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Maran


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Oct
14th
2019

Season overview · 2:49pm Oct 14th, 2019

Ever since Season 5, I've been writing reviews of each season after it ended. Now that it's the end of the series, I'm going to summarize my opinion of each season leading up to the ninth.

Season 1 – Although it's remembered fondly by many, this is one of the weakest seasons, IMO. It has the usual first-season signs that the writers are still figuring out what kind of tone and characters they want to present. Spike is more childish, Big Mac is more talkative (until he isn't), and I can tell the exact episode when the writers realized that adult males were watching the show, too. Still, the writing is smarter than most shows aimed at little kids, and obviously I liked this season enough to continue watching.

Season 2 – This season is when the show really comes into its own. It opens and closes strong, and in between it has some classic slice-of-life episodes such as “Sisterhooves Social,” in addition to some enduring world-building with “Hearths Warming Eve.” The songs are memorable as well – everything from “Smile” to “This Day Aria.”

Season 3 – If this season had been longer, it would have had the potential to be one of the better seasons, but because of its truncated length, the bad episodes stand out more than in longer seasons. That being said, “Magical Mystery Cure” is an epic and economical achievement in storytelling. Granted, I'm still not fond of “A Princess Here Before Us” with the hideous dresses, and it could be argued that Twilight used her friends to become an immortal alicorn (albeit accidentally). But the episode still hits a lot of high notes on multiple levels.

Season 4 – After all this time, I think Season 4 is my favorite. It has such gems as “Rarity Takes Manehattan” and “Pinkie Apple Pie,” and at the time, I loved the concept of giving the Elements back to the Tree of Harmony and earning keys to unlock a new power level. In hindsight, the Rainbow Power was just a ploy to sell new merchandise, since the writers never did anything else with it. Nonetheless, “Twilight's Kingdom” is easily one of my top three favorite episodes.

Season 5 – This season is perfect if you ignore the finale which just feels like a fanfiction exercise in what-ifs. The fifth season delivered many milestones, including the CMC finally getting their cutie marks, the 100th episode that gave the background ponies a chance to shine, and a callback to the very first episode with Moondancer that came together beautifully. The songs are some of the best this show has to offer. “I'll Fly” is the most depressing yet upbeat song I've ever heard, and “I Am Just a Pony” is as lovely as it is heartwarming.

Season 6 – This is the period when I felt like the new writers didn't know what they were doing. “The Crystaling” was two episodes cobbled together to mimic an epic two-parter, and it fell as flat as you'd expect, and the rest of the season didn't get much better. To be fair, there were some highlights such as “Gauntlet of Fire,” “Stranger Than Fanfiction,” “Dungeons and Discords,” and “Top Bolt.” Unfortunately, the bad episodes such as “Cart Before the Ponies” and “28 Pranks Later” were worse than past seasons, and tended to show the Mane 6 backsliding and forgetting previous friendship lessons. :ajsleepy:

Season 7 – My faith in the writers was restored with S7. They made the smart decision of skipping the two-part opener instead of trying to force one that they weren't feeling. “The Perfect Pear” is the perfect episode, and the lore and world-building with the Pillars is fantastic. The Pillars may captivate my imagination for years to come. The way they were introduced in the legend retellings worked really well, and I adore “Shadow Play.” Yes, I know some fans hated how it gave Twilight the Idiot Ball, but that didn't ruin the episode for me.

Season 8 – This season was a mixed bag. While I like the Young Six, it always seemed weird for the Mane 6 to take on the job of teaching while keeping the careers they already had. S8 also had some terrible episodes such as “Non-Compete Clause” and “The End in Friend,” plus there were a lot of “meh” episodes like “Grannies Gone Wild” and “Friendship University.” That said, it was awesome to see Spike get his wings. And I appreciate that the writers did something different with the main villain of the season. Cozy Glow is the overpowered pegasus villain I always wanted to see: manipulative and utterly selfish, and as brilliant about strategy as she is clueless about friendship. Thematically, it worked well that the biggest threat to Equestria was a pony and not one of the outside creatures that Chancellor Neighsay feared. So, despite the inconsistencies with magic, I thought it was a good finale.

