Our lovely little Peridork is back with this weeks episode, Catch and Release.
Ben Levin teased that this episode introduces "the beginning of some stuff" oh boy, was he right.
A fan theory that was proposed on crystalgem-confessions.tumblr.com
it's not confirmed but it does seem pretty plausible.
Love those expressive little fingers.
“I know you fixed Lazuli’s gem”
One little line gives us a nice bit of backstory. Lapis either told Peridot or was most likely interrogated about what happened.
"I've got no response from Yellow Diamond."
Maybe Peridot has a way of receiving messages we don't know about. My theory is that she is waiting for backup, or a message to come through the communication hub and she doesn't know the hub was destroyed.
I love this little laugh because it's so ******* real, yet it's something we never see in other cartoons. Or it's so rare I don't remember any other instance.
It's a perfect indicator that the writing on this show is strong and the voice artists are top notch. On paper the laugh would not make much sense, Peridot is supposed to be sad, mortified, disappointed or depressed. When you write on a script that "Peridot Laughs" it seems to go against instinct, which tell you that laughter usually equals happy.
To indicate sadness, one should usually write that the character would "groan," "cry" or even "scream".
Until you remember that in real life, actual people don't only laugh when they are happy. It's a form of gallows humour (a great term, look it up).
This is a character who has just realised that their literal last chance, has failed her. She went all in and the house won. She has run out of all options and she knows it. So the only thing she can think to do is laugh. Laugh at her poor luck, laugh at how much life sucks and how ridiculous the whole situation is.
It's so real and it says so much with so little.
Pearl's little "worried mom" pose.
And her first thought is to give him a hug then find out what happened. Pearl is the best mother.
Then the way her eye widens as she notices Amethyst and Garnet approaching, even her smile drops slightly. Like she realised what she was doing and was about to be embarrassed, until Garnet pointed out that Peridot was there.
Peridot and Pearl have the same style, when they are desperate they aim right for the gem.
Sneaky Pearl tip toeing her way toward Peridot.
When the limb enhancers fall, they fall hard and make a loud bang without bouncing. Meaning they’re made of a heavy metal.
Amethyst is like the big sister. She cares for Steven in her own way but tries to help in her in her own way too, like trying to make light of the bad situation so -hopefully- it doesn't seem as terrible.
So Steven remembers that he did come through the room to get to the basement.
Way back in the episode Together Breakfast, Steven slid down an artery attached to The Crystal Heart of the Temple. He slid through the bright pink and calming section that we later figured out was Rose's room. Looks like Steven figured it out too.
A little analysis by jadechanstumbler.tumblr.com
Peridot Isn’t a Bad Guy
Since she got stuck on Earth Peridot has been the ongoing antagonist of the Crystal Gems, but after watching the newest episode Catch and Release I realized something. Peridot is not the villain.
With her drawn out monologs in battle, her maniacal laughter and her ‘I’ll get you next time Crystal Gems’ she seams like you stereotypical cartoon baddy. But from Peridot’s point of view she has done nothing wrong, and to her the Gems are the villains.
I noticed this when Peridot first reforms.
“You insufferable, half formed, traitor mega clods!”
She calls the Gems traitors, because they are, the turned against home world and fought a war for Earth. Now to us they were the freedom fighters protecting our planet and human kind from extinction and preserving our way of life. But all Peridot has ever known is Home World, to her the Gems are traitor who turned against their own kind and even killed them.
“Oh my stars. Your going to harvest me?!”
When she sees all the other bubbled gems she assumes they’re being used for experiments, after all the Crystal Gems fought and distorted their own kind, why would they care to show respect to their gems?
“Look over there! Another planet to betray!”
When someone is branded a traitor to their people, their country or their planet, it comes with very negative connotation of being underhanded, deceitful and two faced. Being a traitor is one of the worst things a person can be branded as.
“As if I’d negotiate with you! Filthy war machine!”
We’ve already seen in Keeping it Together that Home World has a very low opinion of fusion and gems who fuse. This mindset is part of Peridot’s hostility toward Garnet as well as why she isn’t bothered by the fusion experiments. The gems used were no doubt fallen rebel gems from the rebellion and it was seen that, even though they were traitors, they could be of use in this way.
“What a great souvenir of the other time you assaulted me.”
All Peridot has been doing this entire time was her job, what Home World sent her to do. To her she’s merely been trying to be a loyal, hardworking gem when these traitors to her home attacked her, stranded her on an unfamiliar world and then proceeded to hunt her down. Finally resulting in her getting poofed and then reforming defenseless in enemy territory.
