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    Even though G4 has ended, I will continue to be apart of this wonderful fandom!
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    Not sure if this is where I should post this, but anyway, Mlp has meant something to everyone, and now that the show is over, I wanna hear your stories. So what has MLP meant to you? I joined the fandom around summer of 2011, I was in my early 20s, a couple of years out of high school and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I realize now what I was meant to do with my life. I love to draw, I love animation, if it wasn't for Mlp I wouldn't have figured out that I love animation as much as I do, I've always loved animation and creating things for people, telling stories, ect. If it wasn't for Mlp I wouldn't have known that I wanna be an animator and a story teller. I have three little godkids, so I wanna be able to tell stories and create fantastic worlds for them to play in and create their own stories. Mlp made me realize what I want to do with my life. It's been with me through most of my twenties so thank you MLP for helping me realize what I want to do with my life. You changed me for the better
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    The cartoon never thought about those details (both). It always went with the rule of cool and the easiest solution to a problem posed by writing yourself into a corner. It really hurt itself along the way. Maybe they also have an arbitrary, lazy and unnecessary mission select map. And this is exactly what I mean with my first paragraph. The cartoon never stopped to think what is it that Celestia really did, and when the cartoon tried to give Celestia something, one would think that the cartoon was written by an alien with no concept of how living works. One would imagine that Celestia was chained to her throne and fed bread and water for a thousand years and i the end still did nothing more than petty social crap. It boggles the mind how bad she was written. Even if the intention was that she is a pathetically weak wimp, there is no excuse that they never properly showed her the ruler of her nation. And then you compare her to Luna, it's even worse, and that is taking into consideration that Luna has her own problems in that front. I remember watching the cartoon back then and rolling my eyes. "Gee... I wonder if they'll fight." Next I was wondering why is it that these two morons are going on a vacation together if they want to do different things and can't stand being near one another. The cartoon never managed to tell this story correctly. Mostly because all of it is the cartoon trying to cover it's tracks in its lack of imagination. All of this because they needed to figure out something for the unicorns to do in Hearth Warming's Eve and after that the whole franchise never recovered from that. It's a small part of their power, but the cartoon has no idea how powerful they are. This is the cartoon, again, going by the rule of lazy. It's the alternative to the rule of cool when you find yourself in a metaphorical corner in the story you can't seem to figure out yourself and still try to tell it. Fanfic writers have been known to to better than this. Except when they are. Honestly, by their age alone, they should the most powerful things in that world. The cartoon completely ignores experience, wisdom, accumulated knowledge. Thematically, they should be powerful: they control things that in the real world are as out of our control as it could be, and even within the cartoon the sun and the moon are not easily controllable, and that is to the creatures that can magic seasons into existence. MLP is the only failure of storytelling I've ever seem that unintentionally made the regent over the sun so pathetic and mundane. The cartoon never had any clue how to write nobility, rulers. They are celebrities, and that is it. I've been wondering why is it that the cartoon made Celestia the ruler when she didn't need to be to do her job. She could be just some normal schmuck that has this duty of raising the sun. Most of the problems with her would evaporate into nothing. Then, the answer is, of course, that the cartoon started with Celestia being something and then changed her to another because if Celestia was a great and respectable leader, with a comforting presence, then they would have to raise Twilight to her level. It was just easier to make Celestia into an idiotic goofball, that 'twilights' too and has no real obligations as a ruler. And the worst part of it it that when the same people that go on with the argument that Celestia and Luna don't have to be powerful or that the cartoon isn't about then, or the target audience argument read this and think that I wanted the cartoon to be House of Cards with ponies. Fuck. I think the idea here is that Celestia would do that sort of thing regularly. The only thing I think worked in this episode is that they wanted to do things that are different from their day to day. Luna wanted peace because sh'e's seem her share of adventures in the dreams she visits. It doesn't add anything to the character. It's not funny, and it is just a stupid quirk that goes nowhere. Like her wanting to act. I can't help comparing Celestia to the old kings from the real world, such as Alexander or someone like Charles XII of Sweden. It can't imagine this idiot the cartoon has produced leading an army, or sitting on her throne and contemplating