February 9 2013, 08:49 PM
Re: MLP:FiM S3E12 - "Games Ponies Play" - Grading & Discussion
Loved it. I wasn't sure what to expect for this episode, but I was very entertained.
Twilight learning how to handle pressure was a nice little twist. I can only assume this is getting her prepped for the next episode, which does answer the question of "Will Alicorn Twilight accidentally OCD Equestria to death?" What's nice is it seems that Cadance has been the one teaching her to relax, which makes sense since Cadance is closer to her age anyway (probably), and seems to be taking up the older sister role very well.
It was great to see Shining Armor again, and we get to see some of that Captain of the Guard personality come through even when he's more casual.
I liked the tourist. Felt bad for her apparent claustrophobia (been there), but she seemed like a fun character overall. Ms. Harshwhinny wasn't as bad as her reputation preceded her, which is all too common, so she wasn't just some one dimensional antagonist, which was nice.
Rarity getting an opportunity to show she can do so many things, and that she finally gets her chance to work for royalty in a big event. Seeing her stress out over what appears to be a failure, yet she still manages to pull off quite, er, handily, shows that she is more than just a drama queen.
Filly Dashie standing on what we assume to be her father's back waving a Cloudsdale flag just about gave me a round of diabeetus, and then her interactions with the little crystal empire filly were adorable.
Finally, it was all nicely rounded up into a nice tuck-in story, which is a nice little story telling technique that seems to work well for this episode (and the previous one).
I gave it an "A".
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