This image is the official title screen for Steven Universe: Future. According to IMDb.com under the article “Steven Universe – Company Credits”, IMDb.com, Inc explains that “this television show as well as this image is made by Cartoon Network Studios, Cartoon Network, and Rebecca Sugar” (1). These individuals are responsible for the creation of Steven Universe as well as Steven Universe: Future. This image is on Cartoon Network’s official website for Steven Universe: Future under the video title Homeworld Bound at 00:20.
Major Spoiler and Trigger Warning for Readers
Hello fellow Geek Street Society members. I hope you guys are having a good morning, day, afternoon, or night whenever you’re reading this. I want to put this little warning first before the review starts. In this review, we’re going to be discussing the series finale of Steven Universe: Future. As such, there’s going to be spoilers in this review. Especially with the episodes “I am My Monster” and “The Future”. If you have yet to see the Steven Universe: Future series finale, please watch those episodes first. Then, come back to this review to read it thoroughly.
Also, please note that this review does have a trigger warning as well. In this review, I’ll be diving deep into darker topics. Such as PTSD, Trauma, Revenge, and Panic Attacks. If at any point you feel uncomfortable or not in a good headspace, please make sure to take care of yourself. Get some water, take a minute to breathe, and relax. Then, come back to this review when you’re ready. Thank you for reading this warning and enjoy the review.
It’s No Surprise that Steven Universe and Steven Universe: Future Has Become Incredibly Popular
It’s no surprise that Steven Universe has made an impact on so many people. This show covers so many topics that not many other shows do. For instance, some of these topics include non-binary, accurate lesbian representation, and trauma to name just a few topics. Trust me, this series covers several deep topics that it’ll take too long to list out. Regardless, Steven Universe has been a staple in the Cartoon Network lineup. For seven years, Steven Universe has been a front show for this network. Fans have come and go throughout the seasons. Steven Universe even got its television film. This film bought many new elements to the show. Some including the spunky Spinel and Steven learning more about his powers. After this new film came out, many fans were wondering where the series was going. Then, fans were given their answer with Steven Universe: Future.
Safe to say, the excitement of fans was incredibly high. As more episodes came out, fans saw firsthand how much darker this epilogue is. As everyone is finding their way in life, Steven is feeling a sense of identity crisis. He’s always been around to help whenever he can. However, in Steven Universe: Future, Steven’s past is catching up to him. Then on March 27, 2020, Steven Universe fan came together to see the four-episode series finale. Will these episodes complete Steven’s character story? What will happen to our little half-human and half gem hero? Let’s find out together. In this review, we’re analyzing how the series finale of Steven Universe: Future helps Steven become his person despite his past.
Homeworld Bound Goes Deeper into Steven’s Issues
Firstly, let’s take a look at Homeworld Bound. Essentially, Steven seeks help from the diamonds about his diamond outbursts he’s having. At this point in the show, Steven feels he has no one else to help him. Much like real life, there are times where we’re at our lowest. Where we turn to those who we’ve been avoiding. When it comes to Steven, he has always been apprehensive of the Diamonds. Since he is a Diamond. Which is where this episode shines. Each of the diamonds show what good they’re doing. Which is different from the Steven Universe film. In the film, the audience sees that the Diamonds have made changes.
Speaking of the film, Spinel is in this episode. Spinel is still her comic relief self-bringing a ton of laughs in this episode. Which is important especially with the seriousness of the topics this show is covering. “Homeworld Bound” is a compelling episode. The Diamonds are trying to help Steven with his problems because they’re concern for his wellbeing. However, Steven is continuing to not talk about his issues. This shows once again how Steven is not seeking help even though he needs it. “Homeworld Bound” is the segment that leads into another well thought out episode being, “Everything’s Fine”.
Everything’s Fine Highlights the Problems Steven has Been Facing Throughout Steven Universe Future
The next episode that this four-episode finale brings is “Everything’s Fine”. After turning to the Diamonds, Steven is not okay. He’s glowing pink and is trying to keep everything the same. Even though clearly everything isn’t okay. The Crystal Gems want to help Steven. However, they don’t push him. If anything, they let Steven know that they’re here for him if he needs anything. Unfortunately, Steven continues to say that everything is fine. Honestly, this episode is incredibly relatable for anyone who is on the verge of a breakdown. A person can only push so much down at a time before a breakdown happens. Which is what happens in this episode. “Everything’s Fine” shows Steven is at his breaking point.
