Ep. #39 ORIGINAL AIR DATE: Jan. 29th, 2015 SONG: No SYNOPSIS: Garnet tells Steven his possible fates with her future vision.
Now that he's a Crystal Gem, Steven thinks it's high time for him to grow up and throw away some of his old toys due to their childish nature. Steven packs up his formerly cherished goods and heads downstairs. He fails to see a tennis ball on the middle of the steps, causing him to trip on it and nearly injure himself. Luckily, Garnet catches him at just the right time. That was coincidental, maybe a little too coincidental. Steven nudges Garnet to confess how she managed to be so precise. Garnet isn't sure Steven can handle the truth, but relents and informs him she has future vision. This ability allows her to see possible variations into the future, allowing her to adjust accordingly depending on which outcome is the most likely to happen.
Steven continues to pester Garnet as the two approach the Big Donut. Steven asks what the probabilities are during his stay at the fast food joint. Garnet lists a few, but the most enticing is Steven getting a potential hi-five from Lars. Not one to pass up a golden opportunity, Steven excitedly approaches Lars, accidentally scaring the teen and causing him to throw a pot of coffee. It nearly scorches Steven, but Garnet steps in to take the full brunt. Hilariously, Garnet did see the possibility of Steven getting third-degree burns from the coffee and that information alone makes Steven a tad nervous. He got lucky this time, but what about the next? Steven tempts fate by asking Garnet what would happen to him next if he gets fries at the local Fries Shop. Garnet lists a series of terrible fates (food poisoning, falling into a manhole, choking on the fries, and weirdly of all, giant killer wasps), causing the boy to sweat. Soon, he starts imagining scenarios where every single path he could take might lead to his death.
Steven has taken to wearing a bike helmet inside his house. Even making a sandwich has become a daunting task as he fears a fatal accident from picking up a knife to spread the mayo with. The Crystal Gems are set for another mission and a frightened Steven begs Garnet to stay since he won't know what will happen to him without her guidance. Garnet assures him that he is in control...but don't go to the roof of the house. Ominous message delivered, the Gems depart, leaving Steven to interpret that in wild, terrible directions.
Steven is huddled in a corner at night, a storm brewing outside. He's so scared of everything that it infuriates him. Darn it all, he's not a kid anymore, he's a Crystal Gem! Steven is determined to confront whatever outcome will happen next, so he climbs to the rooftop. The Crystal Gems return from their mission in time for Garnet to race out and demand Steven get down from the roof. He refuses because he needs to know what disaster is going to befell him from atop. Garnet confesses that this scenario is what was potentially going to happen. She saw it coming and yet she told Steven anyway in an attempt to get closer to him. She figured telling him about her future vision would be enough and that Steven would be able to handle it. She never wanted one of the bad outcomes to come from her. Garnet assures him that no matter what, he is still in control of his future. And this I think is a great explanation for her powers. Garnet's future vision is not as a means that will happen, but possibilities that stretches into different paths. Garnet acts based on what she thinks will produce the best outcome and even then, what she chooses will not always gaurantee the safest path. It's such a neat way to present a useful ability (now we know how she got so good at Meat Mania) without overpowering it.
Steven finally understands Garnet's words; he calms himself down and slides off the roof. He runs into Garnet's arms and informs her he'll do his best to watch out for himself. Then she blocks a lightning bolt heading their way, but tells Steven it wasn't anything important.
When I was in my early-to-mid 20s, I suffered a severe case of anxiety that went beyond what I had in my teen years. Possibly due to entering adult life for the first time, I was suddenly aware of how big and scary the world was. I had still have a great fear of the unknown. When I wouldn't know what would happen especially if they were ominous to begin with I got scared. At one point in my life, it got ridiculously bad that I refused to stand next to large windows in public places because I was so sure someone with a gun would come crashing in and start shooting up the place with me still inside. It was irrational, but that was my train of thought for years: that any possible outcome could jump out of nowhere and end my life then and there.
I get "Future Vision." My fears is exactly what Steven went through. Having it eat away at you, knowing anything can potentially kill you in unpredictable ways is a scary, scary thought, especially if you're riddled with anxiety. Even when Garnet tells him what may happen is not enough to subside his fears, but increase them in ways neither of them expected. One should not know too much about their future, but it's tempting when it can reveal so much about your life that you could, in theory, prepare for. I like that Garnet's visions are not an easy way out, but an obstacle all on its own. It is an episode I can indefinitely relate to on a personal level as well and I applaud "Future Vision" for capturing this kind of anxiety so well.
"Future Vision" also discusses the vulnerabilities in adults and how growing up doesn't automatically mean you're prepared for any bumps heading your way. Steven attempts to get rid of his childish belongings, but clings to his teddy bear when he grows paranoid. Garnet is terrified when she catches Steven on the roof because no amount of foresight can make her any less scared for his safety. Fear is an important reaction because it helps us control our impulsive desires, but as always, there needs to be a balance. Steven did grow up, but he did so by taking the necessary steps to continue living in spite of what may come, however fragile it may be. Now that he understands, he's taken another step beyond his early days as a spontaneous, carefree boy.