So far, Steven’s powers have been:
A bright pink shield
A bright pink bubble
Magical healing saliva
And he is always STOPPING fights, usually peacefully and in nonviolent ways, trying to get both sides to get along and understand each other. Suffice it to say, he is not your typical superhero. In fact, he’s really not that super yet. He’s still on training wheels. And yet he often manages to end conflicts WITHOUT powers or weapons that destroy others.
And I love what this show is doing with him and all of his friends. Especially in a pop culture that is overpopulated these days with “save the world” shenanigans and focusing on powers and shock value instead of being “strong in the real way.”
I’m already proud of this little guy and the small steps he’s made. His journey isn’t one of leaps and bounds but baby steps, like real people.
This week’s wonderful two-parter has set up what the show has been foreshadowing for some while: that Steven, being half Human and half Gem, will forge a path that unites both kinds of beings — a path paved by acts of non-violence, understanding, and compassion. Where his merit and strength as a hero isn’t defined by his powers (which, BTW, completely fly in the face of typical superhero and gender role BS), but instead by HIS CHOICES.
And THAT is the kind of hero story we need these days, IMO.
I’m sick of watching characters save the world from evil.
I want to see characters saving themselves, saving each other — personal journeys about making choices and resolving conflicts, not just slapping “evil” around. Even SU’s plot twists don;t feel cheap. They feel rewarding, because they are always foreshadowed and always recontextualize earlier events that maybe didn’t make sense. They feel planned, thought out, CARED for, just like the characters who populate the world.
Steven’s story, especially given the moral ambiguities brought to the table recently, really has a lot of potential to do these things — to be a personal journey more than typical “destroy evil” stuff — and in many ways, it has already.
I believe in Steven.
some meta stuff and also this is as good a time as any, i think, to mourn the loss of our dear friend captain flowers. RIP flowers. moment of silence
-an unfortunately deleted line from one Adam Ellis.
Good fucking god.
X-Ray & Vav Teaser
Coming November 2014
i’m so fucking serious, if you so much as imply that an autistic child is a burden or a curse or some shit like that, you deserve any bad luck that comes to you. autistic children deserve protection and support and to be treated like humans why does that even have to be said
You know what would be fun? Re-writing RWBY so she has high-functioning Aspie/autistic. Plus Neuroatypical!Jaune AND DON’T GET ME STARTED ON AUTISTIC PENNY.
(I was reminded that Autism Speaks exists so I got pissed and now am focusing that on a in a constructive matter while writing with my middle fingers only.)
Like a lot of people I thought that Ruby was a straight up asperger’s kid like me. Socially awkward, has intense focus on a few things and likes to geek out about those. And mostly only those things. All the time. HUNTING! KILLING GRIMM! CRESCENT ROSE! FUCKTONS OF WEAPONS! DOES BEACON HAVE A SECTION DEDICATED TO ENGINEERING? BECAUSE I’M GONNA DEMOLISH THAT.
I’m about to get all up in this AUs ass so let’s put a read more
IF HER BRA MATCHES HER PANTIES THEN CONGRATS YOU’RE GETTING LAID
You know, if you couldn’t tell from the fact that she has stripped down to her bra and panties.