Okay, I'll try and keep a long story short here. I wrote this comp, set a time release on it, clicked Submit, only to have it vanish into the ether.
So the only thing I could do was reconstruct, based on what I could find again in tumblr posts and what little I could remember writing myself. So this post may not be as good as originally intended but it's all I can do.
So, when we left off, our little Peridork was locked in the bathroom, let's see how that goes.
What I love about this scene is how realistic Peridot’s reaction is, of course she’d be freaked out at seeing her actual hands after such a long time without them. She’s so used to her usual floating digits that real hands and fingers must be pretty disorienting. It’s the attention to the finer details like this that make Steven Universe’s world and characters feel so real.
There’s all these really cute artsy photos in that little hallway near Steven’s bathroom (and the one of the lighthouse is in the bathroom). Like, there’s not many pictures around the house (aside from the picture of Connie by Steven’s bed and that Crystal Gems selfie on the post in the kitchen) but there’s a ton here. There’s scenery stuff like the sky, the lighthouse, the barn and the pier. There’s also two kind of artsy photos of the Gems, one really wide with a lot of landscape in the background (which is the only photo we’ve seen before this episode)
I have two theories on who took these photos. One is Greg, because there’s an artistic flair about them that we know he has and I could really see him getting into amateur photography
or Rose. The random Earth stuff and the photos of the Gems and just the sort of thing I could see her taking photos of. We see some of this in “Lion 3: Straight to Video” as she’s the one controlling the camera and the things she chooses to look at are a lot like the things seen in these photos. Amazing (mundane) Earth stuff. Plus - Rose is the only person tall enough to take that first photo where the shot is more or less over Garnet’s shoulder
I’m leaning toward these being Rose’s photos.
I wouldn't have spotted this, good job neptune432.tumblr.com
So I don’t know if anyone’s noticed this…
but when Garnet’s trying to reason with Peridot, her glasses are blue.
and when she’s mad, they’re pink.
Yeah, it's a great bit of subtly that even someone who has seen the episode multiple times (like me) wouldn't necessarily pick up on.
With just a little lighting the makers indicate a mood and influence, showing us the parts of Garnet and where they may come from.
Look at Pearl....
Amethyst hasn’t even made a move to fight with Garnet yet, but she already has her weapon coming out. She is ready to fight this little green woman.
I like to think that the gems bought Steven a novelty mug from somewhere and even though they didn’t have the right spelling of his name they got it anyway.
Steven, obviously making a reference to Keystone Motel.
People are already making memes about Peridot assuming everything is a weapon, but there’s something highly worrying about the fact that Peridot literally assumes everything around her is either dangerous on its own or a means to hurt her? The first time she asks it’s because Steven asks her to hand him something- she was assuming that he would immediately turn around and attack her with it.
Of course Peridot doesn’t know this stuff. She’s an alien that doesn’t have any of the needs that a bathroom accommodates. It’s dubious gems even take baths, because the bathroom is explicitly “Steven’s bathroom” and didn’t exist before they built the addition for Steven- not to mention that Garnet can bodily expel fluids from her person, and Pearl was able to casually wipe grease and oil off herself with a dry cloth- presumably a property of the gems’ physicality means they don’t really need to scrub things out of their pores.
But, when confronted with a room full of foreign objects- even a room she doesn’t assume is an armory (she calls it a “think room”) she assumes all of them are weapons. The one time Steven even implies something could be a weapon she curls up, clearly thinking he’s about to use it on her.
This is really kind of a worrying sign? Especially if Peridot without her “enhancers” is physically not strong enough to even inflict pain on a full Gem (she was surprised she could hurt Steven). What exactly has she experienced that would make her live in a constant state of fear- to such an extent that she’s just used to it and doesn’t really make that big a deal about it?
The title is most likely a reference to the phrase "when it rains, it pours."
This face from Pearl. No explanation. Seriously, what the hell?
I think it's so funny when pearl rolls up her sleeve when threatening peridot in "when it rains". She doesn't even have sleeves.
Its possible its a habit she had from when she did have sleeves (though it seems like that was quite a while ago), but I like to think its a human gesture she adopted. Like she saw humans do it (probably on some of Steven’s TV shows) and was like “Oh, this is a human gesture to show anger and a willingness to fight because of that anger” and just totally did not notice the correlation between the motion and rolling up sleeves
That pointless little move of Garnet adjusting her visor. It didn't have to be animated, might have been easier, quicker and cheaper to just leaver her arms and visor stationary. But they did it anyway.
