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Overall, I really enjoyed the season 3 finale, certainly infinitely more than the S3 opener. The songs were excellent, the animation beautiful, energetic, and haunting in some places. While very compact, it managed to set up a pretty extreme conflict and pay it off reasonably well. All characters were present with their fundamental attributes on full display, while keeping the focus where it needed to be: on Twilight Sparkle.
“Magical Mystery Cure” still falls slightly below “Royal Wedding”, but that’s to be expected given that it’s apparently more of a prelude to the S4 opening 2-parter rather than a stand alone piece.

[apple sauce]
Now, as for our new purple Princess…

Like at least a handful of other people, I had been casually predicting Twilight’s accession to Alicorn-hood waaaaay back since S1 in “The Cutie Mark Chronicles”. Seriously, young Twilight turns others in cacti, grows a dragon to adult size, and gains the Ava-pony State? Celestia singles the kid out for personalized training? Yeah… she was a cut above from the get go. To me, there was always the implication that Celestia had bigger plans for Twilight, or that Twilight was meant for more than levitating oranges and sorting books. Did I assume her becoming a princess was an absolute certainty? No. But I did think it would probably happen in some way, shape, or form at some point in the show’s course. It just seemed reasonable.
However, I always expected this whole transformation to be the grand finale of the show overall, something to end Friendship is Magic off on… And it seems in fact that this is going to be a permanent change throughout the next two confirmed seasons of the show. Well, I also didn’t expect FiM to go on for that long. So there you go.
The big concern is, at least for me: will the friendly dynamic of the cast still work now that Twilight has a much higher literal and symbolic power level over her buddies? And there’s really no way of predicting this, we’ll simply have to watch S4 to find out. Maybe there will be some hiccups along the way, maybe the show just won’t be as good; if that’s the case, we as critical viewers will just have to accept that and deal with it as it comes.
However, I for one welcome our new Librarian Overlord! Partly because Transformers, and other merchandise driven franchises have made me used to and even made me anticipate changes like this… but for another reason too.
See, Twilight really needed to change. She needed a new angle or dimension to her character badly this season. In S1, Twilight was introduced as the audience surrogate. She was a young and naive new comer to Ponyville, eager to learn everything about her new surroundings and social contacts. We, as the viewer, learned about the world and the characters along side with her. We became well acquainted with the personalities of the Mane Five and the lore of Equestria. We saw Twilight learn about her friends, social situations, and how to cope.
But by S2, Twilight hit a bit of a rut in terms of development. She was no longer a fresh-faced everypony. She’d formed strong bonds with her friends and learned a great deal about her town. Furthermore, the audience no longer needed her to explain concepts about the world or characters to them; hence why S2 introduced the notion of everyone being able to send Princess Celestia a letter. But this also meant Twilight lost her importance as the main character, had less to do, and little room for development. She was already a whiz at friendship and maintaining said friendships… so now what’s her role?
In S2, you couldn’t have plots like “Winter Wrap Up” and “Boast Busters” wherein Twilight’s desire for acceptance while being out of her depth provided conflict/growth; because now she knows better. It seems like they tried to play up her obsessive and easily stressed traits like in “Lesson Zero” and “It’s About Time”, but with mixed results. One of the reasons I like “Royal Wedding” so much is how it added new dimension to Twilight by focusing on her relationships with Shining Armour and Cadence while also introducing those new characters.
But, in S3, we’re given with the concept that Twilight is entering a new and important stage of her training. We see Celestia giving larger tasks to Twilight, and we see Twilight practicing stronger and stronger magic consistently throughout the season. It’s very effective foreshadowing while also giving her something to work for and do throughout the series besides being a Stresserella. And now, as a princess, she’s accomplished this goal and also been given another interesting new facet about herself and her role in the show to explore!
Finally, I see this whole “Twilight the Alicorn” thing as part of a larger theme of all the Mane Six unlocking their true potential as adults. Getting progressively closer to archiving their true life goals or at least coming very close to them. The big examples of this for S3 are really Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash. In “Wonderbolt Academy”, Dash took a major step closer to her dream of becoming a Wonderbolt, something which had been set up since episode 1 of season 1. But, she then made the very mature decision that she held her personal values and ethics to a greater degree of importance than her childhood dream, and she could make sacrifices if necessary.

Fluttershy had a great instance of intermingling kindness, assertiveness, and bravery in “Keep Calm and Flutter On” when it is her, and only her, who is able to teach Discord the importance of friendship. She was finally able to fully express the power her kindness have, and the effect it could have on others, without allowing her shyness to handicap her efforts. In episode 1 of season 1, Fluttershy couldn’t even introduce herself properly to the newly arrived Twilight Sparkle, and now she’s BFFs with the damned Lord of Chaos! Remember, it’s Discord who goes through an arc in KCaFO; the episode just pays off Fluttershy’s arc.

