New Netflix Releases for the Year’s End Range From Miserable to Highly Anticipated, and That’s Including Almost All of the DC Extended Universe- Armessa Movie News

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The Holidays can only go one of two ways for fans of film and TV: you’re either even busier than normal and have even less time to watch old and new additions to your watchlist, or you’re actually freer than usual, cuddling up in bed with a warm blanket and some hot tea, about to click on that Netflix icon.

While we’re pretty sure most of us fall into the former category, just in case you’re part of the latter, we’re bringing you all the freshest Netflix treats to lead you smoothly into the year. From a less-than-ideal new release, the coveted return of a South Korean horror staple after three years, to the world’s second-biggest superhero franchise and a good ol’ British crime mystery, chilly November, December, and January are looking stacked for Netflix enjoyers.

The great Warner Bros. – Netflix pilgrimage continues, as DC’s failed attempt at a cinematic universe makes its way to the TUDUM platform

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The licensing deal between Warner Bros. and Netflix, which has seen multiple high-profile titles join the latter’s catalog, has just gotten wilder. The studios that own Netflix’s main competitor, Max, seem to have forgone exclusive rights to most of the movies in the DC Extended Universe, presumably in favor of giving them a second chance at life on the neighboring platform.

Netflix has announced that, come Dec. 1, Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League (not the Zack Snyder one), Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman: 1984, AND The Suicide Squad are all going to be available to stream for its 247.2 million paid subscribers, who must probably be questioning the worth of their Max membership right about now. That is, if they even have one.

Fair enough; lending Netflix the likes of Ballers, Band of Brothers, and Insecure is one thing, but the cinematic universe of one of two leading comic book brands on Earth is a completely different ballgame. What’s next, Game of Thrones and Succession?

Not every Netflix user was particularly fond of the news. The unrelenting Zack Snyder fandom, which has been begging the red streamer to buy the Snyderverse and give it continuity, was left feeling understandably betrayed; not only were their wishes ignored, but Warner Bros. didn’t even give Netflix the permission to stream the Snyder cut version of the disgraced Justice League.

Three years after premiering, a South Korean streaming pioneer gets a Season 2 date

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If you think the Stranger Things hiatuses were long, just count your blessings that you’re not a Sweet Home fan. The Netflix show premiered all the way back in 2020 to acclaim and a groundbreaking reception that made it the first Korean-language original to make the platform’s U.S. Top 10.

The apocalyptic horror wouldn’t be renewed until 18 months later, and has only now received a release date for its coveted second season. The zombie residents of the Green Home apartment complex are finally dragging themselves back to screens worldwide on Dec. 1. At least season 3 has already been greenlit as well. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take another three years before we get a glimpse of that as well.

Song Kang is returning as the charismatic protagonist Cha Hyun-soo. Lee Jin-uk, Lee Si-young, Ko Min-si, Park Gyu-young, and more also star.

Ring in the New Year with Harlan Coben’s eighth adaptation for Netflix

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There is a new Harlan Coben adaptation coming to Netflix at the start of the new year. The eighth of the prolific mystery author’s novels to be turned into an original for the streamer, Fool Me Once is based on the 2016 book of the same name, and centers on Maya Burkett, a former Special Ops pilot, bereaved by the death of her husband Joe. One day she sees him on a nanny cam playing with their daughter, plunging her into a shocking investigation.

The eight-episode series stars Coronation Street‘s Michelle Keegan and Obsession‘s Richard Armitage as Maya and Joe and has been given a Jan. 1 premiere date by Netflix.

Stale World War II drama from Deadpool 3 director finally hits Netflix

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The director of Free Guy, The Adam Project, and Deadpool 3 would probably not be your first choice to helm a Nazi-era war drama, and it might be for good reason. Shawn Levy’s All The Light We Cannot See was not exactly embraced by critics after early screenings, and it’s not receiving much love now that it has finally joined Netflix, either.

Taking from Anthony Doerr’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, this four-part limited series has been called “messy,” “silly” and simultaneously “undercooked” and “overwrought.” The story follows Marie-Laure LeBlanc, a blind French girl who lives with her father in Paris, and Werner Pfennig, a German orphan who gets drafted into the Nazi army. Their separate lives eventually cross.

