AVClub: One of the best things about Steven Universe is that the show is consistently from Steven’s point of view. We learn things about Home World and the rest of Gem culture as he does, we’re left out of conversations that are solely between Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl (unless Steven is eavesdropping), and are generally encouraged to empathize first and foremost with him, to understand his perpective in most situations. That approach is a great way of getting the audience to connect with Steven, but it also has its drawbacks. It’s tough to check in on any of the Beach City residents (we’ll never get a truly romantic moment between Lars and Sadie, because, well, Steven would be there). Even when episodes barely include Steven, they’re framed as stories being told to him—edited for his own benefit. “Log Date 7 15 2” is the first episode to almost fully take on another character’s perspective, in their own words, and it’s wonderful.