And so we close the chapter on season 2, before the community lies the vast wasteland known as the off season, while the crew at DHX has their work cut out for them. They know all eyes are on them, as many question season 3, ranging from the rumored 13 episodes from the fact Lauren Faust no longer works on the show. In general I say, give these guys your trust. Faust was a major player with the past seasons, but in the end it’s the entire crew that makes the show.
As for the season finale, the crew definitely deserves a round of applause for it, there was so much working against them with this episode. Despite a few small complaints, I have seen very little negative feedback about the episodes. There is always a few who will find the flaws, but nothing is ever perfect. I know when said and done I walked away from the finale feeling satisfied, the introduction of new characters wasn’t that big of a deal and they managed to tell the entire story in 44 minutes without any major issues. Pacing was the key, it was one of the bigger complaints about the Discord episodes, that it felt off. This time around, did not feel that. I see a few who said the ending seemed a tad rushed, but that’s about it.
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Ingram and Anderson did a wonderful job on the music as always, everyone seems to be a fan of Chrysalis’s villian song, This Day Aria. The animation flowed with professionalism, especially given the fact these guys are working off of Macromedia MX 2004 software, something from back in the day when Adobe didn’t own everything, namely Flash. As always, the voice actors were excellent, especially for Britt McKillip (Cadance), Kathleen Barr (Chrysalis) and Andrew Fancis (Shining Armor). Ms. McKillip has a long resume in Barbie and Bratz videos which I would assume requires a lot of singing, and a lot of the “mean girl” attitude, characters which fit in perfectly for Chrysalis. Mr. Fancis has a long resume in anime and regular animation, and we know him as Braeburn from Appleloosa. He did a good job, though I have to note so many people have keyed in on Shining Armor sounding like Keanu Reeves, or at least a “surfer dude.” Despite that, you really didn’t notice it. As for Ms. Barr who I missed the first time I wrote this (not sure how I missed that), she has a very long resume in the cartoon world which includes Dot Matrix / Princess Bula from ReBoot, Marie Kanker and Kevin (Kevin?!) from Ed, Edd n Eddy, and The Great and Powerful Trixie on MLP.
Plot wise, I’ve seen some people put the story on par with a Disney movie, and I would have to agree to a point. They did write an epic story, I don’t think many where expecting what we got. We had seen the previews and known some information, I know many furrowed their brow at the “clones,” but most probably assumed it would be the usual “evil clones” bit, and not just a creature that changes form. The review from Toonzone called the plot very generic, but personally I like to call it classic. All good cartoons go through a certain set of stories and episodes, telling the story in their own way.
And of course the ending, some say it felt rushed but I didn’t really feel that way, not like I did with the Discord episodes. I think this is mainly due to the fact we had some conflict, and we had some brawling. In the Discord episodes there was very little conflict. Discord did his thing, caused chaos and turned the world twisted, but Twilight spent most of her time dealing with her Discordian friends. In this, they had the epic brawl with the changelings outside Canterlot castle. Thankfully the “clones” where not what everyone was thinking. Most probably assumed we were going to get into the classic “evil clones” gimmick when those previews came out, thankfully again, it was just the changelings screwing with the cast.
All and all it was a great ending to a great season. God knows what awaits this community the vast desert that is the off season, but it will definitely be entertaining to watch.
PS: We’ll be doing what traditionally us fans do best, and go into unneeded deep discussions about the episode at some point in the future.
A Canterlot Wedding
Story by Meghan McCarthy
DHN Rating: 4.7 out of 5