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13 minutes ago, Thrond said:

The main thing Starlight and Sunset Shimmer have in common is that the writers have stretched their redemption arcs way past the breaking point, and don't seem to have a particularly strong vision for what the character should do next, or how to integrate them into the sort of plot they tell with everyone else. Sunset Shimmer at least has a bit more outward personality. I think that also has to do with the changes which have been made to the show's storytelling - specifically how moralizing has become increasingly emphasized. I don't really feel season 7 let anyone just exist as a personality. They all needed to serve a specific moral purpose, and for Starlight that meant some very uninspired plotlines. 

I would't say all of Season 7 didn't let anyone just exist as just a personality, but when it did happen, such as "Shadow Play", oh boy. IMO, Starlight kind of existed more as a prop for the conflict in that than a character, which wouldn't be so bad if she had more solid moments in S7.

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Since a number of others have put out their thoughts on Starlight, I suppose I could throw my 2 cents regarding her appearance in "Shadow Play". Bear in mind that I haven't seen much of season 7, so I don't know how well Starlight was handled in other episodes, but "Shadow Play" should be able to stand on its own with stuff from the other episodes being bonuses.

I did like that Starlight was able to figure out the nature of the problem since it shows that she's incorporating friendship into her life and applying it (and that might mean Twilight has been doing well as a teacher), but certain parts of her role in the episode bugged me.

For starters, I don't know why Starlight was against Twilight wanting to free the pillars. Yeah, doing that did free the Pony of Shadows, but Starlight never brought that up. It would've been interesting if Twilight was willing to free the pillars while being fully aware of this risk because the attempt was really worth it even though Equestria has been doing fine without the pillars, but I digress. Anyways, Starlight was against Twilight casting the spell because messing with one of Star Swirl's spell could be disastrous, and this is referencing "The Cutie Re-Mark". I'd like to point out that Starlight's modification on Star Swirl's time-traveling spell didn't cause any major disasters. There were other timelines of Equestria being helpless, but that's because Starlight wanted to use the spell to prevent the Mane 6 from becoming friends. Who knows what would've happened if she used the spell for anything else like doing something altruistic? In other words, her modifications to Star Swirl's spell actually worked perfectly.

Then in part 2, she was against banishing the Pony of Shadows BEFORE learning about its background. As far as she knew, he was a dangerous entity, and I don't know how she initially wanted to deal with him. She did figure out that the map normally calls for friendship problems, though I have to wonder why she also didn't try telling Twilight's friends, and I'm pretty sure the Mane 6 knew about the map's purpose in other episodes, but whatever. So her thought process made more sense after the map activated, but not before that point.

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20 minutes ago, WaterPulse said:

I would't say all of Season 7 didn't let anyone just exist as just a personality, but when it did happen, such as "Shadow Play", oh boy. IMO, Starlight kind of existed more as a prop for the conflict in that than a character, which wouldn't be so bad if she had more solid moments in S7.

If she gets more personality development in season 8, alongside more stories where she's not dwelling on her past, solving some big problem, or messing something up, I might even come to like her again. 

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On 3/18/2018 at 2:51 PM, Thrond said:

I kinda find her a less interesting character in season 7 for the same reason that so many people seem to like her more. Kinda feel she doesn't have a lot going on aside from the redemption arc. 

But the fact that so many more find her more interesting for that reason as she's becoming a better and more likable character to enjoy than what we saw from Season 6. Got to start and improve from somewhere I say.

 

 

On 3/18/2018 at 3:09 PM, WaterPulse said:

I thought she was okay in "All Bottled Up" and, to a lesser extent, "Shadow Play". Everywhere else where she was the main focus, she was kind of meh.

I do not agree as I feel she was better than that. I got a season 7 review I need to type to show that.

 

On 3/18/2018 at 6:59 PM, Thrond said:

Regarding “Shadow Play,” people always praise things I’m not very interested in. I don’t find the item hunting, the world building, or Starlight Glimmer very entertaining, I’m kinda annoyed at the mane six making bad decisions, and I don’t care that everyone gets something to do. Would have been way better without the Pillars. 

That's fine, but still folks enjoy that, including me. As for the bad decisions, true on their side of stupidity for not thinking that part, but it's not too bad imo considering how they had to go and fix it and how it ended and they didn't knew of such an option (even glimmer didn't suspected). But without the pillars, there's no story or arc for season 7 and thus leaves open some big hole for folks to fill in as a result. What would you have filled it?

 

On 3/18/2018 at 3:13 PM, Anti-Villain said:

At least Sombra was uniquely Batman-prepared and no-nonsense.

 

The Pony Of Shadows didn't even have that; in fact, he accomplished less than any other villain in the series.

True, Pony of Shadows can be considered one of the show's weakest villains simply cause he's stereotypical and he actually does really nothing other than yell and screech in anger. 

 

On 3/18/2018 at 6:24 PM, RK_Striker_JK_5 said:

These two episodes were... meh for me. Let me explain.

 

I liked the quests to find the ancient artifacts. And the worldbuilding was cool. However...

 

1. Twilight was, as usual, being a shortsighted idiot when it came to releasing the Pillars. It's in-character for her, yes. Doesn't mitigate the stupidity.

 

2. Every time Starlight crowed about Twilight completing the spell, I wanted to shout to her, "She did it only after fucking up with it in almost every conceivable way and then only solved it on an ass-pull of an epiphany! And it STILL doesn't make sense how that was earning her wing!" but if I start in on Magical Mystery Cure, I'll be here all day. :P

 

3. I felt no sympathy/pity for Stygian. His actions were fueled by jealousy and pettiness. He steals the Pillar Six's sacred artifacts and uses them to become the Pony of Shadows. Well fuck you, too. It's like with Luna/Nightmare Moon. His actions were fully his own.

 

1. True, it does cause the conflict very much even if it is in character.

 

2. To be fair, that really wasn't Twilight's fault that spell turned out as it did as she pretty much did the equivalent of turning it on to see what's up until said spell decided to go and specifically target her friends. She may have had an epiphany to solve it but she still managed to correct it and save her friends, and this isn't abnormal for Twilight, heck she pretty much does that a couple of times here in Shadow Play.

 

3.  True on the account that Stygian was fueled by jealousy and pettiness, but not on the stealing artifacts to become the pony of shadows. He only went and became it after he tried to make copies of the artifacts in an attempt to became a pillar himself and they threw him out for it. I do admit that Stygian does need to be addressed for how he took their artifacts without their say so, but the rest the pillars pretty much threw him out and since he was already fueled by out of a need to help the pillars, this would cause a huge negative repercussions for it.

