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The Crystalling - Part 1 

The Mane Six are introduced to Cadance and Shining Armor's new foal; Twilight gives Starlight a friendship lesson.

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Denny Lu, Tim Stuby | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Lauren Faust (developed for television by), Josh Haber
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Kelly Sheridan ... Starlight Glimmer (voice)
Tara Strong ... Twilight Sparkle (voice)
Cathy Weseluck ... Spike (voice)
Andrew Francis ... Shining Armor / Crystal Pony 3 (voice)
Tabitha St. Germain ... Rarity / Princess Luna / Flurry Heart (voice)
Ashleigh Ball ... Rainbow Dash / Applejack (voice)
Ian Hanlin ... Sunburst (voice)
Andrea Libman ... Pinkie Pie / Fluttershy / Crystal Pony 2 (voice)
Britt McKillip ... Princess Cadance (voice)
Nicole Oliver ... Princess Celestia / Crystal Pony 1 / Foal (voice)
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The Mane Six are introduced to Cadance and Shining Armor's new foal; Twilight gives Starlight a friendship lesson.

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Release Date:

26 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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DHX Media, Hasbro Studios See more »
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Trivia

This episode confirmed a rumor that Starlight Glimmer would be joining the "Mane 6" making it officially the "Mane 7" See more »

Quotes

Starlight Glimmer: [Opens one door in the castle, only to see Spike doing a manly pose in front of a mirror, who then sees her and waves to her nervously] Ugh, I am never gonna find my way around this place!
[Starts walking away as Spike runs out after her]
Spike: Gee, Starlight. What's wrong?
Starlight Glimmer: I don't know, Spike. Twilight's figuring out what my first friendship lesson is, and, I guess I'm not exactly thrilled with the options. Well, with one of them.
Spike: Which one?
Starlight Glimmer: Reuniting me with my first friend.
Spike: What's so terrible about ...
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Soundtracks

Out of the Woods
Lyrics by Taylor Swift & Jack Antonoff
Performed by Taylor Swift
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I thought it was great!
17 May 2016 | by madisondeclareSee all my reviews

Is it as amazing as the previous two parters? Not quite, but it still is great!

So after the decent "Cutie Remark" finale, lots of fans have complained about Starlight Glimmer's redemption being too forced and/or rushed, which I agree with for the most part, but this show had plenty of other rushed redemptions that in my opinion were even worse and quicker to reform, like Discord and Sunset Shimmer. So I don't know why people are sooo bothered with this one specifically?

Anyway, if there is one thing this show does well in my opinion, is the reformed versions of the characters that used to be villains or jerks. I said that Sunset Shimmer and Discord's reformations were the worst, but besides the WAY they were redeemed, the writers do an excellent job of portraying them realistically afterwards. And that is just what they did with Starlight.

I love the idea of Twilight having another student besides Sunset (at least in the films), and I find this episode portrays her role as a teacher well, and how eager Starlight is to make up for what she's done and how she genuinely wants to change. What happened with Starlight and Sunburst was definitely predictable, but it still is touching and I like the way they do become friends yet again and understand each other.

The other story arc with Flurry Heart was pretty cute yet intense. It was definitely interesting to see a natural born alicorn on the show and just how intense her powers really are. I don't know why people are hating on her by the way, she is just a baby! Lighten up! Oh, and Shining Armor and Twilight's parents speaking was a nice little unexpected touch to the episode.

Overall, this episode had some good laughs, sweet moments, intense moments, and everypony (including dragon) were in character.

9/10!


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