the solution to some problem she's been presented with, and in which her decision could influence the lives of millions. Thank the gods fanfiction exists. I liked it. The problem with this episode is not within it. Like most things the cartoon tries to do with Celestia (you know my thoughts about Luna being good enough), the problem lies in the general way the cartoon treats her. The episode is cute and funny by itself, and when it's put in context against the rest of the series that things fall apart. That is my opinion, at least. This is the writer smiling coyly at you and pointing a petulant finger to give you a lesson about how Celestia and Luna are good at their job because they are able to delegate functions. You see, in her head, it made all the sense in the world because the reason the sisters aren't helping all the time is because they delegated those functions to the mane six. It's her way of of going tut tut at us, I mean, the mane six, and pretending that she's solving the problem of the sister's absence by avoiding the problem at all. It's like driving a car, but going downtown is too hard, and so one would drive to the suburban area and claim that the problem is that the store is in the wrong place. Maybe we should have had an episode that followed Celestia and Luna around in their daily routine instead of this convoluted mess. Mindblowing, isn't it? It was mean-spirited. It was a sting at the fans that have been asking to see the sisters doing something. It was the sort of thing that if a fan had done, the entire fandom would condemn. It speaks volumes of character. It's the sort of thing that makes me glad the cartoon is finally done and over. I think that part of the problem is that the cartoon went out of the way to show that Celestia and Luna are so different, but in the end that went nowhere. Cadance, as much as I like her, simply didn't need to exist. Picture Celestia in her throne and imagine that she has an open door policy to all solicitors where she'd try to help ponies fix their problems. A line of dialogue could've done that.
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    Between Dark and Dawn We start the episode with a giant turtle eating the trees at Sweet Apple Acres, and it was apparently with permission from Fluttershy. I don’t know why Fluttershy allowed it to be at this location in the first place, but whatever. It seems that Twilight and Applejack’s questions at the beginning of the episode won’t get answered. The tortoise uses its long tongue to wrap around a tree that Spike happens to be near, and now he’s about to get eaten since he also got grabbed. Twilight formulates a plan to take care of the tortoise, and we see the Mane 6 working as a team, something that doesn’t happen often in 2-part episodes. The tortoise’s mouth is sealed shut, Spike is rescued, and Twilight is about to teleport the tortoise away until the alicorn sisters happen to show up to do the rest of the job. I’m not sure why the sisters initially made some shots, but they eventually restrain the tortoise just before teleporting it away, and Twilight complains about their unneeded/unwanted intervention. Wait a minute. Twilight was about to teleport the giant tortoise away herself, but Celestia and Luna together had to teleport the tortoise away. Maybe it was supposed to come off as a spell being made easier to cast when another caster is around, but it still doesn’t help Celestia and Luna as it took the two of them to do what Twilight was about to do by herself. Maybe the episode didn’t want one of them to dawdle while the other casts the teleportation spell, so that just means that the problem with these 2 alicorns shouldn’t have been a problem in the first place. The scene ends with the sisters being thrilled about seeing more action and the Mane 6 looking dumbfounded. What a dreadful and insincere first impression, and I doubt that impression was intentional from the creators. I’d like to comment on this scene, but I’d rather do it after the recap. After the opening credits, Fluttershy and Angel walk over a bridge in Ponyville, and a single stone block falls out. The sisters happen to be nearby again, and Luna sends away the old bridge while Celestia puts a new one in its place. I’d ask where the old bridge went and where the new one came from, but I ultimately don’t give a shit. The other citizens of Ponyville cheer at the sight of them, but Fluttershy is left looking uncertain. RD leads the CMC in the Everfree Forest only to get lost, and the sisters respond by blasting down a few trees to show them their desired campsite. I doubt that 2 alicorns were needed to blast away a few trees, but then I suddenly remembered how weak they were outside of their alleged primary jobs (unless you count being weak as one of their primary jobs). RD also looks uncertain at the end of this scene. On a sidenote, the CMC are apparently scouts known as Filly Guides (or Scouts according to the MLP wiki), and I honestly didn’t know anything about this even though the MLP wiki said that these kinds of scouts have appeared before season 7. Of course, I also don’t give a fuck about this. In Sugarcube Corner, Mrs. Cake panics about forgetting to bake cupcakes for Cheerilee. Pinkie is about to take action until the sisters blow down a wall and decide to bake. I’m surprised the show let them do this as it is usually much more interested in saying what the sisters don’t know or can’t do. By the way, Celestia’s line about “students