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While we're on the topic of villains, why not Chrysalis or Nightmare Moon next?
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While Chrysalis might make a good subject, Commander Firebrand's already done something similar to this on her. Nightmare Moon's one I might get back to later, but I'd like to do more than character defence, as only two of my things haven't been on characters.
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Well then, what are some of the most disliked episodes? You've covered MMC, which has largely been despised by the fandom, and CotLM which I will personally be ripping a new one once I can make videos. I know there were some people who complained about the Season 3 Premiere and Season 2 Finale. Perhaps you can do them?
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Following my now established way of replying to Riku...

Cut and paste from Riku
1. His design,
2. His apparent lack of characterization, and
3. How he seemed to do nothing in the premiere.

1. As far as I am concerned there is nothing wrong with his appearance. He looks evil, malevolent and menacing. He appears graceful and smooth and dare I say it but some people think he has sex appeal. I don't share that opinion but I can see where they are coming from.
2. That hasn't stopped bronies from loving Derpy, Octavia, Vinyl, Lyra and Bon Bon well before the 100th episode came along. Less is more seems to be the rule amongst bronies and now that is suddenly turned around against Sombra.
3. You are right. He has managed to set up multiple layers of magical traps, disabling spells and deflections and all he has left to do is wait for the protection spells to wear off.

I can't really add any more, other than I doubt that he has been permanently killed off. He has more likely been transformed into an even more shadowy like existence. This is a show where no one dies, not ever, not even timberwolves. However unless he shows up again I cannot really defend this opinion other that say it is in my opinion.
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Well, I believe I’ve avoided this long enough. Time Cockatrice to deal with Starlight Glimmer and the end of the season 5 finale. I was in person at the WA meet to hear and partially agree with everyone on what many consider the low point of an excellent season finale, but I feel Starlight’s been a little hard done by.

As anyone can attest to, the flaws of this moment include;
1. How Starlight was able to magically go toe-to-toe with Twilight, an alicorn,
2. Starlight’s reason for becoming a villain,
3. Starlight’s subsequent face-turn, and lastly
4. The ending song.

*Riku cracks knuckles Let’s do this.

Firstly, Starlight matching Twilight in magic. I admit this was my biggest flaw with the episode, but having more time to think on it, I think I’ve come up with a logical explanation for it. I believe that, compared to when Twilight was just a unicorn, Starlight is further advanced in magical studies than our purple princess. One example of proof for this theory is the time travel scroll itself. Using it, Twilight was only able to travel back just under a week for about a minute, compared to Starlight, who travelled back at least a decade multiple times and stayed there as long as she pleased. Add that to her being able to forcibly peal cutie marks off a pony and you have someone far more powerful than Twilight at the same stage. Imagine how different the show would’ve been had Celestia chosen Starlight instead of Twilight. She could’ve ascended to Alicorn-hood faster, or she might’ve just become another Sunset Shimmer. It’s an interesting thought and one I thoroughly want a fanfic of now. Plan

The next two I’ll tackle together since they’re complaints I imagine are spoken in the same breath. I already touched on both these subjects in the episode thread but it bears repeating.
First, people complain how Starlight’s reason for turning heel was basically her blaming cutie marks for seemingly taking away her friend. A pretty petty reason on the surface, I’ll admit, but put yourself in her horseshoes. She’s a little kid, so in the sadness of her friend leaving, she probably didn’t consider writing to him. That incident also could’ve created a fear of abandonment for the young filly, and she might’ve shut herself away from others a la Moondancer in fear of losing them again. Over the years, those feelings of sadness, loneliness and anger festered into her wrong interpretation of harmony, which led to Starlight Town as it’s apparently called. Pinkie Pie Shrug Then with Twilight and co. taking away her town, all those pent-up emotions turn into rage as she seeks vengeance. Looking at it from this angle, it makes her a sympathetic villain. You might find that to be weird for me to say, but a great villain is one who doesn’t think themselves a villain. It helps makes them a three-dimensional character and more sympathetic.
Then there’s when Starlight decides to become a good guy after Twilight’s friendship speech. Some might complain over this, but I really like it, and view as an important step forward for the show. Why? Here’s why; the problem of the season finale was solved without the use of a dues ex machina. In almost every finale involving a villain, they’re blasted away/to oblivion by a rainbow/love blast. Here, realising that fighting Starlight wouldn’t solve anything, Twilight instead seeks to understand Starlight’s point of view and try reasoning with her. She even showed her probably the scariest future in which nothing but dust remains, and then compassionately convinced Starlight to give friendship a try and not buck up the future. Dialogue and understanding save the day. That is so much more important for little kids to see than the baddie being blasted to bits by a rainbow. This is slightly similar to how Discord was reformed, though in that case Fluttershy essentially blackmailed him with her friendship Angry, while Twilight strived to understand Starlight’s pain and offered her friendship. And even though Starlight is ready for any punishment, she is instead welcomed into the mane six. While this is a little suss, this isn’t the first time Twilight’s made a friend of an enemy. As I’ve said before, we all complained about how quickly Starlight’s face turn happened, but forget that Sunset Shimmer’s was even faster, though DHX had all of Rainbow Rocks to work Sunset into our hearts. Expect season 6 to do the same with Starlight, as I view her in the same boat as Flash; hated at first, but holding the potential to be loved.

Finally, there’s the less-than-memorable song to end the episode. I’ll admit that this did make the ending seem that much more rushed, but bear in mind that this isn’t a new thing. FiM has been ending each season like this since season 2, and it’s done as a safety net of sorts, in case Hasbro finally decide to pull the plug on the show (which is very unlikely considering the amount of money they’re raking in from us). Seasons 3, 4 and now 5 have all had triumphant, open-ended finales just in case they were to be the last of the series. It’s why the last two seasons ended with photos where all characters in it were facing the camera (with the exception of Bulk Biceps in season 5), and it’s also why they sometimes they have to retcon things at the start of the next season (like Twilight gliding off-screen in MMC, only to be bad at flying in EQG1). So while it’s something that can spoil a good finale, it’s not something unacceptable and can be done well, like in Twilight’s Kingdom.

