Garnet's "We kept Amethyst." line from Steven's Lion seems a lot more meaningful... and Pearl laughing about it seems way less funny.
So I had guessed from what Sugar said about gems not reproducing that gems were just formed by their homeworld's geology, but never figured something this horrific. I'm guessing "normal" gems forming doesn't put too much of a strain on the environment (or only happens at the homeworld), but it's extremely slow, and expansionists started making the kindergartens.
>>232984 Okay lets follow this logic string using normal earth stones as comparison Gems must take EONS to form.
My guess is that the REALLY REALLY powerful gems like Rose are originals, Pearl and one of Garnet's gems before fusion are artificial like Amethyst but made through less extreme measures possibly on the original world.
I'm guessing Garnet is as tough as she is because she's a fusion of an Artificial and Original.
>>232984 Oh man, the "We kept Amethyst" line is so cruel now.
Story-wise, you can tell a lot of thought has been put into the background and how it's presented to the audience. Just as important, though, is that is has characters endearing and with enough depth to give a shit about. When you've got these elements working together at once the results are some amazing pathos: Lion 3 and On the Run are probably the best examples; if aliens draining the earth to mine people using giant bacteriophage wasn't creepy enough, Amethyst talking about how she was born out of a hole in the wall sure fixed that. Also, it's usually pretty funny!
Art-wise, the character-designs are extremely diverse, expressive, and aesthetically pleasing, the animation is pretty good (although some storyboarders's style are worse, or at least very different, from others), and the backgrounds are beautiful. The music is really good too.
>>232994 However it works, and regardless of the motives/morality of whoever made the kindergartens, it does indicate some harsh consequences for the gems as a people. They don't age and they're hard to kill, but they're always fighting and sometimes get corrupted. If they really come into being that slow, they'll probably never go extinct, but could end up with new gems just being born scattered in the middle of nowhere with no one to live with or society to learn from.
so the polymorphic sentient rocks came to earth to create more gems, perhaps your civilization has perished and few original gem survived, those that can be differentiated by staying in a unique color pattern, such as lapis lazuli and rose quartz, (I can not tell if her dress is white or a very light pink), then to rebuild their civilization they created artificial gem on their home planet, as garnet, pearl and peridot, but the planet did not have enough resources to reconstruct all its civilization it turned to the land and its mineral resources, probably before mankind dominion over the earth, were used as labor by the gems, which would probably make rose to fight against his own people. Rose and her followers probably won the battle and closed the passage between the worlds, and helping early humans as guardians.
>>233025 That puddle is what I'm talking about. I apologize if it's a bit unclear out of context, but that thing in the glass is basically a giant human heart and similar viscera. The way it broke indicates it's made out of some sort of rock, but either way, it's bleeding all over.
>>233026 Oh, is that all? With your reaction I was expecting something pretty questionable. It's cool and all, but there has been things that are WAY more direct and blatant than something like that that have gone past the censors.
>>233027 Well it's not nearly as horrifying as say, the "flesh apple" from Adventure Time, but I couldn't remember any CN shows having what is obviously red blood lying around... until I looked it up and remembered the couple times Adventure Time also puddles of blood lying around (and that one flash of a blood explosion).
Since we're already bringing up Adventure Time here anyway WOW, what a fucking pathetic episode, Finn meets his fucking Dad again and STILL NOTHING HAPPENS, it would have been the usual fair but with the Amythyst episode the same night it was just embarrassing.
>>233086 The people in charge of AT must be at odds with each other because I keep seeing attempts to roll back interesting plot points into the status quo. The end result is that the show has become remarkably boring and depressingly obtuse. Whatever fun the series had is being lost to this vague introspective bullshit. The show needs a total recharge or just to end soon, because it's getting sad to see all that potential and progression flushed down the drain.
SU seems to be far better structured beforehand, so I'm hoping it'll retain it's wonder for longer.
News to me. I'm still really liking it. Yeah it's slow to reveal stuff, but it's always been like that, and I like a show that can take a break from goofy adventures to have some more contained and introspective stories.
>Steven Universe/Uncle Grandpa Crossover Special “Say Uncle”: Two of your favorite Cartoon Network series, Steven Universe and Uncle Grandpa, are joining forces for a special crossover episode! Watch as a long-lost relative of Steven’s comes to town to aid him in unlocking the power of his mother’s gem!
