I have mixed feelings about this episode.
Don't get me wrong, I think that the main plot of the episode was something that needed to be done. Doing something to remember and honor the destroyed Tree of Harmony? Sounds like a fair plot to me. Heck, it could've been a neat thing if done properly - have the four groups with the strongest connection to the Tree (the Pillars, the Princesses, the Mane Six and the Student Six) come together to do that would have been interesting. Heck, just having the Pillars and the Student Six together would've been a fun episode.
But they didn't do that. They just focused on the Student Six. Admittedly, if they had gone that route, they'd have just been repeating Castle Sweet Castle, but still, it feels like everyone outside of the Student Six is too busy with one thing or another to properly recognize and let go of the Tree of Harmony. At least with Golden Oak Library, how things were handled was more understandable.
Anyway, the Student Six all attempting their own way to honor the Tree? That's fine, they're all looking at it from their own unique lenses, and there's no shame in that. And I'm glad that Yona's solution was the one they went with - Ocellus remains my favorite of the Student Six, but Yona will always be Best Yak.
After that, however, I get annoyed with the writers. It's like they're trying to go backsies on the big world-changing thing from the premiere. Tree of Harmony destroyed? Let's have the students build a treehouse, and have that treehouse turn into a new magic Treehouse of Harmony that could conceivably produce new Elements of Harmony! Also, the Tree's only showing projections to the Student Six - we have no evidence that it's done so with the Manes, or anypony else whom it has a connection with. I don't know what the writers' intent is here, but as it is, it feels like the Tree's playing favorites.
Edited by Echowarrior, 13 April 2019 - 09:51 PM.