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YMMV / Steven Universe S5E2 "The Trial"

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • When Yellow poofs Blue Zircon for accusing the Diamonds of murdering Pink, was it just her Berserk Button pushed about being insulted or rage at being accused of killing her own loved one, was it because Yellow murdered Pink and blamed Rose for it, or was it because, while not having shattered her herself, she knows something about the incident that Blue doesn't?
      • Another could be the idea of Yellow being angered at the idea of a fellow Diamond murdering Pink, as they are akin to sisters. This could be a way of her not wanting to believe it and blasts Zircon for even suggesting that out of anger.
      • Given the fact that it's revealed that Pink faked her own death, Yellow most likely lost it due to being accused of murdering her beloved little sister she's been mourning for thousands of years.
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    • Is Blue's reaction to the above accusation just because the claim itself is horrifying to her, or is it because she thinks it might actually be true? Or perhaps because she just accused a God-Emperor of her species of regicide to her face?
    • The Pearls' reaction when Zircon brings up that Pink Diamond's Pearl should've been able to warn her mistress. Distress over where Zircon was going with her train of thought, or is there something about Pink's death that they know about but are forbidden to talk about? As it turns out, they never found out what happened to Pink Diamond's Pearl (who's... our Pearl).
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The fans immediately latched onto Defense Zircon for her Adorkable appearance and demeanor.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • Eyeball is shown to have made it back to Homeworld. Did she get her own Pearl like she wanted?
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    • Admit it- the idea of a courtroom drama starring Blue Zircon sounds at least a little intriguing, since she mentioned that she has plenty of years of experience.
  • Fanon: The lawyers are unilaterally called Blue Zircon and Yellow Zircon following the colored theme-naming of the Diamonds and their Pearls. They're never referred to that in the episode itself nor in the credits (where they're called the Defense and Prosecuting Zircon respectively) but it fits in with the theme naming well enough.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Shipping between the two Zircons is fairly common, dubbed Courtship/Courtshipping. Just look at the episode's official art on the main page.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In-universe, the events of this episode take an even darker turn after the reveals of "A Single Pale Rose": namely, that Pink Diamond and Rose Quartz were one and the same person, and the "shattering" that everyone saw was an elaborate plan cooked up by Pink to relinquish her position in the Diamond Authority and live on Earth as Rose forever. As such, the entire trial and resultant death threats are centered on a crime that never happened in the first place. Worse, the punishment of executing Steven would have been committing the crime they accused Rose of in the first place- specifically, shattering a Diamond.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Despite wanting to punish Rose, Blue is willing to hear the defense. She doesn't seem to believe that Steven is Rose, either, since Steven doesn't know how Pink was shattered, and wants to be fair and just before giving the verdict.
    • Depending on interpretation, Yellow Diamond could be this. Yes, she's trying to murder Steven, and is extremely cruel to her subjects, but because she's not guilty, Blue Zircon just accused her of killing someone she loved very, very dearly. It's rather sad to imagine how that has to feel.
  • The Woobie: Poor Defense Zircon, Steven's defense lawyer. She's fretting about being shattered due to having the bad luck on defending a Diamond assassin. Just as it seems she makes a good case in Rose's defense, she makes the mistake of accusing the Diamonds, which gets her poofed.


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