Yeesh, even a guy like me with optimism about the whole Princess thing has to have his misgivings...
Yeah, had some thoughts and just had to share them...
I do legitimately believe that the staff in charge of FIM has what it takes to pull off what they need to in order to keep the show afloat. I won't deny though, it can't be an easy feat.
Biggest problem is figuring out what Twilight's role in the series will be from here on in. I mean, nothing says the writers can't make it so she stays in the Ponyville library, or that she can't still be researching friendship.
But by the same token... something pretty substantial has happened here. Sure, things can go on being essentially the same as they were, but if so, then what was the point of making Twilight a princess at all? There has to be a major consequence for it to even feel relevant to future events.
Then there's the much mocked issue about how the finale inverted its message about choosing one's destiny, in that Celestia never even gave Twilight the option to decline and rather forced it all on her. Of course, Twilight is more than eager to please her, but that's still a lot to assume, right?
And of course, we know WHY it's written that way. We know why Celestia's Ballad doesn't include an explanation of what's about to happen to Twilight, or an argument, or a time-fade or anything. That's easy. Because it would suck the air out from the entire thing.
Magical Mystery Cure carefully tailored the alicorn transformation and everything leading up to it, to keep a steady emotional tone. While balancing the short running time, they had to build a scene that mounted upon Celestia confessing how proud she is of her student and just how long and how high her hopes had been held for her. That led to the transformation and the ultimate reveal.
So yeah, Twilight didn't get a choice for the simple reason that there was ZERO way of writing that without killing the scene. The transformation needed to be a surprise to Twilight for the full effect. It is, quite frankly, an example of style taking precedent over substance. And it's one of the few examples of such that I think was actually the right decision, because it was a HELL of a beautiful scene.
Now, it can be remedied that maybe Twilight in a future episode feels the pressure of being a princess, and Celestia offers to undo what was done. Twilight can debate it, and then grin and realize it's all worth the trouble to stay a princess. It would at least offer closure to the "choice" thing and make it a touch less reprehensible of Celestia.
Of COURSE, once that option is known to exist, you have a danger. Because plenty of bronies would KILL to hit the reset-button on this, and depending on the skill of the writers, it might even tempt our creators.
As much as I believe that keeping the series going with a new direction will work, I do worry about how hard it will be to figure it out. Sure, episodes where Twilight uses her awesome powers against a mighty foe. Then episodes that are about diplomatic solutions and not blunt force, Twilight taking the harder route instead of the easy ability to overpower or intimidate. But then what? Will we have episodes about OTHER M6 members where Twilight is either conveniently away and unable to solve the problem of the day, or episodes where she'll be a deus ex machina?
I do fear that if worse comes to worse, they'd pull a "Spiderman: One More Day" and actually ax the Alicorn Princess thing, undoing what we now know to be SEASONS of character development and preparation, and leaving a hollow shell in its wake.
I mean, yeah, now that Twilight has fulfilled much of what we KNOW can be fulfilled, it's going to take some doing to give Twilight a new goal/s to reach for and motivate her. But I think it would be WORSE to take away what she's accomplished, make her Celestia's student again and THEN try to find a new direction for her life to take.
I believe in the writers, and that they MUST know what they're doing. They knew this show was getting more than three seasons, so they HAD to know what their challenges were earlier on, and that they had to be able to keep things going. But still, this is a precarious balancing act, and it will take no small amount of creativity. This is like juggling chainsaws.
But with a TV movie and a two-parter coming up (if the TV movie isn't itself the two-parter) it sounds like they have exactly the breathing room they need to set the new stage, and allow FIM to continue to thrive...
Here's hoping people. I believe in M.A. Larson, and stuff like that...
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