So that’s what I have to say on Starlight Glimmer and the finale. I know that, given time and a good plot, Starlight will endear herself to us in a similar manner to Sunset. There’s definitely enough possibility for good stories between her and Twilight, as well as other members of the mane six. Looking at it all like this, it makes my appreciation for the finale actually grow, as the ending was the only real flaw I had and this solves all the problems I had with it. Smile

So, comment, discuss and whatnot. Also leave more suggestions for what I can cover in this series.
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Starlight Glimmer. Oh how I loathe thee. Forcing anyone to take on any set of beliefs is pure evil. Her only saving grace was seeing that everything was being destroyed and continuing on her path of vengeance was futile.

Cut and paste from Riku
1. How Starlight was able to magically go toe-to-toe with Twilight, an alicorn,
2. Starlight’s reason for becoming a villain,
3. Starlight’s subsequent face-turn, and lastly
4. The ending song.

1. I personally do not have any problems with this part. First, no matter how good you are there will always be someone better than you. Second, in my opinion Hasbro is deliberately keeping Twilight as a flawed character to avoid making her into a Mary Sue. She's more interesting that way and does not have to blast everything into oblivion with the orbital elements of harmonious rainbow friendship bass cannons.

Starlight more advanced in magic than Twilight? Maybe. She may be a future Starlight, coming back from the future to enact revenge. Maybe not. She may be more advanced in time travel and cutie mark theft by specialising in those areas, just like how an astronomer is typically more advanced in astronomy than a biologist.

She couldn't penetrate Twilight's shield spell in The Cutie Map, despite studying it for years. Or maybe she was surprised that Twilight could cast it. The dialog is slightly confusing on the intent of her surprise.

2. Her best friend left her. Her next line after surprise over the shield spell, is: "Spare me your sentimental nonsense." The same goes equally back to her. Putting aside her issues for a moment, she has some incredibly twisted views on friendships and what should/shouldn't make up a friendship: cutie marks and 'true friendship'. This is just my opinion but there is no such thing as 'true friendship'. There are friends, close friends, best friends and friends with whom you have such a close relationship that you call them a soulmate.

Putting her deeply held issues back in: if she hates cutie marks that much, then it reasons that she's also hating part of herself. It reasons that she is distorting that onto everyone else. In my books that does not make her a sympathetic villain. I can understand her motivations but the scale of destruction is such that I am limiting it as an excuse and not a reason for forgiveness.

3. The show is 22 minutes long. There isn't enough time for proper exposition over her sudden turnaround. I'll leave it at that.

4. What song? *looks for song* Yes, pretty forgetful. *immediately forgets it*

I quite like the shots of everyone facing the camera. It gives the feeling that is everyone is posing for a photo. They make excellent posters and pillow cases.

I very much dislike Starlight Glimmer for the reason I have given in my opening paragraph. She brainwashes everyone with her charisma and forces those who resist with her magic.

"...given time and a good plot, Starlight will endear herself to us..." Maybe. I'm prepared to forgive. Given a good enough plot and exposition.
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07/02/2016, 10:45 PM (Last edited: 07/02/2016 11:20 PM by SushiPony)
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Well, I think I’ve taken enough time off. Let’s get back into the swing of things. I feel like doing something recent yet I’ve already tackled the biggest issue with Starlight and the finale, and I feel it’s hard doing something from the first two seasons given how long it’s been. Think What could I possibly-

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Fluttershy Woah *Riku grabs closest keyblade, prepares homerun hit
Wait. Evil I can use this.

So, little baby Flurry Heart. I guarantee some bronies are once again yelling LARSON! I’ll admit; this one’s going to be interesting. Not only because of the subject matter, but because I’m cautiously negative on this. But, this is An Optimist’s Opinion so…
*turns on awesome music
So, based on my objections, I think this could be a problem because,
1. She’s born an alicorn,
2. Her design,
3. Her wings, and something else I’ll add (as otherwise this will be too short for my liking),
4. Her potential impact for the show.

Let’s begin.

Firstly, her being born an alicorn. This is a little jarring. After all, Twilight and Cadence had to earn their ascensions, yet Flurry Heart gets to be one right off the bat. And sure, Celestia and Luna were born alicorns, but that was ages before any other current cast member was born, way off in head-canon land. So how, apart from marketing new toy sets, can Flurry Heart get away with this? My best explanation is genetics. Her dad comes from a long line (assumedly) of unicorns, considering his whole family were unicorns. Her mum, despite being born a pegasus, is an alicorn. This means that, while the chances of her naturally being born an alicorn weren’t high, it wasn’t feasibly impossible.

Genetics also offers explanations for her design, which many have likened to Sweetie Belle’s from G3.5. Huh *Riku shudders
Flurry Heart’s coat, despite being a slight mixture of Cadence’s And Shining Armour’s, seems to lean in similarity more towards her dad, while her mane, again a mixture, is more like her mother’s. While only my opinion the two share any similarities, this is explained by of two reasons. Either;
A. This is merely me caught in a small bout of Pareidolia, or
B. Hasbro got lazy and decided to base the design off of G3.5 Sweetie Belle Pinkie Pie Shrug
Here’s hoping it’s the former.
Her name is also a weird thing for me. Flurry Heart. The heart bit’s easy enough, being next in line for the throne of the Crystal Empire and daughter of the princess of love, but… Flurry? Not sure how that ties into anything just yet.

And genetics will again be my reasoning for Flurry Heart’s abnormal wing size. In this bit, it’ll mainly focus on Cadence’s genetic contributions. Namely, any leftover pegasus DNA she has left following her ascension. As Cadence was born a pegasus, it would’ve been normal had Flurry been born a pegasus, yet I believe Cadence’s alicorn DNA must’ve done something to the pegasus DNA in Flurry, maybe accelerating the growth so she was born with such huge wings. This is a bit of a stretch plausibility wise, but it’s the only logical reason I can find.

