The Stevenbomb - what happens next...
So, now that we’ve experienced the thoroughly explosive new Stevenbomb, there’s a burning question that we all want the answer to:
What happens next?!
Steven’s now willing en-route to Homeworld in order to keep his friends safe from harm, the Crystal Gems powerless to stop this heartbreaking scenario from playing out right in front of their eyes.
They’ll need a plan, and fast. But the glaring issue here is that their only
space craft has been
stolen reunited with its rightful owner again. The upshot of this, of course, is that the
Crystal Gems now have no way of reaching space.
Or, do they…?
Upon being freed from the mirror – and subsequently healed – by Steven, Lapis couldn’t get off the Earth fast enough. In a relatively short amount of time, she was able to fly herself all the way back to Homeworld without the aid of a vehicle.
We know that, Peridot aside, Steven is the one person who Lapis cares for the most. She’s already effectively sacrificed herself to save him in the past (this being her logic, no matter how questionable it might have been, when forming Malachite in order to stop Jasper from hurting Steven) – so she’s going to jump at the chance to save him again.
I daresay that the Crystal Gems will be well aware of this and will want/need to enlist her help, along with Peridot’s. Peridot is, of course, the most “modern” Gem of the group and is the only one with prior experience of the current-day Homeworld.
However, another issue could arise here because (in a manner of speaking) Aquamarine and Topaz were sent to Earth because of Peridot. If she hadn’t filed that report all the way back in Marble Madness, things might have played out very differently indeed.
I’ve theorised in the past that Peridot is internalising a lot of the guilt that she undoubtedly feels for her past actions (trying to kill Steven, the fusion experiments, almost leaving the Earth to be torn apart by the Cluster, etc) and that, eventually, something would cause all of this guilt to come spilling out. I have to wonder if she’s going to blame herself for Steven’s capture and that, ultimately, this is going to be the thing that tips her guilt over the edge.
Peridot has recently been showing an awful lot of compassion to one individual in particular, continually putting this individual’s happiness and comfort first…
Could it now be Lapis’ turn to be there for Peridot, just as Peridot has been for her?
When Lapis and Peridot find out what happened to Steven, there’s going to be a lot of upset from everyone. Sometimes upset can turn to anger, and blame might start being attributed all around. Perhaps the Crystal Gems themselves will begin blaming Peridot for what happened.
I can’t stop thinking about Peridot feeling guilty and getting very upset about the whole thing, prompting Lapis to say “It’s not your fault, Peridot…” before glaring at the Crystal Gems and adding something like “You’re not the one who let them take him!”
I feel like Lapis might be harbouring some resentment for the Crystal Gems and that she’s going to see Steven’s capture as being another reason not to trust them. As I mentioned earlier, Lapis considers that she actually sacrificed herself to save Steven – so this line of logic could lead her to thinking that the Crystal Gems could have done more to prevent him from being taken.
Is it fair to apportion blame like this? No – but that’s what can happen when something this distressing and heartbreaking happens.
Regardless of whether or not the “blame game” comes to fruition, everyone will have to calm down from their upset eventually and figure out what to do. They’ll have to set aside any differences/disagreements that they may have and come together in order to rescue the one person who ultimately binds them all together – Steven.
And this is where things could get very interesting indeed.
Lapis can travel through space, but it’s unlikely that she would have the physical strength to carry multiple Gems with her. However…what if she’s not just Lapis at this point?
I think a fusion between Lapis, Peridot and the Crystal Gems (effectively creating another Alexandrite-esque Gem) is highly unlikely, for a number of reasons.
Alexandrite is an incredibly powerful Gem – and so was Malachite, Lapis’ only other fusion to date. If one were to combine these forces, the resulting Gem would be unstoppable. This would be ideal, of course; but, from a storytelling point of view, it offers a solution that’s too simple. A “get out of jail free” card, if you like.
There’s also the aforementioned issue of Lapis perhaps not fully trusting the other Crystal Gems yet, as well as a huge question mark hanging over the stability of a fusion involving six Gems. Lapis has also been left traumatised by her experience as Malachite, so I feel like she’d only fuse again with someone who she was very close to – with a dire emergency like this one being the catalyst to get her to try fusing with someone again out of pure necessity.
Luckily, there is someone who Lapis fully trusts, who she spends almost all her time alongside, and who she’s living a very harmonious relationship with…
…and so this might be where we finally see our Lapidot fusion!
To me, it makes absolute perfect sense. Lapis can fly through space at an alarming rate, Peridot knows all about modern Homeworld – and, if necessary, their fusion might actually be able to carry the other Crystal Gems along with them!
Imagine a scene where Steven is in a room on Homeworld (or, alternatively, still on-board Aquamarine and Topaz’s ship). Suddenly, a new Gem – the Lapidot fusion – comes bursting through the door, the Crystal Gems in her arms/clinging onto her back. That would be an amazing scenario.
Of course, the nature of the show is such that we see everything from Steven’s perspective. I wonder if the show will break this convention soon in order to show what’s happening on Earth ahead of Steven’s inevitable rescue. We obviously know he’s going to get rescued somehow, but the tension and build-up would be somewhat watered-down if we see the Crystal Gems’ plan play out in the form of a The New Crystal Gems style flashback episode. That’s still a distinct possibility, of course, but I must admit that it’d be nice to see the show’s formula get slightly shaken up in the next episodes.