And who the hell made that threat to Canterlot? I'm guessing it must have been the Changelings, but that's just too stupid to imagine. Without that threat there would be no magical shield, and the shape shifting bad guys would have been free to just quietly mosey into town and start feeding without making a ruckus. Hell, if they actually needed to make a ruckus, then they could have launched a Pearl Harbour sneak attack and invaded without any warning. But great idea, issue a threat so they beef up their security and make your job ten times more difficult. Genius.
I couldn't believe my eyes earlier, when Twilight tries to tell everyone Cadance is evil. When her own friends shake their heads and walk away from her, I was actually speechless.
Twilight wrote:I've learned that sometimes the solution to your problems can come from where you least expect it. It's a good idea to stop and listen to your friends' opinions and perspectives, even when they don't always seem to make sense.
Twilight wrote:Always expect the best from your friends and never assume the worst. Rest assured that a good friend always has your best interests at heart.
Mane Cast wrote:Dear Princess Celestia, we're writing to you today because today we all learned something about friendship. We learned that you should take your friends' worries seriously. Even if you don't think that she has anything to worry about. And that you shouldn't let your worries turn a small problem ... into an enormously huge entire-town-in-total-chaos Princess-has-to-come-and-save-the-day problem!
Twilight: Guys! Cadance is really evil and up to no good! You have to believe me!
Friends: Uh-huh, sure, yeah. C'mon girls, lets ignore our completely trustworthy saved-the-world-twice-before totally brainy best friend forever and go double check on the Wedding preparations.
Twilight: *jaw drops*
Oh, and Twilight? One last thing.
Applejack wrote:Sure I could tell you I learned something about how my friends are always there to help me, and I can count on them no matter what, but truth is, I knew that already too.
Twilight: Hey AJ! I'm soooo glad you're my friend and I count on you to be there for me!
Yeah, sure, I might be making a big deal about this, but I have actually seen MLP draw attention to this before. AJ accepts her friends help during the cider contest precisely because she had learned her lesson. Twilight was able to eventually defeat Discord thanks to being reminded of the very friendship lessons she herself had written, some of which I just quoted. The entire point of the show is learning about friendship, which includes learning to trust your friends and stick by them.
And then when Twilight (correctly!) accuses Cadance of being evil and up to no good ... her friends don't stand by her, don't support her, and walk away from her leaving her ashamed and in tears. Sure they apologise later, but they've had two entire seasons worth of friendship lessons and damn well should know better. I would have been far more impressed if at least some of them moved to stand by her side, out of simple trust and loyalty. She's their best friend. They've fought an enemy as devious and powerful as Discord, so should be prepared to accept that anything might be possible. She's extremely smart and capable, and if she genuinely thinks Equestria is in danger then they really ought to listen to her.
When Twilight declared that she had been visited by her future self with a warning about an impending disaster, everyone listened to her and helped her prepare for the worst. But Princess Cadance being evil? Pah! Twilight's just being crazy. Visit from future self though? Oh yeah, that's totally believable, sure I'll listen to you and help you out!
You know, I wonder what things would have been like if Twilight had been around a thousand years ago.
Twilight: Princess Celestia! Your sister Luna has turned evil!
Celestia: Twilight! How dare you?! You can forget about being my personal student! *glares* You have a lot to think about.
*Celestia gets zapped by Nightmare Moon*
Twilight: ... yeah, friendship is soooo magical.