I’m kind of really in love with Queenie and Jacob, which is saying something, because the reality is, there are very few couples in fiction that I feel passionately about. But I really, really love Jacob and Queenie. Let me explain why.
First off, the idea of a beautiful and flirty woman being with the “fat” guy character is nothing new. We’ve seen it in movies and t.v. shows, to the point that I find it annoying, because in Hollywood it seems to function as nothing more than a bizarre wish-fulfillment, saying that overweight guys can get the hottest chick around (who says they can’t?), and the relationships depicted never have any depth. They’re shallow. But Fantastic Beasts gave us two people. Not only were both characters well-rounded as individuals, but I love the fact Queenie fell in love with Jacob’s mind.
Queenie can read minds, and she’s probably read hundreds, but Jacob had such a beautiful mind–it’s almost like I could actually believe in love at first sight for this couple!! And running through the relationship throughout the movie is the discussion that Jacob is very unique–there’s “no one else like him.” And even when at the end he expresses his real feelings that that’s not true, that there are lots of people like him, Queenie reassures him that no, no one is like him. What’s beautiful about this ongoing conversation is that behind every exchange is the subtext of Queenie’s mind-reading ability, which gives what is often a stereotypical couple and theme (the theme of “being unique”) fresh depth.
I ship it.
And what makes things more complex is that their relationship is technically illegal.
Also, can we take a second to appreciate that Queenie can see into people’s minds, so she’s probably seen some of the most awful, dark thoughts that no one will express publicly–and she still manages to be charming, cute, and happy? I think that says a lot about her character. And the fact she finds his mind so beautiful says a lot about Jacob.
SU Theory time! (For those of you who haven’t seen the new Steven bomb, turn away now because this post has a few spoilers). Feel free to message me if you wanna geek out about SU with me!
This Steven bomb has me shook. Like honestly, it was so incredible (I f*cking screamed when YD started singing like ermergurd), and it gave us so much (new gems, new song, BD FACE), but left many questions as well. The theories are going to be coming in hot so I thought I’d join the fun as well. Strap in, it’s gonna be long.
My Theory: Pearl was made for White Diamond, but Rose Quartz “rescued” her.
Let’s back up a little. According to Peridot, Pearls are submissive servants assigned to superior gems to carry out simple tasks (”They’re for standing around, and holding your stuff for you”). We also find out that Pearls are made for specific gems and that there are a lot of them.
There have been many indicators before now that suggest Pearl was made for White Diamond: their gem placement matches and Pearl has a white complexion. However, it would also appear that Pearls are exchangeable and can be assigned to any gem (Holly Blue Agate wasn’t fazed by Sapphire owning a White Pearl).
But let’s not forget Peridot’s, “And she looks like a fancy one,” when she was talking about Pearl in “Back to the Barn”. It makes sense that Pearls designed for the Most Elite would have to look superior to all other Pearls. Peridot (certified Kindergartener) is a gem expert and can tell you plenty about how gems are supposed to look and how they’re made. She can tell that Pearl is unlike a common made Pearl based on certain indicators our Pearl, even after years of being independent and free to choose how she looked, can’t get rid of.
I’d also like to theorize that Pearls made for the Diamonds have a different purpose than just “standing around and holding your stuff”. I wager Diamond Pearls are a lot like service dogs that aid and comfort their Diamonds, essentially acting as their closest companions.
Yellow Diamond ordered the Pearls to comfort Blue Diamond by singing (and dancing). This explains why Pearl sings! (and why Peridot was so confused)
(Guess old habits die hard, huh Pearl?)
Now what really sold me about Pearl being made for White Diamond was this scene:
“When I still served… Homeworld…”
We can all pretty much assume Pearl was going to say something else, but this doesn’t prove anything aside that Pearl did serve some form of authority a long time ago back on Homeworld. I would, however, like to draw attention to the line she said next. “I saw it myself. A private menagerie…”
My guess is that only high ranking gems and their entourage are allowed to tour Pink Diamond’s zoo (Sapphire must be very important). With that being said, I wager that a very long time ago, White Diamond probably wanted to witness Pink Diamond’s growing conquest and decided to visit the menagerie,with her Pearl.
So Pearl was made for White Diamond and once served for her. What I don’t know is how Pearl went from White Diamond’s aid to Crystal Gem Warrior.
(Wow, this is really long…) But I’d just like to point out a few things about the rebellion we learned from the Steven bomb and one of the biggest being Steven’s mom wasn’t the only Rose Quartz of the Gem War.
This is either extreme paranoia on PD’s part or a punishment.
If it’s paranoia, then Pink Diamond bubbled these gems because of Rose. When Rose rebelled, Pink Diamond felt betrayed by her soldier and decided to bubble all Rose Quartz to prevent further mutiny.
If this is a punishment, then Pink Diamond bubbled all these Rose Quartz soldiers because they all betrayed her. In Yellow Diamond’s song “What’s the Use of Feeling Blue”, there’s a line where she says, “Why would you want to employ her subjects that destroyed her” and after it shoots to Steven who then looks at his gem and the hundreds of gems bubbled around him. This supports the claim that these Rose Quartz soldiers also joined the rebellion but were stopped and bubbled by Pink Diamond.
But this leaves a gaping question: why didn’t she just shatter them?
(I haven’t a good enough theory to explain this. Are they trophies? Was PD looking for a way to “fix” her “corrupted” soldiers but was shattered before she could?)
(Geez I need to wrap this up.) Anyways, after the First Rebellion came White Diamond to put a stop the Crystal Gem battalion.
In this mural we see White Diamond attacking Rose Quartz and her forces. And we know that where ever a Diamond goes, her Pearl goes. Somehow, someway, Rose influenced Pearls decision to “defect” from her Diamond and join the Crystal Gems, where a Rose Quartz soldier taught her how to be a knight.
“Rose Quartz and her renegade Pearl.”
White Diamond took a huge chunk out of the Crystal Gems but was ultimately beaten back, although Homeworld forces remained to keep trying (and begin making the Cluster using shards of Crystal Gem warriors).
Blue Diamond came to Earth at some point after White Diamond was beaten back (probably to grieve some more for her dead girlfriend). Here, Ruby met Sapphire to become Garnet. And then came the second wave of the rebellion where the Crystal Gems grew in numbers once again.
White Diamond didn’t have enough man power to push back again. Blue Diamond was still mourning. So Yellow stepped up and proposed something new: a super weapon that would corrupt all gems on Earth and wipe out the resistance.
Homeworld retreated. Rose saved Pearl and Garnet from corruption. Amethyst popped out the ground centuries later. Rose became Steven.