How 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.