I think you're thinking about it way more than they do. This is the internet. You can just call someone a dipshit cuntfart and not even get a disapproving look from anyone around you. I think they just feel that the rest of the world is obligated to give them attention and validation for their opinion, so they give it as often as they can. Still bewildering.
>just asking the fans to swallow too much at once,
Kid's show. This isn't an excuse for 'lackluster writing', but the children of the target audience generally have more imagination and fewer prejudices than we do about entertainment. Much as Hasbro may think it's great that a bunch of older dudes like their show, they're still writing it for little girls, and those little girls like it just fine. Kids wouldn't understand complex interpersonal issues and over-intricate character writing, product sales would fall, GG MLP. For what it is,
the writing's pretty good.
>Sunset herself wasn't really that good of a villain
As I said, she wasn't really a villain at all. She was good at heart, but bitter about feeling betrayed at a relatively young age and finding it hard to make friends in a new universe
, for butts' sake. She really had no idea what she was getting into with the crown's magic, and I think people are trying too hard to compare her to the likes of NMM. The intent was never for her to be
a good villain, but a scared, lonely, bitter little girl who was hurting people because she just didn't know any other way. This happens often enough in real life, I don't understand why it's so hard to accept in screenplay.
You believe what you want to believe, but I hope you'll excuse me in saying your judgements are doing you no favors. I can certainly see where you're coming from with that S1 was the "best" season, but that's because they had the most ideas for that one and it was still new so everyone on the team was working well together. I try not to think about it too critically and enjoy it for what it is because trying to compare writing and characters and plot cohesion for a show about little magical horses just seems pointless for the most part.