Saw the leak.
Yeah, sorry guys, but I frequent derpibooru a lot, and I don't do well with skirting spoiler pics, so watching the leak as soon as possible is the best thing for me to do, even if the vid quality isn't what I'd like it to be. Plus, I have work in the morning.
Neat episode, lots of good stuff.
The writing was particularly interesting in this one. Rarity, Rainbow and Applejack all got some nice facetime with each other. The scene in Rarity's house was great.
Pinkie SHINED in this episode for the tiniest bit that she was in it. One fantastic random moment, and an adorable moment where she demonstrates that she's a terrible actress with no poker face to speak of. Plus, I might be wrong, but it's probably the first real interaction Spike's had with Apple Bloom, outside scolding the Crusaders for messing up the Library in S1.
I don't particularly feel the episode is fair to Spike. Maybe it's just that he's not familiar with a lot of tasks beyond the library, but he's never really shown to be "bumbling" the way he's portrayed here. It really feels like he's suddenly becoming a Derpy-level hazard when all past evidence has shown him to be a diligent and effective assistant.
More worldbuilding in the "Dragon Code," both in outlining dragon behavior, and in the fact that evidently Spike uses his tele-flame to do more with documents than send them to Celestia.
Also worldbuilding in expanding upon Timber Wolves. Looks like they're some kind of golem comprised of tree matter, perhaps a living representation of the forest's own malevolence. Seems that "killing" them doesn't mean much. Still, quite the anticlimax, the timber wolves reforming into a super-wolf and being beaten by Spike tossing a rock into its mouth... LAME...
Also lame... *sigh* The 3D animation used for the wolves. It's not that it's particularly bad, it's that it feels INCREDIBLY out of place. The wolves are cel-shaded with big black finalToon sort outlines, and as we know, FIM is not the kind of show that generally uses thick black outlines in its art-style. Outlines are always done with a darker variation of the object's color-scheme. It wouldn't even have been THAT hard to accomplish with the method they used. I must say son, I am disappoint.
Still, benefit of the doubt, maybe they decided to give the CGI a shot, the colored outlines looked undesirable or indistinct, so they went with black because they ran out of time. Hopefully, any further use of 3D elements will be better applied, using this as a learning experience.
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!"