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  1. Yeah, MA Larson has stated at conventions that when he wrote the episode, it was supposed to be the series finale. However, after it was written Hasbro ordered another season. The episode was then heavily rewritten without Larson (since he had moved on to other projects at time time).
  2. As I mentioned in my post, they did explain it in the season opener pretty clearly. Twilight is allowing her to find friends and friendship lessons on her own. She's letting her learn like Celestia did for Twilight. Twilight wasn't always around Celestia either.
  3. To put it simply, no, I don't think the show being "toyetic" has ever held it back. Sure, being a show designed to promote a line of toys, Hasbro does request some things be featured in the show in some way. However, the nature of this doesn't actually limit the show in any way, or impare the staff from telling the stories they want to tell. And really, I don't think the toy inserts are really all that bad or prevalent in this show; certainly not as bad as many others. The staff has handled most of the toy inserts really well IMO, and most of the time they're integrated into the story well, or otherwise are only briefly on screen. Like the paddle boat from this season was a toy insert request, but it made sense for it to be there and was only on screen briefly. Other things such as Cadance have grown into their own in the show, and I still really liked Canterlot Wedding, personally. Now, the most recent thing that people will use as an example is Flurry Heart. I actually think she's probably one of the least things that seem like a toy insert. Why? Simply because her presence makes perfect sense in the context of the stories that the staff has told. Sure, it's easy to view her as simply Hasbro trying to shoehorn a toy in. But really look at it in the context of the show's story. Shining Armor and Cadance got married quite a few seasons ago, so it makes perfect sense that they would eventually have a foal. And it's not outside the realm of possibility that that goal would be an alicorn given its mother. I hardly see this as Hasbro putting a toy in-- it just seems like a natural progression of Cadance and Shining's arc. People get married, people have kids. In addition to all this, more recently Hasbro seems to be turning the tables on the whole "toyetic" thing even. They have begun releasing toys and toy lines which are directly inspired by stories the show has told, rather than the other way around. The "Friendship is Magic" line is a perfect example. Some really great looking toy sets and characters based on actual episodes from the show. We also have the new Wonderbolts line of toys based on the show. I'm really happy that Hasbro has begun looking to the show for inspiration for new toys, rather than just coming up with stuff on their own. It's led to some fantastic stuff the past year!
  4. I'm definitely all for more Starlight episodes! But I also think that Haber and co don't want to stray too far from the show's origins, and want to make sure other characters have opportunities for episodes. After all, once you take out the premiere and finale, a season only has 22 episodes to work with, with a lot of characters and stories competing for that time. I'm making guesses here, but I believe when the season is all said and done, Starlight will have had around 7 episodes which focus on her, which is pretty decent amount. And by "stray too far from the show's origins," I mean more self-contained slice-of-life episodes. That's what the show was built on, and what many people love. Having a ton of episodes not relating to the season's arc(s) isn't anything new.
  5. RainShadow

    Will the movie underperform?

    Really depends on a lot of factors, and what your definition of "underperforming" is. I dont think anyone, Hasbro included, is expecting some huge $200 million dollar mega hit movie. But it doesn't have to be one of those movies to perform well. Hasbro has stated in their conference calls that they feel, thanks to both advances in technology, as well as everything they have in place, they can produce the movie without spending a ton of money. It won't be one of those $200 million dollars-to-produce animated movies either. There's a good chance it could easily make back what they are investing in it, depending on how much they are sinking in. And of course, as others have said, Hasbro has always made most of their money on toys (that's what their company does). They just feel entertainment is something important to drive engagement with their customers, which is why they invest heavily in it. Ratings or performance have never been a big issue with the show, as long as their toys are selling. So, even with a mediocre box office performance relative to their investment, if the tie in toys sell really well, the movie could still be seen as performing well for them. Personally, I'm excited that this will be one of the few traditionally animated movies to hit theaters from the US of this decade. Outside of Pooh and the two Spongbob movies, basically everything else has been CG (not including Lakita's awesome stop motion films). Hopefully other animation fans will have their interest peaked by the movie just for that, and maybe it can lead to more traditionally animated films in the future if it performs well.
  6. To me it really seems like many completely missed the setup that Starlight had both last season and this season. The writers set up very clearly things which nicely explain why she isn't around 100% of the time. It all started in last season's finale, with Twilight stating that she wanted Starlight not to join their Mane 6, but to create her own. That alone should have been enough to see the direction they were taking with her, and that she wouldn't be around the mane 6 all the time. The writers went even further in the season 6 premiere, which focused on Starlight almost exclusively. Throughout the episode Starlight was doing things on her own (and with Sunburst), without intervention with Twilight or the Mane 6. The episode then ends with Twilight stating that she feels like she had nothing to do with Starlight learning a friendship lesson, to which Spike wisely states how Twilight learned under Celestia. Twilight then decides that she should let Starlight learn a similar way, by letting her have time on her own to learn lessons and make friends herself. We see this furthered in the trixie episode, where Starligt befriended her offscreen. And that's what she's doing. She's not part of the Mane 6, she's forming her own just like Twilight did. So no, she's not always going to be around the Mane 6 the entire time. This was a good move by the writers, cause due to what they set up in the opener, they don't have to shoehorn Starlight into episodes where she isn't needed. They can allow her and her development to stand on its own. And look how many Starlight episodes we've had so far this season! I believe she's had more episodes focused on her than any other individual character this season. (Two-part Opener, A Hearths Warming Tail, the trixie one, and if you've delved into spoiler territory, you know what she has coming up!) I personally love how they've utilized her. Allowed her to stand in her own episodes, have impacts, but not try to force her into every other episode nor make her a 7th member. She's standing on her own and building her own group of friends, just like Twilight did as Celestia'a pupil.
  7. RainShadow

