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YMMV / Steven Universe S4E17 "Rocknaldo"

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  • Acceptable Targets: Bloggers who complain about every little problem they see, no matter how minor it is.
  • Author's Saving Throw: While considered a subpar episode at best, Ronaldo actually getting Character Development and trying to better himself after failing to change much at all in his previous episodes is considered one of the saving graces of the episode by some.
  • Critical Dissonance: Many review websites praised the episode for its message about problematic allyships in minority groups. However, many fans disliked the episode for its Anvilicious delivery, and not being a very fun or enjoyable episode to watch.
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  • Don't Shoot the Message: Controversies aside, the episode still has some important morals, like "Don't act like you have authority over a group you don't belong to" and "You shouldn't support something just to boost your own ego." Most importantly, it shows that people who are willing to overcome bigoted tendencies still can't change overnight, and while some never do, other just progress slowly.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans wish this episode never happened. Largely due to Ronaldo being even more obnoxious than usual, nothing of substance happening and all of the interesting plots being wasted. Plenty of veteran fans outright advice newcomers to just skip this episode, as to not waste their time with it.
  • Memetic Mutation: This face that Pearl made quickly became a popular reaction image, particularly among people who use it as their reaction to the episode itself.
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  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Ronaldo realizes that he's misjudged the Crystal Gems and decides to join them so that he can truly understand and help their cause. But when the Gems go on a mission, they don't allow Ronaldo to join for fear of him becoming The Load, which leads to him spending the whole episode acting like Jerkass to Steven, which leads to Steven calling him out. While the Gems' decision was understandable, and he still learned something by the end, not allowing him to come effectively squandered a golden opportunity for Ronaldo to see what the Gems do first hand, gain deeper respect for them, and allow for positive Character Development for him. It also could have allowed the episode to incorporate action while also giving the show an equally viable means of showcasing the Gem that was hyped in marketing but turned out to be Ronaldo's Gemsona.


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