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    MLP G4 Retrospective: Season 1, Episodes 5 & 6 - Griffon the Brushoff and Boast Busters

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    MLP G4 Retrospective: Season 1, Episodes 3 & 4 - The Ticket Master and Applebuck Season

    We’re back, and this time I’ll be giving my thoughts on the third and fourth episodes of season 1. Despite knowing what happens in these episodes, I don’t actually recall seeing either of these before.

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  • 62 weeks
    MLP G4 Retrospective: Season 1 Episodes 1 & 2 - Friendship is Magic

    After taking a long break from MLP, and with the series ending last year, I’ve decided I want to go back and give my thoughts on each episode of FiM, as well as the specials and films for both FiM and Equestria Girls. I’ll try to do 2 episodes in a blog post once or twice a week for consistency. Oh, and these blogs will be assuming you have already seen the episode in question, so there will be

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11th
2020

MLP G4 Retrospective: Season 1 Episodes 1 & 2 - Friendship is Magic · 9:50pm Aug 11th, 2020

After taking a long break from MLP, and with the series ending last year, I’ve decided I want to go back and give my thoughts on each episode of FiM, as well as the specials and films for both FiM and Equestria Girls. I’ll try to do 2 episodes in a blog post once or twice a week for consistency. Oh, and these blogs will be assuming you have already seen the episode in question, so there will be spoilers both for the episodes being discussed, future episodes/films and possibly expanded universe material such as comics and books. Let’s begin with the series premiere, Friendship is Magic.



I’m just going to say this right off the bat: I don’t particularly care for either of these episodes. The writing and animation quality is all over the place, and some things just seem odd after a decade of character development and world building. For example, Twilight’s treatment of Spike in this two-parter is very different compared to their relationship in later seasons. Here she treats him as a servant rather than as a younger brother or son like in later episodes. While we’re on the subject of Spike, why is Fluttershy astonished to discover dragons can speak? We see later on in the series that dragons have their own culture and speak just like any other being. Lastly, the first episode sets up Spike’s one-sided crush on Rarity. I actually think this makes perfect sense. Spike was raised by and around unicorns his entire life, of course he would adopt the beauty standards of unicorns.

I know that Faust recently said that Celestia is the one who freed Luna, not the stars themselves. I can’t help but wonder if Celestia is an expert in 4D Chess and had everything planned out and manipulated like Palpatine and Dumbledore or if she is far too reckless with her plans that rely on so many moving parts and random chance and was merely lucky that Twilight was able to find new Element Bearers. The sad thing is given how little characterization Celestia has compared to other characters in this series either interpretation is valid.

Why is the Summer Sun Celebration held in a random backwater town like Ponyville and not a city like Canterlot or Manehattan? Is it solely because of how close it is to the Castle of the Two Sisters? That would support the idea that Sunbutt is adept at manipulating events so things work out in her favor but if not, that’s just really contrived.

While watching both episodes, I couldn’t help but wonder what exactly Nightmare Moon wanted to accomplish. It’s clear she wants Eternal Night, but how would that work? How could she rule a country if crops can’t grow? The entire nation would collapse into famine within weeks or months. Temperatures and tides would spiral out of control, too. Unless she’s omnicidal and actually wants the entire planet to die I must come to the conclusion that she’s a peanut brained retard and didn’t think this through much like her sister.

After NMM reveals herself and Purple Smart returns to the library, why do the Mane Five seem completely unaware of who Nightmare Moon is? That’s a major historical event that has shaped Equestria for a thousand years. I would think even the most remote towns would be aware of who NMM is on a general level, even if it boils down to “crazy bitch who got banished to the moon a thousand years ago.”

To balance out all the negativity so far, I will say that most of the second episode is okay. Not great, but not terrible. The Mane Five demonstrate their core personality traits (though I think Applejack’s scene could have been better than just telling Twilight to trust her), Pinkie’s song is nice and we get a tiny bit of world building when it’s implied that the Everfree Forest “isn’t like the rest of Equestria,” mainly because it functions independently of pony control. Given Rainbow’s job for the Summer Sun Celebration was to clear the skies (not to mention her usual job is a weather pony), it’s clear that normal Equestrian life is heavily controlled and planned out, and anything that can’t be controlled is seen as dangerous. The final confrontation with Nightmare Moon is pretty good, though Celestia suddenly appearing out of nowhere as soon as her sister is defeated is questionable.

As far as the animation goes, it isn’t terrible but it shows it’s age. There are some janky looking animations and some awkward looking errors such as Celestia’s tail being where her Cutie Mark should be. It doesn’t ruin the episodes but it’s clear this was long before DHX got used to animating ponies. The character designs still hold up after all these years and haven’t changed much between then and Season 8/9.

I don’t have much else to say, really. At the time I’m sure it was a pretty good way to start the series but over time the show steadily improved in quality, and as a result these episodes are rather quaint in comparison. Not the best but certainly not the worst episodes in this series. Later this week I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Ticket Master and Applebuck Season.

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