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I loved it.
The FiM team is amazing, and I am consistently impressed with the work they do on each episode.

I marvel at the believability they breathe into the world and the characters. From the writing to the music to the animation. Each component is seriously and thoughtfully composed... The emotions of the characters feel genuine, and because the characters take themselves seriously, the viewers connect with them.
Cartoons/animations/comics have immense power... and it makes me so happy to see a cartoon that finally takes that power seriously. Most people dismiss the idea of cartoons being serious, and that is a tragic mistake... Cartoons are symbolic in their expression, and the more "simple" they are, the more symbolic they may become. My Little Pony is the perfect example of this. The designs are simple, but the symbolism is rich with meaning and substance (because the creators care). This is why it is a good show.

Children deserve to be taken seriously.
I can't understand why anyone would want to "dumb down" a child's world, and to shelter them from complex thought. The intelligence of children needs to be respected.   

"Only children know what they are looking for."
- 'The Little Prince', Antoine de Saint Exupery

But yes... Amazing episode.

I almost cried at a few parts... Twilight's 'BBBFF' song got my eyes all hot and watery.
I'm an only child, and for a time when I was younger, I really wanted a sibling. When I was five years old, I'd sit on my bed and pray out my open window to god for a little brother or sister... But no matter how many times I promised to be the best big sister I could possibly be... My parents had already decided that one child was enough. I was too young to understand the logic/responsibilities of adults, and so I blamed god for denying me a younger sibling. I felt forsaken. So what was an angry, lonely, five-year-old to do? Stop believing in god, of course. My child logic decided that god wasn't real because he wouldn't answer my simple prayer (a prayer for love).
Instead? I invented my own spirituality for the world around me. My imagination kept me company, stories taught me about life, and drawing was my refuge. When I needed comforting conversation at my open window? I'd talk to my grandmother, not god. These days, I enjoy the fact that I'm an only child. I learned how to keep myself company, and close friends are a great substitute for siblings.
Being an only child has its perks, but sometimes it can be lonely. Twilight's song reminded me of that lonely wish I used to have when I was little, and I got a little choked up. While Twilight had her books to lose herself in, I had my drawings.
"When I was just a filly, I found it rather silly to see how many other ponies I could meet. I had my books to read, didn't know that I would ever need--other ponies to make my life complete..."
I hope they make an episode for the only children at some point... Because there's some lonely kids out there who could use some advice from cartoon ponies.  

And then Cadence's love for Shining Armor got to me... What girl doesn't want to save the love of her life? Her song was fantastic. Very Disney (except better).
I like Cadence.
I've seen several comments talking about her powers of love...
Personally, I don't believe she has the power to make anyone fall in love against their will. That would go against her power/ability... Instead, I think her powers would operate more like a love "lens". She has the ability to "refocus" the mind/heart, bringing existing love back into balance.
The word cadence means: "balanced, rhythmic flow, as of poetry or oratory."
Princess Cadence restores the balanced, rhythmic flow of love.  

And then the new villain was great... More of a "neutral evil" type. Nightmare Moon would have been "lawful evil", and Discord "chaotic evil". I am excited to see what the next villain is going to be... I'm willing to bet the next one might be an existing character, or more of an internal conflict type thing (existing character turning evil?). Or perhaps a "force" or something that isn't "evil", but is disruptive.  I'm hoping they do something really different from what we've seen so far... But whatever they do, I have a feeling I won't be disappointed.
Loved her design. Insect pony. Awesome.

All in all, a fantastic end to a fantastic season.
I'm excited for the third season! Third season runs of shows are usually the best. The writers have an established world to work with, a fan-base for support, and the freedom to do more. And the more successful the show gets, the less I think Hasbro will micro-manage it because they will see the value in trusting the artists to create (thanks to a most unique and loyal fan base).
Now begins another long wait until the new season... Pony on, my friends. Pony on.


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ks-claw Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
If anything, I would love to see one of the old villains brought into the show somehow, like Arabus or the witches of mount gloom.
evangelian007 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Wow! this was a...truly beautiful post! :wow:

I saw the Royal Wedding and I have to say I agree with you. It was truly amazing! From the animation, the voice acting, the songs to even the villain. It was all incredible!
I truly liked Cadence. She's truly likable. And Shining Armor was surprisingly pretty cool.
And yes Chrysalis was a pretty evil villain. I know she's a cartoon character but WOW was she despicable. The way she used someone's love to fuel herself reminded me of a Succubus which is kinda scary when one thinks about it.
I kind of cried at your post of the BBBFF. It wasn't the song(beautiful song BTW) but it was your experience with it. I thought it was really touching. :sniff:

It's amazing how something so simple could provide so much emotion. It is truly an amazing show. And I applaud the animators at Hasbro(or Studio DHX to be more specific) for putting 110% on it.

