I bet a lot of us where wondering about the choice of color scheme during this part of “Mr. Greg”. In this Episode Pearl and Greg are both sining (along with Steven) about the devastating loss of Rose Quartz.
But after the latest Steven bomb, this scene began to remind me about two other yellow and blue gems/people morning over the loss of a coincidentally pink figure
Controversial opinion incoming, but Pearl deserved better from the writers. They all did. Literally every single gem deserved better from the writers, but nobody ever talks about Pearl in a good light so here I go.
They could have kept Pearl’s slight arrogance and intelligence without turning her into a manipulative asshole who puts everyone down just to feel better about herself. They could’ve kept her precision and her ability to build all sorts of things because of that without making her all ‘look at meee i’m soooo smart.’ They could’ve kept her disagreeing with Amethyst and those two bickering a lot without it just being ‘Amethyst, shut up, I’m right.’ They could’ve had Amethyst love food and Pearl hate it, but make it clear that Pearl is perfectly comfortable with other people eating. She could cook meals for Amethyst and for Steven, she just personally doesn’t want any. They could’ve just made it clear that she doesn’t like the process of digestion, or the fact that Amethyst is a mess yeater rather than just ‘skinny white girl who hates food and makes fun of her fat not-white friend who eats everything’.
They could have let Pearl have flaws. Let her be hurt about Rose. Let her be sometimes a little too controlling. Let her fuck up, but make her apologise. Maybe she finds it hard to apologise, maybe that’s because Rose always told her she was perfect but never thought to let her know that nobody is truly perfect. Let her want to keep fusing with Garnet, but when Garnet finds out she gets rightfully mad and Pearl legitimately apologises. They have the whole Friend Ship thing, but Garnet is still mad. The next day, Pearl comes up to Garnet, sits her down and properly apologises. She says she has tried to before, but Garnet didn’t want to talk, and that’s okay, but now that she will at least listen to Pearl, she’d like to apologise. Garnet accepts her apology, but things are still a bit off for a while. Pearl is spending more time without Garnet, maybe hanging around with Amethyst more. As is Garnet, she’s not with Pearl as much. But over time, the two go back to normal.
They could’ve let her be so so painfully hurt by the loss of Rose because she was so madly in love with her, but she doesn’t take it out on other people. She gets sad, she gets angry. Rose’s Scabbard still happens, but when Steven nearly falls to his death, Pearl jumps down after him, and brings him back up with her. She apologises, and says that she was just upset and should’ve have lashed out at him. Steven asks Pearl to show him Rose, and so she shows the hologram. And let her have a FEW episodes about Rose, but let Garnet, Amethyst, and Greg have just as many too. It’s not all about her.
They could’ve let her be a proud lesbian woman and not turned her into a manipulative and controlling stereotype. Let her love Rose, but let her want Rose to be happy above all else. Yes, she’s upset about Greg, yes the two don’t get along, but Rose is happy and so Pearl is content.
Pearl had potential, just like all the others, and it was ruined.
“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace.”
They are both victims of circumstance. She is more of a victim than he. He has the power–a power that he has no qualms about abusing. He doesn’t see her or acknowledge her as a person. But he never asked for this. They are bound together against both their wishes. The arn forced them together.
But it runs much deeper than the arn. The minute the Shadow Kin attacked Rhodia–when both their worlds were destroyed–a new bond was forged between them. The histories of their people and the nature of her enslavement prevented either of them from recognizing it on a conscious level, but it was there: an inextricable link–a bond stronger and deeper than the arn. The bond of survivors. The bond of two people with no choice but to live with the sacrifice.
Guys, I made a calendar for myself and I think it’s pretty damn cool (dates were blurred out for personal reasons). It’s a custom 2017-2018 calendar starting from July 2017 and ends December 2018. I’m pretty proud of it.