@The Cute Master
Jumping back just a bit to cover a quick misconception I saw:
It’s pretty unlikely that Equestria Girls was the reason for a short Season 3.
In fact, the ordering was most likely exactly reversed.
Season three was scheduled to be 13 episodes first and the EQG thing was added on afterward.
This was discussed for a little bit back before and during the season, but I’ll recap for anyone who wasn’t there or may not remember.
The crux of it comes down to syndication, which is basically the way a lot of shows make their real money.
After their first airing, a production studio can essentially ‘sell’ the show to other networks and channels to make extra money.
This usually happens with smaller/local channels that don’t have the cash to create their own but still want to attract viewers.
That’s how syndication works and it can be very profitable as a show can just continue to be sold for as long as channels are willing to buy it.
(As an example, I’ve heard that Seinfeld has made its creators far more money through its decades of syndication than it ever made during its original run.)
Anyway, the TV industry essentially has a few ‘rules’ in regards to syndication and one of them is an agreement that syndicated children’s shows should have at least… wait for it… 65 episodes!
(This is based off of one episode per weekday for 13 weeks, i.e. three months. It allows the purchaser to keep a standard schedule with a maximum of four repeats in a single year.)
Obviously, having more episodes only makes a show more attractive a purchase, but 65 is the general agreed-upon minimum.
The way season three just happened to end on the show’s 65th episode, and contained an event that could have easily functioned as a series-ender, combined with the knowledge of how children’s shows are marketed to other channels (And yes, MLP has already been syndicated) makes me very confident in believing that the show was originally signed on for 65 episodes in this ‘two-and-a-half season’ structure all the way back in 2010.
Remember, the Hub was a brand new production company and they had no idea it was going to catch on like it did so it would make sense for them to just go with the bare minimum to start.
Equestria Girls grew out of Hasbro wanting to grab at another market and the realization that MLP was actually becoming much more successful than they really expected.
Bad decision or not, I find it highly unlikely that it had anything to do with the truncated season that we got.
It deserves plenty of criticism on its own, but it was not the cause of this specific issue so it shouldn’t be blamed for it.
The authorizations for seasons four and five are the real measures of the success of the TV show as they are the elements that are truly above and beyond.
I’m actually pretty curious about this…
The first one was pretty ‘meh’ for me.
Seeing the characters in a new setting was reasonably fun and a lot of the personalities and jokes had good feel to them, but the story was pretty weak and
Brad Flash was completely uninteresting.
I did have to admit though, that it felt like there was potential in the concept, it was just not well executed.
If we believe that the first one was a bit of a cash grab and may not have gotten the attention it needed to actually be good, perhaps going back a second time will help.
Some of the issues could be ironed out and improved upon to the point that it may turn out much better this time around.
Of course it could always be terrible, but I’m willing to give the benefit of the doubt for now.
(Vinyl’s car sounds frickin’ hilarious! I almost consider it all worth it just to see that thing!)
I would absolutely prefer if they decided to give us an actual MLP movie, though.
You know, with the ‘P.’
‘P’ for ‘Pony.’
I WANT A PONY MOVIE!
@The Return of Derpy
I love our little mute buddy, but this really made me laugh with just how perfectly it works:
Did everyone else miss their first open alpha/beta thing a few months back?
I could have sworn I posted about it back then because I gave it a try…
Anyway, it’s cool to see that these guys are still going, but it sounds like a lot of the same problems are still lingering for now.
Primarily the lack of anything to really do.
The first demo had only Ponyville, only one or two buildings you could enter, no combat, and… that’s about it.
You could design a character, walk around, chat with other people..
It was mostly just a virtual meeting place at that stage.
I like that they are continuing to expand on their game, but if they are going to be letting people in to test it, even if it is only intended as a server load-test, they need to start implementing more actual play systems.
If you bore people early on with the demos you put out, they are going to be much less likely to bother going back later for the full thing.
Wish them luck as this is a very ambitious project, but the still have a lot of work ahead of them.
By the way, the creator of Ask Backy found out that he could create his girl… and that he could run multiple instances of LoE at once…
New episode in just a couple hours!
I’ve only seen a couple screenshot from the clips released so far, but I have one question:
I think Discord may be rubbing off on you.