guys, i’ve never liked lars. i always thought he was grouchy and mean and a conformist who was unnecessarily cruel to both Sadie and Steven.
I seriously didn’t like him.
And SU once again, completely throws me off guard by….
Ok, so…in a lot of cartoons, we have villains.
We have bullies.
People you just aren’t supposed t like.
People who oppose the protagonist, who act as stand ins for the people children have to grow up and face one day.
These people are represented in simple ways for children to undersstand, and are summarily dealt with in the manner that the cartoon wants to teach chilren how to deal with them.
In some shows, this means being mean back.
Making a fool out of someone who said harsh things to you.
But one of the many things I love about Steven Universe is just how human it feels.
Human meaning….the human flaws, the feelings that accompany these imperfections, and how to deal with them.
We’ve seen Amethyst and Pearl and Steven struggle with their own self images and their ability to forgive themselves for “imperfections” outside of their own control.
Amethyst felt like she came out “wrong.” Pearl was a servant, a slave really, who was “weak” and “made to please” not fight. And Steven of course has been struggling with his identity in relation to his mother and her mantle.
They may not be human, but Steven Universe has always dealt with all of its characters in very human ways, such as that lovely song “Here Comes a Thought.”
Amidst the fascinating lore and the goofy characters and filler episodes about Beach City, there’s just this core… steven universe feeling, like an aesthetic, that just promotes this sense of tranquility, of quiet introspection and self contemplation. Only by understanding yourself and considering your own feelings, not letting them rot away at your insides until you’re hateful and poisonous and just miserable because you’re suffering but can’t admit it…will you find strength.
Ah, there I go again, over analyzing a kids’ show.
this kind of thing is really soppy, but i can’t help it.
I didn’t like Lars , if I’m honest.
I just thought he was mean.
But seeing him admit that he’s just scared, I remembered that he’s just a kid.
He’s growing up.
And I remembered that what makes this show so great is that it can take a character I didn’t like…and ask me to show him a little compassion.