- I don't remember if they mentioned his enchanted bell at the start of the season, but now its confirmed to be a thing in G4 and we now know what it looks like
- Aaaaaaannnd Tirek is already reduced to petty squabbling with Cozy. Whoever wrote this episode; there's a circle in Tartarus especially for you
- I still don't know why anyone finds Grogar really that threatening as to do whatever he says; thus far all the magic he's displayed could be performed by both Chrysalis and Tirek. Furthermore, he still doesn't look or sound nearly as intimidating; in fact, as he's disciplining the three villains, he sounds more like a grouchy boss or father than an evil tyrant. I know I've made this comparison before; but the Hacker from Cyberchase handles this easily way better despite the fact that he keeps getting made into a joke. Hacker is easily way more intimidating as he carries a more threatening presence, with his size having him tower over almost every character in the show. Grogar is shorter than both Tirek and Chrysalis, so to hammer the point home; I'M NOT IMPRESSED
- Apparently his VA is 'Doc Harris', who is the narrator of Dragon Ball Z. Really? They went with the DBZ narrator over The Hacker? Tirek's VA was at least the voice of Armada Unicorn, AND He has the vocal presence to back up such a villain
- Mike Vogel is our writer, today. Will he screw this up, or will he manage to produce a success from the netherregions of his anus?
- Holy @#$%, Cozy is obnoxious. I have to say, it goes to show a real display of restraint for a villain as rough and tough as Tirek to NOT turn her into paste for being so annoying
- Oh no... is Chrysalis talking to wood because she's going crazy? Why do they have to take such brilliant villains and then turn them into jokes?
- Ummm... why is Chrysalis not completely drained by this point? Does Tirek need to absorb more pony magic before he can fully drain alicorn magic? It just seems really off that his signature and most unnerving ability has been turned into a petty gag
- Oh no... Cozy's going to start singing
- Pffft... Ok, so, Cozy REALLY feels wedged into this episode, and I'm talking like the way Starlight tends to get shoved into episodes. Both Tirek and Chrysalis are master manipulators [as in; they didn't rely on the utter stupidity of others for their schemes to work] so to see them flanderized like this JUST so that Cozy can have some importance to the story? It makes me think that the episode would be better if Cozy weren't in it at all, if it were two powerful manipulators pretending to be nice to one another while secretly plotting to thwart one another; a sort of comedy of errors episode where under Grogar's orders the two try to get along, but are too consumed by their selfish desires to make it work, or maybe they do come to see each other as more than enemies but aren't ready to admit it yet
- Also; I would love to see a version of Cozy's 'Work Together' villain song if it were just Tirek and Chryssi doing sort of a villainous tango where they pretend to try and get along while hiding their attempts to try and kill each other. That would awesome
- I also have seriously question neither Tirek not Chryssi wanting anything to do with teamwork; Chryssi knows full well the benefits from being Queen of the Hive, and Tirek is perfectly cool with it provided he gets a chance to screw everyone over at the end. Cozy Glow, ironically, seems to be the only one who DIDN'T actually utilize a form of friendship or teamwork in her scheme; all she did was manipulate others and play off their stupidity to get what she wanted. With Tirek and Chryssi there was always the promise of cooperation and shared spoils of plunder to get what they were after; but Cozy operated pretty much entirely by herself
- Yes, she got tips from correspondence with Tirek, but that barely counts as he hardly benefited from said correspondence
- Wait... as they were walking across the tightrope and Tirek fell off, why didn't Chryssi fly to keep from falling? She has wings and Cozy is flying. Vogel, stop making these characters dumber than they actually are. Its embarrassing how lazy it looks
- Much as I hate Cozy's villain song, I do get a small sense of pleasure from how Chryssi and Tirek forcibly hijack the song for themselves near the end. Its a really dumb song, but I take my jollies where I can get them
- So Grogar attempts to show that his power is so great by magically sticking them all to a wall, but Twilight can easily do more than that as we saw in 'Hoofields and McColts', and given how Chrysalis is an alicorn powerful enough to stand up to Celestia [as we saw in 'A Canterlot wedding'] I am still left questioning Grogar's claim to power
- Even if he says that this is only a fraction of his power, his display as a character has been so unbelievably underwhelming that even now I am still not convinced
- I really hope they don't try to make this 'Gusty the Great' Celestia and Luna's mother or something. Fausticorn all the way
- Could, um, someone explain to me why Grogar is having his uncooperative lackeys steal the enchanted bell instead of getting it himself with his superior magic? I suppose one could argue that he's forcing them into a team-building exercise, but that isn't made very clear
- Chrysalis literally scaring away the eyes in the hills. Why do they keep making her such a joke, otherwise?
- I don't have much to say about the bits where Cozy is trying to climb the mountain and get help from the mountain guardspony but can't; its kind of funny when she causes a snowball to knock her back down the mountain, but ultimately it feels largely pointless, plus by this point we've already seen Chryssi and Tirek showing way more forethought and intellect in their approaches
- Chryssi... you can just turn into a burrowing animal and tunnel underneath the mountain's surface in order to get to the Bell. Super Strong Winds can't go underground
- Huh, so Tirek's plan was to just wait for Chryssi and Cozy to fail and use what they learned to his advantage. THERE'S the Tirek I know!
