This episode has generated quite a bit of response from fans. People have either been absolutely head over heels for the season finale or left just shaking their heads. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in the latter camp. But before we explore why we were disappointed by this finale, let’s take a look at the Season 1 and the Season 2 finales. Season 1 ends in the Grand Galloping Gala where the Mane Six seem completely out of place, but manage to liven up the event for everyone. They all have an awesome time. Season 2 ends in the epic wedding of Princess Cadence and Shining Armor. And who doesn’t love a royal wedding? Especially when it involves Twilight Sparkle getting a sister-in-law!! So all of us Bronies and Pegasisters were totally excited for what was to come for the end of Season 3.
The whole episode starts out with Twilight Sparkle working on editing a spell. She casts it without really knowing what it will do. And she doesn’t notice anything change. So off she goes with her day, but something is terribly off. The normally beautiful weather is not so beautiful. And that’s when she sees poor Rarity attempting to fix the rain clouds. Since this is so out of the ordinary, Twilight Sparkle approaches. Then she understands what her spell has done. Her spell has switched cutie marks and therefore everyone is destined to be doing things that make them miserable. Twilight Sparkle realizes that the only way their cutie marks can be corrected is to get them to each realize their destinies. She does this by having ponies assist one another in the tasks they are good at. For instance, when poor Fluttershy is attempting to make people laugh (and failing miserably) Twilight Sparkle suggests that Pinkie Pie help Fluttershy. Of course Pinkie Pie succeeds and the process goes on. This was our favorite part of the episode. Especially when Pinkie Pie’s hair goes from flat to curly again. That’s how we know she’s happy again.
So after all of this, Twilight edits the spell to correct the issues she caused. And then she finds herself with Princess Celestia. And Princess Celestia makes her a princess. She also becomes an alacorn. For people who don’t watch the show that means she gets some sweet Pegasus wings. But, really?
Here’s our first issue. Since when do you become promoted to princess? We thought royalty was one of those things you really had to be born or marry into. After all, the author of this article is an awesome writer. And he’s been waiting on that princess promotion for MONTHS.
Second, really? Is Twilight Sparkle any better of a friend than the other Mane Six? Let’s remember why all the ponies were completely miserable for most of the episode. Because Twilight screwed up. Promoting her to princess at the end of this episode is like giving Walter White the Nobel Peace Prize in Chemistry. They’re both good at what they do, but let’s not go overboard.
Third problem is this whoe Twilight is now a princess thing. Twilight Sparkle is already kinda boring. And now we’ve gone and made her superman. Not only is she on a really uneven playing ground with her friends, but she’s super powerful. No longer are Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy cool and interesting because they can fly. And it doesn’t fit with her character. Twilight Sparkle is not one for fancy titles. We predict she is going to be completely miserable as a princess. If it estranges her from her friends she’s probably going to give it up.
So there you have it. We didn’t really like it. Having said that, it will be interesting to see where Season 4 takes us. Here are our Den of Geek predictions:
(1) Twilight Sparkle becomes disenchanted with life as a princess and gives it up.
(2) The Cutie Mark Crusaders get their cute marks (please, for the love of God).
(3) Twilight Sparkle becomes an aunt.
(4) We will get to see more of the Cake babies.
(5) The friendship between Discord and Fluttershy will continue.