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Kate ([personal profile] kate_nepveu) wrote2017-03-10 10:29 pm
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Steven Universe S04E19, "Room for Ruby"

. . . I don't know about this. Yes, Navy was laying it on so thick that I was pretty sure where it was going, but that her dreamy attitude was an act all along, doesn't seem compatible with the whole going to Neptune & baseball things.

Like, sure, unsubtle emotional lesson via Lapis (who I love even when the show's making unsubtle point with her), I see you, that's important, but it doesn't quite land right.

And YES, you should've done something about the Rubies! (Garnet is not always right, obviously, but she was right then. The two balloons was a super great touch. (Do you suppose that Steven telling her to close all her eyes had any effect?))

It is nice to see Lapis again, and Peridot, who I appreciate separately even though they still don't click for me as a pair, whatever kind of pair they are.

But hey: some kind of plot incoming, probably, at some point!
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[personal profile] rosefox 2017-03-11 09:19 am (UTC)(link)
When the episode ended, X and I just looked at each other and said "Well... that was a thing".

Lapis said "I was right, no one could adjust that well that quickly!", but that's not what she actually said at any point. She turned it all on herself immediately. Which is in character, but it made her ending come out of left field, and meanwhile there was no resolution around her discomfort with herself.

Navy's character certainly could have been changed by her time floating around in outer space (and look, space is big, really big, how the hell did she get back to Earth at sufficient speed for reentry?), and her natural bubbliness could have been twisted into a cover for cruelty or could have been that cover all along, but that's 100% conjecture and it's frustrating to have no answer in canon at all.

I saw some interesting parallels with "Rocknaldo" about the perils of welcoming in absolutely everyone, though the lesson seems to be that people who are aggressively trying to make you do things their way are in some ways less dangerous than people who go along with whatever you do while biding their time on their own agenda. Steven's "adopt the world" attitude is definitely getting reality checks.

Garnet is the best.
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[personal profile] rosefox 2017-03-12 05:38 pm (UTC)(link)
They really really should. And it's quite out of character of Steven to have left them all out there, though he did have rather a lot on his mind.
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[personal profile] rushthatspeaks 2017-03-13 02:05 am (UTC)(link)
I love the way this show does its worldbuilding so much. Because I do not believe for one instant that Navy crashlanded outside the temple accidentally. Not when this show demonstrably knows how big Earth is.

Which means that Navy, possibly with the help of the other Rubies, arranged her trajectory, using asteroids and such, in a plan to infiltrate enemy headquarters and steal back her/their ship. She must have known the Crystal Gems had the ship, and that it was operational, because we saw Rubies smack into it on the trip to get Greg. And the Rubies were all pretty much in a clump then... (I want to go back and see where Navy is in that splatter.)

But! We never saw the Rubies find out that the temple is Gem headquarters. We only saw them at the barn. So they either found out about it via orbital scanning at some point, or snuck around near ground level way more than the Crystal Gems realized. Either way, that basically confirms something I'd been wondering about earlier: the Rubies are not remotely stupid, in any way, at all.

They didn't miscount during the baseball game. They went with it in order to see how dumb they could get the Crystal Gems to think they were, and for intel. I think Navy is even telling the truth when she says it was fun. But then the Rubies outsmarted themselves-- they concluded that the enemy was, you know, pretty bad at being devious, so when the Crystal Gems said Jasper was on Neptune, that meant the Rubies actually had to check it out. After all, there were definitely gem facilities off-Earth and in-system, and they spent the last couple of hours concluding that the Crystal Gems are bad at lying. So cue one pointless trip to Neptune, that they probably strongly suspected of being pointless, but couldn't get around if they were really doing due diligence.

The Rubies being, individually and collectively, just as smart as the one who's part of Garnet, if they're also well-trained in espionage, produces results identical to what we've seen happen already. After this episode, I am now certain of it.