Nickelodeon could learn from this.

Also sorry for not posting before. I kind of wanted to wait and put a bit of thought into my post. ^^;
Corodo Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Could you explain more about what mean when you said "neutral" evil? I can understand chaotic evil and lawful evil but neutral evil still seems a little vague to me
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
It means the evil has no stake in the outcome one way or another.

A virus could be an example/metaphor of a "neutral evil". It does not choose to be "evil", but its existence is "evil" [to us] because it causes harm (in the form of illness).
Similarly, termites don't want to destroy your home... But they need to eat, and your home being destroyed just happens to be a side effect of that basic instinct.

Think: Survival instincts, natural order, predators, food-chain, etc...

Corodo Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
I see...did you come up with the terms of evil yourself or are they specific from a certain list of "evils"? I wonder what other kinds of evil we could expect
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
"Standard" geek terminology.
Corodo Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Interesting...thanks for sharing!
star-electric Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved the season finale myself. The villian and plot is what really gave life to the two episodes. i love it when the villian wins or almost wins. I also love that she wasnt just some stupid kid villian. she actually thought everything out to the point where it takes a miracle to ruin her plans instead of a tiny flaw.
Well done.
HallowGazer Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My favorite character of the final episode was definetly Chrysalis.
Though, I kinda disagree about her being a "neutral" evil - if anything, I'd consider her more to be the "lawfull evil" one. As her motivation to conquer Equestria, she said that she wants to feed her subjects. While lust for power was surely another reason, she still showed a certain degree of compassion at that, making her superior to Nightmare Moon (who was just filled with envy and thoughts of revenge) and Discord (who displays only love for himself) on at least one level. In my opinion, anyways.

Also, I read a speculation on Youtube of someone who compared the MLP-villains to the four horsemen (Nighmare Moon = "Conquest", Discord = "War" and Chrysalis = "Famine"), so I think it would be fun to have another villain to resemble "Death" of some form.
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
She is not driven by a desire to conquer or rule by lawful means, she is driven by the survival instinct to feed her subjects. Like insects.
The Borg [Star Trek], the Replicators [Stargate] and Alien [xenomorph] would be comparable.
Since she is driven by a survival instinct, she'd be more in the "neutral evil" category. To put it simply: She's a predator (and ponies are food).

"Lawful evil" is the worst, since it is conscious evil executed by a system of government or body of leadership... which (in my opinion) is creepier and far more sinister than neutral (instinct driven) or chaotic (disorganized/crazy) flavors of evil.

HallowGazer Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, a bit after I wrote this comment, I was wondering if I actually ot mixed up on the definitions of lawful and neutral evil.
Turn out I did - my bad ^^'

What you're saying makes sense and I agree, I jut had the wrong idea on the wording XD
hrfihgijrhiu Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I think she leans more into Chaotic Evil, personally. The food thing was just her getting her foot in the door, and she was having too much fun watching Canterlot be blown to bits for that to be Neutral about it.
HallowGazer Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
By definition, chaotic evil loves to spread chaos and values personal freedom as well as selfish desires over everything (I looked that up to make sure I'm not wrong again XD), so it's actually just the perfect fit for Discord.
I agree, if Queen Chrysalis was perfectly neutral, she wouldn't think about destroying Chanterlot or conquering Equestria, so her motivations should be both "feeding her subjects" and "lust for power". Which one of the two holds priority over the other comes down to personal interpretation of the character, I guess.
BookWyrm144 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Writer
I very much liked these episodes too. I think they may be my favorite. Twilight's and Cadence's songs were fabulous. Cadence and Shining Armor were so pretty and had good voices! I'm glad they included Luna, no matter how briefly. I loved the changelings (kinda creepy though (in a good way); I'm almost surprised they were OKAYed). I loved the dresses. On a less "fangirly" note, it also had a really good story line that fits in with how the writers incorporate villains.

