Pretending To Be Entertained wrote:
Just got done watching the new episode and boy am I impressed! I was primarily assuming that the return of Trixie was just going to signal a tip-of-the-hat episode to bronies and would be a letdown from a random throw-together of fanservice.
The best part had to be the second duel where the solution reminded me of the Sisterhooves Special.
There’s only one thing that sort of bugs me, however: THERE’S NO MORE LESSONS ABOUT FRIENDSHIP!!!1!!1!
9/10, and I still refuse to leave I-Want-More-Rarity Island. >:(
Actually, as much as I loved the friendship reports as a plot device (shut up…), I really do like how the writers have begun to downplay them, starting with Celestia’s speech at the end of Lesson Zero.
I’m always in favor of giving writers more freedom to tell the stories that they want, the way they want, and removing that mandatory element from the requirements goes a long way toward that.
(This is the exact same reason that I approve of not forcing Twilight to bi in every single episode like she was in season one.)
There doesn’t need to be an obvious message behind every single story and even in the stories that do have lessons (which will still be most of them), they often don’t need to be explicitly spelled out for the audience.
Even young children will implicitly understand the morals being displayed without needing the ‘Dear Princess Celestia’ part to tell them exactly what they are supposed to be learning.
Obviously, I’m sure the friendship reports will still see plenty of use, they just won’t be an automatic addition to every scenario.
Have some humanized milkshake cuteness!
From the ever awesome GlancoJusticar!
(Description from the source: “Better die from diabeetus than from a meteor or volcano explosion.” Very true, good sir.)