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Steven’s Universe: “Rocknaldo”

What’s this?  Three, count ‘em, three regular weeks of new “Steven Universe” episodes?  I’m pretty sure we haven’t gotten that for…gosh, probably a little under a year at this point? Well, here’s hoping the steady flow continues!  And here’s hoping this newest episode is another enjoyable entry. ^_^

As always, SPOILER WARNING!!! is in effect.

This Week’s Episode: “Rocknaldo”

Summary: When Steven lets Ronaldo know he’s spreading hurtful misinformation about the Crystal Gems, it inspires him to join the Gems himself as their newest member: Bloodstone!  

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I Paused @thehillywoodshow’s Sherlock Parody Behind the scenes and @hillyhindi looks so adorable as she talks of her pizza. Like OMG - I’m gonna draw this it’s so perfect and beautiful

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At the beginning of the speech, Senator John Pastore seems impatient, even making fun of Rogers in the first couple of minutes. But at the end, after Rogers shares a little song that he wrote, Pastore says, “I’m supposed to be a pretty tough guy and I’m getting goosebumps for the first time in days … looks like you just earned your $20 million.”

That would not be the last time that Rogers would do something like this. In 1984, when the Supreme Court was considering outlawing home-recording technology, they decided not to at least partly because Rogers was worried that taking away VCRs would make it so that some kids who couldn’t watch his show at the scheduled time wouldn’t be able to watch it at all. The court thought that made perfect sense.

Then, when Burger King ran a commercial with a parody look-alike named “Mr. Rodney” in 1984, Rogers asked them to stop. The senior vice president of the company pulled the $15,000 ad without a second thought, saying, “Mr. Rogers is one guy you don’t want to mess with … hopefully now we have peace in the neighborhood.” Can we doubt at this point that Rogers was some kind of sorcerer?

5 Inspiring True Stories For Anyone Feeling Cynical Today

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This made my whole year. Seriously. 

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WHY HAVEN’T I SEEN THIS EARLIER OMFG I CAN’T BREATHE

  • me this morning: CAUSE THE ANGELS GONNA PLAY PLAY PLAY PLAY PLAY
  • me this afternoon: AND THE DEMONS GONNA HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE
  • me this night: BABY I'M JUST GONNA SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE
  • me forever: SHAKE IT OFF, SHAKE IT OFF
  • i am in love
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Black & White: Picture Perfect

“Helga on the Couch” is my favorite episode of Hey Arnold! because it gives a great deal of development on Helga, what with her dysfunctional home life and what caused her to become a bully and why she fell in love with Arnold in the first place. I can talk so much about the psycholigical depths of Helga in this episode, but maybe some other time. What I really wanted to talk about for the moment is one scene in particular.

As Helga discusses her home life and her relationships with her parents and sister, she mentions what happened the last time Olga came home to visit. The start of the flashback is shown in black and white and acts as a parody of a “picture perfect family” sitcom of the 1950s, complete with a traditional applause-and-laugh track. The entire scene shows Olga and her parents having a sitcom-like moment, in which Olga is portrayed as a perfect, loving daughter with appreciative parents who shower all of their love and attention on her. In a sense, the moment appears to show all three Patakis as a picture perfect family.

However, when Helga enters the scene, the black and white fades back to color and the laugh track ends, as if she had ruined a family moment.

I never understood the purpose of the use of black and white for this scene, but seeing it again years later makes me understand it completely. Although the laugh track is used to make the situation seem more light-hearted and humorous, its true purpose was to show that Helga is being neglected by her parents and that they only give Olga all of their attention. The scene is set up in a way so that it appears that the three Patakis are happy without Helga and treat her like she’s an outsider and unwanted family member. Olga is, again, represented as a totally perfect child and brings happiness to her parents in the scene, which means the sad part is that they might be a “picture perfect family” if Helga didn’t exist. :(

So this whole scene was done as a little joke and for irony, given the dysfunction in the household, to show that a picture perfect family is just what the Patakis aren’t.

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