|"You think this makes it more likely I'll get a real episode? Oh, Twilight..."|
First things first: I like this episode more than I do the S6 premiere, mainly because it isn't so boring. It is a considerable change of pace from the way in which previous seasons have opened, in many ways feeling more like a mid-season slice-of-life ep. Clearly, those who detest Starlight will hate the fact that she seems likely to play a very big part once again this year. I'm not one of those, so I'm fine with it – although I would hope that the Mane Six are the central heroes of S7, fun as the others are.
The other members of the Starlight Gang – Trixie, Discord and Thorax – were confined to supporting roles this time, and didn't do much to make me cheer or jeer. Much more interestingly, we finally got some decent screen time for Celestia. It's not the full-on Tiasode I still long for, but it's much better than what we had last season. I'm pleased that Celie's slightly mischievous side is in evidence, such as in the scene where she laughs at Twilight. (She claims she isn't, but I'm not sure I believe her!)
|"Oh, come on, Twi. Can't I even write Humdrum fanfic in peace?"|
The main problem with this episode is that the actual story is a bit thin. The Starlight Gang are awarded the hitherto-unknown "Pink Hearts of Courage" (which the Mane Six apparently never got) early on, but the central issue – whether Glimmy will be sent away as Twilight herself was – isn't really explored with the depth it could have been. Worse, the late turnaround on this is hurried and turns a potentially very moving episode into something a little bit eye-rolling.
All this isn't to say I dislike "Celestial Advice", because that's not the case. What I ask from FiM is generally 22 minutes of entertainment and cute talking ponies, and I think I got that here. It's not going to go in my "classics" file in the way the S2 and S5 premieres did, but it's a reasonable start to the season. At the point I finished watching this episode, I'd become cautiously optimistic about the months ahead.
|"My goal this season is to double the amount of fandom arguments about me!|
- Decent screen time for Celestia at last
- Spike's gentle snarkiness
- Nice to see a mild Twi freakout again
- It all feels pleasantly Pony
- Pinkie's vacuum cleaner right at the end
- Takes a few minutes to get started
- The "possible futures" scene is too long
- Rushed, cop-out ending