BLUE DIAMOND’S COURT is DEFINITELY about memory...
So I reblogged a post from @radioactivesupersonic earlier today and talked about this in the tags. (Not directly commented, because it was a bit tangential… but tagging you anyways, because hey, if you want to read / think about / chime in on this, absolutely do feel free, I always love seeing what you have to say.)
…but I just found even more support to my “theory”. (Or, conclusion, at the very least?) The conclusion that Blue Gems are definitely all involved with memory.
Lapis, Blue Diamond, Holly Blue, now Aquamarine? The only Blue Gem that doesn’t follow this trend is Sapphire, but she’s not on the Homeworld team anymore, and claimed herself that she’s “rusty” on her role. Who knows, just as Yellow Diamond’s only “role” probably isn’t answering voice chats and giving orders, and a Pearl’s role is a bit more than “your hold things” and “look nice”, as evinced by the Pearl-specific door opening and across-the-board Pearls singing: maybe “future vision” isn’t the singular role of a Sapphire, we just haven’t gotten to see the rest of it.
But I digress.
First of all: The obvious, and the aforementioned. Blue Diamond (whether we’re talking Clockie’s fusion theory or not) is characterized almost entirely on-screen in-present by her mourning, her grieving, her memory. Staying attached to Pink Diamond’s memory.
- Lapis’ mirror from the get-go was replaying incidents of the past. In Same Old World, she used the watery (icy?) surface to do the same. Obviously, she has some kind of memory replay ability/.
And Lapis Lazulis seem pretty high up in the Gem hierarchy. (In the Answer: We see a Lapis or two. Right there. Right by Blue Diamond. Which, given what we’ve heard from Peridot and Holly Blue Agate gushing admiration, and Jasper’s complete corruption stemming from her rage towards Steven /Rose Quartz: the Diamonds are deeply admired. Being around them is an immense privilege. And at least two Lapises have that. Which, could be relevant to their terraforming as easily as an indication of their social standing, but even if we factor in that they were just doing their job, they were their in a Diamond’s presence. That’s Gem privilege right there.)
Holly Blue Agate’s commentary, out of Diamond ‘earshot’ and an emotional moment (emotions tend to bring out the deepest truth of a sentient being’s personality/psychology/etc)? It’s the little things someone focuses on when they’re emotional that tells you most about their thinking. Things like, her purpose that drives her to do what she’s doing there is “to preserve the Pink Diamond legacy”. And the moment of her deepest sorrow being “I was beginning to think we’d been forgotten”. And her immense joy when she brightened to say, “But we haven’t!”
That’s a lot of focus on being remembered.
And then there’s Aquamarine, who just flat-out says, “My memory is perfect.”
I’m not sure how to factor Sapphire into this equation, but you know how the meme goes, the one about statistical errors and outliers. We don’t know what she was like before Garnet. And we don’t know what her other roles besides providing Future Vision may have been……
…then again, few things pair better with foresight than wise use of hindsight.
And as an aside? Yellow Diamond never once says for Blue Diamond to “forget” about her. Almost as if she could never expect such a thing to happen…