If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Okay, so I just got done watching the season finale of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and I though I'd share my quick thoughts on the last episode because I have a couple of things that are worth mentioning. So, on we go...
The past few weeks The Hub has been hyping up the big event when Twilight Sparkle, the main character of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, faces a challenge where she has to write her own magic to help her friends and becomes...a princess...with wings???? Well, let's talk about the plot of Magical Mystery Cure, get it because it's a play on the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour, huh, huh...anyway, to the plot...
It starts off on an ordinary day when Twilight realizes that Rarity has Rainbow Dash's cutie mark and is controlling the weather very poorly, Rainbow Dash has Fluttershy's cutie mark and is having trouble dealing with the animals, Fluttershy has Pinkie Pie's cutie mark and fails to make the townspeople laugh, Pinkie Pie has Applejack's cutie mark and can't keep the apple farm afloat, and Applejack has Rarity's cutie mark and has trouble making dresses.
Twilight realizes that because of a task sent by Princess Celestia where she wants her to complete the final spell from Starswirl The Bearded's notebook that was never finished. Celestia believes that Twilight could find the secret to the spell and it messes up the elements of harmony and everyone's cutie marks.
Twilight realizes that the only way to put everything back to normal and revert the spell is to show everyone their true destinies and it does work. Once that happens, Princess Celestia informs Twilight that she's ready to become a princess and becomes an Allucorn with wings.
Let's talk about the episode itself before we talk about the controversy surrounding it.
After an incredibly strong start to its' third season, it was even in my runner ups for the best TV shows of the year, the last few episodes really have been mediocrely done because the creativity really wasn't there in some episodes. Spike At Your Service was literally taking plot elements from the SpongeBob episode, I Had An Accident, and the idea of taking the show's most beloved villain, Discord, and turning him into somewhat a good guy didn't feel like a smart move on their part.
So after a few disappointing episodes in the latter half of the season, the finale had to help reverse the downward trend the series was going. So did it?
In my opinion, it did for the most part. I said to myself that no matter what would happen, this finale will be one of the more polarizing episodes of the series, if not the most. Some people will like the episode and where it might take us in the next season and some people will hate it.
To me, I thought the episode was the strongest episode since the 'Apple Family Reunion' episode. It had a really creative story, it was interesting to see what the other characters are like with different cutie marks, and the message of that story was very strong.
One of my problems with the episode is that it really does feel rushed. This shouldn't have been a one episode story, it really should've been a two part story because there could've been more story elements that they could bring in with a big story like this. Heck, this could've been a great plot for a MLP movie that could've lead into the next season. When you only have time for a 22 minute episode, you really don't have time to let the severity of the situation sink in.
The other complaint is that the episode felt more like a final episode because they keep flashing back to moments from the show and they make references to other moments from the series including mentioning Discord, Princess Luna, the sofa & quill shop, and other things. This felt more like a final episode than the 30 Rock finale did. And yet, there's another season on the way. So, why make this feel like a final episode when you know there's another season coming?
Overall, this is the best episode of the series in 2013 and it does provide a satisfying wrap-up of what we've come to like about the show and they do try to prepare us for what could possibly be coming in the next season. Despite my problems with the runtime and how it felt more like a final episode than a season finale, I did fairly enjoy the episode, the songs were pretty good, the story was very creative, and it was a satisfying conclusion to a more hit-than-miss season.
Now for every fan of this show, the idea of turning Twilight into an Allicorn Princess is a very big deal whether you like the idea of Twilight becoming a princess or you despise that idea. It's been a big controversy ever since the announcement was made and I can definitely see why.
Bronies have pointed this as the possible 'jump the shark' moment for the show and have reacted negatively to the news. But, again, that's to be expected from big fans of any show. Remember all the Community backlash once Dan Harmon got fired? And Community has so far held on in there and is still good.
Heck, I've been a victim to negativity on two occasions, when Fox moved Fringe to Fridays, I was already playing taps for the series seeing that there was no hope that the series would continue in the timeslot that was given and it continued on for two and a half more years in that same timeslot. The other was with The Office when Steve Carell announced that he was leaving the series, I was very afraid that the series was done for and the series couldn't work without Carell and the series proved me wrong. While it's not as great as it was with Carell, I still really enjoy it.
So, I'm going to keep a lot of optimism on where the series will go in season four now with Twilight as a Princess. Have we seen the end of Ponyville in this series? What's going to happen to all of Twilight's friends? Will we still have these creative stories that we've come to know and love from the series in this new season?
I really don't think the people behind the series are stupid to make a big decision like what they did here without deciding what's going to happen afterwards. I'm going to give them all the benefit of the doubt as the new season approaches. But I think the hardcore brony fans will be watching the next season with a lot of prejudice the same way hardcore Community fans are watching this season with a lot of prejudice. But for people like me who really like the show because of its' characters and creative stories, I'm going to give them a chance to convince me to stick with the show.
Just as long as they don't do what they did to Pinky & The Brain with that god-awful Pinky, Elmyra, and The Brain, I'll be fine. And for those who don't remember that, allow me to fuel your nightmares for the next few nights, HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!