So there was recent development in Steven Universe that has me more than a little disappointed. In the recent episode “Monster Reunion” *spoilers ahead* Steven partially heals the Centipeedle with his healing spit that he got back. How did he get it back? He was just sitting around and he just got them back. JUST. LIKE. THAT. For me, this so wrong on so many levels.
First of all: There was no build up! You may say that they couldn’t or didn’t have the time but that is complete bullcrap. Steven has spent the past few episodes just putzing around in Beach City, not doing more than interacting with the town. Are the writers really stupid enough to prioritize status quo over logical plot build up? This all just came completely out of left field.
Second: Why? In shows with powers of this caliber new powers typically emerge in times of crisis or great emotion. Heroes usually have to train for weeks or something along those lines. They have to fail a lot before they get the hang of it. While healing spit has been dormant for awhile we’ve been shown no signs of Steven training to get it back. Even if he’d been doing it off screen they didn’t even tell us that. While I do believe Steven is emotionally attached to that bear, I don’t think it was quite important enough to warrant Stevie getting his powers back. All of the past episodes have shown Steven obtaining his powers at points of great emotion involving the people in his life.
Now I know what you’re thinking “But Nick!!! Stevie first used his shield because of some ice cream way back in episode oneeeeeee!!!” Yes, while that is true that is a very poor excuse as well. Steven just kinda haphazardly got of flash of his shield and it went nowhere. He didn’t gain good control over it like he did with the spit in this episode.
There was really no tension or reason for Steven to get his powers. Nobody was in danger, he hadn’t just gone on a big adventure and got berated for not being his mom, and he wasn’t trying to save connie. And he just randomly got them back.
I guess what I’m going for here is that the writers basically just said “This is a thing now”
AND YOU CAN’T DO THAT!!! That’s like the number one rule of writing! We came to see a story happening not it not happening! It’d be one thing if you’d have shown us hints but you didn’t! It just came out of nowhere and it’s pissing me off! Ughhhhhhh…
I think I need to go sit down for awhile and watch some Gravity Falls. If you noticed hints about this that I didn’t then feel free to tell me. See you factoring Hectopascals later.