And finally, what potential impact will Flurry Heart’s prescience bring to the show? Well, the most obvious impact will be some much needed characterization for FiM’s resident Disney couple Cadence and Shining Armour. Thanks to The One Where Pinkie Knows, we’ve seen evidence that Shining could be the goofy dad, but it will be more interesting to see how Cadence takes to being a mother. We know she’s good with fillies (from the flashbacks in part one of A Canterlot Wedding), and that she can handle childish stubbornness (Discord’s antics in Three’s A Crowd). But when she was looking after Twilight, Cadence was being paid to do so, and only for a short while. Motherhood’s a whole different story, as my twin nephews are showing my sister as we speak. I look forward to seeing Cadence actually struggle with the pressures of being both a mother and a princess.
Not only that, but Flurry Heart being introduced also gives the show a reason to revisit the Crystal Empire (which only got a passing flash in Party Pooped, it’s only showing in season 5), as well as reason for Twilight to visit. Heck, this might even give us an insight in the very strange naming conventions of MLP. Here’s hoping the explanation of that is as interesting as the naming convention from RWBY.
Odds are, being a new character introduced in a season premiere, Flurry Heart will somehow be involved in/be the plot of the premiere, then maybe get a cameo in the middle of the season before possibly popping up again in the season finale. This seems to be a trend MLP has followed for a while and I expect them to follow it again, I dream of better things for the little marshmallow with wings.

Now everything I’m about to type is purely head canon and, as shown in the promos, won’t be accepted ever. But I feel as though I should share it because I think this head canon is great, and definitely going to feature in a future fanfic. So, in this head canon, Flurry Heart is born not as an alicorn, but as an earth pony. Imagine how perplexed each character would be at that, given the genetics of her parents and the amount of magic she should’ve inherited. It would’ve then been an interesting journey; watching her grow up with the expectations of princesshood weighing on her, yet being judged for not being as incredible/talented as her family. Then, once she finally becomes comfortable with who she is, what she is and overcomes that plus some other obstacle, she could then earn her wings and horn like her mother and aunt before her. Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks that would be amazing to watch? Wub

So that’s all I have to say about Flurry Heart. I’m not usually one for spoilers about upcoming events, but this looked too good an opportunity for an opinion piece to pass up. We’ll have to wait until May for anything more concrete than what I’ve listed here.
So, until then, please, offer any and all suggestions on negative characters/moments/episodes I can put a positive spin on.
(Also completely ignore the fact that Silver Quill and Commander Firebrand already did this kind of speculation. I didn’t copy them. Honest Disguise )
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Remember back in my piece about Magical Mystery Cure where I stumbled in my quest to defend the episode?
Well, I'm back to give finding these two points plausible reasons another crack. Why? Because I'm a perfectionist like that. Crazy Twilight

(18/01/2016 12:46 AM)Riku006 wrote:  On to Twilight casting a powerful spell to “see what happens.” I know this is like setting off a bomb just to see if it works. Again, the time limit of a musical episode hurts Larson’s ability to write an effective story, but there’s the chance Twilight was unaware of how powerful the spell was. Plus, Celestia did give Twilight a task, and when given something to do by the princess Twilight jumps at said opportunity. An alternative option that could’ve made this scene better would’ve been having this as the prologue section of the episode rather than a flashback, as the scene stands fine on its own in that regard.

Twilight knowing exactly what to do… HuhOhno Damn, I’ve been stumped. I know this series is me giving an excuse for the seemingly inexcusable, but I’m drawing blanks on this one. BlushShy

Now the first one might not seem like I need to redo it, but I've thought of something to add to that defence. Twilight not only does what Celestia instructs her to implicitly out of educational reverence, but, when reading out the spell, she's experimenting with it. It's been proven multiple times in the show that Twilight likes following scientific routine when getting to work, and one key aspect of scientific study is experimentation. Most times, this is usually achieved by, at first, trying something just to see how it works. That might be an extreme example of scientific method, but it adds another explanation for Twilight's blabbing the spell without knowing what it did.

Now onto the one I NEED to fix; Twilight knowing exactly what to do to fix the problem. I've thought about it and come up with at least a few reasons.
Firstly, focussing on the picture from the opening, Twilight's magic may've subconsciously tapped into the Element of Magic itself, which could explain the cutie mark burst in Twilight's eye upon her epiphany. After all, she's focussing on the picture that represents their harmonious friendship. The Element could have then mentally shown or guided Twilight towards the correct answer.
Another reason could be the same solution as above, only instead of the Element of Magic, it's Twilight's latent alicorn magic that's sharpening her mind and clearing her vision to fix the problem. After all, she was giving off a light bright enough to force Spike to cover his eyes. This could've been a sign that her ascension was near, and she only need to properly complete the spell to earn her ascension.
Or the last reason, while lazy and a little pessimistic, could be that Larson delivered unto Twilight an Idea Ex Machina, to help advance the plot quickly.

Yes, the first two of the second option are long shots, but they represent the best ideas and excuses I can come up with to defend this particular scene.
Now, what to do next?
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Time for my opinion. Because I have enough time to sit down at the computer without being distracted by all of the adorable art of Flurry Heart.

First, my biases. I have no biases. I'm leaving it up to the writers to sufficiently entertain me before buy-our-toys foal embraces my wallet. Although that alone reveals that I think she is mainly a marketing tool, I do actually hope that she will be a good addition to the series. I've hoped that they would have taken the path of Cadence having a foal for several months. After all, Cadence is the princess of love.

Cut and paste from Riku:
1. She’s born an alicorn,
2. Her design,
3. Her wings, and something else I’ll add (as otherwise this will be too short for my liking),
4. Her potential impact for the show.

1. I have no problems with this. Celestia and second best pony are both born alicorns.
2. She's nothing but a marketing tool designed to sell toys by being cute and adorable in the lowest common denominator way by appealing to 7 year old girls.

Oh, come on! Oh come on

As for how she was designed, I don't really care. The writers of the show seem to have a habit of frequently basing characters off redesigns and mixtures of older generations.
3. Why are her wings so freaking huge? She's a foal and not even a filly, yet. She has a set of wings that any pegasus would die for. Well, maybe except Fluttershy. She seems to have more feathers than any pegasus or alicorn with the exception of Sunbutt. Plus what's up with the name? Flurry Heart sounds like a Chinese brand of slushy produced by McMao.
Riku could be onto something with the genetics line. Assuming that Cadence's transformation into an alicorn hasn't overwritten her pegasi DNA with alicorn. After all we've seen that pony genetics does some really strange things.
Assuming that Mr Cake is really the father of Pound and Pumpkin Cake. In my headcannon I think it's more likely Mrs Cake was having a bit on the side with a unicorn and pegasus.
4. Well, I'm hoping that her impact would turn out to be positive. I've enjoyed the antics of all of the fillies on the show as well as Pound and Pumpkin Cake and I'm hoping that a new addition will turn out to be positive. I've initially been negative with the CMCs and baby cakes, but in both cases I quickly got used to them and now enjoy their episodes.