going hungry” sounded off. This scene ends with Pinkie looking irritated. It seems that Celestia and Luna are going around Ponyville and trying to help with whatever problem they find. I was going to say Equestria at first, but they don’t have superspeed and can’t be in multiple places at once. And no, I’m not alluding to the show making them helpless wimps, but I still have no shortage of comments about that. I was wondering how they decide what problems are worth solving, but the episode decided that they should approach only – well – small problems because that’s funny (not really). I also imagine the sisters being pretty busy around Ponyville because that town still has plenty of ponies, and small problems can range from paper cuts to losing a pencil and a bunch of other shit I’m too lazy to think of. The Mane 6 meet at their Crystal Castle and are concerned about the alicorn sisters not having faith in their abilities to help others. Suddenly, the sisters barge into the meeting room, hoping to learn about more problems they can fix. Twilight thought the sisters would be busy trying to be rulers of Equestria (or at least Celestia would be as “A Royal Problem” pretty much stated that Luna has no political duties, but I’ll be generous and assume that Luna does have political duties to make the ramble simpler), but the sisters respond that their experience during the premiere of the season inspired them to be more hands-on with their help. Pinkie suggests the sisters to go on a vacation, and Twilight decides that she and her friends will perform royal duties to start learning how to be rulers. At the last minute, Celestia mentions an event that needs setting up. Celestia and Luna are then at their castle in Canterlot and are eager to go on their vacation. I think royals in real life are able to make time for vacations, so I don’t know what stopped these alicorns in the first place, but whatever. Celestia wants to go on adventures, but Luna wants to relax. Luna’s reason for preferring relaxation is a bit random when considering what she was doing earlier in the episode as well as saying just over a minute ago that “real life is happening out there,” but whatever again. However, there’s something else I’d like to ask. Luna can (allegedly) handle intense and dangerous scenarios, and Celestia wants excitement, so what stopped either of them from confronting the major villains of the show? Anyways, since the two have different goals for their vacation together, they decide to compromise by taking turns with their preferred activities. Luna brings out shirts for them to wear for their vacation, and Celestia is unhappy for some unknown reason. I’m guessing it’s because they look like tourist outfits (according to Luna), and Celestia wants to go on an adventure (and she later brings supplies for just that), but no one says she can’t wear a tourist shirt to an adventure. The two are about to leave Canterlot, but not before leaving Twilight and friends with a few things. One is an amulet containing a “small part of [their] power.” Ok, there’s some shit that I must talk about. The Mane 6 gasped and recoiled at the prospect of having to raise the sun and moon (or at least Twilight, Spike, and Rarity did as they were the only ones present on-screen during that scene). That scene reiterates that such a duty is a huge and major task, and previous episodes confirmed this. The first time was in season 2 with “Hearth’s Warming Eve” where it was stated that a team of unicorns had to move the sun and moon, which is a pretty good contrast to just a single pony like Celestia and/or Luna. And there’s season 8 with “Horse Play” which stated that unicorns that tried to move the sun and moon lost their magic, but not Celestia and Luna, of course. This ties into my next point, which is Celestia stating that she and her sister put a SMALL PART OF THEIR POWER into the amulet. As in, not much. As in, it doesn’t take too much effort for them to move the sun and moon, but it’s apparently a more difficult task for other ponies. This implies that they’re actually pretty powerful in terms of raw magic. As in, they’re not that weak. So, why were they so weak and helpless in previous episodes? “The show never suggested that they were powerful or even capable fighters. They’re not fit to handle supervillains.” Then what does excluding the sisters accomplish in two-part episodes? Anyways, the Mane 6 are left to set up the Royal Swanifying from the alicorn sisters. RD asks what the point of the event is, but Twilight says that it doesn’t matter as long as they can set it up. That’s an odd response from Twilight as she would want to know the point of the event so their actions and presentation can line up with the intentions. The alicorn sisters are walking around, and pony citizens throughout the episode are in awe at their presence. One scene during the musical montage right after this scene shows ponies even putting out fireworks of them. Too bad I still don’t know what they did to earn such awe. The musical montage shows the sisters enjoying themselves and each other at first before losing enjoyment later in their trip. I’ll admit that I liked seeing the sisters getting along and being sisters as they get to show that they really do love each other and enjoy the other’s presence. I would have liked this kind of scene more if it came MUCH earlier in the show (not necessarily during a vacation, but doing something together while enjoying each other’s presence) and