It didn't blow wind up my skirt or anything (*is a boy*) but it was pretty good. Not to SPOILERSPOILERSPOILERSPOILER spoil anything but I thought it was interesting how they actually destroyed a villain for once. That was very G1 of them
Well, I loved it! I do agree that Sombra didn't have enough air time to make him a meaningful influence on the show, but I absolutely loved everything else about it! Some good gags for all of the mane 6, plus the crystal pony land was well realised. Also liked twilight castlevania-ing through sombras castle! Good start I say, looking forward to the continuation of the series!
No, I got all the theme and world building elements. It's just that I didn't end up caring all that much. They didn't give me a real reason to care. They just led me to be more curious about Luna's role in all this.
Because at the end of this shorter-than-normal season they'll be at 65 episodes-- which is a syndication death warrant for kids' cartoons-- and they're setting up a Princess Twilight story arc, which is the sort of thing that can really only be done in the Final Season.
There are still ways they can make it work-- Twilight sings a reprise of "I was not prepared for this" and gives her wings back in the season finale, for example-- especially if Hasbro realized before production ended on Season 3 that they have a decade-long gold mine here, but I've watched too many of my favorite shows die too soon at age 65 to not be very very worried.
Yeah, me too. My big worry though is about DVD releases.
I seriously loved Flapjack for example, and would have bought the whole series on DVDs with only 3 eps each if it came to that. But then the show got canned and there was only that one DVD with the eps I seen enough to be totally sick of.
If they still released the whole of MLPFIM on DVD I wouldn't mind if it ended. Xialoin Showdown for example, had a season one DVD but the last episode was a cliffhanger and they never released season 2. I don't want that to happen again
I never heard of that 65 episodes curse before though. You learn something new every day
Not as much as the season 2 premiere (Q as a pony villain was awesome), but it was still really good. The villain wasn't that great, but he also wasn't the main focus of the episode. I really like the hinted-at continuity they seem to have going for this season; some sort of important destiny for Twilight?
Sombra is not cut from the same cloth as other Friendship is Magic Villains. The strong personalities and charisma of the likes of Discord or Chrysalis never seem to come into play with him. In fact, it's only in his last few moments on screen when he even has a distinctive form, spending most of the rest of his time as an amorphous shadow-beast. Compared to the fan-favorite badguys of the past, it would appear that Sombra is lacking.
But the evil unicorn king doesn't fill the same role as his predecessors. Unlike previous two-parters, the primary theme of the episode is not about thwarting or uncovering a villainous plot, but rather Twilight Sparkle wrestling with herself and solving the mysteries of the Crystal Empire. And while Sombra does play a key role in all of that, he does so as a part of its history and, should Twilight fail, its future. Sombra barely speaks, hardly ever crystalizes (ha, see what I did there), because to do so would be contrary to his role in the narrative. Instead, he serves as a looming threat. He cripples Shining Armor and gradually drains Cadance of her power, removing the crutches Twilight has to lean on and forcing her to make faster and more rapid decisions than she is typically comfortable with. He is the darkness, and the threat of failure, and both of these things are infinitely less threatening when they're given form.
By pulling attention away from the newest villain, the episode is able to use him as a super intense magnifying glass to hover over our protagonist and provide a genuine sense of urgency to everything she does. That urgency in turn drives the story forward. You can certainly shine a bigger spotlight on him, but then it becomes a very different story.
My favorite character on the whole show was the HERO! Now no one is going to say Spike isn't awesome! Not to mention I loved the introduction of dark magic that Celestia and Twilight uses, that "may" hint to Twilight following to the darkness in the future. Which I would love to see. On top of that, despite Fluttershy getting destroyed by Rainbowdash, I loved seeing her in a jousting costume.
But... Sombra wasn't a great villain at all. But if he comes back later on, I would love that. Finally a reoccurring villain, what more can you ask for XD
Considering MLP fan base is still growing rather fast, high ratings don't necessarily reflect it's quality compared to previous episodes. But even so, I probably really AM just losing interest. I should do some hyping up