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Comparison of Steven’s and Nora’s Tapes

For Steven:

Isn’t it remarkable, Steven?
This world is full of so many possibilities.
Each living thing has an entirely unique experience.
The sights they see, the sounds they hear, the lives they live, are so complicated and so simple.
I can’t wait for you to join them.

Steven, we can’t both exist.
I’m going to become half of you.
And I need you to know that every moment you love being yourself, that’s me loving you and loving being you.
Because you’re going to be something extraordinary, you’re going to be a human being.

Take care of them, Steven.

For Nora:

Isn’t it wonderful, Nora?
This world is full of so many possibilities.
Each living thing has an entirely unique experience.
The sights they see, and the lives they live, are so complicated and so simple.
I can’t wait for you to join them.

Nora, we can’t both exist but i won’t be gone.
I’m going to become half of you.
And every moment you enjoy yourself, that will be me loving being you.
Because you’re going to become something extraordinary, you’re going to be a human being.
And that’s my favourite part, a human being.
A human being, a human is an action.
i wonder who— how you’ll be, what you’ll think, what you’ll want…
I’m so happy for everybody who’s going to know you.
I’m rambling.
if they look to you, trust yourself.

Take care of them, Nora.


From what we can see, comparing the two videos, Steven’s was shot first. Not only are Greg and Rose more unsure about what they’re going to say and do, they’re also figuring out what should go into the video in the first place.

The first few scenes, which show Greg’s sleeping, messing around, and meeting the seagull for the first time, as well as Rose’s not knowing what the buttons do and experimenting with them, reveal that whatever practice they did going into the video shoot ultimately didn’t prepare them for it fully.

At the same time, when comparing what’s being said between Steven’s and Nora’s tapes, they have the same substance; the same message is being delivered: Rose hoped her child would get to live life to the fullest and make experiences that were fun and happy. She wanted to assure her child that she cared, even though she wouldn’t be there. Most of all, she wanted to assure them that being human was a great thing. 

The thing is, Steven’s message is much more brief, and a little more formal. Rose clearly practiced what she wanted to say, and in the first tape, she went for it, likely because of nerves.

By the second filming, she seemed more comfortable in front of the camera and that’s also why she could clear up her nerves and keep expounding on her ideas.

So Steven, who read very deeply into the words of his mother, may have picked up on her saying he would be extraordinary and a human being. And he fixated on becoming someone worth calling extraordinary, when in fact, Rose had always meant to say by virtue of living, one could be extraordinary. 

And we can’t really blame him, because he went from being another Beach City kid to being at the centre of an intergalactic conflict. It’s hard to accept that these things would happen to him if he weren’t destined for something.

I’d go as far as to say that hoping he was part of some magical destiny gave him strength at times, despite how bleak the situation could be.

The thing with this line of thinking though, is how much it wears on someone. The responsibility of being accountable for all these people and all these systems that were quite obviously out of his control and consequently responsibility in the first place was heavy on him.

Steven does want to be a hero. He does want to help people. But he felt more comfortable with this being his choice and his decision, not some destiny thrust upon him, not a tradeoff between his life and the many others he’d have to save.

I think Greg’s talk with him helped him process those feelings, which he’d been keeping inside for a while now. Steven thought everyone expected him to be like Rose, and that may have been true at some points in the show, but his father never did. And that’s what made Greg’s words so reassuring, because his sincerity could be felt in all of them.

The .22 Caliber Revolver used by Manson Family member Charles “Tex” Watson on 18-year-old Steven Parent the night of the Sharon Tate murders. Parent had arrived at 10050 Cielo Drive at about 11:45pm intending to sell the caretaker a clock radio. He was turned down and as he rolled down his window to operate the electronic gate to leave, he was met by Tex Watson.  Parent told Watson, “Please don’t hurt me. I won’t say anything.” Watson tried slashing him with a knife and shot him four times.

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BABIES!!! LITERALLY! 

(also here we see holly FINALLY getting to hold her because 8xj wont jusT LEAVE HER ALONE, EVEN FOR A SECOND!!!)

