Steven Universe Catch and Release Season 2 Episode 21 – Holy Cliff Hangers Steven
The re-re-return of Paradot is here, but fear not, she has finally been captured. In the hands of the gems she has been kept conscious, because she has precious information about a possible threat looming over earth called “the cluster.” Well that’s all we get out of her for this episode, which was very surprising. After a habit of releasing so many episodes at a fast rate I didn’t expect such a rough cliffhanger to ensue. However this gives us time to theorize.
So what exactly is the cluster? Paradot said her original job was to check on the cluster as it reaches their final stages, and this cluster will devour the world. If you remember Paradot’s orb bot was reaching a secret lair in Kindergarten; the origin of Amethyst and an army’s worth of empty silhouette holes along the cliff sides.
There’s a lot of indication that that area was being harvested for earth stones creating artificial gems. It could be a possibility that this army is still alive or the harvesting had continued creating an army of artificial gems to destroy or enslave humanity.
The other possibility is that the cluster could be referring to a huge amount of forced fusion gems they’ve come across recently. For the moment they are the more relevant threat as they have reached the public in the previous episode Nightmare Hospital.
The other subject I would like to address is Steven’s benevolence. Though we didn’t get all the answers Steven manages to strike a compassionate chord with Paradot. It is most likely that his kindness will make Paradot switch sides or make a last minute good decision. It is really no secret that Steven is GOOD good guy. He’s been established that way right from the get go, as a young happy child whose main weapon is a shield.
However it worries me that every battle will be won with friendship. It’s not about thirsting for a sad or violent outcome, but an actually challenging decision. Developers of kid’s shows always have to find loopholes in dealing with villains and death, which isn’t their fault. However it still is disappointing when some unrealistic outcome appears to save the hero from that decision, and it’s the lack of perfection in people and conflicts that will make a story much more believable and relatable. It seems like an impossible producer wall to overcome, but I trust the creators of Steven Universe to come to something truly satisfactory.
Tell us your thoughts on what’s to come and what you think of Steven as a benevolent character.
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