@Twilitlord: Yeah, he’s kinda bland as Villains go. But generic villain or not, the venture wasn’t an entire waste.
-He posed a clear threat. Almost won.
-His goal was clear, and menacing. “Take over Equestria”.
As such, his existance at the moment is to ratchet up the tension of the episode. He’s no discord, of course, but I doubt that was the intention.
He’s the most action oriented villain so far. And that was probably the intention.
From here, they could go anywhere with him, as little is established. And as the episode on its own was done well enough to excite the audience, then there will be no shortage of fans trying to make their own spin on him.
…Which leads to two good points.
-If left as he is, as in, generic, a good fan can spin him anyway they want, as a blank canvas villain. And the fans can see in him whatever evils, or redemptions they want to see. And although Not every fan fic can hit right, some will pull off some great visions of him.
-If they don’t intend to leave him blank, they may utilise whatever fan speculations and projections to spin him into a more interesting character next time he shows up.
So… yeah, he’s not great. But right now he doesn’t have to be. All he needs to be right now is “the most dangerous threat so far”.
Its probably not the take we’re used to. But considering how much the rest of the episode is different from what we normally see from the show. It’s not that much of a problem, provided the episode itself was good.
…And if you prefer action and tension based entertainment. Then this episode did pretty well.
Edit: @Chowzburger (or however you spell that)
Pretty much I rate the episodes as a “B”. Pretty much an episode that got my heart racing faster than ever, even if the villain didn’t leave an impression other than a generic threat. Fast pace, looming threat, time limit. Yeah, that works for me. And his seeming threat to enlave an entire nation and beyond is a great way to develop a general sense of danger. As opposed to other episodes that although greater in some cases, ussually miss out on that last part.
Season 1 being a C, Sympathetic villain was Enough to make it good for me. but the low tension factor and general ease kinda broke it down a bit. And as I mention often. Its all “When you’re ready… take your time.”
Season 2 was probably a B+, having a fun villain while the team slowly desended into despair. (Or twilight did anyways.) But doesn’t recieve an A for the fact that time on their side. But a general sympathy for the hardship they all go through makes it great.
The Wedding Was probably an A. Overwhelming odds, check. Glorious Villain? Check. Heroes on brink of destruction? Kinda, so check. Tension? Yeah. Pulling on our heartstrings as we see Twilight’s heart break again? Check. Real danger? Well… Sorta, so I’ll put that as a maybe. After all, the changelings may have tried to take over Canterlot. But that was kinda so they could use them to sustain themselves. Such motivations tend to prefer that one stays healthy, and compliant. And downright going ahead and kicking the dog doesn’t do anything for their motivations. So the threat comes with a hint of “This could be bad, but we’ll survive this. It may not be pleasent, but we’ll live.” So it doesn’t get an A+
Back to Somber. He downright goes ahead and crushes their very spirit. Which is argueably more threatening than just enslaving for food.
…So… All in all, I’m not disapoined. I know it could have been better. But since when has that ever stoped one from enjoying something? We can’t let the could have beens make us forget that we have some great things right now.
… I don’t know how to end this so…