TV Club: Steven Universe: “Onion Friend”

Now this is more like it. “Onion Friend” doesn’t have anything nearly as explosive as Garnet’s dissolution in yesterday’s episode, but it embodies pretty much everything I love about the show, from the very first shots of Steven putting a sandwich together. The care storyboard artists Lamar Abrams and Katie Mitroff put into the zoom in, quick the looks at all the specific parts of the sandwich, and Steven’s plotting eyes narrowing before he’s ready to feast (or so he thinks) pours out of each frame, and just looks beautiful. It’s small, it’s funny, it’s sweet.

Let’s put it a different way: I don’t care nearly as much what each episode of Steven Universe is about in the abstract (though that’s certainly a consideration) as I do about how it’s about it, and why. And the level of …

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