Steven’s healing ability is back and he tries to heal Centipeetle with it. The creature becomes a tad less monstrous because of it but is still angry and unable to speak. Luckily Steven has crayons and through drawings, the truth about Centipeetle and its history is revealed.
This is when the show really stands out as it finds a way to tell a lot of information in a short amount of time. Through just a bit of speculation a lot can be extracted from this episode. Centipeetle was a captain who wasn’t trained to fight but was caught up in the gem war anyways. This helps to show on top of the Homeworld Gems fighting the Crystal Gems, there were others who simply were at the wrong place at the wrong time during the war.
The biggest revelation to take away is the power of the Diamonds. It is made clear they have the ability to corrupt gems they find to be inferior into being monsters. This helps to dispel the idea the different Gems became monstrous because of some other aspects such as just injury during battle or because of some accident. Instead it proves the idea of the Diamonds are in control and are willing to use their power to corrupt anyone they wish into monsters. They are incredible dangerous and so far the fans have only properly been introduced to one of the three of them.
It’s very good to see a character return from a previous episode. Its also nice to see Steven’s healing return but at the same time it seems to be operating on the aspect of plot convenience. It will come and go as needed. Still the crayon drawings of the Centipeetle’s past, it’s time in the war, and the reveal of the power of the Diamonds is more than enough to make this a very worthwhile episode.