• Episode Followup: The Question

    Hey there, everyone! Little Ursa here with the first of my followups for this Steven Bomb! I have to be honest, I was happy with getting this episode to do a followup for. Wanna know why? Read on to find out!

    So, we learned about "The Answer" a long while ago. But what about the question? Well, there's a lot of questions we wish Rebecca Sugar and the crew would answer. But what we do know is that Rebecca herself loves this episode.

    Anyway, let's pick up where we left on the last episode.

    Steven and Amethyst find Ruby hanging out with Greg up on the hill overlooking the ocean. To be fair, I've driven to places just like that to sit, relax, and just talk.

    And Steven and Amethyst arrive to the cliff to find that Ruby....

    "I'm okay."

    ....is totally fine. A big of a surprise for everyone, but apparently just chatting with Greg was enough for Ruby to see things from another point of view.

    "Well, I fell in love with Rose Quartz, and she fell in love with Mr. Universe. Sure, she never told me she was Pink Diamond, but I never told her I was Gregory DeMayo."

    There's a reason we all love Greg. For me, it's that he's the greatest example of a dad trying his best despite everything going on. He's, at best, a bystander in an intergalactic war, but he's still there to help when he can. And this episode, he does just that (and not even to his son in this episode).

    Ruby goes on to say that Sapphire was right about everything. But with this realization, she comes to find that this is the first time she's really been free and on her own.

    And with this newfound freedom, she's eating pizza and reading comic books (just like me on a Friday night). Also, it seems Greg has Ruby reading some great comics, like DuckTales (yes, there was a short-lived comic series based on the cartoon, which was based on the Disney comics), the New Gods, and Jonah Hex.

    "I'm not fussed about what Sapphire wants. I'm seeing my own future now, and it's nothing but Ruby!"

    I should note right now how much I love Ruby's voice actress, Charlyne Yi. You might also know her as the voice of Chloe from We Bare Bears and Alice from the upcoming cartoon Summer Camp Island, two other Cartoon Network shows. Firstly, I love her voice as a whole. Second, Yi's able to just be so expressive with her characters and really brings them to life. And when Yi lends her voice for Ruby, the character really shines.

    Back to the episode, Steven's expression matches what a lot of us probably felt. That is, until the greatest dad in the universe stepped in.

    "That's not our call to make. Ruby's gotta want that for herself. If that's not what Ruby wants, it's not what Garnet wants, right?"

    Grade-A dad material right there. He might not completely understand gem stuff, he does understand relationships.

    "I want to be free! One with the wilderness!"

    It's pretty easy to see where Ruby is coming from on all of this. She did say since she emerged, she's been with either other Rubies or Sapphire, and this freedom is refreshing to her.

    Carl Barks and Don Rosa are proud of this shout-out, I'm sure of it.

    You know, I think Greg might have another fortune hiding in his comics collection.

    Aww....Ruby looks just like me on new comic book day.

    Move over, John Wayne, there's a new sheriff in town.


    In other news, the new season of BoJack Horseman looks amazing.

    "I already am lost....that's why I came out here....to find myself...."

    With her new freedom, Ruby heads off with her noble (and purple) steed into the wild. Without Sapphire's future vision to help her, Ruby is the master of her own fate.

    Which almost ended with her falling into a ravine. Thrilled about this, Ruby embraces it and keeps going.

    This episode gives us a treat of Ruby singing us a song. Charlyne Yi's vocal talent is put on display as she sings a cowboy ballad in the style of Roy Rogers and Gene Autry....

    ....while we watch the gang run away from a failed lasso attempt....

    ....Ruby staring down a rattlesnake....

    "I used to think that I would always be by your side,/But lately you've been rather cold."

    ....and Ruby serenading us with her new guitar abilities.

    Of course, it was all a facade.

    "I did have a lot of fun today, I loved it! But the whole time I kept thinking of how much more fun I would have if I were with her."

    "Sapphire was always there with me. I'd feel her smile just like it was mine. It's so lonely now."

    The above image made me tear up. I can admit this. It hurt to see Ruby try to feel Sapphire's gem on her own hand. While the freedom was liberating for her at first, we see that Sapphire is more than just the other half of Garnet to Ruby: Sapphire is the other half of Ruby.

    "He's still a rootin'-tootin' cowboy blazing his own trails, but he loves someone too!"

    I swear, this kid's smile could melt the entire planet of Hoth.

    "If I'm making my own decisions, then I guess I'll decide I want to be with Sapphire."
    Remember last time we saw Ruby lying on the ground looking up at the night sky? She made the same decision.

    I may have found a new phone background.

    Later, back home....

    These images. This scene. These two gems. I just have to post this with no commentary other than I am looking forward to the next episode. Join me tomorrow for the next followup!