Steven Universe is a really important show, to me and a lot of people. Some media, like books, shows and even YouTubers can completely grasp you, and pull you into their world until its almost all that consumes you. Change Your Mind is the longest and perhaps the most epic Steven Universe episode, and it is totally immersive, and I want to share my thoughts on the episode here. Now be prepared for spoilers, because this episode is spoiler galore.
Now this is Steven Universe and its to be expected that it’s going to have a hec of a lot of redemptions, and love, and feelings, and all at stuff if we’ve learned anything from Peridot, Lapis, Bismuth, and probably even Jasper and Kevin soon. If you were to describe it simply, the episode takes turns convincing Blue, Yellow, then the elusive White Diamond that Homeworld has to change. And to be entirely honest, how convinced I am is in that order too. Blue diamond had it in her all along to forgive Pink, and we knew Yellow would come to it soon, even though it took an awesome diamond fight to convince her Homeworld sucks, but white? This episode was only her second true appearance, and she was only mentioned for the first time about 6 episodes ago. If we had seen more of her unwillingness to change among other episodes, perhaps her redemption wouldn’t have felt nearly as rushed.
The Steven Universe fan base is known for its theories (among other things), and apart from a single sentence in Bubbled where Steven jokingly pondered about what would happen to his gem, the only place where people wondered if Rose would come back after removing Steven’s gem was in theories OUTSIDE of the show. Change Your Mind had perhaps one of the most chilling scene in children’s television with White Diamonds Removal of Steven’s gem, essentially robbing him of all his magic but it could have been made even more epic with any amount of build up before the episode. Allowing the audience to theories and question if Rose could ever have come back would have made this scene all the more epic, but Connie’s ear-shattering scream did provide an incredible amount of chills for what was already a terrifying scene.
Over the course of the series, Connie has been one of the characters that has changed the most. She went from the shy, bookish only friend (and love interest?) of Steven, to the courageous and optimistic fighter right by his side. After Connie’s speech in the Season 2 episode Sworn to the Sword, I honestly expected Connie to perform a bigger role in the epic fight that took place this episode. The first time Stevonnie fused into the Pink Diamond Attire, I was completely sold on the idea of Stevonnie BEING Pink Diamond with Steven the entire time, making him not have to face the humongous role he’s being given, but after the disappointment that was escapism Stevonnie didn’t show up once. And I was totally ready for Connie to do some serious damage to white diamonds ship, but her wielding her sword was played as a joke besides Obsidian’s mega lava sword. But without a doubt when Obsidian had to disable the use of an arm to the carrying of Connie, she was exactly what she and I didn’t want her to be, a burden.
I went absolutely wild the first time I saw Smokey Quartz, and even wilder when I first saw Sardonyx, but Rainbow Quartz 2.0 was so fabulous, and he’s the first male fusion! His British accent is so charming, and mixing pearls spear and the shield to make an awesome flying umbrella that can be used to rocket through the air was a genius idea. But then we got Sunstone. I had a break of 24 hours from when I first saw Steven and Garnet begin to fuse to when I saw their finished fusion. And to be frank, it wasn’t what I was expecting. But Sunstone is a giant hilarious fusion, and though I don’t exactly know how Garnet and Stevens personality meld to make her, I’m so glad she exists and I hope she gets plenty more episodes. Her weapons were also ingenious, with the gauntlets and the shield making suction cups. The Crewniverse are so creative!
Animation. This episode was beautiful. Yellow Diamond’s expressions were free to run wild, which led to some hilarious frames, and some that were pretty ugly. All the fusions looked fabulous (I particularly loved Sunstone’s design), and White Diamond’s glimmering pose was indeed fabulous. Another awesome thing was the backgrounds, and the fuzzy backgrounds in White’s head created a sense of it going on and on. But perhaps the best bit of animation was James Baxter’s smooth fusion of Steven. I think it was a brilliant idea to make that scene as emotive as possible, and by golly the Crewniverse succeeded.
All in all, Change Your Mind was a fantastic episode of Steven Universe that you’d be a fool to skip if you’re a Steven Universe fan. And if this is what we get out of a 44 minute Steven Universe episode, just imagine what we’ll get out of the Steven Universe movie.