**Really, that’s something that bugs me: the tendency for people to judge anything positively or negatively just because of its source – especially if it’s from the Bible or some other religious text. A prime example: “He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.” Is it a command? A warning? Really, unless there’s some Greek syntax I’m missing (possible) it reads as just an observation about life. We all have to die of something and some may find death by sword preferable to other possibilities. If you don’t believe in Christ, doesn’t make that statement any less true just because He said it. If you do believe in Him, doesn’t make the statement a command to pacifism either.
*Yes, everyone – regardless of your beliefs it can apply**.
Unless you really dislike time travel or Shaggy Dog stories, subtract a shell for each and skip this. Otherwise, highly entertaining.
Moral of this story is just a fine retelling of that old proverb from the Bible (though really it’s good advice for everyone*): Don’t worry about tomorrow, today has enough problems. Though Spike is on hand to point out the lesson: “Live in the moment, but not TOO in the moment. Consequences eventually come.” It’s really kind of funny because this episode is about the moral Twilight SHOULD have learned in Lesson Zero. Meanwhile we see the other ponies applying what THEY learned in Lesson Zero which has some irony since this is one time it would have been better for them had they ignored TS. Though one has to wonder about a ruler that finds a stuffed doll more threatening than twisting the clock.
Actually this is an episode packed full of untwists. Giant dog? Just lonely. Sneaking into the library? No need, just go on in. “What you up to Twilight?” “Oh just messing with the fabric of space and time oh great ruler.” Then again, between fighting Discord and having all those time spells on hand, are we sure Celestia experiences anything in a linear fashion any more? Of course she is (or is in charge of) the sun so keeping track of time is also her department. On the other hand, being able to shift back and forth freely would explain both her mane and some of the “plans” she’s apparently had involving her favorite student. (In a later episode, I’m sure we’ll learn that Twilight becomes Celestia and then travels back to the past.)
Oh Fluttershy, how close your plans came to being revealed. I mean, being master of the guard of the prison where the worst dregs of society reside? So fiendishly clever… Once you release all of them to wreck havoc, who could stand against you other than Pinkie and her lord, Discord? (see how it’s all just a subtle rendition of Game of Thrones?) Ok I admit, I can’t do any gimmicks with this review. I’m a sucker for time travel stories, even if they’re not the best I can get some entertainment out of it (except for Minority Report because). This episode really entertained me and I love the way it turns out. Particularly how the “twist” of the episode is that there is no twist, I laughed hard at that.