He’s tried to keep everyone away because he doesn’t want to burden them with his problems. For so long, Steven has been there to help gems and people. The fact that everyone is moving forward with their lives puts Steven in an identity crisis. This episode shows that Steven needs to accept that he can be himself. At the same time, Steven needs to open up to express his problems. Since Steven continues to push his feelings down, the next episode “I am My Monster” shows Steven at his lowest moment.
I am My Monster Rips Apart What Steven Has Been Feeling in Steven Universe: Future
After “Everything’s Fine”, Steven has a complete breakdown leading into “I am My Monster”. In “I am My Monster”, the Crystal Gems have to come together to help Steven. At this point, Steven is at his lowest point. He considers himself a monster base on everything that happens in the show. This episode is incredibly intense. Since this is the episode everyone was waiting to happen. Throughout this series, Steven has been dealing with trauma, PTSD, people trying to kill him, and him paying for his mother’s actions. Instead of sharing his emotions, Steven continues to bury his fears. He’s tried so long to be this strong person.
In “I am My Monster”, Steven’s friends have to come together to show that they’re here for Steven. That Steven doesn’t have to hide anything from his friends. This episode is also a huge growing moment for Steven. He learns that he doesn’t have to keep his emotions in. In fact, he has others that he can rely on to talk about his problems. This episode is perfectly set up for Steven to start working on himself. Instead of putting everyone else’s needs above his own. This leads into the series finale, ”The Future”.
The Future is a Perfect Ending to Steven Universe: Future
Finally, this four-part series finale brings us “The Future”. In this episode, Steven decides to leave Beach City to figure out his human side. Since the beginning of the show, Steven has been focusing on his gem side. He’s been dealing with other gems with the inclusion of a few humans. Yet, he hasn’t had a chance to interact with his human side. Which is why he decides to do this trip to find out more about his human self. Honestly, this is the best thing for Steven to do. For him to be more in tune with his human side. The other good thing about this episode is that we get to see the other’s reaction to Steven leaving.
The best part of this episode is the last few minutes of the episode with the original group. Garnet, Pearl, and Amethyst try to keep it together for Steven, but they end up not being able to keep it together. These characters have been together since the very beginning. This scene is incredibly touching. In fact, the last few minutes of the episode feels like a thank you letter to longtime fans. Unquestionably, this episode is a perfect way to end this phenomenal show as we see Steven leaving Beach City.
Without a Doubt, Steven Universe: Future Finale will Help Many Viewers for Years to Come
In this review, we thoroughly analyze the four-episode series finale of Steven Universe: Future. Firstly, we took a look at “Homeworld Bound”. After turning everyone away, Steven heads to the Diamonds to help him with his issues. When they try to get him to open up, Steven runs away. Then in “Everything’s Fine”, Steven is trying to keep everything under control. Steven is not okay and about to have a mental breakdown. Yet, he tries to make everyone believe that he’s perfectly fine. Unfortunately, after the intervention his family did, Steven corrupts himself into a monster. In “I am My Monster”, Steven’s friends as well as family has to turn Steven back into himself. Within this episode, Steven learns that he can turn to others to help him. Last but not least, the last episode “The Future” helps Steven to learn who he is.
Without a doubt, this four-episode series finale was the best way to end this phenomenal series. Steven is off to find out more about himself. Him leaving Beach City to find his human side will help him. Plus, he knows that Beach City is safe with the Crystal Gems around. Each of these episodes have shown the final steps in Steven’s character arc. Even though Steven Universe is over, there’s no doubt that this show will be discussed for years to come.
Open for Discussion
Thank you for reading this review. Now then, I want to hear from you guys. What did you think of the Steven Universe: Future finale? Did you enjoy it? Do you believe that these episodes gave a good ending to a beloved series? Fill free to let me know in the comments below. However, keep in mind that these episodes came out recently. Keep spoilers to a minimum within the comment section.
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