Horrible episode. It made no sense, and it was all so completely forced that I still can't come up with a good explanation for the events that transpired. Also, the songs were merely average at best, certainly nothing as good as This Day Aria. And the characterizations were bland and didn't really give us as much as Best Night Ever did. Overall, it gets it a 3/10 from me.
I hate musicals. In some of the other episodes, when the ponies would sing, I would just want to say "SHUT UP (especially with "This day aria").
Season 3 finale made a great exception. I am not entirely sure what it was about the songs, but they were superb! Not one time did I want the ponies to be quiet. The episode as a whole, did not feel as rushed as some of the other eps. in the series. I will admit, at the part that Twilight got her wings, the pace started to quicken. Soon she was a princess and the show was over. Twilight becoming an alicorn was not a problem for me, and never was. I knew that Hasbro wouldn't stop at Twilight getting wings and that being the end of it. Nope, the story will go on, and Twilight will most likely have wings for a great amount of time.
Honestly, there should be another option in the middle, because, while I was able to enjoy it, I was also somewhat disappointed, and not just about the princess thing.
First, I'll say what I loved about the episode. c: 1.) The first half of it was pretty much just one huge musical number, and the songs were great! Why can't real life work like this, God? Why??? xD 2.) I really enjoyed the concept of the conflict itself (not necessarily the resolution to the conflict, though). I mean, come on! There have been episodes in the past in which Twilight screwed up and caused major trouble, but this one was unique. Who would have ever guessed that an unfinished spell could change the destinies and cutie marks of the Mane Six? I really got excited when I finally found out that that's what the episode was about, because it was a unique and riveting idea. 3.) Twilight exploding probably scared the hell out of, not only the other characters, but the kids watching as well. I don't know why I laughed so hard at that, but I did. I knew she wasn't dead, but that didn't stop my mind from being blown that a scene like that could make it into a show intended for little girls. xP 4.) Did I mention the singing? 5.) Liquid Pride. enough said. c:
Now I'll say what I didn't like about the episode. 1.) Obviously, the rushing was an issue. Twilight screws up her friends' cutie marks, they sing ONE SONG for the rest of the day, and everyone's problems are fixed almost instantly; then Twilight becomes a princess. While that may be a good storyline for a child's bedtime story (because those are supposed to be short so the parents can hurry up and take advantage of the kids' short attention spans to get the heck out of there and go to bed), it really didn't live up to my expectations for the season finale of a show that is supposed to have grown so far past the audience of children for which it was originally intended. I mean, come on, Hasbro! You can give us Nightmare Moon, Discord, Changelings, the Crystal Empire, and a royally screwed royal wedding... but you leave us hanging for the next nine or so months with only the memory of a 20-minute sing-along and a new princess toy? Most of us expected so much more of you. -facehoof- 2.) The ending seemed too fake and plastic to me. Yes, Twilight finally reaching her lifelong goal is a good thing, but I honestly don't like the way in which the scene was executed. (Her walking through her memories with Celestia was cool; I'm talking down about the big parade there at the end.) Plus, her friends don't really seem that surprised about her suddenly changing species. They also don't run up and hug her super tight and scream about how scared they were when she "exploded," which is what any true friends would have done, in my opinion. (xP) Aside from Shining Armor's manly "liquid pride" over his sister becoming a princess, the rest of the coronation scene seemed lacking in any real emotions other than the ecstasy most little girls must have experienced over the simple fact that princesses were involved.
Twilight becoming a princess is where I actually stand on neutral ground. Sure, it's kind of weird; we've all known Twi as a geek for the entire series and loved her for it, so we don't really tend to think of her as "princess" material, but the creators of the show have promised that she will still be the same geeky Twi she always was, regardless of her new status, so I'm not sure if that's really such a huge problem. My main concern would be that if the show left Ponyville, the morales and lessons might not be as genuine as they have been in the past. After all, Canterlot ponies have a whole different set of values that aren't necessarily as all-accepting as the ones we've grown attached to in Ponyville.
Actually, I really liked it! I personally don't think it was rushed, and the songs were all lovely, but it did leave me with some questions: -What will Twilight be princess of exactly? -Is she gonna rule Equestria with Celestia, or stay in Ponyville? (Those questions will probably be answered in season 4, though.)
Also, I've heard people say that the Mane Six are gonna go to new places. That sounds really cool, if not necessarily legit.