Despite the source material’s acclaim, this iteration from Levy doesn’t seem to share the same magic. While it currently boasts a 92% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, 26 reviews from professional opinion-makers only rate it at an average of 31%.

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‘The Boys’ Universe Is Miles Ahead of Marvel in One Major Way – Armessa Movie News

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The Big Picture

  • The Boys successfully brings real-world issues and problems into its narrative, creating impact and repercussions that other superhero franchises, including Marvel, fail to achieve.
  • The creative freedom of The Boys, as a relatively newer franchise, allows it to incorporate weird and satirical elements from the comics in a way that works for the TV series.
  • The Boys incorporates real-world elements into its story, functioning as a satire of the superhero genre, while Marvel, with its idealistic approach, struggles to effectively address similar issues in its movies and TV series.


Right now, we’re living in one of those blessed periods for superhero fans, when new episodes of Gen V and Loki air within moments of each other. Both shows are getting great reviews and telling some great, weird stories that we love to see. The MCU and The Boys have become the two main powerhouses in the superhero genre nowadays (hopefully DC will soon find its way under James Gunn, too), but they couldn’t be further apart in what kind of stories they tell and, even when they do tell similar ones, in how they tell them.

One of the things people usually mention when talking about why they like The Boys is how this particular universe manages to bring real-world issues and problems to its own narrative. Many other franchises have been trying to address these topics in movies and series, especially Marvel, but fail to create the same impact and repercussions The Boys does. Why is that, exactly? How come the House of Ideas, with so many different superheroes, can’t be more relevant in stirring debate around current events while The Boys does it pretty much with every new episode?

The Boys

A group of vigilantes set out to take down corrupt superheroes who abuse their superpowers.

Release Date
July 26, 2019

Cast
Karl Urban, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Colby Minifie, Aya Cash

Genres
Superhero, Action, Sci-Fi, Drama, Crime

Rating
TV-MA

Seasons
4

Studio
Amazon Studios

‘The Boys’ Has More Freedom With Being a Relatively Newer Franchise

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There’s a lot of pressure when adapting decades of widely known material from comics and beloved characters into movies or television series, but The Boys doesn’t have any of that these days. Compared to Marvel, The Boys comics are relatively new, actually, having been around since 2006. The comics also had more freedom to do their own thing because they were published by Dynamite, a smaller brand that allowed co-creators Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson free rein over their own story, and that’s how the TV series got so much weird stuff to pull from. This isn’t necessarily better or worse than writing for a big brand — it’s just different, and worked perfectly when it was time to take the comics to the small screen.

With all due respect to the comics and the hardcore fans who’ve been around since day one, it’s pretty safe to say that The Boys is mostly known for its flagship series on Prime Video, as well as its two spinoff series, The Boys Presents: Diabolical and Gen V. These shows may have even more creative freedom than the comics because they’re not necessarily limited to the original storylines and can find success on their own terms. Instead, the franchise led by Eric Kripke does its own thing by bringing real-world stuff to the writers’ room and choosing to be not so much an adaptation, but fully embracing its satirical nature (but more on that later). In that sense, the things it pulls from the comics are never adapted exactly as they take place in the comics. The concepts may be there, but they don’t serve the purpose of the series if they aren’t adapted.

Stormfront’s (Aya Cash) story, for example, doesn’t have the same impact in the comics because there is no relationship with Homelander (Antony Starr), so her Nazi past couldn’t be as relevant as it was in Season 2. Back then, we had to watch important people making Nazi references and dog whistles on TV while many people remained unaware of it — part of Stormfront’s most impactful storyline in the series. Without these changes, there would be no sense in even making a The Boys TV series, because the comics just always go there. Stormfront is such an impactful character that she’s responsible for Homelander’s current idea that Supes are actually better than ordinary people and should be treated as such. In Gen V, we see the “Supes Lives Matter” movement as a consequence of that and a mirror of a similar real-world idea. In the comics, Stormfront’s role is mainly being the Nazi we see getting punched (which is always nice, of course), and not even by the girls in the group. That’s how the series gets the comics to work for them — and not the other way around, as we’ll see with Marvel.

