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I honestly never needed to see Rainbow Quartz, and the way she was unveiled just made Pearl look bad. The bit where she fused with Rose with Rose holding the microphone and then Pearl pulled it out after the fusion was sooo high school.
the point was to make pearl look bad, i’m pretty sure, and they definitely did a good job
we’ve seen how pearl is. she’s always been very close to rose, and she wants to believe that she is the CLOSEST to rose and no other being could ever know as much about her or care as much about her. even as she matures, we see her losing her head when steven finds secrets about his mother that she never knew, and showing us that when rose was alive she would do anything - up to and including putting her life on the line - just to keep rose safe and be the best for her.
greg was probably the first real opposition she faced, you know? the other humans, they came and went and rose stayed the same. when greg comes along and loves rose and wants to be a part of her life and be with her, pearl wants to end it as soon as possible because she wants rose to herself. so she tells greg he’s a phase, that he’ll never really be important, because she’s seen that happen.
rainbow quartz was pearl saying to greg, “you can never be this close to rose”. she was trying to prove a point, but all she did in the end was make greg even more determined to make things work out between him and rose.
it’s upsetting to see, but it’s important, too. i mean, in “reformed”, the episode starts with pearl helping greg fix the van. she even makes small talk with him! and he answers honestly! they’ve come a long way, individually and together, mostly for the sake of steven… who is part of rose.
tonight’s episode really showed us how far pearl has come, because it showed us just how immature she really was - “sworn to the sword” also showed us this, albeit in a different sort of way. and it’s important to see how pearl changes because it’s important to her character, y’know?
and i think if rose could see her now, she’d be so proud.