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"I used to wonder what friendship could be; until I surpassed those who first showed it to me."
I'm gonna be brutally honest. That ending just killed the episode for me. To Spike's credit, I'm convinced that Twilight and the rest of Rarity's friends would rather let her drown in self-pity instead of actually help her out because she's a 'drama queen'. That and for some odd reason, Twilight isn't too fond of Spike's fetish for Rarity. Spike gets little to no credit as a character, he's under-appreciated, his fetish for Rarity is just given a sideways glance when it's actually just like an innocent child crush, and he is intentionally given butt-monkey moments like the Cutie Mark Crusaders, so the little guy definitely deserves way better than what the writers give him. And I mean more than just being the savior of the Crystal Empire. At least he got the last laugh in this episode.
Furthermore, why is all this dangerous stuff in Equestria just being kept out of harm's way instead of being demolished? Okay, Spike gets props for eating the Inspiration Manifestation book, but what about everything else? The Alicorn Amulet currently resides at Zecora's place where anyone can steal it from. Even Lord Tirek in the series finale isn't killed off! He's just imprisoned in the pits of Tartarus and everyone just thinks he's learned his lesson! What a load! And really, Twilight? You think a locked cage that needs only a key can keep anyone from stealing that book? Actually, whose idea was that anyway?! Not only is it cliched, but it's not very protective, especially against unicorns who can use magic to easily slip past a locked cage!
And like I said before, I'm pretty sure the reason Spike didn't consult Twilight about Rarity is either she would do nothing because of his fetish or that it never crossed his mind, but I'm leaning more towards the former. After all, who's to say that you can count on others to help you out in a jam? How else did I pass art school? I counted on only myself to do work that other students are expected to help out with and just as I expected, in a couple of classes, doing all the work saved my skin.
Learning to work together on a project is one thing, but another very important lesson to learn is to be prepared to do all the work. From my personal experiences, it got me through art school. What's this have to do with Spike? If you didn't read this review thoroughly enough, kiss it.