Nitpick time: Comedically, it was a very fun episode, had some great moments with every one of the mane six. Technical animation/production-wise, it was absolutely great - can't fault it at all. Story-wise... well, I'm a little disappointed that King Sombra got so little development. We don't know really who the hell he is, and he went down pretty damn easily. I can understand why they did it though. The episode wasn't about him, it was about Twilight and the way she responds to each of the challenges along the way. There wasn't enough time in two episodes to give her the development they wanted to show AND develop Sombra.
But other than that, a great opening to the new season.
EDIT: Ok, having rewatched the episode, he actually does talk more than I remember from the first time around. Not much, but a bit more than the grunting in this comic...
sombra: *grunts than nods*
let hug him
I have to correct that
Sad Sombra is cute Sombra ^^
Am I the only one to ship these two?
Twi: Sombra can you speak?
and the faces XD it's not the super most splendid drawn picture but it has...passion^^