Alright, we've had 3 episodes of MLP-FiM season 4 so far. Besides looking at how Princess Twilight is working out for the Mane Six, I've been mostly preoccupied with gathering more canon material for the Alicorn Sisters. I'm gonna need it if I'm to create more art for Tia and Woona!
Episodes 1 and 2 gave us a clearer look at the sisters' past, namely the banishment of Nightmare Moon and Discord's reign. Headcanon.. altered, but not ruined. Going with the stylized opening in the very first episode (season 1), I was under the impression that Celestia and Luna didn't have ethereal, flowing manes until right after the Nightmare Moon incident. Turns out that's how the princesses looked as early as their battle against Discord. Still, Luna's season 1 appearance remains canon, with the explanation that her magic was completely drained at that moment. I wouldn't write off the pink-mane theory for Celestia just yet as the case may be the same with her. Also, nice of the writers and animators to make it clear to the audience that Luna's banishment was a distressing moment for both princesses.
Episode 3 showed a lot more of what the ancient castle looked like from the inside. This is a big help since I really needed a general idea of what Celestia and Luna's home looked like in their earlier days, now I don't have to guess. Though with the episode being named "Castle Mane-ia", I'm somewhat disappointed that there wasn't a single Castlevania reference (huge fan of the game series), and it turned out to be more Scooby-Doo in nature. Still an okay episode overall, as there were some good highlights for each of the Mane Six.
Also, still waiting for the background ponies to get more screen time. For some reason I tend to prioritize art for characters other than the Mane Six!