 

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On 3/18/2018 at 8:24 PM, Number95 said:

Since a number of others have put out their thoughts on Starlight, I suppose I could throw my 2 cents regarding her appearance in "Shadow Play". Bear in mind that I haven't seen much of season 7, so I don't know how well Starlight was handled in other episodes, but "Shadow Play" should be able to stand on its own with stuff from the other episodes being bonuses.

I did like that Starlight was able to figure out the nature of the problem since it shows that she's incorporating friendship into her life and applying it (and that might mean Twilight has been doing well as a teacher), but certain parts of her role in the episode bugged me.

For starters, I don't know why Starlight was against Twilight wanting to free the pillars. Yeah, doing that did free the Pony of Shadows, but Starlight never brought that up. It would've been interesting if Twilight was willing to free the pillars while being fully aware of this risk because the attempt was really worth it even though Equestria has been doing fine without the pillars, but I digress. Anyways, Starlight was against Twilight casting the spell because messing with one of Star Swirl's spell could be disastrous, and this is referencing "The Cutie Re-Mark". I'd like to point out that Starlight's modification on Star Swirl's time-traveling spell didn't cause any major disasters. There were other timelines of Equestria being helpless, but that's because Starlight wanted to use the spell to prevent the Mane 6 from becoming friends. Who knows what would've happened if she used the spell for anything else like doing something altruistic? In other words, her modifications to Star Swirl's spell actually worked perfectly.

Then in part 2, she was against banishing the Pony of Shadows BEFORE learning about its background. As far as she knew, he was a dangerous entity, and I don't know how she initially wanted to deal with him. She did figure out that the map normally calls for friendship problems, though I have to wonder why she also didn't try telling Twilight's friends, and I'm pretty sure the Mane 6 knew about the map's purpose in other episodes, but whatever. So her thought process made more sense after the map activated, but not before that point.

Paranoia could be a justified enough response to be wary of an action. It's something that I have done myself as there were many times where I do not know about something but felt the need to voice my concern simply cause I assume the worst will happen even if it's not something that will happen at all. At worse, Starlight should've voiced that concern out, but that would be assuming she knew about it which I do not think she did. As for her modification of the time spell, different jobs and contexts show why that's not an issue as Starlight at that point was whacked with a thirst for vengeance so her mind wasn't thinking logically unlike there where she was much better able to and a time spell that allows one to travel back in time to alter something vs. removing someone out of a sealing spell provide different sets of dangers for folks as for the most part one doesn't need to be concerned with unleashing a sealed evil right away with a time travel spell unlike a sealed spell that was known to have banished a great evil.

 

I feel the reason why is because Starlight perhaps saw that since she was a big bad villain once before and how it took some talking to get her out of it, it was perhaps her simply suggesting that maybe banishing someone right away isn't the best option and that perhaps he could be reasoned with like Twilight did with her. Twilight did point and notably affected Starlight Glimmer when she pointed out to her of how if Starswirl was around, Starlight wouldn't have been able to do her time travel shenanigans well. She may not know the pony of shadow as well as the others, but I felt this was Starlight trying to act as an alternate opinion and merely was suggesting that perhaps there's other options available to them that doesn't involve banishing a foe. I don't think she was pushing for it that hard until she realized the map came up and had her thinking that perhaps the Pony of Shadow should be reasoned with. 

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1 hour ago, Nuke87654 said:

True, Pony of Shadows can be considered one of the show's weakest villains simply cause he's stereotypical and he actually does really nothing other than yell and screech in anger.

 

His only real positive (apart from Stygian himself, of course) was that he looked like Venom.

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7 hours ago, Nuke87654 said:

But the fact that so many more find her more interesting for that reason as she's becoming a better and more likable character to enjoy than what we saw from Season 6. Got to start and improve from somewhere I say.

Good for you. I did like her in the season 8 premiere. 

7 hours ago, Nuke87654 said:

That's fine, but still folks enjoy that, including me. As for the bad decisions, true on their side of stupidity for not thinking that part, but it's not too bad imo considering how they had to go and fix it and how it ended and they didn't knew of such an option (even glimmer didn't suspected).

I don't know, in theory I understand why the mane six sided with Starswirl, but I would have liked to see more of their thought process. I've seen them learning so much and coming to appreciate so much about other people that I would have at least preferred the story to revolve around them learning to approach villains with more empathy, rather than just serving as background noise for the moral conflict between Starlight and Starswirl. I probably would have found that more interesting, because the mane six would have given the "defeat the monster" side a more sympathetic face.

Also, considering that Starlight never really accepts Starswirl's train of thought, and is the only character to voice objections, I think she had suspicions. 

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Today, I shall do my season seven review where I offer my thoughts on the season for what it did, what it showed, and the rankings I have for the mane 6 and episodes and ultimately how I feel season seven impacted the show both negative and bad.

 

 

