My TL;DR is going to be pretty stoic and unoriginal this week. I don't feel like doing it witty. If you want witty go follow John Cleese on Twitter or watch some British comedy. Is the episode good in Friendship is Magic standards? Yes. Is this the best episode of Season 2? Nope. And if you don't decide to skip the whole article you will find out why.
So the episode starts with Spike having a "creamy" dream. I feel really dirty writing that, but there's no other way to put it! The very first thing we see right from the start is him walking with Rarity on a candy road that leads to a house made out of cookies and cream. Now keep in mind that the writer for this episode is M.A. Larson (and when I noticed I literally clapped my hands together in happiness) and his previous work includes "Secret of my Excess", so we can pretty much say he is taking care of keeping alive that passion that Spike feels for Rarity. I got to admit I really liked it, even if it's just a fifteen second joke to segue into the real core of the episode. Spike is woken up by the noise of hooves clopping downstairs (what the hell is wrong with me today?) and he finds Twilight pacing up and down the library worried about her schedule. Spike shrugs it as another of her paranoid tantrums and goes back to Peachy-Rarity Land.
The next time we see Twilight she shows clear signs of sleep deprivation, but looks satisfied that she finished re-scheduling her week, right when things turn into "Terminator 2: The Final Judgement". I loved the build up of the spell and how it's presented in a very classic science fiction way. The stacks of paper blowing, the sparks hitting Twilight's tail, and then the ball of light forming. And what does come out of the ball of light? Thankfully it's not an Austrian actor nor is an American actor with tendency to get ran over by cars, it's none other than Twilight herself, with an eye patch, terrible hair, a scar on her face and a torn black skin-tight suit. Now, many people called this a reference to Metal Gear solid because of the eye patch, the suit, the bandage on her head, but I'm not sure. There's been a lot of heroes looking similar to that (Snake Plissken from Escape from New York for example) so I think it's more a combination of tropes rather than a Big Boss shout out. However those who wish to think that I will not stop you. Future Twilight looks and sounds extra panicky and tries to warn Twilight about something that will happen in the future, but right when she's about to tell her what it is, the spell runs out of effect and she disappears. This of course sends Twilight in a quest to try and stop this mysterious catastrophe, so she does the most sensible thing: Protect Equestria from every single type of catastrophe!
|Run to the Vaults! Grab your Jumpsuits!|
|Martin SHEEEEEN!!! *shakes fist*|
|I'm possitive there were a few people who looked at this and said "That's my fetish".|
|Why didn't I think of that before!?|
|But no ice-cream because Spike ate it all, that little rascal.|
- Swarm of the Century: Ponyville destroyed by a swarm of insects with Princess Celestia in her way.
- Sonic Rainboom: Rainbow Dash must pull off the legendary move to save her friend and the Wonderbolts.
- Cutie Mark Chronicles: Tell the origin stories of the Main Six characters in 22 minutes and tangle them together.
- Return of Harmony Parts 1 and 2: Discord returns to spread chaos all over the place, breaks the Elements of Harmony and those who bear it, and everything seems lost.
- Luna Eclipsed: Princess Luna returns after a thousand years and she has to mingle with the crowd.
- Secret of my Excess: Spike grows out of control to the point where he almost kills himself and Rarity.
- The Super Speedy Cider Squeeze 6000: The Apple Family bet everything they have on a contest and they lose.
As you can see those are pretty high stakes and very heavy stuff. However the stakes of this episode are all inside Twilight's head, and none of the other characters apparently seems to care. At the beginning we see all of Ponyville banding together and working. That was cool and it felt like M.A. Larson. But then, by the end, Twilight is super worried about the catastrophe while her friends don't seem to care at all. That kind of sucked me out of the build up. Well, that and like I said, I called the whole thing before even watching it, but that didn't make it less enjoyable. It's a really good episode that fits neatly into my M.A. Larson tier, and I don't have any other "Tier Groups" for the episodes of this show.
|It's still better than "Twilight goes insane with science Tier".|
- Moral: Whatever we do, it's impossible to change the past, and we shouldn't worry excessively about the future, especially if we are not sure of what's going to happen.