Season 9 – While I can't say this is my favorite season, I'd easily place it in the top half of seasons, for what it's worth. The episodes were consistently okay to good, and the only episode that was anywhere near as bad as the S8 low was “Trivial Pursuit.” S9 had many callbacks to past seasons, as well as confirmations of some of the things fans have been wondering. We finally saw Scootaloo's parents and aunties, which was nice. Mane Goodall and Snap Shutter seem like bad parents to pawn their daughter off to Snap's sister and her partner so they could go live their dream. I'm not a parent, but it seems to me that good parents should sacrifice their own personal happiness so they can be there for their child and make sure she's living her best life. But hey, at least it explains a lot about Scootaloo.

We also have confirmation that Scootaloo's disability will persist into her adulthood. I do wish that the show would have at least given her a flying scooter, but I guess that will have to be left to fanfiction.

“She's All Yak” ships Sandbar with Yona, which I didn't ask for, but I also didn't hate. “The Big Mac Question” has Big Mac and Sugar Belle tie the knot after some comedic mishaps, and you know what? I liked it. If I didn't know that this episode took place near the end of the series, I would have thought the wedding at the end felt rushed. But knowing that this is the last episode for these characters makes the wedding feel earned and appropriate. As for the three episodes that came afterward, I already gave my opinion on them.

Back in March, I posted a list of everything I wanted to see in S9. It turns out that my only accurate prediction was that the Cake Twins would stay babies until they suddenly aged up at the end of the series. :rainbowlaugh: I never got my powerful earth pony villain, but again, that's what fanfiction is for. And I would have preferred a Spike origin story over giving Garble more development, but at least his place in Twilight's family was confirmed in "Sparkle's Seven." He's come a long way from being a vague baby dragon number one assistant in the first season. Overall, I felt that FiM finished strong, even though I didn't care for “The Last Problem.” At least it wasn't like some other shows that I started hate-watching in the final season, or that became too bad to really enjoy but not bad enough to hate-watch. Even the worst seasons of MLP had some great episodes.

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Comments ( 4 )

Mane Goodall and Snap Shutter seem like bad parents to pawn their daughter off to Snap's sister and her partner so they could go live their dream.

At least they're not pawning her off on their other child so they can go on vacation after vacation. :unsuresweetie:

But yeah, even when FiM was bad, it was never consistently bad. There's good to be found almost everywhere... which is pretty meta given all the reformations.

What episode is that when they realized adult males were watching?

I agree with most of what you said about the earlier seasons, except season 3 and 5. I've always through season 3 was better than season 1, and season 5 in hindsight is kind of overrated. There were a lot of awesome episode, but also some mistakes made, like Starlight as a villain, the end of do princesses dream of magic sheep, etc. As for the later seasons, I think season 6 was one of the best at consistency, humor, and overall writing quality. None of the episodes were masterpieces, but they were almost all really solid. There are only 2 or 3 episodes I could say aren't good. And while season 7 used to be my favourite, it's actually less consistent and there were a lot more issues than in season 6. I agree on season 8 for the most part, and I also think Season 9 is the third or fourth best season.

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At least they're not pawning her off on their other child so they can go on vacation after vacation.

Yeah, that bit of fanon looks more like canon in hindsight. :unsuresweetie:

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What episode is that when they realized adult males were watching?

I would say that it was either "Sonic Rainboom" or "Over a Barrel." They introduced the three pegasus bullies, Braeburn, Sheriff Silver Star, and more background stallions.

season 5 in hindsight is kind of overrated. There were a lot of awesome episode, but also some mistakes made, like Starlight as a villain, the end of do princesses dream of magic sheep, etc.

I agree. When I watched it the first time, I loved it as much as season 4, but looking back on it, Starlight's character development wasn't handled well in that season.

As for the later seasons, I think season 6 was one of the best at consistency, humor, and overall writing quality. None of the episodes were masterpieces, but they were almost all really solid. There are only 2 or 3 episodes I could say aren't good.

I think since none of the episodes were masterpieces, I had a "meh" feeling about the season overall.

And while season 7 used to be my favourite, it's actually less consistent and there were a lot more issues than in season 6

Yeah, looking back on it, there were some episodes that just seemed weird, like "Triple Threat" where the Map called Spike to solve a friendship problem that he caused, for example.

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I don't know if introducing background ponies means that much.

Didn't you say season 5 was basically perfect?

But there were a lot of great and amazing episodes in season 6. And while I also get that feeling, every time I actually think about season 6 and rewatch it, it's an awesome experience.

I...Actually liked triple threat and thought that was a minor problem. There were much more problematic episodes in the season.

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