Here we are at last ... the season finale!
It was ... disappointing.
I liked some of the songs, especially "True, True Friend", that song was lovely. And the musical-type episode was a nice idea. It had a few funny or nice bits, like Dash in the cauldron and Shining's "Liquid Pride", oh and Derpy!
I even liked the premise of cutie mark switching. Sadly, that's about it for the good things I have to say.
They should have just stuck with the cutie mark switching, made the whole episode about that. Maybe then it would have been a great episode.
It felt rushed, incomplete and just ... left a hollow and sad feeling. It felt like a series finale rather than a seasaon finale, like this was meant to be the end, and that just makes it feel sad (even though we know there's going to be a season 4 after all)
I didn't like Celestia's song, she sounded way too motherly and the whole thing just felt like a lullaby for a 3 year old. Didn't much like Twilight's sad song either, though sad Dashie was really sweet.
I didn't like how apparently cutie marks dictate how a pony sees herself, as well as her memories, or perhaps that was the spell rather than the cutie marks. Either way, it leaves a mildly unfortunate taste.
But worse was the coronation and Twilight's alicornification. It just felt totally random, "oh, you're a princess now because you created a spell" (didn't Starswirl create several spells according to Twilight? And where do spells come from if they're not created?)
But WORST of all ... Twilight never got a choice. Twilight was never even informed of what was going to happen to her. This change was forced upon Twilight without her consent or even awareness. It was "You're a princess now, deal with it!" as I saw someone put it. And that is absolutely awful and unacceptable!
Sure, she seemed to be okay with it after a while, but what if she hadn't (or isn't, deep down)? And isn't that just the show forcing her into this role because Hasbro wanted it? Now I want to write a story where a broken and desperate Twilight cuts off her own wings just to feel like herself again, just to feel like she has a choice in life. I'm sure someone else will beat me to something similar, though.
In conclusion, I am disappointed and sad, and I am not sure I have much faith in the show going forth. I just hope I can still enjoy the slice-of-life episodes in between whatever princess drama we'll get.