Okay so here are the things I remember from the show. Everything was fantastic and the three hours went by so quick. It’s under a read more because it got long. And I rambled and I’m tired and none of it makes sense probably. I passed out last night before I could finish and post lol oops. SPOILERS for staging, obviously.
You know, with the recent revelations that Peridot is, in her own way, “defective,” bounds can be shown about her character up to this point.
She has known her entire life that she is “worse.” She’s built her entire identity on it.
She blames this on the lack of resources. Which is why the original Earth plan…
…was so appealing to her. She even mentions the potential gem production!
And it’s also why Yellow Diamond’s refusal to take advantage of all the resources Earth has…
…was such a huge shock to her.
She uses her technology to cope with being “inferior.”
…Which is why losing her limb enhancers hurt her so much.
…And why the “replacements” for her technology matter so much to her.
She places all her self worth in these things, this “technology” that is what makes era-2 peridots, well, anything. At least by Homeworld’s standards.
She is learning a lot from Steven and the gems: self worth is one of them. She feels better about herself around the gems, I think, because they’re all “defective” too.
She mocks them all for these things and clings to Amethyst, because she’s the only one that is “correct.” She is what Homeworld says is a great gem. AND she is defective in one way… just like Peridot sees herself as.
As Peridot learns more about each gem’s “defect,” she comes to appreciate all of them more: she sees them ALL as similar to her.
And she sees how they aren’t really “defective” at all.
This is basically what Amethyst is trying to tell her at the end of Too Short to Ride.
…But Peridot still doesn’t believe it about herself. Because she doesn’t see anything special to make with herself despite her defects without all her technology, unlike everyone else.
Quick crack theory about the bomb behind the purple curtain and the rest of season 3 (because who doesn’t like a good crack theory now and again?).
Okay, so when the bomb is first shown it has 20 seconds remaining on it’s timer, currently from what we know, season 3 has 21 episodes, so if the bomb explodes is 20 seconds, can we expect something major to happen in episode 20 and then have episode 21 being about what happens afterwards? Maybe. (I’d be willing to guess that Riley and Lucas break up, but that’s just me…)
Digging a bit deeper into this idea, the next time we can clearly see the timer is when it says 12. Girl meets Ski Lodge 1 is the 8th episode of season 3, add 12 more episodes (or seconds), and well, you end up with the bomb exploding in episode 20, and even if the season gets extended, maybe we can expect something big in episode 20 and the rest of the season will be spent dealing with that.
Riley even says, “In five seconds your world will end and mine will begin.” What was episode 5 of season 3? Girl meets Triangle where this whole Maya became Riley idea first introduced. We were able to see just how much Maya had grown in the beginning of season 3 and then starting in episode 5 the light and dark dichotomy as well as the BMW parallels were brought back in and started to crack down on everyone (remember Triangle is the episode with the jellybean scene).
Finally the 2 second mark after Riley laughs her “evil laugh” and Maya tells Lucas, “hey smile at me exactly the same,” it took exactly 2 episodes from Triangle to get to Ski Lodge 1, in which we saw Riley pushing Maya back into her own box and getting the old Maya back (more or less). In regards to the “hey smile at me exactly the same,” well this is the episode where the triangle (that’s not a triangle) comes back into play and it is a two part arc.
This is probably far too much analysis about the bomb behind the purple curtain, but it is funny and interesting to think about. :)
Tonight’s ep confirms a theory I’ve had for a while now: Homeworld used Peridot’s limb enhancers as a way to control her.
Sure, they helped her do her job, but they’re also all she knew. It seems like the moment she emerged, she was given the limb enhancers. They tell her that home world resources are dwindling (which may well be true), so now her Peridot series didn’t have powers. At the same time, she’s told that her small stature is a sign of her rarity. Knock them down, but not too far, right?
But not to worry- they will provide. Who needs powers when you have access to multiple star systems at your fingertips? So she learns to use the limb enhancers. She uses them well. Very well. With them she’s powerful. At the same time, it was also obvious that she was clueless about the universe beyond her assigned role.
A role that her superiors tell her she is incapable of completing in her natural state, but this is a role that just so happens to come accessorized with everything she will need to excel. Don’t bother trying to learn to do anything on your own. Ingenuity only makes you question orders. Developing skills with your natural form is waste of time.
