…Lord that title is long. And yeah, I skipped last week. Massive deadline and plus I had the debut of the episode wrong. ^^;; Oops.
ANYWAY, I’ll start off with the story structure, which was pretty epic, even though it was kind of cliche. However, there is no such thing as an original story, so I’m willing to forgive that. Though I do wonder how many times Twilight can be right. There comes a point where I really want her to wrong. Like way wrong. But I’m also cynical. The only part that felt awkward was when Twilight confronted her brother. It was okay for about half of that scene, but then it just didn’t flow right. I think it could have used a little tinkering.
Which gets me to characters. Shining Armor was SO FLAT. Admittedly, we don’t see much of him, but there comes a point where I was rather annoyed with him. Plus, he gave up WAY too easily for the Captain of the Royal Guard, especially with his beloved AND his kingdom in danger. Ugh. And I shall not be bribed by Luna, people! …Okay, I squeed like a fangirl when she appeared every time, but still! I cannot believe she slept through the whole day that solidly and didn’t notice the changeling invasion. That’s just strange. Chrysalis was pretty amazing, but I had such Nightmare Moon flashbacks… I guess there is only so many ways to do an evil mare. As for my previous complaints about Cadance? Three seconds of flight in a song sequence does not validate wings. Nope.
…The music was pretty epic though. I don’t know who does the music for MLP, but they do an amazing job. As do the voice actors. “This Day Aria” is amazing, not only as a song, but because of the singer. I love the duality of it, which reminds me subtly of Disney’s The Little Mermaid with Vanessa and Ariel (if Ariel could talk at that point in the movie). Britt McKillip really deserves a round of applause for making so even if you don’t have a picture in front of you, you can tell two different people with identical voices are singing. That is so hard to do, and she managed it with phrasing and the subtle way of hitting notes to make Chrysalis just sound like an evil version of Cadance. (And yes, I’m listening to that song on repeat as I write this.)
There were a couple of animations blips (“This Day” has some involving Cadance and the mirror), and I can’t say I like the “good” Cadance’s wedding dress. It really isn’t visually appealing to me. The evil suited her better, somewhat. Like if I could take the “good” version’s skirt, minus the giant pink RANDOM bow, and the straight-edged veil, and the front/hair of the first one’s, I’d be happy. And speaking of the veil, way to be subtle there. XD I just feel like there’s a disconnect between the bridal party in the end, which is slightly annoying. Also, holy bipedal ponies, Batman! They pushed that pretty far in this episode(s).
Overall, it’s a good way to close out the season. (And us Soarin/Dash shippers got to freak out at the end, thanks for that.)