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Recap / Steven Universe S1E36 "Warp Tour"

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Steven thinks he sees something creepy traversing the warp streams and the Gems try to ease his paranoia.

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  • Brick Joke: During the first night, Amethyst eats a package of instant macaroni cheese powder. The next night, Steven eats a bowl which he says contains "macaroni and nothing."
  • Can't Take Criticism: Pearl doesn't react well to Steven's suggestion that she may be wrong.
  • The Cassandra: Steven.
  • Cassandra Truth: Steven was right when he says he saw something use the Warp Network, but the other Gems think he's imagining things.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: The Gems takes a trip to check the warp pads they've visited in previous episodes:
    • The Gems visit the Geode from "House Guest" (which still has the duct tape Greg applied) and the mountain from "Giant Woman".
    • Steven Jr from "Giant Woman" returns with children.
    • The Galaxy Warp from "Space Race" is revisited. The inactive pads are still marked with Steven's "Crying Breakfast Friends" stickers.
  • Cute Machines: The Robonoids.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The most important thing we see Peridot do that tells us about her personality is her stepping on a malfunctioning Robonoid that was rubbing up against her leg, slowly, until it pops like a grape.
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  • Exact Words: Pearl tells Steven that nothing on Earth could use the warp pads apart from them. She's right. Lampshaded by Steven, and Pearl finds herself unable to argue.
  • Exhausted Eyebags: Steven's paranoia gives him these.
  • Foreshadowing: Garnet knowing Steven went out of the flux and where/when to catch him foreshadows her "future vision" powers, that would be revealed three episodes later.
  • Healing Shiv: The Robonoids spray a crystalline substance from a nozzle on their heads to repair the warp pads.
  • Insomnia Episode: Steven is so freaked out over the thing he saw outside the warp stream he's unable to sleep.
  • Insufferable Genius: Really played up with Pearl this episode.
  • Laughing Mad: Steven has a brief bout of this when the Robonoid crashes into the house.
  • Luminescent Blush: Amethyst and Pearl both get this when they compliment each other at the start.
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  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Garnet is able to enlarge her fists for a more powerful strike on a stationary target. She actually did this in "Garnet's Universe", too, but that was Steven's story and a parody. Apparently he wasn't totally off the mark, or he'd seen her do it before and based it off of that.
  • Noodle Incident: There's some sort of rift took place between the Crystal Gems and the rest of the Gems. We don't know what exactly but it was something bad enough that they see Peridot, Amethyst believes they're all going to die and Pearl remarks "I can't do this, not again!". Later becomes an Averted Trope; we find out there was a war between the Crystal Gems and the Diamond Authority.
  • Not So Stoic: Steven comes very close to dying, and when Garnet saves him, she has to wipe away tears.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When Peridot finds a sticker on the homeworld warp pad, signifying that someone else has recently been to the Warp Network hub, she declares the site compromised and warps out, leaving a bomb which disables her Robonoids.
    • Likewise, the Gems are terrified of her appearance, expressing fear that some unspecified threat may return. Garnet destroys the warp pad to prevent Peridot from coming back.
  • Paranoia Fuel: In-Universe, Amethyst freaks Steven out by making him think what he saw in the warp pad will come back and attack him in his sleep.
  • Plot Allergy: Steven gets allergies from flowers. He sneezes so hard that his face ends outside the portal stream, allowing him to see the Robonoid's sillouette travelling in another stream. When he says he saw something, the Crystal Gems believe his sight is blurry because of the pollen.
  • Portal Network: The homeworld pad at the Galaxy Warp is repaired by Peridot's robots, though she cancels her work on the rest of them when it seems like the site has been compromised. Garnet smashes the homeworld warp after she leaves to prevent more from following.
  • Smash to Black: Dramatically contrasting with the star Iris Out most episodes use, this episode ends suddenly just after Garnet destroys the homeworld warp pad.
  • Space Is Cold: Jumping out the warp stream leads to a cold wide open space where Steven almost freezes to death. There seems to be some noticeable amount of air though, even if it's not enough to breathe, suggesting it's not exactly in outer space.
  • Tempting Fate: When Steven finally gives up on catching the thing he saw in the warp, he declares to the absent Gems that they were right. It's at this moment the Robonoid crashes in and proves his theory.
  • Trampled Underfoot: Used with a Discretion Shot to show that Peridot has no patience or time for broken Robonoids.
  • Wham Episode: A new gem, Peridot, appears and is traveling around space repairing the warp pads. When she finds evidence that others have been at the Galaxy Warp, she disables her Robonoids and leaves, leaving the Gems worried that a major threat will return.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: No one believes Steven when he says he saw something warping in another stream.

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