I did love Luna's portrayal. I would think that a villain coming around after a 100 years of an imprisonment would have a lot of trouble fitting in. But apparent;y she learned nothing from Princess Celestia in the year or so since she came back.
The "terribly depressed and regretful" fanon version of Luna seems pretty on-the-nose now, having finally seenthe real thing.
There was something even sadder about how Luna was portrayed in the episode. She expected that after 1000 years that she could pick up where she left off and things could go back to the way they were before she became Nightmare Moon, then found out the hard way that life isn't so easy. Not only is everything from her dialect to the way she addresses her subjects completely outdated, but the one night of the year dedicated solely to her memory is founded solely on mortal terror.
It was even worse than if she'd shown up all wishywashy and sorrowful. She thought everything was cool and bygones were bygones only to get a very rude awakening.
This episode beats crappy fanfics, any day.
Yeah, I'm with you, doc. This episode had some really deep stuff it it. All of them have so far in season 2.
"Because I don't turn ponies into stone!"