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Even though Steven Universe is technically about a bunch of sentient rocks whose humanoid physical forms are just hard light constructs, the show’s gems are presented as female and the emotional relationships between them are coded as queer.
Steven Universe has always given its villains sprawling narrative arcs about redemption that culminate with them coming to love Steven and deciding to become his allies. In most cases, that transition is verbalised over multiple episodes, but the show handles things quite a bit differently in “Legs From Here to Homeworld,” a brand-new episode.
Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar and the rest of the Crystal Gems came to this year's San Diego Comic Con with an all new episode of Steven Universe teasing what's in store store for Steven in the next arc of their epic adventures and well, the last of the Diamonds (and her Princess Leia-inspired Pearl) is finally going to make her long-teased debut.
Steven Universe is, without a doubt, one of the most groundbreaking television shows airing right now because of its strong messages about queer positivity, inclusion, and the power of love. As much of an impact as the show has had on its fanbase, it also helped creator Rebecca Sugar become more comfortable with her own identity.
There comes a point in every Dragon Ball Z fan’s life when you take stock of all of Goku’s friends and family, and realise that most of them were originally villains hellbent on killing the Saiyan hero before eventually coming to love him.
In a lot of ways, the same is true of Steven Universe, a show that’s deeply invested in exploring the idea of love as a transformative force that can bring even bitter enemies together in the right circumstances.
It’s no secret that Rebecca Sugar and the rest of the Crewniverse have known where Steven Universe was going for years. But the “Heart of the Crystal Gems” is the sort of arc that really makes you take a step back and appreciate everything that this wonderful cartoon is doing.
This week Steven Universe has returned with what is rapidly becoming one of its most compelling storylines so far, as the Crystal Gems come to terms with the shocking revelations surrounding Rose. Yesterday's “The Question” not only gave us one of the show’s sweetest episodes, but also a major milestone in the series’ championing of representation.
Just before the beginning of every new batch of Steven Universe episodes drops, Cartoon Network posts bingo cards filled with hints about all of the major things that might happen during the arc. From the looks of it, "Heart of the Crystal Gems" is going to be epic.
Steven Universe fans love theorising about the show almost as much as they love the show itself. So when the last batch of episodes blew the lid clean off one of the show's longest mysteries, the identity of Pink Diamond, there was a field day as people pored over the series to recontextualise hidden clues. Now even Cartoon Network is getting in on the fun.
In the newest promos for Steven Universe's next arc, the devastation of learning the truth about Rose Quartz and the Diamonds is so profound that even Garnet can't stand to bear the emotional burden, tearing apart the Crystal Gem whose strength the team has always relied on. That's extremely not good.
As Steven's gradually come into his powers over the past five seasons, Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl have carefully kept many of the specifics about Rose, the Diamonds and the great Gem War to themselves. That secrecy's a big part of what's pushed Steven to become independent and seek out answers for himself, but in "Your Mother and Mine", Garnet breaks form by opening up and telling a story about Steven's mum that complicates everything about Steven Universe even more.
Take a moment to think of just flexibility, love and trust and how Garnet of the Crystal Gems is going to react to meeting Steven Universe's Off-Color Homeworld gems. Steven Universe is about to make its long-overdue return to Cartoon Network on April 9 in the US, and judging from the newest clip from the show, the next Stevenbomb is about to deliver in a big way.
As Steven has gotten older over the past five seasons of Steven Universe, he's come into his powers in ways no one expected - not even the Crystal Gems. In last weekend's surprise drop of two new episodes, Steven's mysterious dream abilities take the centre stage to reveal the Diamond he (and his mother) supposedly murdered.
One of the most fantastic (and terrible) things about Steven Universe is how, in the course of a 10-minute story, a single episode can take you from laughing your arse off to bawling your eyes out thanks to some random bit of emotional character development. It's a feature, not a bug, and boy, is it exhilarating.