#su critical #su negativity you’ve been warned
The general consensus on Gem Harvest is that it
A. Has a godawful message
B. Is horrendously boring
And I thoroughly agree with both. I think Lauren Zuke/Hilary Florido really needs to play to their strenghts, because they can write well. Log Date, Too Far, and Steven vs Amethyst are all episodes of theirs I personally enjoy. Theyre funny and develop the characters involved well.
However, their episodes together recently seems to have shifted to focus on Peridot and Lapis, without actually building a relationship and deriving humor from said weak, barely existent relationship. It feels like pandering to an audience that barely exists and the rest of us are left feeling left out of the joke.
With that in mind the story of Gem Harvest in particular, even ignoring the humor, is poor. My main issues with it are
- The message
A lot of people, especially immigrants and their children; have spoken out about how the message made them uncomfortable or even scared. This is not good. This is not something a show about love and acceptance should be evoking
Not only is the message out of place, its nothing new. Kids are constantly told to love their family, even if theyre violent bigots. This is not healthy and encorages abuse.
Better messages for the episode could have been
A. Family is not entitled to your love and respect if they do not give it in return
B. Change the episode so that Andy makes offhand remarks directed at Steven more than the gems (these comments being much less racist than the canon episode. Id remove/change those regardless of what I made the message), with an eventual message of Steven learning he should be allowed to openly express his discomfort around people he sees as authority
The final problem is the episode is boring. Its too long- it is not an episode that needed 22 minutes.There are massive gaps in the ep where nothing happens and I felt myself growing very bored- and this isn’t just me speaking as adult. I know kids within the final demographic have felt the same way. All ill say abbt that is yea, it shoulda been 11 minutes.