Patton isn’t coping and no one is listening.
This post is a bit long and goes through the video, analyzing Patton and his various behaviors and reactions. SPOILERS cuz I do talk about every part of the video. Enjoy!
P.S. I do love Logan. This was written entirely from Patton’s perspective and I feel like it might seem as though I dislike the logical side and i do not. If anyone wants me to do something like this from his perspective, please lmk!
- Patton appears and says “Hi frustrated, I’m sad” as opposed to Dad. He tries to make his typical silly pun and slips up, letting us know his emotional state.
- Logan forces Patton to take off the cat suit, even though Patton clearly likes it. This is the first time in this video that Logan ignores and writes off Patton’s wishes.
- When Guys and Dolls is first mentioned, Patton immediately tries to distract them by talking about the Harry Potter play.
- When Logan refocuses him, Patton claims that he would know if Thomas wasn’t ok, but then makes song puns instead of addressing the issue.
- Patton then makes a bad pun, something he normally doesn’t do
- Logan suggests nostalgia. “But what if looking at the past makes him feel kinda iffy about the present?” Patton knows that he/Thomas haven’t healthily processed their feelings and that reflecting on the past is not a good idea.
- Logan says that circumstances can improve. Virgil AND Patton said “Can they?” SIMULTANEOUSLY. Patton is Thomas’s emotion, this tells us exactly what headspace Thomas/Pat is in. He doesn’t feel hopeful for the future, at all. Going back to the past and relishing in the good times is only gonna make the current moment seem more dismal. Patton knows this.
- Also, after he says “Can they?” Patton immediately perks up and smiles cheerfully. He’s repressing all of the sadness he just showed a moment ago, and it can be implied by this that he’s used to hiding and just pretending to be the happy side.
- Patton is extremely uncomfortable when talking about his room. He says its “not quite like that” when Thomas compares it to sunshine and rainbows, and says its “Messy.” Emotions are messy and not clear cut like Logan would like. He doesn’t want anyone seeing it because he knows what they expect it to be like, and he knows its not that. Patton is hiding.
- “I’m at the core of a lot of your feelings.” Thomas and the others ignore this statement, but Patton is fully aware of the fact that he is not the pure happiness Thomas is expecting.
- Roman says, “Patton holds onto everything in the past that you cherished.” This is says positively, but its not necessarily a good thing. Patton can’t let go, and he lives in the past. Thomas is his “kiddo,” even though Thomas is an adult. That’s why he’s afraid of the future.
- Logan blows him off AGAIN. When Patton tries to protest people coming in his room, Logan says “Patton don’t you want to help Thomas move on?” which is a guilt trip. Of course Patton agrees, but is still clearly hesitant, and Logan says “Good, then it’s decided.” Logan makes the decision for everyone to go into Patton’s room, without his consent. Remember this for later.
- As soon as he’s in his room, these hesitant feelings disappear. Of course they do, he’s comfortable now. He’s surrounded by the past and things that make him happy. More importantly, this room is emotion, meaning that judgement is clouded. This is where he represses his feelings, this is the core of the problem. The room isn’t full of stuff from now, its stuff from Thomas’ past. Patton, his emotion, feels happy and content now in his room because he’s literally living in Thomas’s past. And as we know, memories and glorified and romanticized, which makes the past seem much better than now.
- Logan mentions that he abandoned chemical engineering and science, and that he could abandon his current lifestyle to pursue it. Its brief, but Patton looks uncomfortable and says “fun memories.” This is Patton’s room and space, and its always been safe to him. As said before, when we reflect on the past we see it in a positive light, hence the shiny filter in the room. Logan bringing up not so nice memories makes Patton uncomfortable because it breaks the charade he’s made for himself.
- Logan makes fun of acting, and again we see Patton get upset. It comes off as excitement, but he forgets Thomas’ name for a moment. He’s disoriented, there is a person messing up his happy memory world. He keeps handing Thomas’ items to remind him of good times, and is completely ignoring everything Logan says about the future. Again, this shows how he’s ignoring his problems.
- “And sweet and good and and pure happy and wholesome and-” I find this part interesting. I think it’s both Patton just repeating what the past is, but also it sounds almost like a mantra? In a way, I think Patton is talking to himself, reminding himself what he has to be. Just keep being good, and happy, and wholesome. Just keep showing more memories, don’t let Thomas think about the future or be sad.
- Patton doesn’t have an answer to Thomas saying “I don’t know why you’d wanna leave it ever.” Because he doesn’t.
- Thomas says, “Logan, shh its fine. It’s fine.” Now we see Thomas displaying the same repressing behaviors as Patton has this entire video. Ignoring logical thought, not thinking about the future, and relishing in the past.
- “All of this because Patton can’t let go of one person?” That is a direct attack against Patton. In his own space. Which Logan forced them all to be in.
- “Logan can you stop? Please?” Finally. Remember when I said to remember from earlier? How Logan has not listened to Patton this whole time, even when Patton had clear reservations about letting people into his room?
Here we finally see Patton stand up for himself. Logan has forced him to let people into his space. Told him to reminisce and relive his happiest memories with Thomas and the others. And then? From Patton’s perspective, Logan takes it away. He gives Patton the thing he craves most, reliving the past with people he loves, and then tells him they need to stop and it’s illogical.
- Patton should have been listened to way sooner than this. His thoughts and feelings are important. He is more than just sunshine and happiness and adorableness. He is just as vital and serious as the other sides, and should be treated as such. He’s been forced to bury his feelings, and no one listens when he does speak his mind. Let Patton be heard.