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TwiDogeScepter by PixelKitties

The Season 4 premier has arrived and the great gulf of pony-less misery is now behind us!  

I loved the opening two-parter!  It feels good to see Twilight as adorkable as always and humble about her status as Princess Pretty Pony.  The characters were all spot on, there were fan-favorites all around, and the resolution set up a season-long arc.  And most of all, it was FUN.  It was fun to watch, to talk about, and most of all it had a pimp cane shaped like Twilight's head.  How can you go wrong?

I'm curious how everyone else felt about the new episode!  Let me know in the comments!
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CombatBrony Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Firmly grasp it. >_>
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SnorlaxShamen Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The two parter was very well animated and shows off just how far the animation has come. I agree with many others that the ending felt very rushed. I think it's become sort of a thing with Meghan's writing. Whenever she has written a two part episode the resolution just feels rushed.
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RelativelyExtreme Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your explanation was spot-on. Especially with your pone cane pic. Made me lol
After the S3 finale and EQG, which I was not a fan of, my faith in ponydom has been restored!
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anzul Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student General Artist
it was realy nice :)
not as crazy as the discord chapters or as action-y as "the wedding of the green bugs" but danm! those flasbacks! (and that giant cocodrile... <3)
i would have liked the "discord  teases twilight into going back to the everfree" scene to have some more meat to it, though. like another flashback or a song.

and im pretty stoked about the less pasive season-long plot!
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Marmalade-Jane Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Only one word describes both the episodes and that cane; REFRESHING!
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
I have not seen yet. :(
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BraveryTheHusky Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I quite enjoyed it. I was good to see a new episode again. I'm looking forward to the slice of life episodes hopefully coming up soon.
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Drake2010 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Loved it, especially the Celestia and Nightmare Moon flashback.
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Galistar07water Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love it and I can't wait to see more.
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Twylite-Sparkle Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
It was worth waiting for!
For having no violence, it was pretty neat imagining seeing NMM's remains spread out across the surface of the moon after being subjected to the Friendship Orbital Cannon.
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is truly an amazing two-part opening. Personally, I consider it my all-time favorite next to Return of Harmony. Why? It had Discord and it added humor to an otherwise awesome season premiere.

Season 4 started out strong and damn, it delivered big time! ^_^
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Legate47 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that magic time viewing potion Zecora "just happened" to have was a bit of a plot hole. But aside from that. It was fucking awesome!
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ShonenJump4eva Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
It kicked ass.

(grips it firmly)  Twilight's Pimp Cane:  Don't stop.
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mistypine01 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was an awesome two-part opener!
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JZStudios Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I....LOVED IT!!!!!
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AniRichie-Art Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
God that cane is everywhere. :noes:
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
I think the fandom has an unhealthy obsession with the pimp cane. :XD:

However, it was a fun couple of episodes and I was overjoyed at how well it was handled. I love the idea of having some kind of season arc, although I hope it won't turn out like the sort of arc we expected in the Crystal Empire opener for season 3, but only got something at the end of the season.
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PontusKay Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
here's my thoughts on it: pontuskay.deviantart.com/journ…
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wolf-lion-dragon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
the episode was amazing overall, it had it problems here and there, the 6 keys are now bugging me, how long are they going to drag it on? There can either play in a good or bad way,  6 keys for 6 ponies, or 6 keys for the group in total.  Will Discord play a larger role? ( my hope is that he turns bad again, oblivious to celestia nor luna, and hiding the keys from the main 6 ) anyone else agree that would be totally awesome?
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dwreanpony Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
im going to have to google where this doge meme came from. its EVERYWHERE
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Fett283 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
So much greatness! This bids a great season!
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oOSummer-DreamOo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was so freaking awesome! My little sisters and I watched it together!
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sharkbyte3827 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Oh man I loved it <3.  Felt like watching the show for the first time again.  It was great too see Discord make a third appearance. 

I have too admit my heart sank when I saw Princess Luna turn into Nightmare Moon ~a@  My little fan pony cried a little when it happened. 

