Bubble around Canterlot. Could you know, maybe have someone on the train mention it when they go through it, so we're not left wondering? It's kind of a basic rule of storytelling, and not all that hard to follow.
I had heard "clones of the mane 6" would be involved, and I was hoping they'd be actually trying to impersonate them. But it was only a battle tactic, which then ended up only being played for laughs.
That fight scene with the mane 6 changelings... just repeating the same 6 shots three times? In what world is that a good idea?
I was also hoping for a bit of explanation about Cadence and how the whole winged-unicorn-princess thing works in the first place. Her NAME would have been a perfect way to do this: "cadence" refers to rhythm, and maybe she at one time had something to do with the balance in the day/night cycle? But no, just winged unicorn out of nowhere. Also no explanation for the Italian. Okay then.
And then... they did it. They freakin' did it. They put in a character who looks (vaguely) like a pony, with a black coat and vertical eyes. I sincerely hope that wasn't intended
as a reference to Nyx
. If it wasn't I can't fault them for that, but if it was then what on God's green Earth were they THINKING?
I'm not a really big fan of when kids' shows do things that only adults will understand, especially
when it's something inappropriate for the adults to explain to their kids. Such as the whole "bachelor party" followed by mischievous look in Spike's eyes.
I really did not care for the songs.
Vieto's complaint is probably the worst thing. "I get power from his love." "Your love is powerless." I think the "lesson" of this episode was supposed to be that love is powerful (and I really expected something more profound from a 2-parter), but it's a little bit odd when you have your villain deliver the lesson and then lose because they forgot that they just taught you that lesson.
Maybe it's just me failing to be perceptive, but the changeling queen's voice sounded quite similar to Nightmare Moon's. I can't find casting information for Cadence or the queen yet but if it turns out the queen is Tabitha St. Germain as well, then, you know, maybe she should have tried to put on a different voice? Or, if it isn't her, whoever DID voice the queen should have just tried to have a more unique voice.
The songs I really did not care for.
Sometimes writers feel the need to have a character present in an episode because of fans' expectations. Princess Luna was certainly one of these cases, considering she's only been seen twice despite her supposed importance to Equestria. But when writers do this, it is much preferred that they write the character into the episode in a way that makes them important to the plot.
Pros? Well, things looked cool. I always think the magic effects in this show look really cool, and today was no exception. The way fake Cadence's eyes flashed when we first saw her use the spell on Shining Armor, that was cool. The changeling queen did a good job of looking revolting. Rotting through her legs. *shudder*
But, yeah. I expected that the fact that the episode was about two characters we'd never heard of before would make me not really care about it. And I was right. Oh well.