So I really wanted to talk about Steven Universe, so I looked for the thread- Only to find it 3 years dead!
So I'm rebooting it so, here we are!
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One thing that really gets me about the "Rose is Pink Diamond" twist is that we have never once seen a Gemstone change its orientation while shapeshifting or fusing- quite the opposite, time and time and time again we've been repeatedly shown that these are constants, that a Gem's physical form can change but the Gem itself will not, by virtue of the former being essentially a solidified hologram while the latter is in fact a physical gemstone. An argument can be made that Gems can in fact reorient and reposition their Gemstones by basically "flexing" their physical forms during the shifting, which is presumably how Rose did so- but if that's the case, you need to establish that rule early on, not reveal it at the 11th hour. That's basically hinging a murder mystery on a deus ex machina.
While this is definitely true, this new context gets me excited about multiple rewatchings. Pearl isn't the defector, Rose is. This explains why Pearl is so organized and devoted if she's supposedly defective; she isn't. This has been a long-running mystery of the show ("What's so broken about Pearl if all she talks about is organizing and servitude?") and it's nice to see it end up in a logical place. So I don't think this ruins the dynamic of Rose and Pearl at all, if anything it reaffirms what was one of the main pieces of evidence that Rose was a diamond in the first place: Pearl's strange, unwavering loyalty, bordering on obsession, to Rose.And this just completely ruins the dynamic between Pearl and Rose. Before, Pearl was a servant (presumably of a Diamond, though honestly her exact master means little), who willingly abandoned her life of servitude to follow another Gem, this one a soldier, so that both could be free. She still struggled with being independent, as we saw and heard in "Friend Ship" with the "I'm just a Pearl. I need someone to tell me what to do," moment, but on the whole she was asserting her independence, and loved Rose by virtue of the latter being one of if not the first to show her kindness and respect and help her escape her station. But now? Of course she was in love with and slavishly devoted to Rose, and of course she was struggling to be independent- she was Pink Diamond's Pearl, and Rose was Pink Diamond. She never abandoned her servitude at all, her master was just easygoing and didn't really fuss about their dynamic.