A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters may be flawed (like real people), but their love for one another is palpable. An over-arching theme of this miniseries event is self-sacrifice for the greater good.
Positive Role Models
Our heroes try hard to work together, even when their personalities clash or things aren't going their way. Emphasis on friendship and family, especially among those who are deemed "different."
Violence & Scariness
As with the rest of the series, there are battle scenes among the Gems featuring lasers, whips, and an assortment of otherworldly weapons. Striking in this miniseries is the on-screen death of a human character. Though not bloody or graphic, it's a somber scene that may upset younger viewers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Steven Universe: Wanted is a four-episode arc kicking off Steven Universe's fifth season, and that it aired as an hour-long "special event." (The individual episodes are titled "Stuck Together," "The Trial," "Off Colors," and "Lars' Head.") Though the bright and poppy-looking show has always had an underlying sense of foreboding (it is, after all, about a kid with a dead mom, who's being pursued by angry beings from another galaxy), Wanted ups the stakes considerably, with moments of deep sadness and even a human death. The subject is portrayed matter-of-factly and sensitively -- it is not a senseless or gratuitous death -- but it still may trouble younger viewers.
Is It Any Good?
This four-episode "special event" marks a huge tonal shift for the show. The dark and brooding elements of Steven's backstory bubble to the surface here, but Steven Universe: Wanted manages to retain real heart and humor while expanding its mythology. Perhaps most noteworthy is the depiction of male friendships. Steven and Lars learn to be vulnerable and honest with one another about their feelings, which isn't something we always see in adventure-based shows, especially between males. There's also a thought-provoking storyline about a group of "Off Colors" -- a roaming band of Gems who have been rejected for their imperfections, and who fear being shattered by the higher-ups of Homeworld, the Diamonds. It's an anime-tinged version of the "Island of Misfit Toys" idea, and it works beautifully to reinforce the message Steven has been learning from his caretaker, Crystal Gems, throughout the show's run: that all lives are valuable.
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