I did LOL when Discord did his "Pin the tail on the Pony" with Celestia XD. 

The animation was amazing.  The characters and interactions were awesome.  I especially loved how Twilight rubbed the magic out of her eye after drinking the elixir. 

I couldn't help notice the various naughty things that might influence some of hte fans.  Like Pinkie's icing fixation, the attacking vines and Big Mac pull'n weeds *whip crack*  But more importantly the twilight headed staff.   
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Cr4zyPPL Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Needs moar doge :iconshibeplz:

xD Love this C: Loved the episode too!
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anime-underdog Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As you said, the season premier was a lot of fun. Twilight was her usual self, and I love me sum dorkalicious Twilight. I really don't know what else to say, except I can wait for MOAR PONIES.
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Anarchy9009 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Filmographer
It was alright :) better season opener than the last one, but I'm not getting my expectations too high. Just hoping it doesn't go as bad as EQ girls. 
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I enjoyed them, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the season goes. And Season Five, because you just know there's gonna be a season five. :-)
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Dragnmastralex Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
they now do lighting and shading on the ponies and it looked awesome. the scene inside the castle viewing Princess Twi's stained glass window they absolutely glowed.  The story was great and they ended up with another mystery to solve with the locked box.  great start to season 4 it already has beaten season 3.
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LightningHoofAUS Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I still can't believe that mane 6, Celestia, Luna (why am I putting her in this list) and Discord were all the villain's in these two episodes even though the Plunder Seed's are a ref to Thundercats I think not sure maybe I'm remembering the 80's ad such
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Akernis Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That, was, AWESOME :D

Loved the premiere to pieces, it was gorgeous to see, wonderful to spend time with our beloved characters, and as you say, very fun :)
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SorcerusHorserus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It was definitely entertaining! Plus, it was nice to get both parts at once.
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Yoka-the-Changeling Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh. It was so good on so many levels. First of which is just the fact that it is The New Episode. It's such an amaizing and exciting feeling when you watch a new episode for the fisrt time. I almost forgot it.
I also enjoyed the fact that they sort of reviewed Discord's reformation. The fact that he is not just 'good' now and the main six don't expecting him to be. It really fits the character and makes the ending of his last episode a bit better, in my opinion. Also, now he is officially Q. 100%. And I totally don't mind it.
And, dang, that Nightmare Moon animation in the flashback. I think, the part when she walks towards the camera is the most awesome piece of a flash animation I've seen in the show so far. It is sooo cooool.
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Daedric-Pony Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013   Digital Artist
I loved the premier myself. The flashbacks were my favorite parts. I'm also glad that Discord's character is still intact.
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LanceOmikron Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Artist
Loved it. It's the best two-parter since A Canterlot Wedding! ^_^

We're finally seeing backstory for the princesses? Huzzah! I'm hoping beyond hope that we'll eventually see the holy grail of all princess backstory: How they got their cutie marks!

And Twilight used Dark Magic again! No, I don't care what Zecora was saying about alicorn magic. It was dark magic. It was most definitely the same sort of stuff Twilight used back in the Crystal Empire when she was still a unicorn. Crossing fingers for a "Twilight gets corrupted by dark magic" episode. ^_^

And I gotta say, I really like the new non-element-holding crown that Twi gets at the end of the episode. It's leagues better than that second crown that replaced the original big crown thingy. It's of a much more conservative size and quite nicely designed in the way that it suggests Twilight's cutie mark, and the tiny purple gems provide good color balance.
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Amana07 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
As a critic, I have to say the episode was decent but not great.  Overall, the episode succeeds in delivering a good start to S4.  My main gripe is how certain things felt crammed into the episode like a person that stuffs a huge load into the washer to get just 1 load in.  There were parts I felt could have been left out, and the title was probably what bugged me the most.  I truly feel that the show's creators could have gone with a title like "The Heart of Harmony" or something along those lines.  Though the show is made to sell product, the S4 title "Princess Twilight Sparkle" was kinda over the top, in my honest opinion of course.