When to watch certain cartoons
  • Steven Universe: When you want to watch something cute but meaningful, then you get an expected but not expected feels trip
  • Gravity Falls: When you're feeling like a conspiracy theorist, you mostly want to put the puzzel together but also want to have a few laughs in the process. Also a feels trip.
  • We Bare Bears: When you want something funny and cute and relatable. But be prepared for unexpected feels trips.
  • Rick and Morty: When your want something with more adult themes. Also when you're feeling like a theorist. But be prepared, each episode is either a really fun time or a really emotional heartbreaking time.
  • Regular Show: When you want something really weird and supernatural. Also when you want to be angry at blue birds for ruining things.
  • Star vs The Forces of Evil: When you want something funny with adult innuendos. You're mostly watching for a good time.
  • Spongebob: you're not watching the new ones. God don't watch the new ones, you watch spongebob when you're on a nostalgia trip, watch classics like band geeks, and the Alaskan bullworm.
  • Adventure Time: Another example of a theorists cartoon. You should be here when you want funny, post-apocalyptic, good times. May or may not cause feels trip
  • Teen Titans Go: You never watch Teen Titans Go. You watch Teen Titans.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Nostalgia for literal weeks. Watch this when you want a good laugh, memories, and when you want to figure out the timeline.
  • Fairly Odd Parents: Again. Don't watch the new ones.
  • Avatar The Last Airbender/ Legend of Korra: When you want fun uplifting adventures with a bunch of emotional superpowered teens, from first generation to third.
  • Scooby Doo (any): Come for the funny innuendos and animation, stay for the mysteries and music.
  • Superjail: If you're gonna watch this sober, come for the colorful animation, and the funny characters. If you're gonna watch this under an influence, you're gonna have a fun time no matter what.
Some thoughts on the Maheswaran mother-daughter relationship

Connie looked so much like Dr. Maheswaran in this episode.

It’s adorable because in the canon time of the show, she’s picked up on her mother’s mannerisms in the way that a decade of living with her did not. It’s shows how much they’ve grown together as a family, and how their relationship has changed.

Considering this was how she looked in her first appearance:

There’s a marked change not only in design but also in her expressions.

And it’s been hinted at before, but in this scene, she so explicitly worries about her mother the way her mother worries about her. It’s very touching, especially because we know they started out caring about each other but not understanding one another. Because you  can love someone and never try to understand them. It leads to a lot of conflict but both parties can still come out of it feeling like they did what was “best” for the other.

Connie used to think it was better that her mother knew nothing so the latter wouldn’t worry about her. And Dr. Maheswaran wanted to be on top of everything so that Connie would have an easier life. 

What we learn from them is that to be able to love someone better, we open up to them and let them open up to us. Connie used to act as though her parents were infallible, or at the least, able to manage themselves. Over time, and in this episode, she’s shown to be worried about them because she knows they’re human beings too. They can get hurt, make mistakes, and put themselves in danger.

Knowing these things puts the other person in perspective. It makes their place in our lives mean more. And it makes it harder to take the people we love for granted.

So I would say Connie and her mother interact a lot more now. They probably talk about each other’s days. Notice how even Dr. Maheswaran talked about everything that happened to her prior to picking Connie up. She believed her daughter deserved an explanation. And that’s a far cry from the mother who would proudly bring out the “Because I said so,” and “We’re doing this because we love you,” cards in Fusion Cuisine.

Not everyone has this experience with their parents. Sometimes things just happen to drive parents and children apart. But in their case it worked out, and now they each have one more person who will always be there for them.

When Connie told her mother that Steven just came from outer space, there was no incredulous reaction. Only an, “Oh?” in an interested and calm tone. 

They’re both trying. And I’m certain they still have their share of disagreement, but it’s dealt with in a much healthier way now.

How to make good eye effects:

One color. Simple and recognizable shape. Proportionally still the size and location of pupils compared to the rest of the eye. Enhances the emotions the face and body is expressing to make the emotional context more clear.

How not to make good eye effects:

Too many colors, or too many details. Improper size (too big) and location make the effect not look like pupils anymore. Doesn’t add anything to the emotion the body and face is making, and instead is used as a substitute for facial and body expression.