I... don't think it's implying any sort of past intimate relationship between Greg and Amethyst, but there's definitely room for interpretation.
Regardless, the whole thing hit hard.
On a different subject, I've been theorizing as to how Gems become corrupted. The main theories I've come up with are that it's something that has always happened, it's something that only happens to Gems from the Kindergarten, or that Earth's environment disagrees with their biology (mineralogy?) somehow. Anyone got any others ideas they like?
Amethyst and Rose used to be close and Amethyst liked that. Then Rose met Greg and started spending more time with him, which made Amethyst feel rejected. Some time after Rose died, Amethyst and Greg started spending time with each other because they had shared interests. However, Greg kept leaving because he had other things he needed to do (being a father and a small business owner and a biological human). When he did, Amethyst got that same feeling of rejection, which turned into resentment toward Greg for taking Rose away from her. She would then lash out at Greg by using her shapeshifting powers to taunt him, especially by turning into Rose.
I don't think there was anything untoward going on, just Amethyst acting out because of her issues. Kinda weird how Amethyst went from being the shallowest of the Gems to the deepest in just a couple of episodes, huh?
I also love how Connie's favourite book series is basically licence-free His Dark Materials. Wonder if Steven will come across the sucky film adaptation in a bargain bin and that somehow segues into PLOT PLOT PLOT PLOT PLOT again.
>>233620 >>233623 >>233623 It says a lot about this show that we can keep posting these things without it turning into an actual argument.
>>233628 >Wonder if Steven will come across the sucky film adaptation in a bargain bin and that somehow segues into PLOT PLOT PLOT PLOT PLOT again.
It's possible: the last episode next week (after the two-parter) is about Steven and Connie trying to re-enact a new ending for that book series (which I recall a lot of people complaining didn't have a very good ending itself) by using Rose's Room.
Promos are up for every other episode next week, but I'm just gonna post the first one.
>>233631 Not to get all spoilery on the ending of His Dark Materials, but I didn't think it was "bad", what it did was tear my heart out and punch me in the gut. I can see why a couple of kids like Steven and Connie would want to change it to something more upbeat.
And in a similar spoiler-avoiding vein, I think I'll be steering clear of promos next week. This is gonna be fuuuuun...
>>233696 Yknow, I think its more of an overwhelming admiration of someone that looks like it. I guess she was supposed to be an extraordinary person, to the point where she'd actively end up giving birth to Steven, something absolutely out there.
Or maybe that's just my fuckin' hetero lens right there, maybe they did wanna pork her, iunno
https://www.youtube.com/user/robsugar/tem >Rob Sugar: Steven Universe has been picked up by Cartoon Network fro Season 3. That means there will be at least 158 episodes at this point. Everyone has seen only 43.
I think we can safely conclude the network believes in Steven at this point.
Man, folks get so defensive when it's implied (or even stated) that characters aren't straight. Rebecca Sugar even said at one point that the Gems (despite being biologically genderless) form romantic relationships amongst themselves, so Pearl and Rose being a couple in the millennia they were together isn't exactly out of the question.
>>233737 Maybe they need to call people out on their "hetero lenses". I'll admit it was something that would have been a thing with me in the past as well. But with shows broaching the subject more now than they were allowed in the past. Its a bit better even if people bitch and call it pandering.
>>233743 She has a pretty great design, true. All the gems do in honesty. I love it when shows vary the body types and color schemata like that. It's good practice from a design perspective and one not nearly enough shows utilize.
>>233735 There's no need to go on the defensive. I'm just throwing in the perspective. If Rose and Pearl clacked stones, big deal, but any amount of affection shown in these shows seems to be automatically interpreted as purely amorous.
To me, it looked like a disciple/teacher relationship.
I don't even watch SU, but Peridot has an amazing design. I dropped it after the character design change debacle. But from what I've been filtering from various scources is that the plot and characterization has picked up so I will definitely marathon it once it completes its current season.
>>233747 It's a perspective that's the norm so it wasn't actually adding anything to the conversation. It's also dangerously close to "why do they need to be in love? Why can't they just be friends?" as though that's mutually exclusive and/or not what everyone says every time there's even a hint of a non-straight romance.
Also I'm mildly worried if that's how you and your past teachers spoke to/about each other
>>233751 To be fair a lot of people were jumping all over the "Amethyst and Greg were totally fucking" wagon right above this even though there's not a lot of evidence that shit was going on in the slightest.
