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Final score: B -
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Next review (Season 4, Episode 4):
These episodes are all rated in the context of the show - therefore, if I give an episode a score, it is in relation to how it compares to the standard set by the show itself and not external factors.
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Contrived, pointless, but overall enjoyable.
I was very pleased with how they went about with this episode considering how it started out. It's typical that Twilight frantically looks through her books trying to find mention of the box that not even Celestia knew about, yet she seems to think that she can find them in a book. It seemed a little odd to me that they'd do that, but I guess they needed a reason to go to the old, abandoned and spooky castle, so for that I can dismiss that.
I liked everything about this with maybe the exception of Rainbow Dash and Applejack still duking it out to see who's the best pony, but even then I'm glad that the writers are staying consistent to the roots of the characters and attempting to give character development while still keeping their personalities in order. All the characters were still themselves in this episode and we need that from time to time; though I admit the dialogue at times seemed a bit drab and dry, especially between Twilight and Spike as well as between R.D. and A.J.
I think my favorite part was the discovery of Pinkie playing the organ and then Twilight's suggestion that they keep a journal of their adventures as the Princesses did. To tell the truth, I found that to be highly necessary and needed! I think that it (the journal, not the organ-lol) will hold the proverbial 'key'- no pun intended....or is it ?- to finding out the secrets that are inside the box.
Anything Pinkie does makes this episode so funny because you know she's the cause of all the mishaps in the castle that cause the others, minus Twilight, to freak out. It provided some humorous and pleasurable flashback memories to adventures like Scooby Doo, or hilarity similar to Looney Toones/Animaniacs/Tom and Jerry/etc.
To me, this episode felt like a good old fashioned cartoon episode that you could still enjoy later on in the future. It wasn't too over thought and neither was it under thought, but like the previous episodes, I thought it to be a good starting point to a new future in Equestria. Episodes 1 and 2 were like the prequels to begin the new future in Equestria and Episode 3 was the backdrop of what was to come.
Things are just getting started and as still a fairly new fan of the show, having watched every season twice through so far and the movie, I'm optimistic that the show won't disappoint and continue to provide what it set out to do in the first place even if Lauren Faust isn't in the picture anymore. I liked Episodes 1 and 2 and thought them to be a strong B+ rating- please see Dr. Wolf's YouTube review since he and I share many of the same thoughts and opinions on the episodes- because it is now focusing on a new era in Equestria. I'll go into more detail on those episodes and this one, however, at a later time.
Hope you enjoyed my review and outtakes on this.
-Digidestined of Trust
I agree that there's not real 'gumption' to the episode. Just a bunch of ponies running around and screaming. Nevertheless, there wasn't a focus on any one. They all had their moments, and it all came to a head in the end. While the lesson itself doesn't really shine forth in this episode, it promises further lessons in the future. And THAT is what had me so terrified about season 4 (which was why the premiere had me so horrified): that it would eschew the wonderful stories that could still be told between these wonderful characters, and not merely about them.
My favorite episodes have always been the ones where it focuses on two characters, and bounces them off each other. We have yet to see that take place with several of the possible pairs. Like Rarity and Rainbow Dash for example. Or Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy. Or Fluttershy and Applejack. Or Twilight and Fluttershy. Twilight and Rarity? There are so many more lessons these ponies could give to people about what it means to be friends, even when you're almost nothing alike.
That... THAT was what I found so charming about this series. THAT is why I fell in love with it, and I was terrified that those stories that have yet to be told, would never be told. Because it just seemed like the series was headed in the dead direction of 'adventure' and nothing more... which can be found in any cartoon as of late (and many of which, I would argue, do it much better than this series does).
This episode gives me hope that such stories will yet be brought to light. Not the 'lore' of Equestria. Not the 'history'. Not 'Twilight doing Princess things while her friends do background support'. But the lessons, the friendships, and the wonderfully filled out personalities clashing one with another. That is the magic that made Season 1 what it was, and I hope, dearly hope, that the magic might return.
As for this one, I liked this episode a little less than the first two of season 4, though it was mostly because it was made up of ponies screaming at the top of their lungs for half the episode. I wish they could've gone more in-depth on the castle's origins, but I'm glad that Josh Haber's first outing was an enjoyable one nonetheless. Keep up the reviews!
I Don't know if this Sounds logical or not, But I think I know Why:
I feel that reviewing
episodes isn't like reviewing a movie. A Movie is one thing, while a show is like a longer movie. Therefore, I feel that by Making reviews that feel like Movie reviews On individual episodes - especially With a show that is still pumping out new episodes - is kind of... Nitpicking.
I merely ask out of comparative reasons, as technically it's all opinion, I'm interested in knowing what you consider the best.
Another thing I've found interesting about this episode is the opinions surrounding it. I've noticed how there are some people saying the dialogue was bad and others applaud it for the same reason it's hated.
Granted, my thoughts on the show will always be swayed positively, others opinions on it intrigue me.