Welcome to the final part of my two-part review of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic two-parter “A Canterlot Wedding”. Last time we took a look at the Season 2 finale, we saw characters acting like bitter morons, a very tired and annoying cliche, and rolled our eyes at one of the most obvious #RussoSwerves in children’s animation. But now that we got past that mess of an episode, we can finally take a look at the “epic” conclusion of this story, and like I said last time, although I don’t think of this part being as bad as the first one, there is still some stupid to go around. Without wasting anymore time, let’s jump right in.
So part 2 opens as Twilight Sparkle is trapped in a crystal cave beneath the royal castle of Canterlot. An apparition of “Cadance” appears on a giant crystal and gloats to our hero about how she tricked everyone into believing that she was the real Cadance and that her wedding with Shining Armor will go according to plan. Uh, ”Cadance”, you do realize that the only reason why everyone believe you was because of the writer, Megan McCarthy, making everyone into a moron, right? Just thought you should know that. Anyway, Twilight shoots the crystal in a rage, and behind that, finds the actual Cadance, bruised and battered. At first, Twilight thinks that it’s another phony, but doubt disappears as Cadance performs a rhyme that she and Twilight used to share when Cadance was Twilight’s foalsitter. Cadance explains she was kidnapped and locked in the crystal caves by the imposter, who plans to marry Shining Armor for her own nefarious purposes. So it becomes a race against time to try and get to the wedding, stop it, and prevent SA marrying the imposter.
This then leads into the song “This Day Aria”, sung by both Cadances with cuts between the two; “Cadance” sings reveling in her assured victory and how SA will be hers to control, as he is already is stuck in a trance, reminiscent of Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid, while the real Cadance sings expressing her undying love for SA and how she could never forgive herself if anything happened to him. This song is….. this song is……. this song is absolutely fantastic, I mean, Disney quality fantastic. The music, the vocal performance (Britt McKillip who voices both Cadances is an actual musician), the lyrics, the imagery, and the overall presentation is glorious. It does what any good musical number should do, express the emotions and events that are unfolding in musical fashion and in a way the audience can understand. While it may not be the best song written for the show, as my money is on “Smile, Smile, Smile” for that honor, surely this is at least #2 and series musician Daniel Ingram should be very proud of this. Good sir, I tip my hat to you.
If you think that means that everything from here on in will be as good of quality, you are so sadly mistaken my friend. Right before the wedding ends, Twilight and Cadance break through the doors of the ceremony in a very epic “I Object”. Upon seeing the real Cadance with Twilight, the imposter sheds her disguise and reveals herself to be a new villain, Queen Chrysalis (Kathleen Barr), queen of the Changelings, a race of insect-like ponies who feed on love and have the ability to change form into any other being. Why did she disguise herself as Cadance and what is her evil plan? Ugh. Get ready people for a new level of stupid:
Chrysalis’s plan, is this: She would disguise herself as Cadance to get close to SA as she would slowly eat away at his love. Once married, the ultimate symbol of love, Chrysalis would become so strong that she would break the shield and allow her subjects, the Changelings to rain hell onto Canterlot, devouring the love of the ponies inside of the city.
One, really? They feed on love? Two, this plan is good… in theory. The execution was just plain idiotic. If Chrysalis wants to replace Cadance 100% and needs to convince everyone that she is the real person, why act like a prick to everyone? If Cadance has the power to spread love and happiness and is one of the nicest ponies in Equestria, why would you risk your cover by going out of character? What would happen if someone found out about your true identity because you acted like this? Did you expect that everyone would be on your side? You didn’t even put them under spells as well, so that’s a pretty freaking risky variable. Also, how did you even get into Canterlot in the first place? Were you already in disguise by the time the bubble shield went up? If so, why didn’t more Changelings come with you to help assist in the plan? Did you think you could do the scheme all by yourself? There are so many holes in this plan I’m surprised it hasn’t taken on water. Oh who am I kidding, this boat sank when the rest of the Mane 6 turned on Twilight. So in essence, this plan has to rely heavily on the assumption that everyone is an idiot and no one will figure it out. Mr. Pilkington, if you will:
After Chrysalis explains her plan to take over all of Equestria, Princess Celestia just walks up to her with a badass look and simply says, “No”. Celestia then charges at Chrysalis and we get an epic contest between the two rulers that ends in 10 seconds. Weak. Chrysalis overpowers Celestia and knocks her out, as it seems that Shining Armor’s love has fed her so much, her power levels are over something like 9,000 (Yay obvious meme jokes!). As chaos fills the ceremony room, Celestia comes to and tells the Mane 6 to go get the Elements of Harmony, an ultimate source of power bestowed onto the Mane 6 at the beginning of the show. The bubble shield drops and thousands of Changeling soldiers begin to pour into Canterlot.
