Steven Universe hits 100 episodes with its first full 22-minute installment and to celebrate, the show means “Bismuth.” (Yeah, yeah, I used that joke in the headline, but it’ll be really funny if I do it a third time.) Lamar Abrams, Colin Howard, Jeff Liu, and Katie Mitroff come together on this two - From A.V. Club
The forge is designed explicitly to be used by Bismuth, from the door that opens in the shape of her Gem to her comfort with the lava she uses as a tool to the many, many boxes and drawers filled with unused tools—among them, a set of spikes for Garnet’s gauntlets, a trident extension for Pearl’s spear, and a set of flails that serve as an addition to Amethyst’s whip.
(“This is a little intense for me.”) Instead, Steven introduces Bismuth to his own Crystal Gem rituals: playing badminton (Bismuth violently smashes the shuttlecock), cards (Garnet beats Amethyst’s shapeshifting with future vision), and making pizzas.
Introduced in an epic action shot, the weapon—called a breaking point—uses what looks like a giant pneumatic drill bit to shatter Gems with a single blow.
The structure of a 22-minute episode also pays off strongly in the confrontation between Steven and Bismuth, and not just because it gives us more time with Bismuth before her heel turn.
The newfound space also allows the boarders to add in more than one or two callbacks in a single episode—especially when Bismuth uses the “Bismuth” joke, and Steven tells Amethyst “Well, it’ll be really funny if she does it a third time,” only for the third time to come when Bismuth lays out the destructive, lethal power of the breaking point to an appalled Steven.