What's RWBY stand for?
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Huh I can’t believe I haven’t covered this sooner, but better late than never. Tonight we’re travelling back to the world of EQG, to tackle one of its more forgettable performances.

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Cockatrice No. I’m talking about Cinch’s precursor of terrible performance; EQG 1 Sunset Shimmer. I know that, since Rainbow Rocks, she’s become one of the fandom’s favourite characters (I’m part of that demographic), but let’s not forget the dubious debut she gave us.

My main complaints (shared with many others I imagine) with EQG1 Sunset include;
1. How she knew Twilight was a princess, where she was in the Crystal Empire palace, what her crown looked like, and that the Element of Magic was contained within it,
2. Why she didn’t use Photoshop to frame Twilight,
3. Why she wanted the Fall Formal to go ahead despite trashing the gym,
4. Threatening to smash the portal, then giving up on said threat,
5. Invading Equestria with zombified teenagers, and
6. Her face turn.

Woah Wow, that’s a lot to go through. Well, *starts My Past Is Not Today let’s get to it! Yeah

First off, all the problems with Sunset during her infiltration of the Crystal Empire. Hitting the big complaints early here, but I’ve had an explanation for this one for a while, even if it is a little outlandish or head-canonesque. So, with TV a thing in the human world, it’s a fair assumption to make that they’d have shows just like we do here in the real world. It’s my belief that, by some infinitely small chance, the human world has FiM as the TV show we know and love in their world (created by individuals who have a subconscious link to Equestria). The only difference would be that, in EQG world (which for simplicity I’m now referring to as Earth EB (Epsilon Beta)), the brony movement never eventuated. Jaw Drop The show would end conveniently after season three, due to the lack of viewership without us.
But there’s one individual who would’ve been paying very close attention; Sunset Shimmer. This would explain why she wouldn’t be surprised at the Crystal Empire’s return. This is how she knows Twilight is not only Equestria’s newest princess, but also the bearer of the Element of Magic and what the crown looks like.
As for how she found where Twilight was sleeping, one could assume that DHX didn’t show all the times Sunset checked rooms to find them empty or sneaking away when found to be occupied by someone else. This allowed them to save screen time on unnecessary footage.

Next, we fast forward to her attempt to frame Twilight for trashing the gym. Now we had previously seen her edit a Youtube video with negative colours, music and voice overs to slander Twilight, yet many complain that the next plan involves a literal cut and paste of photos. This one’s pretty simple in my opinion; Sunset left this job to Snips and Snails without looking at the final product.
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And Sunset’s meant to be smart.
Anywho, she was probably working out possible contingencies or other plans to work on, leaving the Dumb and Dumber of MLP to do what they thought was a good job.

Then, after the humane six “repair” the gym, Sunset berates Snips and Snails for going overboard. This seems a little confusing, but maybe she had anticipated this happening. After all, she aware of how dumb those two are, and guessed their work would get caught out. So she wanted to move on with the next plan. Pinkie Pie Shrug Hey, this is probably the hardest part to defend.

Now onto one a lot of people call bullshit on; Sunset threatening to destroy the portal. Many argue that the sledgehammer would just sail through the portal and into Equestria.
But what if Sunset wasn’t aiming for the centre of the portal?
If she’s smart enough to figure out how to use the portal, she’s probably figured out how to destroy it. How would she accomplish that? Simple; wreck the edge of it. If one side of the portal was wrecked, there’s a fair chance the portal would collapse in on itself, resulting in Sunset and Twilight being permanently trapped on Earth EB. As for why she simply gave up after Twilight’s speech? Perhaps she planned to snatch the crown as Twilight ran by her towards the portal? Pinkie Pie Shrug Again, a hard point to defend.

Then, as a demoness, Sunset’s plan to invade Equestria with brainwashed teens. Okay, let’s break optimistic character for a moment Evil and count the number of reasons this “invasion” wouldn’t work;
1. Celestia, Luna and, to a much lesser extent Cadance,
2. Shining Armour and the Royal Guard (hey, they can’t always be incompetent), and last but not least,
3. Discord
Hell, Discord could handle the entire invasion by himself.
Getting back onto a more positive track, Sunset’s plan to invade was most likely thought up on the spot. The incredulous nature of the plan is probably because her mind was being overwhelmed and warped by the power of the Element of Magic. Let us remember a similar thing happened to Sci-Twilight when she was consumed by the harmonious magic she’d absorbed from the humane six. Logic kind of goes out the window when you’ve got unprecedented levels of magic running through your system.

And finally, Sunset Shimmer’s face turn. Yeah, crying in the middle of a huge crater immediately after your defeat is pretty suss. But let’s look at this from Sunset’s perspective. I mean, the objective she’s been working for about two/three years has fallen apart right before her very eyes. Everything she’s struggled and planned for is gone, as is her fearful respect from the student body. She realises she’s now hit rock bottom; banished from Equestria, yet now completely defenceless and alone on Earth EB. And let us not forget that, even though this was a bit of a cop out, it was redeemed by Sunset’s performance in Rainbow Rocks, which had her in a 50/50 main character role with Twilight before taking the role for herself completely in Friendship Games. And through it all, she earned the respect and admiration of the bronies. This is the kind of redemption I can really get behind; gradual building up before realising her potential as a protagonist. This is the kind of redemption I hope Starlight Glimmer gets and the kind I wish Flash Sentry got instead of being shafted to the side simply because of his also less-than-stellar performance.

Speaking of Flash, while my very first opinion piece was defending him, I have to point the finger of blame on him. It’s my opinion that he acted as the catalyst to Sunset enacting her plan. Sure, she could’ve been planning it for years, but she might not have gone through with it.
That is, if a certain someone hadn’t dumped her a few weeks before the events of EQG1.
That’s right. Regardless of whether or not he realised how much of a bitch she was being, I believe that Flash breaking off the relationship was the spark that ignited Sunset’s plan to return to Equestria and steal the Element of Magic. So, in this way, Flash is once again the cause of a lot of problems.
Glare Way to go there buddy.

