Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SU Recap: We Need to Talk

Since “Story For Steven”, most of us fans have been quite curious to learn more about Greg’s early relationship with Rose and the Crystal Gems. This episode managed to help sate a little bit of that curiosity.

Through this episode, we gain a deeper perspective into Rose’s early feelings towards, which turned out to have been equally as platonic and unrequited as her feelings towards Pearl.

Speaking of which, in case anyone still had doubts about the relationship between Pearl and Rose, hopefully, this episode helped to shed some extra light on it for you.

And in case you were wondering why Steven and Connie can fuse but Greg and Rose couldn’t, this episode also helped shed light on this.

Overall, this was an excellent blast into the past (and perhaps the best episode of the second Steven Bomb), and here’s hoping for some more in the future.

I have no idea what type of music Steven and Greg are talking about--and I'm okay with that.

Greg is so astonished that he has to create his own record scratch sound effect!

Surprised that Steven did pull up a blanket. He normally has one when his father tells him stories like this.

Apparently, both Garnet and Amethyst have been playing the keytar and drums long before Steven's band.

I didn't know about this until recently, but Rose is voiced by XX, who also did the voice of Megara from Hercules. Now I can't hear her singing without thinking about "Won't Say I'm In Love." Not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

I really love how this song perfectly sums up Greg's feelings for Rose, even if Rose remain oblivious to it. Somehow, I feel that makes their duet even more poignant.

Perhaps Pearl would feel less jealous if Greg found a way to incorporate her violin into the video. It would have made for an epic addition. Greg of all people should know that the violin can be rocking!

Pearl: "Fusion is only for dangerous situations" And, of course, this was a dangerous situation because Pearl was in "danger" of losing favor with Rose.

Does anyone else think that Rainbow Quartz looks like an 80s dance girl. Seriously, the only thing missing is for her to end her dance routine by landing in a chair and having water dumped onto her. She's a maniac, maniac on the floor.

Pearl makes the most epic mic drop.

Greg pays Amethyst to play the drums. He pays her in Pop Rocks. Not sure how to feel about this.
"You're just a phase. You know that, right?"

In case any of you still had doubts about Pearl's relationship with Rose being an unrequited romance, let this episode be definite proof that it is. Pearl's jealousy towards Greg isn't towards someone who's stealing attention from her friend: it's towards a rival lover. Pearl loves Rose. She really loves Rose. Not platonically, but romantically. Even the creator's admit this. Stop pretending that it's otherwise.
Popcorn always goes well with drama.

I think Greg may need a drink, because Pearl was really salty!

Sorry, Greg, but you can't drop mics like Pearl drops them.

I take it Amethyst and the other gems don't know much about television. Wonder what they do to entertain themselves.

"First you need a gem at the core of your being. Then you need a body that can turn into light. Then you need a partner you can trust with that light."

Many fans have speculated that fusion is a metaphor for sex. I find that comparison quite iffy. I think it's more along the lines of relationships and intimacy.

Think about it: fusion requires two beings to be in sync with one another through body and soul. For that to happen, they have to be in good terms with each other relationship-wise.

I'd go more in depth on this subject, but here's a Tumblr post going more in detail instead.
So, Amethyst is like a dog, then?

Of course the best gem to give him advice about fusion is the gem who literally is a fusion. She knows from experience.

Gee, I wonder if this was the first time Greg learned that Garnet was a fusion.

Only "the works" for this most special of occasions.

"I love humans. You're all so funny."

Well, this is awkward. Here, Greg's feelings toward Rose is that of a lover, while Rose's feeling towards him is that of a pet. That's a real wet blanket there.

Greg: "I'm starting to get worried about the future."
Rose: "Oh, just ask Garnet."

Amethyst should have been there with the drums playing a rim shot.

Greg: "How'd you end up with, uh, Harpo, Groucho, and Chico?"
Rose: "Huh? Oh, them? Those are three long stories."
Stories I hope the creators go more into depth with in future episodes.
Greg: "Have you ever love...with a human?"
Rose: "How would I know?"
Greg: "It's torture."
Rose: "Greg..."
Greg: "Rose?"
Rose: "Is this torture?"
Greg: "The worst."
Rose: "I'm so sorry..."
Greg: "Huh? No, don't be!"

The actual "fusion" may not have worked, but Rose and Greg are much closer to each other than they once were, as the existence of this entire series seems to prove.

Somehow I feel that Connie enjoys hanging out with Steven and Greg, since their laid-back nature is a refreshing contrast to her otherwise overtly-strict parents.

Steven is painfully reminded that he's not entirely human, which must be painful for him. He can't fully relate with his father or Connie, and he can't relate with the gems. I take it this is what biracial individuals have to deal with.