Dependency is born. She’s so intertwined with her tech that it’s literally part of her identity.
So the Crystal Gems come along, and the first thing they do is take away her limb enhancers when they get the chance. It’s a smart move, albeit not the kindest. After all, they had no idea that she would come around. She’s a smart Gem, but she’s not use to having to work without them. She’s essentially defenseless, and very, very vulnerable. Thankfully for Peridot, once she officially defects, the Crystal Gems are all about her learning about the wider world around her. She may have had the knowledge of the universe at her fingertips before, but she had never truly learned to think for herself. She accepted that she had no Gem powers, that her life was her assignment at the moment, and that serving the Diamonds was the ultimate honor. Odds are she’d never seen another Gem, Peridot or otherwise, contradict those thoughts. Luckily she’s in a situation where she’s not only able to think and grow, but actively encouraged to.
Now tell me you can’t see home world taking away a Gem’s tech (limb enhancers or otherwise) as a form of punishment. If the only power they had ever been given is suddenly torn from them, imagine what that would do. Not only power, but something that has become a literal part of their identity. The one thing at allowed them to fulfill their job in a society where role and station are everything. Yes it allows the Gems in question to be useful, but it also gives those in power absolute control.
Sounds like the perfect way to stop an uprising. Or perhaps to prevent a rebellion?
As you may or may not have noticed, there have been a few dates that were out of place or didn’t make sense in season one of Mr. Robot, which are discussed in this reddit thread (among others) and this post by @fuckyeahmrobot. Some of these might just be errors, as Sam Esmail points out in this interview, however recent evidence from season two makes me believe that at least some of these “errors” could be meaningful. Below the cut I’ll discuss these recent examples.
SHULK LOST HIS PARENTS THEN GOT STUCK WITH FUCKING ASSHOLE DICKSON FOR MOST OF HIS LIFE THEN HE LOST ONE OF HIS TWO BEST FRIENDS TO THE MECHON AND THEN HE SLOWLY GAINED A LITTLE FAMILY THROUGHOUT HIS ADVENTURES AND HE EVEN TOOK SHARLA'S WORDS TO HEART HE LEARNT FROM HER AND TRUSTED HER AND JUST WHEN HE THINKS THINGS WILL FINALLY BE OK HE GETS SHOT BY THE PERSON WHO UNINTENTIONALLY STEERED HIM TO HIS CURRENT ACTIONS LIKE THAT'S FUCKED UP AND OH MY GOD I HATE THIS COMIC ASAAAAAHHHH
More seriously, I’m glad that people are upset by this twist because I feel that’s what a betrayal should feel like. So many times betrayals in series can nearly always be seen wayyyy before they actually happen. Like the writers go “LOOK LOOK, LOOK HOW SUSPICIOUS THEY ARE”
So I really wanted to not do that, and I think I accomplished that :o
People forget that Madoka isn’t actually the most compassionate girl in the Holy Quintet. According to HOMURA it’s Mami who has the “softest heart” and Homura feels the worst about telling the truth to Mami, not Madoka.
This is pretty clear once you look at the character’s motivations. Madoka has very low self-esteem and she mostly wants to become a magical girl so she can be “useful”. Even at the end she’s completely OK with vanishing out of existence. Kyuubey and Homura warn her but Madoka doesn’t care. Madoka becomes the embodiment of mercy because her first priority is eliminating witches and the system that the Incubators are using, not saving magical girls from dying horrifically.
Mami on the other hand is a traditional hero dedicated to saving people from witches. She offers to share a Grief Seed with Homura, something unthinkable for most magical girls. She actively worked on improving her ribbon powers until she could make guns out of them and fight witches more effectively. She keeps fighting and taking magical girls under her wing despite the terrible toll it’s having on her sanity. The most aggressive thing that Mami does is probably fighting Homura in Rebellion, and even then she’s only doing this because Homura tried to kill Bebe. This compassion probably came from Mami’s guilt over not saving her parents, so she compensates by becoming a hero. Mami is mostly motivated to help others and it’s a shame that we don’t get more of it in the series