if the show treated them (especially Celestia) with genuine respect. It’s just another reminder that the show never realized its potential. I’m also not against them having conflicts, but more on that later. During the musical montage, they pass a number of characters that have appeared in the show, and Capper is surprisingly among them. Not a bad way to cement that the movie is canon to the show. There’s also a scene where a pony is making a wooden sculpture of Celestia and Luna, but Celestia’s sculpture looks off-model. It’s more than likely a way for the show to remind the viewer what it thinks of her. However, at some point into their vacation, their different desires start to creep onto their time together. Luna is getting tired of Celestia’s excitement, and Celestia is getting bored of Luna’s relaxation. There’s an admittedly funny scene where Luna tears up while watching a play and uses a bored Celestia’s mane to wipe her eyes. Back to Canterlot Castle, and Fancy Pants is surprised to see that the Mane 6 are doing the “royal duties” today. That’s a tad irresponsible for the alicorn sisters to not announce their vacation and who will be in charge during that period. Then again, the show never got the sisters right anyways. Fancy Pants plus his companions (whoever they are) offer their assistance to set up the Royal Swanifying, but Twilight rejects his help because she wants to prove that she and her friends can handle what is asked of them. Fancy Pants and his companions respond in a surprisingly irritated manner, so I guess he doesn’t like being rejected. After they leave, Twilight’s friends also show irritation at her rejection. By the way, I just noticed that Starlight isn’t here. I haven’t seen the season 9 premiere, but I’m guessing that Starlight will be left in charge of the School of Friendship while the Mane 6 (or maybe just Twilight) run Equestria. Twilight reasons that asking for help would imply that they aren’t adequate replacements for ruling Equestria after Celestia and Luna retire. First off, Celestia and Luna would ask for help (as this episode later confirms) when setting up a large event since doing it all themselves would be impractical. I don’t know if they could immediately set everything up if they had a ton of magic, but that’s not important. Celestia and Luna always ask for help, at least when it comes to saving Equestria, so I don’t know why Twilight thought that the alicorn sisters asking for help is such an outlandish idea. Too bad I also don’t know how good the sisters are at handling other duties like setting up events, so I can’t even say that they’re good at doing their regular jobs outside of moving the sun and moon and Luna helping other ponies handle their nightmares. I would’ve liked to see Luna interacting with other kinds of ponies with their nightmares to learn how they see Luna and what they think of her, but I’m going on a tangent. I’d rather finish up recapping the Mane 6’s activities as I’m not nearly as invested in their side of the episode. There’s another short scene later with Fancy Pants pointing out that the setup for the Royal Swanifying is not going too well, and Twilight refuses his help again. Then there’s a final scene with the setup that has the Mane 6 failing to keep up with the schedule, and Twilight wonders how Celestia and Luna handle their jobs. Fancy Pants finally reminds her that Celestia and Luna never do anything by themselves, and the Mane 6 finally assign tasks to other ponies. If the episode actually wanted to show the Mane 6 actually handling themselves as the leaders/rulers of Equestria, it should’ve given them something that a ruler would actually do and not something that doesn’t require political knowledge and/or experience like setting up a random event. Then again, if the episode did show the Mane 6 handling some political task, it would be yet another strike against the show for making the alicorn sisters seem incompetent because we’ve never seen how Celestia handled such tasks, and Luna made a fool of herself in “A Royal Problem” even though she’s supposed to be co-ruler of Equestria. The Mane 6 would no doubt struggle with their first attempt at a royal duty, but this kind of story would also have them pick themselves up to victory. That would at least show the Mane 6 being persistent and capable, which unfortunately can’t be said for Celestia and Luna. Overall, the Mane 6’s antics in this episode ranged from stupid to dull, and the episode should’ve focused on Celestia and Luna completely as they haven’t been given much throughout the show. Then again, it’s too little too late for the sisters, so it probably doesn’t matter what the episode tries. However, whatever stupidity that happens in the episode doesn’t get excused. Back to the alicorn sisters and their vacation, and they both go on a zipline. Celestia is still enjoying herself, but Luna is still feeling tired. Next, they go to a post office so Luna could mail a postcard to Celestia. Luna is excited about being able to do this at all because she thinks her nighttime work prevents her from using the postal service. Actually, that’s not true. She can still get a postcard (unless all places that sell postcards are closed during the night, but she doesn’t need to only mail a postcard), get a stamp (they can still be sold in bulk, so she should be able to get them from her sister), and then drop it in a mailbox so a mailpony can send it out. A better take would be for Luna to get