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Newbiespud 11th Jul 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Okay, here's where I reveal my bias: This episode might be my favorite in the entire show, bar none. Part 2 is also pretty good, but A Canterlot Wedding Part 1 is just wonderful to rewatch when you already know the twist. In storytelling structure, climax is everything, and the climax of this episode takes the "nightmare fiancé" narrative it had been building up (and preparing to reverse) and completely jumps the rails with it.

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The Froggy Ninja 11th Jul 2020, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
Honestly, this whole plan is incredibly dubious given that the queen of a race of shapeshifting infiltrators is such a terrible actress. Worse that it worked.
Cygnia 11th Jul 2020, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
Think about this way: nobody likes to be the Bad Guy in saying that there's something wrong with someone. Much like in D&D, it's the Geek Social Fallacies in play.
A Hat with A Smaller Hat 11th Jul 2020, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
You could make the argument, as many have, that all of the failures in the plan and her terrible portrayal of Cadence were part of the plan all along, to make Twilight look like a crazy person
Kereea 11th Jul 2020, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
I always assumed that the second she realized Twilight was even slightly suspicious she played up the Bridezilla aspects in order to push Twily over the edge in order to eliminate the biggest threat to her plan. After all, if Shining Armor is strong enough to cast the barrier, then his sister's probably also strong (by fairytale logic).

But yeah, the lack of other ponies close to Cadence was probably another big bonus.
Borg 11th Jul 2020, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Chrysalis has always been rather proud. I think she's too proud to not act like she's better than everypony else for any length of time, and also too proud to admit this is a problem.
GD 11th Jul 2020, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
There's precisely 3 ponies who actually seem to know Cadance at the wedding: Shining Armor (brainwashed), Celestia (Paranoid about the letter threatening an invasion), and Twilight.

I agree that the acting is bad...but Bridezilla is enough of a thing that I think people would have trouble telling the difference without knowing Cady personally.
albedoequals1 11th Jul 2020, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
Just remember, they tuned her performance to seem suspicious to 6-year-olds. I think we can assume she was canonically a good actress, and it was just exaggerated for the benefit of the audience.
Discar 12th Jul 2020, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
That's always important to remember. A lot of complaints about MLPFIM can be answered with "it was designed for six year-olds, not 20+ year-old adults."

Not that the show is perfect even through that lens of course, but still, it's important to remember.
CrowMagnon 11th Jul 2020, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
One time, Brenna (my Hell's Rebels character) got hit with a mind-control effect that compelled her to get the rest of the party to bring the shaman of a nearby village into a trap. My group plays by text, so it was easy for the DM to let me know this without immediately alerting the rest of the party.

So, the way I play it is that she gets weirdly insistent on going back to the village and bringing back the shaman. Not a total personality change, but when one of the group expresses doubts about what's going on, she gets unusually defensive and aggressive in a "don't you trust me?" sort of way.

Anyway, once the villain played their hand and revealed themselves, the rest of the group managed to snap Brenna out of it, and we drove them off before they could do their big evil ritual. In discussing it with the other players after the fact, two of them weren't sure if something was up and decided to roll with it to see what happened, but the one who had been brow-beaten admitted that Brenna's behavior had made him unsure of himself to the point where he'd been wondering if HE was the jerk in the situation. In other words, accidentally successful gaslighting.

tl;dr, Chrysalis's near-victory isn't as far-fetched as you'd think.
FanOfMostEverything 11th Jul 2020, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
Even on a metafictional level, the show handled the reveal amazingly. The Hub played up the whole wedding angle to the hilt, so much as getting a former Miss America to be the "hostess" for the event in the "random celebrity brought in to talk to the cartoons" sense.

And then Cadence smiled as she watched Twilight burn through the floor.

I may not like Chrysalis as a character, but that may be the best spoiler protection any pony premiere or finale has ever had.
Eroraf 11th Jul 2020, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
A skill that Discovery Family apparently lacks. NO SPOILERS!
Digo Dragon 11th Jul 2020, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
"You all see that her magic aura is green, right? Twi, was it always green?"
zimmerwald1915 11th Jul 2020, 4:19 PM edit delete reply
"Oh, that doesn't prove anything. My magic was pale lilac last season, and strawberry pink this season. Princess Celestia's magic used to be blue!"
belmontzar 11th Jul 2020, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
If I remember right in the show, while a unicorns base aura tends to stay consistent with most spells, Plenty of types such as Dark or alicorn level Magic can change the color of the aura.
Digo Dragon 13th Jul 2020, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
And that only makes it more concerning if Cadance's aura isn't naturally bright green. XD
Jennifer 11th Jul 2020, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
Sadly, I don't think the GM or players have made much of aura colors. Although given that Twilight's talent IS magic (and the GM even wanted her to learn Rarity's gem spell), I wouldn't be surprised if her knowledge comes up at some point. (Presumably when she witnesses her brother's brainwashing.)
CliffRobotnik 12th Jul 2020, 5:02 AM edit delete reply
Nostalgic land mine triggered...


I had joined the Fandom by this point, after seeing the "Guiles Theme goes with anything, Sonic Rainboom" video, You know the one, and had binged season one and two, eagerly adoring the more adventure centric episodes, with Rainbow Dash as my favorite.

Obviously by the end of season 2 I was kind of about to jump ship because they have always sort of went too hard on the slice of life episodes, and The advertised Royal Wedding looked like it was a going to be super... Uh... Adorable and not scratch the Adventure and World Building ITCH I had.

Thank Celestia I was wrong... I watched ithe premier with my little brothers, who were briefly a part of the fandom too, and at first u got... Annoyed at the cliche playing out... Either Twilight is right about Cadance and she's up to something, and no one believes het until the end, or (which I feel has become MORE common) it turns out Twilight really was in the wrong...

And then both happened at the same time and I loved it... She just goes up to twilight, as if she was going to have the Redemptionary "Heart to heart" with twilight...

Only for her to banish Twilight to hell, and walk away with a "I just murdered a Disney princess" evil grin, as she was dragged into a green fire portal... Part 2 could not come faster...

Then the next episode is a straight 5-star, 10/10, Winner winner Chicken Dinner, and introduced the subject of... So... SO many FanFics... I swear some of the best FanFics I've ever seen came out around this time...

Even tho they managed to FORGET TO TELL US THE VILLAIN'S NAME.

This was a huge bit of Frustration to the Fandom briefly, but it passed quick,and now it feels like I am the only one who remembers this.

For me, this episode was a big deal because it had a straight up, no BS fight scene, even if it did have some slapstick to it, and is something I wish there's was way more of in the show... The heroes LOST but they showed that none of them wee pushovers, even if you never saw it... And who can ever forget Heavy Weapons Pinkie. And her gun, Twilight?

The Villain would be my favorite baddy in the show, till the very, bitter end, and I loved how, until the end, they never repented, giving the show a true, irredeemable foe...

Best fight in the show, tho, will always be Twilight vs Tirek... That single moment, when MLP was a Anime, is one I will never forget
keybounce 12th Jul 2020, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
Oh yes -- the "Pony Ball Z" moment. Death Battles pointed out that moment when they were doing Twilight vs Raven to show us that this was more than just a little girly show.

(Although I really liked Pinkie vs Deadpool.)
Story Time 12th Jul 2020, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
Any good story about 'Nightmare Wife/Fiancee'?
Guest 13th Jul 2020, 3:45 AM edit delete reply
"The Story of Twilight Glow" is a pretty awesome fic shipping Nightmare and Twilight.