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Gots a question! by celera Gots a question! by celera
And that's just FLUTTERSHY. Don't even get me started on Rainbow Dash, who literally "made the impossible possible".

First time drawing Twilight. I'm not one to usually draw non humans, so it was a fun challenge. I think her back leg is a bit derped, though. :P

So... The alicorn thing. I felt a need to say something. I'm not very active in the fanbase, so I suppose my opinion doesn't have much of a meaning. I'm honestly not against her becoming an alicorn. I'm against the execution, and the timing.

I'm a storyteller. I've been writing for years, so I have this habit of dissecting plots. I know this is a kid's show, and I know that it shouldn't be taken seriously, but lazy writing is lazy writing.

I'm not going to elaborate on the length of the episode, but it was horrendous. It should have been a two parter--AT LEAST. Magic duel, same song and dance, blah blah blah.

Episode was basically this:

Twilight: Oh no! I accidentally cast a spell that made my friends switch jobs!
Girls: We are miserable and unable to cope.
Twilight: Here, put on the elements. They'll help. Also, these are your real jobs.
Girls: Oh, we're alright now.
Twilight: Awesome. Let's cast that spell again.
All: Elements, do your thing!
Girls: Oh no, we exploded Twilight.
Twilight: I seem to be in space.
Celestia: Hi Twilight. Welcome to my Netflix Account. You finished that spell. No one's done it before, so I'm making you a Princess.
Twilight: After all the stuff I've done for you, THIS is the thing that gets me a promotion?
Celestia: That's the gist of it, yeah.
Girls: Oh, Twilight's alive, and she's a Princess!
Twilight: Yay, I'm a Princess!
Celestia: Yay, you're a Princess!
All: Let's sing and wear dresses and stuff!
Twilight: I learned how to fly off screen!


So aside from... That... What's my real problem?

Alicorn Twilight is not foreshadowed AT ALL. Forget the commercials, forget the rumors, forget the stickerbook. She comes right the hell out of nowhere. Now yes, it could be argued that everyone always knew she was significant since she's essentially the Sailor Moon of this party, but nowhere was it written down--or foreshadowed--that unicorns who are awesome enough become alicorns.

It would have been simple to drop some hint of this during the 11 episodes. Twilight could be reading a book, for example, that talks about the process. Simple. She's an egg head. She'd be fascinated by this. Heck, it would have been somewhat interesting if the spell she ended up borking in MMC was one that she had written herself SPECIFICALLY to test out the theory. It throws reality out of wack, she has to come to the rescue, and the wings stay. Now she has physical reminders of both her greatest blunder, and her greatest triumph. She has to come to terms with her new body, and what it means for her.

Simple. Oh so simple. You keep the status quo of her being a librarian, but you add a new level of intrigue to it. No one in living history has transformed like this. No one knows what to make of it--or what it means. What are the ramifications of ponies having the ability to transform their bodies to whatever they please? There could be some good lessons in there about body issues for the kiddies.

I even felt like the HYPE it was getting was coming out of nowhere. The hell, people? It felt like after Christmas suddenly there was talk of this "Princess Coronation". Flash forward to February and they've got Miss America introducing the episode (way to go on that body image thing, Hasbro. Seriously). They treated it like it was this HUGE event that they'd been working up to the whole series. "OMG! Twilight's gonna be a princess! Weee!"

Except when you just watch the show and again--ignore the commercials--there's nothing in the show that even confirms that Twilight WANTED to be a princess in the first place. If anything, Rarity was the one who wanted that title! But no, Twilight just wanted to be a great magus. That's why she dressed up as Starswirl the bearded for Nightmare Night and NOT Celestia (or Luna, though that would have been awkward...). No, she dressed up as some ancient nerd that no one recognized except Luna, who knew the guy in the flesh. In fact, Twilight was SO dedicated to this costume that it was accurate enough for Luna to realize who she was dressed up as immediately.

I took that to mean she wanted to be the next Starswirl the Bearded.

People argue that they may fix it with Season 4, but the point is that they shouldn't need to. They had all of Season 3 to do this. They could have spent nine episodes building it, and three on the actual event. Kids would have gone crazy, and I bet that some of us who are shaking our heads would be able to accept the change more if it had at least been in character (or even made sense IN UNIVERSE.)

Why does she scare me? Because if they put so little effort in her genesis, then do you really think they'll put effort in after the fact? I'm afraid not.

