AJ took Twi's place for me. I still love what the show was
, it's where it went from there that doesn't matter much anymore. Dashie still remains my other favorite mane6 pone, even after a rough S02 for her. I guess it was easier back then to ascribe things like that to writers forgetting there's more to her than that.>>480504>It's interesting how A Canterlot Wedding ruined Twilight's coronation
Not really. I still wouldn't have liked it even if Cadence and SA never appeared. All the wedding (and other things about S03) did was strain my patience further. I've said a number of times that when I heard Lauren's original plans were to have Twi replace Tia, I still thought it was a fucking stupid move. So no, Twilicorn was a bad move independent of other bad moves. If you didn't hear as much griping about Cadence, I can only ascribe it to people still having hope for salvaging the show despite it. I can't comment on anything you said after the first paragraph onward because nothing said there makes any sense to me.>>480506
Cadence's only purpose in life was to replace Tia as the token pink alicorn princess toy, at least once Hasbro got their mitts on her. I can't say anything about what she was originally intended to be before being alicorned.
>Prince Blueblood had alright showed that nobility existed
That was something minorly troubling in hindsight, but easily overlooked as a one-shot disposable character. As you said, he's obviously not an alicorn, so there was also still a degree of separation between whatever these nobles were and what the two princess sisters were. That's enough ambiguity to leave room for all kinds of explanations for how there could be multiple tiers of royalty that, once again, made it easier to overlook.
And yes, the BBBFF Out Of Fucking Nowhere annoyed me as well. That was horribly sloppy and much, much
harder to simply overlook. Pink Princess was still more damaging to the show as a whole, IMO.