This episode was just amazing by far!!!! Peridot’s redemption is finally coming together. Before going into this I want people to look at bloodsbane recent post of Peridot’s original plan and character.
How is this relatable? The crewniverse is all about sending positive messages threw Steven Universe. In “Message Received” we all thought Peridot would betray the Crystal Gems because she sneaked a communicator with a direct link to the Diamonds. Steven noticed Peridot hiding in the barn and decides to follow her.
Steven traps her in a truck and Peridot feels a bit betrayed. However, notice Steven looking away angrily. He is completely upset at what Peridot did and wants answers. Peridot already has a mean streak from past actions. It wouldn’t be surprising that Steven starts to doubt her.
Steven threatens to break the communicator and Peridot confesses her plan to contact Yellow Diamond.
“You simple clods keep trying to protect the Earth but you can’t do anything right. I let myself get carried away too laughing, singing, building our little machine, but don’t you see? None of that matters. All that matters is that I’m of use to Yellow Diamond. This planet can be of use to Yellow Diamond! I must contact her to reveal what I’ve discovered!”
Steven is very upset because he thought Peridot has changed since hanging out with him and the Crystal Gems. His trust has been broken and starts to doubt Peridot even more.
“Why do I keep sticking my neck out for you? Your never gonna be on our side!”
Once Steven shows the Crystal Gems what Peridot was up to, they feel betrayed as well. However, Amethyst is more affected because she started to become friends with Peridot.
The Crystal Gems thought Peridot was on their side, but after hearing this plan, they think she is evil again. I would not blame them to be honest. The way Peridot confessed her plans would make anyone think that. Even I thought Peridot was going to be evil again.
Steven is more upset because he is the type of person to believe in everyone. Now he questions his belief and starts to wonder if Peridot is worth the effort.
“You offered her a lot of trust.” (G)
“I did and it blew up in my face! You guys have been protecting Earth for thousands of years. She could’ve destroyed all that! A whole Earth! Why did I think I could change her mind?” (S)
Amethyst agrees and wonders how they can change her mind. She even has an idea of shrinking and brainwashing her, but Steven says no.
Steven doesn’t want to force his beliefs on Peridot. He wants her to learn the good things of Earth and know that what she is about to do could destroy Earth. It’s amazing how much faith this boy has for people.
“It’s good you believe in everyone Steven. Like your mother you seem to have a little more patience than the rest of us. But the truth is, not everyone deserves that patience.”
Garnet has a very good point. It’s not bad to believe in the good of people but some people are just not worth the time. Trust, friendships, relationships, and family can be ruined by one simple act. After all the Gems have done for Peridot they thought she had changed a bit. Sadly, there expectations were dashed by Peridot’s risky plan.
Her escape does not prove her innocence anymore than it was there. Destroying the barn, throwing a car at them, stealing the communicator, and running away does not exactly look good. Already feeling betrayed the Gems go after her and attack her robot. She escapes and tries to reach for the communicator. Steven tries to stop her.
“I trusted you! I spent all that time bonding and hoping and caring about you!”
Peridot interjects by saying those emotions are blocking the logic of what she is doing. She activates the communicator and Yellow Diamond appears.
At first it was her Pearl but she decided to speak with Peridot directly. She is not happy that Peridot’s mission is stalled. She asks where Jasper is and why she isn’t calling from the ship. Peridot answers that the ship was destroyed and Yellow Diamond asks who? The Gems are worried that Peridot will say they destroyed their ship.
“It was destroyed by … no one. There was an accident, while we were landing.”
Steven is shocked because he thought Peridot was going to say they did it. He starting to see that maybe Peridot was doing something different then they thought. Yellow Diamond seems to believe it and asks how the Cluster is doing. After Peridot answers, Yellow Diamond says a ship will pick her up to bring her to her next assignment.
Peridot stops her from finishing and Steven starts to observe even closely.
“The reason I called … the real reason …”
Peridot tries to reason with Yellow Diamond by saying the Earth has unique qualities beneficial to Gems. She even has plans to set this in motion. However, Yellow Diamond doesn’t care and just wants her Cluster along with Earth’s destruction. Peridot questions Yellow Diamond and she gets furious.
“You are out of line. I’m not interested in puny thoughts of a Peridot! You have disrespected this channel and my time with your presence and you would to well to shut your mouth! You have failed at every stage of this mission. Your only chance to redeem yourself is to obey this simple order! You are to leave the Cluster to grow! It will tear apart the Earth and I will take immense satisfaction in erasing that hideous rock off of our star maps! Is that clear!?”
Oh boy Yellow Diamond is now beyond pissed. Peridot surprised everyone by stating that Earth must be protected and calls Yellow Diamond a clod. Peridot quickly ends the call and the Gems rush towards her with compliments.
Steven is really happy he was wrong. He admits that he felt betrayed by Peridot but fully trusts her now after what she did. The Gems also showered Peridot with praise.
“You thought you could change her mind.” (G)
“Yellow D got torn down by the Peridactyl!” (A)
“I thought I could reason with her.” (Peri)
“Yeah, you really made her mad.” (A)
“And then you insulted her to her face.” (P)
Everyone is happy that Peridot didn’t turn out to be as evil as they thought. Although Peridot’s original plan was to reason with Yellow Diamond to protect Earth, it all turned out good in the end. Well not for Peridot at the moment. In the leaked preview of tomorrow’s episode “Log Date 7 15 2″ it seems like she is having conflict with her previous action. She did just insult her leader and is now a traitor to Homeworld. That can’t be easy to deal with.
Now why do I bring this up and bloodsbane’s post? Because bloodsbane makes a very good about Peridot having good intentions but staying in character. Peridot is changing a little, but as we have seen in previous episodes she usually goes back to Homeworld views. This episode proves that Peridot is showing signs of changing her views on her own. Yet her character is still the same as when after “Catch and Release.” Remember the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” Well just like my title says we shouldn’t judge a gem by their character. It’s not just Peridot either. Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl, Connie, Steven, Rose Quartz, Greg, and other characters of the show are usually not what they seem. We shouldn’t judge characters on the show just because of how we see them at first. Characters can change even if their personalities or features do not.
There is a much bigger message in this episode. Yes we have heard the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Usually that means you should get to know the person from their character not appearance. However, character can also be confusing as well. Peridot just proved that today. From the beginning we know she can be a bit of a brat and say harsh things towards the Gems. Steven still believes that Peridot is good despite her faults and flaws. However, he starts to doubt her. It’s not till she speaks with Yellow Diamond do we see her real reason for her actions. As bloodsbane points out she had this plan from the beginning without breaking character. It is good that we judge people based on their personality instead of appearance. However, someone’s personality doesn’t match up to their actions sometimes. Someone could be a huge jerk to you but the reason could be is because they are shy or don’t know how to talk to others. The “jerk” is actually really nice in their own way. As I always say, “The heart is in the right place, just the mind is a little wonky.” The message of this episode is to not judge someone too quickly. Whether it be appearance or personality, get to really know the person before jumping to conclusion.
A/N: I would really like to thank bloodsbane for their analysis on that part. I was hoping someone would post that after I re-watched the show. Seriously that post is amazing and worth the notes! Inspired me to do this post. Hope you find this and we can chat!