I kinda wish the crew would call "Full Disclosure" the season 1 finalé because it seems like just the kind of episode to end a season on. Not that "Prison Break" wasn't awesome and all, but the way "Full Disclosure" ended makes it seem like the end of a season/major storyline, not the beginning of one.
My guess is the gems are quasi retired now, like they most likely fought in human wars and helped found the USA but following that retired to the sleepy little town of Beach City.
So yeah, I figure Garnet squashed some Nazis into chunks, Pearl impaled a few mongolians and Amethyst wrapped a few Klan members to their burning crosses among some examples of them siding with various groups through history.
Also Guessing Slavery while still a thing was less of a thing thanks to the Gems.
Hm, although I'd imagine that the Gems were involved in history to some extent or another (such as the painting that Steven stumbled across earlier in the show), from Pearl's attitude I think that they were pretty much keeping themselves to themselves for the most part as "Gem Business" seems to crop up fairly often.
Though, saying that, it is Pearl we're talking about, a character that regards humans as hunter/gatherers as a fairly recent thing. Chances are she might have been involved in something major and just didn't get its importance to Earth Folk. For all we know things in our world could have a Gem-related thing in their's, such as Tunguska Event or whatever.
>>234108 The Crystal Gems are probably overtly alien enough that they would still stand out in society. I doubt their world has any other famous chubby purple women with white hair that would confound someone recognizing Amethyst if she did famously visible things.
>>234089 The Gems have been around since prehistoric times, but it looks like ever since Rose's revolution they were pretty separate from human history and have no real interest in influencing or being a part of their lives. People in Beach City still consider the weird stuff weird, but it's literally been there for longer than any of them have. Those weird gem-people are just a part of life like anything else.
If they've mostly been uninvoled with human affairs since the war ended 5000 years ago, being an archeologist in this world must be freaking weird: a bunch of unconnected cultures all over the world all have a bunch of figures in common around the same time, and no one can tell why.
Likewise, even if whatever tore off Florida happened 10,000 years ago, a glancing geological examination would be all kinds of what the fuck.
>>234117 Even with a cracked gem and not at full power Lapis showed an extraordinary amount of control over water. It's possible that one or more gems teaming together had the ability to control plate tectonics or volcanic activity on a global level.
http://dou-hong.tumblr.com/post/98930824835/ ... Sigh. Tumblr can we please stop doing this? Anyway, on a more positive note (and the reason I even came across that post in the first place) I love this artist's work for the show. It's pretty adorable even if some of their Gem OCs are a little on the overdesigned side.
>>234132 Well gauging how she has a yearning to get back into space. And her ability to interface with the handy ship along with that uniform. Once part of the Pilot fleet now they are all retired and she's the last I think.
Hm, here's a thought. They established that the monsters are various corrupted or broken Gems a while ago, but are they potentially the Crystal Gems' friends that were injured in the war, their enemies from the same, or both?
>>234140 I was under the impression the gems the quartet face on a regular basis (not all, but a vast majority) were the "mass produced" gems created in the Kindergarten, which would explain why they are usually deficient or damaged in some respect. It would also explain why the Crystal Gems have had so little apparent effect on world history if they've been occupied for thousands of years keeping the world from these abortions of science.
>>234139 If there's an active person inside that gem as opposed to it just being an organic (by the gemrace's perspective since I assume everything about them is made of minerals) mechanism then it's pretty fucked how the gems are enslaving their own race as living batteries.
>>234140 >>234141 In my mind, there are three leading (not entirely mutually exclusive) theories about what caused them to be corrupted: 1. Just being exposed to Earth's environment can corrupt a Gem, so most of them are Crystal Gems because they've been on Earth longer. 2. They're the majority of the Kindergarten Gems because their creation process is flawed. As Rasputin_zero said, it's possible that it happens some other way, they're just more prone to corruption. 3. It's the result of some weapon that was used in the war.
>>234142 It's implied quite a lot of gem technology is based on recycling broken (i.e. dead) gems, which is macabre, but not nearly as bad. Frybo was made using gem shards, which Pearl said were partially conscious and used to make soldiers out of armor, and later explicitly shown to broken pieces of living gems (they turned into arms). Lapis may have been put in the mirror because someone assumed she was dead.
The more you look at the pyramid, though, the more it seems like it was just a place to hold that gem--it was powering a mechanism, but that mechanism was just a way to get rid of intruders. There wasn't anything else there to keep people away from, just the mural which could be seen without activating the death trap.
>>234208 >I think there's some implication that there's some kind of 'training' programming set up, because both episodes with it ended in Steven learning a lesson of some kind.
It's clear neither case was a simple malfunction/accident, but there are several equally likely things that it is: you could see it as teaching him a lesson, but also giving him what he really wants instead of what he says he wants.
