A Disappointed Ending.
This doesn't mean it was bad, but for all the hype both the media had given to the two hours wedding and the sheer quality momentum the entire season 2 had created, it was barely acceptable as a filler episode, less so for a supposed epic ending.
Well, let's start with the good and then the bad.
1.- The Music was quite good, with the vocals and the thematic at hand. Great work Daniel Ingram (I think).
2.- The Mane six fight scene was superb, both comedic and awesome and showing that they can be a force to be reckoned with without the elements of harmony.
3.- There were some...good-ish jokes.
1.- My main beef with the story are the two main characters of the drama: Shining Armor and Princess Cadence or the fact that they were never alluded prior the entire thing in the first place. While it can be explained for Cadence for be an alicorn (even when she was her favorite fillysitter), Shining Armor is put as a BBBFF for Twilight, becoming her emotional crutch while she was a foal and having a huge impact in her life... and never mentioned in any of the dozens of flashbacks, imagine spots, interviews, letters or any other form before the entire wedding propaganda.
2.- Chrysalis. Who is she? Is she a new foe or an ancient horror? Why does she needed
to crash in the most fortified building in Equestria and no other city? How does she passed the defenses or how does she abducted Cadence? What was her masterful plan beyond "eating love"?... There is no foreshadowing, not build up or even an monologue. Both Nightmare Moon and Discord got, in the same rushed introduction, a very well explained back story, goals and why Celestia couldn't face her... Chrysalis is pretty much a Captain Planet Villain.
3.- Love or why is so powerful. It's my little pony Friendship
is magic and yet the entire thing was constructed in a Disney-esque love, conquer all. Not only the entire relation is only alluded ( the flashbacks are about Twilight
relationship with them) but somehow managed to defeat both Celestia and Chrysalis in that order. Why? The Elements were ancient elemental relics of untold power, but how was Princess Cadence/Shining... bubble thing capable of defeating an entire race and save the day. Seriously, WTFM?.
It jut feels cheap.
21st Apr 12
21st Apr 12
Yes, you need love to have friendship and friendship to have love, but the matter it was that it came as implied instead of shown.
In the first episode we get scenes of both the good, the bad and the curious for the Mane cast, the tribulations they had to pass and the entire series it's pretty much an essay of what is friendship, what it's need to exist and all the troubles it takes to maintain it.
The love story exist... because love is pure and great, everlasting feeling that can conquer all obstacles. Seriously, there is not a single scene of their relationship, how it was formed, why they chose each other, the ups or downs or anything except a song and a dance at the end. For example heart's warming eve took pains to draw how bad the situation was between the tribes, what kind of people it was needed to redeem them and the three heroes had at least a discussion of their situation and they laughed
in desperation and defiance to their situation in an accidental act of harmony.
What does Shining armor or Cadence got? It was Twilight
who, in the end, saved them (liberating Cadence twice and helping Shining armor) and whom pointed their good sides (kind, intelligent brother/ nice, lovely pure princess). The scenes of them where from Twilight perspective and 99% of the on-screen time was between fake cadence and shining armor.
There is not a single, deep characterization of said "over powerful" relationship in the entire two hours of the story. Not even a dialogue that you couldn't find in the most banal of the Fics.
And the entire Friendship power... It needed six chosen wielders, each one being literally an avatar of said element, 6 untold powerful artifacts and they only defeated their main enemy, not the entire race in one go (and this was an opponent who was canonically stronger than Princess Celestia and having sucked almost all of Shining armor love/magic).
The love bubble needed... a deep meaningful look and took a competent soldier and a very low level tier Alicorn to become all powerful deus ex...
Also, just to eat it's not enough reason, not in my little pony. Even Discord "for the lulz" was in his nature as a physical manifestation of chaos. Or Nightmare Moon got a old legend and an intro, not to mention like a dozen of tests before the main fight. Heck, the episode even lampshade chrysalis recklessness in leaving her disguise in front of the god ruler, in the middle of her kingdom, without completing the wedding (why was needed in the first place) and leaving all her minions outside
of the indestructible bubble.
Gods, it sounds even sillier when I write it.
The story was (or should be) about Shining Armor and Princess Cadence and they were relegated as living props or secondary characters (beside the bubble scene in the first act, what Shining armor did? and Princess Cadence only got shackled and saved by twilight twice). In fact, it was more about Twilight learning to accept her family doesn't belong to her and that life is never static, both grow and change, sometimes for the better and she shouldn't be jealous out of the good fortune of others (at least in the first act).
I... honestly don't know what was the aesop, the drama or just the reason of the two hours episode.
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