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Steven Universe’s Rebecca Sugar Lifts the Lid on an Episode That Never Was

Rebecca Sugar’s early sketches for the idea of Steven’s “perfect” powered up gem form, as seen in the artbook.

Rebecca Sugar’s early sketches for the concept of Steven’s “excellent” powered up gem type, as seen within the artbook.
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Steven Universe might have come to its end, however that doesn’t imply there isn’t extra to study concerning the life and instances of everybody’s favourite Human/Gem hybrid. In actual fact, there’s nonetheless a lot extra to find about how the present obtained made—and Rebecca Sugar herself simply gave us some intriguing particulars about an episode that by no means made it to the display screen.

Talking throughout in the present day’s New York Comedian Con panel for the upcoming artbook Steven Universe: The Finish of an Period—hosted by our very personal Crystal Gem, Charles Pulliam-Moore—Sugar mentioned an concept for an episode lined in idea work within the e book concerning the Homeworld Gem Morganite’s former Ruby and Pearl, now a part of Rodonite the off-color Gem, however ended up being left on the proverbial drafting board.

Rhodonite’s episode would’ve additional explored the present’s method to acceptance and identity by way of Homeworld’s recalcitrant relationship with the idea of fusion, revealing her again story because the Pearl and Ruby of Morganite, the inventive designer of the Diamond Authority’s lavish palanquins. “The concept was that Peridot had created a tool that would let you understand how many instances you’ve been rejuvenated [the method of reverting a Gem to their authentic state, as Spinel did to the Crystal Gems in Steven Universe the Movie]” Sugar stated of the concept. “And so everybody in Little Homeworld is getting checked out to see in the event that they’ve had these lives they couldn’t keep in mind. Most individuals didn’t have any, some individuals had one, some individuals had two, and so they strive it on Rhodonite and he or she’s been rejuvenated, like, 17 instances. Like, a lot of instances.”

From that revelation, the episode would’ve seen Rhodonite try and get better her recollections from her many lives, a cyclical love story the place she found that the Pearl and Ruby which can be a part of her had been always being reset by Morganite, and their love for one another stored bringing them collectively despite that.

It’s all very candy, however an concept that was maybe a bit too grand for even a present like Steven Universe—and so the Rhodonite concept was left on the desk. “The problem with the story was that it was huge, it was like 17 episodes crammed into one episode, and it simply couldn’t match and be as full and dramatic as we wished it to be.” Sugar concluded.

“We actually tried to make it work,” added Kat Morris (a author, storyboard supervisor, supervising director on the sequence), “however it was a whole lot of design that we simply couldn’t ask the crew placed on their timeline.”

A minimum of the story, and artwork from different tales that by no means had been, will dwell on when Steven Universe: Finish of an Period hits cabinets subsequent week, on October 13.

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