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The Good Stuff Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36829743

I just went back and rewatched "The Return of Harmony, Part 2." As the iris-out closed on the Star Wars ending, I realized that I was grinning like a bear trap from ear to ear.

It was wonderful. Snappy, funny, touching, acid, clever. Pickles and icing in just the right proportions. Clever dialogue, marvelous VA and faces, delicious animation (especially RD); avoiding the pitfalls of vapid sentimentality and vacuous irony with skill, care, restraint, and a manifest love for the characters and the world. I had forgotten how good this show was at its best.

Check it out. Watch it again. Do you agree? If you do-- what do you think the secret was -- or is, or might be?

OpinionatedCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36829748

The secret is the best writing the show ever had. Tons of layers most people don't even notice. Not my favorite episode of all, but I'd say it's the best put together in the series.

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It was one of the better premieres. The VA was spot on. I didn't enjoy the beginning much and Pinkie was kind of annoying with her chocolate rain craze.

Of course animation wise it cannot hold its own anymore against later seasons but all in all season 2 is the one that has aged the least.

I think I can give the episode an 8/10.

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>>36829748
>the best writing the show ever had

Yeah. I think you put your finger on it. Can you spell it out in more detail?

>>36829749
>didn't enjoy the beginning much

Well, I did say "Part 2." I agree that Part 1 is kind of awkward and plodding at the beginning. But I loved Discord manifesting as animated stained glass.
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>>36829751
Part 2 is definitely better than Part 1. Twilight's interactions with her friends - especially with Spike - were the best part.

"Congratulations, Spike; you're the new Rainbow Dash."

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>>36829752
>>36829751
I never consider two part episodes as separate, how can one even look at them individually...?

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>>36829753
Me neither - but still, if you have more favorite scenes in one part over the other you could still say that that particular one was more fun to watch.

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>>36829753
>how can one even look at them individually

Well, each is produced individually, broadcast individually, and designed to be watched individually ("Previously on My Little Pony..."). So yeah, you can consider them individually, like considering the different acts of a play, chapters of a book, or movements of a sonata. And this two-parter really takes off in the second half.

IMHO.

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>>36829751
Speaking of that stained glass window, that was actually a recurring theme in the earlier seasons when it came to villains. We'd always get these little "previews" of the villains before they'd make their true appearance. Nightmare Moon had her storybook, Chrysalis had us observe Fake Cadence for over an entire episode before we even had a clue what she is, and Discord of course gets his marvelous scene where he messes with the ponies purely by talking at them and showing off how much he knows. He even manages to call out Celestia's behavior as worse than his own. I'd call it a standout scene, but honestly almost all the scenes in the first part are amazingly written.


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