The Kindergarten Kid (Steven Universe) – Overly Animated Podcast #231

By: Dylan Hysen


Dylan Hysen, Delaney Stovall, and Justin Cummings discuss the August 11th episode of Steven Universe, “The Kindergarten Kid”.

Dylan is a software developer from the DC area who hosts the Overly Animated podcast discussing everything animation.



  1. theBSDude says:

    I had assumed that the gem that looked like a gem mutant, with all the arms, just actually was a gem mutant.

    Now, a mistake. Gems are not confirmed as a created species. I assume you’re referring to YD’s line about “organic life,” as the proof. The word “organic” is not an antonym for “artificial,” especially in conjunction with the word “life.” “Organic life” refers to a specific class of being. We actually have things on Earth that don’t count as organic life: viruses. They don’t eat, respirate, or reproduce in a way that allows them to be categorized as “organic life” — almost exactly like Gems — but they are naturally occurring.

    • Dylan Hysen says:

      I think there’s evidence beyond that YD line: the gems keep referring to themselves as “made”.

      • theBSDude says:

        An Individual gem is “made,” and not born; produced through an external process, exactly like a virus. Still doesn’t mean the species didn’t evolve.

        Further, even if the gems’ current iteration is artificial, there’s no need for them to have a different race as their progenitor. Say if future humans modify themselves to reproduce externally; their current iteration would be artificial, but no one else could be said to have created them.

        • Dylan Hysen says:

          Good point, they could have previously been an organic species that developed the capability to artificially reproduce. That’s some pretty deep sci-fi stuff, love it. Seems not like a direction the show would go? Too complex? But plausible at least.

  2. Roy says:

    The corrupted gem reminded of the monsters in Tremors 2. I liked it.

    The show’s really been on animation nostalgia kick lately. Scooby Doo referenced in Gem Hunt, The Jetsons in Greg the Babysitter, and now Loony Toons. Also possibly Yogi Bear also when Peridot said “I’m more intelligent than the average Peridot.”

  3. Steve says:

    I find it hard to believe the corrupted gem featured in this episode that Jasper would use part of her army, I know she was desperate, but still it was clear she was only going after quartzs. She is too adorable for Jasper to recruit for her corrupted gem army.

  4. Steve says:

    I fell like Lapis is not a Crystal Gems and going on missions like this because she is to OP, if Lapis was here, this episode would have lasted a minute. But yes without speaking Lapis stole the episode.

    We did glimpse of Peridot’s ignorant attitude towards corrupts gems when Jasper was corrupted, she said “ill that is disgusting. So that was set up for this episode.

    I am glad I am not the only one who notice the endless marsh mellows.

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