I know one user is still trying to avoid spoilers in Whitishcollar, but I sent him a PM telling him that we’ve basically been dropping the spoilers. I hope he reads it before he gets back. I feel bad if he decides to not read the thread for likely 2 and a half weeks, because we’re lazy…
Via Crimson Locks:
From my own speculation, I think some people have so much faith because M.A. Larson because he wrote Return of Harmony and A Canterlot Wedding. Sure, not 10 seasons of gold, but also remember that when the season 2 finale was rolling around there were a lot of people causing shitstorms because there was going to be a new mary sue pink alicorn that uses the power of love and was gonna marry Twilight’s brother whom we had never heard of before then. And then the finale happened, and Canterlot Wedding became one of if not the most beloved episode(s) of MLP.
Return of Harmony was amazing, and some of his other episodes (including It’s About Time) have been favorites of mine. But:
I didn’t love the Season 2 finale. It’s a satisfying ending, especially with Love is in Bloom playing. But the resolution made it satifsying. Up to that, I didn’t really love it. I don’t like it when episodes are a huge production. I knew we’d never see Cadance on a regular basis. She could have been a Mary Sue…(Speaking of, please consider Googling for simple answers such as these in the future.)…and I wouldn’t have cared, because I knew I wasn’t going to see Cadance much in the show afterwards. And we haven’t. Same goes for Shining Armor.
However, Twilight will always be the focal point of the show, even when she’s not present in an episode.
As for the optimistic mindset/panicked mindset, I’m not disagreeing that panic is the best emotion here, but it’s hard to tell a person to calm down when they’re emotionally upset.
I am neither. I have things to do outside of pony here on KYM, with my friends and family, and stuff I want to try before I get too wrapped up in a career. The show can stop, and I’ll probably move on to other shows like anime I’ve wanted to watch, Gravity Falls again, movies I haven’t seen, games I haven’t played, things like that.
I’m not optimistic. I’d love to see how Twilight stays with her friends in Ponyville while being royalty (unless it’s truly just some honorific which Meghan McCarthy seemed to emphasize in the EW article). I’m not panicked, because the state of the show doesn’t threaten me personally.
I’m skeptical. If things work out great, then awesome. In a way, I actually expect things to (in my eyes) miraculously work out, not because of the writers’ brief track record, but because they’re so confident. They’re still talking and making jokes.
But If things don’t work out, then I’m not surprised. It’s an OP’d unicorn that gets to become an alicorn princess because she’s “really good and is liked a lot.”
The fandom was a really nice source of support and “good feels” when I first came along, but it really serves as a source of cute fanart for me now more than anything else. The people that I’ve met in the fandom have become friends outside of the brony fandom, so I can get by without.
But yes, for various reasons, the fandom will likely stand for a while after this. Now I think comparisons to other large fandoms like the Sonic fandom or Trekkies aren’t necessarily suitable, because Sonic’s been around forever. The span of time between Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic 3D Blast/Flickies’ Island was five years (1991-1996), and new content (with new characters which are also used in Sonic fandom fan content) has still been accepted. Star Trek has also been around forever.
Just don’t take away my Princess Peach and Princess Zelda fanart.
I’ve also noted (I might have said before) that those who are staying calm seem to be making an active attempt to stay calm. On one. underrepresented side, panic seems to have taken hold. I can’t be made to care as much, but I’m certainly skeptical.
On the other side which makes up most bronies, people are still using the words “hope,” “faith,” and “try…stay(ing) calm.” That seems to indicate some doubt, even if you’re expecting good things. Don’t acknowledge the panic, but acknowledge that this doesn’t seem to be setting the table for a Season 4 we’ll know as we’ve known the previous series. It can’t be for much better. Seasons 2 and 3 were amazing. It could be different and still good, or it could be worse.
If it lasts through the end of the episode and into Season 4, we will almost surely see episodes centered around her trying to get a handle on her new responsibilities and/or abilities
Oh, I don’t really mind a Twilight Princess (LAWLZ TO THA MAX) who’s awkward and is getting used to the fact that she’s an alicorn or the responsibilities they have. I do mind her doing these things without the rest of the Mane Six.
I could see how Pinkie might appear in an episode or three to provide comic relief or AJ comes by occasionally to serve as a Smart Cookie to Twilight in a pinch. I don’t see how the Mane Six dynamics of dyadic and triad interactions stay the same though.
Again, the show focuses on Twilight Sparkle, but Twilight Sparkle makes up only part of the appeal of the show for bronies. It’s going to be interesting to see how the writers continue to incorporate the rest of the Mane Six without relocating them (or leaving Twilight where she is.)
but, seriously why is everyone freaking out. i for one am exicited to see what happens when this airs, sooo in short. don’t hate ‘till you’ve watched it
Same ol’ message. Again, I’ve heard that. I see the need for it for those who are really invested functionally in the series (I am very emotionally tied to the characters, but the show or fandom serve no function for me psychologically anymore.) I see why many bronies might need reassurance, I’m not interested in being comforted right now.
I think the panic is interesting, but I get no enjoyment from it. Even if it’s for weak reasons or somewhat unfortunate reasons, I get little joy from watching people break down over something they really enjoy. I’m just not that kind of person when I’m being serious with myself.
Twilight is dead to me…IDGAF
Yeah, I may go for that myself. However, I’m not so attached to fan content, and I still love the show. I’ll be disappointed in the show’s future if the writers somehow can’t pull this off perfectly. Not in the writers. I know they do all they can.
I said before that Twilight may remain the same in terms of personality, but it’ll take a while for me to associate all of the feelings I have with her in fanart to her new form. (I am making a close -to-baseless assumption that she will remain an alicorn for some time if not the remainder of the show, but that’s what I find fun about speculation.)
I owe you a PM.
Anyway, there’s as much drama as we want there to be. I lean more towards Popper and chowz than anyone else, but my attitude and level of panic is the same as most people here. No drama. Just discussion. Everything doesn’t have to be super serious discussion, but sometimes, super serious discussion and speculation is fun.
So far, it’s just been “Chill, everything’s going to be alright.” That’s hardly discussion. That’s reassuring comfort. I don’t need that, to be honest.
As for true fans, just like who’s a brony and who’s not, I don’t feel confident enough to label anyone a true fan or not. If you say you’re a fan, then I’ll assume you’re a fan. There’s also the assumption that one has to like the fandom or fan material to be a fan of the show. I don’t think that’s accurate or fair.
And I’m going with Rarity for Favorite Pone.
I blame Advance and Joe, personally.