My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 3, Episode 1

The Crystal Empire - Part 1 (10 Nov. 2012)

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Northern Equestria's Crystal Empire has reappeared after being afflicted with a curse that made it vanish for 1,000 years. Princess Celestia asks Twilight Sparkle and her friends to protect... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Tabitha St. Germain ...
Rarity / Princess Luna / Fleur de Verre (voice)
Spike / Librarian / Paradise (voice)
Princess Celestia / Autumn Gem (voice)
Shining Armor / Royal Guards / Night Knight (voice)
Princess Cadance (voice) (as Britt McKlip)
Rebecca Shoichet ...
Twilight Sparkle (singing voice)
Pinkie Pie (singing voice)
Kazumi Evans ...
Rarity (singing voice)


Northern Equestria's Crystal Empire has reappeared after being afflicted with a curse that made it vanish for 1,000 years. Princess Celestia asks Twilight Sparkle and her friends to protect the empire from disappearing again. Written by Dogman15

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Twilight Sparkle: [singing] Oh, I've taken my share of licks/I've made it through the thin and thick/But no I wasn't.
Spike: [also singing] Oh no, she wasn't.
Twilight Sparkle: Oh no, I wasn't.
Spike: Oh no, she wasn't.
Twilight Sparkle: No I wasn't.
Twilight SparkleSpike: [singing in harmony] Prepared... for this!
Spike: [song ends] Uh, prepared for what, exactly?
Applejack: [her friends arrive at the train station] Twilight! Did you pass?
Pinkie Pie: Are we gonna celebrate your awesomeness with Princess Celestia?
[she begins to blast off her party cannon]
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The Ballad of the Crystal Empire
Music by Daniel Ingram
Lyrics by Meghan McCarthy
Orchestrated by Steffan Andrews
Performed by Rebecca Shoichet, Ashleigh Ball, Kazumi Evans, Shannon Chan-Kent, and Andrea Libman
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Kinda disappointing
11 November 2012 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Honestly , I really didn't like this episode. I'm a huge MLP fan and I loved almost every episode in season 2. I was so excited when the season 3 was advertised and I really thought it would be an exciting premiere; I was wrong.

The story began very well, it was tense and exciting, but when they reached the Crystal Empire, the plot development was too slow. There are good points, some of the jokes were really funny and animation was impressive.

The songs were bland and forgettable (which is very disappointing) and the villain might be the most dull character in the entire show. Okay, his appearance was unfit for the series and his voice was really bad. He didn't even have much of a dialogue to begin with, usually he'd just grunt say stuff like "Yes! Crystal!" I liked the part when Twilight entered the castle and she had to solve mind games, that was a very well-thought idea; also the magic door scene was splendid, very emotional.

The ending was very anticlimactic and disappointing. It just looked like an advertisement for toys. It's funny really, a show made by Hasbro and season 3 premiere was the first to feel like a commercial.

All in all, they could have done it better, especially with crystal ponies; they should have had a better introduction as a race and the middle part should have been more exciting.

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