Well..........I watched this episode 4 days ago when it leaked.
Sue me. I have to watch it....spoilers don't affect me cause now I got a free weekend to do whatever I want. :3
Anyway I will be brief like always, I NEVER like doing or watching full reviews of MLP episodes. To me it's overkill picking apart episodes like that an make it less enjoyable the next time around cause you'll keep ppicking up flaws or whatever in the episodes instead of just enjoying them.
So yeah this episode beat out Lesson Zero as my all time favorite episode.
That was a record that stood since Sept 2011 when I saw Lesson Zero, the day it was released, and I've been a brony since May 2011 so that is insane for an episode to do this. I guess 3 is a lucky number for good MLP episodes.
TO ME this felt like a S1 episode......AJ/Dash competing like in S1, Pinkie being a nutcase like in S1, Twilight being a bookworm like in S1, and Fluttershy and Rarity completely in character like we saw in S1.
Overall this episode was fantastic. Props for a new writer to do this.
*tip of my hat* That was well done. Well back to comics.