>>233753 tbh I think that proves my point. Minimal evidence of a straight relationship = they were totally fucking. Pretty damning evidence of a gay relationship (whether it actually lasted or not is immaterial) = gosh there's other types of love besides romantic, you know. They're just friends
Don't have any real opinion on SU shipping or Pearl/Rose since I haven't actually watched the show yet, but my personal aversion to shipping goggles comes more from conditioning in the old days of "classic" yaoi fandom when Drarry/Clophiroth/GW 1x2/Legogorn/RoyEd/BuffyFaith/etc were still huge things with extreme levels of overanalysis (they said something nice to each other that means they love each other!) and often accompanied with HORRENDOUS misogyny/misandry.
The circles I was in had bizarre double standards that led to Harmonians rightfully getting ostracized while rabid Drarry and Snarry shippers went unchecked so it took until Zutara before I developed that same distaste towards hetshippers, but since the vast majority of negative experiences I've had with extreme shipper behavior during my early fandom days occurred with same-sex pairings that made it harder for me to unlearn that skepticism even with more legitimate queer couplings.
>>233751 >It's a perspective that's the norm Now, see, the thing is, I don't give a shit. Girls fuck. Guys fuck. I'm a guy who fucks guys and I know girls that fuck girls. That's just the nature of it. I don't care how it relates to normal perception. Especially on the internet.
The only thing I'm trying to say is that I think people here jumping the gun here. The relationship didn't seemed like a different sort of devotion. As a Knight serves a Queen. That's it.
>Also I'm mildly worried if that's how you and your past teachers spoke to/about each other
I don't know where you're pulling these assumptions about my life or perspectives but I would appreciate it if you cut that shit out. I'm not the generic antagonist you seem to think I am.
>>233759 >As a Knight serves a Queen. That's it. Man amorous or not their relationship was way deeper than that. Pearl was incredibly defensive over even the very idea that Rose might keep secrets from her or that she was only as important as all the other Gems. That's the whole point of the episode, showing how Pearl related with Rose. It's really interesting especially since, for how protective she was of her special status, she doesn't show Steven or Greg any resentment at all. She actually seems fairly fond of both of them.
>>233763 You seem to be fighting pretty hard against even the idea that they were romantically involved and for the life of me I don't see why. You're telling me you seriously don't see how that entire episode can be interpreted as romantic? Really? You don't see what anyone here is talking about at all? I find that hard to believe
>>233764 It's set up to be vague enough that any interpretation (worship, lovers, one-sided crush, obsession, whatever) is valid at this point. Neither the people who insist it can only be completely platonic or the people who insist that they were definitely in a relationship before are necessarily right, nor do they have the right to insist that people who see it the opposite way are clearly blinded by their heterocentrism/(anti)shipping goggles. Can we just agree to leave it there?
>>233764 >You seem to be fighting pretty hard against even the idea that they were romantically involved I'm not. All I said was deep and loving relationships don't have to be romantic, and the relationship here doesn't look like a romantic kind. Then it blew up into weird accusations and assumptions.
I take this same perspective with straight relationships. Just because people care about each other doesn't mean they're fucking.
Frankly it's not that important and I'm mostly just responding to comments like: >your snarky oh-so-helpful comment >folks get so defensive >heir "hetero lenses". >>>233751 Like I was some standard homophobic villain for not thinking the relationship seemed romantic. That sucks. I don't like people making assumptions about me. I want to make sure my point is clear and people understand what I mean. So let me clear the air as best I can.
-If Rose and Pearl where romantically/sexually involved, that's fine. -Pearls interest in Rose came off as quasi-religious servitude from my perspective.
That's about as clear as I can get. I'm moving on.
>>233772 True, true. I don't think much cutting would be needed with these latest episodes, but the earlier stuff has a bit more fluff. I think what I'm saying is, making a fanedit that focuses more on the overarching plot.
>>233772 Or a minor episode has some foreshadowing or minor reveal that wouldn't make sense elsewhere.
"Arcade Mania" and "Steven's Lion" are probably two of the weakest and least important episodes of season 1a, but you can't leave out Lion's introduction or Steven finding out Garnet has three eyes--stuff just wouldn't make sense.