Peridot is not just a villain being mean to our heroes because their good and good is lame. She is a trained technician, serving her leader and fighting against those who betrayed her home. I’ve seen some say that this episode was the start of the “Peridot redemption arc” but that doesn’t seem quite right to me, Peridot is not an evil doer who needs to be “redeemed”. I think whats going to happen will be more of a “Peridot understanding the gems, Earth and Steven arc” because there is no villain here. Just two opposing sides doing what they feel they need to do based on what they believe in.
New variety on the Star Eyes, Steven now has smiley faces, that look slightly like Pearl.
I love the consistency in Steven Universe, even with minor things like a bag of chips. It’s attention to small details like this that really show how willing the creators are to go that extra mile.
“SIZE MATTERS” in Gem culture. Those who are big and strong are respected a lot and anything small is usually regarded as weak. Peridot seems to be genuinely surprised that she has the strength to cause physical pain, because compared to any other Gem she's known, like Jasper, she is weak and no physical attack ever had the strength to hurt anyone before.
This may be the first time she's ever been considered "strong"
That little blush that appears on her cheeks just as she remembers Steven called her "cute"
It's those little touches .
They’re not “limb extenders.” They’re not even “arm-mounted cannons.” They're “limb enhancers” because they make Peridot taller and longer-limbed.
We learned in Catch and Release for the first time that Peridot, whom we thought was about the size of Lapis and Pearl, is actually about the size of Ruby, Sapphire and Steven.
Ruby and Sapphire are criticized for being weak, hence Jasper’s famous quote:
Jasper tells Garnet that she’s “seen what [she’s] made of,” likely judging from Ruby and Sapphire’s small size that they are weak Gems.
There seem to be “size classes” in Gems that we’ve seen so far.
Peridot seems to be emulating this size, as with her limb enhancers she has a very similar height and shape to Lapis.
However, without them, we realize that Peridot actually belongs to the same size class as Ruby and Sapphire.
The biggest size class we know of, incidentally, contains the most powerful Gems we know of: Rose and Yellow Diamond.
We don’t know comparative heights (which can be inconsistent in SU anyway) between Rose and YD, but we do know that Rose is the largest and most powerful of the Crystal Gems, and the Yellow Diamond is the largest and most powerful of the known Homeworld Gems.
Which leads me to think: Peridot “enhances her limbs” (read: makes herself taller) because in Gem culture, more powerful Gems are larger.
While we know now that Peridot's use their limb enhancers because they don't have enhanced strength, natural weapons, or shape shifting. The limb enhancers act more like prosthetic's to make up for these defects.
It was still a good analysis at the time and some of it still holds up. Larger gems do appear to be often looked upon as the strongest, and therefore, most useful members of Gem society. Not intelligence, science, culture, or even strategic thinking; always pure strength.
Unless they have some other special ability like the Future Vision of the Sapphires, but they appear to be exceptions that prove the rule.
I just noticed that Peridot mimics whatever Steven does. I guess she does this because she doesn’t really know how to fight back, so she mimics whatever the enemy would do to fight back. ~ dejitaru-universe.tumblr.com/post/129812849487
When she says about the cluster; she puts her hand on the ground. We don't see her facial expressions, or Steven's reaction to the news, but we see her putting her hand on the floor. Knowing where The Cluster is we see the significance of those tiny little moves and every shot that animators show us.
Pebble: a small and insignificant little rock. Peridot's insults just keep getting more creative.
I'm sure there's some zen philosophy wisdom saying that states a Pebble can start the rock-slide that brings down mountains, or something like that. Which is just as appropriate to our little Steven. Nothing that applies to this little analysis, I'm just rambling.
Breaking down this literal 1 second of footage, frame by frame, makes it more hilarious.
First; her triumphant escape.
Second; panic sets in as she realises something has gone wrong.
Third; She accepts her fate.
"An archaic, think chamber." She's not too wrong. No one else, as far as I know, has ever pointed out this joke. People do a hell of a lot of thinking in the bathroom. On the toilet, in the shower, in the bath, a lot of good thoughts come to us in that relaxing little tiled space.
Also: Peridot says the bathroom smells of “Earth citrus” implying there is a gem version of citrus. Considering we’ve seen fire salt before shows that food exists on homeworld.
And Steven's retro game console collection keeps growing. With a classic Game Boy located in the bathroom.
This is the post limit. I honestly thought I'd be done with the episode before now but there's a surprising number of things to look at when I started breaking it down. We'll finish it off next time.