This Fan Edit Puts All The Crystal Gems Together For A New Steven Universe Intro

The core crew of Steven Universe keeps getting bigger. It's time we got an intro to match.

The Steven Universe intro we deserve.

One of the most beautiful elements of Steven Universe is its focus on redemption — on its ability to turn enemies into allies, to showcase the Crystal Gems not just as a group of rebels but as a growing family of everyone who doesn't fit the oppressive norms of the Gem Homeworld, who wants to live free on Earth and protect it.

As such, an intro to the show just featuring the core handful of the cast doesn't quite seem sufficient anymore, does it? The Crystal Gems have grown so much; they deserve an intro that matches.

So The Roundtable made a new one. Created for MomoCon recently, this sequence takes the "We are the Crystal Gems" short and expands it, editing in visuals and highlights to bring in the entire extended gem family, including Lars, the off-colour gems, Amethyst, Lapis and even more.

Most impressive, the edit includes a new version of the scene where the core cast runs across the beach, cut to add in more core members of the Gem team.

It's really beautiful work. Got me a little emotional, to be honest. It's just — forgiveness is so beautiful, y'all. Sorry, sorry. I'm going to need a moment. You should probably just watch it.

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Comments

    I've never really gotten this show. I watched a few episodes of it and it just seemed like childish nonsense. From the coverage and articles it gets here though, it would seem there's a depth to the show that I've missed. How many episodes do you need to watch before that depth starts to click?

      This might sound intolerably long, but possibly the entire first season? Which is 52 10-minute episodes. I would say it starts to be interesting at the halfway point of that season, with the 'Mirror Gem' episodes (eps 25-26), and the episodes that started to make me the see show really had a strong emotional heart were 'the Test' (ep 38) 'On the Run' (eg 40) and 'Rose's Scabbard' (ep 45). If you get all the way to Rose's Scabbard and you feel nothing, you can probably safely give up, haha.

      The first season has a lot of small and big moments that really show off the emotional depth of the show, imo. Even before you get into any of the mythology and worldbuilding stuff, you see a lot of how the Gems are dealing with the fact that Steven's mum isn't there any more, some fairly nuanced stuff from a kid's show, even though it's presented in straightforward 10-minute episode chunks.

      Last edited 15/07/18 4:00 pm

      The first season is mostly world building (filler), with some really good episodes in it (Mirror Gem, Ocean Gem, The Return and Jail Break). From then on the plot starts to pick up (with filler/world building here and there).

      Me: (6 episodes in) Eh, I don't get it. It's pretty random, like Adventure time.
      Me: (1 season in) Where is the rest of it! I need more!

      Steven universe gets darker and darker as you go along. There is a bunch of depth, but they start off very. very slowly. I think it gives us time to get used to the characters, before slowly revealing everything.
      The show definitely matures as Steven does. Give it a chance. If you find you're really struggling, then maybe it's not for you.

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