Nuggets of Wisdom

Sunday, November 11, 2012

"The Crystal Empire" (Part 1 and 2) Review

Yesterday I woke up early to watch the Season 3 premiere of My Little Pony. (This would be the first in a long time that I woke up early to watch Saturday morning cartoons!) And the first two episodes were…okay! They weren’t bad. Just not all that good. I was slightly disappointed. I was expecting it to be much better than this. But hey, it’s just the first two episodes. Hopefully, the other episodes in the season will be much better, right?

Anyhow, here are my two cents on these two episodes:



"The Crystal Empire" (Part 1)

• The secretary pony is kind of cute. I always did have a thing for girls with glasses.
• Do all the royal guards have blue hair? No wonder Shining Armor was chosen to be one.
• If you look closely, you’ll see that the quills pierce the bottom of the bag.
• How that book didn’t kill Spike is beyond me.
• As some who made it through college using flashcards, I agree: “That’s not going to be enough cards!”
• Does Twilight remind anyone else of Hermione? No wonder she’s my favorite character.
• And the library goes boom—all the way to the sky!
• Shining Armor and Princess Cadence get their own stained glass window!
• “She’s that much closer to being ready” for what? Something tells me this is buildup for a storyline later in the season—or series.
• “Few remember it ever existed at all.” Something tells me that the Crystal Empire is their version of Atlantis or Shangri-La.
• Anyone else get flashbacks to the Lord of the Rings with that flashback?
• I hope you enjoyed what little back story we were given for the Empire and King Sombra, because that’s all we get.
• Celestia really looks spooky using dark magic.
• “If fear and hatred take hold,” then creepy black crystals will appear!
• So why does Celestia need Twilight’s help exactly? The flashback showed that she and Luna defeated him the first time around. So what’s preventing them from defeating him this time?
• “It is a different type of test, but one I am certain you will pass.” So why are we using the fate of an entire empire as an academic test? Sounds like a bit too heavy a matter to use to determine something as trivial as grades. Then again, Celestia has never been wrong about Twilight succeeding at this point.
• “What if I fail?” “You won’t!” I know because the writers wrote it that way!
• Really love their cutie marks in the background.
• Only Twilight would be disappointed at an A+.
• Really love Twilight apparating and balancing on the lily pads.
• The party cannon returns! :D
• LOL! at how the confetti retreats back into the cannon!
• One has to wonder what a train station is doing in the vast icy wasteland of the north. It can’t be because of the Crystal Empire, because it hasn’t existed for a thousand years (and I’m pretty sure the train didn’t either).
• Really love Shining Armor’s arctic gear.
• Aw man! We’re totally cheated out of an epic battle between Shining Armor and King Sombra!
• In case you were wondering if they were going to do anything more with Shining Armor’s horn being infected with black crystal (mind control or anything), I hope you weren’t disappointed when they didn’t. (Also, why don’t they just remove the black crystal shards from his horn?)
• Does the Crystal Empire remind anyone else of the Emerald City of Oz? They are both cities made of crystal, so no duh there!
• Rarity almost hyperventilates over the Empire and Castle.
• And we get to see “Sunshine, sunshine, ladybugs awake” again! Cute!
• Seems like Cadence’s protection spell is much different to Shining Armor’s in that she has to constantly cast it even to the point of not sleeping or eating, whereas Shining Armor was able to go about as he regularly does without the spell hindering him at all.
• Again, why don’t they remove the shards from his horn?
• Rarity is really losing herself over this. Seems like she would enjoy the Empire more than Canterlot.
• “Who doesn’t like research papers?” Well personally, I don’t mind research. It can be rather fun and enlightening. It’s the paper part that I loathe.
• LOL! at Pinkie Pie not grasping Rainbow Dash’s sarcasm.
• So crystal ponies have crystal eyes and coats. What else about them sets them apart from other ponies?
• Rainbow Dash should learn that you capture more flies with honey than vinegar.
• Did Fluttershy not remember how to be assertive from “Putting Your Hoof Down”?
• Love Pinkie Pie’s spy outfit. Too bad they didn’t make use of it other than comedic effect.
• Rarity does realize she needs to be gathering information, not daydreaming about being a Crystal pony.
• LOL! at Pinkie Pie’s Fluttershy suit (and Fluttershy’s startled reaction to it)!
• Love Twilight’s reaction to hearing about the library!
• I seriously want a girlfriend who is that excited about visiting the library.
• The librarian seems to be my favorite background character for this season.
• “I can’t seem to remember. I’m not sure if I actually work here.” I don’t know if that’s the amnesia talking or the Alzheimer’s.
• “I like her.” Me too, Pinkie!
• So why are the others wasting their time going through the bookshelves individually? Why not use the card catalog or check the history section. I know the library is over a millennia old, but I’m sure they have something similar to the Dewey Decimal System.
• Anyone else skeptical as to how only six ponies and one dragon were able to put on such a large fair? They surely needed more help than that.
• “Ballad of the Crystal Ponies” is the best song of the season thus far. (Then again, we’ve only had two, but at least we know we’re off to a good start.)
• “We can save the Crystal Ponies with their history.” Anyone else reminded of the protest song from the Pok√©mon Coliseum commercial?
• Dash looks 20 percent cooler in armor!
• Fluttershy + multicolored lambs = SUPER KAWAII!
• “I couldn’t have done this without you.” I’m skeptical that you were able to pull that off even with them.
• The noise the fugglehorn makes is actually “Fugglehorn”!
• The crystal ponies’ coats are affected by their mood.
• Did Rainbow Dash swap personalities with Pinkie Pie?
• Crystal berry pie? Crystal corn-on-the-cob? Sheesh! I know this is the crystal empire, but does everything need a crystal reference? Do they also use the crystal toilet and make crystal dookie?
• “I do work at the library!” Best. Line. Ever!
• Why would Sombra hide it away? It was pretty much set by Celestia before that the heart can be used for good or evil, so clearly Sombra had the power to use it for evil. So why hide it away and not use it?
• The page mentioning the Crystal Heart was torn out. Of Course!
• “How did I not notice?” Seriously, how did she not notice? Did she not read the entire book? Did she just skip the ending? Knowing how bookaphilic Twilight is, that’s highly doubtful.



