garnet does the thing

Pearl: has clear troubles communicating and vocalizing her issues and her problems, sometimes to near nonverbal levels when she’s upset (probably because a pearl isn’t supposed to talk back or defend herself)

Pearl: was most likely a slave and knows what being powerless and hopeless against any and all abuse is like, more so than amethyst (not born into it, thankfully), ruby (a soldier who had many friends and outlets), and sapphire, an aristocrat.

Pearl: has clear attachment and emotional issues. Never actually. Uh. You know, hurt Steven. Even if she touched his gem lightly. Did pressure her issues onto Connie and Steven. Her main issues are fixed by introspection, then action (rather than talking it out), and she can really only talk out after being confronted.

Pearl: her actions are not excused by her problems, but she needs to have that aspect of her respected in terms of analysis, and like all the gems, really doesn’t have all that she requires to get better fully.

Steven universe: is a cartoon with a limited ability to explore these aspects, while keeping the plot moving forward and maintaining their budget and child friendly atmosphere. It’s not perfect, and it could be done better. But it can’t do everything perfect, and expecting perfection (in an extreme and irrational way) only hurts the show and others like it, rather than encouraging people to do better and plan better for this kind of issue in their stories.

Universe Falls Preview

Woooooo boy kids here we go and already the chapter kinda has angst ok well not really its mostly just foreshadowing but all well its all good because I’m enjoying the hell out of writing it. Of course, I’ll enjoy writing it even more once I get into the interactions between Dipper and Lapis but hey, for a beginning, this aint too bad so let’s get rolling


By now, both Steven and Mabel were almost as intrigued by the Gem leader’s newfound dodgy behavior as Dipper was, and while all three of them wanted to press her for more information, Stan spoke up first. “What’s the matter, shades?” he asked Garnet sardonically. “Does your ‘future sight’ thing see some sort of monster attack or alien invasion coming up or something? Ha!”

As the conman let out an amused chuckle, Garnet took in a sharp breath, one that only her teammates noticed as they exchanged a confused and worried glance. “Hey, uh, G?” Amethyst asked a bit anxiously. “You… you don’t actually see either of those things actually happening, right?”

Garnet still looked somewhat taken aback, but all the same, she was quick to play it off. “No,” she said firmly, not bothering to say another word on the matter.

“Oh, t-thank goodness!” Pearl exclaimed, allayed. “It’s certainly a relief to know that we won’t be beset by a monster anytime soon, or that Homeworld might-” The white Gem abruptly cut herself off, slapping a hand over her own mouth as she briefly looked over at the kids with wide eyes.

“Homeworld?” Steven asked with a frown. “W-what might Homeworld do?”

“Nothing,” Garnet readily asserted. “Just like I said.”

“Well you guys sure aren’t making it seem like its nothing,” Dipper said somewhat suspiciously. “What would happen if Homeworld invaded Earth anyway? You know, just… hypothetically speaking?”

“Ooo, would we get to meet a bunch of cool new Gems?” Mabel chimed in enthusiastically. “Oh, but then again, the last new Gem we met was Peridot, and she’s kind of a jerk so… yeah, maybe all those new Gems wouldn’t be so cool if they’re anything like her…”

“It wouldn’t be cool at all,” Pearl said, clearly unnerved by the thought alone. “If Homeworld Gems were to come back to Earth… they would-”

“It doesn’t matter what they would do,” Garnet interrupted staunchly. “The Galaxy Warp is broken. Peridot’s gotten the message that she’s not welcome here. Homeworld isn’t coming back.”

“Ok…” Dipper said, not entirely convinced as he leaned forward a bit. “But what if they do come back someday?”

“They’re not,” Garnet reiterated unflinchingly.

“But what if-”

“They’re not coming back,” the Gem leader repeated, her tone turning a bit more rigid this time. “We don’t need to think in terms of what ifs, because it’s not going to happen.”

