mrorangesoda wrote:Congrats on a popular article and ensuing controversy and making Frag It really uncomfortable.
I really disliked this episode though- whenever this show falls back on them fighting something (the pilot, the second season opener, this) it loses what makes it unique and I don't think the writing staff does physical adversarial conflict particularly well. This whole thing could have been a perfectly good story about someone worried they're losing their relationship with a close family member. Instead it's about changelings and the internal conflict that drove the first half disappears for a moral about trusting yourself. Disappointing.
You're going to be surprised, but.... I can see what you're saying here. A Canterlot Wedding could've easily worked as an episode about the changes and challenges a marriage can bring for a close relative like a sibling. You could've also had more of a nod to Twilight's past anti-social tendencies as part of the reason why she fell out of the loop in her brother's life in the first place.
That being said, I still have to disagree with you for these reasons...
1) Twilight wasn't against the marriage more than she was against being kept out of the loop, which was completely justified. After that question was answered, she was still a bit cheeseed about Shining Armor marrying a Stranger, but that was also answered when she learned it was Cadance. Yeah the continunity issues are still there, but with how well it was written, those can be forgiven.
2) Twilight, like many people of her intelligence level one of her biggest flaws is her ability to adapt to unseen circumstances. She's so intelligence that the development of her instincts is lacking, which leads into her paranoia (and personally I'm glad we didn't get full-bore crazy Twilight, because it can become old real fast) and the problems it created in this episode. In fact, the way Queen Chysalis played Sparkle (and the rest of Canterlot) like a video game after the introduction was genius and led itself well to the conflict.
3) We're on totally a different page here when it comes to these episodes. While, I feel there are 3 - 5 standard episodes that I would call legitimately lacking (and these episodes are still better than quite a few things on TV), it's these episodes that bring home why "Friendship is Magic" is so awesome for me. Not only do they include such great moments, the themes displayed are definitely worth fighting for.
4) The royal wedding's conflict worked so well because Chysalis' plan was so beautiful in its simplicity and complexity. Not only did she find a way to disrupt the first and last line of defense against her legions, but she used the one angle of attack no one would ever suspect her coming from. By doing this, not only did she have a "get out of jail free" card for all of her bitchy behavior, but she would ensure that her and her people would get some of the best sources of the energy needed to thrive.
It's those reasons (among others) why The Royal Wedding Saga worked so well for me. Still, all the stuff you bought up definitely needs to be apart of the dynamic for Season 3. If Twilight is to take the next step on her journey, her paranoia needs to be addressed.