We all have that one toy that we’ve saved since we were children- you know the one.
The one that’s worn from all the times you’ve clutched it to your chest as you slept; the one that’s sitting somewhere in your bedroom still because you could never bring yourself to throw it out; that one stuffed animal that’s missing an eye from when your dog got to it or the toy car that’s lost a wheel from too many adventures across too rough ground.
You’ve spent the best and worst days of your life with that damn thing, running through open fields, knowing somehow that your simple little toy was more than just that, that it was special, that some day, you would need it.
It’s been years since you buried it away in your closet.
But today, you take it out.
Because today, you lost your mother to the cancer she had been battling for months.
Because today, you lost your job and your best friend never answered your call.
Because today, you need something special.
So you go home, curl up in bed and clutch your childhood toy close, tears tracking down your cheeks as you close your eyes and try to breathe.
And then it happens.
It just seems like a burst of imagination, something made up, one of those things that you hear about in stories.
But then it happens again, lightning behind your eyes slowly giving way to sunlight.
You open your eyes and your bedroom is still dark and dreary and you are still alone.
So you close them again and watch the memories unfold, clutching your special something closer, watching in your minds eye as you race across the dirt path, your toy held tightly in one hand as you throw yourself into your mothers arms- she had just gotten home from a weekend business trip, you remember that day. She brought you a little snow globe as a souvenir.
And, like a slideshow, the memories come and go, and you remember thinking that each and every one of those days, whether it be the picnic at the park with your family or the time your parents took you out for ice cream, was the happiest day of your life.
And when it all ends, and you open your eyes, you can breathe again, and the room doesn’t seem so dark and you don’t feel so alone.
You knew, of course, that you would need your special toy one day. You didn’t know why, but now you do.
That thing was with you through it all- a constant in the ever-changing universe.
And somehow, someway, it seemed to have remembered what you couldn’t, what was just fuzzy in your mind, old days that couldn’t matter now but somehow do.
Because your special toy, it’s given you back the happiest days of your life on the worst day of your life.
It doesn’t fix everything.
You’re still heartbroken, you’re still lonely, you’re still sad, but now you’re not alone.
Somehow, this simple little thing, it gave you a ray of sunshine, a little spot of happiness, of remembrance of better days, and now…now you know that you will be okay.
I heard a theory that the diamonds didn’t have powers, or that they’re were weak and not as powerful as they come off that’s why they always had lower ranking gems do their biding…….. Well I guess yellow diamond cleared that up for us. ✊🏽⚡️
Here’s a neat little comparison chart of the highest viewed shows on kids TV this year (so far) versus last year. The trend is obvious that viewership on all 3 channels have fallen from 2016 to 2017, to no surprise. All TV has fallen in viewership in general. Read through this little analysis if you want:
Nick comes first since it is the easiest to talk about. Its ratings have been fairly stable despite the decline and its highest viewed list can still be pulled up with the return of new Spongebob and Henry Danger later this September. I still have faith in Nick’s ability to grab viewership because of the numbers below this chart, MANY premieres have hit close to 2 million, especially Spongebob and Loud House. Paw Patrol, its highest pre-school show has the capacity to grab big numbers and its live action shows does amazingly well despite the cringey efforts. So far, I say it would probably be the most stable network here.
Disney Channel this year has been kinda meh in terms of special programming (premiere events heavily advertised to bring in viewers). Only one DCOM has aired this year and it is unknown if another one will arrive. 2016 had 2 movie premieres, Adventures in Babysitting and Frozen (not technically a DCOM, but a movie nonetheless) which got huge numbers, fuelling the shows around them. 2017 had Descendants 2, a highly anticipated DCOM that was a sequel to a previously highly successful DCOM, so there was no surprise that it would do extremely well. Because of that, the premiere of Raven’s Home came in a clear 2nd. Other than the movie, there has not been much from Disney Channel so far, and judging from its 2016 list, 9 out of 10 of its highest premieres were in their first half of the year, so I do hope that they have something big in plan for the next 3 months.
