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Garnet
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Opal
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Sardonyx
17%
 17% [ 4 ]
Sugilite
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
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9%
 9% [ 2 ]
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13%
 13% [ 3 ]
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 [Poll] Do you prefer story arcs or self-contained episodes?

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Do you prefer story arcs or self-contained episodes?
Story Arcs
33%
 33% [ 7 ]
Self-Contained Episodes
10%
 10% [ 2 ]
Both
57%
 57% [ 12 ]
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PostSubject: [Poll] Do you prefer story arcs or self-contained episodes?   Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:30 pm

This question was pitched by @PearlQuartz17 and I thought it was a good enough question to take a poll on! So pick your fave and then explain why!

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PostSubject: Re: [Poll] Do you prefer story arcs or self-contained episodes?   Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:41 pm

I personally like both. Sure, stories are fun, but sometimes it's best to have some breathing room. I just want to see how things are handled.
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PostSubject: Re: [Poll] Do you prefer story arcs or self-contained episodes?   Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:43 pm

Apparently Rebecca Sugar said at the SDCC that she's fine with the 11 minute episodes, but I think if they were longer they could show more. So I like the story arcs that make the stories thicker. Grin Strawberry
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PostSubject: Re: [Poll] Do you prefer story arcs or self-contained episodes?   Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:37 pm

I can't help but love both. Without story arcs, the series would be very disjointed and wouldn't have as much appeal over 'wow, what happens next, is she going to be ok, ect. ect.'.
However, self-contained episodes, especially in Steven Universe, make up (in my opinion) some of the best eps in the series. For example, 'When it Rains', 'Winter Forcast', 'Alone Together', and even 'Steven the Sword Fighter' are all (mostly) self-contained, yet are still as emotional and interesting as the stories that take more than one episode to tell.
Really, the only things needed to make the episodes good are the content and pacing; if it takes longer to tell a story at the right pace, great!, but I wouldn't want them to consciously draw out a story that was simply made to play out quicker.
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PostSubject: Re: [Poll] Do you prefer story arcs or self-contained episodes?   Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:15 pm

I honestly prefer a story arc as I feel it connects the episodes more but a good self contained episode can always connect to each other as well and they also help more the story along.

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PostSubject: Re: [Poll] Do you prefer story arcs or self-contained episodes?   Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:33 pm

I'm a story arc kind of person. I like self contained episodes sometimes but they have to have some kind of connection back to the story arc. It's why I liked Gravity Falls so much because literally every episode had some sort of little nib of info that pertained to the main plot and you as the viewer had to put all the pieces together to get a little more of the story and just beodnwkdnqlcnrnoqamdnocmqlsmgnoxnrnwkqke

I like big plots (•3•)

It's why I'm struggling with SU a little cuz we have all these fillers that don't have a lot to do with the big story and it's like neeeeehhhhhjhhhh X.x

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PostSubject: Re: [Poll] Do you prefer story arcs or self-contained episodes?   Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:44 pm

I personally like both. Story arcs always come first for me because they pertain to the plot, but it's always good to have fun little filler episodes that helped to ease the viewer from all of the drama in the arcs. And yes, some of the fillers do tie into the plot.
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PostSubject: Re: [Poll] Do you prefer story arcs or self-contained episodes?   Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:01 pm

I'm happiest when the show focuses on the characters I love, regardless of how relevant it is to the overarching story.  I say both.
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PostSubject: Re: [Poll] Do you prefer story arcs or self-contained episodes?   Sun May 07, 2017 7:53 pm

I have two answers for this one:

Both in terms of the show itself. I like the single-episodes of the first and second season much better though, because it was centered around learning more, bit by bit, about the Crystal Gems and such. Now, they're mostly about humans, and, let's all be honest here; the humans in this show other than Connie and a few select others, aren't that interesting. Many of them simply bring comic relief even though Amethyst on her own can bring on a lot.

In the past, single episodes worked well for the show. Hell, even the smallest bits of continuity stayed and still stay in the show, such as the fence when Amethyst fell off the cliff like a clutz, or Connie's eyesight. Each little detail being kept is a thing we rarely saw in most shows, as they are used to going back to the Status Quo. Steven Universe S1 was showing a slowly evolving story with each episode that went by; either with new continuity or new information we haven't previously known.

However, since Jailbreak, the story went from a 5 to a 10 in mere moments. Now, the show is about mini episodes between arcs to keep things moving along, episodes that really don't bring much to the story except for maybe a couple things. At least, side stories and such became far less intriguing for me. That wasn't to say Season One was perfect; it certainly wasn't, but it was a different kind of story being told, it was the transition into what we have now; Story Arcs surrounded by small development of characters.

People became obsessed with arcs, and I'm fine with that, it's just a different change of pace. We are used to having arcs be an information dump and filler episodes just being filler, rather than each episode slowly evolving the story to a climax.

So as of now, Story Arcs. I prefer them.

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