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    • Everyone: *gasps in horror* Gallus: Sandbar, where's the tree?! (I HATE IT! >__<)
    • Smolder: Bor-ing! (I dislike it!)
    • Young Six: *looks at each other unassuredly* (…meh…)
    • Smolder: Yeah. Like a bunch of different parts all smushed together. Silverstream *hugs friends*: Oh, it's just like us! (I like it!)
    • Yona: Yona think it's perfect! (I LOVE IT!)


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14 hours ago, gingerninja666 said:

Gusty was the hero who defeated Grogar. They were mentioned back in Flurry of Emotions, and Grogar mentioned them again in the premiere.

Oh, OK then. Not sure that's the form the tree would take for Twilight, then. 

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Anyone else wish Spike and Thorax interacted in here? :( 

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I do not like this episode at all all it is is castle sweet castle 2.0 only worse. 

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This was a nice episode. Wonder if the new treehouse will be the young 6's new living quarters...? Also, I wonder if episodes will be linking to one another this season since it is the last season...

Love the throwback to Season 8 Episode 22, seeing Smolder in that dress and lipstick was adorable. And yay! First song of the season. I'd give it a 8/10 in my book. 

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8 hours ago, Truffles said:

I wonder if having this new structure out in the open instead of a cave will help shrink the Everfree away from it? It would be convenient if a few acres of land were to clear itself in the immediate area, since that might help make this new fortress accessible to the masses. Wasn't the Everfree just a garden when the castle was actually in use and it simply grew out of control after the capital was moved?

I hadn't really thought about this or noticed it before, but when I combed back through the episodes, it appears that the immediate surrounding area of the Castle of the Two Sisters has always been clear: in flashback ("Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 2", "Shadow Play - Part 2"), in the present ("Friendship Is Magic - Part 2", "Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 2", "Castle Mane-ia", "Inspiration Manefestation", "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1", "School Daze - Part 2"), and even in the alternate timeline where Nightmare Moon took over Equestria ("The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2"). So I suppose that the immediate surrounding area's being clear is nothing new.

Also, in the flashback in "Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 2", there does appear to be forest beyond the immediate surrounding area of the Castle. So I guess I'm not exactly sure when or how the Everfree Forest became particularly dangerous, or if it always was. Maybe, as you suggest, something did happen after the Castle of the Two Sisters was abandoned to make the Everfree Forest more dangerous, such as the Elements of Harmony becoming lost or inactive.

But it seems that we still don't really have a definite answer for whether there's a clear and safe path to the new crystal treehouse and the Tree of Harmony (and the remains of the Castle of the Two Sisters), or whether a trip there through the Everfree Forest is still (at least somewhat) dangerous. If the crystal treehouse is going to play a role in later episodes, perhaps we might have to wait and see if the trip to it is ever shown or talked about.

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On 4/16/2019 at 2:15 AM, CypherHoof said:

Not sure she got the context; the tree has been sending ponies on friendship missions for some time, but that isn't the same as a glittery Twi-shaped avatar actually talking to anypony. Given the general opinion that the tree was destroyed, it is more reasonable that Twi skipped over the details to focus on "but the tree is gone!" from that.

Yeah.  I was kinda thinkin' that as well.

On 4/16/2019 at 2:15 AM, CypherHoof said:

That the newest group of element-bearers took up the torch for the recovery of the Tree is just fine too though; as the Mane 6 move more into the role of the Royal Sisters, and friendship missions begin to push outside of the borders of the Pony lands, it would make sense that the "roving troubleshooter" role would pass to this younger generation, given the rulers of Equestria will have less freedom to drop everything and go.

*Sigh*  Yeah.  Much as it irks me, that makes sense, and I guess if the mane 6 are to take up the Sister's mantle, then it would naturally follow for the students to take up the mane six's.  If the mane six's concerns will be bigger and broader, then they can't concern themselves as much with smaller, local stuff.  You can't call the president if your wifi network goes down.  That's what the local IT troubleshooter guy is for.  But still, I must argue that the ToH is a big deal--an Equestria-wide concern, and it just seemed bogus to me that no one but the students cared to be there for its memorial.  It just felt like everyone else was all, "Eh, it's dead.  Whatever.  Just leave the ruins there.  Who cares?"  I suppose it's fine to delegate the task of cleaning up the remains and building a memorial to the students, but the fact that no one else even showed up is what bothers me the most, I think.  Perhaps I'd feel fine about it if the the whole cast turned out to see the treehouse.  "Hey guys, remember that thing we've been strongly connected to for the past eight years?  And hey Starswirl, remember that thing you created that protected the world in your absence?  It's not dead after all!  Perhaps you'd like to see it?"  :dry:

