one of the things that is most striking about jasper is that she’s really the only antagonist where violence is, consistently, the answer.
still wants to fight the crystal gems after her ship crashed? trap her in a relationship where she’s mentally and physically abused by one of our heroes.
wants to get back together after they break up? write a situation where she has to be punched off the boat by the person who just admitted that she liked taking everything out on her. this is framed as a good thing, as the character that hurt her is symbolically freed of her guilt and misery.
now isolated, angry, and trying to fulfill what she percieves as her only real purpose in life? she goes on a downward spiral that ultimately ends in her corruption? put her down like old yeller.
every other antagonist (except maybe bluebird, a one episode character where the point is "not everyone wants to change”) was talked down from their position. over and over again, they created this character who, for very valid reasons, doesn’t want to talk. someone who, for very tragic reasons, doesn’t want to accept help. and if the series ended with su I would say perhaps that was intentional- they repeatedly “solved” the jasper problem through violence, and the only thing that did was accelerate her downward spiral.
and then su future happens. and this time the only way they can ever imagine jasper accepting help…. isn’t through working through whatever her problems are. but. fucking killing her off and having her totally submit herself to Steven’s will when she comes back. once again, the only “solution” to jasper is violence.
Most of the people who wanted a redemption arc for her weren’t trying to ~woobify a hot villain~ or whatever. I mean…. some people definitely were, but most I think were people that believed in the message of the show and truly believed that they would apply to every character, especially when it applied to even the Diamonds.