‘The Boys’ Wouldn’t Work As Well If It Didn’t Incorporate Real-World Elements Into Its Story

Antony Starr as Homelander in 'The Name of the Game' from 'The Boys'
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The main premise of The Boys in both the comics and the TV show is: What if superheroes were real? The answer is that they would live in the same world as us, watching the same news and having their thoughts similarly influenced by everyday things. They would be celebrities who speak their twisted minds in public, vying for public attention and adoration as something they are owed for their service, which they wouldn’t see as a responsibility.

This is how satire is supposed to work because this question has already been asked countless times in the superhero genre, both in comics and on-screen. We like to think of The Dark Knight as realistic with its dark and gritty approach to superheroes, but the fact is that it’s almost naively idealistic — a billionaire using their resources to help ordinary people isn’t even fathomable in our world. The whole premise of Spider-Man is that having powers invites their own responsibility to the community — which in itself is an ideal, but wouldn’t have any translation in reality. In fact, the harsh reality is that Batman would probably put Peter Parker in jail and Miles Morales in juvie.

As a satire of the genre, the purpose of The Boys is to take all the ideas behind the superheroes — who are supposed to be just that, ideas for what we ourselves aspire to be — and show us how it would look in the mirror. Marvel can’t do that because they aren’t a satire, they’re the ones who make the ideals. They do have satirical characters like Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), but even he knows that he’s part of a larger machine that just doesn’t work like that.

The MCU Is a Problem in Itself When Addressing Real-Word Issues

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There’s a lot of pressure when adapting decades of widely known material from comics, not to mention beloved characters, into movies or television series. Marvel is all about that; otherwise, the fans would go crazy. For a long time, their comics have been setting the standard in superhero storytelling because they understood their role as being something unattainable. No one can swing through buildings, there’s no super soldier serum, and no one has designed suits of armor that allow them to fly — but if they had, this is how they should behave, and that’s great. We need role models because we are flawed, but heroes can’t be. That’s why Captain America and Superman may sound boring, but it’s what actually makes them great.

But Marvel has always done a better job of tackling real-world issues in the comics than in its movies and TV series. Anyone who’s ever read Captain America: Red, White, and Blue has surely been impacted, but, when this storyline was brought to screens in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, it sounded a lot like “having a talk.” This is arguably the MCU work that tries the hardest to address racial and social issues, and it succeeds for the most part, but its crowning achievement is turning Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) into an idea. No one calls him “just Falcon,” as he wants, because even in the MCU they need their ideals and role models. The MCU is still an idealistic comic book world, meaning that it shows us how things should be, not how they are. Of course, there are racial issues there, too, and it’s clear by the end of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier that the white people at the top aren’t happy with a Black Captain America, and that’s realistic, but the series ultimately still wraps up with being about how we can be better by sticking to our ideals.

There’s yet another issue that serves as an obstacle to the MCU when it comes to addressing real-world problems: the stakes. Marvel has several different planets and realms where the action takes place, and all of those inevitably have to come together at the end to fight one common threat. It did so in the Infinity Saga with Thanos (Josh Brolin), it’s doing it now in the Multiverse Saga with Kang (Jonathan Majors), and it will do it again after that. That’s how the MCU is supposed to work, with one movie or series serving as a step on a staircase that leads to the great all-encompassing arc that threatens everything. When there are cosmic or multiversal stakes, it’s very hard to put someone like Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly) in perspective, as important as his life and suffering really are. Even his experience is but a step in Captain America (Chris Evans) and the Winter Soldier’s (Sebastian Stan) road to that multiversal battle — and we talk about it, sure, but way less than we should. When it comes to the various superhero stories being told on-screen, there are some aspects that the MCU still reigns supreme over, but ultimately, the world of The Boys is succeeding in ways that Marvel hasn’t figured out how to tackle.

The Boys is available for streaming exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S.

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Netflix’s Two New Frankenstein Movies Can Finally Make Up For Universal’s Failed Dark Universe Starring Tom Cruise – Armessa Movie News

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Summary

  • Netflix is developing two Frankenstein movies, one directed by Guillermo Del Toro and the other by Maggie Gyllenhaal, with impressive casts and promising creative freedom.
  • The movies, Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, are not confirmed to be connected but are being developed at the same time, raising speculation about a potential Netflix monster universe.
  • Netflix has the opportunity to succeed where Universal’s Dark Universe failed, by delivering a better shared universe involving Frankenstein’s monster, and potentially inspiring remakes of underrepresented monsters.


