I'm not a super emotive person either, so I love seeing the reactions of people who are, because it makes watching things so much more exciting!
I'm Australian and it blows my mind that Trump and Turnbull have had a blow out already! Malcolm Turnbull has pretty much the same shitty political ideals as Trump (doesn't support same sex marriage or immigration/refugees, is terrible to Indigenous people etc...) they should be bffs. Like, there's just been a bunch of drama on the news because it came out that Turnbull donated money to Trump's campaign.
In Aus our Liberal party is the conservative one, and our Labor party is like the American Liberals, so I've read people speculating that Trump got confused and thought that Turnbull was an American Liberal, which seems unfortunately likely. Trump doesn't strike me as the kind of person who's up on the politics in other countries.
Sorry to talk about politics, but it actually feels good to vent a little.
Smoky Quartz is amazing, and I think they overtook Opal as my favourite fusion! I love Opal's design and composure, but Smoky Quartz just has so much personality.
I'm still put off by the jerks who ruined it for me! Such a cute show but the fandom is too much!
I love the part of the episode where Peridot introduces herself as "Peridot" forgetting to add her number because she's gotten so used to being the Peridot, or Peri. It's a nice touch.
I also love how suspenseful this episode is. It's kind of a staple plot, but I honestly didn't know if Peridot was going to turn back to the Diamond Authority or become a Crystal Gem.
So far all of the gems and fusions on the show have appeared female, and been voiced by female actors, and gone by she/her pronouns, so it seems like that's there's just the one gender?
Ok, must have misread what you meant. This: "Ruby is probably the one who dictated the not-so-nice letter to Jamie, but it was both of them together--Sapphire's calm with Ruby's bluntness--who sat down with him and explained that he wasn't really in love with Garnet." just kind of sounds like you mean that they're individuals collaborating on their interaction.
One thing that sucks about living in Australia is that Mark's reviews are posted at like 4am here so by the time I wake up everything that I would have said has already been said. (Once I woke up at 4am for the first Mark Watches Buffy post only to find that the site had crashed from too many people). But yes, great episode, I think I'm more of a Ruby initially, snapping and yelling, but I quickly turn into a Sapphire and just want the fight to be over already.
If I remember correctly this was the first episode to refer to Ruby as "She" which pretty much silenced the people still trying to insist that Ruby was male which makes Garnet straight. It was a small part of the fandom thankfully, but a confusing one. I don't get how a close minded person could enjoy this show.
I don't agree with the idea that sometimes Ruby is more in control or sometimes Sapphire is more in control. It's always Garnet. It's not like Ruby and Sapphire are sitting in a control room in Garnet's brain or something, they fuse and become a completely seperate being. Garnet shares abilities and personality traits of Ruby and Sapphire, but they're Garnet's feelings and actions.
I've found for myself that shows that I watched as a kid (like Avatar) with deeper themes kind of went over my head, I appreciate the stories a lot more now because I just didn't really notice the complex stories.
Exposure to gayness is also really great for kids. My parents had gay friends before I was born (a pair of men in a couple and a bisexual woman and a lesbian women in a couple) so when mum talked to me about how some people are gay and that's ok, I was just like, "Yeah? Duh." Finding out that a lot of people had a problem with it was the shock for me.
I love the part where Garnet just throws a stick for tiny Amethyst to get her out of the way.