>>233771 >>233772 >>233774 The only episode I could see safely being cut is the one that was entirely Steven imagining what Garnet was doing. Possibly Watermelon Steven (or whatever it was called), too.
>>233776 >"Arcade Mania" and "Steven's Lion" are probably two of the weakest and least important episodes of season 1a, but you can't leave out Lion's introduction or Steven finding out Garnet has three eyes--stuff just wouldn't make sense.
I don't imagine I'd cut whole episodes. Maybe just retain certain scenes... I do think I'd cut Garnet's reveal, though. That was pretty anticlimactic.
>>233777 Garnet's Universe, if the rumors are true, contains a lot of preludes and hints to upcoming story threads, particularly that her two side kicks are actually hints at her pre-fusion gems. You could cut it easily but it may have more importance than people think.
>>233778 NOOOOOOOOOOOOPE, they are tied deeply to Steven's development.
>>233777 "Onion Trade" and "Beach Party" are the only episodes I can think of that don't contain character development for a main character, introduction of a concept important to the setting, major plot developments, or foreshadowing thereof. "Joking Victim" and "Steven and the Stevens" are close, because they just have the VCR Steven would use in "Lion 3" and the flash-forward to "Ocean Gem".
>Possibly Watermelon Steven (or whatever it was called), too.
That introduced Rose and Steven's ability to grow sentient plants. A lot of people theorize Rose used that to make Lion, and Steven using it at some later point seems inevitable.
>>233779 That seems a bit beyond the scope of just editing existing footage.
here is the song for who wanted it https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-stronger-than-you-feat-estelle
This is Garnet. Back together. And I'm never goin' down at the hands of the likes of you, because I'm so much better. And every part of me is saying, "Go get her." The two of us ain't gonna follow your rules. Come at me without any of your fancy tools. Let's go just me and you. Let's go just one on two. Go ahead and try to hit me if you're able. Can't you see that my relationship is stable? I can see you hate the way we intermingle. But I think you're just mad cause you're single. And you're not gonna stop what we made together. We're gonna stay like this forever. If you break us apart, we'll just come back newer. And we'll always be twice the gem that you are. I am made O-o-o-o-of Lo-o-o-o-ove. Lo-o-o-o-ove. Lo-o-o-o-ove. Lo-o-o-o-ove. Lo-o-o-o-ove.
Pearl: Okay ship, turn us around. This is who we are. This is who I am. And if you think you can stop me, then you need to think again. 'Cause I am a feeling, and I will never end. And I won't let you hurt my planet. And I won't let you hurt my friends. Go ahead and try to hit me if you're able. Can't you see that my relationship is stable? I know you think that I'm not something you're afraid of. 'Cause you think that you've seen what I'm made of. But I am even more then the two of them. Everything they care about is what I am. I am their fury, I am their patience, I am a conversation. I am made O-o-o-o-of Lo-o-o-o-ove. Lo-o-o-o-ove. And it's stronger than you. O-o-o-o-of L-o-o-o-ove. L-o-o-o-ove. And it's stronger than you.
It appears there are three diamonds in the great diamond authority, Yellow Diamond, Blue Diamond and White Diamond as represented the "three triangle symbol" seen throughout the series and on the floor of the arena during during jailbreak, for the first time colored.
Oh hey. That was pretty cool. I screwed it up for myself and saw them in the wrong order so I'm royally pissed off at myself for that but I still dug it. I guess in the grand scheme of things there really is nothing in this show that isn't relevant in one way or another.
>>233846 Yeah Estelle is a more RnB singer while here they had her singin Sugar's "cute girl with ukelele" style of music only with a post-synthpop arrangement. Its a noteable mismatch but I still liked it.
>233865 Here is my theory on that, the Gems appear to have allegiances with most non-crystal gems wearing a diamond shaped insignia with a color denoting alliance.
Pearl's space suit for instance had a pink diamond shape, supposedly what she wore during space travel shortly before arriving on earth, my assumption being these alliances have giant ships which are stone statues with individual pieces either created by or owned by the members.
Giant stone statue decorated by gems being their ships, the lighthouse statue base if this is true would be a centuries old and far less advanced which is why it's so small in comparison.
This explains why all three hands of the statue fell off at the same place having originally been detachable, my guess also being that the old ships where literally just stone with the gems stuck in it to pilot it.
Whereas the new ships are constructed thus allowing them to have space to move inside due to size and superior construction.
