Declaring that Cadance doesn't deserve to know Shining Armor let alone marry him did not help and I'm positive that's not what Twilight intended to say when she began that sentence. She is possessive, and she let it slip there.
In a way, there's a fair bit of "reap what you sow" here. With as much as she shuts others out, she's facing the fear of being left alone. Makes you wonder if there's something more than just being introverted. She kept to herself when younger but wanted to do things like have a slumber party.
Unusual interests combined with poor social skills resulting in frustration with others when attempting personal contact? She's the only unicorn we've seen use controlled magic before getting her cutie mark, so going on about magic around ponies that weren't casting spells yet might have started some bad habits. Nobody around had any of the same interests, so they just weren't interesting. Don't waste time with them. Just not worth it, no matter how much you might wish otherwise...
Discorded Twilight just walked away from her friends. Like she did to everyone before she moved to Ponyville. Discord knew what he was doing.
Really need to finish that Spike thread. The way that she treats him in relation to her other friends and family is important, even if I don't know how. She doesn't count him the same as her other friends, and even if she thinks that he's... No, write that in a different tab.
[snip - yet valid frustrations]
Am I sympathetic? No. Twilight was in the wrong. She was looking for an excuse to stop the wedding, and her friends knew it. She comes in raving about minor stuff, after Cadance had done something really nice for them, and yells at her until she cries, and then smiles about it. As far as Twilight knew, she just attacked an innocent pony for being in bad mood. She never truly confronts the fact that her suspicions were wrong, and they were wrong because they were motivated by jealousy.
[snip - yet valid frustrations]
Wow, I should hire you to do my posts on Lightning Dust for next season.
Anyways, I feel that there's a certain amount of everyone was wrong by at least a little bit. Twilight got the right end result but it came from the wrong reasons. In a way, third person narrative winds up skewing viewer perspectives since we can see more than the characters and knew something was up. Her friends should have been receptive by sheer virtue of the fact that Twilight is dangerous to herself and everyone around her when she's not thinking right. In the end, Applejack is the only one on either side of the discussion who offered an apology. As usual.
I don't think that I'll be repeating that performance any time soon. It took me a while to really figure out why Twilight's bad behavior really got to me, and unlike Twilight, Lightning Dust was actually forced to think about what she did and why it was wrong. Twilight was praised for being a bad friend. For rejecting the lessons that she was trying to learn.
To be honest, I'm hoping that Lightning Dust was only demoted and not kicked out. Trying to be the best should not ruin your chances with a team that's about being the best. Not if you learn from your mistakes, that is. The road to hell may be paved with good intentions and reckless plans, but it's got more than one step.
Twilight's friends... They did every thing that they reasonably could, short of telling the guard that she was on the warpath. That sat down and talked with her, and Twilight bolted. After that, they would have to literally tie down the most powerful of their number to even attempt to talk some sense into her, and that just wasn't feasible. On the one limb, the attempt would hopefully get Twilight to take their concerns seriously and start a dialogue about what was really bothering her, which would at least put them on the right track for questioning Twilight and Deceptive!Cadance.... But on another limb, she could just wink away in an even worse mood.
As much as the situation is compared to Lesson Zero,
the roles are kinda swapped around. There, it was Twilight's friends that were ignoring her. Here, they did listen, they did talk, and Twilight ignores their concerns. It wasn't her friends that left or told her to leave. It was Twilight that didn't use them.
It's possible that the reason why she's so embarrassed by her parents is because she isn't all that different. 'You can take a mare out of the hood but you can't take the hood out of a mare' so to speak.
That... Adds an interesting colour to her every interaction with Sweetie Belle. Too different to identify, or too similar for Rarity's comfort? Or just that Sweetie likes being like herself instead of trying to be like Rarity?
It's oddly common for people to think that Rarity doesn't like fighting or lacks physical strength, despite the second episode showing otherwise. Always annoys me.
There are times when it feels like she gets more flanderized than Pinkie.
That's... Kinda true. Even the other characters slip into the habit of thinking of her as a vain drama queen. Part of what makes Rarity such a good character is her many facets, but it's so tempting to just focus on one or two of them.
Like how Pinkie gets turned into the shallow party girl. Huhn. That's important for Two Many Pinkie Pies,
but not in the obvious way.
Hey, the monstrous races have to stick together. Dark Side 4 Life, yo.*sigh*
Really wish I wasn't set on my current sig...