Yes, it's a kid's show. Yes, I'm not in the target demo, and yes, 6 year old girls loved it. But you know what? When I was 6, I loved the Super Mario Brothers Super Show. Yyyyyyup. Captain N? Seemed badass back then. The Rainbow Brite movie was the coolest thing in the world to me back then.

Kids. Will. Like. Anything. They're too young to even know they need to have higher expectations. I remember seeing Batman the Animated Series and Sonic Sat AM for the first time as a kid, and they blew my mind. Clever, well written stories in a CARTOON? It was like my eyes were opened, and that was when I turned away from what I used to accept. There's no reason why something "made for kids" should suck, or should be done in a lazy way. Make it quality. A good quality, cleverly written, well paced, engaging piece of entertainment is a hell of a lot more educational than something that sings at you for 30 minutes. It's going to teach the skills of narrative to kids. It'll teach them to how to build plot and character. It'll teach them to ask for more from their entertainment than 30 minutes of bright, shiny colors.

Kids entertainment should be the highest quality entertainment of all.
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ThreewonToo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Faved for the rant.  Even though I don't mind the wings.  

And yeah, that Rainbow Brite movie kicked ass.
greencarrot01 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Lyakar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Fluttershy is an extremely timid doormat who possibly has hidden anger issues, if TBNE and PYHD is any indication.  She is too kind for her own good, prefers the company of animals instead of ponies, and unlike Twilight, hasn't come to truly understand all the Elements of friendship. Twilight has had many leadership roles throughout the series, while Fluttershy hates crowds, and lets others walk all over her.
Yeah, Fluttershy would make a perfect princess.
Also, it was foreshadowed quite a lot.  Why was Twilight the most trusted student of the princess?  Why did she get a crown as an Element of Harmony, instead of a necklace, like her friends?  Why was she always the leader of the group?  Why did Celestia have Starswirl's book, and why was she talking to Luna about Twilight's "next step"?  Why did Twilight finally learn to make decisions for the greater good in the same episode, when before, she brainwashed ponies out of fear of disappointing Celestia?  Why did she become more comfortable with actually questioning Celestia at this time?  Why did Twilight start taking more political roles, like entertaining the Saddle Arabians?
It was pretty clear something was coming.
RedLotusPony Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, you forgot something. Not trying to prove you wrong, but I am just making statements.
Fluttershy can be quite brave when she has to. Usually, she just keeps quiet and smiles. She might be too kind for her own good, but that, and her love for animals, has saved the six in many situations. If Fluttershy hadn't existed, the girls would probably have been torn apart by a manticore in pain. And what do you mean with her not understanding the elements? Fluttershy might hate crowds, but that makes her stay away from people and not being able to get walked at. Remember when she put her hoof down? It actually worked. Without her anger issues.
Twilight had probably studied for a long while, and was the only true student of the princess in the six. The crown might have been because she is a leader. She might have been the leader because she knows confidence, is smart and is just stubborn enough.
Note that it has not been foreshadowed all the time. Lauren Faust didn't want this. Quote from her own blog (or twitter or something):
Random person asking: But you still watch the show, right?
Lauren Faust: No, I just can't. It's too painful. I still want it the way it was in my head.
But I agree. It is pretty clear that something was coming. And if you get upset by this comment, just look at the first line I wrote.
hooon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
RainbowDashTastic Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Dud,you're on every anti-alicorn post out there. Do something valuable for once.
LordMoonBiscuit Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I agree with this; there was NO foreshadowing whatsoever. Yes she's the main character, yes she's powerful, but she didn't need wings to be great. If you think about it, Twilight became a pretty pony princess just by fixing her friend's problems and doing her homework. I wish it were that easy to obtain a position of power. Anyway, I would be fine if she was just a princess, not an alicorn. Also, Twilight just doesn't look good with wings.
Roxor128 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're damn right that entertainment for kids should be subject to the highest quality standards. All entertainment for kids should be required to score at least an 8/10 from the harshest critics of the medium in which it is presented before it is allowed to be shown to them.

If you wouldn't voluntarily sit through it ten times in a row, you have no business showing it to your kids.
epic-octoomba Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fluttershy should get a horn :P
Confetti-Adoptz Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
I agree with everything but the picture.She didn't tame him, Fluttershy just was being a sue like always :I
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