1.      Season seven would be essentially ‘part two’ to Starlight Glimmer’s reformation arc and this time it worked splendidly. Season 6 may have been the start of Starlight Glimmer’s redemption and reformation arc to where she becomes a better pony, but it would be Season seven I feel that does this job well enough for folks to like her. Throughout the season, Starlight Glimmer would be given and shown much better roles than her Season six self, starting where in the Season seven premiere, Celestial Advice where it would touch upon the possibility of sending Starlight Glimmer away to spread the magic of friendship as Twilight feels she’ll have to do with her, gave her a spot of weakness where she had to learn of how to not bottle up her emotions in the oh so cleverly titled ‘All Bottled Up’. Proved to be an effective friend for Maud Pie in Rock Solid Friendship and did a decent enough job to getting the two alicorn sisters to stop fighting each other in A royal problem. Helped more folks and doing it effectively in Fame and Misfortune, Triple Threat, including helping King Thorax with his brother Pharynx in the episode ‘To change a changeling’, and in the rarity episode ‘it isn’t the mane thing about you’. She would receive another episode that would to me highlight her maturity and ability to tackle issues that arises at her own expense in the episode ‘Uncommon Bond’ where she would face a situation where things don’t go as she planned when her best friend Sunburst would decide to have fun with her friends instead which she felt down for but didn’t tried to force the situation that would be at her friends’ expense. I loved that as I felt that was rather very mature for her to handle and helps show her character development in the best light possible, especially when you compare a similar episode from Season 6 in ‘Every little thing she does’. In the season finale, Shadow play, Starlight Glimmer would play a crucial role where she would try to serve as the opposing side to everyone’s opinion as she felt concerned with what they’re doing out of paranoia or even advice Twilight that perhaps she should take into consideration that the villain could be reasoned with and eventually push for it when she realizes that the Pony of Shadows is Stygian, a pony. This would bear fruit when the pillar six and the main six would be able to rescue Stygian from the Pony of Shadow’s influence and would even have the pillar six reconcile with him for what they wrongly did to him. This would earn Starlight a well earn praise from Twilight for being able to see the fault in their actions and for pushing them to not commit to it. Thus, I would have to give commendation to Season seven for not only continuing Starlight’s arc but most importantly improving her character to where she became a likeable and better character for it. This to me highlights the point that perhaps they have figured out what they want with Starlight Glimmer. To add to that note, it also seems that they want to push the view that because Starlight Glimmer hasn’t been part of Equestrian society proper for years, her views on things are different compared to the average pony and thus offer her a unique perspective on things that others would think so such as in A Royal Problem when she was willing to confront the equestrian royals on their problems despite their insistence that there is no issues and in Shadow Play where her time as a villain and lack of idol worship for the Pillar six would offer her as the sole voice of opposition that would go against their ideas and choices. One other notable thing that I do like that Season seven did for her and the main six was how early on we see Starlight try to help the main six’s issues as much as she could. This shows a better bond and relationship with her and the gang than what we have seen in Season six personally. However, not all of Glimmer was good as I want to note a real issue with Starlight Glimmer with Season seven was how it felt like in episodes Fame and Misfortune and It isn’t the mane thing about you that it felt like she usurped Spike’s roles in those episodes as when you consider how similar she speaks like Spike in Fame and Misfortune and notably how absent Spike was in a Rarity focused episode where she needed her friends out the most. Those points however weren’t too bad and didn’t sour my mood for how I felt for Starlight Glimmer in Season seven. Overall, Season 7 corrected the rocky course that Season 6 started with Starlight Glimmer

 

2.      Spike had a good outing in Season 7, though there was the notable issue of his roles getting taken from Starlight Glimmer. Speaking of Spike, the little purple dragon while not as fantastic as his brilliant outing in Season 6 (notably one of the few definite bright spots in the season everyone can agree on), his performance in Season 7 was good in my honest opinion. While he would less roles compared to season 6, especially when one considers that perhaps he had some of his roles stolen by Starlight Glimmer in the episodes Fame and Misfortune and It isn’t the mane thing about you despite how integral he was to the story elements presented in them, he was effective in whatever role he partook in. He was an excellent support character for many folks in episodes like A Flurry of Emotions and Shadow Play as you expect from him. As for his sole episode, Triple Threat, not only was it good to see Spike getting some love from the cutie map to go on a friendship quest but how I appreciate his role in it despite being the one a bit sidelined by Ember and Thorax bonding. One last note, it seems that the writers recognized that Spike was getting his roles stolen or at least understood why was Spike not involved in them so in the episode Once Upon a Zeppelin, we get to see that Spike willingly choose to stay behind and manage the paper work for Twilight for her to go out and have fun with her family, how very considerate of him.

 

3.      As for the Alicorn Royals, I enjoyed all of them and I especially enjoyed seeing Celestia and to a lesser extent Cadance getting some love from the writers at last. Season 7 seems to be the season when the writers have decided to throw Celestia a bone where we start of the season with a much focus and interaction between Celestia and Twilight where Celestia’s pupil goes to her to seek her advice on how to handle a rapidly advancing student where we get to see some character on her where we see her side of the story when she chose to send Twilight off to Ponyville where we see that it was a painful but necessary task for her to do. That would not stop there as while she shared a spotlight with her sister Luna in the episode ‘A Royal Problem’, Celestia was the one who benefited the most as we see not only how difficult as fuck of a job it is for her when Luna suffers a bit of self-loathing for her failure with the children and how difficult it was meeting those delegates and tasks Celestia had planned for the day, but also that we get to see that Celestia not only has an inner darkness in herself that she keeps locked up, but that her evil alter ego ‘Daybreaker’ has earned a resounding positive response from the audience.

As for Princess Cadance, while she would receive a lesser focus compared to Princess Celestia, she does get a bit of love and focus that she solely needed. This would start in the episode ‘A Flurry of Emotion’s’ where we see she and her husband, Shining Armor, have chosen to leave their baby Flurry Heart to Twilight’s care while they take a break to highlight how stressful it is of a job to handle a baby, but even so they still have their eye and focus on Flurry Heart that would eventually cause them to miss her while they were at an art gallery show. Cadance would again receive some more love in the episode ‘Once Upon a Zeppelin’ where we see her comforting Twilight by imparting a lesson she learned while tending to her baby Flurry Heart that while it’s good you care and are willing to put the needs of your citizens and friends above your own, don’t push it to where you become unhappy for it. It’s always good to leave enough time for yourself to enjoy so you too can feel happy helping others other than pure altruistic needs.  While it’s not the level of character development that Celestia would have, Cadance did managed to score a bit of growth to her character that she needed very much in Season 7.

Luna on the other hand would be the one taking a backseat in terms of focus compared to the other two as other than her role in A Royal Problem and a bit in Shadow Play, she wouldn’t be involved in those episodes and to make it even more apparent on this view, she would share the spotlight with her sister in those episodes. Still, she did get a bit of love as well in A Royal Problem where we see how difficult and lonely her job at guarding dreams is and how she would be the one to help her sister to conquer the nightmares that were ravaging Starlight Glimmer’s mind.  Overall, season 7 is a good outing for all the equestrian royals and is easily some of the best roles that they’ve received in the show. Fans of Celestia and Cadance would certainly love the focus on them this season.

 

4.      Flurry Heart would receive some interesting spotlights in Season 7 that would earn many fans for her. Despite folks fear of her appearance upstaging the show in her debut in Season 6, not only has that not happened but she proved to be a surprisingly good addition to the show for the impact she has on her parent’s character development but that she herself is a surprising character. Season 7 further solidifies that in the episode A Flurry of Emotion where it’s a story that I hate done well simply cause while Flurry Heart behaves like you expect of a baby ala wants to play with her favorite parents, aunts, and uncles, but a notable scene in the episode, where she goes to not only recognize that the cake twins are arguing over a toy and almost immediately goes to Spike to alert of it, but when he doesn’t do so right away, she decides to try to take it upon herself to resolve the dispute the best way she thought, cutting the toy in half King Solomon style. That scene was great as it compared between Flurry and the cake twins and showed how despite being obviously younger than those two, she’s already showing superior maturity and wisdom over the two as she recognizes a conflict and tries to resolve it right away via adult and if that don’t work, try to resolve it herself as best as she could. This highlights excellent parenting from Shining Armor and Cadance that is far beyond babies her age should be learning and she has picked up on them well so she’s not some dumb baby, though she still is one so she still has poor experience and knowledge as she hasn’t learned enough yet, but you can tell that once she gets older, she’s going to be a very exceptional pony. She would appear again in Once Upon a Zeppelin where she humorously shows an appetite with using her magic to play tower with the other pony babies, showing that she also sees other pony babies as playmates for her to have fun with. Thus, Flurry Heart continues to earn my liking for her and shows even more reason why Flurry Heart’s inception into the show isn’t a bad decision but is in fact a good one.

