Just one question, out of the blue; how advanced socially, culturally and technologically (or Magitechnologically, considering Lauren Faust had stated that everything in Equestria runs by magic) is Equestria shown as of Season 2? I always consider them to be late 19th Century in development with a few tech branches ahead and a few tech branches behind, and a few plausibly explanable modern age references, but that doesn't seemed to be the case by the end of season 2.
On one hand (or hoof) you still have pony-drawn carts and golden chariots (that can fly), spear-wielding Royal Guards and castles like a Medieval Era fantasy setting, and on the other hand/hoof you have hot air balloons, trains, Victorian Era mad-scientist equipment under Twilight's library, gas-ovens, hospital electrocadiograms and in the latest episode, a DJ Machine being used by Vinyl Scratch to deliver the music for "Love is in the Bloom" during "A Canterlot Wedding Part 2", and a wireless microphone, both of which are electronic age technology.
Worse - they actually seem to have computers
. Given that Cherilee was shown in '80s style fashion, and that was 10-15 years ago show time, I'd put Equestria in 90s, or early 21st century.
Meh. I wasn't really that impressed with it. The Changeling Queen was hugely underwhelming compared with Discord, both in terms of power and basic intelligence. I swear her defeating Celestia was just a desperate attempt to make her seem like she was a threat, but I wasn't convinced. I'll admit Discord is one hell of a tough act to follow, but this? A cackling Disney-esque idiotic evil Queen? That's really the best they could do?
Except - Discord sucked
. Yes, he was more powerful. But, it was Deus Ex Machina
power - basically of the kind 'rocks fall, everyone dies. No, wait, you have plot coupon, rocks fall on rocks that were about fall on you and they die instead'. There was exactly zero tension to Discord, like Superman vs Average Joe fight. Queen? She is very powerful, but ultimately beatable, someone who provides genuine
threat, not just 'rocks'. You say defeating Celesia is bad, isn't defeating Celestia off screen a thousand times worse?
Intelligence? Pardon? Queen won speed chess with her opponents, defeating each of 4 or 5 attempts to defeat her, Discord was just brick dumb idiot. You turn enemies into color-coded puppets? They show up colorful again? Meh, ignore, who cares. You can do a dozen things that will grant instant win to you? Meh, best dump gun that can kill you in the protagonist house. You can turn Twilight's letters into mayonnaise? Nah, best leave Celestia unchecked so she can sent them back, after all, who needs to keep tabs on very powerful alicorns? Not me. You can turn Pinkie to your side with zero effort? Meh, too much effort. Teleport Rarity to Gryphonistan? Nope. Make Rainbow Dash super-fast so her friends never catch her? Bleh. Make Spike belch non-teleporting water instead? Nah, not chaotic enough. Etc, etc.
Just compare - Queen defeats all attempts to defeat her, losing only to Cutie Mark quirk established as extremely powerful before, something she couldn't predict, while 'genius' Discord loses to something he knows perfectly well to be dangerous, something he saw in action 3 times before and despite visual cues obvious to everyone with eyes that it will work this time, too.
In short - Discord was one colossal, tension-less cretin, Chrysalis with his powers would have occupied Equestria in 10 seconds flat. He was about as good villain as dinosaur-killing asteroid, so over the top he wasn't scary at all. All he has going for him is his VA and one mildly amusing scene. Even his design resembled badly sewn teddy bear mishmash - he can be made better, I saw fan drawings making him look genuinely evil, but his show appearance tanked. Had he been voiced by someone unknown, he would have been worst character introduced so far, IMHO.
And who the hell made that threat to Canterlot? I'm guessing it must have been the Changelings, but that's just too stupid to imagine. Without that threat there would be no magical shield, and the shape shifting bad guys would have been free to just quietly mosey into town and start feeding without making a ruckus. Hell, if they actually needed to make a ruckus, then they could have launched a Pearl Harbour sneak attack and invaded without any warning. But great idea, issue a threat so they beef up their security and make your job ten times more difficult. Genius.
And be defeated the instant shield comes online?
The only reason Chrysalis was able to infiltrate defenses and slowly sap them was that everyone was looking for outside
enemy. Like China making USA suspicious about Russia, so that Chinese sneak attack with all their nukes caught whole US arsenal pointed at Russia and unable to strike back, so to speak. Make them concentrate their force so it can be beheaded in one strike. I don't know if Queen made threat as diversion, or if Equestria's defences are better than we thought and Canterlot Intelligence Agency warned Celestia something was up, but either way, Queen exploited it brilliantly, had Cadence's cutie mark been anything
else she would have been new ruler. Heck, had she didn't cared about her subjects and told them to stay in throne room, she would have won, but she did all of this for them, and lost displaying all too human weakness, not sitting grinning like an idiot while your enemies slowly load gun to kill you.
I couldn't believe my eyes earlier, when Twilight tries to tell everyone Cadance is evil. When her own friends
shake their heads and walk away from her, I was actually speechless.
I've learned that sometimes the solution to your problems can come from where you least expect it. It's a good idea to stop and listen to your friends' opinions and perspectives, even when they don't always seem to make sense.
