I am genuinely curious about people who think like this and want to ask: what do they think Jasper would have done if Lapis hadn’t trapped her in Malachite? What sort of threat was she going to be stranded on the planet with 1) no ship, 2) outnumbered with no allies since Peridot was MIA, and 3) no communication with Homeworld?
Am I supposed to believe Jasper, who’d been beaten by Garnet alone, could have taken on the likes of Opal, Sugilite, Sardonyx, or Alexandrite? Do people actually believe Jasper - who has lost every single one-on-one battle against a fusion - would have won that fight?
Because we saw what Jasper did when she was on her own: she didn’t try to find someway to communicate with Homeworld so she could escape or bring in reinforcements, she didn’t go and harass the local humans - she tried to rebuild an “army” full of corrupted Gems who ran away at the first opportunity. Compare this to Peridot who when on her own hunted down every piece of old tech she could find to desperately try and escape the planet because she thought it would blow up from the Cluster.
Am I supposed to believe Lapis wanted to protect the planet Earth? Lapis, who stole the ocean (only not causing massive ecological damage because the writers just didn’t acknowledge the consequences of such an action), who said, “Your friends, they don’t really care about other Gems. All they care about is the Earth. But I never believed in this place”? Lapis, who hates being stuck on Earth, has said over and over that she doesn’t care about the planet and just wants to go home?
Of the Homeworld Trio, Jasper was, on her own, the least threatening Gem to the actual planet, despite having the most personal hatred for it. So, people who believe Jasper being chained up in Malachite was for the greater good, just please explain your reasoning to me. Because if so then Peridot deserved to stay bubbled for the greater good, since her sole reason for being on the planet was to make it go boom. Because if so then Lapis deserved to remain locked in the mirror for the greater good because she alone of the Trio has the actual power to single-handedly destroy the planet and has used it.
Also, why do you not believe Lapis when she admitted the real reason she did what she did?