8.4
338 votes
Steven Universe Future

Steven Universe Future

Cartoon Network 2019

After saving the universe, Steven is still at it, tying up every loose end. But as he runs out of other people's problems to solve, he'll finally have to face his own. Haunted by the past and lost in the present, Steven begins manifesting new, uncontrollable powers that the Crystal Gems have never seen from him before. What does it all mean, and what does Steven want for his future?

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The 10 Best Episodes of Steven Universe Future

Steven Universe Future - S1E19

#1 - I Am My Monster

9.07

Season 1 - Episode 19

Everything is not fine.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 76 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E20

#2 - The Future

9.01

Season 1 - Episode 20

Steven is finally ready to move on.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 79 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E16

#3 - Fragments

8.96

Season 1 - Episode 16

Steven heads to the woods to train with a powerful mentor.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 73 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E4

#4 - Volleyball

8.94

Season 1 - Episode 4

Steven is determined to help Pink Diamond’s original Pearl heal the scar on her face.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 99 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E17

#5 - Homeworld Bound

8.59

Season 1 - Episode 17

Steven heads to the Diamonds for advice on how to control his new powers.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 70 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E14

#6 - Growing Pains

8.58

Season 1 - Episode 14

Steven visits a doctor for the first time.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 77 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E15

#7 - Mr. Universe

8.50

Season 1 - Episode 15

Greg takes Steven on the road to find the origins of the Universe name.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 74 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E13

#8 - Together Forever

8.49

Season 1 - Episode 13

Connie has a really clear vision for her future. Steven wants to make sure he'll be a part of it.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 80 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E18

#9 - Everything's Fine

8.49

Season 1 - Episode 18

Steven insists that everything is fine.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 72 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E7

#10 - Snow Day

8.40

Season 1 - Episode 7

Steven and the Crystal Gems get a chance to catch up when they’re all snowed in together.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 80 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E3
#11 - Rose Buds
8.40
Season 1 - Episode 3

Steven gets a surprise visit from some old friends, and an even more surprising introduction to some new ones.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 91 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E9
#12 - Little Graduation
8.22
Season 1 - Episode 9

Steven and the Gems celebrate Little Homeschool’s first graduating class.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 83 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E12
#13 - Bismuth Casual
8.21
Season 1 - Episode 12

Pearl invites Bismuth to the roller rink for a lesson on how to forge human relationships.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 70 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E1
#14 - Little Homeschool
8.14
Season 1 - Episode 1

Welcome to Little Homeschool, a place on earth where Gems from all over the universe can come learn how to live together peacefully! But there’s one Gem who refuses to attend.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 94 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E11
#15 - In Dreams
8.05
Season 1 - Episode 11

Steven’s dreams start broadcasting onto his bedroom TV.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 75 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E8
#16 - Why So Blue?
8.05
Season 1 - Episode 8

Steven has heard rumors of a pair of Gems that are still destroying worlds. If he can’t stop them, maybe Lapis can.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 79 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E10
#17 - Prickly Pair
8.00
Season 1 - Episode 10

After leaving Little Homeschool, Steven has found a new hobby, plants.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 76 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E2
#18 - Guidance
7.99
Season 1 - Episode 2

Amethyst has been helping Little Homeschool Gems find jobs on the boardwalk, but Steven isn’t sure about her approach.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 93 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E5
#19 - Bluebird
7.75
Season 1 - Episode 5

Steven questions the motives of a mysterious fusion that suddenly shows up at his house.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 85 votes.

Steven Universe Future - S1E6
#20 - A Very Special Episode
7.68
Season 1 - Episode 6

Rainbow Quartz 2.0 promised to hang out with Onion the same day Sunstone scheduled a home safety Geminar! How can Steven be in two places, and two fusions, at once?

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Steven Universe Future from 84 votes.

Last updated: apr 16, 2021

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This show is an epilogue to Steven Universe and it's amazing. If you have seen sequel series like Naruto Shippuden then you have a small idea of how this will be. The biggest difference is that this is a very finite and emotional end. It's take on childhood trauma is therapeutic. It's wrap ups for each character is fitting. It's hard to end a show right but this definitely satisfies an impossible expectation to somehow love saying goodbye to beloved characters. Beware, beyond here there be glimpses of the future. The original series has whimsey, action, silly, and impactful and groundbreaking moments, a lot for a kids show. This epilogue takes you through the aftershocks of facing life with a smile. Stevens loss of self control and descent into madness results in him watching himself become the biggest baddy yet. To start it delves into growing up and coming to terms with having the world resting on this child's shoulders. Toiling to control the growing resentment towards his family, Steven has to also juggle new powers and learn how to be a normal person with normal friends. Seeing the once loving, obnoxiously happy Steven Universe struggle to realize that his father lived in a van down by the river, neglecting him, to see his surrogate mother figures realize they used Steven as a therapist, to see him distance himself everyone he hold dear is hauntingly entertaining. This much depth of character is hard to see in a kids show but it definitely handles moderate adult themes in ways a child can understand and a parent can appreciate while watching together. I love this series and never did I expect this show to be what it is.

