Anyway, thoughts and commentary on the latest episode, after the break.
-This was probably the most anticipated episode of the season to date, and it delivered in spades. Words cannot express how much I enjoyed it (still hasn't unseated May the Best Pet Win in my mind, though). Mythology and goofy slapstick, two great tastes that taste great together. Most of the reaction I've seen on the forums/chans has been very positive, as well it should be.
-Leaving aside the obvious "history of Equestria" stuff, there was a lot that was definitively revealed about the way the ponies' world works. The planet is confirmed to be round (though this brings a whole host of questions about how controlling the sun and moon works), we've learned that unicorns can control the sun and moon (So much for Celestia and Luna being the only ones capable of wielding that power), we now know that Pegasuses don't feel the cold (and Jetfire's It's a Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door inches ever closer to canon), and there are, or at least were, kings and queens who ruled pony tribes (we also know via word of Faust that there's nopony higher up the regal ladder than Celestia and Luna, but c'mon: queens are now canon! Think of the possibilities!). All that, and I'm sure plenty more that I missed. This episode filled in a lot of unknowns.
-After hearing them say "pegasi" so many times in the show, I was finally ready to give up and admit that Equestria has different rules about pluralization that we humans do (for the record, words that end in -us take an -i when they're pluralized, unless they're Greek, in which case they take an -uses instead). But then Pinkie Pie, of all ponies, gave me a glimmer of hope. Vive la pegasuses!
-Given the clothing and terminology, I think it's beyond question that the pegasuses were a warlike race. But who did they make war with? Other pony races? Other pegasus tribes? Griffons? I want to know who they fought, and what they fought over. Huh, I never thought I'd be asking for more stories about ponies and war, but here we are.
-Dash is still my favorite pony by a mile, but it's nice to finally see Applejack get a decent episode. She had some of the best lines this time around.
-"And now our bodies will become as cold as our hearts...because we were foolish enough to hate!" Is it just me, or does Twilight always get saddled with the cheesiest lines?
-The Equestrian flag they raise at the end has two alicorns on it. So where do alicorns fit into this whole origins story? They appear not to be Celestia and Luna, as I originally thought they were. That just raises more questions!
-The song at the end was a bit of a disappointment to me. I think something simpler, preferably a cappella, would have been a better fit. You know, something more like a carol than a musical number from a TV show. I can't imagine a group of two or four singers gathering around the