I’m curious what you thought, as a late-comer, of the first season versus the second. I’ve enjoyed the second season for the most part, but it hasn’t really been the lightning bolt to the brain the first season was, and I can’t tell if it’s because something substantive in the show itself or if I’m just not as into the world and characters as I was before. Or maybe the surprise of a “My Little Pony” show actually being good has just worn off.
It just feels a little… off, I guess? More manic, more “cartoony,” less of the understated humor and character development of the first season. Case in point: the character of Rarity, who was my surprise favorite from the first season. In Season 1, she’s got some obsessive and vain qualities, but for the most part comes off as a reasonably well-adjusted artiste who only really goes off the deep end after a full episode’s worth of stress. In Season 2, it seemed like the writers and animators emphasized Rarity’s diva-ness at the near-exclusion of everything else - virtually all of her scenes outside of the episodes that specifically revolve around her involve her flipping out and/or fainting in excitement or horror.
(I know Lauren Faust left between seasons 1 and 2, but I’ve been hesitant to directly ascribe my reaction to season 2 directly to that, since so much of the rest of the creative team remained present. But I’m starting to wonder if she really did imbue the show’s writing with a certain ability to convey character and storytelling with subtlety.)