Hopefully this trend will continue in further seasons, and we’ll see Rarity, Apple Jack, and Pinkie Pie do some major self-actualizing. But, only time will tell…
Anyways, this has gone on for far longer than I intended. But basically, I’m on-board for Alicorn Twilight, provided the show keeps being entertaining.

*MADE REBLOGGABLE BY REQUEST*

Sure!

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Overall, I really enjoyed the season 3 finale, certainly infinitely more than the S3 opener. The songs were excellent, the animation beautiful, energetic, and haunting in some places. While very compact, it managed to set up a pretty extreme conflict and pay it off reasonably well. All characters were present with their fundamental attributes on full display, while keeping the focus where it needed to be: on Twilight Sparkle.

“Magical Mystery Cure” still falls slightly below “Royal Wedding”, but that’s to be expected given that it’s apparently more of a prelude to the S4 opening 2-parter rather than a stand alone piece.

image

[apple sauce]

Now, as for our new purple Princess…

image

Like at least a handful of other people, I had been casually predicting Twilight’s accession to Alicorn-hood waaaaay back since S1 in “The Cutie Mark Chronicles”. Seriously, young Twilight turns others in cacti, grows a dragon to adult size, and gains the Ava-pony State? Celestia singles the kid out for personalized training? Yeah… she was a cut above from the get go. To me, there was always the implication that Celestia had bigger plans for Twilight, or that Twilight was meant for more than levitating oranges and sorting books. Did I assume her becoming a princess was an absolute certainty? No. But I did think it would probably happen in some way, shape, or form at some point in the show’s course. It just seemed reasonable.

However, I always expected this whole transformation to be the grand finale of the show overall, something to end Friendship is Magic off on… And it seems in fact that this is going to be a permanent change throughout the next two confirmed seasons of the show. Well, I also didn’t expect FiM to go on for that long. So there you go.

The big concern is, at least for me: will the friendly dynamic of the cast still work now that Twilight has a much higher literal and symbolic power level over her buddies? And there’s really no way of predicting this, we’ll simply have to watch S4 to find out. Maybe there will be some hiccups along the way, maybe the show just won’t be as good; if that’s the case, we as critical viewers will just have to accept that and deal with it as it comes.

However, I for one welcome our new Librarian Overlord! Partly because Transformers, and other merchandise driven franchises have made me used to and even made me anticipate changes like this… but for another reason too.

imageSee, Twilight really needed to change. She needed a new angle or dimension to her character badly this season. In S1, Twilight was introduced as the audience surrogate. She was a young and naive new comer to Ponyville, eager to learn everything about her new surroundings and social contacts. We, as the viewer, learned about the world and the characters along side with her. We became well acquainted with the personalities of the Mane Five and the lore of Equestria. We saw Twilight learn about her friends, social situations, and how to cope.

But by S2, Twilight hit a bit of a rut in terms of development. She was no longer a fresh-faced everypony. She’d formed strong bonds with her friends and learned a great deal about her town. Furthermore, the audience no longer needed her to explain concepts about the world or characters to them; hence why S2 introduced the notion of everyone being able to send Princess Celestia a letter. But this also meant Twilight lost her importance as the main character, had less to do, and little room for development. She was already a whiz at friendship and maintaining said friendships… so now what’s her role?

imageIn S2, you couldn’t have plots like “Winter Wrap Up” and “Boast Busters” wherein Twilight’s desire for acceptance while being out of her depth provided conflict/growth; because now she knows better. It seems like they tried to play up her obsessive and easily stressed traits like in “Lesson Zero” and “It’s About Time”, but with mixed results. One of the reasons I like “Royal Wedding” so much is how it added new dimension to Twilight by focusing on her relationships with Shining Armour and Cadence while also introducing those new characters.

imageBut, in S3, we’re given with the concept that Twilight is entering a new and important stage of her training. We see Celestia giving larger tasks to Twilight, and we see Twilight practicing stronger and stronger magic consistently throughout the season. It’s very effective foreshadowing while also giving her something to work for and do throughout the series besides being a Stresserella. And now, as a princess, she’s accomplished this goal and also been given another interesting new facet about herself and her role in the show to explore!

