Well, Season Five began with a premiere unlike the other two-parters and it should figure that the finale would as well. After stalking Twilight in “Amending Fences” and “What About Discord?”, Starlight Glimmer puts her plan of revenge into action. She has altered Starswirl the Bearded’s time travel spell to go back in time and prevent Rainbow Dash’s Sonic Rainboom so the Mane Six would not come together in the future. Twilight and Spike pursue and kept getting pushed forward by Starlight into a time of what would’ve happened had the Mane Six did not defeat King Sombra, then Queen Chrysalis, then Nightmare Moon, Tirek, Discord, the Flim-Flam brothers—you get the picture.
Twilight then drags Starlight to give her a glimpse of what she is really doing. It pretty much leaves Equestria with a desolate future. Starlight then goes to take Twilight to the time a friend of her’s called Sunburst got his cutie mark and then moved away to Canterlot. If you have seen “Amending Fences” earlier this season, then you realize it mirrors how Twilight’s not coming to Moondancer’s party and then moving away affected the latter. Twilight finally talks Starlight into not tearing up the spell, letting the Rainboom take place, and returning to the present. The Mane Six, specifically Twilight, decided to take Starlight under their wing to teach the magic of friendship and the season ends, like it had with the previous three, with a song and lasting image from the season.
So this is how you set up the future of the show without ending it on a cliffhanger. There’s still the question of why specifically the Mane Six and their friendship has been key to what we have seen and why without them, we got what we saw in this episode which was rather fantastic. What’s also fantastic is that in the end, there’s no magic maguffin that helps save the day, it’s ultimately Twilight appealing to Starlight that there’s another way to embrace friendship and not force it on anypony.
Also in previous two-parters, even though Twilight is at the center of things, it ultimately rested on the her and the rest of the Mane Six working together to reach the end result desired. Here, it’s all up to Twilight and Spike to stop Starlight and her altering the past that will in turn alter the present and future of Equestria.
Someone will bring up the point that had the Sonic Rainboom not happen, maybe all three evens with Nightmare Moon, Queen Chrysalis, and King Sombra happen in some way or another, but Starlight has a different way to stop the Rainboom each time, so I guess that excuses that. Another issue others may bring up is that some of the Mane Six still have their cutie marks in some of the alternate worlds, but there’s no need to overly nitpick.
Overall, this was a fantastic way to end Season Five and perhaps a great way to set up what might come in Season Six since it was made official prior to the start of the season we just saw. Whatever way you look at it, there are at least 26 more episodes and more stories to be told. See you next season!
Pluses and Minuses:
- + Unique finale compared to the other two-part finales
- + Alternate world sequences
- + Twilight in her persistence and how she resolves the conflict
- + Starlight proved to be a cunning villain
- + Potential setup for arcs next season
- – Possible plot holes with alternate sequences, Mane Six cutie marks
PS: We at Derpy News would like to thank director Jayson Thiessen for his six years working on the show. He has just announced that he is now working full time on the movie and this finale ended his run as director on the show. He, Meghan McCarthy, and countless others have kept the show going after Lauren Faust left after Season One and have helped to make the show what it is today—definitely one of the best cartoon shows of this decade if not the best and arguably one of the best of all time. We are very grateful for his contributions and we wish him and the show staff the best of luck on the movie which is now 706 days away!