So many headcanons happened in this episode. Also Spike had a solo, I think that's a first, so that was neat.
I really did love this episode though, I've been waiting for this idea to come out, and I'm so happy it finally happened. I feel like having redemption for an entire race of creatures in the show really helps teach about acceptance of things your fear irrationally.
I loved this episode. This has to be the best Spike episode we've had. I can imagine that Thorax will start writing to Twilight and Spike about all the things he's learned and all the new friends he made. I can't wait to see what Celestia and Luna think about him. That would be an interesting episode. As much as I liked this episode there was a few things I didn't like. I don't fully understand why Starlight was there. Yeah going to see Sunburst is nice and all. But she really didn't do anything. The ending felt a little rushed too. And Cadence shoved Flurry in his face, not once, but twice! Why would you do that!? From a child's stand point it cute and sweet. From an adult stand point that's just poor parenting. Still, we got one of the best lessons this season. Standing up for a friend can be hard. You could see just how scared and nervous Spike was the whole time he was singing. Glad everything turned out ok for him and Thorax. I hope we get to see more of him.
Well, i liked the episode, though it had problems with the pacing. It seemed rushed and resolved to easy, tough there were a lot to like about it to, like the expansion on changeling lore and on spikes character. For now i only settle for: "It was ok..." but if the show follows up to that and expand the new possibiltys, they created with Thorax, i might change the statement.
Now me.If I was there when Thorax popped up.I would have been ready to go Steve McGarrett on him.On the other hand Spike risked everything by standing up for him.That would have made me stand down.As the old saying goes."Never Judge The Book By It's Cover"All in all It was an OK Episode.I did like it.
Yeah... But what can you do. These things have to be over in 22 minutes. I usually consider songs to be storytelling shorthand for "some long discussion happened here, and we're going to boil it down."
This episode omg. I'm not gonna lie, I posted a 2-paragraph cynical outline of what I thought the Changeling arc would be on a previous episode poll and it is being followed thus far, but the execution is what matters and it has been great so far.
It was okay. It was a good story, and a theme with great potential that was, unfortunately, botched by absolutely awful writing. So an episode that could have been great ended up begin only okay. My two main gripes with the episode:
* The royal guards came across as incompetent buffoons. If the writers were trying to be funny, it didn't work.
* The ending lacked credibility. Okay, I can see Cadance accepting the changeling and welcoming him to the Crystal Empire. But shoving Flurry Heart in his face like that? Sorry, but that's just irresponsible parenting. There's being friendly, and there's being reckless. And that crossed the line into reckless. Given they were specifically worried about Flurry Heart in the beginning, for all they knew at the end, the whole thing could have been a plot to get a changeling close to her.
The second point is by far the biggest problem with the episode. The ending simply lacked credibility.. Trust and friendship isn't a binary switch that can simply flip from 0 to 1. And that's how the episode portrayed it. Friendship mixed with a reasonable amount of lingering caution would have made a much more credible ending.
I don't think it was fan pandering. I think it was something they inevitably had to address. The idea that an entire race can be evil is definitely not a message you want to be sending to children. Especially not in today's age when racism and bigotry, once pushed to the fringes, are making a strong comeback and are now part of standard fare in right wing politics. Not just in America with the Donald Trumps and the Newt Gingriches and the Ted Cruzes, but in Europe as well with the rising influence of neo-facist ideology in places like Poland and Greece.
It was pretty good since you get to know more about changelings. The song was alright. What was terrible is it did not explain if the changeling was still starved at the end. Did he get restored by being friends with the other ponies and spike, or does he still have to attack the ponies to eat? I like how MLP is using great story lines that are pretty deep compared to other rated Y tv shows.
Over all I liked the episode it did answer a lot of Questions I had about Changelings. I'm glad the common changelings can talk and are not mindless drones. I still wounder though is the Changeling being fed by being around ponies and not attacking them. In that Changeling seemed quite happy being in the Crystal Empire. In that Changeling would have to be able to feed without attacking ponies other wise he would get kicked out really fast.
I really liked Spike in the episode and it had my favorite backaround Crystal Mare in it.
Well... This episode could've being better. Somehow. Spike falls low when not defending his new friend (and he befriended just by clumsily falling off the cliff anyway). When Spike kisses the icicle I thought it would be funny if it was actually a changeling turned into an icicle. Nopony cares if Spike the Entertaining sais anything or even sing about it, but the moment Princess acknowledges it everyone cheers and momentarly clearing off all the suspicion. Cadenza presenting her baby to a changeling like some kind of snack is a funny out of context shot.
