Impressive capture! As much as I honestly like his design, I agree, he could've done more than just loom about in a massive black cloud and hardly speak much. But no, I do like him. Even though I prefer Discord...
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It's funny looking back at all the comments seeing "He might not be real," "It looks like a bad OC," and all the speculation about his origin, when in the show we learn next to nothing about him or how he came to be. To be honest he was really disappointing, and I know some people welcome the idea of a looming, mysterious villain that we hardly see, but in that case, why bother showing him at all? It would have been much more engaging if the threat was never seen and there was a real air of mystery around him. Either that or make him in your face like Discord or Chrysalis. The problem with showing so little of a character is that you get people interested in the character, but you leave them unsatisfied because the focus isn't entirely on him at any given time. Bronies, from what I've seen, want a villian that they can love. Nightmare Moon was a possessed, jealous, sad Luna. Discord was just awesome. Chrysalis had a wonderful design, plus the lead-up to her was fantastic, and her entry. Sombra was just kind of there. He hardly had any dialogue and again, no backstory.
Seeing these new episodes has made me worry for season 3. The opening episodes just felt weak and rushed to me, like the part where Twilight somehow harnesses dark magic to open Sombra's hidden chamber and says Celestia taught her to do it. When did that happen, exactly? Did she just learn from seeing Celestia do it in the beginning? Was there some secret schooling going on between seasons? I hope the rest of the season isn't like this. I was waiting to be "Wowed" throughout the whole 2 parts. It didn't surprise me like A Canterlot Wedding did at all.
But the first season was a completely clean slate, for all we know she could have already known how to teleport, but she did evidently need to muster up some strength. Even after, she made a sound as if it made her dizzy or gave her a headache. After teleporting in that episode, she's been teleporting with next to no effort. But we've never seen her use dark magic before in any previous episode, only after we saw Celestia use it, and then Twilight credits her knowledge of the dark magic to Celestia's teaching.
This is the best I got. From TVtropes because they word stuff much better than I. [link] "Power Copying: Unicorns use magic spells associated with their special skill. Twilight's special skill is magic, allowing her to learn spells used by almost any other unicorn."
He was a looming threat type villain. All the others have been in-your-face types. Instead, he was in the background causing havoc.
That being said, like the Wedding episodes, this really needed to be a 3-parter to flush out the villain and give them some adequate screen time. I new we weren't going to get much from him when I saw that they only had the last 15 minute block left and yet the barrier was still up.
He would have won if Shining hadn't thrown Cadence at Spike.
Just the tip of his horn was able to start the corruption process with the barrier still up, and he immediately regenerated his horn back. Not to mention he trapped Twilight with a spell that had been sitting there for 1000 years.
I kinda see him like Voldemort, he had his weakness locked behind a series of spells that could trap anyone who was alone, but could be circumvented by group teamwork: Twilight would never have gotten out of that hallucination if Spike didnt shake her, and she wouldn't have been able to get out of the crystals to get the Heart back.
I'll agree that he probably isn't the best, but he's the only major villain that wasn't defeated by his own ego. By that standard, he's the only 2-parter villain who didn't drop the ball after winning and directly cause his own defeat.
I guess I'll rephrase my previous comment, Twilight couldn't have gotten to the Heart alone due to his traps. So, his spells did what they were supposed to, stop any renegade intruders into his empire from stealing the stone under his watch.