What an episode we pony aficionados were treated to this week! We got Castles, Mysterious Diaries, and further proof that all the ponies in this town really ARE crazy!
Signs point to the affirmative that after the fantastic 2-part premier and the wonderfully fun and Season-1 reminiscent Episode 3, we're officially back on track for possibly the best pony ever.
Despite my abject disappointment that the blue-hued and be-robed Pony of Shadows reveal was a certain Party Pony rather than Trixie, I came away from my viewing satisfied and feeling very hopeful for the rest of the season.
In my very very humble opinion, what many episodes in 2 and most in season 3 lacked was the dynamic that the characters are wonderful but also flawed. Everypony became too nice and good and capable. But in this episode, it was wall-to-wall neurosis, and I liked it! Dash and AJ are competitive and sometimes forget being friends comes first. Rarity is kind of selfish as well as generous. Fluttershy is so scared of things she shuts down, etc. Twilight is studious and smart, but...well, kind of a jerk to poor Spike! And Pinkie's adorable charms definitely have a shelf life for those around her. This episode made the characters feel more...whole, with all their good and bad personality traits on full display. That and the Benny Hill style antics of all the ponies running about being spazzy spazzingtons was adorable and hilarious.
If you're of the Twitter persuasion, be sure and follow twitter.com/IAmEmmettHall and twitter.com/TangoCharlie who storyboarded this very special episode, as well as the new MLP writer twitter.com/joshhaber who knocked this episode out of the part!
I'm always interested what you all think, so let me know in the comments! Also, what's your conspiracy theory as to who the mysterious being haunting the Castle of the Two Sisters REALLY is?