Initial Thoughts: Lion 4

This moment is so artfully rendered. The build-up to this scene was the boiling over of Steven’s feeling Rose’s presence and pressure in his life. 

And then as Greg reassures him of Rose’s desire (that all the best parents deep down want for their children) for Steven to find himself, embrace it, and be happy, Rose is there, watching from behind them.

It’s very much like the scenes we usually get in the temple, when Rose’s portrait hangs over everyone. But over there her eyes are closed and she’s frozen in a picture-perfect moment. 

This scene dispels the lasting tension brought about by that version of Rose, the individual who was perfect and could do no wrong, the gem who must have had a motive for having Steven.

The Rose behind Steven and Greg had fully accepted her role as mother. She giggled, rambled, and admitted to her imperfections and inadequacies. She hints at the regret of not being able to really meet her son.

Her eyes are wide open in the paused video. It’s as if she herself became more aware and at the same time more open about herself. The resolution is blurry, because we can never really get the entire image of someone else, not even in video. It’s not the clean pastel colours that we see in her portrait.

Leading up to his, Steven did feel alone. He felt he was carrying the weight of his destiny by himself. This scene beautifully shows that both his parents are there to support him. Rose may have left behind a repository of “junk,” both the literal and metaphorical, but Steven wasn’t entirely wrong.

Rose was indeed leaving things behind for him. But they weren’t necessarily leading to a big revelation of his destiny. Each time we encountered something Rose meant for Steven to find, it was only a tool and not a determinant towards what Steven would do next. 

And in this episode, we recall those places all over again, reinforcing this theme. The armoury, the fountain, the room. Even Lion.

All these things Rose left behind were left without instruction. That’s why Steven became confused and certain it was a cryptic message left for him. In reality, it was because she never wanted anything of her son. She wanted to share so much of her life and her history but she knew she wouldn’t be there to do it.

It was precisely because Rose didn’t want him to feel the pressure to take up her mantle that she left things largely unexplained.

There were definitely flaws to her approach, but her intentions, seen very clearly in her two videos, stayed true throughout her journey to becoming Steven’s mother.

From day one, that neither knew who Steven would be is a reflection of what every parent feels when having a child. 

What I feel this episode really cements is Steven’s decision-making as an individual. The significance of his life’s choices rests on him. And I hope these are themes we get to explore more in the rest of the Steven Bomb and in the show.

That what have cartoons/animated movies taught me? Boy, let me tell you!

Adventure Time- Your journey will be filled with obstacles in the most unlikely situations, but you will be always be accompanied by the people you know and love. You’re not alone.

Aladdin- Don’t change yourself over the person you love. They will and need to love you by who you are!

Ben 10- If you find something, use it for the world’s advantage. Go out there. Make yourself useful!

Big Hero 6- Same as Ben 10, but still. Go and show the world what you got. You’re a legacy.

Brother Bear- I know that this is cliche but is the typical “you don’t know what you have until you lose it” lesson, but it’s still really meaningful.

Chicken Little- People might not be at your side, even your family, but your friends always will.

Dumbo- Don’t let your physical condition or identity stop you from chasing your dreams.

Fairy Godparents- Just literally, be careful what you wish for.

Gravity Falls- This show helped me to create a better link with my sister and helped me see the world in a different way. Your family and friends will always be your best allies!

Hercules- Doesn’t matter where you’re from, you still can go to distance!

Miraculous Ladybug- Don’t let your negative feelings control what you do! They can create disastrous consequences!

Steven Universe- Your purpose is something that you’ll find eventually. Your parents are leaving a purpose within you, it’s just a matter of time to find out what it is.

Voltron- A group or a team might be different physically, mentally, and morally but it’ll find a way to make things work. Teamwork.

Winx Club/World of Winx- Same as Voltron. Your world is out there, your purpose and the way you see things will change completely.

Zootopia- Well, heck. Try everything. Don’t give up, just try everything once again and again. Society might establish something, but do what you know it’s right.

“You brought me back to life! Just, let me be someone who deserved it.”

It’s National Donut Day! It’s too bad Sadie won’t have any help making them :(