irony

CERN researchers confirm existence of the Force

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Researchers at the

Large Hadron Collider

just recently started testing the accelerator for running at the higher energy of

13 TeV

, and already they have found new insights into the fundamental structure of the universe. Though four fundamental forces – the strong force, the weak force, the electromagnetic force and gravity – have been well documented and confirmed in experiments over the years, CERN announced today the first unequivocal evidence for the Force. “Very impressive, this result is,” said a diminutive green spokesperson for the laboratory.

“The Force is what gives a particle physicist his powers,” said CERN theorist Ben Kenobi of the University of Mos Eisley, Tatooine. “It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us; and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.”

Though researchers are as yet unsure what exactly causes the Force, students and professors at the laboratory have already started to harness its power. Practical applications so far include long-distance communication, influencing minds, and lifting heavy things out of swamps.

Kenobi says he first started teaching the ways of the Force to a young lady who was having trouble revising for her particle-physics exams. “She said that I was her only hope,” says Kenobi. “So I just kinda took it from there. I designed an experiment to detect the Force, and passed on my knowledge.”

Kenobi’s seminal paper “May the Force be with EU” – a strong argument that his experiment should be built in Europe – persuaded the CERN Council to finance the installation of dozens of new R2 units for the CERN data centre*. These plucky little droids are helping physicists to cope with the flood of data from the laboratory’s latest experiment, the Thermodynamic Injection Energy (TIE) detector, recently installed at the LHC.

Amethyst - Uncomfortable Skin

I got the idea to write this post based on a post I read on tumblr, if you recognize your idea shout me out so I can give proper credit; sorry I forgot. Anyway the idea springs from a user’s father who noted that Amethyst shapeshifts a lot and posited that it could be due to her not being comfortable in her own skin. It could be due to age and maturity because it’s quite an insightful thing to notice, before the airing of On the Run & Maximum Capacity, just based on a few scenes. It’s a testament to the writing prowess of the SU writers. 

Season 1B has done a superb job of taking seemingly innocuous events from the last episodes and re-contextualizing them. Amethyst’s shapeshifting being one of them. Initially I saw her shapeshifting to be simple plot exposition, show don’t tell, on how the gem’s powers are supposed to work without just sitting Steven down in boring exposition-a-thons. I took it at face value as just comic-relief in action but, whew, were they doing so much more. Let’s dig in shall we?

Initially we see Amethyst shapeshifting whenever she wants to get a rise out of anyone or just at random. She’s the only gem we see shape-shift at will. Neither Pearl nor Garnet shape-shift at will. It’s possible Pearl can’t shape-shift considering Jasper’s words. We’re told that the gems can shape-shift but we only see Garnet do it to a limited extent, usually only for practical things. Once to save Steven and another time to teach the others a lesson. She morphs into Steven once for but only at Steven’s request.

Amethyst continues to be the only gem who constantly shapeshifts, sometimes at the drop of a hat, in non-combat situations. As we later learn Amethyst is a gem born of Earth, she continues to be the odd one out, being the only gem to actively participate in human society & most notably the only one who likes to eat but that’s for another time. One form in particular stands out. 

The Purple Puma Persona, how’s that for an alliterative alter-ego? ;)

One of her favorite forms, she shifts into this one at least once more outside this episode. The Purple Puma is poised, powerful & proud. While Amethyst is no wallflower, she dons this form to engage in human society and be where she can feel she belongs and be appreciated. She walks around in her usual form but here is where she can attain the adulation and applause that she sorely lacks at home. I imagine that pearl’s constantly critical criticisms don’t help. Speaking of which, let’s talk about Sugilite. Specifically Amethyst’s part of the fusion.

“I forgot how great it feels to be me!” Sugilite, or Amethyst?

After the confirmation on the nature of Garnet I may have to revisit this with garnet’s perspective but for now I want to focus on Amethyst. The first thing out of Sugilite’s mouth is a positive declaration of self. She stands tall and grand! Thus she becomes an intensely proud and powerful person in total control and talks as one, possibly overpowering Garnet in the process. The very notion of separating becomes an attack on her very identity.