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I hate-watched Adventure Time. Hear me out. In the Comet season, it just got so caught up in its own hype, it lost track of what made it great to begin with. I felt like it wasn’t talking to me anymore. Finn became more and more of a jerk. It broke my heart, and even when it changed and got better, I didn’t forgive it. I stuck with it out of obligation, snarked at every episode and never noticed how my snark was getting fonder and fonder as the show found its way back. I didn’t realize I fell in love with it all over again until I was bawling at the final episodes. Adventure Time's finale rencontexualized the show for me. It made me realize I was being too harsh on it, that somewhere along the way it reclaimed a part of my heart. It was a magical feeling, like somehow even its biggest missteps were all part of the same journey. Its sum was bigger than its parts. And its legacy, on a personal level, felt secured. All it took was one amazing finale for the spark I had to be relit. I can’t say the same of Steven Universe. Adventure Time's problem was that it could get too heady for its own good, and SU's is the opposite. It thought, often to a fault, too much with its heart. It was a messy show. It seemed to, in the end, settle on the Diamonds as a kind of cycle of abuse thing, and it still doesn't quite work. The more you think about Steven Universe, the less it works. It wants to be both allegory and fairy tale- the Diamonds are a symbol of the system that represses and corrupts and destroys queer lives... but they can be redeemed and they're just traumatized, messy people too. It's both fantasy and true to life- look at all the wacky adventures Steven has! Isn't it fun? The world has 39 states and there's aliens and it's so out there! But also those wacky adventures gave Steven serious trauma that we'll now look through from a more our world lens, like why hasn't this kid seen a doctor and gotten therapy? It's a balance the show only briefly managed in its early days, and never as consistently as Adventure Time overall, and there's an interestingly fan fic-y feel to Steven Universe Future. It makes sense- Rebecca Sugar and her crew are a generation that grew up on fan fic, on concepts like the post series fic where fans look too deep into how all this cartoon adventures would really affect the protags, and it's fascinating in that way. Those fics are great thought experiments, great as reclamations of stories. The fate of the characters and what happens to them after becomes ours, and it can go a million different ways with new tones and styles without a thought to the original, like storytelling of old. I don’t know if that works as well for an official work. It didn’t quite for me. But I don’t know if SU could’ve ever ‘won’ with me. As I got older, Steven Universe's idealism didn't resonate with me as much. It felt too easy, it didn't feel real. I didn’t want to be told to understand and emphasize with the Andy DeMayos or the Diamonds of the world and kill them with love like that would change anything. We have proof that it very much does not! The fairy tale of the original show felt less empowering or hopeful and more condescending, on a personal level. It had queer rep galore... but it slowly felt like it didn’t want to show the angry or ugly or bitter side of us. It stopped feeling as relevant to me. So I should’ve loved Steven Universe Future, right? That gets ugly. That gets _real_. But the strange thing is, even as Steven Universe Future tried to reach me personally with its framing of trauma and a kid trying to find his place after a lifetime of it... I appreciated it more than I felt it. There wasn't quite the plot or character throughline and cohesion to get me to feel it, even though it was always shooting, undeniably, from the heart. The show was feeling so much, but _I_ was feeling less and less. The heart needed a little more brain. Here’s the thing. Art can be messy. And that messiness means it does not connect with everyone the same way. Steven Universe as a franchise was messy, and in the end wasn’t my type of mess to leave me sobbing at the finale and always caring about its characters. Every goodbye just got a little aww from me. A little mental appreciation of ‘I should be feeling something here’. Where Adventure Time’s finale left me bawling, love for the show bursting stronger than ever before, both finales of SU left me dry eyed. That may be a failure of the show _for me_. But there is a lot of people who that mess _did_ reach, who felt as reflected or as wrecked by that show as I did with Adventure Time or Moonlight or We Know The Devil. There's people who needed Steven Universe's hope, and there's people who watched Future and felt seen. There's kids who grew up on both, with the franchise as a whole, and it'll be a true companion to them. And there's no discounting the monumental work it put into queer rep, the doors it broke down for other shows on the network and beyond. In a way, it doesn’t matter if in my heart I can’t pinpoint what SU means for me. Steven Universe stands for something just by being Steven Universe. There'll be people who will want to be the Steven they want to see in the world, and that's a great thing. I fell out of love with Steven Universe, and unlike Adventure Time I never quite fell back in love with it. But I'll never stop appreciating it, and even if it doesn't fully hold a place in my heart, it'll be a cornerstone for both western animation and many people's lives. And that's enough, both for it and for myself. I can have a satisfaction just in seeing that. Sometimes a finale doesn’t need to have made the whole show worth it. It doesn’t need to prove to you that you loved it, it doesn’t need to make you feel it in your soul what it is. It did for other people. Sometimes a thing can just end, and you can be happy for it and everyone else who loved it. Steven Universe ended. Here we are.

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I really loved Steven Universe, I watched the entire series over the space of about a month and it was consistently surprising and touching. Unfortunately if I were to choose one word to describe Steven Universe Future it would be this: Disappointing. I think some of the ideas were solid but the actual execution mostly in the second half of the season was shallow, hollow and not well thought out at all. Turning Steven into someone with irrational and unprovoked anger issues is dumb and just makes him look like a d***head, like all people with those issues. There wasn't even a real explanation or satisfactory resolution to it. Puberty/teenage hormones are something we all go through but it is not normal at all for it to look like this so I'm not seeing how it could be relatable to anyone. I think it could have been so much better and honestly I almost regret watching. Everything other than Steven himself was fine, but considering he's the protagonist and takes up the majority of the focus/time I can't recommend it. There were a hundred better, deeper and more satisfying ways to reach the end point of the last episode.

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