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  1. Sorry for the uncreative title. This first post will be a fairly lengthy response to posts that originated from ANOTHER thread. I suppose that's a fair point since a show is ongoing and makes a big deal about the position and/or characters from time to time. I guess for me, Celestia being useless while being in a higher position would make less sense for me because of that higher position. I don't think the "skin-crawling" is unfounded because I'd say that I'm past that point. And I'm pretty sure the producers do look at (and not simply "see") the criticisms in addition to the praise, but what the producers actually do next is beyond me. That's actually one of my personal problems with "Shadow Play". I don't dislike the episode, but I can't call it good mostly because of the show's messy mythology. That episode threw more shit onto the show, but there's a bunch of other shit that's still present and need cleaning. As in, do the creators know what kind of a world they're trying to make? Now, there's the Mane 6, the pillars, and the alicorns who are available to try and defend Equestria, but will their contributions get distributed equally? Or will the pillars just be pushed to the side and get their introductions reduced to a nullity? The problem with the 2-parters (and even the big movie) for me is a lack of credibility. We get a bunch of bad guys who wants to do who-knows-what to Equestria, but its alleged defenders do nothing. If the alicorns are nothing special, they should at least say that from the start, though I'm not even sure they can say that since "Twilight's Kingdom" showed that they have plenty of magic, and various stories still try to claim that the other princesses are somehow special. I mean, even the big movie had Twilight talking about this. In other words, the other alicorns may be minor characters, but the show tries to say otherwise. I know that the show's mythology won't make perfect sense, and I can also understand if they haven't figured out everything at the start, but the show will be airing its 8th season soon enough, and it still doesn't look like they've figured things out. That was something I always wondered about. Just how needed was Luna and her ability to handle nightmares if Equestria didn't miss her for a thousand years? Even though that kinda muddies the issue, she does at least do something genuinely useful, so I guess I can give her a pass. Barely. ---------- Ultimately, I'm fine with the show being slice-of-life instead of adventurous and magical, but the latter kind of episodes show up frequently. I can only guess that they are the more ambitious ones because the creators felt the need to make the stories TWO episodes long with larger stakes, and they don't lack interest in making these kinds of stories because they're still being made.