Netflix is developing not one but two Frankenstein movies, and they could make up for Universal’s most recent failed cinematic universe of monsters. Frankenstein is the classic Mary Shelley novel about a sympathetic monster that readers could relate to even when he was wreaking havoc. The character was rejected by society for the way he looked, and as a result, resorted to violence because he couldn’t cope with the conflicted feelings he had. Ever since 1931, there have been a number of media adaptations of the classic novel, with the many Frankenstein movies making the titular scientist’s monster just as much of an iconic screen presence as he is a literary character.

Universal tried to remake Frankenstein in the 2010s with Javier Bardem playing Frankenstein’s monster, but that Dark Universe movie was canceled following the failure of The Mummy reboot. The 2017 Tom Cruise-starring movie was planned to be the start of a new cinematic universe of monsters until The Mummy underperformed at the box office and was critically scathed. The Dark Universe was also meant to include a Bride of Frankenstein movie, which was similarly scrapped following The Mummy’s failure. Now, Netflix is releasing two Frankenstein movies within a surprisingly short timeframe of one another, leading to speculation about whether they’re connected and if Netflix can achieve what Universal couldn’t.

RELATED: Renfield’s 15 Dracula & Universal Monsters Easter Eggs & References


Netflix’s Two Frankenstein Movies Explained

Two Frankenstein-based movies are currently in development for Netflix; one from visionary filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) and another from actor/director Maggie Gyllenhaal. Guillermo Del Toro’s long-awaited Frankenstein movie began production in February 2023, and it sports a cast of Academy Award winners and nominees that includes Oscar Isaac, Andrew Garfield, and Christoph Waltz. Mia Goth also joins the cast, with Frankenstein adding to her scream-queen resume of horror movies including X, Pearl, and Infinity Pool.

Del Toro is the perfect filmmaker to remake Frankenstein, as the original 1931 movie is a personal favorite of the director (via BFI). Furthermore, some of Guillermo del Toro’s best movies are about conflicted and sympathetic monsters, such as Amphibian Man in The Shape of Water and the titular character in Hellboy; the director knows exactly how to tap into Frankenstein’s monster’s mindset. Given that 1931’s Frankenstein seemingly shaped del Toro’s storytelling formula, it only makes sense that he personally makes a new version of the story for Netflix, especially as del Toro has been developing Frankenstein for 15 years.

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Bride of Frankenstein will begin production in 2024. It’s again unknown how much of a direct remake of the original 1935 movie it will be, but the film also sports an impressive cast so far. Bride of Frankenstein will star Christian Bale and Peter Sarsgaard, though their roles in the project are currently undisclosed. While Gyllenhaal is better known as an actor, starring in movies such as The Dark Knight, she also directed the 2021 movie The Lost Daughter. The movie was overwhelmingly positively received with 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, which bodes well for the upcoming Netflix movie.

Netflix’s Frankenstein Movies Aren’t In The Same Universe (That We Know Of)

Guillermo del Toro with a monster prop

It hasn’t been confirmed that Netflix’s Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein are related, but the fact that the movies are being developed at the same time certainly raises eyebrows. However, while much of the cast is still yet to be confirmed for both projects, neither of the two movies share any of the same actors. Both movies’ casts are outstanding so far, but they’re completely different. Additionally, given that del Toro has been working on his Frankenstein for 15 years, it’s unlikely that it’s tied into Bride of Frankenstein unless the Gyllenhaal movie retroactively included connections.

Furthermore, del Toro previously parted ways with the Frankenstein project in the 2010s when it was being developed at Universal, as Universal wanted to tie his project into a greater universe influenced by the MCU (via Collider), which presumably became the Universal Dark Universe. Based on that, it’s unlikely that del Toro would have agreed to make his Frankenstein movie part of a greater Netflix monster universe. However, the filmmaker has made franchise movies before with both the Hellboy and Blade series, and if Netflix gave him enough creative freedom, there’s a chance that the del Toro movie could still link to Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Bride of Frankenstein.

