How I Would Fix Steven Universe: Lapis Lazuli and Peridot
Okay this started off focused on Lapis Lazuli, but as I kept writing I found a lot to say about Peridot which tied in as well. I was going to do a separate post on Peridot but didn’t think of much to say as I had no problems with her redemption arc.
However with Lapis Lazuli…
What started out as a compelling character arc became a little sloppy by the time season three rolled around. Unlike Pearl where there was more to explore with her character besides her grief, I don’t think the writers planned much for Lapis once her arc of trauma was finished. After her confrontation with Jasper, she’s just there to fill up the run time but not actually offer an interesting character outside of her deadpan humor, which is well done but that’s all there is to her. There really wasn’t much attempt to address her wrongdoings, guilt, how she copes, and her mistrust of the Crystal Gems.
Yeah, remember back in “Mirror Gem” and “Ocean Gem” all the resentment she held against the Crystal Gems because she was trapped for so long? They seriously never talked about that? They just play baseball against the Rubies and everything is A-OK? Sorry, I call bullshit. Even if brief, there needs to be a scene where she apologizes to the Crystal Gems for the trouble she caused, and the Crystal Gems acknowledging that she was rightfully upset and apologizing for not reaching out sooner.