excited about seeing some mailed immediately delivered to her sister, which Luna wouldn’t normally be able to see since she sleeps during the daytime (nevermind that she has been up during the daytime in prior episodes). Or maybe her last line was trying to confirm just that, but it’s actually kind of ambiguous when reading her sentence. Next, Celestia decides that they should explore a cave, which seems to actually be a monster’s mouth. Interestingly, we don’t get to see the monster, but that’s not the point. The point is that she is capable of going up to monsters, so what’s the difference between this and a villain? Next, the two go to a spa to get a makeover. I actually find Celestia’s irritation and boredom quite amusing in this scene. I can see her as a pony who cares about her looks because of her colorful mane and tail as well as being a royal who normally wears golden accessories. So, there are two different kinds of amusement I get from this. The first is simply being bored at getting a makeover as a form of irony since she presumably spends plenty of time on her own looks. The second is that since she wants to do something adventurous and exciting, she will probably get dirty in the process, so the makeover might get ruined and become pointless. Of course, these two kinds of amusements do nothing for me in the long term. A reprise of their song comes next, and they skydive as their next activity. Luna being upset about this activity because it ruined her makeover was also amusing. Their makeover must have been undone very quickly as the next scene with them at an art museum even shows them with their regular vacation looks. Celestia falls asleep on a pony at the museum, and that pony happily takes a picture of herself with the sleeping Celestia, which is also amusing. However, my true feelings about these scenes should be obvious. Eventually, the two can’t agree on their next activity on their list and end up tearing it after a disagreement. And they even get into a hot sibling argument about their off-screen activities in the vacation during their picnic. Luna isn’t happy about hiking through prickly bushes, and Celestia hated the opera with Luna pointing out that they even left early at Luna’s location of choice. I find it somewhat interesting that Celestia doesn’t care for “high art” despite living in a “cultured” community and presumably also having a similarly “cultured” upbringing. It’s possible that she simply wasn’t in the mood for them as she wanted more thrilling activities, but the show would never have been interested in actually exploring any side of Celestia anyways. Another interesting moment has Luna claiming that Celestia would have preferred Luna to be trapped in the moon. I know it’s just part of an average sibling/family argument where one says something nasty and personal about the other out of anger and thus not really meaning what they said, but I really wanted that historic falling out and its various and numerous effects on the sisters to have gotten some attention in the show. And there is yet another interesting line, this time with Celestia saying that she has to be responsible for Luna. This makes an interesting statement about their perception of each other with Luna seeing Celestia as a stiff and bossy older sister and Celestia possibly still seeing Luna as a “baby sister” even though Luna is almost as old as Celestia. A few years (assuming that’s the age gap between them) is essentially nothing if they’re both over 1000 years old. Too bad I was only able to use the word “interesting” as a generic description and not as a compliment because too many things about the sisters are too vague, and I end up not knowing what I’m supposed to think of them. I guess 9 years and 9 seasons wasn’t enough time for the show to examine such ambitious ideas. Or maybe doing so would’ve been too obvious and easy, so the show took a risk and left them in the dust. Anyways, the two argue with their Royal Canterlot voices, and they soon go their separate ways. There’s less than 6 minutes left until the end of the episode, so this fallout feels more artificial than it should as they’re inevitably gonna get back together by the end of the episode. And it doesn’t take long for them to miss each other, which adds to the artificiality that I mentioned. Luna sunbathes at a beach, but she suddenly misses her sister after seeing other sisters playing at the beach. Celestia skydives alone, and she also misses her sister after seeing a fellow skydiving pony pull up a parachute that features both alicorns. A better way for the episode to handle their separation is to show the sisters just going about their vacation by themselves over a longer period of time and not thinking about the other to see what they’re like by themselves and maybe even how their interactions with other ponies differ. Doing that wouldn’t fix the episode, however. Luna ends up sunburned and is at a hospital for treatment. She was apparently unaware of the existence of sunblock. I’d still like to point out that Luna has been out during the daytime multiple times, so it’s more than likely that she has been out during a hot sunny day. Or maybe she hasn’t, at least not for a long time. I don’t know. I don’t even think the show knows Luna’s daily schedule as it likes to say that she’s a night pony, but the show has also stated otherwise. Celestia is lost in a forest and acknowledges Luna’s better sense of direction (if you say so). And Celestia