**This was originally going to be a video entry, but since I'm working on my season 4 format still, I've decided to just make this a journal entry here instead.**
Season 4 is around the corner and almost everybody is getting completely hyped. But as we are waiting, I feel I should go over a few things to prepare ourselves with, or at the very least prepare myself with.
To get one thing out of the way, there’s been a lot of feedback from the staff, implying that Season 4 won’t disappointing, or at the very least as told by William Anderson on DeviantArt. There’s been some exciting clips from the production shared to us as well. Apparently a lot of us are so excited about it, that sadly I fear we may have high our expectations too high. This brings back what do I expected and hoped to see in season 2 and 3. But disregarding what I said in my Season 3 Overview, I’m trying to keep my expectations lower than usual. Now that’s not to say I’m anything but excited for it, but the truth is is that my expectations have gotten the best out of me at times… if not all the time. This is also one of my major issues when it came to reviewing episodes. I criticized something that didn’t exceed my expectations and that’s not a proper way to judge something.
One major example was with my rant about the episode, Magic Duel, during the beginning scene. Yeah I know it’s a topic that I continue raising arguments on, but… that’s also what I’ve been resentful arguing about lately. I got so carried away with this that I raised a shit storm. And this was because of what I expecting… Just because it wasn’t what I was expecting doesn’t mean I should punish the episode for it. This is largely me showing myself how I wanted the story told, and not the creators. Simply put, don’t expect too much and let it take over. It’s in my intention to be critical, but not nitpick. At this point, this turned into nitpicking.
Similarly, some viewers have been sharing me their headcanons in possible support of what I could have problems with in the story. And while there are some I found pretty good ones, I’m sorry, but I am not going with any headcanon. Why? Because if you let your head canons get to you, that’s also building up expectations from a personal point of view that will most likely inflict damage to your feelings on the show’s standards. And for the most part, they didn’t seem to work well to me. Remember when everyone said theoretically that Vinyl’s eyes are Red and yet it turn out Pink? Remember when a lot of us thought Celestia and Luna were the only Alicorns? A lot of things have proven us wrong. And because the perspective is drastic, I can’t really take it in reviewing the show. Headcanons will more than likely effect my viewpoints on the show in a negative way. There are things we hope to see, but once again, it’s left up to the staff on what to cover up.
Speaking of covering up… there’s something that’s been pissing me off lately that I feel the urge to rant about. When I talked about the possibilities of other characters returning, I mentioned Chrysalis possibly coming back. I later received feedback that she returns in the popular comic book series, which is also said to be canon with the show. This I am NOT happy with… I can’t say anything about the comics alone because I never read them, but to use these to cover what the show can do utterly bothers me because that’s enforcing me to spend the extra time, effort and money to looking into other criteria when the show can explain the answers themselves. Similarly this also happened with Avatar: The Last Airbender. In the series finale, Zuko went to his father, Ozai, asking about his mother. Both Doug and Rob Walker tried figuring that out in their video log series out as I imagine that The Legend of Korra could’ve covered this subject… NO! This was setup for a short series of comics called The Search!!
Going over into Star Wars, there was talk that Babba Fett escaped the Sarlac pit after the Tatooine battle in Return of the Jedi. It’s been explained in a recource somewhere. NO, unless the movie tells me otherwise, he’s dead! Plain and simple, regardless of what George Lucas said! Also Hon Solo shot first! So fuck you!
Look, if you’re going to make a separate resource like comics for the show, fine. But don’t use it to cover plot holes or narrative pieces when the show can cover it up. I what the SHOW to tell me! Not the comics. You brought up from there, you explain it from there. I know that some would say the show can’t cover everything, and yeah, I get that. But this is not a movie. It’s not under two hours or any time constraints to explain detail. It’s a show that has each of their own narratives. They have all the time in the world to cover as much individual pieces if they wanted to. Making another resource to cover these answers is what I find to be a lampshading marketing strategy to enforce the viewers to spend their money for answers, and that’s just wrong. I know the show is flawed, but that’s not an excuse to avoid something that needs to be talked about. You can enjoy the books as much you want, but I would much rather prefer the show to stand on its own legs and what it can to with its own strength!
This leads me to something I think most viewers worry about, and that’s the future of the series. TheMysterious MrEnter briefly called this season rot, which is basically a decline of a series and it’s being milked out. Two primary examples were The Simpsons and SpongeBob Squarepants where it loses its quality and the show gets worse every step of the way. Considering that this show was a franchise to primarily sell toys, chances are in all likelihood that it’ll continue for a really long time. I can’t be absolute about it, but if it were the case, I don’t think we should all be surprised about it. I know it sounds depressing but here’s where I stand. The whole time, the show’s already been flawed. In fact the season 1 pilots have been heavily chastised on a wide variety of flaws we were able to find every time we watch them. And that was written by Lauren Faust herself. Even A Canterlot Wedding, a highly praised finale got criticized by both Antony C and BronyCurious. In addition, there’s someone I talk to on Skype who also hated that finale, named Texerax (I hope I’m saying that right) and he goes as far as to nick name Shining Armor, Shining Asshat. What we need to understand that the series isn’t perfect. There’s going to be more flaws along the way, but there are also new directions that entertain us. Let it be said, every action has a consequence. If the later episodes are flawed, don’t worry about it.
Anyways, with that all said and done, all I can do is hope that season 4 is entertaining. Here’s hopes to the premiere, what we’re given, and expect season 4 reviews from me in the future. Until next time, I’ll catch you all later.