I enjoyed both of them on the whole, though the first one felt a bit forced somehow. It's strange how Twilight has a ton of problems--misunderstanding social queues still, major anxiety attacks over stupid shit, etc--yet is kind of...boring. For a bit she was one of my favorite characters, but now she's just too much the voice of reason, even when she's being unreasonable.
I did like the scenes with her and Cellestia though. They were kind of stupid and irrational, but in a good way.
The other episode I liked more, even if Trixie was just a huge bitch throughout. I couldn't tell if she was acting like that just to get a rise out of Starlight or what, but it got a hair grating. That being said, it also felt a bit more natural, and I don't want Trixie fully "reformed" by any means. It's nice to see she's still got some of the bitchiness that made her interesting back in season one.
It's also kind of cool to see how Starlight and Twilight react over problems. They lose their shit in very different ways.
I will say, Pinkie Pie was insufferable. She was one of my favorites in seasons one and two, and now i kind of can't stand her. She's gone full-blown annoying.
Standout character through both was Spike. He's the bomb, and he continues to be the bomb, except when he's poorly written :P Hopefully that's few and far between this season, since man, sometimes the writers really fuck him up.
This was def my biggest problem with that episode. The idea that Cellestia had specific ponies in mind for Twilight to befriend is honestly creepy as hell.
I didn't like how in Celestia's flashback, she mentioned a
"special group of ponies" and the "Mane 5" were already hanging out together.