What we learned from #StevenBomb

Rather than take each episode individually, we’re going to take advantage of the packaging of six episodes together into one big #StevenBomb and do some posts on the lore implications of, and speculation from, what we’ve learned this week.

These posts will come out over the next couple of weeks, and will be linked to in the master #StevenBomb lore implications post (this one) and the master #StevenBomb speculation post.

The end of the rebellion

  • The homeworld still remembers the rebellion
  • Rose could only save a few of her closest friends

These two facts actually say quite a lot. It is very likely that the rebellion ended with the homeworld evacuating the last of its soldiers and destroying the Crystal Gems from orbit.

Rose Quartz

  • Rose Quartz inspired deep personal loyalty
  • Rose Quartz was widely known

Jasper would have recognized her, though they had never met. Lapis Lazuli probably knew about Rose’s healing powers if nothing else. Rose Quartz continues to be a larger-than-life figure, able to cast a shadow over the series from beyond the grave.


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    • Manny Fleurmond on March 15, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Tech so advanced they created the gem equivalent of a taser

      • gc13 on March 15, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      I was more going for how the Crystal Gems’ most powerful air defense weapon didn’t even scratch the paint job on the ship, but I’m sure they would have loved to have some Gem destabilizers back during the rebellion.

    • Freakazette on March 15, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    “Jasper would have recognized her, though they had never met”
    She said she was there for the battle, she respected her tactics. I guess it depends on what you mean by “met” here, but they definitely “met” in battle.

    “…sending one Gem and one ship to take care of an army still seems quite bold if they have the resources available to send more.”
    That’s not how I took it at all. If you pair this with Lapis freaking out over how advanced their tech is, I just figured they didn’t consider whatever few gems were left on the planet a real threat.

    And I wonder what makes you think “the homeworld is still weak”? I’m racking my brain and I can’t think of anything from Steven Bomb that indicates this. Think about how powerful that one hand-ship was. I figure it’s probably part of a whole and there are very likely multiples. If they wanted to, they could demolish the whole planet in an instant, they just don’t see reason to. They want what they came for and demolishing their resources isn’t worth it to rid themselves of a few nuisance rebels. Rebels who are practically unarmed in comparison with what homeworld has available to them now.

    If anything, I think the advanced tech is an indicator that the civilization/empire is thriving. I’m looking forward to hearing more in-depth thoughts on these.

      • gc13 on March 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      That one hand ship is powerful relative to antiquated technology, but a ship can only be in one place at a time as we’ve seen individual Gems don’t seem to be more capable combatants. If Jasper had gotten her wish and there had been a large army (there were an awful lot of containment cells on that ship), orbital bombardment would have been their only option.

      If your empire was thriving and you had troops and ships to spare would you send only one soldier, no matter how powerful, to deal with a bare minimum of three enemies? Especially if the very existence of these enemies means that the enemy you (probably) had to bomb from orbit because she was too strong survived?

        • Jalgus on March 15, 2015 at 4:27 pm

        I think you might have overrated how important conquering Earth is to the HG’s. Nothing we’ve seen of Peridot points to her being one of the higher ups. Even if she sent a report, that doesn’t mean her superiors see a pressing need to send more than a minimum to Earth. It could be that Jasper jumped at the chance to take on Rose Quartz, with the duo planning to reactivate a Kindergarten.

          • gc13 on March 15, 2015 at 4:33 pm

          I doubt that Earth is all that important to the homeworld. Still, it’s a tepid response to an unknown quantity of enemies.

          • Freakazette on March 15, 2015 at 9:27 pm

          Yeah I’m with Jalgus on this one. There are probably multiple other planets that can serve the same function as earth without having to go to war over it. The “war” was so insignificant to homeworld that there was nothing in Peridot’s files about it or the rebel crystal gems. It’s just so insignificant to them they can’t be bothered to send more than one ship and one warrior. It seems likely that Jasper only agreed to go on the off chance that she WOULD encounter Rose again, probably figuring she’d be weak after all that time cut off from the rest of her people. As far as number of containment cells, it’s possible that the hand functions as the brig for the whole ship (presumably a body) and they wouldn’t be able to hold any prisoners at all without it. These ships were probably built for much larger scale war, after all.

          haha, I guess I’m biased, I’m just having a hard time seeing it as anything other than that.

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