- ...Aaaaaaaaand its all undone by petty squabbling with Cozy and attracting a minotaur/python hybrid, assuring that Chrysalis will come in to save them. Tirek, you could have just drained her magic if she was that annoying, she's only a little pegasus filly and thus far she's done NOTHING that justifies Grogar making her a part of his villainous coalition
- Come to think of it, why did Chryssi never try to drain the love from Cozy?
- The campfire scene in which they all share a mutual hatred of Twilight is... ok, I guess? It covers the bases of what the episode is clearly going for, but there's really nothing about it that really feels earned. It really feels like they're only openly sharing with their guards down is because the plot demands they do. There's really nothing very clever about the dialogue
- Again; Chryssi, you can turn into a giant mole and BURROW under the cave!
- Cozy says 'Keep it open, or I'll be trapped forever!' and Chryssi says 'Would that be so terrible?' I was thinking exactly the same thing
- The scene in which they almost succumb to 'the magic of friendship' is really REALLY badly handled. It is so cliched and on the nose that none of the characters feel even remotely in character until Chryssi snaps
- At least the bit where they agree to double-cross Grogar feels right... even if it is a bit too late into the episode as it is
Does anyone remember those middleman insurance commercials? Where people are buying things and then this fat guy in a suit shows up and says 'Well actually, its a higher price' and the proceeds to pay the cashiers the exact amount while pocketing the extra money?
That's what this episode feels like, or more specifically, that's what Cozy Glow feels like. I've gone on in the past about how Tirek and Chrysalis are the best villains of the entire franchise, and while Grogar as he is is pretty lame by even the lowest of villain standards, an episode where Tirek and Chryssi are forced to work together to achieve a common goal really could have worked, and really well.
I've already talked about how the villain song could be rewritten into a really cool villainous tango between the two backstabbers, but imagine further that the two villains had to work together without Cozy; this would leave a lot more room to explore Tirek and Chrysalis' character beyond what we already know about them as the struggle to scale the mountain brings out their more personal emotions. Imagine if you will a scene in which Chrysalis sees evidence that Tirek had intended to betray her and calls him out on it, only for Tirek to retort that he also knew Chryssi was planning to do the same to him, and when she feigns shock at the accusation, he says that Changelings are treacherous by nature, and that only ever look out for changelings. Imagine that this could unintentionally prompt a brief interaction between them in which Chryssi goes over various reasons why this is, hinting at her own tragic yet unresolved backstory, emphasizing how her Hive was all she had, before she lost it. Maybe she tells him that he can't possibly know what its like to lose the only ones you have, but then Tirek alludes to his brother Scorpan as an example of him knowing exactly how it feels, even if he doesn't like Chrysalis; he does understand her pain. And then when it comes time to retrieve the bell and Tirek suggests he absorb Chryssi's magic while she go in and retrieve the bell, she asks how will she know that he won't just take her magic and leave her trapped in the cave. Tirek says that she doesn't, and that she'll just have to trust him. With the only other option being to face Grogar's wrath, Chryssi has no choice but to go along with the plan, and is surprised when Tirek upholds his end of the deal, returning her magic. When she asks why, he simply says not to flatter herself and that he didn't favor the prospect of going back to Grogar alone. I'm not sure whether or not they would agree to hide the Bell and claim they couldn't get in this scenario, but I do know an ending scene would have Tirek and Chrysalis part ways into their personal chambers, both start to reach out to each other, but hold themselves back as their own personal bitterness leaves them at the time unable to set aside their differences without an external incentive to do so. It would end the episode on a bittersweet note as we would see the better sides of both villains but not have the satisfaction of either of them reforming, as the process will take a lot longer to actually work, if it even will at all.
I would have loved to see that.
Unfortunately, because Cozy is a part of the team, that means she has to make some kind of meaningful contribution, otherwise she's an irrelevant character, and in order not to make her overshadowed by the others, Tirek and Chryssi have to get reduced to the mentality of children most of the time in order to make the literal child not look as lame by comparison, and boy howdy, it REALLY shows, not helping is the fact that Cozy's entire design stands out from Tirek and Chryssi's way too much, so even if you forget character, it looks like Cozy was just stamped into the scenes, making it feel like an awkwardly written fan-fiction.
Its a lot like Starlight in TWABA; take her out of the story and that leaves a lot more room to develop Discord, Trixie, and Thorax as they have to overcome their faults and differences in order to save Equestria, rather than just having Starlight be a glory hound.
This episode could have been good, it could have been possibly one of the best episodes of the entire show; but the forced inclusion of really Cozy Glow holds it back, and even if you're not too familiar with Chryssi or Tirek, it still shows within the episode on it's own. Like the season premiere, I'm way more disappointed than angry