Nuggets of Wisdom

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pony Sunday: A Canterlot Wedding (Part 1 and 2)

Welcome to the last Pony recap of Season 2. It’s the moment you all have been waiting for—the wedding of the century! Here are my thoughts on the REAL two-part season finale “A Canterlot Wedding.”

A Canterlot Wedding (Part 1)

Art by *johnjoseco.

• Fluttershy and her choir get to sing for the wedding, just as they did for the Summer Sun Celebration.
• Funny how Rarity didn’t have her fancy couch to faint upon.
• TWILIGHT HAS A BROTHER?! (Dramatic chipmunk!)
• Twilight makes for a good ventriloquist (especially with a sandwich!)
• Love her jealous expression: “Princess Mi Amore Candenza? Who in the hoof is that? *snort*”
• Twilight’s brother Shining Armor is her B.B.B.F.F. (Big Brother Best Friend Forever!)
• "B.B.B.F.F." has to be Twilight’s best song this season. (Actually, it’s her only song this season. But still—) Really conveys her close relationship with her big brother.
• Does P.F.F. (Pony Friend Forever) really make sense? In this universe, most of her friends are ponies.
• Shining Armor is captain of the Royal Guard. (And again, Rarity faints without her fancy couch. Seriously, that would have made for a great gag!)
• Spike hosts the bachelor party. (And thus a thousand fanfics were made!)
• Only fitting for Apple Jack to consul Twilight—considering her relationship with her brother Big Macintosh.
• Rarity: “Royal weddings do bring out the strangest ponies” Pinkie Pie sneezes confetti. (Am I the only one who considers that normal?)
• Shining Armor calls his sister “Twily.”
• Apparently, Twilight isn’t the only one in her family capable of creating force fields.
• Best Mare? As in “Best Man”? Um, is that allowed?
• Princess Cadence was Twilight’s foalsitter—“the greatest foalsitter in all the history of foalsitters!” (Wait, since when do princesses foalsit?)
• “Sunshine, sunshine, ladybugs awake! Clap your hooves and do a little shake!”
• The fight she broke up was over some pony getting her hooves done? Pretty petty argument.
• Twilight shaking her flank at Cadence: priceless.
• “Absolutely!” Pretty obvious from that point start that this Cadence wasn’t the real one.
• Spike playing with the miniature bride and groom: obvious shout-out to the men who watch this show. (Because real men play with toy ponies!)
• The two ponies working in the kitchen with Apple Jack are recolors of one another.
• Apple Jack makes Fluttershy’s “squee” noise.
• Rarity is working in the same room she stayed in during “Sweet and Elite.”
• Colgate and Lyra are Candenza’s bridesmaids.
• Her bridesmaids love their dresses; Cadenza wants them a different color. LOL! With friends like that, who needs enemies?
• Party games? And the Chicken Dance? For a wedding reception? Yeah, I’m with the princess here: “Perfect—if we were celebrating a 6-year-old’s birthday party!”
• Princess Luna: “Rest, my sister. As always, I will guard the night.” (Most. Epic. Moment. Of the episode!)
• And Spike is still playing with the toy pony—er, I mean miniature.
• One of Fluttershy’s birds is a Kukaburoo. (Who sings off-key.)
• Shining Armor’s uniform was his favorite uncle’s.
• The girl’s bridesmaids dresses: enter obvious product placement here!
• Rainbow Dash complains about her dress—even though it’s just like her Gala Dress!
• And Spike is still playing with pony toys!
• And they just noticed that Twilight wasn’t there? Why would they start the rehearsal without her?
• Really hate to be Twilight right about now. (Being snubbed by her brother and her friends is one thing, but by Princess Celestia, ouch!)
• Epic reprise.
• Epic cliff hanger, too!

A Canterlot Wedding (Part 2)

Art by *johnjoseco.

• Is it me, or does the evil Cadence seem like a Bond villain?
• Yeah, Twilight: shooting a magical beam onto a reflective surface is not the brightest idea.
• And the real Cadence proves herself with their old handshake.
• Nice contrast in the “This Day” Aria between the real and fake Candence. Reminds me of a song from a Disney movie. Really shows how much effort is put into the show.
• Cadence taking flight = Epic! (Up, up, and away!)
• Cutie Mark Flower Girls!
• Zombie bridesmaids! (Wait, wasn’t Lyra at the wedding? Oh well. MLP isn’t exactly known for continuity!)
• And nobody realizes Shining Armor’s glazed-over look?
• Where did Cadence get the bouquet?
• Apparently wedding bouquets are like catnip. (Let’s just hope those three weren’t hurt from that fall.
• Changelings feed off of love. Monsters that feed off positive energy rather than negative energy? How original.
• Really love Queen Chrysalis’s design. She reminds me of a Disney villain like Maleficent. (Wow, many things in this episode reminds me of Disney. Just goes to show how much effort was put into it!)
• Princess Celestia facing off Queen Chrysalis = Epic! (Almost like Obi Wan facing off Darth Vader!)
• Apparently unicorn horns can burn out!
• Twilight squashed that Changeling like a bug! (Then again, it is a bug.)
• Ponies beating up ponies! To quote South Park, the battle between the Mane 6 and changelings was “a battle 10 times bigger than the battle of the Lord of the Rings: Two Towers.”
• And the fake Fluttershys just walk past the real one.
• Pinkie Pie is merely amused at how the changelings change.
• And she goes Rambo with Twilight Sparkle!
• Pinkie Pie brings out the Party Cannon! Aw Yeah! S*** just got real!
• LOL! at Celestia’s expression when she woke up!
• Anyone else looking forward to the fan art of Celestia and the other ponies trapped in cocoons and mutating into changelings? Or is that just me?
• The changelings corner Doctor Whooves and Carrot Top in an alley.
• Epic reprise of “This Day” by Queen Chrysalis. (Funny how I keep using the word “Epic.” I seriously need a thesaurus!)
• And the spell over Shining Armor is broken by the power of love.
• Shining Armor and Princess Cadence combine their powers to defeat the Queen—with the POWER OF LOVE!
You've got to believe, in the Power of Love. You've got to believe, in the Power of Love. It gives meaning to each moment, it's what our hearts are all made of. You've got to believe, in the Power of Love! In The Power of Love! In the Power of Love! (Anyone else reminded of this song? Kudos to anyone who knows the reference.)
• Looks like Queen Chrysalis is blasting off again!
• For once, we have a villain not defeated with the Elements of Harmony. (Good change of pace.)
• Looks like Princess Cadence loves dancing with Pinkie Pie’s music.
• And we get to see Twilight’s parents—of course!
• Cutie Mark Crusader flower girls—again!
• Unicorns wear their rings on their horns. But where do the other ponies wear them? They don’t have fingers.
• Sonic Rainboom!
• Where the heck was Luna during all of this?! She obviously arrived because it was dusk, being the alicorn of the moon and all, but really? Was she really sleeping through the changeling invasion?!
• Pinkie Pie goes “squee!”
• DJ PON-3! (And her eyes are red!)
• Of all the songs, the last one was pretty “meh!”
• Spike/Sweetie Belle, Rainbow Dash/Soarin’, and Rarity/Fancypants are officially canon!
• Rarity catches the bouquet! (Would have been interesting if Spike caught the garter!)
• “Wait for what I have planned for the bachelor party!” (Um, anyone else creeped out by that?)