The drama is real.
So we have Story for Steven part 2, effectively. It’s another tale of Greg’s relationship with the Gems, especially Rose. What I found really cute about this is the reappearance of Stevonnie, right in front of Greg. Going off of what I said for Keeping it Together, this sets up for another real-life allegory: the parent finding two young kids being intimate. I love how Greg reacts; at first he’s shocked, which causes Steven and Connie to freak out as well. It’s very realistic, and Greg’s subsequent cool attitude seals the deal. This is how you handle a situation like this, you sit the young ones down and give them a calm heart-to-heart about the whole thing. No harsh words, no punishments, just talking. After all, they don’t entirely know for sure what it all means, so why scare them off? Let them understand at their own pace.
Greg’s story begins with a song played by him and the gems, sans Pearl. Rose, as always, is a beacon of beauty, and it only gets better when Pearl steps in to fuse with her. Rainbow Quartz is one of the most attractive fusions thus far, in my opinion. What I like the most about this scene is the confirmation of Pearl’s jealousy of Greg. She only steps in to show that she will always have a better way to connect with Rose, and the rivalry between her and Greg seems to begin here. Pearl’s words seem to ring true at first when Greg tries to fuse with Rose, only to be laughed at.
This is another scene that is very important, as it does something that she show has yet to do: develop Rose’s character. Up until now we’ve had flashbacks, word-of-mouth, and one story depicting Rose as this powerful, beautiful, loving, intelligent leader. Here, we give her a fault. We see that she loves and cares about humans, but she initially sees them as other denizens of Earth, like animals. She doesn’t pay attention to Greg’s feelings, continually laughing him off until he snaps. Rose cares about humans, but she doesn’t have empathy for them. Now, this is important, because it puts her speech in Lion 3: Straight to Video into perspective. There, she talks up humans as this wonderful, complex race that Steven will soon join and take care of. But in We Need to Talk, she laughs at the notion of caring for humans on that level. They’re a novelty to her, as Pearl said.
Something changed for Rose, to help her come to the mindset she presents in Lion 3. That something is most likely Greg. We already start to see it in the end of the episode; Rose and Greg are unsure of what their relationship means, but they’ll go through with it together. Hardships will be faced, such as Pearl’s disapproval, but they eventually will make it work. I mean, come on, Steven is practically their fusion. When we cut back to the present, I like what Greg tells Connie: that she can come talk to him about this intimacy thing if she needs it. Apparently no one liked Greg’s character at first, but I don’t see it. He seems to really care for others, and tries his best, even though he can’t offer much but experience. It’s good, just like this episode.