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Steven desperately needing therapy after all the crap he's been through has been a topic of discussion since the original series, and it comes to fruition here. The epilogue series does a good job of establishing just how screwed up Steven should be after everything, as well as deconstructing his All-Loving Hero persona, as well as dealing with his own personality flaws such as constantly repressing his feelings and bottling up his resentment. On paper this seems like a compelling story. In application however, the narrative falls flat.
A lot of the episodes can be seen as the series spinning its wheels: Steven is faced with some new issue he can't deal with, his powers go nuts if he gets emotional so he bottles it up and pushes everyone away, and then he blows up and either creates a problem or just makes an existing problem worse. This is okay the first few times, but it can very quickly get repetitive. There's also the fact that it gets frustrating watching Steven's refusal to talk to anyone and only making things get worse, especially when you consider it required he suffer Aesop Amnesia from the original series where multiple times it was made clear he can talk to others about his issues and shouldn't bottle things up. After watching this happen repeatedly to the point he actually shatters Jasper yet still refuse to do anything but bottle his issues up, and it can get hard to feel anything but frustration with Steven, especially when others do try to reach out to him and he just keeps pushing them away or starts resenting them. I think my breaking point specifically was when he began resenting Greg to the same extent he did his mother, since at point he was ignoring what Greg was going through and accusing him of It's All About Me despite that being what he's doing at that point.
Outside of Steven's trauma though, the epilogue series wastes a lot of potential.
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