is also afraid of chickens. The episode probably wanted this to pass this phobia off as comedy, but it doesn’t work due to the show also poorly handling Celestia. Maybe I would’ve been more accepting of this if the show had turned out better, but it’s ultimately a pointless hypothetical to discuss. The two soon and accidentally meet while hiking up a mountain (so they were separated during the episode for about 3 minutes), with Celestia wanting to see the moonset and Luna wanting to see the sunrise, which is not a bad way of showing that the two do love and think about each other maybe even unconsciously. They quickly apologize and admit that they’d rather be with each other than away from each other, and that it’s not easy being the little sister or the big sister, whatever all that means. No, really. I don’t know what they mean as their relationship never any insightful exploration at any point. More on this later. The two watch the sunrise, but the sun and moon both move haphazardly. The sisters figure that they need to help Twilight (something that doesn’t happen often), and they fly to Canterlot. They forgot to pick up their bags. Were Celestia and Luna gonna stay until nighttime to watch the moonrise? I suppose their vacation was cut short due to some unexpected trouble. Back in Canterlot, Twilight breaks the amulet while trying to fix it, and the episode ends with Celestia and Luna flying toward Canterlot. So, who’s at fault for the sun and moon haphazardly? I could say Twilight as she was the one controlling their movements with the amulet, but Celestia and Luna were the ones who gave her a defective amulet and didn’t bother to make sure it worked properly. It could’ve said that Twilight messed up the amulet while trying to move the sun and moon, and she wouldn’t look bad for it since she’s inexperienced. So, this may be yet another example of the show accidentally (or not) making Celestia and Luna look stupid. This episode is… not good. Okay, I hated it. There were minor bits that I liked, which I have already pointed out and won’t bother going over again because the episode (and the show by extension) got more things wrong than right at least in regards to the alicorn sisters. I feel like there’s no point in talking about what should have been because they are things that never happened, and I should be looking at what the show ultimately produced, but I can’t because of this episode’s premise. So, I’ll definitely be talking about what should have been because the episode is so broken on a fundamental level. First, I want to get the Mane 6 bullshit out of the way because I’m not nearly as interested in them as I am in the alicorn sisters for this episode. The Mane 6 try to set up an event, but they think that they have to do it all by themselves for some unknown reason. I know that the episode provided the reason, but it doesn’t make sense. The Mane 6 are concerned about Celestia and Luna not appearing to have any faith in them, but note that the episode also had the Mane 6 just recall the sisters’ uselessness throughout the show. So, they’re aware of how useless the previous rulers are, and they’re concerned about having to live up to such precedents? And I already mentioned that Celestia and Luna were always asking for help, so why did Twilight think that she and her friends couldn’t? Did the episode even know what it was doing at this point? And I want to emphasize that all this part of the episode did was show a minor event being put together. In short, NOTHING FUCKING HAPPENS WITH THE MANE 6. I would say that the episode should have shown the Mane 6 getting involved in politics simple enough for the intended viewers to understand so there can also be some insight into how Equestria is handled, but that wouldn’t be very satisfactory because we never saw any of that crap with Celestia, so it’s yet another way the show couldn’t help Celestia and instead could only make her look incompetent. Unsurprisingly, there was no winning with the episode, but that doesn’t stop me from being irritated with the final product because these pitfalls were so easy to avoid especially when you consider how many fucking episodes this show has. Now, let’s go over what the episode was mainly about. There was some friction between Celestia and Luna due to their differences, but they learn to value and appreciate the other in spite of those differences. Just read that last sentence, and then remember the background about the two way back in the first episodes of the show. WHY THE HELL IS AN EPISODE LIKE THIS HAPPENING AT THE VERY LAST SEASON OF THE SHOW? Let me remind you that this is also the show’s NINTH season. The show should have better things to do with them at this point, but it doesn’t because it was never productive with Celestia and Luna. A premise like this should’ve happened MUCH sooner in the show’s run. A vacation episode definitely could’ve been a season 1 episode, but season 2 would have been the latest acceptable time for an episode like this to happen. Hell, some personal time together after a long period of separation is already an interesting idea for an early season episode. And as I said before, the show should have better stories to tell about them after more than 200 fucking episodes because there’s so much more to the two than the fact that they are still sisters in spite of their differences. They’ve been back together for more than a fair while now. I’d like to say a few years due to the multiple holiday-themed