"The Crystal Empire" (Part 2)

• I like how snakelike King Sombra is. Wait! King Sombra? King Kobra!
• The crystals in the Crystal Empire seem to operate the same way the crystals in Atlantis: The Lost Empire did.
• Seemed like that pony whom Apple Jack was trying to hide the Crystal Heart from already noticed it.
• Anyone else think the face-painting joke was weak?
• Does Pinkie Pie’s costume remind anyone else of Harley Quinn?
• “Who wants a flugglehorn?” “I want a flugglehorn!” “Who else wants a flugglehorn?” “I want a flugglehorn!”
• “The king would have been counting on the fact that no pony would dare go looking for it here.” Actually, I think most ponies would suspect that he would be hiding it there. It’s the most obvious place to hide it!
• Knight Fluttershy has a nice ring to it.
• Crystal nectar? Crystal fritters? Crystal recipe? Piccolo: “We get it! You’re all effing crystal!”
• Celestia’s Quarters? What is that supposed to be?
• Celestia did not teach her that spell. She showed it to her—once! Unless Twilight is a Blue Mage, that’s not how learning spells works.
• Twilight, it’s probably not wise to go down a dark, spooky staircase alone.
• “Yes, crystals.” That’s one line from King Sombra.
• Love Twilight levitating upside down like that.
• A magic door protecting a magic relic? Huh! Go figure!
• Obvious dark illusion is obvious.
• Really? An entire empire allegedly falls, and Twilight is more concerned about her studies? She really does remind me about Hermione sometimes!
• And this is why you never go down a dark staircase alone. It’s only fortunate that the trap was a dark illusion and not something more—deadly!
• “I’m not going to send you away.” Which is why you kindly told him that you didn’t want his help earlier.
• “Stairs. Lots and lots of stairs.”
• Again, I have to ask: why doesn’t Shining Armor remove the shards from his horn? Black magic?
• Fluttershy looks really cute in armor. Only a matter of time until they have a human version of that. (More specifically by Johnjoseco.)
• How do none of the crystal ponies realize what is going on? Do none of them look up at the sky?
• Fluttershy looks especially cute being launched away with her little cry.
• Fluttershy has a point: wouldn’t someone like Apple Jack be a better jousting partner for Rainbow Dash?
• Really love Twilight’s gravity spell and seeing her surf down—or rather, up—the staircase!
• Apparently, crystal ponies are easily distracted by basket-weaving.
• “I made a hat out of three pieces of hay and a drinking straw. I made it work.” LOL!
• Okay, now the crystal ponies notice the creepy flashes in the sky. Convenient!
• So you mean to tell me that the Crystal Heart isn’t going to be out in the open for anyone to take without protection? Huh. Go figure!
• “I don’t know if they believe you.” “I don’t know if I believe me.” LOL!
• “My crystal slaves.” That’s two lines from Sombra.
• Spike: “I’ve got a crystal heart!” Gohan: “I’ve got a dragonball!”
• Sombra licks his lips at the Crystal Heart. Uh, was he planning on eating it?
• Well it’s a good thing Shining Armor knew Princess Cadence would have enough strength in her to fly if she were suddenly launched into midair, even though she was extremely weak, having not eaten or slept for a long time. What could have possibly gone wrong?
• Again, in essence, the Crystal Heart is like the Heart of Atlantis.
• “What? No! Stop!” Line three from Sombra.
• So everyone becomes crystal, not just the crystal ponies? If that’s the case, what’s so special about the crystal ponies?!
• King Sombra shattered like a crystal. Does this make him the first MLP villain to be killed off?
• The Crystal Empire creates the Northern Lights.
• “Some things are only good when they’re a Rarity.” LOL!
• So Princess Cadence and Shining Armor are not the real rulers of the Crystal Empire. Then who is?
• Twilight is still obsessed with her “test”? Uh, an entire empire has been saved. I don’t think Celestia would have cared if you were the one to save it or not. I really don’t.
• I really REALLY love how it’s Spike who saves the day and gets his own window!
• Anyone else feel the moral was simply tacked on at the end?
• Pinkie on stilts! LOL!
• Loved the reprise!