Finally, I see this whole “Twilight the Alicorn” thing as part of a larger theme of all the Mane Six unlocking their true potential as adults. Getting progressively closer to archiving their true life goals or at least coming very close to them. The big examples of this for S3 are really Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash. In “Wonderbolt Academy”, Dash took a major step closer to her dream of becoming a Wonderbolt, something which had been set up since episode 1 of season 1. But, she then made the very mature decision that she held her personal values and ethics to a greater degree of importance than her childhood dream, and she could make sacrifices if necessary.

image

Fluttershy had a great instance of intermingling kindness, assertiveness, and bravery in “Keep Calm and Flutter On” when it is her, and only her, who is able to teach Discord the importance of friendship. She was finally able to fully express the power her kindness have, and the effect it could have on others, without allowing her shyness to handicap her efforts. In episode 1 of season 1, Fluttershy couldn’t even introduce herself properly to the newly arrived Twilight Sparkle, and now she’s BFFs with the damned Lord of Chaos! Remember, it’s Discord who goes through an arc in KCaFO; the episode just pays off Fluttershy’s arc.

image

Hopefully this trend will continue in further seasons, and we’ll see Rarity, Apple Jack, and Pinkie Pie do some major self-actualizing. But, only time will tell…

Anyways, this has gone on for far longer than I intended. But basically, I’m on-board for Alicorn Twilight, provided the show keeps being entertaining.

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iam-artist asked: Now that the Alicorn Twilight debacle has passed (or not depending on who you talk to), what were your thoughts on season 3 finale and the whole Princess Twilight debacle?

Sure!

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Overall, I really enjoyed the season 3 finale, certainly infinitely more than the S3 opener. The songs were excellent, the animation beautiful, energetic, and haunting in some places. While very compact, it managed to set up a pretty extreme conflict and pay it off reasonably well. All characters were present with their fundamental attributes on full display, while keeping the focus where it needed to be: on Twilight Sparkle.

“Magical Mystery Cure” still falls slightly below “Royal Wedding”, but that’s to be expected given that it’s apparently more of a prelude to the S4 opening 2-parter rather than a stand alone piece.

image

[apple sauce]

Now, as for our new purple Princess…

image

Like at least a handful of other people, I had been casually predicting Twilight’s accession to Alicorn-hood waaaaay back since S1 in “The Cutie Mark Chronicles”. Seriously, young Twilight turns others in cacti, grows a dragon to adult size, and gains the Ava-pony State? Celestia singles the kid out for personalized training? Yeah… she was a cut above from the get go. To me, there was always the implication that Celestia had bigger plans for Twilight, or that Twilight was meant for more than levitating oranges and sorting books. Did I assume her becoming a princess was an absolute certainty? No. But I did think it would probably happen in some way, shape, or form at some point in the show’s course. It just seemed reasonable.

However, I always expected this whole transformation to be the grand finale of the show overall, something to end Friendship is Magic off on… And it seems in fact that this is going to be a permanent change throughout the next two confirmed seasons of the show. Well, I also didn’t expect FiM to go on for that long. So there you go.

The big concern is, at least for me: will the friendly dynamic of the cast still work now that Twilight has a much higher literal and symbolic power level over her buddies? And there’s really no way of predicting this, we’ll simply have to watch S4 to find out. Maybe there will be some hiccups along the way, maybe the show just won’t be as good; if that’s the case, we as critical viewers will just have to accept that and deal with it as it comes.

However, I for one welcome our new Librarian Overlord! Partly because Transformers, and other merchandise driven franchises have made me used to and even made me anticipate changes like this… but for another reason too.

imageSee, Twilight really needed to change. She needed a new angle or dimension to her character badly this season. In S1, Twilight was introduced as the audience surrogate. She was a young and naive new comer to Ponyville, eager to learn everything about her new surroundings and social contacts. We, as the viewer, learned about the world and the characters along side with her. We became well acquainted with the personalities of the Mane Five and the lore of Equestria. We saw Twilight learn about her friends, social situations, and how to cope.

But by S2, Twilight hit a bit of a rut in terms of development. She was no longer a fresh-faced everypony. She’d formed strong bonds with her friends and learned a great deal about her town. Furthermore, the audience no longer needed her to explain concepts about the world or characters to them; hence why S2 introduced the notion of everyone being able to send Princess Celestia a letter. But this also meant Twilight lost her importance as the main character, had less to do, and little room for development. She was already a whiz at friendship and maintaining said friendships… so now what’s her role?

imageIn S2, you couldn’t have plots like “Winter Wrap Up” and “Boast Busters” wherein Twilight’s desire for acceptance while being out of her depth provided conflict/growth; because now she knows better. It seems like they tried to play up her obsessive and easily stressed traits like in “Lesson Zero” and “It’s About Time”, but with mixed results. One of the reasons I like “Royal Wedding” so much is how it added new dimension to Twilight by focusing on her relationships with Shining Armour and Cadence while also introducing those new characters.

imageBut, in S3, we’re given with the concept that Twilight is entering a new and important stage of her training. We see Celestia giving larger tasks to Twilight, and we see Twilight practicing stronger and stronger magic consistently throughout the season. It’s very effective foreshadowing while also giving her something to work for and do throughout the series besides being a Stresserella. And now, as a princess, she’s accomplished this goal and also been given another interesting new facet about herself and her role in the show to explore!