>I found out the Gems are alien rebels and that there are other gems out in space that want us dead because they think we're traitors and they tried to take me hostage because they think I'm my mom. And maybe I kinda am? >I wish I could talk to Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl about it, but I think they kind of blame me for my mom not being around
>>234400 I don't mind the voice actress, she's definitely got the ability to do something more feminine, but yeah I don't know wtf whoever's in charge of the direction was thinking with that. Want to know how she pulls off Jailbreak.
On a lighter note it's fitting that best gem is also best Jojo waifu.
Literally the Uncle Grandpa episode was made in such a way it interferes with nothing, it takes place before the Steven bomb and is an explanation for why Steven can use his shield against the hand ship, which you can ignore and just say he learned how in that moment, but the interesting implication is Steven can use his shield by will now.
>>234430 It's clearly an attempt to revive the old days of CN crossovers, it should be welcome but people who watch Steven Universe think just because it actually has a plot it should be SRS BSNS all the time.
>>234523 Just think about how weird this has got to be for the gems though. Not only are his fourth wall breaking powers unheard of in their little universe, but furthermore they're being forced to deal with the concept of having ancestors, something which no other Gem but Steven has ever had. If Uncle Grandpa is *everyone's* Uncle and Grandfather, that includes them, and they are basically oreads.
This has got to be fucking with their heads something fierce.
So apparently people are thinking Lars are trans? I wouldn't have a problem if it was the case, and it might add a little depth to his self-respect issues, but is there actually any strong evidence for it that can't be easily explained as something more general?
>>234541 I really don't feel that there's much to support that other than maybe his lobe piercings. Otherwise he just comes across as kind of insecure and desperate, which don't require gender identity issues as a cause.
>>234541 MTF apparently. From what I see a lot of it has to do with his voice being a little high, his hair being longer as a kid, and the way he looks being stereotypically popular trans man fashion statements. Which is... actually fairly reasonable compared to the absolutely bullshit trans headcanons most characters usually get, but at the same time it seems a little iffy coming from the people who focus solely on his fashion, because then it's getting into the territory of Jasper + muscles == male.
>>234546 Yeah, on the other hand if any show's going to do it, Steven Universe is high in the list of likely ones to do so. So I won't write it off immediately even if I'm unconvinced by the arguments.
There's also a lot of people who are quick to toss around identities and labels of many kinds for various characters, all it takes is a few simple traits. It can get a little obnoxious. Usually it's just a few people just writing their own little thing, but sometimes people get really pissed. If you were a fan of Dangan Ronpa the Chihiro debate was utterly ridiculous and even when a character does things that would mark them as very specifically not transgender, they'll choose that as the hill to die on.
Kinda meh episode though it had good moments. Love that end bit. It's a lesson Tumblr could seriously use. I guess I can understand why a lot of people don't like Uncle Grandpa. Way too much lolsorandumbxD.
>>234577 >Goddamn. Why can't Steven Universe be like this all time? With pacing that gets to the point, instead of dragging out. Interesting and comical visual gags. And jokes! There were jokes! Based on these complaints, I don't think you should be watching Steven Universe in the first place, and I'm not entirely sure why you are.
I thought it worked fine in the crossover episode, but I really got the impression that I would get irritated quite quickly if I actually watched an episode of Uncle Grandpa. It felt like something that was actively trying to be obnoxious and struck me as the sort of thing that relies on non-sequitur for humor, and I'm no longer in the part of my life where I find that amusing. It's just not my style of humor anymore. I can find it amusing in small doses, but not in bulk.
But feel free to correct me if I've gotten the wrong impression of the series.
I've been playing Attack the Light, and it's pretty good for a $3 mobile game. Though the level design are ridiculously simple, the battles are a pretty good variant of the Super Mario RPG style.
I was afraid the action commands would end up being too simple, but besides the basic attacks they've got a decent amount of variety for what's essentially a one-button input. Getting the defense commands right it also super-important: Steven can provide almost free healing, but even basic encounters can KO any of the Gems in 2-3 hits if you fail them.
Some other stuff: 1. Encounters are Chrono Trigger-style: enter a screen to fight the battle for that screen and they only return if you leave the area (though it appears a screen that's empty when you first pass by might have an ambush later). 2. The way turns work is each side alternates: on the enemy turn they get one attack each, but your side has everyone use a shared pool of regenerating action points (called Star Points)--I'm pretty sure there's some other game that's done that before, but I can't remember once. 3. I'm not sure if Attack is quite a god-stat, but it's definitely important to level it up. Even a single point of Attack can make a ridiculous difference in damage. I tried to have Amethyst focus on critical hits, so I put most of her levels in Luck. By the third world, her base attack was so pathetic that even her crits were only doing a single point of damage to anything. She was also so frail that the line from the show about her usually being the one who "dies" proved hilariously accurate. 4. Steven doesn't directly fight, or even have hit points, rather he has supporting moves that use AP and is the only one who can use items (one each turn). 5. Certain items, especially the Megalixer-equivalent, are very common and powerful. This is why the challenge areas don't allow items in from outside.