 

5.      Dragon Lord Ember, Prince Rutherford, and especially King Thorax receive some good attention and character development for their growing and needed roles as leaders of their respective species. One of the most interesting developments from Season 6 was the introduction of Dragon Lord Ember and Thorax becoming King in the S6 finale. These characters would continue their developments in the episode Triple Threat where we see Dragon Lord Ember and King Thorax struggle with their issues of leadership where Ember’s brute and confrontational approach to her subjects has earned enmity from her subjects towards her and Thorax being one who prefers to talk rather than act has left many problems unfixed and his position looking shaky among his subjects.  In Triple Threat, both would help each other out by applying their usual approach to their problems for the other to pick up on. As a result, Ember learns to not be so confrontational and physical with problems and instead try to talk and reach a more diplomatic approach while Thorax learns to act to solve an issue rather than talk their ears off. Thorax would also reveal in Triple Threat that he has a rebellion going on in his hive that thanks to Ember’s advice that he would successfully resolve for the most part as told in the following episode, to Change a Changeling. The sole remaining rebel would be his brother, Pharynx would be a target among the new changelings who would demand his brother and king of the new Hive to remove him. While Trixie and Glimmer would be about to agree with this solution until Thorax would reveal a big reason for his refusal to oust him is due to that Pharynx has helped Thorax out in his time of need from the other changelings that would often bully him while making good points to him to toughen up so he wouldn’t be bullied by them. This shows that Thorax and Pharynx are not only caring brothers for each other, how Pharynx despite his tough exterior has a softer and caring side to him for his brother, but that Thorax is willing to even threaten his own position as King to protect him as well. Thus, this helps to develop Thorax to be more likeable in my eyes as it shows of how caring and loyal he can be for those he cherishes, including his own people and allies. At the same time, he is developing a firmer backbone as he and his brother are notable for being one of the few folks in the show who have called out Starlight Glimmer’s actions out as being in the wrong and holding her accountable for it, something that even the royal alicorn sisters did not do with her in A Royal problem.

As for Prince Rutherford, while not without issue due to how stubborn he was about refusing help even though he didn’t actually minded, compared to his introduction, his role in Not Asking for Trouble was much better to where it would help make the Yaks more likeable and perhaps help push them to a spot that’s better than the Buffalo and Diamond Dogs currently are residing in (one can say the Yaks effectively replace the Buffalos due to a friendlier and less intimidating culture to expy off of). Most notable is that he and Pinkie Pie hitting it off quite well with each other to where Not asking for Trouble is one of Pinkie Pie’s better characterized appearances in the show.

Overall, I hope all three make their return and have more episodes as I certainly wouldn’t mind it.

 

6.      Other characters in the show get developed as well on the sideline in Season 7. While the royals are notable, there are other side characters that are receiving some love too as well. The first would be Thunderlane, a fellow graduate from RD’s wonderbolts class would not only become an official wonderbolt himself as shown in Parental Guidance, but his new role would help the development of his younger brother Rumble who himself would grow jealous and worried of his own flying skills and lack of a cutie mark in the episode Marks and Recreation. Big MacIntosh himself would find love in Sugar Belle from the episode ‘Hard to Say Anything,’ that’s the first serious romance for him. His grandmother herself would show off some minor character developments as she makes amends with her hated nemesis Grand Pear for his and their children’s sake. Sunburst meanwhile would develop in a minor way as he becomes more open to other ponies where he notably befriends Starlight Glimmer’s friends at her chagrin in the episode ‘Uncommon Bond’. This would also extend to Mayor Mare and Mrs. Cake or her maiden name Chiffon Swirl where it was Mayor Mare who served as the person who administered the wedding for Pear Butter and Bright MacIntosh and Chiffon Swirl was a good friend for Pear Butter who served as her best mare for her at the wedding. Even the business pony Filthy Rich was given a minor but notable role in the episode ‘It isn’t the main thing about you’, where we see he’s trying to get something nice for his wife Spoiled Rich for the Mare’s Day. Also, the maligned Wonderbolts after getting crapped on the past three seasons starting from the hated S4 Rainbow Falls finally are getting a fix on their image with their efforts to help Rainbow Dash and general pleasant attitude towards Rainbow Dash’s parents in Parental Glidance. Lord knows how badly they needed it. Most notably however and best was the three recurring characters Daring Do, Discord, and Trixie respectively. Daring Do would receive perhaps her most vulnerable and human characterization in the series in Daring Done? when she starts feeling guilty for causing the mess in Somenambula and was even willing to quit her career as Indy expy adventurer until her biggest fan and her friend Pinkie Pie came to help her out in her hour of need. Discord would receive his best characterization post reformation where he seemed to be pushing to do whatever he can to please his best friend Fluttershy to show his appreciation for all the things she had done for him, even if it kills him literally. That’s also to mention his dream where he was having fun playing with Smooze to show his buddy relationship with the Smooze. Trixie would continue to build up on her supporting role with Starlight Glimmer where she’s the best supporting character along with Spike for Starlight Glimmer as she’s one of the few characters that isn’t bewitched by Glimmer’s abilities and doesn’t treat her with kid gloves when speaking with her. This would be shown and highlighted in All Bottled Up where Trixie would nonchalantly cause a table to disappear and believe they’ll find it soon enough despite Glimmer’s insistence they find it. One of the most notable things they did for Trixie in Season 7 was developing her magical abilities where it seems she’s looking to becoming a stronger mage for herself. That’s good to see happening for Trixie. Season 7 has just been doing splendid with characters.

