Dulset Tarn !KelpieFM3Q No.479709
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Not sure if I should count for this thread since I'm hardly a member of this board (just visiting) but here are my opinions anyway.
Season 4 is by far the biggest low the series has ever reached. The best of the season barely compares with even the average of season 1, and never even surpasses the average of season 2. Plot holes were rampant, stories never tried to make sense, characters were changed for no reason, the Nightmare Moon story was retconned Other M style, nothing of value was achieved, the pressing questions left from season 3 are never answered, there's no semblance of effort throughout, opportunities are wasted seemingly intentionally, and overall the whole thing was a fuckin mess. Honestly, I could take any episode of the season at random and make it objectively better by filling a plot hole or having a character act the way they actually would, without even changing the story.
My favorites of the season are Castle Mane-ia, Rarity Takes Manehattan, Pinkie Pride, and Testing Testing, each of which I gave a 7.5 out of 10 which is honestly not a high score at all. Nothing impressive, nothing surprising, nothing smart or clever to be seen here. Season 3 was a big step down in quality, but at least the show overall was still enjoyable. Season 4 took an even bigger step down, to the point where the show simply isn't worth watching it's that bad. The premiere and finale, though not as downright awful as much of the season was, were disappointing and full of nonsense. Those should really be the moments the series shines, and they really dropped the ball.
Best season was definitely season 2, full of fascinating lore, enjoyable characters, great villains, and amazing songs. Oh I forgot to mention, all the songs in season 4 (and 3 for that matter) were forgettable and uninspired.
Best episode of the series I think would be Return of Harmony (both parts), I could go on and on about the amazing writing that I was still realizing new things about a year later. My favorite episode is actually It's About Time, as it appeals perfectly to everything I personally love in a story (seriously a kids' show perfectly understands a stable time loop when Hollywood blockbusters don't?) as well as being completely flawless, but I can't expect other people to love it as much as I do.
Oh there's no doubt there's been a significant change over the seasons, and certainly nothing good. Honestly, I'd rather not even get into it, as it's the most argument-inducing subject on Ponychan. The cause however couldn't be more obvious: Meghan McCarthy.
Honestly, I simply can't expect the series to get any better. Larson is coming back and that's definitely great, but really there's just no love or soul in the series now. It's not a vibrant world with lovable characters and deep lore, it's just marionettes on a crude stage.
Opinion I have that no one agrees with? Well, that would be only from my experience on Ponychan rather than here, but let's see...
I really dislike the direction they went with Zecora after season 1. At first she's an herbalist, she can make natural remedies, she has rare teas, and stuff like that. Notice that when asked about parasprites, she doesn't have a clue how to stop them. Then things just go downhill from there. Suddenly she knows all about dragons, okay that's kinda weird but whatever. Next she's making magical potions, okay seriously what? Where did that come from? In season 3 she claims to know more than anyone about unicorn magic, more than Twilight Sparkle. What the fuck Zecora, where are you getting this shit? Then of course there's the season 4 premiere, where she just comes out of nowhere to deliver the magical nonsense phlebotinum potion for the sole purpose of making the plot go. So much for that interesting character we got back in season 1...