Season 6, Episodes 1-2: THE CRYSTALLING
Written By Josh Haber
So, what’s our story for the sixth season premiere? Well, in what can be described as a follow-up to Season 5's “The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows” and “The Cutie Re-Mark”, the Mane 6 travel to the Crystal Empire to attend the Crystalling of Shining Armor and Princess Cadence’s new baby by the name of Flurry Heart and Twilight Sparkle gives Starlight Glimmer her first friendship lesson…but trouble soon strikes when the Crystal Empire is in danger of an eternal winter and Starlight struggles after the failed reunion with her old friend Sunburst.
Now, when I first heard about this episode and saw the teaser clip, I had made the assumption that this was going to be the My Little Pony equivalent of the Fairly Oddparents special "Fairly Odd Baby". But I did my best to go into this episode with an open mind and much to my surprise...I was totally right. The story was exactly what I thought it was going to be and the humor was hit-and-miss with some jokes catching me off-guard and others where I knew what the outcome was going to be; thus making the overall episode feel boring and tedious to get through. As for Starlight Glimmer and Sunburst's plotline, it of course led into the inevitable "liar revealed" plotline which (as many of you Bronies know) I hate especially when you realize that the two of them are gonna feel like idiots and get back together in the end anyway.
In terms of the animation, the team at DHX always tries to outdo themselves with every episode/movie that is released in the My Little Pony franchise and I can see that they really amped up their game in terms of what they're capable of doing with Adobe Flash and it really comes into play during the pretty intense climax and the comedic sequences.
And when it comes to the characters, it feels great to see that our favorite heroines and side-characters haven't changed a bit since we last saw them...but as for the Royal Family, yeah...you could very easily swap them with Cosmo, Wanda, Timmy and Poof from Fairly Oddparents and nothing would change it. As for Starlight Glimmer and Sunburst, I can definitely tell that Starlight is trying to change for the better after everything she went through during Season 5 and I like her new mane style...Sunburst, on the other hand, I knew right away that he would be living a lie when it came to being "an all-powerful wizard"...but at least he manages to save the day along with Starlight as well as the Royal Sisters and Twilight, so that's gotta count for something.
Overall, while I did enjoy the spectacle of this episode...much like how "The Cutie Re-Mark" was the weakest of the season finales, "The Crystalling" is easily the weakest of the season premieres and thus I have to give this episode a rating of a 7.5 out of 10. Not the best, but not the worst either...just alright.