Posting about MLP outside of fansites is a dubious idea since it usually gets derailed by “I can’t into cartoon pony” posts.
But sure, I’ll nerd out.
I’m far and away most interested in
why Luna is turning back into Nightmare Moon, as revealed in the animatic teaser. Is it time travel, a flashback, or is Luna really as bitterly tortured or just plain schitzo as darker fan depictions and she wants to punish everyone for loving her sister more? The comics are pseudo-canon and made it seem like she got over the jealousy/isolation thing. Then again there was the Crystal Empire intro where she seemed irritated at Celestia’s plan and was mean mugging Twilight something fierce.
Here are ideas I’d like to see that won’t happen, but if they did I would forgive s3 for all its sins:
If the stuff in the spoiler box is in the past I’d like to see Twilight go through what Luna did and becomes if not a temporary villain maybe a knight templar. Badass Twilight would be fun by itself, but I’d also like to see her friends save the day without Twilight fixing it with magic. Luna can help, since she can relate.
Discord reveals his defection was all a clever ruse, and now Equestria is fucked.
Anything that involves the horrors of Tartarus spilling into Equestria and/or visiting Tartarus itself. Of course it was a throwaway gag, but this show has a ton of Greek myth influence, and that’d be an easy goto place for a new villain.
I don’t know what you guys mean about the alicorn episode. Twilight saved her friends’ destinies and Celestia congratulated her on fully understanding the magic of friendship and she graduated from her advanced magic studies to become the archmage of Equestria. And then the series ended.
OK, maybe it wasn’t that bad. But after season three, or even just due to Twilicorn, MLP definitely has a broken base. I can’t remember the last fandom civil war of this magnitude over a singular issue I’ve seen that didn’t involve romance shipping wars or a character death.
I hope after the show ends after season 37 Faust writes a tell all book detailing her creative differences with Hasbro re: Twilicorn, Cadance, and exactly what she wanted to do. She’s been tight lipped since leaving but she did say she might share after the show ends. I’d buy it.
Faust wanted Twi to succeed Celestia (viva la revolucion) but I’m guessing not as an alicorn (she seemed adamant on there only being the two sisters, but who knows). And I’d hope she’d do it in a much better way, maybe with some actual build up.
It’s weird to me, given the fact that Celestia has ruled for thousands of years and Twi just doesn’t seem like princess material. Politics, running the country…that’d drive her nuts. Just managing her team and random Ponyville stuff makes her stabby. I’d like to imagine her ultimate fate (after she’s retired from the saving the world job) would be a famous scholar like Starswirl.
It’s not like Twilight is succeeding anyone here though. Celestia and Luna are still the sovereigns of Equestria as far as anyone knows, unless in s4 they’re going to step down or ascend to the stars or something (which would cause another hilarious shitstorm). Is she gonna be the princess of Ponyville? That has a mayor? They won’t move the show to another land, so she won’t be helping expand Equestria’s empire a la the Crystal Empire and Cadance.
Not that this world makes much sense given its episodic nature and freelance writers, anyway. McCarthy said Twi will have to learn to deal with being famous. I always thought this schizophrenic split between the adventure and slice of life episodes was pretty funny. Because Twilight should’ve already been famous before the pilot! Certainly after saving the world. Or if Celestia kept that under wraps to protect Luna’s public image, after S2’s pilot. There are entire episodes that count on them not being famous, which is ludicrous. Bitch, how have you never heard of Rainbow Dash? How does anyone in Canterlot not recognize Twilight? Unless there’s a bunch of other people with mystical artifacts going around saving the world from disasters and ancient evils they should be living legends.
When people asked if Twilight would outlive all her friends McCarthy said Twilight WON’T live for thousands of years. So it seems there’s two tiers of alicorns:
Physically large demi-gods: Celestia, Luna
Medium sized knock offs: Cadance, Twilight
I liked how in Twi’s coronation Celestia had the ginormous crown. We know who really runs this shit. Especially since she made Twi an alicorn basically against her will, or at least without asking.
tl;dr Reservations about general direction and Hasbro manipulation aside I am looking forward to S4. Honestly, I love the characters too much to ever stop watching. The ride will never end. I need moar candy colored magic horses.