Steven Universe – “Back to the Barn”


Episode Summary: The gang return to the family barn to build robots.

Continuing the story arch from the previous two episodes, Peridot has not decided to work with the Crystal gems to find a way to stop the Cluster from waking up and destroying the planet. They decide the best course of action would be to build some kind of drilling device and dig to where it’s slumbering in the planet’s core. This takes the team back to the Universe Family barn and the massive amount of junk there which can be turned into a drill.


Peridtot and Pearl start butting heads almost immediately and one of the biggest theories about a cast member is proven: Pearl(s) is/are a mass produced gem. That’s right! By the way Peridot describes their use, they are essential the servant class of the Gem race. Wishing to prove that she is no ordinary Pearl, and thanks to a suggestion by Steven, a new competition is suggested: Giant Robot fighting! You have to admire Steven’s train of thought. The two Gems try to showcase who built the better machine and prove who is the better technician. Peridot comes out on top but sees the value in Pearl’s skills and the two decide to work together to stop the Cluster.

The fact about Pearl being a mass-produced gem is a theory that a several fans have been speculating for a while, and sometimes it’s better just to give them what they want. Considering Steven Universe prides itself on making references to Animes, it was surprising that neither Pearl’s nor Peridot’s giant robots resembled some kind of homage to the classic robots that fans would quick to pick up on. The interactions between Peridot and the rest of the Crystal Gems are amusing, and the current streak of engaging and entertaining episodes continues. Let’s hope it doesn’t stop anytime soon and they’ll keep the impending doom of The Cluster in the forefront of the episodes as they move ahead.

Anthony Wendel
Anthony Wendel
Anthony is a geek through and through who still looks forward to new releases, sneak peeks, Giant Monsters, and robots of all shapes and sizes. He loves animation of all shapes and sizes. He has a distinct apprehension for trolling and clips shows. His books, The Handbook for Surviving A Giant Monster Attack and Santa Claus Conquers Manos: The Hands of Fate are available on Amazon.