The writers are being forced into doing things with the story they don't want to do with the story.
It definitely should have been a 2-parter, though.
As for discrediting the alicorns, I don't think so. All we know is that Twilight has wings. She still probably isn't anywhere near Celestia and Luna in terms of magical ability. And she most certainly (probably) doesn't have the lifespan of the Sisters.
She can just fly now. She can fly, and she's a princess.
But really, she's already saved the world like... three times? If she was GOING to be treated like royalty, she would have already been. Nothing's really changed.
We just might get more episodes in Cloudsdale now~
In fact, I daresay that this has actually increased the value of what Celestia and Luna can do. Afterall, Celestia completely changed Twi's DNA. Permanently altered her form and body.
Honestly, the Equestria Games "buildup" was, what... one episode briefly mentioning it. And then another episode actually based on it. Both happening at the same time?
Also... when locations are picked for giant sporting events like that, it's YEARS in advance. Not weeks.
The Crystal Empire was only just chosen. There's still a long time until the Equestria Games.
Yes, it was rushed. Yes, it should have been a two-parter. Yes, it seemed like a lot was cut out.
But what wasn't cut out was phenomenal. And the songs... THE SONGS!
CELESTIA'S SINGING VOICE!
Anyway... yes, like most, I am concerned that the change to Twilight might change the entire show for the worse. But I have faith in the writers. They've done a fantastic job so far, and I believe they will continue to do so.
*returns from seeing new Die Hard*
twas good times
Well I guess it'll make good fanfiction in the meantime.
1) Run the story into the ground so no one would WANT to watch it.
2) Abruptly cut all ties and let them dig their own grave for it.
The risk of a lawsuit would be worth it for me, personally. You don't screw around with other people stories because "lol we can sell more shit."