I am very pleased and have saved the episodes.
Starbolt65 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
I will read ALL of your journal entries from now on. So much thought went into this, you even told us incredibly deep things from your childhood. I look forward to seeing what else you have to say.
Corodo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Beautiful finale in many ways ^^
Stollen99 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, the finale was undoubtly one of the best episodes so far. Just everything was so fantastic. Ahhh, the songs :heart:
At first I was really, really, really sceptical to princess Cadence, but damn it, I now have a hard time on decided who is best princess. She's just so amazing. Cute, friendly, caring, cheerful, yet grown-up and respectable. It's just amazing how they formed her personality.
New villain. Can't help but think of Zerg. Fandom win?

Also, you're a girl? Who would have guessed. You learn something new everyday :meow:
Touching story about your wish for a sibling... I have a brother and I do sort of take him for granted. I'm used to him beeing there all the time and i get annoyed at him a litte too often... I feel terrible when i think about it. But I guess beeing the only child has certain advantages too. I wouldn't know :P

Gotta admit, I almost cried at certain points reading this journal. Dafuq, gurl, you're an artist, not a writer... right? Stop beeing so much more awesome than me! No, wait, keep beeing this awesome, 'cause you're one of the best out there.
I'm making myself confused.

Peace out, I'm off to do school work.
/Shoto (aka Stollen99)
ApertureIndigo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student
Very nice assessment.
AtemsAngel Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG yes!! It was an awesome episode!! In my group of friends I was voted as being most similar to Twilight, so when they introduced her brother I looked at him and said "does this mean you're not Pinkie Pie anymore?" to which he responded "Hell no!!" lol
Actually a lot of what went on between Twilight and her brother rang true for me and my brother.... minus the fact that we fought like cats and dogs growing up. It was a very well done episode!!
Can't wait for season 3!!!
MeaninglessArtist Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
First thought: holy crap you're a girl?
Sorry, I always assumed you were male. But yeah, anyhow.
I'm a middle girl; I've got a younger sister and an older sister. And...
This season finale made me realise how lucky I am to have siblings. And I remembered all the good times and memories I had with my sisters. Laughing, playing, dancing crazily like headless chickens...
And yet I always overlook them, always assuming that they would be there regardless of what would happen. But the BBBFF song told me that I should always appreciate what I have.
I cried when everyone abandoned Twilight Sparkle in her time of need. I've felt isolation as such once. My friends, my family, all turning their backs on me even though my story was true.
It was horrible.
I've always been drawn to TS. She reminds me of, well, me. Studious, focussed, serious, while able to uncover her true friendship and warmth. And the way how ponies didn't listen to her; well, it just hit something deep inside me.
I can say that the season finale was absolutely stunning. Just wonderful. Disney-evil villain, and a familiar plot to little kiddies (Queen Chrysalis is far too much like Ursula, especially gazing into the mirror and destorying all the stuff in her room while singing) but that's a good thing.
Okay thanks for putting up with my emotional breakdown bye
Styx284 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
"I felt forsaken. So what was an angry, lonely, five-year-old to do? Stop believing in god, of course. My child logic decided that god wasn't real because he wouldn't answer my simple prayer (a prayer for love)."

I absolutely loved this line. It reminds me of CS Lewis dealing with the death of his mother when he was young, 9 or 10 I believe. He prayed to God to save his mother, but the prayer went unanswered, and she died. This event convinced Lewis that God did not exist. I am not attempting to pass judgement uopn you for whatever religious/metaphysical beliefs that you hold to, just thought that you might find it interesting.
Styx284 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Oh yes, the episode, it was a fantastic way to end a season, Twilight's capture by Queen Chrysalis before the tbc was suspenseful and well done. It goes up there with Riker's order to fire at the end of "The Best of Both Worlds part I." I like what they gave us with Cadence. I was skeptical of her at first, but she delievered and then some. The songs were great, and even though I feel that the whole "power of love" is a tad cliche; it was a better option than to have the Mane Six defeat the villain with the Elements of Harmony. Also, having Celestia fall victim of "The Worf Effect" was unexpected and rather well done. Can't wait to see what Season Three will give us.
DominusShay Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This had to be the best episode, the best ever. The music was incredible, every thing was just...damn. Its safe to say that this is the kind of thing we as viewers, artist; animators; everyone; want to see in animated tv shows/movies. Its the reason why a lot of people like anime, because most western animation aren't so symbolic, or deep; like said in a few comments, its dumbed down.

I know for sure that this and next generations will be producing more quality shows, and they'll look back and thank all these great people who made it possible for them.

Oh and Cadence singing voice is Lindsay Ridgeway, also knows as Darla Dimple from Cats don't Dance.