 

7.      Many new characters shown in the season proved their worth and are effective too. I’ll give special mention to the remaining parents presented in the season and the Pillar six in their own points, for the more minor ones, I will say I liked what I was shown. While they started off on the weakside when they showed Rarity, Applejack, and Pinkie Pie’s friends that tried to help Fluttershy in their way in the episode Fluttershy Leans in that all three-proved unmemorable, mediocre with the three contestant ponies in Honest Apple with Lily Lace, Star Streak, and the better but still mediocre Inky Rose, they would start to hit things off with the new characters in outside of the ones I mentioned would be in Perfect Pear with Bright MacIntosh’s best friend, Burnt Oak where we not only see him tell his best friend’s children abit about their dad, but the way he responded when Big MacIntosh would ask if he would be happy to tell more stories about their dad later where Burnt Oak let out a tearful yes shows how much Bright Mac means to Burnt Oak and how badly he misses him. Continues with Pharynx as I mentioned in point 5 for why I liked him in to change a Changeling. One of my favorite new characters from Season 7 would be the character Cat Tail; introduced in the episode a Health of Information. There, despite his simple appearance and role of essentially helping Fluttershy and Twilight Sparkle out to finding the cure for Swamp Fever, when you take note that the place he lives in, Hayseed Swamp, has been abandoned for quite some time it seems with only Cat Tail living in such a destitute place. His reasoning for living in such place is explained that he wants to ensure his great ancestor, Meadowbrook’s work is preserved for others to come and see the many cures and remedies she has found that can help them. Thus, despite his simple appearance, Cat Tail holds a surprising depth to his character where we see that even though he’s able to and perhaps is better off moving away from Hayseed Swamp, he’s willing to stay there to ensure his great ancestor’s work is preserved and her home intact. Thus, he possesses a noble spirit in him and a selfless character to ensure his family’s legacy is preserved. Also helps that Cat Tail is a pretty cool guy himself for folks to like. Also, it appears he’s handling himself better than the other descendant of a pillar as a lone villager in Mist Mane’s old village that is bitter at how overgrown and run down the place is until Rarity came to fix it for her. Star Tracker from the episode Once upon a Zeppelin would serve as a fan expy where we see him being utterly nervous and shy around Twilight Sparkle but at the same time clearly holds respect for her and wishes to make her happy, even standing up to Iron Will for a moment to ensure Twilight would be able to enjoy her time with her family uninterrupted. Overall, while not as strong as the other elements I’ve mentioned above, Season 7 did do a well enough job to be pleased by the batch of new characters they showed, especially when I make mention of the remaining main six parents and the pillar six.

 

8.      I loved the remaining main 6 parents that was previously not shown in the show appear here in Season 7 and the characterization that was given to Twilight and Shining Armor’s parents. One big thing that was going for Season 7 was family. This would start with Rainbow Dash’s parents Windy Whistle and Bow Hothoof whose love but bordering fanatical support for Rainbow Dash would provide plenty of good for her and Scootaloo in one of Season 7’s best ‘Parental Glidance’. The next one up, Applejack’s parents in Pear Butter and Bright MacIntosh would earn the love and hearts of fans and audience everywhere with the fantastic ‘The Perfect Pear’ episode with their story of love. Even though they were previously shown and even had a speaking role in Season 6, Season 7’s episode ‘Once Upon a Zeppelin’ was really Twilight parent’s, Twilight Velvet and Night Light’s first real moments of character to show in the series and it’s great as we see how Velvet loves to do risky stuff to feel adrenaline pump through her for thrills and Night Light seems to be the one his kids are most alike in personality as he prefers quieter stuff, he still has his own bouts of energy and enthusiasms too. These parents are fantastic parents for their kids and I really do appreciate the staff for what they did for them in Season 7.

 

9.      The Pillar Six gave us one of the show’s best written story arcs in the Legends of Equestria arc for the 2nd half of Season 7. One of the things that happened in Season 7 was the story arc, Legends of Equestria. This would start in the episode, Campfire Tales where we hear Applejack, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash tell their younger sisters their favorite Equestrian Legend in Rock Hoof, Mist Mane, and Flash Magnus respectively and the deeds they committed that started off their legendary careers as legends. This would continue in the episode ‘Daring Done?’ where they visit a whole city in Southern Equestria that has dedicated themselves to honoring the heroine the city is named after she inspired with hope and successfully saved the pharaoh’s son and forced a Sphinx out of their lands. Then next up in a Health of Information where it would retcon the previous lore on Meadowbrook for a new one that works great to where she’s an earth pony which doctor who successfully saved her town from a deadly and terrifying disease, swamp fever, that was bringing it to its knees as Fluttershy and Twilight Sparkle would go to the abandoned town of Hayseed Swamp to find the cure.  These stories and episodes would culminate into the finale, Shadow Play where we see that Starswirl the Bearded is part of it and would seal himself and the other pillars to stop an evil creature, the Shadow Pony from wreaking havoc in Equestria. Before they sealed themselves, we find they had imbued crystal seeds with their elements, Sorcery, Healing, Hope, Strength, Bravery, and Beauty. These seeds would sprout into the Tree of Harmony and would become the more modern elements of Harmony, Magic, Kindness, Laughter, Honesty, Loyalty, and Generosity. So, the Pillar six are shown to be the original and progenitors of the Elements of Harmony. This would all culminate into where they would be able to rescue Stygian from the Pony of Shadow after they realized their folly in casting him out for his actions without letting him explain and especially affect Starswirl when he realized it was his foolishness and pride that caused all of this, causing him to be deeply apologetic and away from his normally egotistical behavior. Thus, after seeing the results of this arc, I will gladly say that the Legends of Equestria arc is one of the show’s best and you can argue it’s the best one. As for the characters themselves, while Starswirl would certainly earn some eyebrows for his behavior, the rest have earned their spots in the fandom and audience as they’re well liked, especially Somnambula.

 

10.  Season 7 had some of the weakest batch of villains the show has seen. Now, one of the few things that Season 7 did wrong was on the villain’s department. When you compare the villains of the past to what was shown in Season 7, the villains aren’t good. The best and most memorable was Daybreaker and even then, that is more due to how she’s an evil alter ego of Celestia and is a force of darkness in her that she keeps locked away. The big evil villain of the finale, the Shadow Pony was so stereotypical for his role and did really nothing of note other than screech and yell at the heroes that while competent at his role, he was really nothing special or even notable other than a separate character in Stygian, whom wasn’t notable other than being an angsty outcast upset at how his friends betrayed him and justifiably so. The rest of the antagonist roles were par for the course and nothing memorable other than of course a good and appreciated return of Iron Will the minotaur in a much more justified antagonist role in Once Upon a Zeppelin. Thus, one thing you will be disappointed in Season 7 is how weak and unmemorable the villains are. On that note, I do will give credit to Shadow Play episode for showing us that EQG is canon to the show with the appearance of the Sirens, the villains from Rainbow Rocks. It says something when the most memorable villain moment in the finale was a cameo appearance by the Sirens to confirm EQG as canon to the show.   

