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But they won't let you remember!"
Oh, actually, as they seem to be genuinely positioning her as new main cast member, they did need to find a sane and somewhat-plausible motive! Oh dear. That doesn't augur well for Jim Miller's 'new paradigm', does it?
Ugh... What a buzz-kill.
Brilliant build-up, brilliant execution and brilliant peril. The dark alternate time-lines were wonderfully realised at every level. Starlight was a nicely-realised villain too, although her power levels and ability to avoid attacks were a bit overblown and implausible.
Yet... in the end... it was killed by a badly-executed ending. I know what Josh Haber was trying to do, it's just that he failed to do it. He failed to write properly Twilight using the shock of seeing the dead future and her new knowledge of Starlight's past to reach out to her properly. Literally, it would have taken one decently written paragraph of dialogue to save the climax of the episode. Failure to do this turned it into a Deus Ex Machina 'wave a magic wand to beat the villain' ending that was a massive anticlimax and let-down.
We'll never know how good it could have been, as it is, one badly-written ending kills the two-parter for me.
BenRG's Rating: 6.5/10 -- Most of that comes from the beginning and middle of the episode.
Just putting the world and time on notice that my tolerance for them turning Starlight Glimmer into one of the Mane Cast is very weak. If they even try to make her into a Sixth Ranger after this poorly-executed 'redemption', I could quite possibly walk away.