So yeah, that’s what I have to say on Sunset Shimmer in the first movie. Again, I’m surprised I didn’t get to this sooner, especially considering I had the first defence thought out over a year ago. There was a lot of complaints about her plans and performance as a villain, but thanks to Rainbow Rocks and Friendship Games, Sunset Shimmer has truly redeemed herself and earned her place as one of the fandom’s favourite characters.

So please, leave a like if you enjoyed this and feel free to suggest more things I can naively ramble on about. Smile
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(15/03/2016 12:28 AM)Riku006 wrote:  First off, all the problems with Sunset during her infiltration of the Crystal Empire. Hitting the big complaints early here, but I’ve had an explanation for this one for a while, even if it is a little outlandish or head-canonesque. So, with TV a thing in the human world, it’s a fair assumption to make that they’d have shows just like we do here in the real world. It’s my belief that, by some infinitely small chance, the human world has FiM as the TV show we know and love in their world (created by individuals who have a subconscious link to Equestria). The only difference would be that, in EQG world (which for simplicity I’m now referring to as Earth EB (Epsilon Beta)), the brony movement never eventuated. Jaw Drop The show would end conveniently after season three, due to the lack of viewership without us.
But there’s one individual who would’ve been paying very close attention; Sunset Shimmer. This would explain why she wouldn’t be surprised at the Crystal Empire’s return. This is how she knows Twilight is not only Equestria’s newest princess, but also the bearer of the Element of Magic and what the crown looks like.

Sorry Riku, but I'm going to have to call you on BS there.

A show gets made in which the main characters are all named after you and your friends and everyone at your high school and no one cares or notices? The characters all look exactly like you and your friends and everyone if you were all ponified? And they all have the same personalities? No way; that's ridiculous. Plus, if seasons one to three are the same as they are in our world (and therefore showing what's actually happening in Equestria), how the hell does that work? Are the writers of the show in-universe somehow communicating with Equestria, or is it all just one hell of a giant coincidence (and in that case, why would Sunset trust the information on the show?)

In addition, there's also the fact that whilst we've definitely been a big boost to Hasbro, little kids still watch the show. I don't have the numbers but I see no reason why they wouldn't continue the show just based on the number of kids that watch the show.

Anyway, whilst ultimately the answer for how Sunset knew about Twilight and the crown and stuff is "Because otherwise there wouldn't be a plot," - an explanation which I'm perfectly happy with - I'd be perfectly willing to accept that Sunset had some sort of magical artifact which let her check in on Equestria. She still had the diary she used to write to Celestia with, and a cancelled subplot of Friendship Games was Sunset Shimmer feeling homesick (to be used for future movies?), so I could accept that she had a way of viewing Equestria from the human world.

(15/03/2016 12:28 AM)Riku006 wrote:  Now onto one a lot of people call bullshit on; Sunset threatening to destroy the portal. Many argue that the sledgehammer would just sail through the portal and into Equestria.
But what if Sunset wasn’t aiming for the centre of the portal?
If she’s smart enough to figure out how to use the portal, she’s probably figured out how to destroy it. How would she accomplish that? Simple; wreck the edge of it. If one side of the portal was wrecked, there’s a fair chance the portal would collapse in on itself, resulting in Sunset and Twilight being permanently trapped on Earth EB. As for why she simply gave up after Twilight’s speech? Perhaps she planned to snatch the crown as Twilight ran by her towards the portal? Pinkie Pie Shrug Again, a hard point to defend.

Actually, it doesn't need any defending at all, since Sunset says like, five minutes later that she was bluffing anyway. It doesn't matter what Twilight did, she was never planning to destroy the portal in the first place. Hell, if Twilight refused to give up the crown (that's what the threat was, yes? Been a while since I watched) then she probably would have just gone "I DON'T NEED TO USE A THREAT LIKE THAT TO DEFEAT YOU MWUHAHAHA I AM THE BESTEST VILLAIN EVER!!!!!!!".

(15/03/2016 12:28 AM)Riku006 wrote:  So please, leave a like if you enjoyed this and feel free to suggest more things I can naively ramble on about. Smile

Alright then. Defend the Breezies, and if you're up for it, I'll debate you!

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In the topic of Sunset having knowledge on Equestria. I always thought she scouted out the area around the portal first when it opened. She found whatever happened recently and opted to make a plan to do... something? You know, I'm not entirely sure what Sunset's motives were before she turned into a demon.

And my suggestion for a topic?

Spike Episodes.
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(15/03/2016 08:18 AM)Clouds in Clouds wrote:  In the topic of Sunset having knowledge on Equestria. I always thought she scouted out the area around the portal first when it opened. She found whatever happened recently and opted to make a plan to do... something? You know, I'm not entirely sure what Sunset's motives were before she turned into a demon.

And my suggestion for a topic?

Spike Episodes.

I kind of already covered Spike episodes in my earlier piece on him as a character.

(15/03/2016 06:41 AM)DoctorSpectrum wrote:  
(15/03/2016 12:28 AM)Riku006 wrote:  First off, all the problems with Sunset during her infiltration of the Crystal Empire. Hitting the big complaints early here, but I’ve had an explanation for this one for a while, even if it is a little outlandish or head-canonesque. So, with TV a thing in the human world, it’s a fair assumption to make that they’d have shows just like we do here in the real world. It’s my belief that, by some infinitely small chance, the human world has FiM as the TV show we know and love in their world (created by individuals who have a subconscious link to Equestria). The only difference would be that, in EQG world (which for simplicity I’m now referring to as Earth EB (Epsilon Beta)), the brony movement never eventuated. Jaw Drop The show would end conveniently after season three, due to the lack of viewership without us.
But there’s one individual who would’ve been paying very close attention; Sunset Shimmer. This would explain why she wouldn’t be surprised at the Crystal Empire’s return. This is how she knows Twilight is not only Equestria’s newest princess, but also the bearer of the Element of Magic and what the crown looks like.

Sorry Riku, but I'm going to have to call you on BS there.

A show gets made in which the main characters are all named after you and your friends and everyone at your high school and no one cares or notices? The characters all look exactly like you and your friends and everyone if you were all ponified? And they all have the same personalities? No way; that's ridiculous. Plus, if seasons one to three are the same as they are in our world (and therefore showing what's actually happening in Equestria), how the hell does that work? Are the writers of the show in-universe somehow communicating with Equestria, or is it all just one hell of a giant coincidence (and in that case, why would Sunset trust the information on the show?)