 

11.  The Cutie Mark Crusaders expand and refine their roles as Cutie Mark Councilors in Season 7 and have a good time being with their sisters though it was more mixed this time than what S6 had. While I believe the CMC’s were weaker in Season 7 than they were in Season 6, it was still good and effective in my frank opinion. They would start off with some mixed results but very good for Sweetie Belle in Forever Filly that highlighted how Sweetie Belle and the CMCs are growing up into young adults. Giving us another great Scootaloo performance in the episode Parental Glidance (seriously, it’s like she racks up A grade episodes whenever she gets one). The CMCs would get one of their weakest performances since S5’s Trouble in Appleoosa with S7’s Hard to Say Anything where they gave Big Mac bad romance advice that was a poor attempt to poke fun at romance tropes. Bounce back with their sisters in Campfire Tales in the return of another camping trip with them. Then they would finish their best episode together in Marks and Recreation where we would see they would establish a summer camp for those without cutie marks so they may be able to get them for which they would encounter difficulty with the rebellious Rumble. Overall, while I felt Season 7 was less notable than the changes they made for them in Season 7, I felt that was more due to the staff deciding to help further refine their roles as they are transitioning more into careers as Cutie Mark Councilors with their crowning achievement for their goals for them in Season 7 being the CM camp. A notable thing is that it seems that Sweetie Belle is usurping Applebloom’s role as leader as it seems she’s becoming more and more the boss of the group while Applebloom is sort of being relegated to 2nd in command. I wonder if this reflects how much more popular Sweetie Belle is.

 

12.  Ponyville would have one of its worst roles and characterizations in S7’s Fame and Misfortune. Ponies sans the main six and Starlight Glimmer were so bad in that episode that the less said of how bad they were the better. I’ll say what I commented above.

 

13.  The main six as a group were rather fantastic in helping each other out.  I will say that as a group, as we see in such examples as ‘Fame and Misfortune’ and ‘It isn’t the mane thing about you’, Season 7 is one of their strongest as not only were they consistently helping each other out whenever they needed it but many other episodes like Fluttershy Leans in and Shadow Play made points about it. To me, in terms of consistently getting the gang involved to helping each other out, this is one of the show’s strongest seasons for it.

 

14.  Main Six in Season 7.

 

A.     Twilight Sparkle: This is in my opinion one of the strongest seasons for Twilight Sparkle in the show. Not only did they give a surprising number of main roles for her in a lot of episodes such as Celestial Advice, A Flurry of Emotions, Fame and Misfortune, Once Upon a Zeppelin, and Shadow Play, but even her secondary roles in episodes like All Bottled Up, Fluttershy Leans In, A Royal Problem, Not Asking for Trouble, Triple Threat, it isn’t a mane thing about you, A health of information, Secrets and Pies, and Uncommon Bond were good a plenty. Twilight Sparkle was practically everywhere in Season 7 and to make this heavy focus on her notable, she also didn’t have any bad roles in it. She was good to excellent whatever role she was put in. Season 7 Twilight Sparkle to me is one of her best versions and best one post Magical Mystery Cure and has only Season 2’s Twilight Sparkle to compete for best version of her.

 

 

B.     Pinkie Pie: Pinkie Pie would have a solid but not great time in Season seven. She would start off by being the only real issue in an otherwise excellent Maud Pie episode in Rock Solid Friendship due to well-meaning but over the top behavior in pushing Maud Pie to stay at Ponyville. She would have a good secondary role and be the best main six members in an otherwise bad Honest Apple episode. She would have one of her best characterizations and really help solidify my opinion for the yaks in the returning Yaks episode ‘Not asking for Trouble.’ She would prove to be every effective in her secondary role to Rainbow Dash and Daring Do where she would help cheer them up and provide moral support in ‘Daring Done?’ Also, she would be effective in her other supporting roles of ‘It isn’t the mane thing about you’ when she joins with the rest of the gang sans Spike to help Rarity out when she lost her hair and in Shadow Play when they needed to revive the pillars and help them out defeat the Shadow Pony like everyone else was doing. She would also be an even more annoying problem for her idiocy in Secrets and Pies. In conclusion, I would say that Pinkie Pie had a good outing in Season 7, but not a great one as it’s characterize by good but not great roles and even her worst ones were not bad.

 

C.     Applejack: She would start off on the bad end with one of her worst characterizations in the episode Honest Apple that was saved by her efforts to save Rarity’s fashion contest to help mitigate that role she had. But she would bounce back greatly by having the best episode of the season if not the show in the Perfect Pear where she along with her siblings would learn about their parents and she would be the one to push for Grannie Smith and Grand Pear to make up to each other for their possible dead parent’s sake in one of her best roles in the show. She would also have some solid secondary roles such as in Campfire Tales, there isn’t a mane thing about you, and Shadow Play like everyone else. Overall while AJ had one notably bad time in Honest Apple, she was otherwise solid and good in Season 7 and imo was slightly better than Pinkie Pie as AJ had less bad roles and had one great one to make up having an even worse role than what Pinkie even at her worse in S7 had.

 

D.     Rainbow Dash: Much like Twilight Sparkle, after suffering easily her worst season version in the show, Rainbow Dash bounced back fantastically in Season 7, starting off greatly in one of her best roles in the Scootaloo episode Parental Glidance, would have a mixed but effective role with her surrogate little sister Scootaloo in the episode Campfire Tales, provide a fantastic support and voice to help Daring Do in her time of need in Daring Done?, and be giving to others for pies she didn’t like and being funny and hilarious in Secrets and Pies as she also tries to make amends to Pinkie Pie for lying to her even at her own expense (thank god that didn’t’ went through). With other effective supporting roles such as F&M, Fluttershy Leans in, There isn’t a mane thing about you, and Shadow Play, Rainbow Dash bounced back to a much better season. Due to a lack of any bad roles in Season 7 and how good some of her heavier focused episodes are on her, she had performed better than AJ and Pinkie Pie in Season 7 imo, but nowhere near as good as Twilight Sparkle due to the insane number of good roles they gave to Twilight in Season 7.