Netflix’s New Frankenstein Films Can Succeed Where The Dark Universe Failed

Tom Cruise sits on a plane in The Mummy

Based on Universal’s treatment of the Dark Universe and the studio’s Dracula movies, the odds of a Dark Universe Frankenstein movie being great were low. As exemplified by Renfield‘s box office failure, Universal has recently struggled to find a way to make Dracula – a world-famous vampire – successful, so it’s likely that Frankenstein would have run into the same problems. In that respect, by hiring respected filmmakers and greenlighting a budget that allows such a heavyweight cast, Netflix could deliver a better shared universe involving Frankenstein’s monster. However, the two upcoming Frankenstein movies for Netflix still sound extremely promising regardless of whether they’re connected.

Even if the two projects aren’t connected, they both sound thrilling in their own right, as each boasts an incredible cast and comes from a visionary director who will likely have creative freedom. With the likes of Dracula and The Invisible Man, other iconic literary monsters have a more notable presence in modern cinema than Frankenstein’s monster. The lack of a proper Frankenstein movie arguably means the original story’s legacy has been preserved much better than those other iconic monsters; there hasn’t been a “fresh” Dracula movie on Rotten Tomatoes since 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Frankenstein hasn’t had that problem, and because the character hasn’t been diluted, these two upcoming films could be hugely popular and exciting, potentially inspiring additional movie remakes for underrepresented monsters.

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The 6th Entry in the Worst Universe Ever Earns Its 0% Score on Streaming- Armessa Movie News

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Plenty of shared universes both loosely-connected and official have come and gone over the decades, but none of them have ever been more consistently and offensively awful string of “comedies” churned out by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. The Starving Games was the sixth, but it stands out on its own for a couple of very notable reasons.

Predecessors Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, and Vampires Suck all rode the coattails of the Scary Movie saga the filmmakers helped create in the first place, and every single one of them made a tidy profit at the box office despite Rotten Tomatoes scores that ranged from between one and seven percent.

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The Starving Games, meanwhile, became the first chapter in the never-ending series that wasn’t backed by a major studio, and was the first to bomb as a result after failing to clear $4 million in theaters, as well as ending up as what was remarkably the first one to ever secure a big fat zero on the aforementioned aggregation site.

While there’s no doubt plenty of people out there who enjoyed the low-rent parodies for what they were – which is proven in the hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket sales – the initial seven-film stretch (which includes Best Night Ever!) accrued combined Rotten Tomatoes ratings of 16 percent, yielding an average of just 2.4 percent for the septet of Friedberg/Seltzer fiascos.

Embarrassing doesn’t even begin to cover it, but The Starving Games rising from the depths to cement itself as one of the biggest hits on Starz (per FlixPatrol) is another damning reminder that folks haven’t forgotten about them yet.

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10 Best Steven Universe Episodes Ranked – Armessa Movie News

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  • Steven Universe
    explores themes that many kid shows shy away from, making it a groundbreaking and relatable cartoon.

  • The show combines stunning visuals with science-fiction elements, while also providing excellent representation of LGBTQ+ relationships.
  • Each episode of
    Steven Universe
    keeps the story fresh and entertaining, with standout moments that delve into its characters and deliver unforgettable plot twists.

Steven Universe has consistently produced incredible episodes, some of which rank higher than others when it comes to plot, execution, and world-building. Steven Universe has been integral in examining core themes that many kid shows shy away from. The writing in Steven Universe is done so well that it’s easy to forget the show largely caters to kids. The beloved cartoon is groundbreaking for its timely storylines, but it also stands out for portraying its characters in a nuanced and complex manner.

Steven Universe excellently combines science-fiction with stunning visuals while unflinchingly tackling themes that most kids’ shows don’t. Steven Universe‘s exploration of LGBTQ+ relationships served as a great example for othercartoons. The show is about love, family, and friendship, making it relatable for a range of viewers. Throughout its five seasons, Steven Universe sticks to what makes it good, but it does so in a way that ensures it isn’t stagnant or repetitive.


