It was a good episode, though I was confused by the lack of focus on the actual games after an entire season of build-up.
I was really happy to see the Crystal Empire regarding Spike as a hero after he wasn't invited there in Game Ponies Play, for whatever reason. It seems like he's actually been treated worse ever since he saved the Crystal Empire, so it was nice to see everyone care about him so much after being the butt of so many jokes since season 3. I loved the lesson at the end of the episode about remembering to believe in yourself, even when everyone else already does, and making every unicorn's magic become disabled in the stadium was funny. Makes me wonder what kind of cheating happened in previous Equestria Games.
There's only one word that can sum up the season finale: EP-IC. (Or is that two words? Ah, who cares)
Man, oh, man, that was so much better than the extremely disappointing season finale of season 3, heck, it was even better than the first two season finales. How they are going to top that is beyond me, if I didn't know know any better and you told me that was the series finale, I wouldn't have doubted you for a second.
The season long build-up was completely worth it. I really can't fault anything. Tirek was a fantastic villain, and the fact he could even push Discord around made him very intimidating. As for Discord, his sudden reform in season 3 always felt very sudden, but after that episode, I can actually believe him as the ponies' friends. The battle between Twilight and Tierk was amazing, when did this show turn into Dragonball Z? I'm not complaining, though. And when the Mane Six mega evolved had full rainbow power, they looked incredible. The more cynical side of me thinks, "Bah, that was just an excuse to sell more toys!" but another side of me thinks, "Who cares, these designs are awesome, they deserve all the money they get!"
So, that's season 4 done. I think it might honestly have been the best season since season 1. (And s I said before, nothing will ever top season 1 for me, but I'm probably biased there) The wait until season 5 and see what else there is to come from this show is going to be very painful, but after such a great season finale, I'm feeling very positive about the future.
I was actually really surprised with this episode, the premise sounded pretty bad (25 was sounding to be a generic Worf Effect episode, and 26 sounded like something out of bad fanfiction), but the execution surprised me a bit. They took the character arcs in directions that I wanted to see, but didn't expect (Twilight not really feeling like her role as a princess is important, Discord questioning his friendship with the Mane 6 because it contradicts his nature). I also liked the villain, stealing magic is a neat villain power (with the plus of confirming some neat tidbits about flight and Earth Pony strength being magic). And I liked how this season ended a bit less ambiguously than Season 3, where Twilight turning into a Princess caused a lot of confusing, a new castle sprouting in Ponyville does not, we know that this changes pretty much nothing except for where Twilight lives (and 50 bits says that the throne room is their new "situation room")
What I didn't like was that they sort of handwaved the ending to the "Discord betrays Equestria" plotline by having Tirek betray Discord, and he instantly just went back to being friends with them without really tackling the issue that caused his betrayal in the first place (maybe in Season 5, they could deal with this again in another episode, though, where Discord would look back and realize that maybe Tirek was right and starts to revert to his old ways). Also, I don't really like that we're back to using random Deus Ex Machina artifacts to defeat villains, it's a real cop out for writing a more satisfying ending (although they didn't really describe how Rainbow Power works, so maybe there could be limitations or weaknesses introduced in later episodes).
But overall, good episode, and a good way to close out an otherwise fairly dull season.
I'll admit the Equestria Games was a bit disappointing. After all that buildup, it would have been much better to actually see the games. But it was a good episode for Spike and it was nice to see him get some recognition for once.
As for Twilight's Kingdom, that was badass. This show may be advertised as all flowers and pretty ponies, but when they wanna do DragonBall Z sh*t, they do it right. Again, this episode was some good development for Twilight, who's still trying to find her place as a princess. And, as per usual, there's a new "most dangerous villain Equestria has ever faced". And he sure sold it. Plus, Discord finally betrayed the Mane 6 like we thought he would. It finally seems as though he's truly learned to value friendship. But if course, the real highlight was the magic fight against Tirek. It looked amazing and it was truly epic.
Only qualms I have with the episode are that MLP still does not get tired of having the quickest-ass resolutions to fights ever with insane 2 minute power ups. Which begs the question of what the point of the transformations were if they were only going to last 2 minutes (Equestria Girls much?). I would have at least liked somewhat of a fight with all six against Tirek than the usual rainbow beam OHKO after he launched one attack at them. At least have him launch 3 or 4 before being astonished his powers were failing. Just one is as anticlimactic as how quickly everyone was to forgive Discord.
Regardless, this was the best series finale yet and I can't wait to see what we'll be seeing in the next season for the Mane 6, Spike, and Discord~
I stopped watching MLP since season 4 because I didn't like season 3 or 4.
So I wondered if season 5 was any good and low and behold did something I REALLY hope would never happen:
Princess Cadence is having a fucking baby. As if the episode of baby cakes wasn't annoying enough. Most of all I hate this plot because it's showing little girls that if you get married you have to have a baby to be happy! Ffs. Fairly Odd Parents went down the drain when they added Poof. But what did I expect? They're a cartoon promoting toys so of course they'll add something they can milk. This is just straight up fanservice. What was wrong with them just having a happy marriage ruling the crystal kingdom?
I haven't seen an episode yet but finding this out has put me straight off. Did I seriously expect the show to get any better when it comes to teaching life lessons when last season we had Twilight Sparkle, the PRINCESS of FRIENDSHIP, not mediating the situation in BATS! ?
The only redeeming episodes of season 3 and 4 were the Rarity ones and some of the Pinkie and Rainbow Dash. Just everything has been a disappointment since season 2 and I think the brony fandom is dying off because a lot of the big artists are shifted over to something else and hardly any of my brony friends have watched season 5.
I've watched a load more of season 5 and have nearly finished, besides episode 19 I've enjoyed and loved every episode so far.
Luna's episode and the Griffon Kingdom episode are certainly my favourite episodes of this season.