The new thread is right on time for the beginning of Season 3 - an epic two-parter that explores the origins of Princess Cadence, present a new sinister villain, and shows our pony friends being awesome again.
As I mentioned in the old thread, that was a very satisfying episode. Had its rough moments but they were barely noticeable, the early songs made sense now and stood better in context than in the previews. Good one-liners and reaction images, good tension, some decent gags, Twilight and Rarity being themselves, DARK MAGIC... gonna need time to organise my thoughts, but overall a very good start.
Also, Princess Cadence is best javelin.
I'm curious if anyone else was dissappointed. I thought it was kind of weak for a season opener personally. Sombra was a boring villain, although he looked kind of cool. The songs were bland, but I was expecting that since they were shown ages ago. Honestly, I'd rate it among the weaker episodes of the show, even if it weren't a season opener.
There was some cool stuff though. Loved Twilight reverse gravity sliding up the stair case, Celestia's demonstration of the effects of dark magic in the crystal empire was neat. Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy jousting was funny.
Also the episode titles leaked were basically confirmed. I can't wait for some of those.
I'm thinking that Twilight Sparkle is being groomed for a pair of wings to go with her horn...
I do have to admit to being a little disappointed with King Sombra. However, following on the heels (or should that be "hooves") of Discord and Queen Chrysalis, he had some rather tough acts to follow.