10 “Fusion Cuisine” (Season 1, Episode 32)

Steven Universe season 1, episode 32, “Fusion Cuisine,” dives into a family plot that explores the depths of its characters. When Steven is invited for dinner at Connie’s and asked to bring his mom, he has no idea what to do. Ultimately, he takes his three moms fused into one. When they finally get to Connie’s, the most bizarre and hilarious dinner ensues. The episode heavily relies on portraying the characters as a little naive to further its plot. This in itself doesn’t make it the best episode Steven Universe has come up with. However, its humorous portrayal of family dynamics still lands it among the best installments.

9 “The Answer” (Season 2, Episode 22)

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Steven Universe season 2, episode 22, “The Answer,” digs into the romantic relationships of its characters. On Steven’s birthday, Garnet explains to him how Sapphire and Ruby met and eventually fused. In a flashback to 5,750 years ago on Earth, a young Sapphire is tasked with ending the rebellions going on in the city. Using her powers, she predicts that she and seven other crystal gems will die at the hands of the rebels. Sapphire readily accepts her fate, but Ruby doesn’t. Ruby instead fuses with Sapphire, creating the strange-looking gem, Garnet.

Related: 10 Great Representations of LGBTQ+ Couples From Western Animation

Steven Universe is one of the first kids’ cartoons to feature queer relationships and characters, and the way Sapphire and Ruby are portrayed offers excellent and realistic representation. “The Answer” also has a fairytale feeling to it, making the flashback of Ruby and Sapphire’s first meeting even more enjoyable. The fact that the episode shows how anyone can feel lost and still do their best to love themselves makes it incredibly relatable. Additionally, the installment shows that there’s more to Garnet than first meets the eye.

8 “Hit The Diamond” (Season 3, Episode 9)

Ruby and Sapphire in Stephen Universe

Season 3, episode 9 of Steven Universe, aptly titled “Hit the Diamond,” focuses on a baseball match between Steven’s group of friends and five Rubies from the Homeworld that are sent to Delmarva to find the Earth leader. This episode stands out for several reasons. It smartly highlights the show’s most important themes: Ruby and Sapphire’s relationship and the growing bond between the Crystal Gems. “Hit the Diamond” also uses a simplistic storytelling method while taking advantage of the baseball for silly jokes. It’s funny and has great world-building but still manages to not take itself too seriously.

7 “Bismuth” (Season 3, Episode 24)

Bismuth in Steven Universe

While rummaging around in Lion’s Mane, Steven discovers a Crystal Gem called Bismuth that’s thought to be lost by his friends. Bismuth is entertaining — if a little aggressive — but she has a personality that fits right in with the tightly-knit friend group. Garnet and Pearl are happy to see their old friend, but from the start, there is something that seems a bit off about Bismuth. “Bismuth” starts as a fun reunion between old friends, but this episode takes on a darker tone as it delves deeper into the reason Bismuth was in Lion’s Mane.

The world-building and animation in “Bismuth” is simply stunning. The way the story slowly builds to its gut-wrenching ending is a testament to how skilled the writers of Steven Universe are — and why the show has become so successful. As a character, Bismuth holds her own. She raises enough suspicion from the beginning to validate the episode’s ending. Steven is also a standout. The way he takes a stand for what is right and disagrees with Bismuth — but does so in a kind and gentle way — shows just why the character is so beloved.

6 “We Need To Talk” (Season 2, Episode 9)

A band playing in Steven Universe

“We Need to Talk” is the perfect title for this Steven Universe season 2 episode that delves into Steven’s family life. The installment explains how Rose and Greg met, and the reason for Steven’s conception is teased. “We Need to Talk” is a standout episode, not only for its title — which perfectly sums up what the episode is about — but also for the way the story is crafted. “We Need to Talk” does an excellent job of using different storytelling elements to explore unconventional relationships in a way that can be easily understood by the show’s younger audience.

5 “Log Date 7 15 2” (Season 3, Episode 4)

Two people dancing in Steven Universe

Fusion is something Steven Universe explores throughout its five seasons, but “Log Date 7 15 2” is integral to explaining why Garnet chooses to live her life in fusion instead of as Sapphire and Ruby. “Log Date 7 15 2” is one of the show’s most important episodes because it taps into relationship topics that aren’t typically addressed in kids’ shows. The episode teaches the importance of friendship and acceptance in a way that is subtle but effective.

