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As a season premiere, "The Crystal Empire" both solidifies the growing visual decadence of "Friendship is Magic" and suggests that there isn't always a need for a two-parter at the start of every season. The growing tradition of attempting to become increasingly more 'epic' with every new season has, for the first time, failed to capture what the writers were undoubtedly going for with these two episodes. Nonsensical and lacking a focused direction, the "The Crystal Empire" struggles to channel its lofty ambitions into episode format.

While fans fell in love with Season 2's Discord, and an enormous PR campaign backed up the "Canterlot Wedding" episodes, those two-part episodes bookmarked the season quite nicely, offering up some interesting villains and stories that were a little over-ambitious but still reasonably well-paced, for the most part. With "The Crystal Empire" things have taken a turn for the narrative worst, sadly, and in part this is most likely because the episodes are shoehorned in without much context. While the same could be said for the introduction of Cadance and Shining Armor last season, the characters were used in a fairly meaningful manner. In "The Crystal Empire" an entirely new empire has sprung up, but its placement seems bereft of any real purpose. Whereas previous two-part episodes have dealt with existing areas – Canterlot, mainly – this new season has introduced an entirely new place for the sake of the episode.

While I'm all for expanding upon existing lore, nothing of particular worth occurs in this episode. Shining Armour and Princess Cadance make a return, but their involvement in the episode is a little anticlimactic. They use their magic to protect the Crystal Empire, but other than that, and a short scene at the end marking the return of the Crystal Princess, they fail to add much to what little story there is in the premiere. Part 1 is fairly basic and could be described in a couple of sentences. It traces Twilight Sparkle receiving her assignment and arriving in the Crystal Empire, and then setting up the fair. Bar a minor encounter with the new villain, King Sombra, the episode fails to add much to this basic template, apart from a couple of songs that are fairly decent.

To explore King Sombra first, it doesn't seem all that inappropriate to suggest that he's the worst villain  in the history of the show. There's absolutely no depth to him in the way there was to Nightmare Moon, Discord or even Queen Chrysalis. With barely any spoken dialogue, he's an evil entity who needs to be disposed of and little more. He has barely any involvement in the episode at all, and his power over illusion – or making characters see what they fear most - isn't dissimilar to what we've seen already, especially through the far more charismatic character of Discord. Ultimately, he's an incredibly simplistic villain who lacks any development or personality. That it is easy to discredit his character in a single paragraph speaks volumes about his lack of effectiveness.

Those songs, on the other hand, are a step in the other direction. While not among the series' best, Twilight's song about being prepared – leaked a while back – is above average, and the "Crystal Pony" song sung by the core cast is one of the better shorter songs that we've seen from "Friendship is Magic". The reprise in Part 2 of "The Crystal Empire" definitely gets the hairs on the back of the neck sticking up, with some of the vocal harmonies working really well. The one downside is that the song is too short, which certainly suggests that it's a good listen while it lasts.

Part 2, after the establishing episode that is the first part, is slightly more interesting, playing off of a few references: the hole and the mystical door at the bottom that Twilight encounters seems to have similarities with "Alice in Wonderland", which is pretty cool. However, just as the first episode failed to really go anywhere, the second part here is mostly about Twilight running from Point A to Point B, ignoring Spike's help due to her facetious personal flaws that really have no place when the fate of the world is in question. It's easy after two entire seasons to know that Twilight Sparkle is self-motivated and headstrong, but her character's insistence on punctuality and her fear of failing is starting to become irritating. Her rant at the start of "The Crystal Empire" about not being prepared for her test implies that she hasn't learned anything from episodes like "Lesson Zero" or "It's About Time", which is disappointing.

Other disappointing characters include Pinkie Pie, who is being written at this point to be stupidly random for no apparent reason. While Season 1's Pinkie Pie was quite quirky, the humour she served up never seemed to really infringe on the episode. In Season 2, there were a few points where she was given completely random lines that almost seemed nonsensical in relation to the core storylines. "The Crystal Empire" doesn't shy away from this, and so in the reprise at the end of the episode she's walking on stilts for some reason, and throughout the episode she's made to dive into her random persona, because that's the only way she can actually be in the episode in any apparent way.