 

E.      Rarity: Rarity would have a bit of a rough start with her first specific role for Season 7 in Forever Filly where her idiotic behavior would prove to be an otherwise good episode’s biggest problem. Then she would have her worst role of the season in my opinion in Honest Apple where she would stupidly pick Applejack to be a contestant judge despite AJ’s initial protest and insinuations that she was the worst one for the job. Rarity would state she picked her because ‘her honest and practicality would be needed’ despite how little in knowledge AJ has for fashion and especially how rather low tier practicality is for fashion really. To make her role in Honest Apple to be perhaps worse than AJ’s, the episode never called her out for her stupid choice and especially how she ended up choosing all three contestants despite her early promise to only promote one. She would bounce back greatly in the episode Campfire Tales where she would be the best one out of the bunch due to how the episode highlights how notably willing Rarity is able to camp and how much better she has gotten for it along with giving us the best campfire tale of the bunch. Next, she would have another stronger outing in It isn’t the mane thing about you where she gave us a fun episode for all to enjoy. Coupled with some other good supporting roles from the season finale and we have a much better finish for Rarity. She’s behind on AJ but a small bit ahead of Pinkie Pie due to having a slightly brighter role than Pinkie Pie this season to offset her one slightly worse role than Pinkie while having more bad roles and less brightly shone roles as AJ had.

 

F.      Fluttershy: Fluttershy would continue her streak of good seasons, though she would start a bit on the rough side with Fluttershy Leans in for not only inexplicably giving us a dream job for Fluttershy that came out of left field but how the episode avoids chastising her for her own faults for the poor planning on the nature sanctuary she wants. However, she would bounce back greatly in Discordant Harmony where she really shows to be Discord’s best friend when she comes to his aid when he was willing to kill himself to make her happy by telling him to be himself for his and her sake. She would also have possibly her best role in the series in the episode A health of information where she would pull all stops to finding the cure for Swamp Fever that’s afflicting Zecora, even at her own expense that hurts her own performance than she realized. Alongside some good secondary roles with the rest of the girls in group focused episodes such as F&M and Shadow Play, Fluttershy had another good-great season for her. She’s ahead of Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and AJ as while she has one bad role, the good roles she had she shown brightly and was memorable in them. She’s behind Rainbow Dash and certainly Twilight Sparkle because of that one bad role however.

 

My main six rankings for Season 7 are as follows:

 

1.      Twilight Sparkle

2.      Rainbow Dash

3.      Fluttershy

4.      Applejack

5.      Rarity

6.      Pinkie Pie

 

However, all of them were good in Season 7 and none of them had a bad season so that is certainly pleasing to see.

 

 

15.  Episode rankings:

 

1.      Perfect Pear: A+ (Best episode of the season, and you can argue it’s the best episode of the show. It’s that good)

2.      Parental Glidance: A+ (Another great Scootaloo episode and one of her best. Gave us a much-needed look on Rainbow Dash’s parents and gave us a much-needed great role for Rainbow Dash to have).

3.      Once Upon a Zeppelin: A+ (Twilight’s best episode since Amending Fences imo)

4.      Marks and Recreation: A+ (Another fantastic Cutie Mark Crusader episode where it develops their careers as councilors while developing Rumble and Thunderlane’s characters meanwhile in the episode to great effect)

5.      Uncommon Bond: A+ (Post Reformation Starlight Glimmer’s best episode. Helps to highlight the stark difference between Season 7 Starlight and her S6 version).

6.      A Health of Information: A (Only a retcon prevents it from having an A+. This is possibly Fluttershy’s best episode in the show).

7.      Discordant Harmony: A (Best Post Discord reformation episode in the series. Really adds tons of fuel for the Discordshy shippers).

8.      Flurry of Emotions: A (A much better version of Baby Cakes and another great episode for Twilight to have. Flurry Heart shows her worth in the series too.)

9.      All Bottled Up: A (A great follow up to the season premiere to help show off the dynamics between Trixie and Starlight Glimmer in a better light. Trixie receives some hidden character developments here too.)

10.  Shadow Play: A (Best two parter finale in the show and the only finale imo that can rival S1’s Best Night Ever for best finale in the show).

11.  It isn’t the mane thing about you: B+ (Another excellent outing for Rarity where this episode gave birth to us Raripunk. One of the main 6 and Glimmer’s best supporting roles in the show too.

12.  Celestial Advice: B+ (One of the best Season premieres of the show. Gave us much needed development and love for Celestia while hinting at what Twilight has planned for Glimmer in the future).

13.  To Change a Changeling: B+ (Gives us a much-needed focus and development on the Changelings post S6 and helps develop Thorax while giving us an interesting brother to boot).

14.  A Royal Problem: B+ (Another episode gives a much-needed focus on the day to day jobs of the Alicorn sisters. Also gave us Daybreaker and development for both alicorn sisters too and a hilarious Twilight Sparkle).

15.  Not Asking for Trouble: B (A much needed fix on the Yaks and giving us an excellent Pinkie Pie characterization).

16.  Triple Threat: B (Gives some good development for both Thorax and Ember as rulers of their respective kingdoms. Helps set up To Change a Changeling. Effective roles for Spike, Twilight, and Glimmer.)

17.  Rock Solid Friendship: B (A great Maud Pie episodes that gave us her best characterization in the show. A bit on the stupid side Pinkie Pie characterization however ruins that chance).

18.  Campfire Tales: C+ (Some campfire stories are better written and Rainbow Dash could irk some folks. Otherwise, an excellent setup episode for the Legends of Equestria arc and a good sister bond episode between Rarity, Sweetie Belle, Applejack, Applebloom, Rainbow Dash, and Scootaloo respectively.)

19.  Forever Filly: C+ (Rarity’s role was on the stupid side as well as Applebloom and Scootaloo being too dependent on Sweetie Belle, but a fantastic Sweetie Belle episode with a relatable tale of older siblings dealing with younger siblings growing up).

20.  Daring Done: C+ (A messed up and stupid climax messes up an otherwise great and humanizing character episode for Daring Do. Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie were good in it too).

21.  Secrets and Pies: C (A funny episode that is messed up by Pinkie Pie’s idiocy and a mistake with Rainbow Dash throwing out the first pie given in the episode. Otherwise a very good Rainbow Dash characterization.)

22.  Hard to Say Anything: D (Helps give us SugarMac as Big Mac’s canon romance partner, but the CMC’s stupidity as well poor attempts at jabbing at romance tropes as well as an unlikeable antagonist hurts this episode a plenty).

23.  Fluttershy Leans In: F (Fluttershy’s desire for an animal sanctuary has no setup and she doesn’t get called out for her poor planning of said sanctuary is the only black mark on Fluttershy in Season seven).

24.  Honest Apple: F (One of the worst characterizations of Applejack in the show. Rarity is perhaps a bit worse as the episode never calls her out for her poor choice or the fact she ended up picking and supporting all three contestants despite declaring she would only pick on contestant).