You can fit three lines if you want to.
Most unicorns have only been shown to move individual objects. Rarity has a fair bit of control over multiple things at a time which is one of the skills you'd need for weather control. Plus the swap in destinies probably gave her a natural boost to doing that.
Mmmn. No. The swapped manes were incapable at tasks that they had previously shown competence at. At best, the swaps didn't affect their competency. Going by what was shown on screen, they ended up less capable at whatever they were trying to do than they had been in previous episodes. Pinkie Pie knows how to get fruit off of trees, Rainbow was able to command a group of flying animals and Tank without trouble, and Rarity should have been able to at least make consistent cloud cover, even if controlled precipitation was out of the question. She showed that much control, and usually has that much sense.
My current theory is that they were underperforming at their tasks because they were trying to use the talents that the others had possessed, and their natural talents were emerging instead. Pinkie kept doing pratfalls when she tried to knock down apples, Rainbow would fly fast when she tried to talk to animals, and Rarity would create clothing patterns instead of flying fast.
Thinking of Cadance as "overpowered but can't fight her way out of a paper bag" is something of a personal in-joke in that she seems to have ways of boosting others but isn't that strong herself. Admittedly, she did maintain a love based forcefield several days without sleep while it was being actively attacked so she still has to have some sort of inner reserves. The fact that Shining and Celestia thought that Chrysalis' healing of his headaches were fine, it gives evidence that Cadance has good healing ability.
The revelation that changelings can heal their prey actually gives more evidence that a reasonable hive could coexist if they chose to.
By the episode, Cadance either has a pain relief spell, or it's plausibly within her abilities. While love can hurt like nothing else, it can also sooth just about any pain. Likewise, taking love away should also extend to taking away all lesser sources of pain.
However changelings do it, someone being fed on by a changeling, even to a large extent, can stay up and running. Over an extended period they may need more than one host per changeling, but farmers rotate crops, so they can rotate hosts. Mutualism or commensalism are possible, but both sides have to want it. That's the hard part.
Anyway, Shining's forcefield could actually stop people from passing through. Cadance's field did not, and probably could not, stop people. It seemed to burn Sombra because he was some sort of fog monster. I'm willing to put down money that it wouldn't have worked when he was a normal pony, and further conversation on this can probably wait for the season three roundup. But I'm not done talking about this, not yet.
As per franchise standard, they introduce something hella interesting and then never go into detail or even mention them again. While the comic gave them a chance to strut their stuff, I'd really like to see a group of changelings that aren't under the control of Queen Chrysalis.
I'd be willing to settle for just one, though a group would be really interesting. Quirky miniboss squad perhaps? Whenever I try to imagine changelings as characters, I see lovable goofballs.
I do wonder how a non-Chrysalis hive would be like. Doubt we'll see one, though.
It would feel better if it was a changeling teamed with others for a quirky miniboss squad rather than just changelings for the sake of seeing contrast in the group. But there's not many that could be in such a group. Trixie has already reformed and Lightning Dust isn't quite that kind of antagonist. I mean, unless the team winds up being a changeling, Gilda, and the Flim Flam Brothers.
...*throws money at the screen*
Or they could all team up and search for love, money, and fame in all the wrong places. Not at all the best idea for any of them, but they won't know until they try it!
*vampire and peace relations comments*
It really depends on how they go about things. Changelings actually have one of the better setups for being vampiric since damage is not permanent and they can choose to look how the target wants. The changeling has to want
it to be a sustained food source. I do not know the names of any specific
vampire stories where this happens but there is the concept of humans being slaves and feed for the vampire but the vampire treating them quite well because they have sense enough to understand the symbiotic nature of the relationship. Chrysalis' problems are that they gorge themselves and that it's a massive hive that tried to descend on a single city.
Both sides have to want it. If they put in the effort, the changelings have a stable food source that they don't have to hide from, and Equestria has a bunch of new citizens with the powers of all three pony types and their own magic, with a vested interest is supporting the place.
Given that Celestia was willing to forgive even someone as dangerous as Discord, I can't imagine that she's failed to send out feelers towards the changelings.
Something that I would really like to see mentioned if the changelings ever return is that Cadance,
with her ability to spread love,
would be a better provider than Chrysalis. She should be their queen. Heck, she lives in a palace that has a rock that shoots food beams across the country. They should already be in the Crystal Empire, gorging themselves on the free food.
Unfortunately, fools are often planproof.