At least Applejack gets a bunch of lines in these episodes. The humorous exchanges between her, Rarity and Rainbow Dash are definitely an example of strong writing; turns of phrase that elicit a positive response, rather than just random nonsense that feels forced. There are quite a few lines between the group that work well, especially the dialogue between Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy during the jousting match. It is nice to see the characters interacting in a meaningful way: whether it's through Applejack chiding Rarity upon the group's arrival at the Crystal Empire for being too focused on the aesthetic brilliance of the place, which reminds the viewer of episodes such as "Look Before you Sleep", to Rarity making quips about how she had to construct a hat out of hay and a drinking straw, there is some effective dialogue in the episode that builds upon what we already know and like about these characters.

The merits of an episode cannot be based entirely on its supporting cast, however, and it is the main plot-line of "The Crystal Empire" that really lets it down. I'm all for Twilight Sparkle being the main character – after all, she is the main character of "Friendship is Magic" - but her scenes in this episode didn't seem to be all that interesting. It was nice to see her bonding with Spike, of course, and a couple of exchanges between her and characters such as Rainbow Dash were good, but what we saw of Twilight didn't really seem like it had much purpose, and neither was there any real sense of danger pursuing her. King Sombra's ability to create dark illusions was fairly underused and pulled out of nowhere, and what Twilight Sparkle's sections of the episode essentially boiled down to was a fight against dark coloured rocks.

Keeping the fair going was a reasonable task for the group, but it also felt quite weak, as if they had no real purpose to serve in the episode, and thus were given the duty of keeping the crystal ponies away from the Crystal Heart. It wasn't offensively bad, by any means, and it did make for a few amusing scenes, but generally speaking, there wasn't a lot to really sink your teeth into: there weren't many scenes particularly based around the character's individual traits, such as in "The Return of Harmony" or the "Mare in the Moon" episodes, and instead we were left with a fairly bland Twilight Sparkle episode with a decorative supporting cast veneer over the top of it.

That Twilight Sparkle actually thought that she might fail at the end of the episode because she wasn't the one to obtain the crystal heart was fairly ridiculous, even when taking her emotional state into consideration. Furthermore, the chosen-one story of, "Twilight, only you can do this!" felt lacking in purpose, especially as she wasn't the one who ultimately saved the day. Even if she learned an important lesson during the process, the writing in the episode opened up a few holes that weren't filled.

At least fans can rejoice that Luna made a triumphant return, even if she pretty much shrugged off Twilight Sparkle and cast negative aspersions wherever she could. On the flip-side, the visuals this time around are definitely among the series' best: from a topographical perspective, the Crystal Empire is fairly outstanding and the interior locations are wonderful. Even the crystal ponies themselves, when crystallized, look great. The episode offers plenty of excellent new facial expressions just waiting to be vectored, and some of the magic spells and the like illustrate the growing ambition and technical abilities of the artists working on the show.

