Finale... · 1:11am
If you don't want to read anything negative, or any spoilers about the season 3 finale, you can skip this blog. You can also skip it if you don't want to read it too. Just fine.
Let's start by saying... Great episode. A really good one, if not rushed. The animation was amazing, the songs (plenty of them) were top notch. The story was cool, but could have been put over two episodes.
And then... and then it happened. They wrapped the most tasteless ponypoo in the most sweet wrapping. For lot of people, that's enough. If the sugarcoating is thick enough, they can accept anything. It was so obvious they were pushing a marketing agenda that at some point it became awkward. "Everything is fine"? Seven songs in a 22 mins package? The most twisted display of "feeling" filled scenes? At some point I was wondering if I was not watching some ads or something.
"They managed to do it!" and "Thanks M.A. Larson!" was shouted on the stream just as the episode ended. They managed to do what? To make you eat it and like it? So, beside that it was an obvious marketing plot to sell some more toys with complete disregard for this show integrity, there's also plenty of other things that make this just plain wrong.
Because Hasbro automatically assume they can feed their targeted audience any kind of horsecrap and they would accept it without a second thought.
Young girls can also be intelligent and can also expect their favorite show to be designed as such.
That's something I said lately on Reddit. Some might say it sounds a lot like what Faust said in an interview while season 1 just started. While back then I dismissed it for some feminist rhetoric; I'm afraid I came to agree on this too. Two minutes to turn Twilight into an alicorn and two more to make her a princess and as little explanation as possible. Taking your audience for idiots with a capital "I".
Then someone else came around and said:
It's not so much that it is horsecrap but that younger children have tighter attachments than older children to the bodies of parents and family. Their emotional bonds are more based on body-touching relationships. Twilight's body changing shape is pretty dramatic for them in ways it isn't for older audiences. I think it might just be a mismatch of demographic, as this is kind of a 6-10 year old show mostly I am thinking, right?
I didn't think about it, but I have to agree on that too! I try to imagine myself when I was young... if one of my hero was to undergo such drastic changes in four minutes flat with no background story and no real explanation. How would I had felt? Terrible... disturbed. And back then I wouldn't have known how to express that weird uncertainty. We often take the younger audience for granted, for idiot that doesn't understand and can accept anything. But they aren't stupid, if something doesn't make sense or is lacking a logical structure, they can "feel" that even if they can't explain it.
We all came to like the show because it was good. Not just the animation, the song or the joke, but also the mythological aspect built in background and the characters attached to it. Now... We had Cadance that came from... No one knows. And now Twilight have been changed for... Again, no good reasons. And to me, it creates some terrible precedent. I'm afraid season 4 will end with Twilight wedding to an unknown prince. After all, every girls dreams of being a princess, right? The step after that, is every girls dream of their white knight, their strong prince by their sides. And after that, everything married girls dream of is having babies!
It's a huge mountain of stereotypical idiocy; something I was happy to not see in this show until the wedding. It makes no sense on so many levels. For me, it makes me slightly angry. For a kids who might not be able to word it properly, it would make them disturbed, conflicted. But let's dig a bit deeper in the message passed in that episode. You might think that I'm seeking too far, but I wrote "Never Judge" for something as small as the name of Celestia's school.
"Twilight wrote her own magic." Does that mean that unicorn are once more "special"? That pegasi or earth ponies cannot ascend to alicorness? Another strange tiny bit of racism that tick me off.
"You're an alicorn, so you're now a princess." What is the link between the two elements there? Of course we never met a princess that is not an alicorn, but the link between the two is insane. The message passed is that a special physiological aspect of a pony is enough to grant political power. Terrible things happened on this planet when a group of people think they are genetically or physiologically superior. The link between the two, for me, makes no sense. Celestia and Luna are leader of the country because of their thousand years experience, not automatically because they are alicorn. All princesses are alicorns, but should all alicorns be princesses? What if by a freak accident Trixie grows some wings? Might make a good episode, but the link between the two is disturbing. What if a pony's special talent is political leadership? They are out of luck because you got to be a unicorn and grow some wings at some point?
"You're now a princess." The whole episode is about seeking your destiny, but name me one moment in the last three seasons where Twilight express the wish for political power or even to become one princess? Her goals never been that. It was terribly out of character, she's a book worm! A nerds that prefer the darkness and silence of a library over doing sport. Because she got friends didn't change that! Did Twilight even had the choice in the matter? Celestia sure didn't ask her opinion. When her friends bowed before her? Awkward is definitely not strong enough.
"You display great leadership." No, she did not. She was appointed the leader of the group da facto because she was the envoy of Celestia, not because of her leadership, which at some point was down right dangerous. She's a great manager. But great managing skills doesn't automatically means great leader. And even great leadership doesn't make you a great political figure. Most army's generals are great leader, but for most, I wouldn't put them in the president's seat.
"You accomplished a lot." True... but did she do much more than five other ponies? Favoritism much?
"Twilight will continue to live in Ponyville. - Tara Strong" Right! A princess who lives in a library. Unless this "princess" thing is just a title with no meaning and no political power. Then why do it in the first place?
The last four minutes of that episode were, for me, terrible.
Now I'm afraid of what kind of idiocy Hasbro's marketing department will manage to infuse in the next season finale and how much sugarcoating they will need to pass it to the "gullible" audience.
For the records, I'm not against Twilight alicornification. However, I am against that princess no-sense and the way they handled the whole thing. They could have had a whole season of buildup towards that; releasing information here and there. Building some kind of background story, maybe even some historical views on how Celestia/Luna and maybe even Cadance came to be. But it did not happen; we got two seconds view on a mysterious black book in the opener, and that's it.