-squees into eternity-
DominusShay Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How the fuck did that typo get in there.
FoxxyJones Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best episode yet, with the best song of the series. I was singing it all day and all night.

I thought I'd hate Cadence, but she really, really grew on me. The animation was amazing, the voice acting was superb and everything about it was the perfect way to end the season.

Disappointed in the lack of Luna, though I'm happy she showed up.
ItsTigzz Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Extremely well written, enjoyed every moment of reading it. The atmosphere they created with the finale was remarkable, by the end when you knew about the impostor Cadence, it really started to get tense, although you could tell what was inevitably going to happen, it was still incredibly good, Chrysalis was getting closer and closer to her goal, Cadence was getting closer and to closer to Shining Armor, and the whole confrontation between the two was awesome.

The show has definitely come along way and I cannot wait to see what they do with the third season.
cdla Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I almost cried during the bbbff song because I was practically in the same situation about not being told directly from my brother that he was getting married almost a year ago. I guess I never got completly over it yet. :3 oh well, happy first year to them I guess.
Scrooples Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Third season runs of shows are usually the best. The writers have an established world to work with, a fan-base for support, and the freedom to do more.

*3rd season only has 13 eps*

ItsTigzz Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's only from one studio, (THX I think?) the other studio who makes FiM hasn't confirmed how many they're making yet ;)
Scrooples Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wait, wait, wait. now my head hurts. There are 2 studios working on mlp? I thought there was only studio 9, or what ever the division of THX it is.
ItsTigzz Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Apparently, I just go by what I get told on EQD and stuff. The only studio I know about is THX though, i'm pretty positive 2 animation teams work on it though. :icontwilightconfusedplz:
Scrooples Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
huh,well thanks for the enlightenment!
ItsTigzz Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just realised the studio is DHX not THX :doh:
But yeah take it with a grain of salt, I mean I can't say for sure that there will be more than 13, but Hasbro would be crazy not to do another full season ;)
Scrooples Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is what I was thinkin, it seems like that would be a poor move on their part. I am hoping for a movie, but it seems a little early in the show for that. BUT I CAN HOPE!
bloddyboy123 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
I cant wait to see if they bring in more fan character and/or content :)
fox914 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
"Most people dismiss the idea of cartoons being serious, and that is a tragic mistake... Cartoons are symbolic in their expression, and the more "simple" they are, the more symbolic they may become."

YES. :clap:
Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
This final episode was amazing.

I loved the B.B.B.F.F. song since I can relate to it. My big sister got married and moved to another country and we really missed each other since both of us were really close. We are both pretty lonely without each other. Especially since our parents and her husband work all day and don’t come home ‘till nightfall.

Cadence has an amazing signing voice and this song was both romantic and but also very dark which I loved because I really wasn’t expecting that, being a lighthearted kids show and all. Definitely my favorite song of the show so far.

Chrysalis was an awesome character and I like that they didn’t vanquish her like they did with Discord. Hopefully, we’ll get to see her again and maybe she’ll become a recurring villain which would make the show more awesome.

I liked the little fanservice they did by putting the DJ pony at the wedding and even showing her eyes :giggle:

I do agree that most kids shows these days are very dumbed down, generic and stale. Kids are smarter than the media give them credit for.

One of the many reasons why MLP:FIM became so popular was because it’s like kids’ shows used to be. The show would teach you learning and morals while at the same time making it fun and makng the situation seem as natural and realistic as possible. Today, they’ll usually tell you something like “today we’ll tell you why lying is wrong. In case you forget, we’ll keep mentioning why lying is wrong every 5 seconds”. They pretty much try to force feed the kids to learn stuff instead of letting them see it for themselves.
ZeroPegasi Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I enjoyed this episode over all.
and the ending.....I got "The Touch" playing in my head from that.
Heh, I got to be the big brother with the lil sister. So there was the connection there. Knowing what it's like to have someone look up to you, and also what it feels like when danger threatens them. It's how I understand when those parents/family toss a car off them in moments of panic even if you're completely out of shape. Except, I suppose you'd have to flip the situation a lil, I was far more nerdier and she was far more popular and athletic. Haha.

