Steven Universe is an American animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar for Cartoon Network. It is the coming-of-age story of a young boy named Steven, who grows up with three magical aliens, the “Crystal Gems” Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl, and helps them protect the world from their own kind. A part of Cartoon Network Studios’ artist-driven “Shorts Program”, Steven Universe is the first Cartoon Network series to be created by a woman, and was developed by Sugar while she worked on the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time. It premiered on November 4, 2013.
The series begins with a boy named Steven Universe whose raised by three female aliens who form the group, The Crystal Gems. Garnet is the leader of the group. She’s the powerhouse and most wisest of the team. Pearl acts as the mother to Steven and Amethyst. She specializes in swordplay and is the most agile of the Crystal Gems. Amethyst is the wild child who often plays around with Steven. An aunt-figure to Steven whose weapon of choice is the whip. Steven, himself, is the child of the late Rose Quartz. Like his mother before him, Steven is a kind-hearted and compassionate person who relies on shields, force fields, and healing spit to aid the team. In the first season, he doesn’t know how to control his powers but season two conveys growth in his overall character.
The Crystal Gems each have a gem they were born with somewhere on their person. (i.e. Steven’s bellybutton, Garnet’s hands, Pearl’s forehead, Amethyst’s chest). They are not human but part of an alien race composed of entirely female-looking yet asexual creatures who have humanoid bodies. They can develop relationships with each other. Viewers and the media often mistake the show has having to do with lesbian superheroes. Steven is half-human and half-Gem. His father was a human man named Greg and his mother was the former leader of the Crystal Gems before Garnet.
The love story between Greg and Rose Quartz was very touching. It added a real, emotional aspect to the show. Although Rose didn’t survive Steven’s birth, the show occasionally flashbacks to when she was still alive. Her role in the team, her loving personality, and how she met and fell in love with Steven’s father. As you can see from the pictures, she was a large, pink-haired woman. Beautiful and endearing character who once thought humans were to be seen as pets rather than equals. It wasn’t until she met Greg that she realized the true importance of mankind.
Present day in Steven Universe, the team fights all sorts of creatures and spontaneous catastrophe. And the bridge between Earth and the Gems’ birthplanet was once severed until the evil ruler of their race starts to invade Earth. Other characters are added into the fray such as Connie (Steven’s love interest), Greg, a pink lion, and so many more! It has its hilarious moments as well as the more serious, heartfelt times where I actually shed a few tears.
Overall, I never thought a show on Cartoon Network can make me feel this way. I thought all the good shows were done like That’s So Raven or Rugrats or Dexter’s Laboratory, but Steven Universe has given me hope that tv shows nowadays are not all doomed to suck. So thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful day, my fallen angels! Over and out.
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