After watching many reaction videos to episode 8, I noticed how people nitpicked that we were getting a Christmas episode in may and how the episode wasn't creative because it was a Christmas Carol/The Grinch ripoff. (in the comments at least, the youtubers were really chill) In fact, it seems as though those who did enjoy the episode, only enjoyed it because of the the Luna and Starlight songs.
But personally, I think it was an amazing episode. I don't think it's fair to demand holiday episodes to air near or on that exact holiday all the time since we don't know the reason behind it. (at least I don't). So what a Christmas episode aired so far away from the actual date? And surprisingly enough, I find this Hearth's Warming episode the best out of all the others; Hearthbreakers a close second. I also favor this episode as the best musical episode too:
- Catchy song for an intro
- F*cking bravo to Starlight for that entertaining number
- Seeds of the fast is a very meaningful song many people need to listen to. Lyrics spoke the truth
- Pinkie pie you done it again! I love upbeat songs with a swingin' tune!
- Luna (I'm sure many would agree) sung beautifully and the instrumental gave her song a very haunting, bone-chilling vibe that made me smile
- Sweet/cheery reprise
Unlike other musical episodes, it didn't feel too rushed or crammed. Each number flowed to the next while keeping the story going along.
And I think the episode was creative despite the heavy influence of two Christmas classics and the similar plotline. They found a way to mash the classics and Starlight's cutie mark issue all over again. Most people. including me, figured she was some twisted villain with evil motives when she was actually a twisted confused pony making drastic decisions she felt were needed to be done to make Equestria a better place. And this was basically the same for Snowfall.
Also...I honestly don't see why people think the lesson in this episode was to guilt-trip and brainwash your friends into into enjoying a holiday they don't care for? I thought that sort of thing was addressed in Season 5: Scaremaster (An episode I will forever applaud). Twilight simply shared a classic to Starlight so she'd understand that Hearth's Warming goes beyond upholding a tradition and clinging to a myth, and don't let your lack of belief on some story make you believe a certain holiday is a waste of everyone's time. In the end, Twilight did give her a choice right?