The Many Flaws of Steven Universe
Steven Universe is the show that been praised for all sort of things like LGBT, diversity, women role, and being created by a bisexual woman, Rebecca Sugar, who also worked on Adventure Time before. Having a huge fanbase and called the “best cartoon show ever”. All that sounds great if it only it was true. This show has many problems that only a few people discuss such as @robobuddies. So here’s a list of the many flaws of Steven Universe.
1) The Action Scene
There isn’t many in the show but when they do show it, they’re okay. ,The pacing of fights slow and they intent to end it very quick but they’re entertaining to watch. Still wishing for Corrupt Gems to come back.
Also for some odd reason, the crew have this weird tendency to nerf the characters. I’m questioning on how come characters won’t use other abilities . They have to explain why they couldn’t use the abilities, they can’t leave it in the dark.
Look at Lapis Lazuli
In “Mirror Gem” and “Ocean Gem”, Lapis fight off the Crystal Gems easily
Control the entire ocean while support a broken gem
But in “Jailbreak” she couldn’t defend herself from Jasper and they’re next to the water
And then she was able to defeat her in “Alone at Sea”. How does that make any sense!?
That’s not all
Pearl can summon Holo-Pearls for training. Why can’t she use them in a fight? She summon them in beach volleyball but not a fight?
Garnet’s future vision. That whole Greg being taken by Blue Diamond could have been avoided if she just lend Steven her ability. She gave him to before and they were pretty pointless
She lend him it to rethink his actions in “Winter Forecast”
She lend him it to help Frowney in “Future Boy Zoltron”
They aren’t being consistent in their ability at all. Speaking of consistency
2) The Crewniverse are Inconsistent
I would’ve fine if it only happens once or just season 1 because it’s their first time, everyone makes their first mistake like their first day of school or something like that but it’s everywhere
I know that Rebecca is letting her staff to have the freedom to draw they’re own art style but oh my goodness it’s their job to be on model of the characters and they’re not doing what it’s required to do. It’s lazy and unprofessional like they can’t even get their height right!
3) Steven Perspective
I know Steven is the main protagonist and it’s called Steven Universe for a reason but that doesn’t give them excuse to keep reusing ideas for every episode
1. Steven and one of the Crystal Gem members have fun but then rush into emotional development with lots of tears and sometimes singing
2. Just chilling at Beach City with his friends
Steven is an angel of the show and all but come on, it’s been four seasons and can’t we see other characters beside him. Even when they try something new, he has to be in the background
Look at other modern shows
“Varmints” - Adventure Time
“Ricklantis Mix” - Rick and Morty
“The Extras” - The Amazing World of Gumball
What makes those episode great and memorable because they explore other characters and let take the spotlight for one .
What’s even worse about this is rush development. We don’t get to see how the characters change and why did they change. They have to show it on screen not off screen!
Lars turn into a space pirate for some odd reason. Wish they explain on how get those really fancy cloths and a ship, they probably but for only like two minutes
Lapis accept becoming friends with Peridot. That’s cute but that takes time to form a bond with the one that took you as captive. Lauren Zuke herself said herself that she wants them to be a romantic couple and even sneaked in Lapidot moments which means that this was a rush relationship
So if Steven isn’t there, we don’t get much lore huh?
5) The Villains do NOTHING
Villains are the one further the plot, being the obstacle that keeping away the protagonist goal. However Steven Universe does not. I know there’s Yellow Diamond but she barely makes any appearance or do anything at all. We also had Jasper but then got corrupted and we don’t how long will she come back. Rebecca herself said that there’s no villain… boring
6) Nothing Happens
Nothing anything happens in the show, you expect that something big happens but nope nothing. I thought the Crewniverse will reward the fans that pay attention something amazing to happen but no, nothing new for the fans that watch from season 1 to season 4. When there something does happen in the show, it only last like one or two episodes. We get to see two gems come to the party, Lapis and Peridot but they don’t contribute to the story at all, waste,
When Bismuth first came in, I was hoping she’ll be the new addition to the team, a gem that’s been out of commission for so long, come back and help Steven on his growth but no, she got bubbled again and we had to wait for gods how long and that sucks ‘cause I was hoping to see more of her in future episode of how she’ll help
Again, look at other modern shows that has done it
Star vs The Forces of Evil season 3 starts off Star going back to Mewni to finish Toffee once and for all. Moon backstory and introduce upcoming villain for the season. What makes things better is a new intro and outro and also it was a two hour long special. Amazing
When they announce we get to see Homeworld I was so excited, we finally get to see what it likes for after four years of waiting, we see it on the show! And then this happens
Five seconds of screen time
Then Steven get’s to go home early
That’s it? That’s all we get to see homeworld and they even hype it up since season 1. Man the Crewniverse just stab us the fans that been into the longer than everyone else
You might think I hate this show for being nitpicky about everything but to be honest, I don’t. Steven Universe used be one of my personal favorite and that’s why a few people are so critical to the show. This show is good and I can be one of the greatest but the crew really needs to work together and Rebecca gotta be little strict, she’s a amazing woman with great ideas but she gotta where to put her foot down. All I hope is season 5 will be worth watching.