While it's nice to see that there's a train track still leading to the Crystal Empire, despite its neglected state for a thousand years or so - Equestrian rail maintenance is clearly more efficient than it is in the UK – "The Crystal Empire" across its entire duration is a lackluster season premiere. Unlike other episodes, it doesn't especially add anything to the universe, despite introducing viewers to an entirely new location: the villain is a vacuous 'evil' entity lacking in personality; the story is another trip into Twilight Sparkle's excessive insecurities; and, apart from some well-written dialogue, the majority of the cast are sidelined. It is nice to see Spike prove to be the hero – along with Cadance and the like – this time around, but such plot twists aren't enough to stop "The Crystal Empire" from objectively being the worst two-part episode so far in the history of "Friendship is Magic".
First impressions: 5/10.
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Lyakar Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
I have to disagree with this whole thing.  
First of all, I liked Sombra.  He was actually threatening, never played for laughs, and planned everything out.  Unlike the likes of Discord, he wasn't defeated by stupidity and pride, but because he was too slow.  He had a trap, and the only reason he didn't lose was because Spike came along.  He also managed to oppress an empire, haunting them, making the crystal ponies not want to remember the past.  He was very much a representation of fear and sadness, and was thus defeated by hope and happiness.  He's not supposed to be a large ham like the rest, he's supposed to be a villain of symbolism and presence.
How does it show she hasn't learned anything?  If anything, the fact that she was willing to disappoint Celestia at the end just to save the empire, when before she was willing to brainwash ponies to not disappoint, shows a lot of character development.  We also know now that there was a purpose to Celestia telling Twi she was the only one who could do it, as this season was very much a finale for Twilight's ascension into an alicorn, and she has finally defied Celestia and made her own independent decision.  That was also the purpose of the song, as she reminisces on how much she's grown, who she is, and says she isn't prepared for any of the things to come
You're acting as if Pinkie had not been totally random before.  Look at Season 1's Fall Weather Friends, where she thinks AJ stole a cat's pjs, and goes on a rant about fudge.
I COMPLETELY disagree with this being the worst two parter.  First of all, it can't be "objectively" the worst, as many reviewers have given solid arguments on why they think it may be better.  Second, in my opinion, the worst BY FAR is Friendship is Magic.  Nightmare Moon didn't have Sombra's planning skills, REALLY corny dialogue, and some parts that make no sense or are rushed (Applejack's trial comes to mind, with a command and a vague promise of safety apparently meaning honesty).  Of course, that's just my opinion.
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SilverEagle91 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
That is... completely true. You said pretty much what I wanted to say about this two part special.
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
I disagree
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CuteNerdyBean23 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student
The reason Pinkie was on stilts was because there were such "high stakes." but, yeah, I mostly agreed with your review.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Someone else made that observation and you're absolutely right. That doesn't excuse some of the other randomness throughout the episode from that character, but on that particular point it does.
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CuteNerdyBean23 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student
Oh, no, I agree with you, I just thought I'd put it out there. So, what did you think of Too Many Pinkie Pies?
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Fuedra Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to have to say I disagree with you here, but to each their own as the saying goes.
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FredAFKTH Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I completely agree with this review.

I found the pace of the episodes (in some parts) extremely slow, to the point where I was hoping commercials would come up so I could continue configuring my laptop.

The only expectation I have is that they took so long and are less episodes planned because everything will be connected.

Great review.
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mousesquisher Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Cons: NMM had more of a personality than King What's-his-name. I didn't care for the first/last song. Celestia praises Twilight for self-sacrifice, giving up her future for the Chrystal ponies and yet she herself was willing to do the opposite, not sending Luna to help Twilight if needed and thus potentially sacrificing the Chrystal Empire (and potentially all of the world as was hinted) for the sake of her student proving herself. Yes, Luna was in the episode but sometimes I think even now they're just putting her in there as fan-service and don't really know what to do with her. It felt like they were going with a stereotype of Fluttershy than her actual character. When Dash was hawking the bugles, she sounded like AJ (I know they're the same actress, but if I didn't know that, it was so blaring that I would've thought they'd had AJ's actress read the line)

Pros: I really, really liked the second song. Luna was in it. Continuity between seasons 2 & 3. Seems to be setting up a season long plotline. Doze plots. "I made a hat out of three pieces of hay and drinking straw!" While Pinkie was Pinkie, I think they did a better job than in the past of making her humour fit the situation. Fluttershy's reaction to standing in Fluttershy was lol worthy. In the first half, Rarity was a bit silly but I think her portrayal in the second half more than made up for it.

Thoughts: While I enjoyed the episode immensely, the lack of a real personality for the antagonist just made him a bogeyman and left me with the aftertaste that I'd just watched a cartoon for little fillies, something that I've really only experienced with the CMC episodes. Really looking forward to see how these plot seeds play out. In season one with the three episodes for the Gala, the team showed they could build lead up with new characters while learning the ropes and I'm excited to see what they can do having had the time plot things out and know the players involved. I have no doubt they'll be able to do a better job than Rick Berman and Brannon Braga did with 'Enterprise'.
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Shut up
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ender1200 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I think that king sombra wouldhave worked a LOT better if he wasn't shown directly in the episode. As a villen he was a non character, but his indirect pressence was verry powerfull. The cristal ponies were complitly terified of even his name and memory, and the traps he layed for whoever came looking for the heart were intresting as well. To bad the writers didn't write him as being still sealed at the begining of the episode and making the adventure about keeping him sealed.
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pap64 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I saw the episodes a while back, and I agree with you 100%. WOW what an underwhelming start for season 2. As silly and overblown the season 2 opener and finale were, they were captivating, pushed the characters into new areas and they were creative. Yeah they were riddled with silliness and flaws, but they got your attention right away.

