Immediate reaction to Back to the Barn

Well we’re just getting all of our Christmases at once, aren’t we? We thought we’d learn a little bit, but Peridot sure went into detail about her expectations about Pearl. That means we got it all this week: plenty of solid lore to talk about, and some more speculative material too. (Alright, we didn’t get as much plot progression as we thought we would, but we got the setup for it.)

Plus did you see how quickly they were both able to build?ย Space Race definitely wasn’t an outlier.


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    • LaQueesha on October 8, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    If our pearl is a “Fancy one” then peridot probably thought she belonged to someone of importance.

  1. A personal servant. I expected that, but jeez, seeing the sheer prejudice against her was hard to watch.

    At least we got to see GUNDAMS.

    • Sophie on October 8, 2015 at 6:07 pm


    • sad sack on October 8, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    defiantly not as good as I anticipated, I had hoped for plot.

      • gc13 on October 8, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      I’ll take the lore drop. The plot can waitโ€”I want backstory! ๐Ÿ˜›

      • Bugberry on October 9, 2015 at 10:43 am

      This is the plot though. Pearl’s story arc was advanced, Peridot gradually changes to become more sympathetic, and we know a significant detail about Homeworld society and hierarchy. It’s these kinds of things that make major events like stopping the Cluster or dealing with Homeworld actually have weight.

    • 0xalis on October 8, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I’m actually glad to see some classic Peridot in this episode. She can’t become good and pure all at once, she needs to work through her shit like the rest of us!

    Seeing Pearl stand up for herself felt really good too. “I am a Pearl! So what!” I loved that.

    • Emerald on October 8, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I really liked this episode! I love that Pearl is finally getting mor comfortable with herself. Peridot has alot to learn and I think we will see that growth through this season. I am super excited!!!

    • Irvin on October 9, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Such a good episode! Backstory and fighting robots! Cool moment when peridot’s Hulk like robot smashed pearl around like Loki. But I’m confused about peridot’s strength.. In When it rains, she wasn’t able to rip a panel off the wall but in tonight’s episode she was able to lift Stevens TV over her head.

      • Iggy on October 9, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Bruh! I never realized that until you pointed it out! Now that scene is 100 times funnier than before!

      “Hmph, Gem!”

      • Bugberry on October 9, 2015 at 10:45 am

      Ripping metal apart is different than lifting a TV. Judging by the sound, that metal plate seemed pretty sturdy and attached, but lifting a TV like that isn’t that hard.

    • Something Witty on October 9, 2015 at 2:12 am

    “I’m a certified Kindergartener!” was the best. Also i guess Pearl isnt proto-Peridot. Shes basically a pure breed pet Gem who does tricks.

    • Something Witty on October 9, 2015 at 2:13 am

    So Pearl isnt defective in appearance. Actually quite the opposite! Shes like a special edition Pearl.

      • Bugberry on October 9, 2015 at 10:46 am

      She’s “defective” because she’s a free thinker and a fighter.

      1. If it turns out to be that way, my god, homeworld must be a total hellhole.

          • Bugberry on October 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm

          Considering the line “You weren’t made for fighting” in Sworn to the Sword and Pearl saying “I’m just a Pearl, I’m useless on my own”, this seems the most likely.

        • KlooKloo on October 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm

        Also, “good” pearls here on Earth are supposed to be spheres, not ovoids. Possibly the same on Homeworld.

    • treetown1 on October 9, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Great episode and shows that the writers understand how to develop the key points.
    Rather than a lecture about the structure of Homeworld, we get to see through Peridot’s words and actions the “caste” system that essentially enslaves some gems and constrains others.
    Peridot probably has never manifested a weapon because she mentally has never envisioned doing so so is psychologically and not physically inhibited. Pearl probably learned how to manifest her weapon as part of her overall realization that she could be more and do more than just stand around and be an attendant-in-waiting.

    Those who would like to see a redemption arc – this is probably a huge episode because Peridot first hand got to see a supportive group of gems, and it confronted her with the notion that her suppositions and expectations of how gems should interact is NOT the only way – realization of that there are other possibilities is the key.
    Great episode.

    • theunicorngem on October 9, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I’d like to see Peri get introduced to food and other humans like Connie. Imagine that. Meow.

    • LaQueesha on October 9, 2015 at 9:35 am

    *A Wild Pearl Appeared!*

    • Irvin on October 9, 2015 at 10:00 am

    1000 year war?? I didn’t even consider the rebellion could’ve lasted that long.

      • gc13 on October 9, 2015 at 11:45 am

      It makes me happy I saved some text from last week’s posts. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know if I’ll wait until the break and give it its own post, or if it will go into this week’s post, but I am definitely going to talk about how I think the rebellion went.

    • Jon P on October 10, 2015 at 8:15 am

    For those wondering about such details, Peridot’s hair was perfectly rounded as a triangle for most of the episode, only fraying after she got punched in the face. So those saying that her frayed hair was to start forming 5 points, I think that’s either storyboard stylistic differences or (more likely) what happens to her when she starts losing her cool.

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