Review: ‘Steven Universe’: Beta: Secret Origins

Amethyst acts strangely when she and Steven visit friends in the country.


It’s time to once again visit the barn and check in on Peridot and Lapis. Their relationship has definitely changed from what it was the last time they are on screen together. Now they appear to be acting like a pair of college roommates, complete with bonding over a TV show they both enjoy. Also, the two of them have taken up making postmodern art as a way to express themselves. Peridot has also been training herself on how to use her newfound telekinetic powers but unfortunately it’s appears she still has a ways to go before she’s able to properly use them in combat. The two really are acting like individuals who are living away from home for the first time and are still figuring out how to live by their own means.

A new location is also introduced called the Beta Kindergarten, the area where Jasper was created on Earth. It’s always interesting whenever other areas are introduced in Steven Universe’s world. It helps to establish how global the Gem war was and how it everything was affected when it went down.

There is also a great deal of set up here for Jasper, as it builds up she is not only a perfect Quartz soldier but she also has been building an army of wild Gems to do her bidding. It will be interesting to see how the team is able to properly deal with her in the episode which follows it.

This episode really packs a lot into the small running time. It shows a lot of good character development and sets up for a confrontation to occur in the next episode. It’s one of the better episodes and hopefully will be followed up by one just as entertaining.

Anthony Wendel
Anthony Wendel
Anthony is a geek through and through who still looks forward to new releases, sneak peeks, Giant Monsters, and robots of all shapes and sizes. He loves animation of all shapes and sizes. He has a distinct apprehension for trolling and clips shows. His books, The Handbook for Surviving A Giant Monster Attack and Santa Claus Conquers Manos: The Hands of Fate are available on Amazon.