This season opener, though... YIKES. And I don't say that as a brony that hyped himself way too much (which I bet half of them were). I actually avoided spoilers and news about the episode so I came in with neutral expectations. What stunned me was Sombra and how he was extremely under-written. Even Disney villains designed to JUST be evil and such have charisma and pretty decent motivations for being like that. The vibe I got from Sombra was "BOOGETY I AM A BAD GUY!" and that's it. Luna, Discord and the Changelings were fascinating because they were tied directly into the mythology of Canterlot and Equestria. They were all somehow related to Princess Celestia and the views and beliefs of her kingdom. Luna was her sister possessed by darkness and envy, forcing her to be vanished. Discord just wanted to destroy everything and have fun doing it. The Changelings just wanted total control.

So how did we go from a villain that had deep emotional ties to a main character to someone that was just an illusion of threat? It really makes me wonder, was Lauren Faust REALLY that influential in the creation or the series or was the presence of Bronies affect how stories would be written and presented? After all, people can't stop raving about how epic the season openers and finales were, so they think the solution is to give them more of what they want.

It is also an episode that, for the first time ever, has made me believe that it was created to promote a specific line of toys under the MLP banner. Oh sure, the wedding had that sort of thing, but the story was captivating enough that you turned your brain off and enjoyed the drama, ulterior motives be damned. The minute we see Rarity rave about crystal ponies, I knew that later down the line we would be getting crystal versions of the mane six and other accessories and play sets.

Seeing this episode it really makes me wonder if Friendship is Magic is beginning to run its course. It was a cute "fad" while it lasted, but now it seems to be the time to give it a rest and move on. I really hope the rest of season 3 is much better, though season 2 was uneven so who knows at this point.
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Lyakar Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
I don't think you are giving Sombra enough credit.
Sombra managed to traumatize an empire, making them want to forget the past.  He planned everything out, with many traps, and kept power by making others depressed.  He kept them in depression through fear, which he also used against Twilight.  He was only defeated because he was too slow, and being a symbol of fear and depression, he was defeated by hope and happiness.  He was very much a symbolic villain, like Sauron from LotR (Who Meghan based him off).  He's not supposed to be a "character" like the others, but a villain of presence and symbolism.  
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I completely agree that Season 2 was uneven in its writing. Some episodes were solid, but a decent number of them were flawed in the writing department. People say that viewers are expecting too much from My Little Pony, but I think the benchmark to judge other episodes by has been established by the show itself. I'm not going in to MLP comparing it to other great, modern shows: you go into it comparing it to other episodes. And, after looking at some episodes in Season 1, and some of the better episodes of Season 2, there's definitely a dip in the quality of the writing so far in Season 3. Hopefully the rest of the episodes, as you say, are a bit more focused.
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Sombra was a good villain
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TurkeySM Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The episodes were quite a disappointment in the end. I kept waiting for that grand oomph (probably in the form of Sombra actually doing something) to happen. I really do enjoy fantasy and epic story telling, but I feel the writers were trying too hard here. Twilight also does come off as some sort of chosen pony, which betrays the usual slice-of-life feel the show has. I was actually confused on some parts, especially with the whole Twilight having to be the one who saves the Empire. It felt like she was being a literalist regarding what Celestia said, and some more creativity and understanding on her part would have made that part of the plot less odd. It seems that Twilight still does not understand what Celestia's nature is; all she can see is the possibility of Celestia being like the illusion she saw at the door.

I'm glad Spike had his moment to shine, but like other parts of the episodes, it could have been written better. I REALLY feel that Sombra being more of a threat would have forced some better writing. Because he wasn't, the writers had to to write the crystal ponies and the Mane 6's reactions to Sombra's "threat" as if it actually was one, making their actions and words kind of hollow and sometimes even pointless. If they just rewrote the plot so that rather than Sombra, it was some sort of impending snowstorm or other kind of natural disaster that was threatening the Crystal Empire, the actions and responses of the characters could have been written better as well. At least a snowstorm could have more backstory than Sombra.
I love Pinkie Pie to no end, but she felt off here too. Her randomness and eccentricity were not utilized as well as they could have been. I think in general random characters have to be written with some ironic order in mind. The writer can't be random in order for the character to be random in a good way.

The songs were nice, but I feel where they were placed felt kind of forced, especially that first song after Twilight leaves the castle. The artwork was grand, and perhaps one of the few saving graces of the episodes. It's like the artists stole all of the writers' coffee and left them to think with sleepy brains.

