What we learned from Too Far

Too Far was a good episode to leave us hanging with. It really finished what Back to the Barn started as far as lore is concerned, but still left us with plenty more to learn.

Huge, loyal soldiers

The fans got another one right: the fan theory that Amethyst should be built like Jasper is was confirmed this week. After Jasper called Amethyst an overcooked runt, people picked up on how similar Amethyst’s hair was to Jasper’s, how both Gems had spin-dash attacks, and how both of their gems were types of quartz (something fans realized well before the Guide to the Crystal Gems came out). It’s another win for analysis by the fans.

We also got a good estimation for Amethyst’s age: if the rebellion started 5,500 years before the start of the show, lasted for about 1,000 years, and Amethyst came out about 500 years after production in the Kindergarten stopped, Amethyst should be about 4,000 years old, or perhaps a couple hundred years older.

There were also implications that Amethyst is, perhaps, stronger than she knows. If she is meant to be roughly Jasper’s size and not a shorter Gem with the same muscular build (if Amethyst’s height were doubled that would put her almost as tall as Jasper), it would stand to reason that she should be roughly as strong as Jasper as well. Jasper, however, seemed stronger than Garnet when they fought; their strengths were close, but she seemed to have the edge. Amethyst is much weaker than Garnet though.

The Guide to the Crystal Gems says that Amethyst can almost hold her own against Garnet. The fight it uses to illustrate that fact, from Tiger Millionaire, doesn’t seem to be a very good indication of Amethyst’s strength: she throws her entire body into a punch and Garnet effortlessly blocks it. The book is written from Steven’s perspective, so it doesn’t have to be completely right about everything, but it was also written by Ms. Sugar, who knows some things we don’t.

Perhaps something we don’t know is that Amethyst is stronger than she knows. When talking about Amethyst’s defect, all Peridot said is that she was small. After Amethyst used her whip to cleanly slice the drill head off Peridot even said that she could do everything a normal quartz could do. We should watch out for Amethyst trying to power up later in the series; it may not have went that well when she tried in Reformed, but if she spent a while focusing on her form rather than trying to rush it out in a few seconds it’s possible she could get better results.

Actually a Gem

Peridot continued to heap out prejudice against Pearls, saying that Pearl wasn’t a Gem (and therefore not in line for command) because she was a Pearl, but also finally came out and said what we had been predicting: fusions aren’t in line for command either. Even a defective quartz outranks a fusion because at least she counts as Gem, while the fusion doesn’t.

We can’t tell whether Ruby and Sapphire fusing in order to fight a battle would pass without comment on homeworld or whether it would merely be accepted as possibly necessary, but Peridot again explicitly stated her assumption that fusion was for war: if they weren’t fighting at the moment, Ruby and Sapphire had no reason to be fused together as Garnet.

Having Garnet around was actually enough to make Peridot express a degree of discomfort. Just in case any was needed, this is still more evidence that on the homeworld the only reason to fuse is for battle.


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    • sad sack on October 17, 2015 at 5:03 pm


      • sad sack on October 17, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      but as amethyst is my favorite gem I REALLY wanna see her try to buff out. maybe this is what sparks Steven vs amethyst?

        • laperipearl on October 17, 2015 at 8:35 pm

        Yeah, but wouldn’t that mean the silhouette in “Sworn to the Sword” would be Amethyst’s true form? In other words, we already saw the real Amethyst. That would also lead me to believe that Jaspers and Amethysts are either supposed to work together or be rivals.

        • Something Witty on October 17, 2015 at 11:31 pm

        I don’t think that Steven vs Amethyst is about our Amethyst. There’s another ground-level exit hole besides hers that we see during On The Run when Pearl and Amethyst are shouting at one another. What if there’s been another Amethyst running around all this time.

  1. Lot of social commentary going on, too. I freaking love it.

    I fear the day we get a look at the homeworld. It sounds like absolute hell.

      • Something Witty on October 17, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      Well, with Rose Quartz gone that leaves only three leaders. The blue one, we can assume, was killed during the rebellion while fighting Rose. The white one could possibly be alive, but I have my doubts.

      That leaves Yellow Diamond all alone on Homeworld to manage the entire Gem race for thousands of years. Poor girl’s probably stressed all over the place. No wonder Homeworld is such a dump hole, presumably.

      1. I don’t think we should give Yellow Diamond any sympathy just yet, though that may likely be true. She is the one who set the plan in motion to, essentially, destroy the earth.

        • Bugberry on October 18, 2015 at 8:51 am

        I don’t think the blue and white leaders are dead. Jasper probably only mentioned Yellow Diamond because she works directly under her, or maybe Yellow Diamond is the one that would be most interested in Steven, since Jasper wanted to bring him to her.

    • Something Witty on October 17, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Actually the book also states that Garnet’s fusion is exceptionally strange because it’s strange for “different gems” to fuse.

    I assume that Barn Mates is the next episode in line. I’m thinking Steven makes Garnet and Peridot spend time at the barn together. I’m hoping for some Ruby and Sapphire, but that’s unlikely.

    The big finale approaches! I’m thinking that Gem Drill and Hit The Diamond are gonna be our big two parter that apparently doesn’t exist. The Kindergarten display shows a big eyeball or diamond thing on the cluster. Maybe a weak point. It’s doubtful that Lapis and Jasper are going to have any action until 2B.

    Something else about this episode. If you notice in the episode On The Run when Pearl and Amethyst are confronting one another, there is a ground level exit hole that is in a different spot than where Amethyst’s hole should be. Perhaps the dreaded Kindergarten Kid / Crack The Whip / Steven vs Amethyst fiasco we’re all worried about isn’t even about OUR Amethyst.

    • LaQueesha on October 19, 2015 at 7:04 am

    We also learned that carbonite makes up injectors.Star wars anyone?

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