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GC13, Dakota, and Hunter are very happy to present an episode about the fifth StevenBomb, and only a month early! (Thanks Cartoon Network!)
It’s too hard to give a summary of the podcast for those who still haven’t watched the episodes yet, so here’s a spoiler-free recap:
Could we be Ronaldo? Is it possible?
Circles and ovals, squares and hexagons.
What are Gemlins?
Butter was built, then you were built for butter.
Carnelians cut is actually just like Ruby’s, but Ruby’s is flat, Carnelian’s could have a different bottom. And There are different types of Jasper so that could explain why Skinny’s gem is different.
No it isn’t…. Unless you mean the red Amethyst with the animation error of ruby’s gem. It’s an Amethyst due to cut and purple. She’s just on the red end of the Amethyst spectrum.
The Corrupted gems from gem hunt have different cuts that amethyst. Amethyst’s is circular with a hexagonal cut, the corrupted gems had a hexagonal shaped gem with a hexagonal cut.
Have we actually seen any indication that gem cut actually maters or is consistent enough in other Gems to be indicative of something? Since we know that designs in this show aren’t always based on hard rules and often subject to “rule of cool” or “rule of funny”, it imagine the wild variation in Amethysts was just to indicate these are the rejects and misfits that have no place in regular Homeworld society.
I also liked Adventures in Light Distortion for that moment that Steven breaks down. I don’t see how, after all this, Hunter still finds Steven annoying. While Steven has been in dire situations before, this one was different because Greg’s capture and what he thought was the Gem’s cracking were both his fault. When he was trapped in his bubble in space in Bubbled, it was just him and Eyeball at risk, where as here others were suffering because of his impatience.
Also, upon looking it up, apparently Carnelian was voiced by Kimberley Brooks, same as Skinny Jasper and our Jasper, so I think this is the first time we’ve had 2 different kinds of Gems voiced by the same person.
Awesome. I was so hype for the bomb as well.
You guys did make me have to think deeply about what I didn’t like about light distortion. Honestly I was quite distracted by the porygon effects. But the Steven crying bothered me (he’s crying AGAIN?) until I realized that he those weren’t his tears in the previous episode.
I do feel that the pacing was off for the episode, just because it became the only notable event and it’s dissatisfying if his exposition is all that happened in that episode.
Anyways I really hope we get to go over the bomb some more in the upcoming weeks. I mean, 1 hour didn’t really cover it other than light distortion.
I have a theory that Yellow Diamond was somehow involved with Pink Diamond’s shattering. I get a real “manipulation” sense from the song between her and Blue Diamond. It’s like…I have a strong feeling that Yellow engineered the situation that would lead to Pink getting shattered because her value of organic life was a threat to Yellow’s military strength. What else to motivate Jasper to move against Yellow than to find out Yellow was responsible for Rose shattering Pink.
Also, it seems that Agates are the leaders of squadrons of Quartz soldiers cuz Hollyblue was the only non-Fusion Gem so far who has some unique name like that. Centipeedle’s commander in that flashback was probably an Agate of some kind. “An Agate terrifies…” says the song. Also, her whip, Bismuth says “not every Amethyst can make a whip like *this*…” so maybe only commander-class Gems can make a whip. Amethyst vs Hollyblue plz plz.
It’s so fortunate that they didn’t just happen to notice the Rose Quartz Gem on Steven during the examination. Like…geez.
So whatever the beetles are, that tiny Gem type is what they are. They *are* called the **Geode** Beetles so perhaps they are instrumental in creating a Geode like the one containing the synthetic storm. We DO have a hint from Gem-culture about what they are for. The Sky Spire was constructed by Bismuths on Earth, with the tiny temple being specifically built FOR the tiny Gem. Whatever the Gem that the beetles used to be, they are important enough to warrant an entire floating sky structure built just for them. Or an equally impressive structure built supposedly over or under the boiling lava lake.
I gotta say, Gem culture isn’t too secure cuz some random Sapphire was able to walk into a room with 2 Diamonds and just lie to them and without any checks or number validation, they just believed her. It’s no wonder that a Quartz was able to shatter a Diamond, she probably just walked up to her all “oh hello my diamond! 😀 ” and just shanked her.
How did Buddy’s Journal have the Pyramid Temple illustration in it if you needed the Pyramid Temple Key in order to get into it.
Also in Steven’s Dream, Amethyst rockin’ the ponytail. I love it.
You guys didn’t talk about the Korean Animation Team during Steven and Greg’s trip to Korea.
I’m 100% on board the Pearl was White Diamond’s Pearl train cuz when she says she saw the zoo for herself “back when I served…homeworld…” why would a Pearl be there if not accompanying a Diamond.
She could have been Pink’s Pearl, accompanying her while visiting her zoo.
Now we get our “What Lapis, Peridot, and Connie fought against while the Gems were away…” episode.
We now know that Greg is 40 cuz 110 years minus 70 years is 40.
3:29 Chill mate. It’s probably an animation thing because otherwise they are pretty circular.
My least favorite episode of the set was easily “The Zoo”.
First of all, I think there’s a decently good chance we never see these people again, which means not only have we left them in captivity, we’ve now left them in captivity AND shattered their unnatural contentment. Great job, guys.
But the other reason for me traces back to “Distortion” and Steven’s breakdown. He bursts into tears about how his impulsive behavior has just about gotten everyone he knows and loves kidnapped or killed, and if he’d only taken some time to think before acting, it might’ve been averted. So what does he do two episodes later? He insists on escaping right this instant, without formulating a plan.
A couple other plot threads that bothered me about this arc…
* Steven didn’t… actually… DO anything. I was totally expecting Steven’s gem nature to be discovered either as he was getting prepped for the zoo or while he was in there, but nope (even though his gem was visible on the conveyor belt!). No bubbles (as far as I recall) and no shield, and he didn’t take part in the final “battle”, with the result that somehow no one on the station realized Steven was part-gem! Are they really all that dumb?
* How is the ship supposed to work? Traveling FTL causes the gems to poof, and their physical forms to lag behind the ship. So without a non-gem present, who turns the ship off? Was the trip home at the end of “TWBA” as terrifying as the first one?
* Steven seems to have learned the absolute wrong lesson at the end of the arc, saying it was all his fault for wanting answers, which was an ENTIRELY REASONABLE THING. Had the gems been telling him important stuff along the way, they wouldn’t have wound up in such a crisis.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the arc by and large. Holly was delightfully hate-able, it was cool seeing a whole bunch new gems, and Patti LuPone’s song was great.
I will note that traveling FTL would not normally poof a Gem, unless they turn off the reality distortion field like Steven did.
I’m also confident that we’ll see the humans and the Gems of the Zoo again.
What makes you think we’ll never see those humans again? There’s nothing to indicate we won’t. Steven also was hasty without thinking of a plan, where as with escaping he took the time to lay out a plan, and where as he wasn’t sure if Greg was okay or not after being captured, he knew the Gems weren’t going to be able to keep Holly busy for long so he had to be hasty. Steven also did plenty. He made the plan to get him and Greg out of the Zoo. Considering they were in very foreign territory for him, it makes sense the other Gems would be more useful on this mission. Steven’s lesson wasn’t that being curious was bad, but that there are some answers that he still isn’t ready for, and rushing into situations out of curiosity unprepared can be dangerous.