Well, I didn’t say all that.
I feel like this season on average ranks just as highly as Seasons 1 and 2. Keep Calm and Flutter On, Sleepless in Ponyville, and Wonderbolt Academy are probably in the bottom quarter of the episodes in terms of my personal enjoyment, but some episodes in this Season are in the top quarter (i.e., Too Many Pinkie Pies, Spike at Your Service, Magic Duel).
Speaking of the most recent episode, I can’t quite peg it, but I’m not really sure what of interest happened. Discord was released to “help,” Fluttershy was nice to him, and he decided to not to haul off and Discord everyone and everything. I didn’t find the plot all that interesting, The visual gags were good, but I like Dave Polsky for how he writes the interaction of the Mane 6 outside of the plot (see Over a Barrel, Too Many Pinkie Pies, and Spike at Your Service) and not the visual gags. Here, a lot of the interaction was focused/had to be focused on Discord, the on-screen interactions were mostly between Fluttershy and Discord, and the Mane 6 was reduced to “skeptical of Discord.” I didn’t see much variation in their opinions or even how they approached him. Dash probably varied the most, but on the whole, they were just skeptical. Not fearful, not amused regardless of chaos (i.e., I expected Pinkie to act more like pre-Discord’d Pinkie. At best, she was intrigued by the gravy boat dog, but she immediately went back to being skeptical upon hearing about the flooded Sweet Apple Acres…instead of swimming in it.), just slightly different clones of each other. Yes, yes, they were all Discord’d and remembered the experience, but the five outside Fluttershy were exactly the same as each other.
And then Fluttershy wasn’t really Fluttershy. I did read that this episode focused on her kindness, but that has been done before (A Bird in the Hoof, not saying that it can be emphasized again.) Just as much as she is nice, Fluttershy is shy. Quiet. Even at her most assertive, she’s awkward with it (except when played for humor.) Rarity is generous, but she’s also very clean, very fashionable, prim, proper…AJ is honest, but she’s also hard-working, helpful, dependable, level-headed…the Mane Six didn’t seem to differ so much in this episode. And the interaction between Fluttershy and Discord wasn’t that interesting for me. That’s why I didn’t like it.
I hesitate to call it a polarizing season though or a season with bad episodes. Even though I didn’t enjoy Wonderbolts Academy, I don’t think it was a bad episode. Same for Sleepless in Ponyville. And based off of animation, the interactions, and the continuity that has been portrayed, I’d say the show is getting even better.
I hardly think the series is going downhill.
However, hypothetically, I don’t see how Twilight isn’t being prepared for something big. Luna and Celestia were both talking about it in the premiere, How she randonly ends up being an alicorn, I don’t know. And I’m not panicking just yet.
Plenty of us did Verbose, don’t ignore those posts now. I find it insulting that you point me out while in the exact same post as that quote I made a rebuttal.
I’m not arguing that Popperfett has an opinion that people have. I don’t think anyone else is concerned about the series. What I’m saying is that you (and others) were needlessly rude about it. There’s no need to call someone’s ideas stupid, even if they are.
And I did point you out, but not to be personal or to insult you. It was an example, and you did provide one. I will call out any user above me or below me if I think they’re being rude. I don’t want people to start to get pushed around and have to think a certain way. I felt that Popper was being forced to that.
There are some issues that just go on and on. At some point, it makes sense to try to end that topic to keep things moving along. But this topic hadn’t gotten to that point yet. I’m sorry if you feel offended. You know I hold you in high regard for being an all-around moderator in the forum, the entries, and the IRC. But I felt that your posts and a couple of others weren’t respectful of Popper, considering that Popper just had an unpopular, panicked opinion.
No, it was not necessary, but it certainly is handy to have him around. We know from Season 2 what Discord is capable off. His powers hold a lot of great ideas for episodes. Keeping him in stone would put that all to waste, now they can put those ideas to use.
I think you might have made a more convincing argument that the series is “jumping the shark.”
I don’t think writers should feel the need to bring back a character to have more episode ideas. If that was a main reason why they brought Discord back, then that indicates some need to come up with new material. Bringing back a (as close as you can get to) dead character in order to have more episode ideas sounds like a step towards running out of ideas (very bad, It’s bound to happen sooner or later, but bringing back dead characters to continue to have episode ideas probably means the show should end before it turns into DragonBall GT.)
If I had to take a guess, Discord is probably going to serve some purpose in the future (I see it as unnecessary until we learn that Discord’s unique powers for…chaos…is greater or more useful than
three two alicorns and freaking Twilight Sparkle.) If he doesn’t, then it’s just a fan service (not necessarily good or bad…just not necessary, especially since they didn’t seem to have the time to pull it off.)
I don’t think they did it to have more ideas for episodes.
Sure, they could go with other ideas (you’re mentioning a non-existing conflict btw, that’s not a strong argument). But those are scenarios that were already within doable marges while staying canon. As you said yourself, you can take Candence and co. out and nobody will care, but Discord has become part of the show.
- There will be some sort of conflict. Whether it’s another villain or its Twilight’s ongoing test to become something, there will be another major conflict. The Season 3 premiere confirmed that.
- And yes, staying within canon. Those are unexplored interactions and developments between the princesses and the Mane 6. Heck, we don’t even know too much about the relationship between Twilight and Celestia or Luna and Celestia. There’s no need to bring a dead villain back to life, let alone reform him in the span of one episode.
- I think I said that Discord had become a part of FiM lore. “Discord is a part of FiM lore.” Not to mince words, but I mean that it’s part of the ongoing history of Twilight Sparkle and the rest of the bearers of the Elements of Harmony. It seems odd to bring back an epic villain just because he’s fun and because he gives you more ideas for episodes.
This part just bothered me. Weaker fandom? Plenty of points disagree with that. Do I have to redirect you to those Derpy discussions we had with MisterDude? This is of course up for discussion, but I’m pretty certain of my points.
But it did leave a tone: Whether there will be a Twilicorn or not, whether yesterday or tomorrow, your answer will not change. To you the fandom is already dying inside for a long time, and no rebuttal will change that.
But I am not suprised. You joined here when you were starting some group to save Derpy (what happened to that btw?), while nearly all posters here back then already disagreed with your group’s view. Our opinions already clashed the moment you first posted here.
That’s personal. It’s not even necessary, RandomMan.