And for those of you who are wondering, Twilight didn't become a princess because she finished Star Swirl's spell, she became a princess because she became a good friend and learned all about friendship. Also, I think it was Celestia's plan all along.
I agree with the people saying it should have been a two parter. I think the creators were trying to send a message to the brony community with the first and last song... 'and I know for certain that everything is certenly fine' XD
For a musical, it was good for what it could fit in 22 minutes. My biggest gripe with the episode though, was the lack of Discord.
With all the chaos that happened due to the switched destinies, I was really expecting him to pop up and have had a ball. Not to mention rubbing it in Twilight's face that Ponyville became a complete wreck because of her and not him this time.
That, and just like how I think of his/Fluttershy's & Trixie's episodes for season 3, it should have been a two-part episode, especially for a finale.
Honestly, I did not like this episode at all. In fact, I think it is probably among the worst of the episodes. It was way too rushed, it would've been better as a two-parter (but unfortunately Hasbro only ordered for 13 episodes). There were so many ways this episode could've been better; while the singing was grand and made everything move smoothly, there was no storyline other than that. It hard to even understand what was going on because of all the singing, actually and took some time for me to follow what was really going on. Bleh. I was so disappointed.
Ignoring "could haves" (the length being a major one, unanswered questions another)
this episode was fantastic.
the CM swap idea was a good one I knew would only be time for in coming and although it was bare essentials (song- this is the problem- song- how do i solves this - solve with song) honestly i loved it many of the songs have been great in this episode and the season generally.
nah really after reading the Episode Followup on EqD i have come to appreciate some more facets about it:
despite being a tall order to do what really is two EPs in one i honestly think they JUST (well maybe almost) got it.
the songs where great (and many season 3 ones too) the animations epic.
Derpys back they care about US the Bronys.
after seeing Celestias song again, I experienced "liquid pride" it clicked that I just watched a epic song about the assention of a formally socially awkward individual to the highest honors all through meritocracy, something way beyond the setro types i grew up with (very anti nerd to the point where it was common theme that nerd where back guys or "asendid" to another class instead)
I am still "on hold" on the new princess if they tread carefully (and come on everypony that's likely) I am sure questions will be answered interested plots explored S4 looks set to be more epic still all with a hopefully still imperfect heroin.
who would have though a pair of wings would cause such a issue with grown men 5 years ago (relax naysayers you may have your opinion) this show is far greater then many "older men orientated" things i have watched it will take a very serious disaster to cause it to stall and frankly any hiccup so far been resolved (remember shinning armor? and more.).
That was... horrible. Everything is rushed, stuck in just one episode and flavored with a lot of short unfinished songs. Maybe the plot idea isn't that bad, but the implementation is awful. It seems like the creators ran out of ideas of presenting, that's why they used the old ones and so it looks trite.
They sped through the whole thing. I was BARELY aware what was happening through all the singing. My only question is, after stepping all over the plotline of the episode with song, what the HELL are the next 2 parts to this supposed to be about?
HONESTLY, what in the name of GOD could the continuation of that episode be?? How does this count as a three part episode? They had an AMAZING concept with the switched cutiemarks, yet they tossed it out the window to shove in Twilight~Alicorn transformation, which could have waited for the next part.
I hear people saying they cried and got emotional over it, but I could only sit there, spend half the episode trying to understand what the hell just happened, then spend the other half wondering how completing a spell got her turned into a princess.
SHE WROTE HALF OF IT.
She was the one who created a major problem (wow that never happened before) they used their friendship to fix the problem (wow that never happened before a million times either) she writes the last half of a spell and BAMALICORNPRINCESS?
How was that problem any more special than the MILLION other tasks that they'd done in the past, which were exactly like this?
It moved so fast I had no TIME to develop an emotional attachment to anything...
Im seeing from others comments that they are gonna continue, and it doesn't bother me at all that twilights become an alicorn and it seems that the series is gonna end, they could pull off another season in my opinion.
I think they really messed up the episode. I dont hate the show now but that was the first episode I really disliked for a multitude of reasons. First off, it was a musical with very little talking and that made the whole thing feel wrong for me. It felt rushed and unexplained. The other thing is that now that Twilight is a princess what will happen to the show? My guess is that everything will focus more on twilight and more epic adventures which will ruin it in the long run. The best aspect was the simple theme and relatable situations, with that gone we are going to be stuck with a very poorly written exuse for a series, but this is only my opinion.