodic kids show to feeling REALLY serialized. It’s one of the best executed shows I’ve seen.

    Highly recommend watching all the episodes, tempting as it might be to skip ahead. If you get to the end of the first “Steven Bomb” and STILL feel like it’s not for you then it might just not be, but I’d highly recommend watching all the episodes in order up to that point (the impact of the finale episodes won’t be nearly as high without the buildup).

    I had fun with it at first but eventually it sank it’s claws into me, and I’m thrilled we’re barely half way through the current episode order.

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    For me I need to see this show when it is better, because as I said on the podcast a few more episodes like 3 and 4 and I would be ready to call it quits. A lot of people with this show are saying just stick through like 20 episodes and then it gets good and makes the previous episodes better, but why can’t this this just be on from the start, why have such a different approach in the beginning and then decide you want to have big stories and arcs. You can have a slow and less focused start, but still give of the impression that the show is deeper than the first episodes are showing. This is the exact same problem I had when we reviewed Gravity Falls and for me highlights a lot of current western animations IMO odd approach to starting a show, it is why I have really shifted so much more into anime in recent years, I just think the approach is so much better. I just think it is telling that ATLA, Korra and Voltron get so much praise for being so different, when IMO that is the style of storytelling most shows should have.

    So yeah, I am going to check out some of the episodes Kelly recommended I check out, if I like what this show can be when it tries I may watch them all in order.

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  3. ThePreciseClimber Said: Comment by ThePreciseClimber on June 20, 2016 at 12:34 pm | Permalink
     

    I actually think Wakfu would be quite a good pick for the Movers Podcast. The first two episodes form a nice two-parter (even if it’s not officially listed as a two-parter, like A Boy in the Iceberg & The Avatar Returns)

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    We will definitely consider it for the next listener suggestion podcast.

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    ThePreciseClimber Reply:

    I know you prefer English dubs of stuff, but I implore you to at least give the original French dub with English subs a try. You only get one chance for the best first impression. (FR DUB/ENG SUB is actually available on Netflix and various other places I will not mention, so it’s widely available)

    Thank you and I hope my suggestion will be chosen for the podcast.

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  4. Steve Said: Comment by Steve on June 20, 2016 at 8:10 pm | Permalink
     

    Actually Morgan your strategy of watching the big episode first, that is just like what Doug Walker aka the Nostlagic Critic did. Before he did his Steven Universe vlog series, the first episode he ever saw was “The Return” and “Jailbreak” and that inspired him to do the vlog series.

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    ThePreciseClimber Reply:

    Well, as if big season finales were something exclusive to Steven. With a lot of modern cartoons you could watch a season finale and be like “Well, that was great. I guess I should watch the whole show now”.

    Examples:
    The Invasion – TMNT 2012
    Mortal Folly/Mortal Recoil – Adventure Time
    Wedding Squanchers – Rick & Morty
    Storm the Castle – Star vs. the Forces of Evil
    Randy Cunningham: 13th Century Ninja – RC: 9th Grade Ninja
    A Canterlot Wedding – MLP:FiM
    In the Flesh – Xiaolin Showdown
    Apprentice – Teen Titans
    Origins – Miraculous Ladybug

    Having a (supposedly) great season finale is not an excuse for a (for the lack of a better word) lazy start.

    A lot of shows on CN in the recent years start in “media res”. There’s no Origins/Beginnings episode. I think the last CN show that had one was Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated, which I believe is like Gravity Falls but with a much faster-moving overarching narrative.

    TBH I’m not a big fan of the “in media res” approach where the first episode is indistinguishable from a regular episode. First episodes (or two-parters, if there’s a need for that) are meant to introduce you to the world, the characters and are supposed to make you curious what will happen next and where the story will go.

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    Airspeed Prime Reply:

    I think the only way you can get away with the first episode just being a normal episode is if you have an Avatar esque narrated intro a la Katara. Just a little one minute thing to give you some context to what you are watching and tell you what is unique about this world and a jist of what is about to happen.

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