Looking back at It Could’ve Been Great

finalearthplanHow many exciting things can you pack into one episode? A secret Diamond base? A trip to the moon? Pictures of the Diamonds? A look at the initial Gem plans for Earth? An angry Garnet, combined with Peridot intrigue? It Could’ve Been Great was, itself, great!

Just the orb that White Diamond was depicted as holding, and apparently stored in a room in the base, would be enough speculation fuel for one episode. In addition to that though, we got good looks at three of the four Diamond portraits. Can you guess whose portrait was barely shown? Of course: Pink Diamond. You can’t hide forever, Pink Diamond! (Speaking of Pink Diamond: “We are literally walking in the footsteps of the Diamonds!” she said as she followed behind Steven.)

Of course Peridot’s matter-of-fact statement about Gems being designed to conquer planetoids was also interesting. We haven’t seen any new episodes since we pondered whether the Diamonds are, in fact, designers of the other Gems, so obviously we don’t have a good perspective on that yet. Still, at the time, it was great to finally have confirmation that the Gems are designed beings.

The ending to It Could’ve Been Great was quite satisfying—if the show had been airing weekly, waiting a week to see what Peridot was going to do with the device she took from the command chair wouldn’t have been too agonizing. We definitely had plenty to geek out over (including some pictures of apparently unseen Gem structures on Earth), but… Well next week we’ll cover it, but we have no complaints about how quickly we got that scheme resolved.

The Answer was partially overshadowed by It Could’ve Been Great, but both were overshadowed by the episode that came next: Message Received. That doesn’t make this episode any less impressive to re-watch though.


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    • Bugberry on March 16, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    There were also some locations shown in the plans for Earth that we haven’t seen yet.

  1. This is true. much truth is in the air.

    • CaptainFlambo on March 17, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Now that I think about, don’t you think that entire Diamond Base is too small for any Diamond? As said by Peridot, they are literally walking in the steps of Diamond Elites, but having seen two, compare them to the size of those steps and the Diamonds could probably just step over all of them. They’re too tiny in size for any Diamond to walk up in. Also, the entrance door Amethyst opened. There’s no warp pad to get inside the base. Any gem could probably go through the door with ease, but a Diamond? It’d be lucky just to get an arm in. Lastly, you get to the top with the chair and the place where all the information is stored. How is any Diamond going to sit in that chair? Hmmmm……

    I’m still holding on to the Pink Diamond theory, and the Crewniverse is being way to coy with the identity of the real Pink Diamond. But, that’s what makes this show so great. The tiny drops of lore that come out of each episode. It Could’ve Been Great was probably one of the most lore-pact episode of the series.

      • Bugberry on March 17, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Presumably, Diamonds can change size just like any Gem.

        • SUfan on March 18, 2016 at 12:19 am

        A Gem has never changed size, unless you mean shapeshifting, but to be honest that would be too much of a hassle for it to be left to that.

          • Jane on March 19, 2016 at 1:39 pm

          Actually, we’ve seen at least one (corrupted) Gem change size after reforming. The Centipeedle towered over the Crystal Gems in the first episode, but attempted to take on a much smaller humanoid form in the Burning Room before shrinking further, to about the size of a dog.

          Could be something unique to corrupted Gems, but who really knows?

    • SUfan on March 17, 2016 at 12:20 am

    What is that “walking behind Steven” stuff supposed to be? It’s pretty obvious at this point that Rose was nothing more and nothing less than a Quartz.

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