It's a natural little move that adds realism to the characters.
It's not a great image, but if you look close you can see a little blush rise on Pearl's face.
Amythyst and Pearl look so proud of Garnet, and why not? This is a great bit of character development.
We've seen Garnet be affectionate with Steven before. Right off the top of my head I can think of Jail Break where she said "Steven, we already love you." There are lots of other examples, like Serious Steven when she jokes with him a little about his "guns" and so on.
However, to my knowledge, she's never really expressed this affection in front of others. She may have done caring things, like when she rests Steven on her head in Rising Tides, Crashing Skies. Yet, during those times she's always kept her more stoic nature at the forefront.
This is the first time that she has expressed these loving emotions in front of the others and they seem to appreciate her for it. Time with Steven has drawn Garnet a little out of her shell and gave her some confidence to express these emotions while others are watching.
You have to remember episodes like Secret Team, where Pearl and Amethyst were terrified of Garnet's anger. They have always considered her the strong one, the warrior, the defacto leader. They didn't seem to consider this calmer, gentler, side existed.
This is great character development.
I love how Peridot automatically goes to Steven whenever she’s scared. She really trusts Steven and scenes like this show just how much.
Break down this literal 1 second of footage into frame by frame and it becomes even better. Starting here with her kicking open the door.
She grabs the doorframe....
and proceeds to launch herself out out the bathroom
and makes a run for it...
About here she probably realises that she realises that she has nowhere to go and its too late to change direction or stop. Only choice is.....
bloodsbane.tumblr.com has said this better than I can:
I loved this moment in the new episode so much - there’s something really beautiful in how short and simple it seems, but a lot of really important things are happening all at once.
I think this is Peridot’s first time really taking a step forward and doing something based on faith. She admits to not knowing anything without her screen and logs; Peridot is logical and follows orders, and she is very cautious. As we’ve seen, she’s not very skilled at taking care of/defending herself when things go awry, and without her limb enhancers, she feels extremely vulnerable.
Yet here she takes a chance by believing in Steven. She’s placing her trust in someone she saw as an enemy and a danger to her well-being. Peridot is on a planet where she understands almost nothing, yet she allows herself to open up to someone, trust them, and experience something totally new.
I think that’s what I love so much about this scene. Peridot is experiencing something new on her own, possibly for the first time, without any factual assurance that the New Thing wont hurt her. This is Peridot’s first time, I think, really trusting anyone enough to put herself into a frightening situation.
This is such a huge leap, shown in such a brief moment. Peridot is hesitant and analytical when touching rain for the first time (startled when it touches her, feeling it between her fingers, cupping it in her hand). And then you see her clench her fist and make that choice, that decision, to experience the New Thing head on. She steps outside and is greeted with a totally new sensation: rain falling down on her. And Steven praising her for taking that chance.
And then just, that look she gives Steven at the end, agreeing that it’s ‘cool’ - I feel like Steven may be the first person Peridot has ever actively decided to trust and confide in, by choice rather than obligation or fear.
I just… really love it! I cannot wait for their relationship to develop more, and to see what kind of a gem Peridot grows to be once she’s learned more about the Earth and Steven and all they have to offer.
She’s crying. You'll never be able to convince me otherwise.
That's not rainwater on her face. Those are tears of wonder and shock, amazement that this surprising Earth event that looked dangerous turns out to be, as Steven calls it, "cool."
This is where she starts slowly realising ‘hey, maybe this planet isn’t so terrible after all’.
Over Peridot's shoulder there......Is a picture of Pearl. There has always been a picture of Pearl beside the refrigerator.
However the picture was melted by Centipeedle back in Monster Buddies....
They replaced the picture. Her outfit is updated, the frame is new. And they took Pearl by surprise, judging from her expression in the photo.
What seemed like a childish thought of adorable naivety, was in reality a bit of foreshadowing.
I choose to believe this is entirely intentional.
And this is the post limit. Not bad for a reconstruction. We'll pick up this episode next time. Considering the tonal shift that occurs after this moment, this is a good place to leave it.