the lion & the rose

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.

So. Healing Powers.

I know, I know, the Homeworld political intrigue is pretty freaking cool. Rose was endorsed, and/or possibly impersonated?? By a diamond??? Crazy stuff. But I wanted to take a slight detour from that and take a look at Steven/Rose’s cool reviving power.

To start, let’s think of the ramifications of Lars’ new hue. He doesn’t feel tired, hungry, or physically limited in any way, even denying food after having “not eaten in days”, according to Steven. His heartbeat is notably slow, and if you go back and listen, it’s not your typical two beats–it’s one. I’m not sure what that means, but–and I’m just spitballing here–it could mean that Lars and Lion are, in fact, a kind of zombie. No, not your “rrrraaagh brains” zombie, but for all intents and purposes, Lars and Lion aren’t strictly… alive. They’re just kinda… magic’d into peudo-life. Whatever that means. The details of Lars’ new state are pretty fuzzy from here–we’re kinda in some new territory. 

So here, have a couple fun theories that may or may not be right!

-Lars will end up getting sweet portal powers. Lion can create them, and has presumably been through the same process as Lars. Perhaps this is how Lars and the Off Color gems get back to Earth? Or will Lars get other cool powers?

-Lars could possibly be–unless killed again–immortal. Yeah, this one’s kindof a stretch, but we don’t really know how old Lion is. If he’s been around for millennia, then Lars could live that long too. If not, then we just won’t know until Rebecca confirms it somehow. 

And finally, check out this cool thing I noticed (and you probably did too):

Notice the trees? They correspond with where their revived being lives. Lion’s tree is one you’d find in the savanna, and Lars’ is one you’d find in Beach City. Besides being a cool little detail, it might be another little glimpse at how this “pocket dimension” works.

Anyway, that’s my two cents on this whole thing. If I’m missing any cool little pieces of evidence or if anyone else has something to add, feel free to add on!

We are the crystal gems~!

WOOHOO!!! I finally got around to making a Steven Universe print! And it’s going to be with me at Denver Comic Con June 30-July 2! If you’re going to be at DCC 2017 come to table R08 to get your own print! And be on the look out for online sales after the con.