Ha, I thought you wanted to poll how gay the audience for Steven Universe is.
I’d heard enough on the fringes to know some of the themes going in, which is part of the reason I gave it another shot!
I find Steven’s relationships with the other gems to be pretty interesting. Pearl is sort of maternal, Garnet is more of a mentor, and Amethyst is like… a fun aunt? I think understanding the intrarelationships there is rather complex.
I think the show does an excellent job portraying kids and how cool they can be. Steven is immature and often makes the wrong decisions, but he can handle more than the gems expect.
I liked in “Tiger Millionaire” you get a look at Steven when he’s in his element and legitimately good at something. The uncertainty and lack of confidence goes away when he’s performing in costume, and you get a glimpse at what a mature Steven might look like. I also really liked the first Connie episode; their interactions are really sweet, and Steven just straight up ignores the shade being thrown at him by the gems/his friends, and it ends with Connie being legitimately impressed by him.
The cat fingers episode was legit body horror and it was terrifying. In general the show is good at building dread. Some of this works, too, because, at least at the beginning, the audience is in the same state as Steven. We don’t know the rules for this universe, so everything is new and a little frightening.