Castle-Mania First ImpressionsDisclaimer: I have only recently watched the episode once, and this may not reflect my overall feelings on the episode.Castle-Mania First Impressions by ~MrEnter
The first surprise is how early this episode was leaked. Usually it's only a day or so, but half a week early? (My review will still be out on Monday). If I could sum up this episode in one word, it would be: surprising. Writing a mystery, right off the bat, seems to be Josh Haber's strength. The episode is full of suspense that both May the Best Pet Win and MMMystery on the Friendship Express lacked. The plot? Spike and the mane six are in Celestia's old castle, which they believe is haunted. If this episode is an inclination of a weakness, then Haber's is that his set-up is way weaker than his payoff. The motivations--especially Rarity's--seem a bit contrived. But the payoff makes it way worth it. It's a better Mystery than MMMystery, and it's a better Halloween episode than Luna Eclipsed.
I'd really not like to spoil anything (and this is one of the few episodes wh