In addition, there's also the fact that whilst we've definitely been a big boost to Hasbro, little kids still watch the show. I don't have the numbers but I see no reason why they wouldn't continue the show just based on the number of kids that watch the show.

Anyway, whilst ultimately the answer for how Sunset knew about Twilight and the crown and stuff is "Because otherwise there wouldn't be a plot," - an explanation which I'm perfectly happy with - I'd be perfectly willing to accept that Sunset had some sort of magical artifact which let her check in on Equestria. She still had the diary she used to write to Celestia with, and a cancelled subplot of Friendship Games was Sunset Shimmer feeling homesick (to be used for future movies?), so I could accept that she had a way of viewing Equestria from the human world.

Fair enough. I did admit it was insanely unlikely and definitely drifting into head-canon territory. Also, said idea was thought up before Rainbow Rocks released. With the benefit of that movie also in hindsight, perhaps she's aware because Celestia kept writing to Sunset through her journal, pleading for her to come back out of nostalgic guilt or sadness. She may've even let slip one or two recent events to try and tempt her back like how Twilight was tempting Moondancer with that book spell. Pinkie Pie Shrug Have to admit, it's a lot more plausible than my previous theory.

(15/03/2016 06:41 AM)DoctorSpectrum wrote:  
(15/03/2016 12:28 AM)Riku006 wrote:  So please, leave a like if you enjoyed this and feel free to suggest more things I can naively ramble on about. Smile

Alright then. Defend the Breezies, and if you're up for it, I'll debate you!

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Hmm, I hadn't thought of them. It's been a while since I really stopped to think about them so maybe I'll check the episode discussion thread to recap on everyone's reactions.
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Crusaders of the Lost Mark's got nothing on this. I'm going to study, think about it and get back to you on that one.
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Very nice outlook on Flash Sentry.

You say that every writer worth their salt would grant characters a flaw to make them relatable. Whilst I mostly agree with that, I have to ask why you feel that Flash Sentry was intended to be relatable to the audience.

Tada I think that Flash Sentry is designed to be an "ideal man/ boy" in regards to being a love interest. Basically I think the designers tried to make him the EG equivalent of Prince Eric from Disney's The Little Mermaid. Now I've heard a few females confess to me that their childhood crushes were the like of Disney male characters like Aladdin and Prince Eric. Though I could see how some people could relate to Aladdin, I just don't see many people identifying with Prince Eric.

Granted, i'm sure many boys would have had crushes on Ariel and Princess Jasmin, but those characters had more depth and personality to them, Prince Eric was designed to be a two-dimensional (literally and metaphorically) Prince Charming. From the outset of the film The Little Mermaid, Ariel was already obsessed with the human world, and it certainly helps that Prince Eric was royalty, had many other royal female suitors which he had rejected, was gifted a larger than life-sized statue made in his likeness, possessed his own vessel, was rather good at sailing, and was drop dead gorgeous. Other than that, Prince Eric was little more than a female fantasy/ Mr. Perfect eye candy. Which is totally fine. I say, let the girls have their fun. Nom
Spoiler: side note
Although it was quite nice that a lead female saved a male love interest for a change, I found it a tad creepy that Ariel groped and stroked Prince Eric's face while he was unconscious after nearly drowning... Not Sure

So basically, one-dimensional and two-dimensional characters aren't necessarily "bad", but simply have a different function to more complex three-dimensional characters. Of course every person has different tastes in regards to what they find attractive, so a two-dimensional male love-interest can serve as an empty vessel in which the viewer can use their imagination (headcanon) to tailor that character more to their specific tastes (hence why so many women confess that they had childhood crushes on these male Disney characters). I think Flash Sentry and Prince Eric are kindred spirits in a lot of ways, and so it would be natural that male viewers may find him to be boring, but perhaps the (presumed straight) female audience enjoy his character more. Nerd
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Yes, just because I do episode reviews now, doesn’t mean this series is dead! And we’re coming back with a bang as I am answering the greatest challenge An Optimist’s Opinion has ever been dealt. A challenge laid down by one @DoctorSpectrum . And what is this challenge, you may ask?

Defend It Ain’t Easy Being Breezie





Now, unlike previous AOO instalments, I’ve actually gone back to the Episode Discussion thread and copied down a fair amount of the complaints listed (the disdain ranged from “meh” to “KILL THEM WITH FIRE! Cockatrice ”) so this will be the most well-studied piece yet.
Now, from the long list of complaints, these were some of the most prevalent/common;

1. Arguments that this should’ve been a Fluttershy-only episode (Not an issue from the thread, but one I think deserves discussion),
2. The Breezies needing the breeze to activate their magic pollen that helps the flowers bloom,
3. The designs, and how they rammed cuteness down our throats,
4. How the group wanted to stay at Fluttershy’s rather than return home,
5. Any complaints against Sea Breeze,
6. Fluttershy apparently being hypocritical telling off of the bees, and finally,
7. Twilight’s spell-ex machina

Well, I think I’m going to need the most inspirational music I can think of.
*Riku plays You've Got The Touch
Let’s do this! Swag

First off, the arguments that some people could make that this should’ve been a Fluttershy only episode, focussing on her learning about the Breezies during the events of Three’s A Crowd. While I will admit the idea is tempting, it wouldn’t really hold up as an episode and is better suited for fanfiction. I say this because, even though she got a lot of good character development in season 4 and she’s my favourite pony, Fluttershy still isn’t at a social state to hold an episode on her own, without any of her friends. Also, is there a single episode in all of Friendship is Magic that solely focusses on one member of the mane six without her friends? If so, I haven’t heard about it. This show is meant to show the benefits and advantages of friendship so having one character, and the shiest one at that, in an episode on her own just doesn’t make sense.

Now onto the BAU-inspired complaints! Next is the notion of the Breezies needing the breeze created by the ponies in order to activate their magic pollen, which in turn helps all the flowers of Equestria bloom. A bit suss, I’ll admit, but why this is a big deal in regards to the world they live in is a little confusing to me. After all, with the exceptions of untamed lands like the EverNerfed – sorry, Everfree Forest Trixie and the frozen north surrounding the Crystal Empire, pretty much all of nature is kept running by the ponies. Think about it; the weather, the seasons, hell even the day/night cycle is manually maintained. So, in Equestria, the Breezies are basically sentient, pony shaped butterflies, given their role in helping to maintain the ecosystem. And in regards to the breeze helping to generate their magic, I like to think the Breezies are subconsciously siphoning off the weather-managing magic of the pegasi to help them in their task in helping to maintain Equestria.

