ive said this a million times but finn is a much better child protagonist, because unlike steven, he grows and develops over time. the writers seem to acknowledge that the environment that he’s in and the situations he take part in (specifically his desire to have a girlfriend, his father issues and coping with the fact that he’s the only human) affect how he grows up.
literally the only reason i struggle to see steven as 14 isnt because he looks 8, but because almost nothing about him has changed to show growth. sure he has spouts of anger and gets introspective, but season 1 steven was exactly like that. the writers still want to make him oblivious and dumb and yet also the voice of reason and apparently the smartest character in the show.
steven’s character regression is so baffling because really did start off as a youn kid with a lot of promise but the writers can’t let him… grow up.
i laughed out loud when lars told steven “when did you get so smart” because literally nothing steven said was deep or profound. he basically said what any person with common sense would say, “go do what you love, and if people hate it, that’s their problem”.
i talk about steven a lot on this blog because the writers seem to demand for its older audience to be impressed by the “growth” and “development” steven went through. but every episode that implies steven will slowly change as a character always ends up completely dropping it.
and yet, because these writers are too incompetent, seemed to have completely given up on making steven heroic and just have characters stand around talking about how great he is.
adventure time never needed to tell us that finn was growing, we could see that. based off of how he reacted, based his own self reflection, self issues, flaws, behavior, etc.
steven changes but only when the narrative wants him to. he says something encouraging to lars and the narrative acts like he really said something eye-opening. he’ll act foolish and immediately trust navy, but then show fear and discomfort when jasper claims that she changed. he’ll suddenly struggle with self doubt and feeling useless, and yet never display this problem in any other area. steven suddenly decides to sit watch a gem nearly get killed, simply because it was a chance for lars to come to their aid.
the worst example is how steven and finn react to finding out that they’re characters are the opposite of what they expected
finn being shocked that martin was a shit dad was a straight up punch to the gut. all that praise and build up finn had for his family and he finds out that his father wants nothing to do with him. this doesnt leave him and continues to affect him in later episodes, where he needed support to help vent his problems
steven’s reaction is just… all over the place
he’ll totally be complacent with the gems stating that the CG’s killed homeworld gems and then act surprised that his mother was actually a killer and then accepts that she was in the right and then later calls her out on her hypocrisy and then suddenly decides he desperately wants to be just like her and…… do you see where im going with this?
lars’s 4 episodes of development, despite having a few problems, is miles better than steven’s sad excuse for character development the writers badly want me to praise and acknowledge.
i dont watch steven grow, i watch him get new character traits that the writers slap on to him for the sake of telling a story
its not fun to watch a character flip flop and slowly lose and identity simply because the writers cant give steven flaws, and the only supposed flaws he does have are simply a result of the writers incompetence, which make poor ‘ol steven look lazy, selfish and a huge hypocrite