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Discord was wonderful. John de Lancie is so hilariously charming, I'm glad they're bringing his character back as the lovable trickster archetype. Basically, he's Q again and I am loving it.
Twilight with her wobbly wings? Adorable. It's good to see that miss smarty-smart hooves has trouble learning something new, but luckily she has Rainbow Dash as her flying coach. She'll be zipping around in no time.
I like that she is having to adjust to her new role as Princess--she's nervous, but ready. While she may be an alicorn and a princess now, she still feels like the Twilight she always was. When her friends, with the best intentions, treat her differently? She feels awkward.
Twilight's transformation added something new to the dynamic of their friendship--at first they all seem a bit confused about it (though certainly proud/happy for Twilight). Applejack and the gang feel protective over her while Twilight feels lost without her them (after all, they were the ones who helped her to realize her power--and her transformation). I like that they momentarily forgot that their friendship is their power, and then they remembered once they were re-united. Life is all about remembering to remember those important details like the true power of friendship and love. Sometimes we forget about those things which lend us strength--especially when life throws changes at us. Changes like: a friend's personal growth or an imminent disaster. We sometimes forget that, despite life's changes, there are constants.
I loved that the entire ordeal was caused by Discord flicking seeds everywhere. Hahaha... Just perfect.
Oh, and that epic battle sequence between Nightmare Moon and Celestia? Obviously... I LOVED IT. I'm sure you're all aware of my affinity for the evil night mare... So I was absolutely iiinllloooove with the entire scene. I loved Luna's furious "...and that Princess will be ME!" --her glowing eyes, with the wall breaking away and the eclipse of the sun? Fantastic! The use of the red in her transformation just about killed me, I loved the contrast! And with the sound effects? So great... so, so great. Then her maniacal laugh as her eyes and teeth sharpened? Awesome. And her BEAM! Her beam of evil magic... Oh man, that was the best.
Another favorite part of mine was when Celestia was felled by Nightmare Moon, how she was struck and how she fell; then Twilight weeping over her fallen body. I liked the darker tone, they've really upped the drama and I appreciate that. I hope they push it even more in future seasons, I think it'd work well (like how Harry Potter got darker as the characters aged). Digression: Children's content always seems to lack drama which is something I have never understood... Because children are dramatic little creatures--they experience everything so intensely. Too often [in children's content] drama is watered down because stories shouldn't be "too scary" or "too sad" for children... I think this is an insult to the intelligence of children--to assume that they can't cope with a story with dramatic themes. When I was five my favorite movie was Lion King. When Mufasa died? I cried and cried... but I also watched the movie over and over. And reenacted/played the scene between Mufasa and Scar--because I liked the drama in it--the emotion. A brother killing his brother to take his place as king? Simba losing his father? Intense topics for a young mind--but worthwhile ones (timeless ones).
Alllsooo... I loved Rarity's malfunction horn and her crazy tea--hilarious.
All in all, I am glad the ponies are back and I look forward to next week's episode! Meghan McCarthy, Jayson Thiessen, Jim Miller, Sabrina Alberghetti, the voice actors--the whole magical team--Did a fantastic job! I never doubted them.