Next, the overly cute designs. Yes, DHX probably did try a little too hard to make the Breezies look cute, but let’s be brutally honest. Which would you rather; these Breezies, or the astoundingly lame designs of the G3 Breezies, which consisted of just shrinking a pony and slapping butterfly wings and antenna on? I know which I’d prefer. These newer designs are fitting given the delicate nature of the Breezies. The only confusing part about the designs is determining the gender, though a way of telling the genders apart is the eyes. If they’re more rounded, it’s a guy, while eyes that look pointed like Rarity’s are female. And I must for what seems like the billionth time bring up the obvious; the intended audience for this show is little girls. Now we can complain all we like about how overdosed the cuteness is, but a little girl would fawn over these things in a second. The cuteness overload is merely DHX pandering to the little girls MLP is aimed at, while other references like the opening section (a parody of the opening scene of Sonic Rainboom) and the Dr Who reference are aimed at us older fans.

Now to the point where the Breezies wanted to stay at Fluttershy’s rather than return home. I will concede that this gives the majority of the gathered Breezies the title of holders of the episode’s Idiot Ball, but let us for a moment imagine ourselves as Breezies Shh (I imagine a few of you would rather die than dare mentally picture that, but bear with me).
We have to venture out into a dangerous world in order to perform our role, a dangerous world where even a wayward leaf could knock you off course. Then we cross into the more deadly head-cannon territory, where we could also include natural predators and the disrespect given by Sea Breeze in telling them what to do. After a run-in with possible disaster, you’re suddenly entered into a warm, secure world with a pony willing to kindly look after you, despite reason saying she shouldn’t. If you were stuck living a life where you’re so delicate you’re in danger of being stranded via stray leaf and have an overbearing boss, then get the chance to stay at Fluttershy’s, wouldn’t you want to stay where it’s comfy and warm instead of risking life and limb?
Now I know the inevitable response will be “but what about their families?” and I don’t really have a good counter to that other than the episode needed a problem to make Fluttershy learn the excellent moral of the episode. My argument’s not perfect, but it’s the best I can do at present.

On to any complaints about Sea Breeze, the bossy, Smurf-looking Breezie who openly talked back to and swore in-front of Fluttershy. Cockatrice
*Riku sighs
*Riku pins Sea Breeze to the floor with magic
*Riku raises keyblade

No, remember why you’re here.
So yeah, Sea Breeze is shown to have a short temper and openly talk down to his kin and anyone who slows down their shared goal. This makes him seem like a prick (and at first he’s as effective as Hayden Ballentyne) and is probably a contributing reason for the rest of the group wanting to stay with Fluttershy. But like Starlight, he’s a sympathetic character. Hell, he’s way more sympathetic than Starlight ever was. The reason why he wants to get everyone back home is the portal to their world is soon to close, probably not to open again until the next spring, and if they failed to get back he would be separated from his apparent wife and child. This melts all the anger directed at him into sympathy, as any parent or partner could relate to that. Does it forgive his rude behaviour? Hell no, but it makes us understand his motives and him as a character.

Next is Fluttershy apparently yelling at the bees, then telling Sea Breeze that yelling at others isn’t a kind thing to do. I can understand why people would think this is hypocritical, but there’s a clear difference between Sea Breeze’s yelling and Fluttershy’s. When Sea Breeze yelled at his fellow Breezies, he was being aggressive, rude and looking down on his peers. Meanwhile, Fluttershy tried multiple alternatives (asking nicely and alternative dance) before telling them off in a firm way that demanded the bees’ attention. There was no malice in Fluttershy’s voice, yet she let the bees know who the one in charge in the discussion was. This is a call-back to Putting Your Hoof Down, though it seems to be better pulled off here.

And at last we come to the most complained-about fact; Twilight having just the spell to fix the problem and help save the day. The spell in question this time turns the mane six into Breezies themselves. This would also be a good point to include the complaint about six Breezies making all the difference catching the wind. Now Twilight knowing exactly what to do is very suss and easily the weakest part of the episode, as it leads to what seems blatant product placement for toys. I can relate to the disappointment, but this is a show dedicated to selling toys, after all. And this isn’t the first time she’s had just the right idea or spell either, with episodes like Magical Mystery Cure and Bats prime examples.
But I have a theory that could legitimise the spell this time; it’s one we’ve seen Twilight practising before. Think back to season 3 and Too Many Pinkies. What’s the first thing we see Twilight doing? Trying to turn an apple into an orange. A transfiguration spell. Who’s to say she only just perfected that same spell to the point where she could change a pony’s species? It is a bit head-cannonish, but again it’s the best I’ve got.
As for the mane six being the difference for the Breezies riding the wind, I’d like to use a parachute and sail as defence exhibits. The more surface area a parachute has, the more air it will catch and the more the speed of the skydiver would decrease. The same principle lets yachts and sailboats glide across the oceans, catching the breeze and allowing it to push it along. The more sail there is, the more wind you’ll catch. I know it’s going around the long way to say it, but it’s this same principle that helps defend the mane six being enough to help the Breezies ride the wind. Grouped together, the Breezies and the mane six use the collected area of their large wings to catch the wind and ride it back to the portal. I know it sounds like I’m babbling (and that’s probably the case), but once again it’s the best I’ve got on a brain that’s been up since 3 to attend the Dawn Service this morning. Pillow

So that’s my defence of the Breezies. Now, just because I’ve said all this, doesn’t mean it’s my favourite episode. Despite it being Fluttershy’s key episode, it wasn’t really memorable for me. But does that mean I hate it? Not really, as there are plenty of moments and episodes more deserving of my disapproval. *cough*whataboutdiscord*cough*
So there Doc. Challenge completed. I await your rebuttal. And for everyone else, please feel free to leave a comment on your thoughts on my points and offer any other ideas on things I can write about. Fluttershy
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Am I the only one who liked It Ain't Easy Being Breezies? Blush Really? Shy Really? Fluttershy Woah