“But how do you know that?” Dipper asked persistently, starting to get frustrated with the Gems’ continued refusal to be honest about such serious matters. “Garnet, I know you can kind of see the future, but what if this is something beyond what your future vision can see? Shouldn’t we at least try to be prepared for it?”

“Dipper, we don’t need to be prepared for a possible Homeworld invasion, because something like that is not going to happen again,” Pearl insisted rather crossly, failing to mention the true reason why the idea of Homeworld returning was so abhorrent to all three of the Gems. “They have absolutely no reason to ever come to this planet again. So that means we don’t have to talk about that possibility anymore, hypothetical or otherwise.”

“But-” Dipper tried to protest once more, only to be cut off by Stan this time.

“Geez, kid, can’t you take a hint?” the conman asked, exasperated. “Whoever these ‘Homeworld’ people are, these three have made it pretty clear they’re not coming around these parts again, so can’t you just shut your trap about it already?”

“Seriously, dude,” Amethyst added, reclining back in her seat. “You worry too much. No Homeworld chumps are gonna step up on our terf as long as we’re around.”

“Sounds like you guys are just in denial if you ask me…” Dipper muttered petulantly, crossing his arms as he glared away from the Gems.

“Nah, bro-bro, it sounds to me like you’re just being paranoid, as usual,” Mabel interjected, rolling her eyes. “You know, I thought you got all of that junk out of your system a few days ago. Maybe you and Steven need to fuse again to give you a refresher course in how to chill out.”

“Yeah!” Steven agreed enthusiastically. “I’m down for giving Stepper another go if you are, Dipper. It’ll be fun!”

“Steven, we don’t need Stepper,” Dipper said, shaking his head dismissively. “What we need is to take this whole Homeworld thing seriously for once! And as usual, it seems like I’m the only person who’s doing that.”

“We are taking this seriously,” Garnet said stiffly. “And we’re serious about the fact that no Homeworld Gems are coming to Earth. We have nothing to worry about.”

“Yeah, Garnet’s right,” Amethyst concluded casually. “Now can we finally drop all this Homeworld junk and just chill like we were before? All this arguing and drama is starting to bum me out.”

“Ditto,” Stan agreed with a shrug.

“For once, I agree with you both,” Pearl said, more than eager to leave this tense discussion behind. “After all, there’s no need to ruin such a lovely evening with such troublesome thoughts, right?”

Everyone else nodded in soft agreement with this, save for Dipper, who simply let out a disgruntled sigh as he stood and turned to head inside without trying to argue with the Gems any further, knowing that, like always, it would be a futile battle. “Hey, where are you going?” Mabel asked her brother as he wordlessly bypassed the Gems on his way to the door.

“To bed,” Dipper replied tersely, not even bothering to glance back.

“Already?” Steven frowned. “But it’s still pretty early.”

“Oh well,” Dipper shrugged somewhat crossly as he reached the door. “Guess I’m just really tired all of the sudden…” He sighed as he went inside, not adding that what he was really tired of went beyond mere physical exhaustion.

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I called this gif simply “no”, and it may be the most accurately named gif I have ever created.

GARNET: a question about emotion (how fusion works??? Really basic)

