It’s no surprise Steven Universe’s creator Rebecca Sugar loves taking risks, but we have to say it: this is the most beautiful and inclusive StevenBomb so far. Let’s pick it up where we left off two month ago. It’s pretty obvious by now that there are BIG SPOILERS AHEAD.
First is first, what’s a StevenBomb?
It consists of a bunch of episodes airing each day for one week, meaning five Steven Universe episodes daily, Monday through Friday. Generally, they tend to add more to the big story, the main reason the Crystal Gems exist, so every StevenBomb has a bit of a reveal that will make you say “oh, of course, it all makes sense now!”.
The first one aired March 9, 2015, there’s been seven now, and this last one was actually after a major disclosure.
A Single Pale Rose
In this episode is where we found out that…
…Rose Quartz didn’t shatter anybody. SHE WAS PINK DIAMOND.
Which means, Steven is Pink Diamond? Well, technically, but that’s for another time. The next thing we know is that when the rest of the Gems find out, they don’t take it too well. And here’s where the StevenBomb was dropped.
In the episode Now We’re Falling Apart, Garnet unfuses when she hears the news about Pink Diamond, because Sapphire couldn’t bare the fact that Rose Quartz, their leader, lied to their faces for so many years. As she runs off, Pearl and Steven come after her and explain how and why Pink became Rose. When Sapphire comes to her senses, the three of them return to the temple, to find out that Ruby ran away.
Leading us to What’s Your Problem, in which Steven and Amethyst take the responsibility of finding Ruby’s whereabouts while Pearl consoles Sapphire. Everything seems to go as planned (kind of), until Amethyst snaps at Steven, frustrated due to her not wanting to deal with what has happened, as if none of it concerns her at all, but trying to get all that weight off of Steven’s shoulders.
Now that they found Ruby, who was with Mr. Universe all along, they discover she’s actually fine and just having a moment to find herself, to think and care of herself as an individual. And even though she enjoyed it for a while, she realized it’s time to go back with Sapphire. Now, we all flipped and screeched when Ruby, in a very Western way, finally asked: “Sapphire, will you marry me?”
A same-sex wedding
Everybody’s planning and getting ready for the big day, and, as Sapphire notices how many Gems and allies won’t be able to attend the wedding, Steven gets the idea of inviting one more guest: Bismuth. And after a very complicated encounter, he gets the chance to explain to her what happened and that she’d be Maid of Honor.
The last one is Reunion, a special 22-minute special, which first part is dedicated to love and the wedding. The ceremony will make you shed at least one tear, that’s for sure. It’s beautiful and sweet and perfect. And even though Gems are genderless, they still refer to each other as “she”, so it’s safe to say this is our first official LGBT couple in Steven Universe! And it couldn’t be more adorable. Welcome back, Garnet!
You changed my life, and then I changed your life, and now we change our lives.
But this love fest only lasts a minute, for the Diamonds come to Earth to harvest the Cluster, a geoweapon made out of gem shards placed at the center of the planet. As everyone fight back and Steven tries to explain to the Diamonds what happened to Pink, they refuse to listen.
The Diamonds trap them all in a subconscious kind of prison in their own minds, from which Steven manages to escape and is finally able to reveal to Blue and Yellow that he is Pink Diamond.
That’s where they left us. Hanging with the fact that, at last, everybody knows the truth about Pink Diamond. This StevenBomb definitely has it all: love, music, friendship, A LOT of feelings, action, revelations, even a wedding. And we couldn’t be more excited about it!