Smiley & Frowny
While browsing the interwebs, I had a random thought come to me that ended up working out really well, to the point where I think this parallel was intentional.
We all remember Future Boy Zoltron right? Most people, including myself, didn’t find much in this episode when it first aired, but I’ve found something extremely relevant now.
Quick recap: Steven breaks Mr. Smiley’s fortune telling machine and spends a day telling fortunes to make up for it. He meets a sad man named Mr. Frowny, who repeatedly asks uncomfortable and personal questions about himself and someone else. It is eventually revealed this person is Mr. Smiley and that they’ve been separated for some years.
I’m lead to believe that these two characters parallel Lapis and Peridot’s relationship in the show right now. Here’s the proof.
Even on stage he was always sad. Nothing would cheer him up. Not even a packed house, not a standing ovation, not even me. But boy did I try.
This sure does this sound similar to a certain green gem.
Lapis was very agitated when you were on Homeworld. I was bending over backwards to make her feel better.
Peridot reveals in Raising The Barn, and through other actions she has done in the show, that she often takes things too far and felt a duty to try and fix Lapis. She constantly is trying to distract her, feels a need to lie about her feelings, and almost leaves Earth just so Lapis could be happy. But this was something Peridot couldn’t do without Lapis trying. Reminiscent of how Mr. Smiley always tried to make Mr. Frowny feel better, but to no avail.
You said you were always trying to make him happy. Did he even know that he was making you sad?
Peridot gave up a lot of her own happiness, thoughts, and feelings to try to appease and fix Lapis. But by doing this, it made her extremely frustrated, and deepened some of her darker aspects.
And just a general sense of complete hopelessness I tend to deal with on a day to day basis.
Now while I don’t think the root cause of Peridot’s depression was Lapis, her situation certainly exacerbated these feelings in Peridot. It was not healthy to devote so much attention, and in turn, was making Peridot sad too for she was not caring for herself.
That’s the bulk of the theory. I could draw a few more lines between the comedy duo and wacky barn mates deal they had going on, but this post should make the similarities obvious enough.
The short lived reunion of Smiley and still sad Frowny highlights the fact that Peridot and Lapis cannot mend their relationship before they take a look at themselves, especially Lapis. Make your own conclusions about the ending, but I’ve said what I needed to say and thanks for reading.