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Feb. 6th, 2013

03:58 pm - The MLP season finale (spoilers if you don't already know the BIG ONE)

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Wow, haven't written a post in so long, the update page has a buncha new features! Anyway, on with the post.

I know what really bugs me about the foofaraw over Twilight becoming an alicorn princess: the idea that it will "undermine" the show's principles. People are worried that Twilight's going to ascend to princesshood, suddenly vastly outrank her friends in both status and power, and leave the whole "friendship" aspect of the show in the dust.

But "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" is about solving friendship problems. Problems like, what if you don't have enough tickets to a fun event for everyone (The Ticket Master)? Or what if your friend has different standards of cleanliness than you do (Look Before You Sleep)?

So if Twilight does level up beyond her friends... well hey, that sounds like a FRIENDSHIP PROBLEM to me! It might lead to conflict between the newly-crowned Princess Twilight and her friends, and she'll have to figure out a way to deal with the situation. In other words, the same sort of stuff MLP:FiM has been about since day one!

And this is apparently going to happen in the season finale, "Magical Mystery Cure", written by Mitch "M.A." Larson. Remember him? He wrote some of the show's most awesome episodes: "Swarm of the Century", "Sonic Rainboom", "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", "The Return of Harmony", "Luna Eclipsed", "Secret of My Excess", "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", "It's About Time", "Ponyville Confidential", and "Magic Duel". Yup, he's the guy who invented parasprites, wrote the "~yay~"/"LOOOUDERRR" scene, introduced us to Discord, based an episode on "The Music Man" and the legend of John Henry, and figured out how to get Twilight to trick Trixie out of the powerful Alicorn Amulet!

But if you think he's going to be satisfied turning in an episode that goes like:

CELESTIA:
gues wut twilight ur a princes now

TWILIGHT:

omg im a pretty prety princess, i gots wings, omg this is so kewl

HASBRO:

BUY OUR NEW TWILIGHT PRINCESS PLAYSET, OOPS WE MEAN PRINCESS TWILIGHT

THE END

...that's a failure of imagination on your part, not Larson's.* And that's why there are people all over Twitter with "I BELIEVE IN M.A. LARSON" buttons on their avatars, and why I roll my eyes whenever I hear about alicorn Twilight "ruining" the show or "jumping the shark".

In what context will Twilight's winged-unicorn princesshood take place? Will it be permanent? Temporary? Something Twilight can turn on and off at will? An alternate timeline? A glimpse of the future? I dunno, and although I can make guesses, M.A. Larson's a better writer than I am, and I'd rather just wait till it airs on Feb. 16. And I'm sure it will be awesome!




*(And BTW, it's awfully naive to angrily accuse Hasbro of making Twilight a princess to SELL TOYS. Um, DUH, that's actually been the primary purpose for the existence of "My Little Pony" since the original show premiered way back in 1984.)

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From:fionacat
Date:February 6th, 2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
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If twilight does become a alicorn, she can fly over the shark instead, it'll be fine.
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From:orv
Date:February 6th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
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Spike is taught how to preen alicorn wing feathers, and learns a lesson about the importance of stepladders. Rarity nearly suffers a nervous breakdown over trying to find matching fabric to lengthen the hemlines on all of Twilight's dresses, until Applejack points out Twilight only has one dress and doesn't much care how it looks.
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From:orv
Date:February 6th, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
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Alternatively: Twilight is awarded her student princess permit, and is only allowed to act as a princess when an adult princess is present to supervise. She immediately starts worrying about the check ride for her flight certification. Spike begins hinting how much more comfortable his bed would be if it were lined with purple feathers.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:February 7th, 2013 02:27 am (UTC)
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Interesting idea there.

My main problem with the potential development is not that she couldn't be much of a friend anymore, but that it would permanently alter the dynamics in other ways. Even a "student princess" could hardly be expected to keep serving as the humble Ponyville librarian, and her friends would have to change somehow to keep up with her. Then again, considering how the Mane Six became national if not international heroes more than once and still get no special recognition most of the time...

I predict that Twilight merely gets a glimpse of her future before going back to business as usual until the end of the series. It may even be a malleable future for her to accept or reject eventually. I think Lauren Faust would want it that way: It's OK to want or not to want to be a princess.
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From:orv
Date:February 7th, 2013 03:59 am (UTC)
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I should probably have made it clear that my episode synopses were meant as humor, not as serious attempts to predict how the episode would go. ;)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:February 7th, 2013 03:59 am (UTC)
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I figured it was 50-50. :)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:February 7th, 2013 02:28 am (UTC)
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BTW, welcome back, KT! Your cartoons are great, but I've missed your Lj entries!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 8th, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
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I'm mainly on Twitter these days.
https://twitter.com/TheKinkyTurtle
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From:vakkotaur
Date:February 8th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
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Ah-ha! So that's what the M.A. Larson thing Timmo's been going on about on Twitter is about.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:February 25th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC)
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Yay! Count me in too among those who are glad to see you back!

Yeah, I know, I'm kinda late reading this, as I too don't check my LJ that often (I'm primarily on FB now). I also don't have a Twitter account (nor do I plan to get one anytime soon, unlike you, I'm not that witty) but I'll try to look at the link to your account every so often ...
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