I don't think king Sombre made a big enough appearance. I mean he got the three episodes of his plot but I expected more of a bang from this purely evil unicorn. Luna was controlled by Nightmare Moon, she couldn't help it, and chaos was just his nature. So Sombre is the first antagonist that was purely evil with no implied influence. u w u Maybe he'll make another appearance in another episode. :y
Fuck. I think Sombre is the worse MLP FIM villain evah. And yes I am counting in Snip and snails, diamond dogs and babs seed. I mean really. He had about five lines, which of three were just mumbling groans. He had a red horn, green eyes and purple "Eyeshadoweythingies" I myself would have colored the eyes red too, and the eyeshadows black. He lost without a fight and didn't have any kind of personality. In my fantasies, he has the alicorn amulet first, and since he was a very powerful unicorn in the first place (Unlike Trixie) he was able to gain enormous powers and rule the Crystal empire. Then he gets destroyed in the and, and the alicorn amulet just dissapears. And reapears at the little magic shop. Bujaa! He is very passioned to rule the empire, since he is sure, that to rule a place that great, would make him an almighty ruler, and maybe even help him to take over all of Equestria. He's like an evil Prince blueblood. Selfish, careless and thoughtless, But also feelingless, rude and hooked on power.
What Sombra (apparently I missed the spelling on that one) has going for him is that he has an undeniable presence in form, power, and shape. The reality is that there really was not any need for a specific character to fill the terrible-danger quota that surrounded the ponies and it made the writing for this particular two parter extremely weak. Given his lackluster personality and one dimensional motives it would have been much better if he had a more fleshed out character just in terms of story telling alone. Maybe they will return to this again in future episodes?
Ok, you got me. This is really cool. I hadn't heard the theory of Sombra being a metaphor for depression (nor had it occurred to me) but I can see it now. My inclination would be to guess that it wasn't intentional, but it still kinda works. I initially thought of Sombra's lurking, quasi-materialized presence as a general metaphor for evil, but then depression is akin to evil in my mind because I see it as operating in much the same way as evil: exploiting our fears, downplaying our strengths, and perverting the things that make us happy. Sombra's magic door is a perfect example of that.
I'm not sure it matters if they meant it that way or not, it's still an interesting angle.
I know "Sombra is depression" is a common fan theory, but I really didn't see the premier as a metaphor for depression. I took it a lot more literally--its purpose was to introduce a new type of magic, a new realm of Equestria, and to show Twilight moving on in her studies. Besides, you can't get rid of depression by just thinking happy thoughts, like the crystal ponies did. The metaphor falls apart there.
Well, whether you think the premiere was or was not successful as a metaphor for depression is definitely up to one's opinion.
The entire premiere was wrought with depressive overtones that I think are difficult to dismiss the possibility that there was another narrative going on here other than new magic, realms, or studying--examples would be as follows: there was Sombre causing a general lull that keeps the crystal ponies indoors and unsociable, Sombre himself was a shadowy being wrought in coldness, Sombre's powers included suppressing the magic of Shining Armor, and even a literal door of sadness that one could look into and find their worst fears come true (more specifically is the irrational nature of the depressive mind).
These things here, I would argue, support the fan theory.
If nothing else, though, it adds a layer of depth that perhaps not everyone needs to appreciate or understand to enjoy the series.
All of those things mean that the crystal ponies were depressed. This is entirely reasonable, considering Sombra was an evil tyrant who enslaved them for hard labor and then banished them for a thousand years. But it doesn't necessarily mean that the whole episode was an allegory for depression. In fact, Twilight and her friends remain largely unaffected by Sombra's magic; Twilight is affected when she looks in the door, but Spike is able to snap her out of it, and the two continue on to save the kingdom.
The takeaway from those two episodes is that teamwork is important, great power can corrupt even pureharted people, and some tasks are too difficult to undertake on your own. All of these are excellent themes. It's about Twilight becoming a more responsible magic user--not about her gaining a greater understanding of certain psychological disorders.
Look at the Halo franchise. You see an alliance of religious fanatics attacking Earth, and ultimately losing. But that doesn't mean the series was intended as an allegory for the triumph of science over religion. In fact, the series' main character never has any sort of internal struggle with religious feelings at all.
I don't mean to be insulting, or to attack you personally. I just think that people are grasping at straws trying to rationalize the fact that Sombra is a totally one-dimensional character. Yes, he's basically a malevolent presence, like depression. Yes, the premier might be a good metaphor for depression, for people who have actually been depressed. But that doesn't mean the episode writers were trying to "spread awareness" about depression, or address some underlying social problem. It just means that they wanted to focus on Twilight and her friends more than on a one-off bad guy.
It is possible to overanalyze something so much that you miss the actual message; and a lot of times, that message is as good or better than whatever other stuff you pull out.