Always expect the best from your friends and never assume the worst. Rest assured that a good friend always has your best interests at heart.
Mane Cast wrote:
Dear Princess Celestia, we're writing to you today because today we all learned something about friendship. We learned that you should take your friends' worries seriously. Even if you don't think that she has anything to worry about. And that you shouldn't let your worries turn a small problem ... into an enormously huge entire-town-in-total-chaos Princess-has-to-come-and-save-the-day problem!Twilight:
Guys! Cadance is really evil and up to no good! You have to believe me!Friends:
Uh-huh, sure, yeah. C'mon girls, lets ignore our completely trustworthy saved-the-world-twice-before totally brainy best friend forever and go double check on the Wedding preparations.Twilight:
Oh, and Twilight? One last thing.
Sure I could tell you I learned something about how my friends are always there to help me, and I can count on them no matter what, but truth is, I knew that already too.Twilight:
Hey AJ! I'm soooo glad you're my friend and I count on you to be there for me!
And then when Twilight (correctly!) accuses Cadance of being evil and up to no good ... her friends don't
stand by her, don't
support her, and walk away from her leaving her ashamed and in tears. Sure they apologise later, but they've had two entire seasons worth of friendship lessons and damn well should know better. I would have been far
more impressed if at least some
of them moved to stand by her side, out of simple trust and loyalty. She's their best friend. They've fought an enemy as devious and powerful as Discord, so should be prepared to accept that anything might be possible. She's extremely smart and capable, and if she genuinely thinks Equestria is in danger then they really
ought to listen to her.
Okay, and what
you would have them do?
They just watched Twilight's paranoia rise up through the whole episode, complete with her abnormal behaviour from Lesson Zero
and time episode - all while shouting gibberish about how Cadence was 'evil' while presenting no proof at all
. Remember Lesson Zero
? The episode didn't ended with Twilight being right in any way, it ended with her friends begging Celestia
to not imprison Twilight for mass mind-raping whole village!
And now, Twilight paranoia rises up again, and you demand them to do... What exactly? Both her brother and Cadence tell Twilight to shut up and stop being infantile, was her friends supposed to kick Shining Armour's flank into submission? What was Celestia supposed to do - follow inane shouts that almost ending with Twilight lobotomising whole village or stopping time for all eternity before? Or listen to her best officer and apparent family member? Pardon? It's possible they would talked to her afterwards, but for now, they had to comfort Cadence and make the wedding planning to do, not placating Twilight.
In short, would you help your best friend crash someone's wedding with shouts how the bride is evil, when the friend's own brother tells him/her to fuck off, or would you pretend to not know him/her? Friendship only goes so far, making cider is one thing, asking others to do things potentially criminal in scope is another.
When Twilight declared that she had been visited by her future self with a warning about an impending disaster, everyone listened to her and helped her prepare for the worst. But Princess Cadance being evil? Pah! Twilight's just being crazy. Visit from future self though? Oh yeah, that's totally believable, sure I'll listen to you and help you out!
They A) rolled their eyes at first; C) helping your friend to avert harmless imaginary "crisis" is something entirely different than crashing wedding when you have sobbing bride and Shining Armour as the other side to pick now.
You know, I wonder what things would have been like if Twilight had been around a thousand years ago.Twilight:
Princess Celestia! Your sister Luna has turned evil!Celestia:
Twilight! How dare you?! You can forget about being my personal student! *glares* You have a lot to think about.
*Celestia gets zapped by Nightmare Moon*Twilight:
... yeah, friendship is soooo
Or, more likely Twilight:
Princess Celestia! Your sister Luna has turned evil! *makes insane faces*Celestia:
Twilight! How dare you?! You can forget about being my personal student! *glares* You have a lot to think about.
*Celestia gets zapped by Nightmare Moon and sent to the Moon*Nightmare Moon:
Gee, thanks for providing me with a distraction just when I needed it. No deception effort to distract and backstab Celestia would have been as successful as your stupidity! *sends Twilight to the moon to torture them both further for a millennium*
Also, there's this bit of villanous genius as well:
How many unicorns can just spread love wherever they go? I only know of one!Evil Queen:
That's it! I'll capture her and throw her in a dungeon! Mwuhahahaha!Minion:
But, uhh ... we feed
on love. It'd be handy if she was allowed to do her thing. More food for us.Evil Queen:
Shut up! I'm the boss, and I'm being evil here! Now toss that love-making machine down a mineshaft!Minion:
Yeah, keeping that mare where we can easily tap her at our leisure while I infiltrate their command center so we can decapitate Equestria and feed not just on one mare, but on whole country makes no sense at all!
Or would you prefer to keep her where no one of us can feed on her, Equestria's armed forces free to kick us as they please, and Celestia free to mess up our plans? Yeah, that will work sooo much better than my plan, you dumb underling. Now hoof it!
And then the even better bit where the monsters that feed on love are defeated by ... the power of ... well, love. Err. Yeah. That makes as much sense as defeating an army of Windigos with the power of hatred.
Or that bit where Darth Vader defeated Palpatine with Dark Side. Or maybe where that water-drinking humans drowned. Not sense at all