    Should the series end here?

    While I certainly don't agree with the "Go forever!!1!" Option, I don't think it's time for the series to end yet. I simply think there are way too many potential stories and character developments to be had to justify the series as running its course. I certainly don't agree that this season has been bad or meh; I'd say it's on par with last season. I think any overall lukewarm reception is a highly subjective thing to say. And really every season is met with the "worse season" attitude at some point. But regaurdless of this seasons quality, I think that the possibilities for stories the series still has, thanks to its vast and well-conceived world and character, is far too great to justify throwing in the towel. The series has far more potential for stories vs others. Plus, Celestia episode anyone?
  8. RainShadow

    Any episodes that seemed real bad to you?

    Out of curiosity, have you seen the season 6 episodes, more specifically "Gauntlet of Fire" and "The Times They Are a Changeling?" Heck, even the season 6 premiere? If so, what are your thoughts on Spike in those episodes? I thought he was portrayed much more maturely and competently in those compared to earlier seasons.
  9. RainShadow

    Will the next season be moved to Netflix?

    Definitely something which on the surface seems very possible, especially with LoE premiering first on Netflix this go-around. Hasbro understands better than most companies that more and more families and children are consuming their media online vs television. However, there are still a few questions and doubts as to if they were, and a few qualms I have if they do. Firstly, Hasbro still does own a large stake of Discovery Family. Even if it's not 50/50 anymore, I think they still have a 40% stake? Now, unless they are planning on unloading more or all of that stake (a definite possibility, of course), I do have doubts that they would want to remove one of the networks top performing shows. Discovery Family has definitely been doing a lot more promotion for the show than last season, so maybe they're trying to keep a Hasbro on. The next point. While digital is definitely the way more and more people are watching, especially kids, it's not the only way. Why would Hasbro axe the television premieres of the show when they are already putting the episodes online (Netflix, etc) anyway? They are already getting the best of both worlds, so cutting off the people who still do watch the show live on air seems to be pointless. Those that watch online already can. The best course here would maybe somehow get the episodes on Netflix quicker. We are already seeing them do this in season 6 with the first half of the season going up right at the start of the mid-season hiatus. Now, I also have some personal qualms with the Netflix route, with more how it affects the fan base vs show or Hasbro itself. As others have mentioned, Netflix shows tend to be released all at once, instead of an episode a week. I think this really harms shows on the service from development engaged fan bases. Or at least limits their potential. For shows which have a huge overarching plot like Stranger Things, it can work. But for more episodic shows like MLP, it's horrible. Releasing all of the episodes at once limits a lot of things. First, it completely takes away from those who like to watch the episode premieres together. There are still a ton of MLP live episode streams and chats. With any sort of Netflix premiere, these more or less all go away. Sure, some could potentially get together at a set time to watch, but for the most part this ends. I know this is a large part of the fandom, and would really have a negative affect. The othe problem is again with the all-at -once nature of Netflix. This really, really limits fandom discussion and interaction for one simple reason: everyone is on a different page. Spoilers can already be a big problem as is, but can you imagine a situation where every person is on a different page as to where they are in the season? This would be horrible and really hard to manage for those who facilitate discussions of the show. Worse off, the hiatuses would get ridiculously long. Right now showing an episode a week would make a season last at minimum 22 weeks. And with our normal mid-season hiatus now, even longer. Now, imagine all the episodes being released at once. Guess what? Hiatus starts then! Could be another year to the next season. Of course, you don't have to watch the entire season at once. You could still personally watch one episode a week as normal. But that's when the previous issue comes into play. While you could do that, it severely limits you ability to discuss the show and its characters, and makes you highly susceptible to spoilers. So everyone is going to be in a rush to finish the season ASAP so they can discuss and avoid spoilers, leading to huge hiatuses for most. Plus, consuming so many self-contained episodes at once severely limits your ability to enjoy any of them indivisually; it's hard for any to stand out! Again , for shows like "Stranger Things" which have a large, overarching story, it's not a big deal (or movies like Legends of everfree). But for Pony, with its self contained slice-of-life episodes, it would be bad to consume them all so quickly. So, in conclusion, I really hope they don't move to Netflix and ditch the TV premieres. I don't think it benefits the show any more than what they have now, and would really hurt the fan base. I think they would be better off premiering on DFC, and get the episodes onto Netflix much quicker. Like the week after they premiere. It also wouldn't hurt if they streamed the episodes for free after they aired. I know for a while the Hub (rip) was putting the episodes online to stream for free as soon as the same day they premiered! Hasbro really needs to consider doing that again. Slap some ads on there and make a little cash, rather than having a large portion of the viewers resort to unofficial copies on a YouTube. Sure, it would probably be region locked, but at least US viewers would have an option for that. Thoughts?
  10. RainShadow

