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The big two-parter has arrived! And My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is kicking off with the Crystal Empire two-parter.

The first part is about Celestia giving Twilight the rather monumental test of finding a way to protect the Crystal Empire upon its mysterious return from the shadowy King Sombra (meaning shadow in Spanish).

And the second part is focuses more on Twilight finding the Crystal Heart which is key to stopping Sombra.

This two parter is easily the most visually stunning two-parter yet. Everything from movement to lighting to the absolutely gorgeous looking Crystal Empire is incredibly well-designed.

And surprisingly enough, darker as well. As in, there was more liberal use of black and shadows this time around, giving some pivotal scenes more atmosphere.

This willingness to be 'dark' just means that kids get a more well-rounded entertainment. They're gonna' have to use the potty on their own one day after all.

However, that's also the double-edge sword with Crystal Empire; it's big on flash but a bit lacking in character, and character is where MLP: FiM shines.

Sombra, with the black crystals and huge swirling mass that surrounds the Empire is incredibly atmospheric, but he as a character, well, what character? At least Queen Chrysalis from the last two-parter had some personality, but Sombra practically was evil and that's all they wrote, literally.

The same can be said for the crystal ponies themselves, they looked great but no character depth.

The mane 6 were there as a supporting ensemble and there certainly were very funny bits about; particularly with Rarity going ga-ga about the crystal pony look, and Pinkie dressing as Fluttershy was one of her most bizarre gags yet.

But the second parter is easily the better of the two as the stakes were raised and the scenes with Twilight and Spike were some of the most visually creative and suspenseful. The moment where Twilight comforts Spike when he went through a door of your worst fears was quite sweet.

Something the episodes did a lot was foreshadowing big things for Twilight. Celestia and Luna are setting up something big for our plucky purple unicorn. It remains to see if it will be a big payoff or not.

But overall, certainly better than A Canterlot Wedding but not up there with the scene-stealing Return of Harmony, 'cos let's be honest, Discord is a hard one to outclass.

Review of MLP: FiM's Crystal Empire Part 1 and 2.

Link to the preview pic!

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MonkeyDZyrax Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
why does every single villain needs a personality?
Ddraigtanto Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I personally want to add that, quite frankly, although she wasn't a pivotal character to the episodes, I feel they botched Luna up a bit. She knows Twilight is capable and such, and they seemed to have at least an OK relationship, considering the Luna Eclipsed episode, and in A Canterlot Wedding, she knows Twilight is at least capable, but she seemed rather... cold, in these two. It was, quite frankly disappointing. I'm not sure if other Lunafans will agree, but that was at least my opinion from watching it for the first time.
HourglassOfSouls Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
As a Luna fan, I agree with the statement of how cold (and intense) she was in the first part. I could be wrong, but I would figure that Twilight would be on friendly terms with BOTH princesses now :/
Ddraigtanto Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, of course she would be, but it was apparent from the very first FiM episode that she and Celestia got on, Luna was originally an antagonist (well, Nightmare Moon was, kinda similar things really), and we didn't see much of her for the first series, and not a lot either in the second. We'd imagine they got on by now, but yeah...
NightmaresForAlice Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
But still, they messed up somewhat, and I swear I saw the same pony become crystal again about five times >.>
Like, how did the crystal ponies get rid of King Sombra if they didn't have access to the crystal heart?
How did Princess Luna help with the banishment of King Sombra 1000 years ago if she too was banished at that time?
Why was Berry Punch in the Crystal Kingdom when she had no business there? (Go home Berry Punch! You're drunk!)
Why were the same ponies overused a lot and why did the stallion that yelled "King Sombra is back!"(Something like that...) sound like a mare?

There were a lot of mistakes that I had found...
troubspen Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Nice review... I agree.
Grogar-the-oneser Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Ah now this i can at leastbe okay with. well that and this review done by this good fellow.

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