real time pondering bros. Lemme start with a thing, then we’ll get to what the point of this post actually is, okie? Okie… *cracks knuckles* *ow shite* *never tries to be serious again* If you think about how Garnet physically works (or fusions in general) my assumption is that she takes the input from both (or all involved) gems and combines it, or allows the two to make joint decisions about her reaction. They do share a consciousness, so even if the “conversation” isn’t actually a literal debate they make over every detail, it’s more one based on emotional cues. She gets two emotions towards some situations, and singular mutual emotions towards more basic trivial stuff that they’d agree on. ‘How do I feel about doing this thing over that thing?’ 'Does Garnet want vanilla or chocolate ice cream?’ Well I think it’d work a bit like a dis: (not the actual decision but more the method. Cos lets be honest Garnet is a rocky road kinda gal) Ruby prefers vanilla but doesn’t mine chock, yet Sapphire hates the former option. So Garnet goes with chocolate since it’s the desired outcome after both gems have made a decision based off of input from each other. So basically, if you’re like lil ol’ me and look at fusion from this perspective, it kinda gets you wondering if Garnet has ever had strong enough contradictory inputs from Ruby and Saphy to force her into such disharmony that she unfused??? Has Garnet ever been in a situation when individually Ruby or Sapphire became really scared of something? I imagine that when either are nervous, the other would be brave enough for the two of them and help her special lady through it. It’s how I reckon Garnet survives all the shit that makes her The Anxious or The Troubled; y'know cos she’s physically made of mutual trust and support and gay shit too. So she’s got herself covered. But I wonder, even when fused and sharing control and a mindset, have they ever had so drastically individual reactions to a situation that caused them to unfuse? We’ve seen Garnet nearly fall apart when she came across the cluster, and we’ve seen something very similar in the Keystone Motel incident regarding Perl, but still. Say Garnet came across a homeworld gem that Ruby knew in her life before Garnet. An elite gem that had treated her horribly or had abused her power over our precious Miss Meaty Paws, and she became overwhelmed so suddenly Sapphire had no chance to help her. Perhaps even her future vision hadn’t foreseen what would happen. Because of the violent emotions within Garnet, terror, confusion, vulnerability, so quickly dividing her mind, she unfused. I guess I’d like to know how a scenario like that would pan out. Because we’ve not really seen either of the ladies incapable of knowing what’s wrong, like well, in the sense that they are unable to comfort the other. We see Garnet deal with most of the bad stuff in this show in Thigh Momma form, because she copes best when she is whole I think, she is stronger that way. Well to wrap up what’s been a shitstorm of a way to ask a question, does anyone think there’d be a situation Ruby and Sapphire couldn’t tackle as Garnet?? Just wanted to put the thought to the universe. As if SU fans didn’t have enough emotional shit to deal with as it is. But yeah that’s what’s been on my mind. Ta Da!! Now everyone go back to your strange lives that I bet none of your parents approve of

Originally posted by mylifeandstuffrebeccalynn

Originally posted by giffing-su

OKAY GUYS I WAS THINKING LAST NIGHT AND:

YOU KNOW HOW IN “PEACE & WAR” IT GOES:

Life and death

And love and birth

And peace and war

On the planet, Earth.

IT REMINDED ME OF THE EXTENDED THEME SONG AND IT HIT ME:

THE SONG IS ABOUT WHAT THE CRYSTAL GEMS FIGHT FOR (except war, that’s probably one of the Diamonds)

LIFE:

STEVEN, MOST OBVIOUSLY, FIGHTS FOR EARTH, THE PLACE WHERE HE HAS ALWAYS LIVED WITHOUT ANY REAL CONNECTION TO ANY GEMS OUTSIDE OF THE CRYSTAL GEMS. HE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THAT THEY WERE ALIENS UNTIL HE WAS 12 OR 13, GIVING HIM NO KNOWN CONNECTIONS TO THE GEM HOMEWORLD UNTIL MUCH LATER.

“I will fight in the name of Rose Quartz and everything that she believed in.”

PEARL FIGHTS FOR THE DECEASED ROSE QUARTZ, WHO SHE LOVED AND ADMIRED.

LOVE:

“I will fight for the place where I’m free to live together and exist as me.”

GARNET FIGHTS FOR WHERE SHE CAN BE AN EMBODIMENT OF THE LOVE BETWEEN RUBY AND SAPPHIRE.

BIRTH:

“I will fight for the world I was made in; the Earth is everything I’ve ever known.”

