"Steven Universe" Unveils Heartbreaking New Episode

For a cartoon that started out so silly, "Steven Universe",  now in its fourth season, has become skilled at breaking viewers' hearts. A fine example of this is the newest episode, "Storm in the Room".

The episode begins innocently enough, with Steven and his friend, Connie, playing cards. However, once Connie's mother comes and has a touching moment with her daughter, things quickly turn dark.

For those of you not familiar with the show, a key plot point is that Steven's mother, Rose, "gave up her physical form" for him to be born. In realistic terms, she died during childbirth. Recently, she's turned out to be a hypocrite; she forbade another character from shattering (killing) a major villain, then turned around and did exactly that.

Steven goes into the room that used to be his mother's. Knowing that it grants wishes, he tells it, and therefore her, "I want to know the real you."

An appiration of Rose appears, and all seems well. The mother-son duo even play football together for a while. Then, Steven realizes that this is not his mother. It's just what he wants her to be.

"Did you create me just so you didn't have to face all your mistakes?" Steven laments. "Is that all I'm here for?"

For one suspenseful moment, it looks like Rose might attack Steven. But she doesn't--the episode ends with him coming to terms with her legacy and leaving the room.

This episode was phenomenal, one of my new favorites.

My short story, "Sing A New Song," will be published in Planted Word magazine July, 2017. I'm so excited!

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