I have to agree with this. I went back and rewatched both parts of "The Cutie Remark." I was surprised and delighted by how good it was. The repeating time loops were a really intricate plot device, which kept the adult mind engaged and which Haber and the animators brought off with amazing skill. The awful dystopias were cleverly imagined and detailed. Alternate Reality 1 had a wonderful WWII vibe (e.g., AJ's 1940's hairdo and hairnets), and I loved the battlefield details (especially RD's prosthetic wing and the two stallions' slap-fight). In Alternate Reality 2, I loved all the savage warpaint, the Neolithic technology, and Zecora's Greek-helmet mane. The recurrent visits to the scene of the rainboom race built powerfully and were forceful and well articulated. The dialogue, plot, and animation were all first-rate. Great! Two fantastic episodes! Best season finale ever!
And then the balloon suddenly deflated with a dumb backstory, an unbelievably quick conversion, and a song so poetically clunky and so musically empty that I had actually forgotten it existed. Glimglam's epic magical skills, political and moral fervor, and burning resentment just sort of dried up and blew away, leaving an iris-out hugfest and a rag doll of a character that no longer had any reason for being in the show, let alone being spotlighted at center stage for the next three years.
If there was any single point at which G4 went irreversibly off the rails, this was it.
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