Barn Mates was
first aired exactly a year ago today… and what a monumental episode it was
for both Lapis and Peridot!
For those of us who were already shipping Lapidot, it was a
dream come true – and for some of those who weren’t,
it opened their eyes to a whole new (and now completely canonically viable)
I’ve written about this episode a few times in the past, but
it feels fitting to look back on it again today; for day one of Lapidot Anniversary Week!
So, without further ado…
The episode opens with Peridot wistfully speaking into her
tape recorder about sharing her new home with Lapis. Only a couple of episodes prior to this
point, Peridot had made the decision to stay at the barn by herself whilst the
other Crystal Gems returned to the temple.
The fact that she now so enthusiastically wants to share her home with Lapis
(as opposed to going back with the other Gems or staying by herself in the barn) just shows that she already has
some level of admiration for Lapis.
“Why don’t we watch the sun come up and figure out what
we’re going to do with all this time, eh Lazuli?”
Watching the sun rise with someone is an old romantic
tradition/cliché, so the fact that Peridot specifically mentions wanting to do
this with Lapis certainly speaks some volumes.
And it also transpires…
…that this line was foreshadowing a scene that came later
in the show – in Room For Ruby, not
only are they watching the sun rise together (just as Peridot wanted to do),
they’ve actually been sat together all night stargazing prior to this point,
which is another activity that has obvious romantic connotations.
After Peridot has finished speaking into the tape recorder
in Barn Mates, Lapis expresses her
desire to live in the barn all on her own.
Steven suggests that the barn be split down the middle, with each of the
two Gems having their own “side”, which leads to a very interesting shot of the
pair of them:
Notice how they’re effectively framing a picture that’s
behind them. This picture is of the
barn’s previous owners – Greg’s aunt and uncle, who Greg described back in Space Race as follows:
“My aunt and uncle had a great love for aviation, and each
other. They cherished the years they
spent together, and they held on to every belonging they ever owned.”
It’s interesting, then, that a picture of a happy couple has
been placed directly in-between Lapis
and Peridot in this shot. This becomes
something of a trend as the show progresses, with the picture being placed
in-shot with Peridot and Lapis on occasion in a fair few other episodes, such as these:
This could well be foreshadowing a romantic relationship
between Lapis and Peridot. The fact that
Greg mentions “aviation” is also something interesting to think about,
considering that Lapis can fly and Peridot was the pilot of the Hand Ship back
Lapis isn’t keen on the idea of splitting the barn, telling
Steven that Peridot is the problem:
“I can’t stand the thought of looking at her everyday!”
This statement is now somewhat ironic because, in the episodes since Barn Mates, Lapis almost always has her eyes on Peridot – and gives
her some extremely suggestive looks,
Peridot and Steven both try to assure Lapis that Peridot has
changed, but she doesn’t want to hear it.
Steven thinks it’s “sweet” that Peridot wants Lapis to see how much
she’s changed since their last encounter, and he helps her to make an apology
card which has a very interesting picture drawn on the front of it:
Steven may well have the intent of getting Peridot and Lapis
to be friends, but he’s drawn them looking like an actual couple here; they’re even holding hands.
Eventually, after some persuasion from Steven, Lapis joins
them – and a beaming Peridot hands over the card. This still fails to win-over an unimpressed
Lapis, much to Peridot’s disdain.
“It took me over an hour to compose [the message in the
card], and I was the most
sincere as per Steven’s instructions!”
The fact that Peridot put so much time into her apology
message gives us an indication of how highly Peridot thinks of Lapis – and how
much she wants to make her feel better.
She then spends some time deliberating what she could give to Lapis as a
gift (upon Steven’s suggestion), and they come up with an idea…
“H-2-Oh my GOSH!” …
“It’s a gift for you! You know, ‘cause water’s your thing.”
mannerisms and tone of voice here are very flirtatious. However, given Lapis’ previous traumatic
experience of being trapped on the bottom of the ocean, this is another idea
that falls completely flat.
And what does
pool?! What a cloddy idea! Of course
she wouldn’t like that!”
She actually blames herself
for the mistake. This is very
uncharacteristic of Peridot, who normally has a very lofty opinion of herself
and her intellectual capacity – which, again, shows how highly she must think of
Lapis. She even uses the word “cloddy”
to describe her own idea; with “clod” being an insult that she usually only
ever levels at other people when she’s at her most angry.
She then decides to make a very grand gesture…
…and offers her most prized possession – the tape recorder
– to Lapis as a gift.
She’s very flirtatious in doing so here, as well. With a wink and a smile, she tells Lapis:
“See, the ribbon is
even blue. I got yo’ number!”
Peridot has offended all of the other Gems at some point in
the past, but she’s never been seen to perform as grand a gesture as this one
in order to win them over.