I don't think Cadence should have done that considering the Changeling was friendly but he was acting out. Also I would guess that something like that would be hungry after being in the wasteland of the Crystal Empire.
It reminded me of that one wild life guy who played with the Alligators who waved his one year old kid in front of a Alligator.
I jest don't think the ponies should do a 180 turn on there view about Changelings. In that I think they should have done something in the middle. In that even if this Changeling is nice he could still be put in a bad spot if his Queen or Hive shows up.
Yeah, it was pretty good. I'm not all that fond of Spike episodes so I was disappointed this was another one, but it was definitely way better than all his other ones.
First off; Thorax's name itself I felt could've been way better. I mean, a thorax is a body part. Naming your Changeling 'Thorax' is like naming your cat 'Torso' or that hedgehog that comes into your backyard 'ankle'. I mean my goodness, surely there are better 'buggy' names out there! :/
One of the reasons I was never fond of Spike is because he always manages to do something stupid. And he did it again in this one. He could've stood up for his friend but he didn't, and as soon as his friend runs he realises "imma go try again but this time I'll stand up for him". The song was nice and all but I personally felt the animation for it was cheesy as heck and it dragged on a little too long. Also this episode 'rang a lot of bells' for me. I saw similarities to quite a few other things, some being Ice Age 3, Garfield 2, and the lesson itself reminded me of another MLP episode (that I can't seem to remember the name of).
It would be funny if the icicle that saved Spike was actually changeling. Also, really? I mean, while his motivation is noble, his most significant actions was falling off the cliff. Repeatedely. All his other actions bear no weight for ponies other then Twilight.
One of Spike's better episodes, but it should have focused on Starlight instead: it was right up her alley, and she hasn't gotten nearly enough screentime. Also, Spike's song was about gagging me on saccharine. :/ On a side note, I was enjoying the "shades of Dominion Wars" and was disappointed there were no blood screenings.
Yeah, this was probably a height for Spike episodes. It is a bit of a Bridle Gossip 2.0 in terms of originality, but, it does build on said episode pretty well as far as I'm concerned. Both are, essentially, lessons about prejudice. Bridle Gossip was a pretty flawed sell though, as it turned the Mane 6 into jerks against a zebra who they didn't know, and hadn't done anything to anyone. This new episode handled the subject better I feel, as, let's face it, changelings had a pretty bad rap in the world up to this point, and it's pretty easy for folks to dismiss them all as an evil hive mind or something, and as it happens, a lot of ponies, including the Mane 6, had already been burned by the worse elements of the Changelings.
It's an interesting affect for headcanons though, clearly the hive mind mentality is pretty much debunked now if some can be born with and end up developing completely different approaches to the world than others, bringing up a nature V nurture sort of thing. I can't say it was ever my headcanon on the guys, but there's the thing: Among any given community, you're going to have good'uns and bad'uns, and while it's understandable for some to be a little fearful of other groups when all you ever hear about them is bad things, of course that's going to colour your view of them. I think that's pretty much a big problem the world is facing right now, and it's an important lessons to learn. That being said, while I like Thorax/Crystal Hoof, I don't really like that he was portrayed as a minority in the way he sees things. Perhaps he is an exception to the rule, perhaps he isn't. Only time will tell, but I can see a lot of Queen Chrysalis' actions as being extreme, but something of a moral gray... Although, how does a changeling feed off of love, exactly? I kinda wish they'd shown that in the episode to some degree, though I do admit, I have a few theories on the cooker right now...
Regardless of any higher, social or political messages one such as myself can mine from this episode however *cough*Bigotry*cough* *cough*Islam*cough* *cough*Donald Trump*cough*, this is a great episode, and quite possibly one of the best Spike episodes we've had so far. I think it was Silver Quill, or one other such analyst/reviewer sort of high regard who said that Spike worked best in a supporting role, and... Yeah, that seemed to be the gist of what he was doing here, and he did it well. I don't like the use of songs to have to push the plot along at the end though... Granted, it was a good song, more or less, I feel it's rushing things too much, and it weakens the story for me. Not excessively so, but still.
Regardless, I can end on my TL;DR note on this episode: It's Good. It's very good.