Did anyone notice how geometric pink Stevens shields were? They had no curves, no rose motifs, they were these precise, mathematical shapes, all summoned by a Steven who showed no emotion, showed no concern or haste. No character at all.
Meanwhile, human Steven is emotional, he’s a wreck. Just pure feeling, he needs to get back but he has no structure. He’s horribly upset about the gems getting hurt and the entire time he’s sobbing, desperate.
It’s honestly incredible how these details show how separate they are and how vital their halves are in creating the boy we all know and love
you know I still consider avatar as the pinnacle of cartoon writing. But after change your mind I can safely say without hesitation that Steven Universe is really fucking close to Avatar in terms of how rewarding it’s been watching this show develop over its runtime
The way that Rebecca Sugar writes plot twists and handles mysteries is really, really good. In this essay i will… actually explain
See, Rebecca picks reasonable, almost obvious answers to a plot mysteries. Example: Is Steven Pink Diamond? Answer: No, he’s himself. Pink is gone. It’s seems clear and makes sense and that’s the point. On top of that, it’s the most thematically powerful answer.
But it’s step two that’s the important part. She makes the viewer doubt themselves. Steven’s dreams leading up to this point, every homeworld gem telling calling him rose quartz/pink over and over.. It’s not objective evidence, but it gets to you, just like it got to Steven. And when it’s objectively proven that steven is his own person, you feel like you’ve been through that journey with him, because he’s been having the same doubts as you.
It makes you both feel so good to be right
People get angry at Rebecca because they theorise completely contrived, rediculous answers to her mysteries. They’re so obsessed with the answer being ‘unpredictable’ that they forget to make the answer have narrative and thematic sense. Apparently it’s her fault when their theories aren’t proven.
But she’s not phased. Rebecca picks the most elegant and fitting answers and doesn’t care how ‘predictable’ they are. Then she tries very hard to hide them. Hiding something obvious like that is an art. That’s what makes it so good