Peridot is, in a lot of ways, incredibly materialistic - she
has been shown on more than one occasion to hold her very few possessions really
closely to her. By Peridot’s standards, handing the tape recorder
over is essentially the biggest thing she could do for someone, which is a very
clear indication of her feelings towards Lapis.
This gesture is completely lost on Lapis, however, who
proceeds to crush the tape recorder in her hand.
Usually in these situations, Peridot would be distraught
that one of her possessions had been destroyed (see, for example, Peridot on
her knees begging Amethyst not to throw away her beloved tablet in Too Short To Ride). However, this time, she actually seems to be
upset by the fact that she’s managed to upset Lapis once again, exclaiming:
“What, were you trapped in a tape recorder too?!”
Peridot is exasperated by this point, and gives a very
heartfelt speech which, I believe, really gets to the root of one of the key
reasons why a relationship between Lapis and Peridot just makes perfect sense:
“Look, I get it, you
know? You’re confused! You can never go back to Homeworld.
This place doesn’t exactly feel like home yet. You’re alone, no one could
possibly know what that feels like! Oh wait, I do! We’re
the same, except… you don’t have to be alone.”
She and Lapis are going through the exact same thing
at basically the same time; namely, being stranded on earth with no way of
returning to Homeworld. There’s literally no-one else who they could bond
with over this, except for each other – it’s a common ground that they share
with each other and only each other. It’s logical and sensible
storytelling, therefore, to have these two characters stick together and share
the experience with each other. It puts them on equal ground, gives them
both an acute understanding of each other, and enables them to both support one
another as they adjust to life on earth.
At this point in Barn
Mates, however, Lapis still isn’t having any of it. Peridot, clearly at her wits end, asks what
Lapis wants from her. Lapis angrily
tells Peridot that she wants her to leave… and that’s exactly what Peridot
does. She wants Lapis to be happy so much that she’s even willing to give
up her home so that Lapis can live there instead.
As she walks away, Steven reprimands Lapis for treating
Peridot so badly. As he’s talking, Lapis
folds her arms and shifts on the spot, her gaze meeting the crushed tape
recorder on the floor. Everything about
her body language in this scene exudes
Peridot comes screaming back towards them moments later,
however – being pursued by a Roaming Eye that she’s convinced is after
The trio flee from the ship, but eventually come
face-to-face with it, which causes Peridot to cower behind Steven in fear.
…Lapis steps forward, and glances back at a wide-eyed Peridot.
This scene is very important because it’s the first time we
ever get to see that Lapis does actually care about Peridot, despite the
pair of them getting off to a very turbulent start. She steps up to
defend the helpless Peridot from the Roaming Eye, and makes sure to
specifically ask Peridot if she’s ok after the threat has been neutralised –
proving that she didn’t only have
Steven’s interests at heart when she took out the Roaming Eye.
What happens next needs no introduction…
Peridot has still, to this day, never looked at anyone else
with such love. The way that her hands are clasped to her
chest makes it the typical “cartoon character looking at their love interest”
pose. That smile on her face is
literally the biggest one that she’s ever given. And Lapis’ deep blush, that she actually
turns her head away from Peridot in an attempt to hide, is also a reaction from
her that’s unique to this scene – and very much implies that the apparent
feeling of attraction is mutual. There
appears to be some symbolism behind the sun coming out as Peridot smiles,
too. This could well be an indication
that Lapis is warming up to Peridot
and seeing her in a new light. It also has a somewhat poetic quality to it,
with the storm clouds (both literal and metaphorical) dissipating at this very
Steven picks up on what’s going on, giggling to himself as
he looks at Lapis. It’s also very
interesting that Peridot’s loving look is still lingering even after the camera
angle has changed – this is no fleeting “micro expression”, it’s a very
prolonged and deliberate look…
…which was the first of very, very many that the pair of
them have since gone on to give each other (the above images being a small handful of examples).
All in all, Barn Mates
was the start of a very beautiful relationship between these two Gems, which
has well and truly endured throughout the past twelve months – and has gotten
ever stronger with each episode that they’ve appeared in together.
do you have any headcannons for slytherins during exams and testing? like, how they would study, how intensely, where, with who, that kind of stuff💚
• the stress is real
• they try not to procrastinate but end up doing literally ANYTHING but studying (that’s how they end up in the kitchen at 3am baking cookies with their very tired hufflepuff friends)
• at some point they realise that they really do have to study if they don’t wanna fail
• flash cards. so. many. flash cards. seriously, they’re everywhere
• surprisingly organised
• either very pretty, cute notes or really messy ones, there is no in between
• study groups with ravenclaws
• a lot of students prefer to study alone though, they usually study in their dorm rooms or the library
• so much coffee and green juice
• lots of all-nighters
• crying the night before the exam and being comforted by the other slytherin students
• they still manage to look very put together
• students from other houses ask them for help with organisation, etc.
• basically once they’ve overcome their procrastination-phase, slytherins are the kings/queens/non-binary rulers of studying
Please fire me. I work at a greeting card store and found myself in the receiving end of lots of yelling and an official complaint from a customer that could not deal with the fact that we didn’t have any “Happy Birthday Nana” cards.
