Despite still using one of the characters as an avatar, Steven Universe has gone downhill for me to the point that I'm probably never getting back into it. Unless it somehow completely shifts gears in terms of direction and focus, which seems less and less likely as more episodes come out.
I stopped watching a while back, can't remember when exactly. I think the last big story arc I saw was when they went to the human zoo to rescue Greg. After that I just kinda dropped off, but I planned to go back and catch up later. But I still kept an ear to the ground to keep up on what was happening. So I heard about stupid things like Lars dying and being brought back to life, or Steven and Connie breaking up and that taking the focus off of the more important story stuff, and so on.
But what ultimately kneecapped my interest in coming back to this wasn't any of that. It was the episode "Letters to Lars". Most people would look at that and just see it as another random townie episode not worth focusing on, but what I read and heard of it communicated to me what was wrong with not the show itself, but the people making it.
Now, I know the creators of Steven Universe have social media accounts, and they often keep in close contact with their fanbase. So I have no doubt that, in the wake of the show's decline in quality, they're very much aware of some of the criticisms that have come up about it. And one of the common ones is that nothing really changes in Steven Universe. Sometimes stuff happens, but rarely anything significant or life-altering enough to show a change in the status quo. And you might think one of the characters dying and coming back to life would do that, but instead he's off in space doing his own thing, and barely anyone seems to care.
So what does this have to do with the episode? Well, the whole episode is about Steven telling Lars how things have changed in Beach City since his disappearance. And a good chunk of it is random stuff that the fanbase either doesn't care about, or won't be done ever again. Such as Amethyst and Peridot joining the comedy troupe. Something that is completely unimportant, and is to my knowledge never brought up again.
But the show treats it as this obvious thing. Like, at one point Steven flat out says to Mayor Dewey "of course things have changed, nothing stays the same". Like it's so obvious things have
changed, and you're an idiot if you didn't see it sooner. That