Just finished the episode so I guess I'll share my sometimes random and weird thoughts on it.
First off though if you look good enough, during the new intro you can see Discord creeping around in Fluttershy's cottage through the window... I wonder what he could be doing in there. Dude that's not how you get a young ladies attention, in fact that's the opposite of how you do it...
The opening scene is just what I wanted. Twilight completely failing at flying, that's exactly what I wanted to see. Also, I always pictured the fight between Luna and Celestia to be A LOT more over the top, they'd be in outer space throwing meteors and magic blasts at each other and doing a bunch of Gurren Lagann shit, it was a lot more insanely epic in my head. Buuut I can understand that they might not have had the budget for them to have a fight scene that destroyed part of a small galaxy so I'm not complaining. I also like how they explained (sort of) why Discord didn't help (unless you count him telling Twilight to nut up in that one scene) is because he just doesn't care. God of Chaos dude, he loves this stuff. I still kind of want to see him riding around on a bike while shooting off a gun shouting, "GOD OF CHAOS!" Also, I guess Twilight has decided that its time for Spike to start learning how to do the epic adventure thing because I noticed in this episode it was the second time she took her adopted son (or brother) into a dangerous situation. Well, I guess he's got to learn this stuff at some point, and I like Spike (as some of my more recent pony related art may have shown) so I'm up for Spike getting more involved in the adventures.
Oh and one more thing that bugs me that I really wished they had done.
Why didn't they call the Tree of Harmony
Yggdrasil (the Tree of Life). The damn thing even looks like how some artists have depicted Yggdrasil. I took one look at that thing and said out loud, "Holy shit is that Yggdrasil?" Especially in a show that derives some of its world building from Norse and Greek Mythology (as well as a few others) that would have been so cool. But that's just me. But then again, whatever they might have planned for that box might not be able to be done if they used Yggdrasil. But I still say it would have been cool and could have given to some pretty interesting possibilities. But I don't want to complain, because now our main characters can't use their super weapons anymore, this should make things interesting enough.
But, yeah, just like the other two part epic episodes this had a lot of stuff in it I've been wanting to see from the series from day one. I hope we get more adventures like this and don't have to wait until the season final.
I agree with the first part, and it could have been something as Discord just booping the memories into Twilight, God of Chaos can get away with that maybe.
Zecora's Deus Ex Machina potion
Discord's Chekhov's Gun seeds (totally unnecessary)
The mane 5 sending Twilight home scene doesn't feel right.
Alicorn magic is dark magic?
But there's that EPIC SCENE. AND OVERARCHING STORY.
Discords a sore looser I guess.
It didn't feel right to me either.
If Alicorn magic is dark magic, then that would be awesome in my opinion. Lets see some darkness.
And yes, yes there was indeed.