Like many other people in the Steven Universe fandom, I want to break down this new promo running on the Cartoon Network and help make sense of what is being shown. I will be going from panel to panel explaining what I think is important, and what we should be paying attention to.
The Car shots
The first part of the promo is Steven swinging his keas and showing off his car. I think it’s nice to begin with such a shot because it reminds us Steven is now 16 and has his permit. Steven puts on some music and lets a new gem into his car, telling her to watch her head. If I had to guess, I would think she is one of the gems called Big by Bismuth as one of the original Crystal Gems, but it may also be someone new. The next shot was a photo of the Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl. Steven then narrates that ” Life is a little different these days” while showing him driving his car to the new Beach City or also called New Home world. I believe they did this to show how much Steven and Beach city has grown sense the beginning of the show.
In Beach City
After the car shot it cuts off to Garnet teaching some sort of class. It almost looks as if she is teaching four gems to balance on their head with pillows. Steven is also there, doing a handstand as the gem we saw before watches them. While looking at the gems you can see one is an opal and one is a ruby. This ruby may be one of gems from the Ruby crew. We can also see Nephrite, who may also be from Centipedle’s original team. Before the shot ends you can hear Steven say “We’re all safe to explore our dreams” which I believe is foreshadowing for an opposite reality. This shot is followed by an art class of sorts, where Vidalia is watching Blue Pearl, another Nephrite, and two gems we don’t know draw Yellow Pearl. I just found this shot really cute because we know how much Blue Pearl loves to draw, and how much Yellow Pearl loves to be the center of attention. Lastly you can see Steven and the new gem looking at Bismuth making something in her workspace with the Heaven and Earth Beetle’s on her hand. This ties it back to Steven Universe the Movie, where Bismuth saves the Heaven and Earth Beetle’s from being crushed.
The mood quickly changes as it cuts to fast clips of Steven mad and then in shock covering his mouth. This is significant because Steven being the kind and caring person he is, would not get angry unless it was something involving the people he loves. This makes me think someone has hurt Connie or Greg, or maybe the main Crystal Gems. The next shot shows Steven putting his hand on a giant hand pad which looks similar to the one we see when we first meet Peridot in the episode Warp Tour. In the background Steven’s words are echoing. It then cuts to Rose/Pink Diamond in her first Quartz form going through a door. By the color and shape of the background it could be in the human zoo. This clip might be of her going into the room of the bubbled Rose Quartz soldiers. Her face is very blank and it almost gives her an evil look with the dark shading. The following shot shows Steven covering his ears and then Pink Pearl gazing off with a picture of Pink Dimond in the background. This symbolizes that Pink Pearl still loves Pink Dimond even after she left her for another Pearl. This rooted down manipulation that Pink Dimond uses on almost everyone around her causes so much damage to the people it influences. Pink Pearl is not an exception. This transitions to Steven turning off Rose’s tape to him while his voice states “We can finally put the past behind us.” Showing that no matter what he says the past is still coming back to haunt him.
Character/ Antagonist shot
The next thing we see is a now uncorrupted Jasper revealing herself from under a cloth. Like I said in my last article, this clip shows that Jasper will have a large role in the upcoming season. Quickly after that you see Pink Pearl smiling strangely as the crack in her eye gets larger. I am not sure what this shows other than she might be being mind controlled. However I don’t think this time it was the cause of White Dimond, but another source. It might also be another form of corruption. This shot follows by Jasper laughing and throwing a punch at someone. While looking at her facial expressions and her uncontrolled laugh, she almost looks insane, maybe thriving off of revenge and power. Next we see a small clip of the Quartz soldiers from the human zoo, followed by a new fusion. The new fusion looks to be what was expected, Aquamarine and Eyeball shown we met in the last few seasons. It could be two different gems but knowing their shared past with Seven I highly doubt it.
The last clips start with a shot of Amethyst’s eyes gleaming. I’m not sure of the significance of this shot other than it looks similar to how Pink Pearls eyes shimmer while she thought about Pink Dimond. This follows to a clip of Pink Pearl being shielded by Pearl from an explosion or a building collapsing. From the color scheme and castle like stature I would guess this was on Home World and not on Beach City. This next shot is an extremely interesting one. it shows Jasper holding Steven while he cries. If you look at Steven closely you can see that he is starting to glow pink. as the clip goes on he gets more and more pink and his face turns from a look of pain to now anger. Fully pink Steven gets out his shield while Jasper says “You are not my diamond.” What I believe this shows is the transition of regular Steven to none other than Pink Steven. This clip is used to show that Steven is not Pink Dimond but his own powerful being, while also still having Pink Dimond be a part of him. It also allowed for a lot of fans wish for his return for the end of the series. The last clip that we see is the heart of the temple turning from a dark red to green. This makes me think the temple has somehow been corrupted or is being destroyed. The heart of the temple is important after all, and if it gets damaged it will definitely cause a lot of conflict in the future.
That is the end of the breakdown. Tell me what you think, and what you believe this promo means in the comments. If you want to see more theories and fun reviews check out my last post and my stuff in the future 🙂