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I’ve been on the road and out of town for the last few days, but I managed to sit down and watch the season finale.
As always, I’ll put my insight in a spoiler tag for those who haven’t seen it, yet.
Up until the end of the two episodes, the writing in this finale was pretty awesome.
I like how the episode started with Twilight Sparkle essentially giving a watered down and simplified version of the butterfly effect theory before the action started because of how relevant it became later on. I also thought it was interesting how they used Starlight Glimmer’s focus on time magic as a way of showing what would happen if each of the series’ villains had succeeded.
The one thing I am on the fence about is how Twilight eventually reached out to persuade Glimmer to cease using the spell.
The method she used was very suiting for the show, given that it is a kids’ show and all, but it just seemed too light-handed given how catastrophic things could’ve gotten. After all, Twilight showed Glimmer firsthand that abusing the time travel magic would eventually, well…destroy the world as they knew it. Even after they delve into Glimmer’s past and reveal why she’s desperate enough to abuse time travel magic in order to destroy any friendship Twilight had with the Mane Six, it doesn’t really make sense.
Glimmer already revealed she was aware of the Elements of Harmony, so that should have answered the question she had in the second episode about why Twilight’s friends were so important. Despite the fact that Twilight’s friendship played a vital role in the realm’s ‘balance’ and the fact that Twilight explained how dangerous time travel is (see: The Butterfly Effect movie), Glimmer was still willing to go so far as to risk the world just to hinder the friendship *one* pony had with five others.
All in all, a pretty awesome episode. I found the ending to be iffy, but it was a neat finale, nonetheless.