If these episodes were your normal, weekly episodes of some random action cartoon, the writing and what not would be forgivable, but after seeing much better writing for the Nightmare Moon and Discord incidents, I'm not sure what exactly was going on in the show makers' heads. Nightmare Moon was your typical, cackling villain, but her backstory is what made her so much more superior to Sombra.

Still, the episodes were watchable. They weren't so bad that they could be attributed to seasonal rot (which would be sad because this is the beginning of the season), and at the very least there is hope that with the slice-of-life episodes coming up, better days are ahead for the show.
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Sombra wasn't suppose to be intresting.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Twilight's insecurities are starting to grate on my nerves. I'm not saying that I have a problem with flawed characters - often it adds a more believable edge to them - but Twilight just doesn't stop panicking and worrying, often about stupid, insignificant things. Being the chosen one was a dick move - she has gone from being the typical, smart student to being something that the other characters can't possibly live up to.

I agree that the first song was quite forced. While not a bad song, it didn't quite make sense. She'd been told that she didn't have a test after all, really, and yet she still sang about succeeding or failing. It was quite odd, given that she's met challenges like that before and hasn't burst into song ;p
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PearlDrummer1993 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I think Luna was upset because she is upset at Celestia for not allowing her to help or make a difference since it "has to be Twilight". She is tired of not being able to do much and probably felt ignored. Considering that most ponies aren't even used to her she hasn't gotten a chance to prove she is not bad. Only a handful of ponies got to see her change at Nightmare Night and she definately seemed like she was walking on thin ice with Celestia. This is something I really feel needs to be addressed. She needs more exploration and hopefully a meaningful episode to answer some of the emotional frustration you can see in her like at the beginning of the episode.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Rumour has it that there is an episode coming up giving more of an insight into their back-story.

Unless we just had that in the form of the Crystal Empire episodes.
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NyxKnight Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012   Writer
i agree with you, the episodes were not what i pictured in my head. i was dissaponited, almost heart broken by the bad writing, i like the visuals but my god who ever wrote these episodes clearly needs to look at season one and the first episodes of season 2 and study how they did it. i can only hope that season 3 other episodes work out better.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
The writer was the same writer for quite a few S1 and S2 episodes, including the Wedding episodes.
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NyxKnight Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Writer
oh my bad, sorry
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Tenrahsoj Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Completely agree with your thoughts on Sombra. It reminded me of the bad OC's I see every day. Heck, he was even black and red (kind of).
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
And whats wrong with being black and red?
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh...I do agree with Sombra but I have to disagree with the rest of your opinion except the songs. I thought this was a great two part episode and start of a new season. I understand that we want to see something great. But there are times we expect too much. I loved the eps and I give 9/10 for them because the art was beautiful, and everything. Its the villain I think that could be better. Just my two cents here. C: Peace
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I don't know if it was necessarily a case of expecting too much. In comparison to other episodes of "Friendship is Magic", these two arguably weren't up to par. If we're using the benchmark that the show itself has created, it's easy to see when episodes aren't living up to their potential.
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Not all villains need personalities
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DivineSpiritual Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To me I thought the eps were just fine. But to each their own.
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Berlioz-II Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Well, seems we're largely on the same page with this one. This is like an exercise in epic, with little else to tie it down outside of that single trait. Too bad, since it could have been so much better.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I wanted to guess at who could be voicing Sombra.
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Berlioz-II Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Gene Roddenberry's ghost.
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Wrestlemaniac829 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Writer
I have to say this about the two-parters: It may not be the best of the two-parters we have ever had in the show, but in my opinion it could've been a lot worse. Sure there were some elements in that episode that were a little weak at times but at the same time for what it is I do enjoy it because of some animation effects they attempted to use like with the flowing of Twilight's mane and stuff. To me the idea of King Sombre being this villain mostly of action and less words is a rather interesting take because what would've made it worse is if he self-monologues almost how Chrysallis sometimes does.

Basically for me, I think the whole point of this particular two-part episode was just to prepare for something more bigger later in the season as possibly hinted at the end of the second part... For those who have yet to see it on television or the internet, I won't spoil it. But I for one did enjoy the two-parters, I liked the songs, and while it may not be the best two-parters I've seen I remain optimistic with how the rest of the season plays out. Again, I respect your opinion but for what these episodes were... I still find a place in me to just take them as they are and appreciate what effort was put to at least "try" to tell a story.

