Indeed. She just keeps saying 'it's bad foreshadowing!" without actually explaining why, except that it's 'vague'. We all know that Lily has difficulty processing things that aren't outright stated, but 'being vague' isn't bad foreshadowing-- foreshadowing is meant to lay out multiple clues that, when pieced together, can bring an attentive audience to the correct conclusion. Ideally when you re-watch something after the twist that foreshadowing actually takes on a whole new meaning and provides you with a totally different experience than going in blind. People being able to re-watch a show and say 'Oh, this was hinting at her being Pink Diamond!' isn't testament to backfilling clues, it's how the whole device is supposed to work.Hey if we're talking about bad writing
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I like how Lily's brilliant refutation of this ask is just "nuh-uh"
If I recall they did foreshadow this frequently throughout the show, even to the point where my jewish friend who rarely watched the show said it was probably going to happen.
That being said I really hate the attitude Lily takes here, she's mean with little reason to be and dismisses any merit the moment had by just saying the writer is bad so it doesn't count. I don't doubt that the reveal has problems but to say this is just bad faith.
Come to think of it, Lily would make a good Kiwi with how much malice she writes with.
Also, even if this were a case of the crew not being entirely decided on the twist, that's also not bad writing. It's not an 'easy trick' to take things that you developed early on and realizing later on that you could give it a new meaning, it's a natural part of the writing process, especially for people who don't really work well with detailed outlines. Of course this kind of thing still has to make sense in context so I guess this is actually pretty true to form for Lily, who takes things that she dropped from earlier in, say, Poke-madhouse and then gives them new meaning without actually bothering to think about how it incorporates into the story. I guess when you don't care about quality, everything is technically an easy trick.
Also also Lily has no place to say the foreshadowing was bad when she completely misunderstood the purpose of Rose's character study in the first place. Lily completely misses the point in her video that Rose was built up as a legend and a saint by the Crystal Gems with the intent of Steven eventually realizing that his mother was actually deeply flawed; she seems to think that the Gems statements were meant to be taken at face value and that the flashbacks showing that Rose was actually kind of a dick were the writers thinking that somebody like Rose was actually a perfect character and therefore they were lionizing an abuser. Lily could not fathom that the Gems were supposed to be wrong and just assumed that if the good characters were saying something it must have been the exact opinions of the writers.