25.  Fame and Misfortune: F- (One of the show’s worst episodes in a very mean-spirited tone story that gets no proper resolution to what happened).

 

16.  Season seven held another and very important theme going for it. On a note, one of the things that Season 7 did that was rather surprising to see and I liked how it handled it ‘Folks have different views and they should not be hated for it. Sometimes their views are correct and better in fact’. This would be best shown in episodes, Triple Threat where Ember and Thorax apply their usual method to solve their own problems to each other’s problems to be resolved instead of either of them discounting it as they listened and agreed with what to do. To Change a Changeling where it would show the faults and issues of how pacifistic to the point of weakness the new Changeling Hive has gotten and how Pharynx’s views that they should learn to protect and defend themselves proved to be correct. Marks and Recreation where not only did they show Rumble rebelling against the CMCs for reasons that cutie marks suck, but when they did quell the rebellion and he learns to behave better, the episode didn’t throw a cutie mark on him to force him into a path right away but rather let him enjoy cooking while still leaving open that flying is for him. And finally, Shadow Play where it shows the consequences of what happens when you go to demonize and ostracize someone for an action they did instead of giving them a fair chance at what they want or believe. This is a surprisingly mature take on a very important lesson folks should learn, which is that folks will have different views on things and want to do different actions for it. Declaring them bad and not giving them a chance to learn or prove their beliefs correct is not the course of action one should take. Giving folks a fair shake with their views will create happier groups, something we certainly need more on.

 

17.  What can future seasons learn from Season 7 and what can they improve upon it. What future seasons can learn from Season 7 is how that you can incorporate other characters to be involved in even small things and it would still help them out as it would help show that they’re caring friends willing to help them out. It certainly did for Starlight Glimmer and it can work with new characters too. Also, the general execution and setup of storylines and arcs in Season 7 is something many other seasons in the show wished they had and is a good sign as the show heads into the twilight of its life. Also, it’s theme of family and acceptance of other’s beliefs and actions is something that can be expanded upon and done more on in future episodes as they’ve shown to be fun and good ideas to be explored more. I’d love for every parent to spend time with each other or so. The treatment of each character where they’re treated well for the most part is also something to be admired as well. Finally, one thing that I felt the season did wrong that other seasons did better was in the villain’s department as I felt Season 7’s rogue’s gallery was mediocre and rather forgetful.

 

18.  Conclusion: To me, Season 7 is the show’s best season in the series. It does everything you’d hope they should would do well and when it hits it brilliantly, it shines among the brightest I’ve seen in this show. With so few bad things in it, so many good things like good developments on the royals, a well written arc, much better development for Starlight Glimmer, and how well written the main six and other characters that helped them become better characters without anyone feeling disappointed in anyone other than maybe Spike having his roles stolen by Glimmer, Season 7 to me is the show’s best season and I hope that Season 8 can become better.

 

 

 

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Section 1 

On ‎4‎/‎1‎/‎2018 at 6:45 PM, Nuke87654 said:

These characters would continue their developments in the episode Triple Threat where we see Dragon Lord Ember and King Thorax struggle with their issues of leadership where Ember’s brute and confrontational approach to her subjects has earned enmity from her subjects towards her and Thorax being one who prefers to talk rather than act has left many problems unfixed and his position looking shaky among his subjects.

The only thing I disagree with is your statement about Ember. I don't see anywhere in the episode that the dragons were hostile toward Ember because of her actions, and that Ember caused the enmity or even received it for that matter. On the other hand, I see that the dragons were hostile and had enmity toward each other, and not toward Ember: "According to Ember's letters, the dragons are trying to be friends, but competing is in their nature, and it's leading to more and more fights." - Twilight, S7 ep15. However, I do suppose that Ember received and caused at least a small portion of this. 

On ‎4‎/‎1‎/‎2018 at 6:45 PM, Nuke87654 said:

As a result, Ember learns to not be so confrontational and physical with problems and instead try to talk and reach a more diplomatic approach while Thorax learns to act to solve an issue rather than talk their ears off.

You are correct in this, and my above statement is not justifying Ember's actions and claiming her as innocent; as a matter of fact, she is all the more guilty because she is the leader and she was using and promoting a very faulty and wrong method of solving friendship problems which significantly furthered the enmity in the dragon-land. 

Section 2 

On ‎4‎/‎1‎/‎2018 at 6:45 PM, Nuke87654 said:

When you compare the villains of the past to what was shown in Season 7, the villains aren’t good.

I don't see how they aren't, and last time I checked the other seasons never gave us psychological villains apart from the Tantabus; nor did they give us an Egyptian related mythological creature called the Sphinx. The point is, I don't think we should demote season 7 villains because each one is different and unique from those in the other seasons.

On ‎4‎/‎1‎/‎2018 at 6:45 PM, Nuke87654 said:

The big evil villain of the finale, the Shadow Pony was so stereotypical for his role and did really nothing of note other than screech and yell at the heroes that while competent at his role, he was really nothing special or even notable other than a separate character in Stygian, whom wasn’t notable other than being an angsty outcast upset at how his friends betrayed him and justifiably so.

You forgot to mention that the Pony of Shadows was weak to begin with as soon as he came out of limbo. He never had a chance to reveal his full power because he was defeated before he gained it. And even when he was weak, he still had enough power to beat Twilight alone in a magic dual, destroy all six rocks in the ritual, and destroy Starswirl's protection spell; furthermore, it took the pillars, the mane six, Sunburst, and Starlight to begin banishing him to limbo. He undoubtedly did more than just talk, and he could have done worse if given enough time. 

On ‎4‎/‎1‎/‎2018 at 6:45 PM, Nuke87654 said:

Thus, one thing you will be disappointed in Season 7 is how weak and unmemorable the villains are.

What they did and what they indicate gives us another option. The Pony of Shadows has opened the way for an alternative and dark view of Equestria, presenting questions such as what else is out there that is imprisoned or hiding in another dimension? Or are there more forces of darkness, maybe even connected to the Pony of Shadows? It is this reason that makes the Pony of Shadows memorable to me, and this reason is like the one you gave for Daybreaker. I believe that the season 7 villains are memorable and strong in different ways, and they present to us a darker view on evil; when I say 'they', I am referring to Daybreaker, the Pony of Shadows, and the evil Rainbow Dash. I wouldn't call shooting lasers out of your eyes 'weak' or 'unmemorable'. 

Conclusion 

I agree with @RK_Striker_JK_5 that you have a very great summary of season 7; moreover, apart from the two areas I mentioned above, I find it very legitimate and accurate.

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