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GC13, Sophia, and Dakota (who is finally back in the real way) get back to the retro episode discussions and discuss our second fusion sighting: Coach Steven.
It was a long wait over the summer for Coach Steven, but everyone agrees we got a great episode out of the deal with Nicki Minaj doing a great vocal performance for another impressive fusion. Plus: spontaneous singing.
Of course if Sadie is destined to divorce Lars (as determined by Steven’s future vision), the question remains: who is right for her? Sophia is admanant that Ronaldo the Wise isn’t right for anyone, so that rather limits Sadie’s choices.
Sardonyx is my favorite fusion design because it perfectly encapsulates her combined personalities. You take Pearl’s dramatism and desire to be liked by everyone and Garnet’s flair for the bombastic and jokiness, and you get someone that’s all about flair and showing off, an entertainer. And her corny jokes where perfect because Pearl is all about corney jokes but has Garnet to help give them the punch they need.
Also, development doesn’t always make a character nice, as could happen with Lars. and while Sadie has flaws, she hasn’t been called out on them nearly as much as she should. If anything, Sadie needs more development highlight how flawed she can be.
I think Sadie’s Song does show Sadie’s biggest flaw. She’s unable to express her emotions, which she bottles up inside of her. Eventually, this causes her to take drastic measures and release her emotions on others in unhealthy, almost deadly mannerisms. Take Joking Victim for example. Sadie wasn’t forward enough to tell Lars about her true feelings, leading her to trick him into eating Fire Salt (which not only affected Lars, but Steven and the entire town as well). Next, we have Island Adventure, which had Sadie trap Lars AND Steven on Mask Island all because she couldn’t tell Lars that she wanted to help him and understand him. This not only endangered Lars and Steven, but Sadie probably drove the Crystal Gems insane trying to look for Steven.
In short, Sadie’s lack of expression and extreme timidity leads her to fester her thoughts into unbridled attacks on others, whether or not the victims are directly or indirectly affected.
The thing about those episodes though is that, while we can see Sadie’s flaws, the responses from the characters is either to overlook her flaws or, in the case of Island Adventure, to have Lars respond just as badly while having Sadie be a hero. Joking Victim also ended similarly with Lars not looking much better. And in Sadie’s Song, while we see her major flaw, we at no point see her have the realization that her not speaking up about things is her fault, and we don’t even get to hear Sadie and her mom’s conversation, so we can’t say whether she came to this understand or if her mom just let her behavior slide.
While Lars is definitely a jerk, it irks me when people say Sadie is too good for him, because she only comes across as good as she does because she hasn’t had consequences for her flaws, since Lars suffered for her flaws in Island Adventure and Joking Victim and in Sadie’s Song no one brings up her flaw and why it’s her fault.
Now I really want to see Sadie and Peridot doing a three-legged race together.
About Pearl taking out the two Jaspers in The Answer, maybe since they’re in the Blue Diamond court, they’re not as strong as Jaspers in other courts, like the Jasper we know from Yellow Diamond’s court. Blue Diamond court gems are meant for diplomacy, not primarily for fighting, so maybe that’s why Pearl was able to take both of them out. Sapphire doesn’t seem to have any combat skills, and Lapis, despite her OP hydrokinesis, is EXTREMELY passive about getting involved in physical confrontations.
Sardonyx is no longer able to be taken seriously in ANY regard once you see that one YTP video called “The Gems Try Stupid Fusion Tactics” and you see Sardonyx Mega Evolve and use Goofy’s laugh.
Pearl didn’t OVERPOWER those Jaspers, it was like someone’s toy poodle wielding swords suddenly. Those Jaspers / Amethysts didn’t expect to get attacked by a Pearl, they were taken off guard. If they knew her capabilities before, they would’ve countered her. They were moving in to grab the little tiny animal, they were not expecting it to pull an Attack on Titan and slice them apart.
I still really want Steven to have to fight against a Homeworld bred Rose Quartz once Yellow Diamond sends in the Quartz squad to destroy Peridot.
I think the answer to the question of why Pearl could take down two Jaspers is fully explained in “do it for her/him.” Pearl believed she could do anything with Rose Quartz at he side. This show is delightfully Sailor Moon-y in that the greatest power always seems to come from love 🙂
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