MMMMMMG. FUCK. YES. Guys. Seriously.
Sorry, I’m having trouble formulating complete sentences about this episode because MMMMMM
Okay, so. For starters, this is pretty much my favorite episode. No not of season three, not of MLP, just my favorite episode… period. I know, it’s too early to be saying that, but I truly do not care. This episode is, in my eyes, utterly perfect, and I’m going to try my best to articulate why that is over the course of at least two videos. Anything which I don’t address in this video, you can expect to see in the next one, which will take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks to make, depending on how hard it is for me to calm down and really take my time to work through every little aspect of this episode.
Because it is SERIOUSLY dense. I think I mentioned in my Applebuck Season video that density is a big deal for me, and this episode is possibly the most dense of the entire show, in terms of attention to detail, entertainment, and emotion.
A few people have told me that they didn’t like the pacing of this episode, and if you feel that way, I’m going to first ask you to watch the episode again; and once you’ve done that, if you still feel that way, then if you could explain to me what’s wrong with the pacing, I’m curious to know, because I thought it was flawless.
Then again, pacing has always been my biggest issue with MLP two-parters in the past. Two-parters usually have to introduce a lot of new concepts, which means a lot of exposition, and when there’s a lot of exposition, it means there’s also a lot of filler jokes thrown in to balance out the dialog. Because of this, it always takes longer than it should to introduce the concepts, leaving each part feeling either over-long, or rushed.
Magical Mystery Cure does not fuck around. It establishes the point IMMEDIATELY, using a musical montage to show us that five of the mane six have had their cutie marks mixed up, leading them to switch lifestyles. There seems to be some kind of memory problem involved in all of it, and tying this whole thing into my previous destiny video is going to deserve a video all on its own, though for now let me just say that I fist-pumped every time the word “destiny” was used in this episode.
Once it’s been established that the mane six have the wrong jobs, we get a sad song (awesome) which shows us that living the wrong destinies has left them all depressed; their lives in shambles.
Then Twilight realizes that if she gets her friends to help one-another out, then each of them will realize what they were meant to do all along. This takes form in a fucking EPIC music montage that has so far made me cry twice; and the whole situation is sorted out.
So I ask, why does this need more time? What was not fleshed out here? If anything, we got the point twice over that the ponies were leading the wrong lives, and then Twilight fixes it by getting her friends to help one-another. It’s an incredibly simple concept for an episode, and probably would’ve been just a normal episode if not for what was going to come afterwards. Because of what was to come, the writers decided to be succinct, and cut out the usual antics and slower pacing, replacing it with musicals that could communicate a large amount of emotion in a short amount of time. During the sad song, we don’t even need dialog to get the message loud and clear that this has gotten to be a really dark time.
After the true friends song, we go right into Twilight meeting Celestia in this fucking AMAZING ethereal plane area, where Celestia tells her that Twilight’s understanding of friendship has reached the level where she can surpass even the most powerful unicorn and become an alicorn princess.
You may have noticed that I was fairly tight-lipped about the whole alicorn thing ever since it was leaked two weeks ago, even though people asked me about it constantly. The reason was that my first impression was that it sounded fucking awesome. I had no reason to doubt that it would be awesome, so I just wanted to look forward to the episode and see what happened.
And, uh, IT WAS AWESOME. Seriously, what could possibly not be awesome about this? Twilight fulfilled her character arc and the purpose which she came to Ponyville for. All of her deeds up until now prepared her for her role as a master, no longer a student. The scene where Celestia and Twilight’s friends bow to Twi was like the “you bow to no man” scene from the Lord of the Rings, and equally tear-inducing on my part. Er, I mean, liquid pride inducing.
But Digibrony! Doesn’t this mean the end of Twilight’s character arc? Yes, it means the end of ONE character arc. But now this show gets to do what only a few amazing shows ever get to do: start a whole new arc. Yeah, if MLP had ended right here, it would’ve been pretty satisfying, but you know what’s even more satisfying? Fucking GETTING TO SEE MORE, DUH. Of course I want to see the adventures of Princess Fucking Sparkle and friends! THAT IS THE BEST POSSIBLE THING. Just think about how many new doors this opens up for plot and character development! There are so many new possibilities to explore!
This episode, probably would have been one of my favorites even if the plot had just been a throw-away deal. If you took out the whole princess thing and just had a musical episode about the friends all switching destinies, that would’ve been enough for me. I am a giant fan of musical episodes in shows, and while I’ve loved all the musical numbers in MLP, I’ve always wanted there to be a full-on musical episode.
Even more than that though, there was so much going on visually that my eyes melted out of my skull. This episode had the kind of epic imagery that made me love A Canterlot Wedding so much, but it had even bigger moments and even more unexpected areas.
On the level of sheer visceral entertainment, this is god tier stuff. But it’s not only that. It’s also a damn great episode of MLP. It utilizes the show’s continuity more beautifully than any other episode, which we can thank M.A.Larson for since, as I proved in my Magic Duel video, he’s pretty much the biggest driving force towards a unified storyline in MLP. Yeah, I know it all springs from Lauren, but as sad as it is to say, Lauren isn’t around anymore. And as long as writers like M.A. Larson are still holding the show together this brilliantly, I’m okay with that.
Tomorrow I’m going to be talking about this episode in the Crepuscular Bronies livestream led by AnY Pony, though I’m probably going to be a huge bastard and rant about how this is the best thing since sliced bread every time I open my mouth. So check that out. I’ll also be putting out an overview of season three some time in the next few days. Once that stuff is done, you’ll have my permission to start bugging me about making part two of this analysis. Until then, I’ll be continuing to torment everyone I know by incoherently screaming about how much I love this episode.