If it could be any better, you're better off writing it as yet another FanFic. And if it's any good... I might just read it... Might.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
You could be right that there's something else coming up. I hope there is, otherwise the episode will feel like a bit of a dud otherwise.
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Rose-Laxzi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There was a lot to be added with ideas and the like, but I have a feeling that unless they plan to build on these episodes such as the Crystal Ponies coming to interact with the 'new world' after being gone for a thousand years, the fanbase is going to elaborate the CP and especially King Sombra. I know I certainly have some ideas for them myself, but that isn't for here.

Pinkie felt like Pinkie as herself, though yes she was a little more random. But she was purposely TRYING to be random so as to keep the Crystal Ponies distracted. At least that was how it felt. As for the stilts, it was a pun on 'Raise the stakes' as far as I can tell, and thus according to Pinkie, made sense. I will never to know what's going through her head.

If overall in my thoughts, the
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
You make a good point about the stilts. While I retract that that particular line was stupidly random, in general she is a bit OTT at the moment.
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Rose-Laxzi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I definitely saw your point with Pinkie, though thank you for noticing my thought on that. o.o Didn't expect to be noticed. But yeah, I suppose that she was a bit OTT. *Ponders*
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Rose-Laxzi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...damn enter button ><

If overall in my thoughts, the opening gets at least a 7, for the idea that the fanbase can and will develop and have a field day with, for nothing has been established for them, and the potential behind it.
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DiddyJakal Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Yeah, I just didn't feel it with this premiere. Hell, the premiere of Littlest Pet Shop was better than this! The villain was a generic and overall bad OC, I can only remember one song, and...actually I can't remember much of the episode itself! Was Sombra's magic so strong it made me forget the episode? If so, I thank him dearly. Ah well, on the plus side, more Luna.
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Sombra was a good villain
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DiddyJakal Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
I'm certain he was definitely...something. But to be fair this was his first appearance, and I have a hunch he will be returning in the new season coming within the next week. Hopefully he will be able to show off more then, but for now, he barely has anything to showcase other than his powers, which looking back, were impressive considering their results of despair and lost rationality in a time of heavy tension. Or something to that effect.

Anyways, here's to looking forward to the next season, and to a villain, whom I hope will not be just a mere plot device with little to no character development.
Pepsi
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
King Sombra has as much as character devolopment as Celestia. how come she gets away with being a plot device but he doesn't?
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DiddyJakal Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Hmm, good point.
Although, I'd argue that she's not as much of a plot device as Sombra since she has been shown to be playful and has a sweet tooth. Sombra's only characteristic is his supposed cruelness, which isn't really seen properly except in backstory and through the expressions of other characters.
Oh, and I suppose there's his obsession with crystals I guess.
Again, I hope to see more of his character in a few days with the season premiere. :shrug:
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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Actually we know more about him like how possesive he is which is seen when he greets the crystal ponies claiming them as his slaves. and we seen that he is easily angered when Spike got the crystal heart. not to mention how smart he is due to his traps and patience.
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DiddyJakal Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Good point. I stand corrected, my good sir.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Haha. Yeah, I agree with your points. Luna was decent, although randomly bitchy.
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DiddyJakal Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Seriously, what was that all about? She seemed like she was looking to kill.
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PearlDrummer1993 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I think Luna was upset because she is upset at Celestia for not allowing her to help or make a difference since it "has to be Twilight". She is tired of not being able to do much and probably felt ignored. Considering that most ponies aren't even used to her she hasn't gotten a chance to prove she is not bad. Only a handful of ponies got to see her change at Nightmare Night and she definately seemed like she was walking on thin ice with Celestia. This is something I really feel needs to be addressed. She needs more exploration and hopefully a meaningful episode to answer some of the emotional frustration you can see in her like at the beginning of the episode.
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DiddyJakal Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Could be.
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PearlDrummer1993 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Yeah it seems like there's definately something there which will hopefully be addressed. Luna tries to offer help but is told (probrably not for the first time) that it has to be twilight who saves the day here. Hopefully the tension between them will be addressed but Luna is definately carrying some type of pain possibly even jealousy of Celestia admiring her chosen one whereas she her own sister is often disreguarded
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