>>404600>…she seems to just have that gimmicky episode every now and then, with dragonshy or [whichever one was the Iron WIll one] where she learns to gain more confidence, and we barely ever see any consequence of that later on.
That was "Putting Your Hoof Down." Merriwether Williams wrote the screenplay from a story treatment by Charlotte Fullerton. I assume it would have dug deeper if Charlotte had stayed to finish it. Merriwether doesn't do deep.>>404602>It was cute at first but now she looks one-dimensional compared to the others.
I'm not sure where that perception came from, but as I said elsewhere, it's part of the hivemind back on /mlp/ and seems to have spread like cancer. I've seen it said so much, I eventually wrote a detailed post refuting it and saved it. I got tired of repeating myself.
Here it is again, along with the comment that induced me to write it:
Some anon on /mlp/ said:> …despite the synopsis suggesting that it'll be the one episode that ISN'T about her overcoming her shyness.
I'm not sure where that perception came from. I guess it's just one of those things that somebody said once here on /mlp/, then everyone else started parroting it without a second's thought. Let's see, shall we?
1. "Dragonshy": About overcoming a phobia, not shyness per se.
2. "Swarm of the Century": Fluttershy wasn't central, but she was prominent. Nothing about shyness here.
3. "Stare Master": About not biting off more than you can chew. The similarity to her actions in "Dragonshy" showed she had actually learned something. The callback was good, but her shyness had nothing to do with it.
4. "Green Isn't Your Color": About not being up-front about your feelings. Rarity was equally guilty. Fluttershy wasn't so much shy (at least in an over-the-top dysfunctional way) as scornful of the attention. She hated it, but she wasn't terrified.
5. "A Bird in the Hoof": Fluttershy's compassion overrules her common sense, and she does something downright ballsy: she steals Celestia's bird. She's calm in this one. She takes puke in the face without flinching. Twilight is more fearful that she is.
6. "The Best Night Ever": Like "Swarm," this wasn't a Flutter-centric episode, but she stole the show anyway. Her shyness had nothing to do with anything. This is the first time she really loses her temper, and it's awesome.
7. "Putting Your Hoof Down": Again, this deals with Fluttershy's buried anger more than her shyness. It's not as terrible as Merriwether Williams' earlier efforts, but Williams' handling of the characters is still about as subtle as a cinder block, and her pacing sucks.
8. "Hurricane Fluttershy": About childhood trauma. This was the first time an episode delivered what had been hinted at all along: Fluttershy isn't just shy. She's messed up. She apparently has a touch of PTSD. This also might be the first time a character's breakdown was not played for laughs in any way, shape, or form. Fluttershy's humiliation wasn't funny. It was painful.
That's all the Flutter-centric episodes up till now (plus two she ran away with), and as you can see, they're a mixed bag. The idea that "she's a 'one-dimensional' character and all her episodes are the same" is flat-out stupid. It's a dumb lie that has been repeated so often, people believe it.
Now I want to go back and list some of her prominent but minor roles that helped develop her character.
1. "Griffon the Brush-Off": We see both her fragility, and her underlying anger.
2. "Suited for Success": We REALLY see her buried anger in this one.
3. "Sonic Rainboom": She's brilliant in every scene she's in. (What happened later, M.A. Larson?)
4. "The Cutie Mark Chronicles": Our first glimpse at how she was bullied.
5. "The Return of Harmony": M.A. Larson's Flanderization of Fluttershy begins. WTF?
6. "Luna Eclipsed": M.A. Larson's Flanderization of Fluttershy continues. WTF?
7. "Magic Duel": M.A. Larson's Flanderization of Fluttershy reaches a crescendo. WTF?!!
In short, the worst handling of Fluttershy was courtesy of M.A. Larson (with some mishandling by Merriwether, but she mishandled all of them in Season Two). Maybe Larson's later episodes are the only ones Fluttershy's detractors remember.