I’m caught up!!
Full Disclosure: I like that they took a shot at the whole ‘stoic male hero has to go it alone for the good of everyone’ trope. Ronaldo suggested it, and anything Ronaldo suggests is probably bad news.
(I just was looking through the Harry Potter books for quotes for that essay, and I found the bit where he goes ‘Ginny we can’t be together anymore’ and she’s like ‘this is some hero bullshit isn’t it’ like I’m sorry Ginny you’ve fallen prey to the Noble Lone Hero thing. It’s endemic among fictional males. But thankfully SU seems determined to get rid of most of that harmful masculinity crap.)
Joy Ride: It’s really cute that the teens enjoy Steven’s company so much. Everyone enjoys Steven! Except the villains and Lars, because Lars is a big ball of negativity for some reason.
That beacon looked like a yellow diamond and is probably not a good thing. Lapis and Jasper are underwater. Peridot is grounded. I don’t know whether they told anyone before they left, but that might have signaled other gems (or the possible second hand ship?)
Steven is picking up on the gems blaming him for his mother’s death. Poor kid. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out later, though, although he usually tries to make them feel better and often conceals stuff when he’s upset with them.