Finally, after a very very long hiatus, a few days ago we got to see some brand new episodes of Steven Universe.
In both cases, we were able to see a good involvement of Steven himself and how much “crucial” he is in order to make “things go in the right direction”. He is not only growing up, but we are seeing him getting more “powers” to help and aid himself.
Super Watermelon Island
In this episode, we were able to see what happened to the watermelons to what Steven had bring to “life” and therefore expelled from Beach City. Considering that the time it has passed since such events, I am surprised how “fast” they have settled themselves and even have had alternate life forms (I mean, you see a dog and some chickens there minimum).
We do not know how well they will do after some years from here, but on some short of events… it may sightly explain why kind of people like “Onion” exists around.
Even so, if you think carefully… you may say that the effects to the world of certain Gems (aka: Rose Quartz) is much more relevant than it looks at the bare naked eye.
We already know that the gems have changed the course of the history itself… but now imagine that some of them “helped” some species to evolve and then become capable to fully interact and adapt to the human life… that can be totally mind blowing.
The other aspect with it is the fact that Steven can “posses” any watermelon person at will. Of course, while he is sleeping.
This kind of power has proven to be very handful not to only know where Malachite was, but also to communicate -properly- with the other watermelons and convince them to fight.
This kind of power, if Rosa had it, could have been proven to be very useful for her (and even for Steven) because might allow then to gather information in ways no one else could imagine… better than have a camera and a micro with your spies… haha.
The third important element on the episode is Malachite. We saw her going free and even overpower Alexandrite when they fight each other. Both minds (Jasper and Lapis) working together for a same purpose. It can be scary.
But the key moment here is that they got separated. Not bubbled. The gems managed to keep hold of Lapis and lost Jasper, who for sure is still very much alive.
She, Jasper, will for sure come back at a some point back at the history. She for sure will not just disappear like nothing. Not given her nature and behavior.
And because of what happened in this episode, I am totally for sure that Jasper will come back when Yellow Diamond do its come back, or any short of force she may have been sent to Earth.
Why I say that?
Well, like we saw in “Message Received”, when Peridot totally betrays Homeworld; she knows that the cluster will for sure emerge soon… and is likely that she may want to ensure that it happens.
As a cruel path into the destiny, Steven only managed to “bubble” it (more on this later), what just made the cluster yet a persistent threat to Earth, awaiting to be awaken once again. And I know that Yellow and Jasper will play a important role back then in an attempt to bring back the cluster.
And with the event of the cluster we were able to see in a magnified way, how the gems deal with some kind of problems.
Gem are unable to deal with abstract problems, no matter from where they do come. With Peridot, we had a glimpse on how the society works in Homeworld… where we basically had the impression that she had no kind of good memories from there, and that she started to “feel alive” at Earth.
In my own opinion, I have the feeling that gems are unable to understand truly the feeling, and things like the mental states of other gems, and therefore help them.
For them, problems need to be black or white, and something that is easily identifiable. If it is something abstract, like an idea, they can’t understand it and therefore they do not know what to do.
This is where Steven becomes a key element. This is because he, as being half human and raised along humans, is able to deal with abstract problems and therefore help “gems” in ways no other could.
We see this kind of mental distress with the cluster itself. And even with some shards as Peridot points out “They are broken beyond repair”. Yes, they are literally broken and can’t be put together like one again… but also, its “mind” state is like that and they are trying to fix such issue… that is why they are beyond repair, because they do not know how to help such thing… such abstract problem.
We have seen Steven deal with the Centipede and even managing to have him hep them out. That is not a little feat. Specially if we consider all the “corrupt” gems to be no more than creatures with high stress, distress and problems to adapt to its new environment.
Rose said it herself, that the things go really fast on Earth. Meaning that she even had issues trying to adapt to the ever changing world, after all… they did come to a place where things maybe were moving to a different pace.
That created chaos along the mind state… and if they do not know how to deal with it, then problem arises. Maybe this happens only to gems that wander alone, we do not know.
So then, with the Cluster, Steven was able to make itself realize that it was many gems together… that it was many shapes and mind together and that they needed to see that instead to attach to an old idea to reform and seek for its missing pieces.
One can even see it as a way on how the mind evolves… as once the cluster realizes that its world has changed forever (and that it can destroy what they once protected), it decided to bubble itself… helping them in a way that maybe any other of the gems would not have ever guessed to do.
In this case, abstract ideas can then help much more than just punching or drill something. A concept that gems are hardly to fully understand.