On 4/16/2019 at 10:25 AM, Music Chart Fan said:

I understand that we would want to see Twilight and the Mane Six first learn of the Tree of Harmony's sentience, and we would want for that to be a significant scene. But my impression, particularly after the sort of nonchalance with which this episode treats the subject, was that we might just have to assume that that happened offscreen, disappointing as that may be. As far as I remember, the only reason that the Student Six didn't tell Twilight or anyone about their direct communication with the Tree of Harmony is that Cozy Glow asked them not to. So after the events of "School Raze", I wouldn't think that the Student Six have any particular reason to keep that a secret any more.

Furthermore, we might think that, shortly after stopping Cozy Glow and saving Equestria, the Student Six and the Mane Eight would have some kind of "debriefing" where they all tell each other what happened and what they did. In that case, it would come up that the magic of the Tree of Harmony probably saved the Student Six, and if asked why that might have happened, then the Student Six could have talked about how the Tree of Harmony had communicated with them and "tested" them before.

I suppose it's still possible that this is being saved for a big revelation to Twilight and the Mane Six later, but I guess I'm not really expecting that at this point. However, it does seem at least more likely that the Tree of Harmony could still directly communicate with Twilight and/or the Mane Six in a later episode, as @Truffles suggests.

Yeah.  That sounds about right.  All of this sounds pretty bang on the money.

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16 hours ago, FlareGun45 said:

Anyone else wish Spike and Thorax interacted in here? :(

I dont think they should have interacted in this episode, it wasnt neccessary but I hope they will interact again soon. Maybe even bring thoraxs brother.

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I see two possible hints in the episode:

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When you feel Solace, blabla you will find shelter something in here.

Sounds as if this might be a key moment in the finale.

The other one is about the halls being a shelter, even for future generations - A nudge to Gen 5?

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Well, this episode was pretty nice to say the least. The tree has a ecology structure based on friendship and unity. In other words, the tree needed new groups of creatures to help bring it to a new era in Equestria's history (i.e. Twilight becoming head-of-state). One only imagines of the more challenges the Student Six face as we carry on into this season. 

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Here's a video review of the episode.

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On 4/16/2019 at 9:56 PM, AlexanderThrond said:

Well, the students befriended it, whereas Twilight has never really met the tree, and the tree seems to just take Twilight's form because it's familiar to the students. 

Though that probably means the tree wouldn't look like Twilight to talk to Twilight... Celestia, maybe? 

Idk, I think the Tree takes Twilights form because she is the embodiment of the main element and the primary symbol on the tree

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We have the Young Six appear in this episode once again for this season! Memorializing the Tree of Harmony (and its Elements) is not that easy for them after it was destroyed by King Sombra back in the season premiere in two weeks back; instead, they build it up during the song and it grows into a new structure. Cleaning this up does work after the mess was made. That was not just repairing the Tree of Harmony but to grow a new structure from below the Cave of Harmony. Princess Twilight Sparkle is a spirit for this episode, and that is the wisdom from her.

I will say this episode is great too! :D

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I loved this. The Young Six, or Student 6, whatever you want to call them, act alot like the Mane 6. Get called to do something, get in an argument, then realize that hey, hold on. This is supposed to be about Friendship. Let's resolve this peacefully now, and be friends again. And I actually believe these youngsters are being prepped to take over for the Mane 6. There are so many similarities, and the Tree has communicated with them what, 2 times? Three, technically, if you count when it saved them and empowered them to save Equestria from Cozy. Anyway, this was an awesome episode. 

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This episode was alright.  Annoyed that it didn't catch it and I had to watch it on "Dish On-Demand" which can suck with my net :/

Again, I still prefer the Mane 6 over the Student 6 but like I said it wasn't bad.  Granted, I feel like it again reused some themes and felt a little short for me (and this coming from the one who had to take a break watching it because of the stupid loading DOD has :/ )

Wonder why they even have the tree show up in Twilight form... like any special reason or did the show owners just not want to draw a new pony or higher a new voice actor :P  (not that one of the current ones could have done it.)

Aside for that, disappointed we don't get to see inside of it.  But maybe in the next episode.  (which I'm watching immediately after :P

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