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Recap / Steven Universe S2E10 "Rising Tides, Crashing Skies"

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For months, Keep Beach City Weird has been silent. Silent but not dead. For I have been toiling away on a super top secret project that will blow the lid off of your perception jar of reality!
Tomorrow, at 6pm, I unleash my masterpiece upon the internet.
Ronaldo Fryman, Keep Beach City Weird
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Ronaldo creates a documentary to determine if Steven and the Gems are safe for Beach City.


Tropes:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Pearl calls Ronaldo "Frybo", which is the name of the mascot for the restaurant his family owns.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Even when Ronaldo tells the citizens outright that the Crystal Gems are responsible for all the weirdness, they just don't care. Fryman is more concerned with running his business. It's possible that they're just desensitized to it, considering the Gems have been in Beach City for as long as anyone can remember.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Ronaldo brings up the valid issue that the Gems are constantly attracting danger to the city and strives to do so something about it. While the citizens of Beach City are too self concerned to give any thought to the problem, they present the defense that the kinds of threats the Gems deal with are too much for ordinary humans to handle.
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  • Breather Episode: This episode is more comical than episode immediately preceding it, "Sworn to the Sword", and the most lighthearted and comedic in tone of all the Stevenbomb 2.0 episodes.
  • Caption Humor: The caption description for some of the characters are pretty hilarious.
  • Chair Reveal: Ronaldo attempts the Chair Entrance version, but his chair swivels past the camera.
  • Continuity Nod: There's a lot of nods to previous episodes.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Ronaldo.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • Ronaldo mentions how the space hand "exploded into an explosion".
    • The caption for Mayor Dewey identifies him as "Mayor Dewey". His nameplate, which is still visible below the caption, also says "Mayor Dewey".
    • "Danger on the Boardwalk: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Boardwalk".
  • Didn't Think This Through: Ronaldo fails to realize that Beach City wouldn't be weird anymore if the Crystal Gems were to leave until Peedee points it out.
  • Documentary Episode: The entire episode is Ronaldo's in-universe documentary of the weirdness going on in town.
  • Failed a Spot Check: A mutual fail with the brothers Fryman, Peedee apparently fails to notice Ronaldo when he trails a wet mop into the room, and Ronaldo fails to notice the water trail.
  • Foreshadowing: When Ronaldo is "re-enacting" the hand-ship's crash, he gets his hand pinched by a crab, which turns out to be a Gem monster minion.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: The creature Steven and the Gems battle.
  • Go for the Eye: Garnet shouts this to Pearl while fighting the gem crab.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Although not told well, the subject matter of Ronaldo's documentary is pretty significant. No one in Beach City cares and no one outside is listening—the only one who watches it online is Steven. Just to rub salt in the wound, the real life version of Ronaldo's blog shows the video was removed for copyright violations shortly after being posted, so no one can ever see it.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Ronaldo is reduced to tears at the thought that Beach City won't be weird anymore, which would mean he'd be ordinary too.
  • I Lied: Garnet claims that the Gems will leave Beach City when Ronaldo asks them to to get him to stop bothering them. After Ronaldo comes back and asks them to stay, she openly admits to Steven that she was never planning to leave.
  • In-Universe Camera: Ronaldo's documentary is viewed by a camera.
  • It's All About Me: Until he's corrected by Steven, Ronaldo assumes the hand-ship was there for him because he knows the truth. Later, given the choice between keeping the city safe and keeping it weird so he'll have blog material, Ronaldo chooses the latter.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Ronaldo brings up valid concerns about the Gems' presence in Beach City. Various threats have been drawn there because of the Gems, who basically say "we were here first so deal with it" and are very apathetic to the trouble they cause to the humans that live near them. Ronaldo's father agrees with his son that bad things have happened because of the Gems but points out that normal humans can't really do anything about the threats.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ronaldo realizes that without the Gems, Beach City would be normal, and he wouldn't have anything for his blog.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Peedee puts down a wet floor sign, but only after trailing water on the floor and not warning his brother, causing him to slip.
  • Not So Different: While both sides have wildly different lifestyles, the citizens of Beach City and the Crystal Gems have one thing in common: A certain level of apathy towards the other.
  • Offscreen Crash: Ronaldo fails to capture the moment of impact when the hand-ship crashes.
  • Self-Serving Memory:
    • Peedee deliberately left out his tears at being forced to leave the shop in "The Return". Fortunately for us, Ronaldo recorded it.
    • Jenny doesn't lie necessarily, but she does play off Garnet almost hitting her back in "Joy Ride" as more malevolent than it actually was: she got between Garnet and Peridot's escape pod while Steven was in it to protect him but makes it out that Garnet was lashing out for no reason.
  • Shout-Out: Ronaldo sitting between two ferns, is a reference to "Between Two Ferns with Zachary Galifianakis".
  • Superhero Paradox: Ronaldo argues that the Crystal Gems put Beach City in danger by attracting monsters, as well as the attack by the Homeworld Gems. Pearl agrees that they do attract Gem monsters, but points out that they were at Beach City before any humans moved in.
  • The Un-Reveal: When Ronaldo tries to interview Onion, it looks like we're finally going to see him talk, only for him to swat the microphone away and run off.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Anything Ronaldo says should be taken with a grain of salt if we don't know it to be true already, especially when he made it seem like he was a master alien diplomat.

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