Posted 24 April 2012 - 01:43 PM
Further thoughts, upon watching it again:
I'm impressed how well-paced this episode was. That was one of the big problems with "The Return of Harmony": the resolution was pushed way back to the end and felt rushed. In this one, even though the villain didn't even reveal herself until the very last few seconds of the first half, and the second half had to squeeze in everything else including two songs, everything fell into place perfectly.
And as far as characterization, hoo boy, that last scene in part one. I could really feel the shame and disgrace that Twilight was feeling as her brother and her mentor angrily walked out of the room. Even knowing that she would turn out to be right very shortly. That was some heavy stuff that you don't really ever see on a kids' show.
If I had any doubts about McCarthy being qualified to take over as showrunner next season ? and I certainly did have doubts ? after seeing the job she did on this finale, I think she's proven that she's more than up to the task.
"Pinkie's brain is kind of like a supersonic missile without a targeting system." - Creature SH
"Pinkie Pie is not so much random as she is non-linear." - Dvandom
"I like Discord like this. He's gone from a villain to something more akin to a natural disaster." - Fnu Aw