If there has been any
pair of episodes I've dreaded this series, it was this one. It's a wedding episode, it's a giant reference to one of the most overblown events of the last decade, and it introduces a pink Alicorn so Hasbro won't have to throw out all their Pinklestia dolls. Imagine my surprise when both episodes came, and turned out to probably be my favorite two-parter in the series so far.
First, the three songs were great. "B.B.B.F.F" was my favorite; it's incredibly catchy, but also has a melancholic undertone that the Dark Reprise
ups to soul-crushing levels. "This Day Aria" sounds like it came right out of the Disney Villain Music Academy, and the dueling tones between the two singers were handled marvelously. The last song wasn't as good as the other two, but still hit the right notes and helped accentuate the happy ending.
Next, the writing runs the whole gambit. The episode starts out happy but tense, and then just gets darker and darker as it goes. By the time the villain (who stands as the best antagonist since Discord) finally launches her scheme, the entire thing has dipped right into Nightmare Fuel territory. And then, of course, comes the blissful ending where everything gets resolved and everyone goes home happy. The transitions are handled very well, and the story feels like a cohesive whole, which is something Return of Harmony and the pilot couldn't quite pull off.
As always, the animation was great. I loved the design on the monsters, and the fight scene at the end was one of the season's highlights. It was funny, tense, and actually thrilling. That, and it has Pinkie using Twilight as a gatling gun. That is awesome.
If there is any real huge fault with the episode, it's, again, the ending. Much like Return of Harmony, things are just wrapped up too quickly. Unlike that one, though, the way the villain is defeated feels like a Deus Ex Machina
more than anything else. That, and Celestia getting hit with the Worf Effect
. Poor princess can't catch a break...
Overall, though, these episodes blew Season 1's Gala arc away, and stands as one of the season's best. It's a shame Meghan McCarthy won't be writing any more episodes. Here's hoping Season 3 turns out great.