I really like Steven Universe so far, but there’s one thing in particular that I absolutely love.
In any other show Steven probably would have been treated like garbage by his teammates for being odd, immature, sloppy, and “useless” because he can’t summon a weapon on command, but in this cartoon there’s no ganging up on him because he’s the weakest link. Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl understand that Steven is just a kid and that his flaws are not defects, but simply part of who he is. He’s still growing up and they give him the support and encouragement he needs rather than kick him down when he doesn’t do things perfectly, and they don’t try to force him to fight battles that (they think) he’s not ready for. And most importantly of all, they love him and want him to be safe and happy. What other trio of crime-fighting ladies would raid a store to make sure that their adopted little brother had a supply of his favorite ice cream sandwiches?
Pearl went back later to pay for them but that’s beside the point.When Steven sings for them, they applaud instead of telling him to shut up. And they don’t get angry about the fact that he can’t control his weapon yet. They’re patient with him and give him advice instead of piling loads of pressure on him, which wouldn’t work at all with Steven, who is obviously very eager to prove himself but, at the same time, is very sensitive and needs a more gentle method of guidance.
After years of watching shows where the underdog of the team is treated like a joke by the people they’re supposed to be able to trust, Steven’s relationship with his fellow Crystal Gems is a giant breath of fresh air for me. It’s really beautiful. Keep up the good work, writing staff.
Types of people who romanticize small town life:
- People who didn’t grow up in small towns
robots getting really concerned when a human yawns and then another human does as well and wondering if this is some sort of group signal that they need to respond to so they just awkwardly go “aaaaaa” to try and imitate them
robots jumping and getting really scared when a human sneezes and rushing over to check on them “DID YOU JUST BLOW A FUSE ARE YOU ALRIGHT DO YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE”
robots getting all worried when their human is blushing because “your surface temperature has increased and your pigment is off are you alright”
robots trying to understand human bodies (◕ω◕✿)
Or, you can link your mind with the energy of all existing matter, channeling the collective power of the universe through your gem…
At least, that’s my way of doin’ it
RED, THE BLOOD OF ANGRY MEN
TEA, A DRINK WITH JAM AND BREAD
heLP I DON’T KNOW WHICH TUNE TO SING IT IN
SO LONG, FAREWELL, AUF WEIDERSENG GOOD BYE.
LOOK DOWN, LOOK DOWN, YOU’RE HERE UNTIL YOU DIE.
I don’t know if this counts as better or worse.
NO STOP IT STOP THAT RIGHT NOW UGHH