Just a side note to talk about this small channel. Ratings have gone down on Disney XD since popular shows like Gravity Falls and Phineas and Ferb left the network. The channel can improve though, and it has with the new D:XP block and Star vs and Star Wars Rebels doing pretty well.
Let’s face it, Cartoon Network has kind of fallen from its prime. That prime was between 2010 and 2014. 2015 was decent and 2016 was okay. But so far, 2017 isn’t okay. 2016 was a surprising year for Cartoon Network, especially during the summer. The TTG/PPG crossover in June topped the whole year with extremely high ratings. Then came the Summer of Steven. The week of August 1st was Cartoon Network’s week. Teen Titans Go’s Island Adventures special and Steven’s most intense week of SOS was underway and brought bliss to the network, especially on Thursday when Steven topped all of cable with its P 18-49 rating (a report I will always go back to just to be proud of SU getting those numbers) and scored over 2 million viewers. But after the magic that was SOS, Cartoon Network’s ratings began to plummet. At that time, TTG began to pollute the network’s schedule and less viewers were tuning in for new episodes of shows. Many shows hit their series lows at the end of 2016.
Then came 2017. Many shows hit their series lows yet again this year. Steven and TTG, the highest ranking shows on the network, hit below a million viewers in March, and many shows began airing in “burn-out” periods of a new episode every day for a month, which caused many premieres of episodes to do terribly. We Bare Bears and Gumball aired over 20 episodes in a month, and then went for several months with limited reruns. Even the network’s king TTG was starting to fall flat. New series like Ben 10 and Cloudy were not living up to expectations and performed mediocrely in viewership. Cartoon Network is now at the point that it needs a special event or a federal holiday for shows to receive a stable viewership of over a million viewers. Teen Titans Go’s Night Begins to Shine special did wonders on the network with OK KO on its back and Steven did wonderfully on Memorial Day with its Wanted special. But that was it. The other hundreds of premieres could not meet or even compete with what the other networks had to offer, even if they were superior in quality. So all in all, Cartoon Network is in a hard place now. It had been catching up with other networks but now it’s starting to fall again.
However, there is hope for Cartoon Network. They’re beginning to advertise shows in weekly slots again, with something more than just a Teen Titans Go at 6 ad. The 4 night TTG special in August shows that Cartoon Network can still possibly win big. The old Teen Titans reran to spruce up the schedule and there are new specials like Adventure Time and Powerpuff Girls coming up this month alone. And Steven should return soon. So Cartoon Network better step up their game and do their 25 years of history proud.
As you can tell I watch Cartoon Network VERY closely, and well I hope you enjoyed reading this, and tell me what you think I guess?
Any advice for fans whose gemsonas were "debunked" by show canon? With the upcoming memorial day special I am a little concerned. 😧
Don’t worry about it!
It’s hard to design a gemsona who perfectly fits into canon because we’re still learning things about Gems, the Gem War, the Diamonds, Homeworld, etc. Don’t get discouraged if canon contradicts something important to your gemsona’s backstory! You’re not obligated to completely revamp your character if you don’t want to. Besides, not everyone’s gemsona adheres to canon! Some people’s gemsonas are Crystal Gems in the current show’s timeline and interact with Garnet / Amethyst / Pearl on a daily basis, some gemsonas give up their physical form to make half-human children like Rose, and some people’s gems use he/him pronouns. Just because your gemsona may not perfectly fit into canon, it doesn’t mean they’re badly designed!
I offer the same advice to people worrying that their gemsona’s gem might become canon in the upcoming special.
No matter what gems may become canon, your gemsona will still be unique despite having a gem already used on the show because it’s something you designed! I’ve seen some very cool Lapis Lazuli, Peridot, Jasper, and Sapphire gemsonas, some designed before and some after the gems became canon on the show!
No matter what happens, your gem will be your character, one who’s unique with their own personality and story. Your gem becoming canon doesn’t erase any of that! If you want to change your gemsona’s gemstone, that’s alright too, but I wouldn’t worry about it.
For people who are still set on making their gemsona as canon as possible, I recommend keeping your gemsona’s background relatively fluid or vague so if we get HUGE new information regarding Gems / the Homeworld, it won’t mess up your gemsona’s backstory too much.