    Any episodes that seemed real bad to you?

    I tend to be more forgiving of episodes. I don't really watch with a critical eye, just sit back and enjoy what I'm given. After all, I watch the show as an escape. Even if there might be something wrong here and there in an episode, usually it's able to shine in some other way. I don't think there's ever been an episode I've hated. Sure, some are of course not as good as others, but really I've always found them enjoyable at the least. There is one episode that has always bugged me, however. "Owls Well That Ends Well." The reasoning for this is simple: Spike is portrayed in a way that annoyed me. I know Spike gets a lot of flack throughout the series, usually for being a butt monkey or being incompetent. This has never really bothered me, as he has always been portrayed as a younger brother. It sort of just felt like it fit into that role. And Spike always learned and grew from his mistakes and incompetence. What's the point of a character if they don't mistakes they can grow from? (As a side note, I am still happy he has been portrayed as more mature and competent this season, however. It's about time he's grown up a bit). However, what really irks me in Owls Well is the whole over-the-top-evil phase they throw Spike into as he tries to prove the Owlowlicious is out to replace him. It's completely unnessisary to the episode for it to make its point. Throughout the entire episode, Owlowlicious is kind of being a dick to Spike, even if unintentially. There's many things that happen that Spike unfairly gets the blame for. Spike his good reasons to feel the way he does during the episode. He keeps getting shat on, and legitimately feels like he is being replaced. So where does the episode go? Let's just make Spike get super jealous and evil, even though he shouldn't be at fault here. The episode should really have gone like this: * Twilight gets Owlowlicious to help since Spike is overworked. * Spike throughout the first act begins to feel like he is being replaced as Owlowlicious begins taking over some of his tasks. * By the end of the second act, Spike untamately feels that he's been replaced, and that Twilight is better off with the Owl, and leaves. * Twilight and Owlowlicious need to find Spike in the third act. She realizes that she should have communicated with Spike better, and assures him he has nothing to worry about and The Owl is simply there to help, especially at night. So, basically the same episode, but cutting out the part of making Spike the episodes villain. When I originally watched the episode, that really turned me off, especially after seeing Spike really getting upstaged by Owlowlicious over and over again. The episode could have been so much more emotionally powerful if they didn't go the comically over the top evil Spike route, and instead focused more on Spike's legit feelings. Probably could have explained this better, but that's what I get for writing this at 6 in the morning on little sleep.
  11. Howdy! It's RainShadow! You might know me from such films as "Applejack is Best Pony: The Documentary" and "The Non-Life of a Children's Show Music Ripper." I am here to post a short introductory message to the new forum that most of you will never see, as is custom. Now, let's party!