The Mane 6 continue to race towards the elements when suddenly the are surrounded by the invaders,who are now changed into duplicates of them. Thus we come to the second and last praise for this episode, the giant fight scene. This is admittedly pretty damn awesome, with some good slapstick mixed in. Plus, the animation is fluid and fast-paced, easily the best showcase of the show’s animation quality. It’s a shame it’s a part of this two parter.
The Mane 6 fight valiantly but are ultimately overcome and taken as prisoners. They are brought before the Queen for some generic villain gloating. By the way, have I mentioned how much of an uninteresting character Queen Chrysalis is? She’s the stereotypical evil queen ruler, but without anything that sticks out about her character wise. She does the evil laugh, the gloating, and the “curses, foiled again” you expect from every lazy villain. But I digress, Chrysalis gloats and here is where we get to the part that made me stop the episode right there and walk away from the computer:
Chrysalis: It’s funny, really. Twilight here was suspicious of my behavior all along.Too bad the rest of you were too caught up in your wedding planning to realize those suspicions were correct!
Applejack: Sorry, Twi. We shoulda listened to you.
Twilight: It’s not your fault. She fooled everypony.
It is SO your guys’ faults for not listening to one of your best friends and trusting the pony who treated you guys like crap. But who cares about friendships and logic, LOOK AT YOUR PRETTY DRESSES! See what I mean when I say the characters are morons here? What’s the message here, that sometimes you get so caught up in stuff that it’s okay to take physical and verbal abuse just so long as you get to be an important person? No, wait, the message here is never listen to your friends and always listen to people you have never met, nor know anything about, and if your friend says that that person is not trustworthy, that you should shame them and break off your friendship until after the fact that the friend turns out to be right. That’s what we want to teach our kids? GAH! This two-parter is just a train ride of bullshit! It’s just crap, crap, crap, crap, HOLY KOBASHI THIS IS AWESOME OH MY GOD, crap, and crap. *sigh* Mr. Pilkington, if you could kindly voice my thoughts right now?
Gracias Señor. So while Chrysalis is busy sitting smug in the idea that she has won, Twilight covertly frees Cadance so that she could be with SA. They reunite, their love breaks the spell on SA and recasts the bubble shield, which expels the Changelings and Chrysalis from Equestria. Yeah, it happens like that just as quick. And no, I’m not going to harp on the fact that the good guys won with “the power of love” because it was previously established that Cadance’s magic is powered by love. It’s sappy, and overly romantic,but nothing seriously worth griping about.
So with the day saved, everyone apologizes to Twilight for being stupid (here’s a better idea, apologize to me jackholes), they reschedule the wedding with the real Cadance, who really is nice to everyone, the wedding goes off without a hitch, we get another song “Love is in Bloom” which is decent but not worth talking about, and then the credits roll.
So that was “A Canterlot Wedding”, both part 1 and part 2. How was it? ……………I don’t particularly care for it, if I were to put it lightly. To not put it lightly would be for me to go into an obscenity filled rage, but we have not the time nor lax censorship to allow it. I’ll just say that these episodes tested my patience, ability to suspend disbelief, and my stomach to take in crap. I hate these episodes and after spending better part of 2 reviews on it, I hope you can see why. I hate the story, I hate the characters, the villain is uber weak, and not even Vince Russo would think that the “twists” in story would work. However, I still really think “This Day Aria” is great and the fight scene in part 2 is pretty fun. However, it isn’t enough to save this for me. If you like these episode, that’s fine, I just can’t stand them. If I were to rate both episodes and the whole thing, I’d give episode one a 1 out of 5 stars, episode two a 2 out of 5, and the whole thing gets 1.5 out of 5. How would I describe this in one word?
Good night everybody!