Steven Universe Podcast Volume 3: Episode 1: Heart of the Crystal Gems
[Please note that the previous two Mini Recaps were also labeled Volume 3 episodes 1 and 2, so I don’t know what numbering system they’re using–just repeating what’s on the release.]
This is Volume 3, Episode 1 of the official Steven Universe podcast, giving some info on the new movie news, the recent Heart of the Crystal Gems arc, and lots of other tidbits from Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones-Quartey. The official description:
Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones-Quartey talk The Heart of the Crystal Gems and how the big Pink Diamond reveal affected Steven and all the Gems! They speak to the return of Bismuth, how Rose has shaped Amethyst, Garnet, and Pearl’s respective natures, Ruby and Sapphire’s big reunion and the importance of the “choice” they made, and they unpack the Batman/Bat Cave theory and the easter eggs they’ve planted in episodes for fans leading to its discovery. They share what inspired the storylines, and the road they traveled to reach this point. Rebecca and Ian also provide more details about the huge Steven Universe San Diego Comic Con announcements - “Steven Universe: The Movie,” and “Crossover Nexus!”
This one’s a bit long so I’ll do my bullet points of interest, with longer descriptions after the jump.
- Rose’s true identity was an “open secret” in the Crew since the beginning, so sometimes it was hard for her to remember that much of the audience didn’t know.
- Rose being overpowered was a common observation and the Crew knew fans had noticed that.
- Rose Quartz was the person Pink Diamond wanted very badly to be, especially the aspect where she’s known as a caring person, but she struggles immensely to capture that sincerely.
- There’s a “big piece” still missing as to why Pink/Rose acts the way she does, and they can’t reveal it yet.
- Ian Jones-Quartey noticed, as the son of immigrants, that many immigrant families have members who go off and reinvent themselves in another country. He was bringing that to the story of Pink Diamond becoming Rose Quartz, as well as the idea that powerful and influential families can also have drama and baggage.
- Rebecca’s first trip out of the USA was to Ghana with Ian, and seeing this other country where Ian’s family was influential was formative for her.
- Ian thinks immigrants and their kids will relate strongly to aspects of the show, especially the Pizza family which is very closely based on his family (most notably, Nanefua as Ian’s grandmother and Kiki and Jenny as Ian’s cousins).
- The idea of Steven going into Pearl’s Pearl was a very early concept–perhaps the third story they ever wrote for the show.
- Another early story idea involved Pearl shapeshifting into Rose to see her again, and though they developed the title “A Single Pale Rose” for that episode, they didn’t use the idea of Pearl becoming Rose in her room specifically.
- The Crew jokingly calls Rose’s secret armory “Rose’s Batcave” (presumably because of the giant penny–Joe Johnston’s idea–and other similarities). The cave is also based on the cave in Mask of Zorro.
- Also, “Pearl is Alfred if Alfred was in love with Batman.” (NOT Bruce Wayne. An important distinction.)
- Matt Burnett is fond of emphasizing that it’s important for the audience to never feel that big plot whammies came out of nowhere. You WANT some people to be able to say “I knew it!”
- Amethyst is everything Rose wanted to be–free of expectations from Homeworld, self-directed in her aspirations.
- Rose as a parent figure to Amethyst will make more sense soon.
- Sapphire’s reaction to the Pink Diamond revelation was born of an intense feeling that she had been tricked and taken advantage of–something that shouldn’t happen to someone as perceptive as her, something she considers her responsibility to see. She feels Rose took advantage of the fact that she cannot see the past.
- Ruby falling off a cliff in “The Question” was inspired by Rebecca driving her car into a ditch in the desert during her Joshua Tree trip with her brother Steven.
- Ruby and Sapphire have changed a lot as people over the course of their relationship, and in this arc they had to evaluate whether their reasons for getting together were still in play–and they needed to learn to interpret their ability to stay together despite changing a lot as a strength of their relationship, not a weakness.
- Bismuth as a character represents someone who has been deeply wronged by Rose–even as the ultimate Crystal Gem, she was punished for taking Rose’s rhetoric to its logical conclusion. She was meant to really make you wonder about Rose’s hypocrisy.
- The story Garnet told in “Your Mother and Mine” was, of course, based on the stories Rose made up about Pink Diamond. Garnet never saw that person.
- They’re not able to say more about the movie right now, but they’re glad news is out about it because they’ve been working hard on it for a while. Ian is back on the story team for this.
- The cartoon crossover, “Crossover Nexus,” is about bringing that fun crossover experience Ian remembers from the 90s to the kids who watch CN today. Ian also really wants an excuse to have Garnet interact with KO, since he is essentially a weird mix of Steven and Ruby.
- In “Crossover Nexus,” they will reveal a canon aspect of Garnet that has never been said before.
The detailed summary is below!