Due to things IRL, I don't have the time, or energy, to write a full blown review about it.  I would give the 2 part opener a B- to solid B, 6 out of 10, 3 out of 5, or whatever you want to call it.  The episode delivers, but doesn't draw me in like S2's opener did.  One thing I will say is that the S4 opener is better than S3's opener. 
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TheDreweMaster Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It was awesome! :love: The Celestia vs. Nightmare Moon was the best part!
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TH0RLEIF Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student General Artist
I made a thing.
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StatManDan Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
My journal will say it all. Interesting to see how it goes from here.
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AnimeEmm Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Artist
omg love episode 1 and 2 of season 4 now i wanna know what happens next!!! D: leaving me hanging!

now i cant wait for episode 3!
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
hahaha xD I didn't think you would be the one to dogefy this one but, nice ^^

Yes it felt pretty solid. I like the new mystery, since I can't really guess exactly what the reward is going to be O-o
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KarToon12 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was really cool seeing where the Elements of Harmony came from.  It makes me wonder how Celestia and Luna figured out which element was which (like "this one's honesty", "this one's loyalty", etc.). Also, in the pilot episode, the ponies only knew five of the elements, and only five were written down in the book.  It makes me wonder why they didn't write down the "magic" element.  Unless they didn't have a name for it at the time, and that's why it wasn't written in the book?  And it's actually Twilight who named it "magic"?
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saeth-kaleanae Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
"It was FUN." Yeah, that sounds about right. I typed out some stuff here as well: www.furaffinity.net/journal/52…

Definitely looking forward to the rest of the season :)
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Pearl-Jamais Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the episodes and how they dove into the past. I did miss the fact they didn't really have a song - asides from Discord singing winter wrap up. I can't wait for the new episodes to see how they progress and what's in that box?!
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HarmonyStar-v2 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Epic level set to HIGH!
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BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
My fantastic mood suffered a fatal wreck five minutes in after Applejack placed great emphasis on just the six of them and all of Spike's friends completely ignored him to hug Twilight. I love that they sacrificed the Elements of Harmony, since it paved way for them to reach the conclusion that magical artifacts are not needed to enjoy genuine friendship. But even without those Elements to designate them as an exclusive dragonless clique, they demonstrated through actions and dialogue that they don't consider Spike a part of their circle of friends. Didn't leave me feeling too good.

The biggest thing that has kept my optimism flowing was the belief that the ponies are a friendly and inclusive group who accept Spike is just as readily as Fluttershy or Rarity, and also acknowledge that they're his only friends (or at least his closest). Premiere wasn't so bad on my second viewing, but it still doesn't look like that's the case anymore.

I don't watch the show to see adorable, hilarious ponies; I watch it to see a diverse group of friends interacting. Hopefully this was all just a result of sloppy writing, and animation's most interesting dragon won't be so alienated in the rest of the season.
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Anomaly10 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Sadly, the premiere ended up kinda botched for me, but not because of the episodes themselves. I watched it on YouTube and I kept getting called away from it every 5 minutes, sometimes for hours on end. So by the time I FINALLY finished it (after two days!), I was already pretty irritated. I'm definitely going to have to re-watch it and give it another shot.
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RandomWriter5000 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
As a huge fan of animation, I absolutly loved when Luna transformed into Nightmare Moon. It was amazing and the whole episode was animated amazingly. The story was amazing, and has set up a season long story arc. The voice acting was perfect, especially when Applejack tells Twilight to go back. It's my new favorite season opener. 
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Yoshimon1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Season 4 Episode 1+2 in a nutshell:

Twi cane, (I don't think *Sibsy was aware this thing would become the new Gak when she created it...)
Twi saw (the whole of time and space),
Twi conquered (our hearts again)!

This is going to be a great season!
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Stickman16 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The pacing was kinda off, but this is the Season 4 premiere.  They gotta kick it off somehow.  And they did an excellent job.
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ChainedMobius Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
There was still no DERPY!
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