I couldn’t watch all the way through the episode… Still not sure I can… Too cringe-y for me. Seriously, this is a continuing trend for Spike episodes, almost every Spike episode is cringe inducing to me.
… I stopped watching at around the point Spike assumed he could burn things with his mind.
The only question left before I admit complete defeat via cringe is why anyone would want Spike to light the thing with his DARK GREEN fire which looks like what most ponies would call “Dark Magic”.
… Speaking of dark magic… It’s worth noting that we now have several ponies that have used “Dark Magic”, but only one of which is actually associated with darkness, being Luna, who is still associated with darkness even without “Dark powers”.
I mean… We now have Crysy, Sombra, Trixie, Sunset Shimmers, and now Rarity… And of those the closest thing to something they are associated with is in order… Illusions and Lust, Corruption and Green, Pride, a Freaking Sun, and Inspiration.
I may want to suggest… That “dark powers” may be less an actual predilection towards actual darkness so much as a manifestation of parasitism. As in, self interest with a lack of concern for others.
… In real life, self interest is not exactly a bad thing, but in Friendship is Magic, the values asserted are in direct opposition to selfish interest (Many vs One, Morality vs Amorality, Interdependence vs Parasitism).
But enough of the Philosophical aside ripped from a card game… Last episode showed with Rarity that “Dark Magic” can indeed be predicted towards something shimmering and golden like “Light”, albeit in such a way that is expressed by a mare trying to enforce her standard of beauty on everything else.
… And also I feel like it should be noted that it might be that dark magic is parasitic itself, more than just in a philosophical sense, considering that dark magic seems to take root in its user to the point of altering their physiology, and seems to become stronger as the host succumbs to their desires, suggesting that dark magic feeds on desire.
…Which would mean that the true paragons of “Dark Magic”, who physically represent the end point of evolution under “Dark Magic” are Changelings.
This is the longest and stupidest aside ever.