So have a review of the newest MLP episode instead.
More after the break.
Anyway, something else I was ecstatic to see in this episode; a storyarc. I mean, I already knew they were going to do it. The box was evidence enough of that, but I figured that when the show's crew said "storyarc," they meant "introduce something and then let it fall off a cliff for a few episodes before randomly popping back up again right at the last moment" like they've done in past seasons. At the very least, I was thinking another deal like the Grand Galloping Gala storyarc back in season one, where it was just sporadically mentioned every few episodes and then utterly absent in all the rest.
But not so here, because right off the bat, the episode IMMEDIATELY following the episode where they first introduce it, they bring up that box again! I mean, sure, they don't really make any new breakthroughs on it, and it really only serves as a plot device to get Twilight in the Princesses' old castle...but they mentioned it! THAT'S the important thing here. They could very well be SERIOUS about a storyarc this season, and ITS ABOUT TIME too! If there's ONE thing MLP has needed to make it better since the beginning, it was storyarcs. Heck, Laura Faust knew this, and tried to fit that in when starting the show, but Hasbro said "no."
Well, I guess Hasbro's wised up since then. Congrats, Hasbro, you get a gold star!
Anyway, after that, it's just the little things left to say about this episode. I could go on for awhile longer still on all the little jokes featured in it...
-- "Hey you guys! Did you know I can totally play the organ? Because I didn't!"
...but there are a few others things I'd like to bring up instead.
Like, for example, the various secret switches and such in that dusty old castle. The episode pretty much confirms in teh dialogue that Celestia and Luna stuck all of those into the castle for the fun of it. So to all of you bronies that think of Celestia and Luna as serious-all-the-time ponies, guess what? Apparently princess-work gets a little dull after awhile, because even they need some fun every now and then.
But more importantly, this gives me thought; if this old castle is riddled with all of these secrets and such...does this mean the newer castle in Canterlot is the same way?
If so, then those poor stuffy Canterlotian nobles that have to navigate it on a regular basis...I can only imagine what THEY think of that.
Speaking of castles, I'm starting to get curious about this old castle of Celestia and Luna's...actually that's a lie because I was already curious well beforehand...but since it seems going back and filling in some of the "blanks" of Equestria's past, especially in regards to the princesses, I have to wonder if the crew plan to reveal other little tidbits about this castle later on. Like, why IS this castle why out in Everfree, so remote, isolated, and away from the rest of pony civilization? And why abandon it? Too many bad memories for Celestia after the Nightmare Moon incident? If so, it seems like she's gotten over it now that Luna's back, because she seems quite frank about it now.
Which leads to another thought...since Twilight's a princess now, it stands to reason that she's entitled to a castle of her own now. Since she's obviously not going to want to go far from Ponyville though...does that mean there's the possibility of the gang fixing up and moving into the old castle out in Everfree, since it IS so close to Ponyville?
Just thinking outside the box, there, dunno if that's true or not.
Here's something I think IS true though, so here goes...
Prediction: writing in the diary is going to be the new friendship reports.
Actually, it makes perfect sense to do that, and if I'm perfectly honest, I like the idea of writing in the diary much better anyway. The problem with the friendship reports was that they were very narrow in scope, and pretty much banked entirely on the show operating the same way all throughout it's whole run. So when the show shifted in new directions, as we've recently seen it do, it was hard to take the friendship reports with, because they no longer fit within the specific demands of the show. This was making itself apparent as far back as season two, so much so that I predicted fairly early on that eventually they would have to be retired in the end. So the diary is ultimately the better idea, because unlike the friendship reports, its much more open ended and not so restricted. The diary will be able to flex and bend with the show, and not be eliminated so easily from the show's needs. That, and writing in a diary feels so much more natural and achieves basically the same purpose, so much so that they probably should've done it from the beginning.
So all in all, a fun new episode, with a few new elements for us to chew on as the show continues to make tracks in a new direction...yet largely remain the same show I first started watching.
...really, I don't know what people were thinking when they were saying the show had killed itself off last season...