The time for the finale is once again upon us. I’ve always enjoyed the adventure aspect of the show far more than the slice of life side of things, so I was eagerly looking forward to things. Sadly, /mlp/ had to go and spoil who the villain was. I’ve always been yearning for the Smooze to make their triumphant (and unstoppable) return and the reintroduction of Gen 1 villains takes us one step closer to that dream.
I actually watched Tirek’s Gen 1 special a while back in my attempt to watch something from each generation (yes, I even saw some Gen 3.5) so I actually had some knowledge about him. While it’s good they didn’t copy/paste the plot, I was still a little bummed the Rainbow of Darkness didn’t make an appearance.
From a plot perspective, Discord’s betrayal was probably the weakest element. Maybe it’s been due to the fanfics that hyped him up as some Machiavellian villain, but Discord’s really stupid. I was fully anticipating his teaming up with Tirek to be a master ruse--it just didn’t make much sense. To see he was being completely sincere and could flip flop after a minute long conversation with someone who obviously isn’t worth trusting even as far as throwing, even going as far as including the standard “join me and together we can rule the empire” shtick. Perhaps Tirek really was right, and Discrod is just as weak minded as his brother.
I was happy Twilight’s uselessness as a princess was actually a major plot element. Could it be that her lack of doing anything all season long was actually planned, or was it just a happy coincidence that was exploited? Regardless, it was used and that at least somewhat makes up for the frustration all season long. I just hope they don’t consider it “done” and carry on with the status quo like nothing happened.
Maybe it’s due to me grinding through One Piece and its shitty flashback filler, but those flashbacks sucked. They didn’t add anything whatsoever to the plot and just seemed like useless filler to pad things out at the end of the first episode. Replacing them with something worthwhile--like, say, a flashback to Tirek breaking out of Tartarus or something--would have been a much better use of the time.
The fight scenes were really good, as was the animation (dat stain glass melting), but the biggest flaw would have to be a structural one--these kinds of plots just don’t work well crammed into two episodes. We’ve had Tirek running around for two seasons, and yet there was nothing until everything has to get shoved into the finale. If Hasbro would just let the writers flex their muscles and make multi-episode story arcs (actual story arcs, not the “foreshadowing in the last fifteen seconds of an episode” kind of stuff) that can actually flesh things out and build up the hype, it would do wonders to this show.
I kept on thinking Tirek’s “powered” form was voiced by the guy who played General Martok in DS9. It had that some “gravelly” tone to it.
I just want you guys’ opinion on the matter. Am I the only one who thinks it’s a bit much? Am I the only one who wishes people would stop with the mocking of fans who dislike Twilicorn?
The “I’m leaving the fandom!” reactions happen all the time--especially on /mlp/. There was a 150+ post thread complaining about how Faust’s “vision” was now lost because the Treebrary (my new favorite nickname) was destroyed, symbolizing the destruction of the show. Including the standard “I’m leaving the fandom forever!” comments. Then, there was a 100+ post thread complaining about the complaining about the Treebrary being destroyed.
It’s usually an ego thing. The people who make it a big spectacle, posting multi-paragraph posts or blog entries, are usually the ones with the biggest ego. They simply have to announce to all why they’re leaving. This sort of thing happens all the time on Fimfiction. Someone gets butthurt over something (Knighty’s “tyranny,” Meeester being a dick, etc), they post this big blog post about how they’ve deleted all their stories and are leaving forever because of how “cynical/aggressive/mean” the fandom’s begun. Three weeks later everything’s back to normal, they were banned for a day for reposting their stories, and the drama train carries on its merry way.
TL;DR: people don’t commit. They say they’re getting off the ride, stay buckled in, and everyone laughs at the stupid drama they kicked up. It then becomes a stereotype.
1) There’s a big difference here: Twilight’s now a princess. We see that her concerns are simply that she isn’t really been given anything to do. She still has her friends, but her role as a princess is seemingly useless. Previously, she had a problem socializing, now her problem is feeling her job is pointless.
Tirek presented a unique threat. Twilight and the princessses attempted to resolve that threat by using power and force. As we’ve seen many times previously, the “world” of mlp works very differently. Friendship is a very powerful force--so powerful that it can no sell a Gen 1 villain. Twilight and the princesses were so focused on dealing with the threat, they neglected the universe’s most powerful weapon, which is actually very realistic. What’s the first thing most people do when there’s a problem? They try and fix it themselves. Only later do they seek others’ support.
Twilight very clearly had very little of anything. She wasn’t all that powerful, her “politcal power” consisted of serving as arbitrator of a flea market and waving at a diplomat. If you were given the position of CEO of a large company, but never really did anything of importance in that position, wouldn’t you feel similar to Twilight?
3) Your headcanon’s showing. Not a single time in the show has magic ever been shown as being “mysterious” or “ritual practices.” The magic of the show appears to follow the “think of it and it happens” approach with regards to unicorns. You think of the spell and then it happens. I don’t know where the divine thing comes from. The princesses have never been shown to be anything more than more powerful ponies. The fact that they aren’t divine only goes to reinforce the show--they all have special talents just like everypony else does.
4) Harmony, or you could even say the “seed of harmony.” Tirek was fucking shit up, and the Tree of Harmony knwe that issue had to be addressed. Yeah, the super saiyan powers were gaudy as hell and it would have been cooler if /mlp/‘s Prophecy really had been true (the Everfree Castle becomes Twilight’s home) but I’ll take a DBZ fight over magical tea parties any day of the week.
You’re forgetting the title. Friendship = magic. In mlp, friendship is the most powerful form of magic around, and Twilight and her friends have oodles of it. Enough to defeat Tirek. The Tree of Harmony apparently has a friendship fetish.
Now, the wait begins…