episodes in the show, but I’ll be generous and assume it’s only about 2 years as I only know of three Summer Sun Celebrations in the show (one at the very beginning of season 1, one at the beginning of season 4, and a third later into this season). The season 1 premiere pretty much stated that they missed each other and want to make amends, and I guess “A Royal Problem” sort of does that. OK, not really, but that’s part of a bigger problem. The point is that they care about each other, so what have they been doing during all this time besides (trying to) rule Equestria? “A Royal Problem” implies that almost nothing happens between them, which doesn’t make any sense, but there’s nothing else that says otherwise. A persistent problem with Celestia and Luna’s characters is that there are too many questions and not nearly enough answers. I guess the crew never gave much real thought to them if they wanted this shit to be their swan song. If they always lacked any interest in exploring them, they really shouldn’t have bothered in the first place as well, and they also shouldn’t have tried to pretend that they were important to the show or Equestria. I also want to note that I’m not against the sisters having a conflict with each other, but what’s wrong with seeing them get along for an episode? A conflict may help create a story to tell over a period of time, but I have a problem when the conflict is as basic as 2 sisters not getting along because of having differing interests. As I keep saying, this would be fine as an early episode where we’re starting to learn about them, but after over 200 episodes, we should be seeing other sides of them. If they were to have another vacation episode this late into the show, they should be already be accepting of the other’s difference instead of reacting with childish disdain. The alicorn sisters only have 2 episodes dedicated to their relationship in the show: this one and “A Royal Problem” from season 7, and both episodes for some unknown reason portrayed them as barely knowing each other even though they’ve been alive together at least 1000 years ago and have been reunited for some amount of time. The fact that both episodes came pretty late into the show doesn’t help their quality. If the show still wants them to get into conflict with each other, what about an episode where they disagree about an approach toward a political task? We would get to see them at work as well as how they would handle a certain problem. An episode like that would be outside of the show’s usual premise, so it can give insight into characters that it probably couldn’t for other characters which can add to this fictional world’s surface appeal as a blend of different kinds of characters. I’ve gone on too long about what should’ve been (and I won’t stop anytime soon), and I should actually start talking about the episode itself because that’s the point of this ramble. I’ve already said that the result still isn’t good especially when considering the context within the show. Let’s start at the beginning with Celestia and Luna showing up and the Mane 6’s reactions, most notably RD’s line, “All the times we've actually needed their help, and they show up for this?” FUCK YOU, ASSHOLES. What does making a joke about their uselessness solve? It definitely wasn’t their intention from the start of the show to make them useless, so this transparent attempt at being a smart-ass becomes even more insulting than it already is, and it just comes off as them not caring about the results. And to say that I felt insulted would be an understatement. I’m also aware that Rainbow Dash also pointed out the alicorn sisters’ uselessness in the season 9 premiere, but I’ll get to that when I eventually get to the actual premiere itself. I can’t gloss over the reactions of dread from the Mane 6, and that makes the issue of the sisters’ uselessness worse than it already is. Their help shouldn’t even be unwanted, but their help is unwanted because they’re helping with trivial problems. Celestia and Luna say that they want to help because didn’t get previous chances to do so, and now they enjoy helping with whatever they find. First, why didn’t they just take the initiative and provide some help themselves during previous major times of crisis? I doubt whatever explanation “The Beginning of the End” may have provided will suffice. Oh, but they couldn’t help earlier because they lacked the capabilities to do so. Like I asked much earlier, what was the point of excluding them if they couldn’t do anything about previous major crises? And why was not letting them make some kind of genuine contribution toward the resolution ever an option? If the sisters always lacked the capabilities of handling 2-part episodes, why not just say so? If the show wants them to be a more like a traditional queen and have them delegate tasks to those who are more capable or are specifically equipped to handle such tasks (kind of like what the Mane 6 did in this episode), why not do that? They should be around Cadance’s size so their size wouldn’t give the wrong idea unless they want to make a point, but I honestly doubt their ability to make that point. Even then, leaving them as alicorns with nothing else about them will still lead to problems especially in a long-running television show, so I don’t know the exact approach it should have taken. Another thing that bothers me is that Celestia and Luna were so wrapped up with trivial problems when they have