“I am myself and I refuse to be split up” Sugilite

A very interesting statement when future revelations about Garnet are revealed but moving on to why Amethyst would refuse to be split up. Her rage at Pearl comes out in full force. The years of criticism reveal themselves and sadly Steven and his dad almost pay the price for Amethyst’s and Pearl’s inter personal problems. Why would Amethyst ever want to go back to who she was? Especially at Pearl’s command, before their recent reconciliation their relationship is not the healthiest.  She doesn’t see Homeworld as her home and doesn’t feel at home in her own home. Pearl constantly picking at her, and thus her sense of self.

“I’m not gonna let you stand there and remind me of everything I HATE ABOUT MYSELF.” Amethyst

Amethyst’s birthplace is revealed and we learn of her terrible origins. As, more or less, a designer soldier for an alien settler colonial army there’s a certain Kamen Rider-esque irony in her creation. Here we learn why Pearl constantly pushes down on Amethyst and where her internalized disdain comes from, thus Jasper’s insults become even more pointed. Amethyst believes herself to be a terrible creation and Pearl’s treatment of her only furthered her insecurities. Thus we have the Purple Puma and Sugilite, two manifestations of her desire to not be herself and two possible paths. One of public acceptance, if a little vain, and one of destruction and revenge. 

Speaking of which. We briefly see the purple puma in Maximum Capacity where we see Amethyst use her shape shifting to deliberately hurt another person. Rose’s shadow casts a wide net. Being possibly the first gem, or indeed anyone, to show Amethyst unconditional love Greg’s perceived monopoly on Rose’s and Amethyst’s time was a great blow to her sense of self. Her passing to give birth to Steven pushing her over the line, causing her to use Greg as a surrogate and outlet for her; alongside a creepy escapist sitcom called Lil’ Butler, to forget about insecurities and the world around her. She starts to use her shape-shifting to maintain control, hurt and lash out against Greg.

She begins by shifting into Steven to keep Greg, who might be her only other “adult” friend, besides Garnet and, the recently reconciled with Pearl, at her side. After that fails she begins to push down on him with her shapeshifting, specifically donning the forms of Steven and Rose but only partially Greg. This ultimately culminates with a shocking transformation into her missing maternal figure to further torment Greg for his perceived “transgressions” against her. She transforms an ideal of unconditional love into a weapon against all who would leave her.

“Well, what about me, huh?” Amethyst

Luckily Steven arrives and puts a stop to this drama. Amethyst apologizes but continues to hoard, not ready to let go of some anxieties just yet. I don’t believe we’ve seen her shape-shift as much since On The Run and the pointed exception of Maximum Capacity* but who can say with Season 2 just starting. She’s begun to reconcile with Pearl but still has a ways away to go with that. Her issues with Garnet, if any, have yet to be revealed. Could she possibly hold a little jealousy at Garnet’s stable sense of self? She’s on a long road to self actualization and will continue to need the aid of her friends and family. With a huge external threat on the horizon she’s gonna have to deal with it under rocky circumstances however I ultimately believe she’ll get to a better place. She’s not alone.

“What— do you care about me or something?“ Amethyst

“Yes!” Steven

Yes, Amethyst, Steven does care about you & I wager to say the other gems do too. I think a lot of viewers do as well, it is an amazing accomplishment to make ya care about a fictional character and I think that the krew has done it well. Amethyst has a great support network, a little rocky but more or less stable. Hopefully that’ll be enough help her love herself in her own skin; whomever she chooses to be.


As always, feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.

*Correct me if I’m wrong, I probably missed something.

Images taken from the Steven wiki.  All copyrights belong to CN and Rebecca Sugar and the Krewniverse. Commentary my own.

I’m laughing because now that Ted Cruz is running for president, his wife (whose health insurance he was covered under) decided to take a leave of absence to help him campaign, causing them both to lose their health insurance. Now they’re forced to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act or become uninsured.

So since Ted Cruz decided to campaign to repeal Obamacare, he can now only get insurance through Obamacare.

And that, my friends, is a true example of irony.