Shapeshifting: You’re Not Doing It Right (SU critical rant)
In Stephano Solar System, all non-era 2 gems (and Steven inexplicably) can shapeshift due to having bodies made of light (although for Steven, it’s possible because… magic). So why the hell is it used so horribly? No one on this show actually uses shapeshifting in combat and when they do, never to its full creative potential. This is shapeshifting, the power with almost limitless creative possibilities. So why does it never come up. Peridot, Steven, and Pearl at least have an excuse: Peridot literally can’t, Steven should not be able to, (although granted, his shape shifting is much less extreme than other examples) and Pearl… doesn’t like to for some unexplained reason. (maybe Pearls can’t do it? I dunno.) But everyone else has no such excuse. Garnet is shown to be able to stretch her hand to envelop Steven from halfway across the freakin’ room in “Steven and the Stevens”, not to mention her antics in “Secret Team”, but that’s all we ever see of her shapeshifting. Amethyst is a whole ‘nother story. She shapeshifts constantly, and it’s practically a main character trait for her now. But despite having some occasionally good uses, like the helicopter trick in “Message Received”, and some occasional smart uses of the Purple Puma trick, she doesn’t really use it in battle. And that’s a shame too, since there are so many other ways to use shapeshifting to fight! Turn your hand into a spear! contort your body to avoid projectiles! (Amethyst’s water clone anyone?) Turn into a giant boa constrictor and squeeze enemies! Sprout a ton of spikes to impale foes! So many possibilities, and the only one to come close to fulfilling them regularly was Bismuth. No weapon? Just turn your hands into hammers, axes, hell, even a rolling pin! Sure, it wasn’t as creative as I hoped it could be, but hey, she used shapeshifting very well and very intelligently in combat. I wish more characters would do that, since it’s a shame that this amazing ability would just be squandered by the writers, when in the right hands, it would be amazing to watch.