>>233892 That actually bothers me, tbh. Sugar flat out said that all the gems are what humans would consider female. As soon as one pops up that's strong mclargehuge people act like it's impossible to have buff ladies and that she MUST be a dude.
>>233884 Seeing as gems don't have a biological sex to begin with, even if they are capable of having nonbinary genders it doesn't necessarily make them trans either. Like, Stevonnie is probably nonbinary, but in a cis way, if that makes any sense. Maybe trans compared to the male and female components, but since they're a hermaphroditic being to begin with their body probably matches their gender identity, which would the definition of cis.
Also, fyi gender presentation =/= gender identity. I personally like to present as what most people consider androgynous or masculine, but I consider myself cis female and it's fucking infuriating when SJWs who already know how I identify seriously try to convince me that I'm actually a deeply closeted, self-hating trans man. Likewise my neutrois friend prefers to present as feminine in public even though they're considering top surgery.
>>233894 Yeah, it's kind of infuriating how hypocritically sexist Tumblr's trans* community can be. For all their talk about promoting tolerance and social justice they sure seem eager to reinforce traditional gender stereotypes, like skirts, pink, and emotionality make you more feminine, even though those traits were historically considered a sign of masculinity in some cultures.
>>233899 Shit, didn't realize how harsh I came off. Didn't mean to condemn all of the Tumblr trans* community like that, just the tucutes and all the other windmill crusaders who like to spout off like they're experts on social issues they just recently found out about through the Internet.
>>233901 Wildcard character. Some people prefer the term transsexual over transgender and vice versa so it's a good compromise. Plus trans can be used as the same prefix for a bunch of other different gender identities. Some people don't like having that symbol there at all though so I don't know if I even should be using it or not.
I'm honestly mindblown by just how much shit this show gets away with, for good (Ruby and Sapphire, Pearl's probable crush on Rose, frank discussions of death, all the naughty jokes) or for worse (some of the sexual jokes/metaphors involving Steven and Connie's relationship are a little creepy IMO, aren't they like 10 or something? also Jasper's rape undertones might have been a little too heavyhanded to the point of bad taste for the kids watching).
>>233923 In Coach Steven, Pearl seemed much more optimistic about the stability of her and Garnet's fusion than she was about Sugillte. Could be Pearl overestimating herself, but I think it's just that Sugilite isn't very reliable.
There is more to Greg than it seems. He's got serious PTSD when dealing with "Magic Gem Stuff" and seems to have first hand knowledge of the Gem War beyond what one would think Rose would impart to him.
Would certainly put his being a Queen fan in a different light (what with Who Wants To Live Forever and all)... Although if he WAS present in the war between the Homeworld Gems and Rose's armies, he'd probably have met her prior to her coming to his concert and stuff.
Hm, point. Plus his being a gem-altered human would explain how he and Rose were able to have a kid, what with that usually being biologically impossible (Gems being non-biological beings and all).
Wouldn't his having a Grand Exalted Past kind of conflict with the idea of him being just an every day sort of person who just happened to make a connection with an immortal magical alien though? Like if they suddenly revealed that Lois Lane was actually an Atlantean sorceress who took up journalism due to her getting incredibly bored?
'Kay so this is probably a really dumb question but if Connie's dad is a beach security guard who moves around a lot and her mom's a doctor then how does she stay employed? Doesn't being a doctor require long-term permanent residency?
She said "My dad works for a bunch of different beaches, so we're not in the same place long." My best guess is that she didn't mean changing residence, just that her dad's job was why she was at Beach City right then... or something.
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I dont know if it is just more greg jung o if it means something, but he does not seem the type of guy who would have weapons, not sure about the rest. When Pearl said that greg and amethyst used to disappear for days shows that they had an old friendship, and when amethyst said "I had someone who was there for me Until she started hanging out with you" maybe she was talking about Greg. My theory is that the gem needed human to work in kindergarten but as the human life span was very short, especially compared to the gems there were experiments, not to make them immortal, but to prolong their lives, greg even said "space race" that he would not live forever. And it was this same human who fought in the war. Kindergarten probably existed during the war and when the home planet gems fled led all gem created there, amethyst least that was still in process and was found by pink to turn off the machine that was creating her, but she already had passed the point, who knows what kind of side effect this may have had. Equanto that Greg was the only or one of the few human survivors of the war, he wandered the world until one day end up in beach city where Rose received he probably already knew who he was.