>>234607 Yeah, it's clearly a dense/wacky type of comedy rather than the character driven comedy that Steven Universe prefers. And both are valid forms of comedy, but the audiences for them are different enough that I wouldn't be surprised if there's not a huge degree of overlap between those two fandoms.
I figure they're doing this for Rose, my guess is Rose asked them to take on child like forms to try and be more human like, it's somewhat backed up by Pearl's learning to sing from Greg and Amethyst basing her hair on hers.
this episode give us a lot of things to think about, but Im really itrested in what happened to Vidalia and marty, the life of gem in beach city before meet greg. And Rose beat baymax in the cutest contes.
>>234724 Vidalia and Marty are probably related to Onion and Sour Cream, given how Marty looks so much like Sour Cream and Vidalia is a type of onion. Possibly Sour Cream and Onion's mom and Sour Cream's biological dad?
Sour Cream can't have been conceived in Greg's van. He and the other Cool Kids are at most five years older than Steven, and not only is this episode brazenly set in the 80s, Greg's clearly aged a lot more than five years between Mr. Universe and the Greg in the For Steven video.
That being said, I'm pretty sure Marty is indeed his father, and Dadalia is at least related to his mom - for fuck's sake her head is onion shaped.
>>234727 >Yeah I'm not sure its them being teenagers - we're just used to judging Gems' height in comparison to Steven. They don't tower over Greg like they do him.
Pearl and Greg are about the same height, just like in the present (although younger Greg looks bizarrely short, even though he's past college age, mostly because of the aforementioned "bigger heads"). She and Garnet still look vaguely "younger", but not in a really solid sense.
At first I thought Amethyst was way smaller, especially when Pearl was holding her, but then she seemed about her regular size standing next to Rose. As Quartey said, the storyboard artist freely take liberties regarding the relative size of characters.
>>234734 Okay I've been doodling with my tablet for a few months now just making stuff up for people as I feel like it. I think I've got a good amount of stuff to show. What is a decent free place to put art stuff?
>>234744 I think that can be meters if you put a comma after the first number steven would then 1 meter, amethyst would 1 meter and 20 centimeters, pearl 1 meter and 70 cm, stevonnie 1 meter and 90 cm,garnet 2 meters, rose 2 meters and 20 centimeters, and so on.
>>234742 >>234746 I don't think it's supposed to be a real unit, just a relative scale with Steven set at 10 as the baseline.
>>234748 They've been on Earth forever, but all of them but Rose minimize their contact with humans--hell, even Rose didn't want to get too close to Greg at first because she thought she'd outlive him.
>>234748 They seem to take a very Prime Directive-y approach to the humans they live amongst. Their presence has made an impact on the world, and they are influenced by changing fashions, but otherwise they lived by a mantra of strict segregation until Steven came along. It might be out of guilt of their fellow Gems' malign plans for this planet, they didn't want to mess humanity up more than it already had been, but Rose was the first of them to realise on an emotional level that this principle really wasn't healthy for them.
>>234745 If you're wanting to make a portfolio for the purposes of showing off to get jobs in art, I would recommend actually tossing together your own website. But if you don't have the time/knowhow/money, I guess deviantArt is the best bet.
>>235069 Yeah, which is good because we're in the calm before the storm about to head into a two-parter after one last episode that I have a hunch will be important.
This episode reveals one VERY important thing, Malachite is not on the bottom of the ocean anymore, which given the titles of the two-parter, "Rising Tides" and "Crashing Skies," I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that could be important.
garnet's shade of purple is like a black hole of distraction. plus the reasoning for her being purple is pretty obnoxious. >we don't have to hide she's a fusion now, so now she's purple. the red palette looked better alongside the other gems and the general color palette of the show.
>>235669 I'd say he's more of a casual danger to himself and everyone around him. He lacks good judgement and has a huge ego, but most of what he does is harmless and we have seen him be normal enough to interact with people who can put up with his weirdness.
>>235899 He and his brother have been doing a decent bit of the reaction to a few series. Gravity Falls, Airbender and Legend of Korra with Adventure Time being the current and longest since they too that one from the beginning. They should be finished up in a while and I think they'd do well discussing Steven Universe.
>>236100 I've also heard tell that there are characters named "Pearl" in several pieces of media produced over the years! I even heard there was someone named Garnet featured in another story once.
I can't wait until we get Gems matching up to the Sailor Moon characters named for minerals. It's going to be so fun when people start comparing Jadeite, Nephrite, Zoicite, Kunzite and Beryl to Jadeite, Nephrite, Zoicite, Kunzite and Beryl.