Steven Universe Season 2 Episode 18 Friend Ship Review – Start Seeing Yourself
After a detour of old friends and theater in Episode 16 and 17, we finally reach the end of this fusion arc, and the setup is pretty straight forward. On their chase to catch Paradot, Garnet and Pearl get trapped in a room and finally have to talk about the incident.
While apologizing profusely, again she brings up the yearning for feeling stronger. Taking it a step further she falls into a state of self criticism saying she can’t do anything on her own. While the issue of self confidence is apparent, it also isn’t far to say that she desperately seeks a relationship.
Her passive jealousy is expressed as she says Garnet is the perfect relationship and she longed for that. Seeing a character suffer from loneliness is something I believe is ignored far too often by series creators. If they are enough of a side character they just seem immune to needing companionship, but a character who has spent a whole series alone, they may realistically start developing some self confidence issues. So seeing this character issue address makes Pearl seem a little more real, and possibly relatable.
Despite the break down, it’s hard for me to get behind most characters who are at fault and then resort to victimizing themselves. Unfortunately that’s pretty realistic as well that most people wouldn’t just apologize, but add a “but” to defend themselves then simply admit their mistakes.
In short I can’t see loneliness and discouragement as viable excuses to invade someone else’s relationship. So the ending resolve of Pearl trying to do better just fell short me, but hey, we’ve had a thorough 5 episode struggle we can’t stay in this forever.
I think what I loved most about this arc is finally seeing vulnerability in Garnet. A being that has been nothing but perfect and totally awesome it was time to get a little deeper into the heart of Garnet. Seeing Ruby and Sapphire experience real relationship struggles and understanding their bond a little deeper is just what the doctor ordered.
So this concludes our review on the fusion arc but let us know what you think. Did you enjoy it? Do you think Pearl has done enough to be forgiven?
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