What can I say about a show that’s barely started. I never quite seen anything quite like it. I suppose I will start from the beginning.
When I saw the first trailer for the show, where Steven shouted out how awesome his cheeseburger backpack, I was ready to hate it as much as I hate Uncle Grandpa or Almost Naked Animals. I was ready to group it into the category of ‘Shows so lazy they think they found the perfect formula for attracting viewers but it’s just kitschy crap’.
I was ready to absolutely to never give it a chance.
Then one day, after a bit of boredom I saw that I could watch the first episode on demand. I like to watch things before proclaiming my hate, just to make it fair.
I expected the same old same old. I expected the typical all knowing being to send out powers to a lucky group of random folks- and the girls being predictable warriors, completely suited to their new found magical girl powers. And they’re stuck with Steven, a stupid little boy who of course will save the day forever because he was a walking example of everything good and pure and he was the hero Gotham deserved but never exactly wanted.
That’s what I expected.
That’s not what I got.
Steven was first and foremost a child. He acts as such. He is treated as such. He was born with his Gem and lives with three other ‘Gems’ that are teaching and guiding him on how to use his power properly.
They give him a normal or as close as possible normal life.
They don’t make him or allow him near things dangerous because they know he isn’t ready. Steven wants to help, but at the same time he does what no other child chosen one protagonist ever does.
HE. F*CKING. LISTENS.
He knows he’s not ready! He tries, and he tries, and he knows he’s not there yet. He doesn’t fool himself into thinking he’s a all knowing hero which SPARES us the predictable plot line of where he is forced to humble himself for the sake of properly practicing his craft.
Which is amazing.
It’s hinted that Pearl, Garnet and Amethyst was friends with his mother before she ‘gave up her form’ to have Steven exist. And they’re all taking care of him. They’e taking care of their fallen friends only child. If you don’t think that’s the most beautiful thing, get out of my face.
They don’t force horrible expectations on this kid. They don’t say “You’re going to save the world so get your sh*t together you 10 year old brat” or “Your mom was basically god so get on her level already”
EVEN WHEN THEY NEED TO DEPEND ON HIM THEY DO NOT PUT THAT KIND OF PRESSURE AND GUILT ON THIS CHILD.
THIS SHOW MAKES ME SO FREAKING EMOTIONAL I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF ANYMORE.