Holy shit, a MONTH away, after all this time!
So DAMN, this opener sounds freaking AMAZING!
Celestia and Luna vanished! The Everfree encroaching on Equestria! Secrets of the Elements revealed!
I mean, it's got the potential to be the best, most tense two-parter of the series. Yes, including the pilot episodes.
Because for the first time SINCE the pilot, Twilight and co are TOTALLY on their own! For NON bullshit reasons this time!
For me, it goes, S2 opener, S1 opener, S3 opener.
Nightmare Moon was cool, and Twilight WAS on her own, but Nightmare could have beaten them anytime she wanted, but didn't because the story would be over.
Discord is the best handily, even if Luna and Celestia were technically present, and SHOULD have helped the girls oversee this undertaking and warn them of the kind of tricks Discord was likely employing, even if they stood no chance against him magically. Though the argument can be made that if she HAD, Discord would have just teleported her to Appleoosa or something so she wouldn't interfere.
Crystal Empire was just... dumb. Celestia and Luna charge Twilight with saving the empire, and foregoing the interests of the crystal ponies almost altogether, turn it into a TEST, in which she's not supposed to receive help from anyone, including the very friends she's SUPPOSED to be learning to bond with, aid, and rely on. An entire race of people... with their fates put in the hooves of a pony that COULD help them a lot better, but the Princess decided to give their most dire enemy a fucking HANDICAP, just to make things fucking interesting I 'spose!
Maybe it would have worked if Celestia was like, "Pff, this Sombra joker caught us off guard before, but we've got his number this time. I'm gonna give you this one to test yourself, and Luna and I will be at the empire WITH you to keep things from going pear-shaped in case you fail," and then Sombra throws them a wicked curveball that takes them out of the game. Fuck, that STILL would have had a lot of problems, but it would have demonstrated a SEMBLANCE of sense and common decency!
Forest for the trees though: Twilight is forced basically to assume acting leadership, unless Cadance happens to be there to help, and she's up against a villain whose nature and motivation we haven't the FAINTEST clue about.
Finally it feels like there's real weight to the proceedings again, and this time Celestia isn't even around for MORAL support. If not for her friends, she's got nobody to look up to and is forced to seek answers from within. And we're involving the Elements in this too?!
Jesus, this two-parter is gonna be so PACKED, I have half a hope and suspicion that things WON'T be solved by the end! Maybe they'll only save Luna, stall the advance of the forest and our new villain becomes a recurring foe that they'll have to hunt down every few episodes to try and free Celestia.
Not likely, but hey, I can dream!
My only issue with this is the Elements... It'd be cool to figure out an origin for them and discover what they really ARE, but... I have to ask if that's something that really NEEDS a concrete explanation at all, or if it's even a good idea.
There's every chance the explanation could be lame, or worse, contradict fundamental aspects of the series. This could seriously put a post-hoc axe into the spine of this series. People thought Twilight turning into a princess would be the death of things? What the fuck are we supposed to do if we get the My Little Pony version of the infamous "midichlorians" reveal? It could color the entire SERIES in a way that would serve as the TRUE betrayal of everything we know and love.
Now, DHX has done enough to show me they're not just a gaggle of shit-slinging howler monkeys, and that they DO try and get right what they can NOT afford to get wrong. I'm just saying, it's a tall order to explain the Elements without seriously demystifying them or flying in the face of everything that came before.
Harry intentionally used the occlumantic link to see Voldemort's thoughts. He was flicking lit matches at Lucius Malfoy.
"Your pain bores me," said Darth Nonose. "Go fetch Severus. I have some death for him."
Wazit_Blade: "Gah! J-Dude just invaded the thread!"