Time to get my nerd on and defend this episode. Happy

Tomorrow, after research. Pillow
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Cut and paste from Riku:
1. Arguments that this should’ve been a Fluttershy-only episode (Not an issue from the thread, but one I think deserves discussion),
2. The Breezies needing the breeze to activate their magic pollen that helps the flowers bloom,
3. The designs, and how they rammed cuteness down our throats,
4. How the group wanted to stay at Fluttershy’s rather than return home,
5. Any complaints against Sea Breeze,
6. Fluttershy apparently being hypocritical telling off of the bees, and finally,
7. Twilight’s spell-ex machina

1. I think a better way to word it is it should feature Flutters and one other pony. We've never seen a pony on his/her own for long. Not unless they were going crazy. I'd say Fluttershy and Rainbow because they're friends the longest and Dashie provides the breeze for the breezies, but that's because I'm biased. It'd work with Fluttershy teamed up with almost any other Mane Six. Except maybe Pinkie Pie. Episodes with only 2 characters or token appearance of the rest tend to be memorable because they allow for far more character and plot development than usual.

2. Riku is right. Everything we've seen in the show and read about in the Journal of the Two Sisters describes the ponies as stewards of their world: they are responsible for day/night, weather and seasons. They literally move the sun and moon, make snow for winter and melt the snow again once winter is no longer needed. Heck, Fluttershy seems to find the thought of creatures in the Everfree looking after themselves to be mildly horrifying. The transcript also heavily implies that the breezies have a similar role.

Why would they need the breeze to activate their magic? Well.... the only thing I can think of is the breezies are so dependent on the wind that they need it for transport and perhaps as a source of magic... and now I realize that I'm going along the same train of thought as Riku.

3. Three words: pastel coloured ponies. Everything is cutesy and the only difference is degrees of heart attack inducing cuteness.

If you want dark and gritty then go watch Batman, or read Fallout Equestria.

4. I'm a breezy. I'm a breezy. I'm a breezy.

Yes, I think I'd rather live with a comparatively giant buttery horse than risk life and wing where simply flying somewhere is hazardous to life and wing. Especially since she seems to be a pushover for food and comfort.

What about their families? Well, Seabreeze seemed to be the only one in a hurry to get home, which suggests to me that the rest were a group of single breezies that Seabreeze was in charge of.

5. Maybe Seabreeze is looking after the breezy equivalent of lazy teenagers raised on a diet of easy Coca Cola and KFC. I know if I were in his place I'd quickly run out of patience and resort to anger. Especially since we are racing against the clock, getting back home is at stake and the rest of the breezies are obviously freeloading and taking advantage of Flutters. Yes, this is headcannon, but there's not much to go on. Not when we only have ONE breezy talking. But they do remind me very much so of some lazy teenagers I know.

6. I got nothing new. Riku covered it. I might be able to word it better, but it's getting late and so I'm only going to nod and agree.

7. Twilight. She's the element of magic. She's undoubtedly spent much of her time reading everything she can about magic. She probably has learned scores of spells. She can probably pull a spell out of her flank for every situation but would rather learn by using magic as a second or third resort. (Ahem! Lesson learned from MMC?)

Overall I think it was a fun episode. One part slice of life one part adventure. The design of the breezies is pleasing to the eye. The pacing seemed right for 22 minutes. I laughed really hard at Fluttershy's bee costume. Plus there's certainly opportunity to revisit the breezies in a future episode.
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So for my next piece, it’s come down to a toss of the coin. Here we go.
*Riku tosses coin, lands tails
Hearthbreakers it is!

Now despite the general reception for this, the second of our three Christmas-themed episodes, being relative approval, there are those that dislike it for various reasons. And that surprises me a little. What Oh well.

The points I’ve found against this episode are;
  • Twilight gifting Spike another book,
  • Very little characterisation for the rest of the Pie family, and
  • Applejack ruining the holiday
If I missed any I’ll add them in retrospectively, but for now let’s do this! Hand

So we start with the very minor gripe of Twilight gifting Spike another book, despite the explanation from Secret of my Excess that Spike always gets a book from her. I chalk this up to one of two things. Either;
  • She forgot and rushing for a present fell back on old habits, or
  • She has given him other presents during his most recent birthday.
I say the latter because everyone seems to be in agreement that at least a year has passed in the show’s canon (hell, possibly two considering we’ve now had three Hearthswarming episodes). This means there’s a strong possibility that, off screen, Spike had another birthday. Hungry Maybe Twilight got him something other than a book, then thought maybe he’d forgotten all the years in Canterlot and got him another book for Heartswarming. Coffee

Next are complaints about the Pie family not getting enough characterisation. Yes, I agree it would be cool to learn more about this family, that’s not the focus of the episode. While what characterisation we do get is limited, it’s enough of a start to introduce us to these characters and help ease them into the episode. Besides, if there’s enough of an outcry from fans then we might get to see them again. After all, look how Maud’s become a recurring character after all the love she got.

And on to the real big complaint about this episode; Applejack forcing her traditions onto the Pie family and ruining the holiday. Now Applejack was in the wrong trying to force her family traditions onto the Pies, but there are definitely a few reasons why this is logical and not entirely deserving of disdain. First is that her being stubborn is part of what makes AJ a believable, three-dimensional character that’s relatable. She wouldn’t be the AJ we all love if she wasn’t overly stubborn every now and then, as Applejacks “Day” Off has shown. While focussing on her I should restate what I said in my previous piece defending Applejack, she was quick to make amends once she realised she stuffed up.
But as for why she made the stupid mistake in the first place, it’s because she genuinely thought it would make the Pies Hearthswarming better. Applejack has come from an environment where Hearthswarming means decorations, huge feasts and lots of presents. It had to have been a massive culture shock to go from the typical middle class Christmas-style holiday to one like the Pies, where that they really have is their home, traditions and each other. For the Pies, the materialism of the holiday means shit, but AJ took this as to meaning they were unable to enjoy her standard of Hearthswarming, rather than choose not to partake in it. Her heart was in the right place despite it being a stupid idea to just up and force her traditions on them.

So hopefully that clarifies the issue some have with that episode. Pretty short one today but, Pinkie Pie Shrug what can you do? Anywho, I’m letting you guys decide what’s next for AOO. Shall I focus on complaints about Luna in Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep, or do you guys have a better alternative in mind?
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