In this episode of Stars In Our Eyes, I analyze Steven Universe Season 1 Episode 3, Cheeseburger Backpack!
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Welcome once again, Crying Breakfast Friends! Stars In Our Eyes returns with a breakdown and analysis of Steven Universe Season 1 Episode 3, Cheeseburger Backpack!
This episode marks a massive shift in quality in the run of first season episodes of Steven Universe. The artwork of Garnet, Amethyst, Steven Universe, and Pearl is hilariously off model, the character choices and dialog are all over the map, and the whole endeavor showcases the problems with expedited scheduling of first season cartoon shows.
As it turns out, Cartoon Network used three different animation studios to craft the first season of Steven Universe and have the first batch of episode completed in time for air. These three studios didn’t communicate with each other, and so their different art teams interpreted the Crystal Gems in different ways. That’s why every character looks like it was kicked in the face by a horse!
Making matters worse is the story and dialog in Cheeseburger Backpack, both of which paint Steven Universe as cloying and annoying instead of earnest and heartfelt. His “silly little brother” style antics gratingly get on the audience’s nerves. Yes, this is one of the first episodes of Steven Universe, and Rebecca Sugar and the rest of the writers are still learning the correct balance of silliness and strength for all the characters – but this episode is just plain bad.
Despite its failings, Cheeseburger Backpack does have an important moral: No failure is too great to walk away from, and it pays to know what you can still find things you did correctly in the face of failure!
Be sure to watch the next episode of Steven Universe, Together Breakfast! Until then, keep reaching for the stars!