Related: Steven Universe: 10 Funniest Running Gags, Ranked

4 “Giant Woman” (Season 1, Episode 12)

Woman holding a bow and arrow in Steven Universe

Steven Universe season 1, episode 12, “Giant Woman,” introduces Steven to a new character: Opal. However, Opal isn’t really a stranger, as she is a fusion of Amethyst and Pearl. “Giant Woman” features elements Steven Universe is beloved for, as it has the perfect combination of amazing music, epic fight scenes, and meaningful character interactions. It also teases what’s to come in future episodes of the show.

3 “Mr. Greg” (Season 3, Episode 12)

Steven Universe

“Mr. Greg” is a hugely fun, delightful, and easy episode of Steven Universe with a musical twist. This installment explores the relationship between Greg and Pearl, but it does so through songwriting and stunning animation. “Mr. Greg” is integral to portraying how Greg and Pearl deal with their feelings after Rose’s death. The songs provide a gut-wrenching experience that tugs at the heartstrings. The episode does a great job of letting the characters explore their complex emotions while maintaining the stunning imagery that Steven Universe is known for.

2 “A Single Pale Rose” (Season 5, Episode 18)

Someone touching another person's belly in Steven Universe

One of the greatest mysteries of Steven Universe is Pearl’s past. “A Single Pale Rose” starts as many Steven Universe episodes do, with a simple plot that unravels into something deeper. Steven has always been curious about Pearl’s past, but she keeps her secrets close. In “A Single Pearl Rose,” Pearl finally shows Steven what transpired in her past. When her phone gets lost in her gem, she sends Steven in to look for it. While Steven is deep in Pearl’s mind, he uncovers his mother’s true identity.

“A Single Pearl Rose” contains one of Steven Universe‘s greatest plot twists. Rose’s identity was hugely debated while the show aired, and this installment answered viewers’ questions. The way the story unfolds and ends in a satisfying climax is one of its many strengths. It set the stage for the remaining episodes of the season, as each of the characters must deal with their feelings toward Rose. It’s also an important episode for Steven. He finally confronts his mixed feelings about his mother, but he does it in a way that shows how far he’s come since Steven Universe season 1.

1 Jail Break (Season 1, Episode 49)

Characters huddled together in Steven Universe

“Jail Break” is easily the best episode of Steven Universe. When Steven’s friends are trapped on Jasper’s ship, Steven attempts to rescue them but ends up discovering that Garnet is a fusion of Ruby and Sapphire. “Jail Break” features an epic fight with a musical score that perfectly sets the scene. The plot twist in this season 1 installment is excellently done, and it sets up a satisfying ending to the show’s first outing.

“Jail Break” was instrumental in paving the way for Steven Universe‘s success.It showed viewers there was more to this show and what it could become. The episode is a demonstration of how love and friendship can be depicted in ways that do not come off as preachy.Steven Universe may be a cartoon meant for kids, but its many layers have proved that a cartoon could be entertaining while tackling serious and important themes.

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Escaping Twin Flames – Trailer – A three-part documentary series that pulls back the veil on Twin Flames Universe, a controversial online community that preys on people looking for love.

Escaping Twin Flames | Official Trailer | Netflix

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Unknown: Cosmic Time Machine – Documentary Trailer – With unique access behind-the-scenes to NASA’s ambitious mission to launch the James Webb Space Telescope, we follow a team of engineers and scientists as they take the next giant leap in our quest to understand the universe.- Playlists

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Unknown: Cosmic Time Machine – Documentary Trailer – With unique access behind-the-scenes to NASA’s ambitious mission to launch the James Webb Space Telescope, we follow a team of engineers and scientists as they take the next giant leap in our quest to understand the universe.

UNKNOWN: Cosmic Time Machine | Official Trailer | Netflix

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The Marvels – Trailer – Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani Samuel L. Jackson – Carol Danvers has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. But unintended consequences see Carol shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe- Playlists

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The Marvels – Trailer – Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani Samuel L. Jackson – Carol Danvers has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. But unintended consequences see Carol shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe

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