We only had “Happy Birthday Grandma/Gran/Nan/Grandmother/Granny” and that was unacceptable.
what do you think is the weirdest/most extreme thing a member of the batfam has done to try and make tim sleep?
fjdkfjd well. I mean, let’s be realistic here. Tim probably has built up an immunity to sleeping drugs since his family tries to use them so often on him (“haha sUCKERS IM NEVER GONNA SLEEP”) so they have to get creative. Alfred: stares at Tim with such intensity that Tin starts to feel guilty about not sleeping, and so drags himself to bed. Bruce: tries to pull the dad card but it doesn’t work on Tim. his son is a rebellious teenager. so he sends Alfred. Tim hates him for this, because it always works. He can’t say no to Alfred. Dick: threatens to actually take back every article of clothing that Tim has stolen from him. Tim wears Dick’s favorite sweater to bed out of spite. Dick counts it as a win. Jason: lays ON TOP of Tim and refuses to move until Tim gives up and falls asleep. he wears his bruises proudly because “hey, he slept. that’s what counts.” Damian: he hates himself for this, but he sends Titus to nap in Tim’s lap, and Tim curls around Titus and they nap together for hours. he’d rather just knock Tim out with a well placed punch but he’s pretty sure Father wouldn’t approve. Cass: pulls the big sister card (it works, unlike Bruce’s dad card. she never fails to gleefully remind him of this). Tim likes sleeping besides Cass anyway. she’s NICE to him (sideyes Jason). Steph: “Tim if you don’t go to sleep I’ll kick ur ass to next Tuesday and I’ll also tell Jason where you hide your keys to the Redbird” “STEPHANIE YOU WOULDN’T” “try me” Babs: very much like Alfred, but also threatens bodily pain. Tim is too terrified to go against her. so he sleeps.
So my sister and I came up with the idea of SVT-inspired tarot cards, also known as Carat Tarot cards. Depending on the level of interest, we could make these cards for more than just ourselves. We wouldn’t charge much but obviously the more interest there is, the cheaper we could sell them for and the better we can make them. Please let me know if you’re interested in buying or helping make the cards!
I can guarantee these won’t Faile. Eh? eh?… Also no one wants to see your white tower this valentines day, unsolicited pics will be met with unsanctioned amounts of balefire. The pictures are from cover art by
Darrell K. Sweet. Also i guess i could have done better but i impulsively decided to come up with them on the spot.
The Gatewatch as Representatives of The Color Wheel
Yesterday I was tagged in a post by @shorewall. That post can be found –>here<– . To summarize it, the way I understood the piece was that @shorewall believed Jace, Chandra, and Liliana to be “iconic representatives of their colors. ( @shorewall)” Additionally, I understood that post to express @shorewall‘s thoughts that Gideon and Nissa are not good icons of their color representation.
Interestingly enough, those are the two least popular members of the Gatewatch (”least” popular does not mean unpopular). While it may not seem anyhow correlated to @shorewall‘s argument, as a Psychology Student, I will have to argue that there is indeed some influence between the “least popular” nature and the idea that they don’t represent their color. However. I will be talking about this but not dwelling on this as I want to focus on @shorewall‘s actual argument.
While this post may have originated as a response piece, I will use it to help address many of the stereotypes about the Gatewatch members. The questions you presented, @shorewall, will be answered. But this article isn’t intended solely for that purpose. I want to educate and entertain everyone as well discuss with you.
So. Let’s talk about the members of the Gatewatch as icons their color pie slice.
“He’s seriously such a dick that I can’t even fathom why so
many women think he’s the greatest thing going on,” I muttered under my breath
to no one in particular as I watched him out of the corner of my eye from my
seat at the bar – women practically falling all over him for the chance to talk
to him, to make an impression and maybe even be lucky enough to be the one to
go back to his hotel room for the night.
“What ‘ere you muttering about, Chloe?” Dean sidled up to
the seat next to me and caught the bartender’s attention, requesting whiskey on
“That spectacle over there,” I jerked my head in the
direction of where the crowd had gathered and nearly snorted in contempt.
“You really don’t like him, do ya, Chlo?” He grinned as he
downed his whiskey in one gulp, immediately ordering another.
“I sure don’t,” I said with no hesitation, my eyes narrowed
as I watched the scene unfolding in front of us. “I mean, seriously, what the
Dean’s eyes flickered up to gaze at his friend surrounded by
women. “He’s not as bad as you think he is,” he said quietly, not wanting to
start anything but feeling the need to defend one of his oldest friends.
“Of course you’d take his side,” I snapped as I finished the
last of my fireball and signaled for another.
“I’ve known him a lot longer than you have,” his eyes held
mine and anyone else would have been concerned by the growing anger that
glinted just underneath the surface of his gaze.