WOO! Season 3 is here! Ahem. Enough celebrating, let's get down to what I thought. On the negative side King Sombra was a very lackluster villain. He had very few lines, and basically spent the episodes standing around casting shadows. Some have made the argument that he is the most competent villain yet. He didn't need to do much considering how well he planned everything out from the beginning. The problem is that no matter how competent he may be, you can't make the like him because, "Oh he planned for all of this and looks cool." If he's supposed to be a dark, cruel, ambitious baddie, have him carry on a conversation and talk in such a way that I can tell that. Or do it through actions. But instead he just stood around, making animal noises and shouting out a couple words. The main plot in general was just okay, some interesting world-building, but not one where I enjoyed all the additions.
On the good side the comedy was excellent. Meghan has shown once again she's a fantastic comedic writer, showing off Rarity and Pinkie Pie very well. The moral was one of my favorite so far, and the fact Spike got to do something was great. He's really shaping up into one of my favorite non-Mane 6 characters. There are too many small visual gags or musical cues for me to count that made me fall in love with this show all over again, though a special mention goes to the opening bit with Shining Armor looking like he's on Hoth. I was really glad Armor and Cadence showed up again, I hope they get more screentime. Overall, this was a great way to start the season. While it is sadly my least favorite season premiere so far due to the villain problem, I still give it a 9/10. There is too much awesome in this episode for it's flaws to dampen that badly. Laters.