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Anyhow, it seems that many commentators enjoyed this episode, but overall I felt it was pretty weak. It isn't "Spike at your Service" or "Mare-do-Well" levels of bad, but especially after what I consider to be an excellent season opener (and Castle-Mania, which I enjoyed despite it lacking a Castlevania reference) it didn't seem to keep up the same quality.
In this episode, I don't feel that the reveal that Daring Do is "real" and subsequent action involving Ahuizotl is handled in a believable way. From an in-universe perspective, the fact that the events of the Daring Do novels actually took place in Equestria, but were assumed by everypony to be fictional simply fails to suspend disbelief. Even if it is a "remote" part of the country, it seems that it wasn't so remote that the Mane 6 couldn't locate Daring Do or make it to her house.
This also means that Ahuizotl is a real bad guy and has been attempting real bad things for some time now, without any action against him by Celestia. I find it hard to believe that this guy has flown under the radar of everyone except a single pegasus (who instead of warning the rest of Equestria, passes him off as a fictional character).
Also, on the subject of Ahuizotl. What does PRINCESS Twilight Sparkle do about him now that she knows he's real and had tried to curse a portion of Equestria? Well, aside from helping a bit with foiling his plan, it seems she's fine with letting him go to plot his revenge. She could have at least sent a head's up to Canterlot about a dangerous criminal being on the loose.
It would have been far more palatable if the action took place on some remote island outside of Equestrian territory. That way it is at least more plausible that these events could have taken place without anyone knowing they were real.
What really annoys me, more than the article, is how many anti-Brony commentors (on Kotaku and on other sides) love to make broad, sweeping generalizations based on the actions of a few "bad apples" or cloppers.
- In one episode, Twilight is transported to an alternate reality in which Trixie was fully corrupted by the Alicorn Amulet and now rules Equestria.
- Lighting Dust returns and challenges Rainbow Dash to a deadly race. This one promises to put all previous Rainbow Dash episodes to shame with its sheer awesomeness.
- The CMCs will save Ponyville from a hostile takeover attempted by Diamond Tiara's father, and earn their cutie marks in the process.
- Fluttershy learns how to use Dragon Shouts.
- There will be an episode focused entirely on background characters including Lyra, Dr. Whooves, Derpy, and Applejack.
- The Mane 6 doing battle with an army of Drow Elves in an episode guest-written by acclaimed fantasy novelist (and totally not a hack) R.A. Salvatore.
- After it is revealed that Discord's reformation was a ruse, and that he has actually been slowly corrupting Celestia, Luna and Twilight will be forced to lead a rebellion in the epic 3-part series finale.
Disclaimer: The above rumors are completely false and made up for your amusement.
On the plus side, Spike was the shining point of this movie. I felt that he was actually very well written, and it is a shame that we got to see him at his best while everyone else felt off. I also thought that the cameos and humor points were, for the most part, enjoyable.
I don't really think this one is much the staff's fault. This movie felt to be an absurd idea forced by Hasbro (far more out there than anything else before) and they did their best to make it work. It just didn't, really.
This is not some grand conspiracy to piss off Bronies.