Finally, I see this whole “Twilight the Alicorn” thing as part of a larger theme of all the Mane Six unlocking their true potential as adults. Getting progressively closer to archiving their true life goals or at least coming very close to them. The big examples of this for S3 are really Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash. In “Wonderbolt Academy”, Dash took a major step closer to her dream of becoming a Wonderbolt, something which had been set up since episode 1 of season 1. But, she then made the very mature decision that she held her personal values and ethics to a greater degree of importance than her childhood dream, and she could make sacrifices if necessary.

image

Fluttershy had a great instance of intermingling kindness, assertiveness, and bravery in “Keep Calm and Flutter On” when it is her, and only her, who is able to teach Discord the importance of friendship. She was finally able to fully express the power her kindness have, and the effect it could have on others, without allowing her shyness to handicap her efforts. In episode 1 of season 1, Fluttershy couldn’t even introduce herself properly to the newly arrived Twilight Sparkle, and now she’s BFFs with the damned Lord of Chaos! Remember, it’s Discord who goes through an arc in KCaFO; the episode just pays off Fluttershy’s arc.

image

Hopefully this trend will continue in further seasons, and we’ll see Rarity, Apple Jack, and Pinkie Pie do some major self-actualizing. But, only time will tell…

Anyways, this has gone on for far longer than I intended. But basically, I’m on-board for Alicorn Twilight, provided the show keeps being entertaining.

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MLP: Fim S3E7 “Wonderbolt Academy”

Let’s break down this little sequence here, shall we?

Rainbow Dash comes into Spitfire’s office while said drill sergent is occupied with paperwork. More specifically, Spitfire is signing autographs. Note to cold, methodical, almost mechanical way she stomps her hoof down on each sheet one by one and squares them off. It’s an act devoid of passion, specialty, or investment. She’s just beating ink into paper; merely a required and quantified part of her day. On the one level, it’s an effective visual and audio tool to establish tension in the scene. Spitfire is hard at work, at first not giving her full attention to Rainbow Dash. The rhythmic “clop clop” sound of her hoof brings to mind machines or axes working away. Rainbow Dash feels as though she has put herself on the figurative chopping block by confronting Spitfire. And, that by becoming a Wing-Pony, she’s just another cog in the machine.

But I think there’s even more happening here…

Now, we know from the well established canon up to this point that the Wonderbolts hold a level of prestige and reverence in Equestria. Functioning as both a skilled flying demonstration squadron and a line of military defense in the occasion of extreme emergencies; they are very visible celebrities. From the first episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Rainbow Dash made her idolization of them abundantly clear. And we also know that their are thousands of other colts and fillies who hold equal if not greater love for the Wonderbolts.

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The autographs Spitfire is signing will probably be delivered, sold, or given as gifts to these devoted young fans. Yet they’re produced in such a heartless, assembly line fashion, that the effect is rather jarring.

This all ties into Wonderbolts Academy's theme of dealing with disillusionment and sticking to your principles in spite of it. Rainbow Dash is presented with a golden ticket in this episode to take a big step closer to her dream of becoming a Wonderbolt. Once she gets to the Academy however, she becomes disturbed by what is seen as commendable behavior. Cracks begin to form in the ivory tower she built up around the Wonderbolts. Like the processed, banal manner Spitfire churns out autographs, Rainbow feels something is fundamentally off in the manner the Academy conducts itself. Both structures lack a level of respect, and a disregard for people in favor of end results.

I think it’s also important to clarify that Rainbow Dash was not disappointed just because she didn’t get what she wanted, but rather in he ethical code presented by the Academy. Rainbow was eventually okay with being a Wing-Pony. She accepted a role of less authority and visibility due to instruction and showed maturity in doing so. What Rainbow Dash was not okay with was compromising her principles just to get win-out. If the Wonderbolts were not aligned with her personal morals, she wanted no part in their group, regardless of her life dream.

Like Spitfire did with the autographs, Rainbow Dash firmly clops her own hoof down on the Wonderbolts pin.

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"I quit."

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