Guys, I'm scared.
No, seriously, I am literally afraid of this review and of what happens after I publish it in my blog. I think I have never approached writing something while feeling the nervous grip in my gut that I am experiencing right now. I've reviewed every single episode of Season 2 in this blog: Everyone. I've been through the hard times with you guys, and we've shared opinions in really interesting conversations down in the comments. But this is the first time I feel things aren't going to be so peachy. You know me. If you follow my blog from Equestria Daily you know how I am and how I like to explain my thoughts. You know I don't simply wave my hand and say "This sucks, lol roflcopter", I actually take the time to explain my opinion. And even with that, even with all that, I have the feeling you are not going to like what I have to say. But I beg you to read to the end so you can understand my point.
This doesn't mean you are not getting a TL;DR. Of course you are getting one. I think they are one of the signs of identity of my reviews after all. Is this a good episode? Well guys, if you are asking that at this point then why are you still here? The widespread reaction to it is just massive. Is this the best episode of the season? Again, according to the widespread reaction, it pretty much is. Do I agree? No. And if you want me to explain please keep reading.
So the episode starts with a lovely picnic in the outskirts of Ponyville. The Mane six are having a relaxing time after an entire season of hijinks and character development when suddenly Spike comes in and belches a letter into Twilight's face. That Spike, he's always such a classy guy. Twilight reads in that letter that Princess Celestia has called for them to assist for the Royal wedding attending different tasks. Fluttershy is asked to bring her birds for performing the wedding march which makes her squee in anticipation. Rainbow Dash waves her hoof in disdain until she is told if she could perform a Sonic Rainboom, to which she pretty much punches the air in approval. Pinkie Pie is asked to organise the reception which, even though I don't know what it really entails, you know it will involve pinning the tail onto something. Applejack, being the good cook that she is, will take care of the bakery, possibly while she is well rested and not sleep deprived. But by far the best reaction comes from Rarity, who's face when she is told she will be doing the dresses for the wedding can only be described as a post-climax face. Seriously, she literally explodes in bliss, I think I have never seen her so happy in any other episode. And finally Twilight will organise everything. However, she is still confused as to who is getting married, which is something that didn't appear in the letter. When Spike shows her another letter (this dragon is as reliable with the mail as AOL) she suddenly learns that the wedding is between a certain Princess Mi Amore Cadenza and her brother. I would cue a "Dun, dun, Dunn" moment here if it wasn't for that TV listing that spoiled it.
We are then introduced to Twilight Sparkle's first solo song in the entire series. Yeah I know Winter Wrap Up had some moments of her singing, but that was a massive song with several other characters all singing at unison. This song is her all alone. It's about her and her brother and about how much she loves him. It's pretty ingenious the way the makers of this show introduce us to this character we have never heard from before but that is such a big deal in Twilight's life. Applejack says it better than I could ever put it:
"Your big brother sounds like a pretty good guy"
And he does. It only takes two minutes of song to get you invested in the character, because you see it from Twilight's perspective. She's not all that thrilled however to learn this from a letter and not from her brother, so she takes on the trip to Canterlot decided to demand an explanation from him.
|And towels for Rarity. Lots of towels.|
|Like making sandwiches talk. I didn't know that of her!|
|Whoops, you got me! I'm evil, teehee! I guess you win a trip to the dungeon.|
We then cut to the wedding where Fake Princess Cadance is about to marry Shinning Armour, with Celestia acting as the minstrel. Everything seems to go according to plan for Fake Cadance, until Twilight steps into the room. The rest of the Mane cast, Spike and Celestia as well, roll their eyes at Twilight's attitude, but when the real Cadance steps inside next to Twilight things turn eerie and everyone in the room gets hit by the obvious realisation: Fake Cadance is not the real Cadance (now it's a good time to use the Dun, Dun, Dunnn sound, don't you think?). Tired of keeping the charade Fake Cadance drops her disguise in the most disturbing thing in this show ever. Okay, we have had quite a few moments that went between the scary to the just creepy. Luna turning back into Nightmare Moon was creepy. Opal coming out of Angel's mouth was scary. Twilight losing her mind and going insane was pretty creepy too. The transformation of the fake Cadance into Chrysalis Queen of the Changelings is down right nightmare fuel-ish. With her true identity revealed so come her real plans. She used Shining Armour's love for the real Cadance to power her own magic and so set her keen all over Canterlot, and from there to all over Equestria. I like how the makers of the show basically shoved in a very adult kind of mythological creature into this show. You see, the way Chrysalis feeds on the love of Shining Armour to make herself more powerful, so powerful she can actually defeat Princess Celestia, is very similar to how a succubus acts! And she fed so rabidly into it that her kind and her powers are taking over Canterlot without trouble. Celestia begs Twilight and her friends to go retrieve the Elements of Plot Convenience-I mean, the Elements of Harmony, to defeat Chrysalis and put a halt to her plans. What follows is a pretty well planned action scene that's very reminiscent to Power puff Girls in style, tone and editing, down right to the shadows over brightly coloured backgrounds. After making their way through an army of changelings they arrive to the chamber of the Elements, only to find it filled to the ceiling with enemies.
So, defeated, they are taken back to where the wedding was being celebrated. Chrysalis has changed the ceiling ornaments into a Celestia trapped inside a cocoon, and she is revelling in her victory. She revels in her victory so hard and so reveling-uhm-ly that she doesn't notice Twilight freeing Cadance and have her use her magic to bring Shining Armour back. It's useless though, because he is way too weakened after Chrysalis consumed all of his energy to perform the spell that blasts the changelings away. However the Queen of the Changelings didn't take into account that Cadance still has a reserve full of magic energy inside her in the shape of the love she has for him, which she channels into Shining Armour and together they repel the Changelings and her Queen into oblivion Team Rocket style. So yeah, she gets defeated by the Power of Love. With the menace gone the wedding can now keep moving forward and finally conclude. Shining Armour and Cadance make out in front of everypony, Rainbow Dash performs her Sonic Rainboom, Princess Luna shows up at the end wondering if she missed anything, Vinyl Scratch pops up for all the bronies, and they all live happily ever after until Season 3.
|All except for that poor flower bouquet.|
|Things I didn't like from this episode.|
|Things I did like from this episode.|
|I'm throwing in another shot, because she's my new favorite villain. I mean, dayum!|
So that's it for Season 2 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I can't believe I made 24 of these during several months. Now that I have no deadlines to publish new episode reviews until Season 3 starts I can focus on other projects! Like "Cluedo: Ponyville". Or making lots of Chrysalis fanart.
|Seriously, she might as well be called "Fanservisalis".|
- Moral: Learn to trust your instincts, especially in the face of doubt. Now this moral isn't just something kids can learn. There are adults who would need a good dose of this as well.