The Crystalling-Part 2
SPOILER ALERT! Those of you who have not seen the show, be warned. This review is going to contain spoilers about the episode. If you have not seen it yet, watch it right now and read my review in 20 minutes, or prepare to have some of the critical plot mentioned before you view it. In fact, it would probably be best to watch the entire series up until this point, if you haven’t. I am assuming many of you are bronies, or fans of the show, and you are reading this review for an interesting insight on an episode you have seen countless times already (as have I), in which case, continue reading, and enjoy!
The episode begins with a recap of the previous episode, as the stories in the two go together. The storm is beginning to cover the Crystal Empire without the Crystal Heart, and Starlight Glimmer and Sunburst are still trying to reconnect as part of Starlight’s friendship lesson.
Things aren’t going very well for the two of them, though. Spike tries to follow Twilight’s list, and asks them to share an embarrassing moment or something they regret from the past. Nope. Neither pony seems interested in this, so Starlight chooses to leave Sunburst to his “important wizard stuff”. Of course, the way he acts leads me to believe there is no important wizard stuff that he has to do, despite claiming that there is no rest for the wizardly. I guess when Starlight leaves, she either doesn’t notice the huge storm, or decides that reconnecting with Sunburst is worse than facing it.
I really hoped that this scene would go differently, and Starlight would consider leaving, look out the window to see the storm, and decide to stay. She could share an embarrassing moment with Sunburst and he would comfort her. He would share his embarrassing moment and they would laugh about it. They would tell stories and catch up until the other ponies saved the day and the storm was over. They should have fallen in love and low-key dated. But no.
Starlight heads out into the storm, which Twilight, and the others try to hold off. Celestia and Luna use their magic to hold the storm off, but the storm is more powerful and if Twilight can’t soon find a way to restore the Crystal Heart, Celestia and Luna’s magic will fail. Applejack, Fluttershy, and Rainbow Dash head outside to warn the ponies about the storm and encourage them to seek shelter, though without mentioning that the Crystal Heart is damaged.
With the baby being such a ball of energy, keeping the her under control seems to be a difficult task. I wonder if even the combined forces of Twilight, Pinkie, Rarity, as well as the baby’s parents will be enough to keep her in check. I hope that Pinkie, who the baby seems to love, will be able to babysit for long enough for the others to find a way to restore the Crystal Heart.
Even though the storm is still raging on, Spike and Starlight are walking like nothing is the matter. The two exchange some meaningful conversation about failing the friendship lesson, and Spike feels like he is a failure so he burns the list that Twilight gave him. Starlight says Sunburst doesn’t want to be friends with her, but Spike reminds her that he didn’t actually say that. Either way, Spike still wants to be her friend, and gives her a hug. It is cute that he is so reassuring and helpful to her and it sticks with the vibe I got from the previous episode about Spike’s character being developed more. Finally, they realize that it’s cold and something is probably the matter.
In the next scene, we see Applejack, Fluttershy, and Rainbow Dash try encouraging the crowd to go inside, but they do not want to lose the spots for the Crystalling that they had waited for. There is one member of the crowd who is like a brony. He is in the front row for the Crystalling, and has on a vest and hat with pins of things such as Twilight Sparkle.
Rarity, Pinkie, and Shining Armor try to take care of the baby while Cadence tries to help Twilight find a spell to fix the Crystal Heart. Starlight and Spike arrive, and Pinkie Pie explains the situation to them. When Cadence and Twilight finally find the spell of reliquary reconstitution, the baby blasts a hole through it with her magic. Cadence says she will try to help Twilight remember the spell, but wants the Empire to be evacuated, just in case.
Starlight informs Twilight that things did not go well with the important wizard. Although Cadence wasn’t familiar with Sunburst, she asked Starlight to go get him, as having the help of an important wizard may come in handy. Starlight goes to talk to Sunburst again, and Spike goes with her. Celestia and Luna are struggling against the storm clouds; time is running out. Unfortunately, Sunburst says he can’t help, because he has so much work to do.
Shining Armor helps Applejack, Fluttershy, and Rainbow. By telling the crowd that the Crystal Heart has been shattered, they are able to see the severity of the situation, and agree to evacuate with Shining Armor.
Starlight continues to try to convince Starburst to help. However, he reveals he is not an important wizard after all. He cries and runs into the other room. Starlight says she is just surprised, since he knew so much about magic. She then admits that she stole the cutie marks from a village and got beat by Twilight and her friends, so she went back in time to get revenge, but got stopped again. Crying, she told Starburst that she was so terrified ponies would find out, that she was unable to make any friends.
Rather than being angry or judging Starlight for her actions, Sunburst was just impressed that she had been able to travel through time. (Spike had been sure of this since the beginning.) The two apologize for everything that had happened and the miscommunication between them. They make up, and are able to focus on the emergency at hand. Starlight, Sunburst, and Spike (The triple-S entourage) meet up with Shining Armor and the other ponies evacuating the Crystal Empire. Starlight says they have to go back, and Sunburst promises he knows how to stop it.
Perhaps Sunburst’s help will not be needed after all, though. Twilight managed to reconstruct the destroyed relic spell from memory, and her and Cadance use their magic to put the Crystal Heart back together. It shatters, though, because the Crystal Heart is too old for a relic spell. Luckily, Sunburst does know what to do, though, and says it must be combined with something unique to the relic which can give it power.
He also has Starlight cast a spell to calm the weather, and Shining Armor cast a spell to calm his baby and her power fluctuations. Shining asks Sunburst to be the Crystaller for the ceremony, and it begins. Twilight, Luna, Celestia, and Starlight all use their magic to piece the Crystal Heart together while the Crystalling occurs.
It is a beautiful ceremony, and everypony in attendance agrees. Personally, it reminded me a bit about the part in The Lion King where Simba is born. But anyway, the feelings of all the ponies are collected into a shard of crystal and it gets added to the heart, strengthening it. Everypony becomes crystallized, and they look awesome (except for Celestia, no offense to her). Celestia tells Sunburst that he is more of a wizard than he thinks, which is really sweet.
In the end, we see the baby’s paternal grandparents. Grandma says they need to name the baby, and Cadence says that she and Shining were thinking Flurry Heart, in honor of the occasion. Twilight says she thinks the name is lovely and gives her niece a kiss. Although I probably couldn’t think of anything better, I am not a huge fan of the name. But oh well.
Starlight and Sunburst promise to stay in touch. (I hope they date, although in my own personal canon, they already are.) On the train back to Ponyville, Twilight thinks she has a lot to learn about being a teacher, still. Starlight and Sunburst did become friends after all, but not because of Twilight’s teaching. Spike reminds Twilight that Celestia taught her by giving her the space to make her own decisions, and Twilight is a better teacher than she thought.
This was a really great episode, and I liked the premiere in general a lot. I love the Starlight and Sunburst pairing, and although Sunburst lives in the Crystal Empire, I want to see more of him with Starlight. I am also sure that Flurry Heart will receive some focus this season. Although I still think Starlight changed too fast, the idea of her learning about friendship like Twilight did is going to be exciting. The premiere set the bar high for the rest of the season, and the future of the show in general. Thanks for reading!