I HONESTLY THINK THAT BIRTH AND LIFE APPLY TO BOTH STEVEN AND AMETHYST EQUALLY, BUT I’M WRITING IT OUT AS THIS WAY FOR SIMPLICITY’S SAKE. ANYWAY, AMETHYST FIGHTS FOR HER BIRTHPLACE, AND, LIKE STEVEN, HAS NO REAL CONNECTIONS TO HOMEWORLD OTHER THAN HER GEM.

NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT PEACE.

LOOK AT THIS TEENY-TINY TOT. THIS LOVABLE ROCK. MY DAUGHTER, THE BEST PERIDOT. YOU KNOW WHAT THE HECK SHE DID (OTHER THAN CALL YELLOW DIAMOND THE HOMEWORLD EQUIVALENT OF AN IGNORANT PIECE OF SHIT)?

SHE TRIED TO MAINTAIN THE PEACE. IT WAS IN A SORT OF MOMENT OF RAGE, YES, BUT SHE GREW AND DEVELOPED AND SAW  THE GOOD IN THE EARTH AND WANTED TO HELP YELLOW DIAMOND BENEFIT FROM THE EARTH WHILE STILL PROTECTING STEVEN AND THE OTHER CRYSTAL GEMS AND ALL OF EARTH AND I’M PROBABLY LOOKING TOO DEEP INTO THIS AND RANTING.

BUT ANYWAY.

THAT SONG HAD A LOT OF DEPTH IN IT AND SOME WICKED FORESHADOWING AND I DON’T KNOW IF THAT WAS A COINCIDENCE OR NOT BUT I LOVE IT AND I THINK THAT’S THE TIGHTEST SHIT.

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I absolutely adore Garnet and Pearl (Amethyst too, of course!) and I cannot wait for them to fuse on the show when the hiatus is over. I feel like their relationship is really close, despite all the times when Garnet does or allows whatever thing Pearl didn’t want. I really hope their fusion is better behaved and more stable than Sugilite or Opal. It looks like they’re getting in ahead of us during a private pas de deux in Pearl’s room.

things i noticed about the episode: 

  • garnet has never seen stevonnie in action and is probably about five seconds away from actually imploding.
  • “hold the phone. now give the phone to me” garnet wasn’t present during that scene. does she pick up random things from steven like this all the time? how often does she use them? 
  • when speaking about fusion, she mentions that imbalance can cause yourself to “see things that aren’t there”. how often does this happen? to what extent?
  • garnet probably has “hallucinated” rose quartz being there after her death.
  • during “keeping it together”, garnet probably saw the souls of the gems trapped in the cluster monsters, when they were attacking her and steven.
  • garnet finds solace from darkness. perhaps she finds herself overstimulated often. that’s likely why she wears a visor when around fellow gems? what if light and sound overstimulation is something that greatly affects both ruby & sapphire, and therefore garnet?
  • garnet finds solace in the sound of the ocean.
  • idk if this is right but the lines “you’re losing sight” likely applies to sapphire and how panicked she feels when she’s uncertain of the future, whereas “you’re losing touch” refers to ruby, who is likely more touch-stimulated, and feels comfort through physical contact.
  • sapphire experiences a lot more “thought butterflies” than ruby, because she can see thousands of options within one problem– all the outcomes and dangers of a situation.
  • ruby is bothered by one or a small amount because she can get carried away and obsess/fixate on one small problem.
  • garnet likely takes a big problem and breaks it into small problems to handle: a balance of the two of them.
  • estelle’s voice is fucking beautiful? 
  • ruby and sapphire are the ultimate mothers. this means that garnet is also an ultra mother.
  • i’m fuckin weak.
Those Backstabby Diamonds (or not)

It seems like a lot of people want to speculate about the Diamonds backstabbing each other for power, and it’s just never sat right with me. Sure, we don’t arguably know that the Diamonds are close the way I speculate they are, and that alone isn’t “proof” they wouldn’t do that, nor necessarily is the heavy emphasis on moral ambiguity that would suggest that Homeworld’s populace does have people they care about, whether or not their decisions towards Earth (or even said people) are good.

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