Staying Entertained Over Winter Break
Blogger: Darby Pak
We’ve all been at that point in a school break where there’s nothing to do. Your friends are all busy, Reddit is debating something boring, Tumblr only has the same dog pictures, and Facebook gives you real bad FOMO (fear of missing out). You could do something “productive” like cleaning your room, washing the dishes, and a slew of other boring household tasks, but why? Very few people derive pleasure from cleaning their room, and I am most certainly not one of them. So what do you do when there’s nothing to do, and the beginning of the semester is forever away? Well, when I hit that point, I bust out one of my favorite shows, Steven Universe.
Steven Universe is cartoon series about a boy named Steven and his adventures with three powerful, out-of-this-world, beings known as “The Crystal Gems”, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl. This show was created by Rebecca Sugar, who worked previously on the popular show Adventure Time as a composer of songs, and also as a storyboard artist. Some of the songs she wrote for Adventure Time include ‘Bacon Pancakes’, ‘Fry song’, and ‘Remember you’, amongst many others. Steven Universe premiered in 2013 on Cartoon Network, and is the first show from Cartoon Network to have been created by a woman.
Though a kids cartoon series, Steven Universe covers some very heavy topics, like that of grief, while balancing it with humour. This show has the perfect ratio of comedy to seriousness. One episode will make you laugh at the silly, quirky antics of Steven, the next will slap you hard in the face with those feels.
Oh man those feels. This show is an emotional rollercoaster, taking you through “AUGH SO CUTE” to “OH LORD THIS IS TOO SAD” and “I need to rethink my life”, all the while leaving you begging for more. I think this show is something worth watching, for people of all ages. If you’re feeling a little worried about starting a new series, don’t worry! Each episode is only ten minutes long! If you’re worried about burning through a show quickly, worry not! This show has 78 episodes. Not convinced? If you love fantastic art, just look at the backgrounds for the show!
Still don’t think that it’s worth a shot? The Emmy Academy thought it was worth a nomination in 2015! Honestly this show is great. It has a lot of diversity both in and out of the show. Its voice acting cast is made primarily of people of color, and three main characters are made up of three technically genderless but female identifying aliens with superpowers and one pint-sized half-human, half-alien with super powers. I would readily encourage anyone to watch it.