In order to sell the upcoming wedding playset, Hasbro wants Studio B to make a wedding episode.
This is probably the case, yeah. Unfortunately there’s not much to say about it, this show was made for marketing (even if it ended up being so much more than a 22 minute commercial). But hey, we’ve seen the team turn out great episodes from shaky-sounding concepts before, so why don’t we give ’em the benefit of the doubt for now, eh?
I don’t like the fact that Cadence is an alicorn either
Well, we don’t know for sure if she is. She wasn’t one in the early stages of development:
The synopsis mentions a “wedding shocker”, which could be Cadence not being an actual alicorn (either her wings or horn are fake, or she’s not a combination of all three races like true alicorns, but rather a rare half-breed of unicorn and pegasus [the fact that she’s lacking in size (at least based on the images we’ve seen of her so far) is supportive of this theory, assuming greater physical size is an indication of earth-pony heritage]).
As for why we’ve heard nothing of her in the past, there’s two possible outcomes:
She’s a foreigner from a neighbouring kingdom (Equestria isn’t the whole planet, after all) and thus not well known to the general Equestrian citizenry…
…Or she HASN’T been heard of before (in-universe, that is) and the ponies are suspicious of her because of that.
Oh, and to anyone panicking about the whole shebang, take a gander at this:
Oh, and while I’m at it, I wanna address this one pet peeve of mine, since Algernon brought it up:
It could also be that any unicorn that achieves a certain level of magical aptitude becomes one.
Why only unicorns? Since alicorns are a combination of all three pony species it should be possible to transform any given pony into an alicorn. Now, I know alicorns being all three races is a fanon idea (although I have a vague memory of someone involved with the show saying the theory is correct, but that could be my brain playing tricks on me) but I think it’s a more plausible theory than alicorns being just a combination of two. I mean, the princesses would be a rather lopsided representation of their people if that were the case, no?
Also, if you want to get really technical about the name, “alicorn” kind of sounds like ALL-ICORN, which implies the inclusion of all three. But that’s kind of pointless, since alicorn is a fanon term anyhow (it hasn’t been used in the show) and if you REALLY want to get technical, “alicorn” refers to the material unicorn horns are made out of.