About Greg and amethyst, and that's only a guess, they probably have a strong link because of kindergarten, do not know what was the state of gem produced there, but maybe they were concientes as they were produced so amethyst has strong feelings by greg.
>>233993 >those implications that being a cis male of SU and acceptance of nb and queer characters are mutually exclusive Sheesh. Most of the fullblown "Fedora MRA Brony" types are trolls or joke accounts anyway. Actual MLP fans are still obnoxious as fuck, but it's usually for different reasons.
>>233998 The rampant racism and homophobia and misogyny on 4chan started as ironic, too. Then people joined who didn't get that it was ironic, just saw that they were getting attention and approval for being horrible, and started acting that way for real, for the attention. And continued to get rewarded for it. Eventually the irony was gone, and you got a board where /pol/ needed to exist just to release some of the pressure from all the genuinely horrible people who had come to make up a significant portion of 4chan's population.
It's basically an outcropping of poe's law. Not only can you not make a parody that outshines the real thing, but you can't make a parody that won't attract people who genuinely believe the things you're saying you do as a joke. When you make a community specifically for those people, it is inevitably going to fill up with the genuine article. So whether they are posing that way ironically or not....give it six months.
>>233993 How popular is Steven Universe with young boys anyway? I remember saying a while back that American media needs more positive male role models who embrace "feminine" things and Steven is shaping up to be just that.
>Catch up on all the Steven Universe episodes >decide to pop into plus /co/ to see reactions to episodes like Roses Scabbard and Maximum Capcity >see SNES has terrible opinions as usual >see anons going "muh gender binary" and "muh sexual relationships"
>>233993 I bet bronies don't even make up that significant a part of the male Steven Universe fandom. It's probably Brozen all over again, just a small group trying to start shit and Tumblr overreacting as usual. But if they keep obsessing like this and giving them all that attention then they'll draw the bronies into this show for real.
>>233986 A big part of Greg's character is that he isn't special or magical and that means he doesn't get to be as big a part of his son's life as he'd like. It wouldn't really fit for him to be secretly immortal and five thousand years old, and I really doubt he'd keep it a secret from Steven after all the stuff they've been through.
I'm pretty much a 1.5 on the Kinsey scale and I'm usually into pretty manly looking dudes (or really handsome women), but there's something about Pearl that's super attractive and I can't put my finger on it. I... think I'm starting to understand how the waifufags must feel. Oh no. And it's not just because she's flat as a board. Pointless sage for TMI.
>>234047 Most SU fans probably just don't like UG. It's pretty much the exact opposite of what they're looking for. And that's really my only concern. The shows are just too different. One can't be glorified without cannibalizing the other.
>>234045 >when does Season 2 begin? It HAS already--Friday's episode was the first season two episode. Although there were three episodes moved from season one to the beginning of season two (this week's episode is one of them) for the sake of last week including the season finale, it seems we'll be heading straight into the rest of season two without any breaks.
>>234050 It's mostly an extension of all those jokes that Peridot's head looks like a dorito and her color scene looks like Mountain Dew.
>>234058 >>234063 It's based on batches of episodes greenlit at once, but with some adjustment for re-ordering: 1a. 1-26: The first 26 episodes greenlit when the show itself got off the ground (fourteen months before the premier). 1b. 27-49: Originally meant to be the next 26 episodes (approved about a week after the series premier), three were moved back to the next season, so it ended up being 23 episodes. 2. 50-104: The 52 episodes greenlit last July plus the three episodes moved from 1b.
The network isn't making these distinction distinctions. We only "know" that "Full Disclosure" is the first episode of season two because that's what one of the writers (Matt Burnett) said.
The staff just seem to be saying the three episodes moved back are part of season two for simplicity and so they can still call "Jail Break" the season finale. The change was pretty last minute, so those three episodes ("Open Book", "Shirt Club", and "Story for Steven") are still set before "Jail Break". However, these episodes were chosen to move because the only continuity error this produces is that Garnet has her pre-"Jail Break" look.
How episodes are packaged in digital sales seems to just be by when a fix number is met--Amazon and iTunes bundle every 26 episodes together (as 13 half-hour episodes) as a season/volume, so "Full Disclosure" and the first three episodes of season two will be included in the "Volume 2/Season 2" grouping ("Full Disclosure" is already in there).