an entire kingdom/country to manage. Their political duties would and should be more beneficial to Equestria in the long-term than baking cakes. They’re always helping out their country somehow or else it would have collapsed a long time ago. Then again, considering how bad Celestia’s decisions in “Twilight’s Kingdom” were, I’m surprised that hasn’t already happened, but that’s beside the point. Some online comments have said that political duties would be too much or too boring for little girls (even though little girls are likely not the true target audience) to handle. In that case, why not show simpler tasks that a younger viewer can understand like mediating conflicts between two major parties or showing how they keep Equestria safe? Okay, the latter might be too difficult for the show, so how about the decisions they make to make Equestria a comfortable place to live in? I’m no expert in politics, and I’m personally indifferent toward the subject, but I can still see that no episodes ever showed what Celestia and Luna did for Equestria as a whole. Luna may have helped the CMC with their nightmares, but that’s too small. That doesn’t tell me how this helps the entirety of Equestria. I’m gonna go on a tangent for a little bit. I don’t recall Celestia ever helping a pony with their personal problems. I’d like to think that she would do her share of personally helping other ponies considering her general disposition, but the show can’t even confirm any such cases. So, here’s something the show could’ve easily played with a long time ago: how Celestia and Luna are similar and different when interacting with and helping other ponies. Yet another reminder of all the wasted potential. Anyways, the joke with their help over trivial problems wore thin before it was even conceived. And finally, their vacation. I won’t repeat my thoughts about their activities due to lack of interest. Princess Celestia prefers partaking in physical activities and doing dangerous stunts. Like I asked before, since she’s physically capable, why did she not try to confront villains in previous episodes? Performing physical stunts may not be the same as confronting a villain, but the episode still suggests that she could confront danger if she wanted to. Oddly, Luna preferred more relaxing activities for her vacation even though she was raring to go at the beginning of the episode, but I’ll just assume that she has other ideas for killing time when she’s on vacation. However, the fact that she has to, and in her words, handle intense dreams means that she could also confront danger if she wanted to. If dealing with villains was always too much for them, I’ll still repeat their exclusion would still make no sense. This is already a bad start for the show in deciding their capabilities (why is it still deciding and uncertain at this point?!), and the problem is compounded by the fact that this is the last season of the show. The creative team knows that this is their last season, and they’re showing it through episode titles and with Celestia and Luna retiring as rulers and handing over their reigns to the Mane 6. You’d think that they did plenty over the course of nine seasons, right? After being reunited for so long, Celestia and Luna might wanna reflect on their time (professional and personal) and accomplishments together for Equestria and how much more they did as a team than as individuals. Since they also had a falling out and would presumably want to mend their relationship, they could even reflect on what they’ve done for each other. There could be a compare and contrast between their past relationship and their new relationship, and we could see how much their lives improved when they had each other with past episodes that focused on them. Those premises like that may sound cheesy and overly sentimental, but they still makes sense as they know that they’re about to retire. Well, a talented and competent creative team could still make the episode work in spite of or because of those sentiments, but the team for this show isn’t talented or competent. It’s too bad that the best accomplishment Celestia ever had in the show was saving a play in season 8. It’s fine on paper as a single accomplishment, but that’s the only time she was ever given an episode. That’s right. All Celestia ever did in the show was save a stupid ass play. How is this an accomplishment worthy of a princess whose reign lasted for over 1000 years? So, there can’t even be an episode that looks at their accomplishments when there are none to brag about or their relationship when the show doesn’t even know what it supposed to be. The show will try to say that the Mane 6 have much to live up to, but you wouldn’t know that by watching every episode. It looks like I still have a few more episodes to watch and cover. There’s “The Summer Sun Setback,” which has the Mane 6 doing something for the alicorn sisters, and I doubt the final product will be praiseworthy. I may or may not talk about “Sparkle’s Seven.” And there are the final episodes of the show, which will be 3 episodes long – a usual two-parter followed by a single epilogue episode. I was hoping to have fewer episodes to cover, but whatever. If I end up talking about the three-part finale without talking about “Sparkle’s Seven,” that means I won’t be covering “Sparkle’s Seven.”
  19. 1 point
    Damn, i completly forgot about this scene. xD Gotta love the old seasons.
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