Though, I rather like how you were talking about children and cartoons. I've long been telling people I thought cartoons and items for children have been dumbed down. It's like people think children are simply stupid? Sure they might entirely grasp the concept but they are trying. They might even get it better than you! But it leaves growth room. I grew up under Star Trek the Next Generation, did I understand half the concepts? No! But did I understand some? Yes. I asked about it. Often. Explanations, learning on my own, growing into it was one of the greatest things when I'd watch an episode again and realize... suddenly. I understand it. Better have room to grow and learn, than a quaint lil box tidied and restricted so tightly to your age imagination is truely nil. So in that, I'd gladly let a child watch MLP not because I like it, but because I think it's great material that will foster their mind more than even half the supposed educational dribble out there.
Yalcahoon Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Nice analysis. I loved the simple and elegant plot, and the fact that they fit 3 songs in and that into 40 minutes? just inspiring. bachelor parties... hehehe.
thomaswyatt01 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
post-marriage bachelor parties, at that.
flying-cuttlefish Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I was a little kid I was picked on at school a lot, taking refuge in my books during school. My best friend until highschool was my older brother. Twilight's song made me get teary eyed when I first saw it because it matched our relationship so much. <3
Rutana Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Writer
In the (not even) 24h since I watched the series finale, I surely heared "This Day Aria" (Cadance Song) fifty times and more.
Cant. Get. Enough. Of. It.
Bishieluver01 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Feel blessed I do have an older brother, even if he is an annoying ass sometimes... Like Twilight, he really was my best friend during childhood until I was in middle school, and we'd just wander around in the woods nearby having little adventures. Even if he isn't as prosperous as Shining Armor, I wouldn't trade him for anyone. :)

On a side note, loved the villain in this finale, not to mention the awesome songs in it. This Day Aria was a good villain song~
Moonstruck-badger Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I've never had any siblings either, but I was one of those kids who really liked being an only child XD I liked (still like) my quiet alone time and I figured another kid running around would disrupt that. Though my cousin who's five years younger than me kinda became my little brother :heart:
AjaxIsIn Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Twilight's BBBFF song made me think of my relationship with my own sister. She's 8 years younger than me and at the 'official' age to watch the show, so we have fun watching together.. whenever we can that is. She lives with her dad which means we only see eachother occasionally, and unfortunately, I've been so busy with school I haven't called her much. Back to my point, Twilight's song made me think back to the way I've been neglecting my sister and feel remorseful. After that episode, first thing I did the next day was call her up and tell her I love her. Thank you Hasbro, Lauren Faust, and all of Studio B. MLP:FiM shows it's heart and soul once again.
CrunchNugget Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Twilight's song was slightly sad to me for practically the opposite reason, imagining what childhood might have been like if my relationships with my siblings (I'm the youngest of three) had been anything like Twilight's with her brother.

My sister is almost 4 years older and was pretty much evil. Any time she was near me was basically guaranteed harassment, provoking my personal anxieties for her amusement, and generally treating me like crap, so her absence was always a gift, and I sometimes half-wished she would get in a car wreck or something and finally leave me alone. Although I do have one single memory of a time she was actually nice to me, when we were reeeally little, so I wonder how things would have been if that hadn't been just a fluke. She got married back in February, and I didn't even know it had happened until a week and a half ago. I actually laughed when I found out, and THAT is what makes me slightly sad, especially when Twilight gets so upset that she wasn't told in person.

My brother was usually quite a bit nicer to me, but he was 7 years ahead of me in school, so we never really interacted all that much, and he moved out when I was just 11, so I don't really have many childhood memories of him.

So having siblings can feel just as lonely as not having them. Sometimes that's kind of how I imagine Scootaloo's home life, and she looks up to Rainbow Dash because she wishes she had an older sibling who made her life better instead of worse. Funny that another season ended without telling us a single thing about her family, though.
Miraveldi Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
I teared up when I heard that BBBFF song, mainly because I have an older brother that I used to be really close to. Also, that good Cadence/bad Cadence duet was amazing!

Overall it was a fantastic episode. I found the scene where Celestia was defeated to be incredibly powerful; something you don't find in many cartoons today.
anzul Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks for sharing that story whit us "nicknamed-anonymous" and the ocasional RL friend XD

aniway, the idea of an only child dedicated episode...
scotaloooo! ;_;

they are, indeed, quite a creative team!
...i say. :iconisaydanceplz:

about the songs;
-this day aria was... just freaing awesome, animation, music, singing. the sequence of it... i have listened that song like 30 times already!
-and BBBFF, DAAM! that was beautifull! and cute as heaven! :)
-i want a longer version "life is bloom" :v

as for new villians...
i agree whit you, they are likely to have a "force" instead of a villian as you said, that or they could try whit sea-ponys again XD

and finaly... i need to read The Little Prince again.
K4nK4n Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
It was awesome~! And Cadence is a really sweet and loveable character.
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