She was prepared: So now what?

As about .05% of the spam bots who read my blog know, yesterday’s season 3 finale saw the fulfillment of what a lot of people have been expecting and/or dreading for quite a while; the egghead became a princess, complete with wings and a coronation ceremony.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re not that in that .05%. Go home. Nothing to see here.

If you do know what the hell I’m talking about, or you are simply curious, stay awhile, and listen. I’m going to do something I’ve never done before; analyze an episode of a kid’s show.

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Her mind was sharp, her skills intact, and her heart was pure.

It is s safe to say people are probably wondering what is next for our sextet, now that Twilight has become a, lets say, lesser princess (she doesn’t have the celestial hair of the sisters). I’ve got some ideas, but before I get to that, I want to look at the episode itself.

When I first watched Magical Mystery Tour, I thought it seemed rushed. So much happened, but at the same time, not a whole lot happened in comparison to other episodes, especially considering it was a season finale.  However, on a subsequent watch, I formed a different opinion. I don’t think it wasn’t really meant to be an episode in the traditional sense, I think it was meant to be a musical homage to the characters , the power of their friendship, and the fulfillment of Twilight’s greater destiny.

If you look at it this way, the episode was pretty good.

The conflict in this episode is that the characters we’ve grown to love have their lives switched. They don’t remember who they were, they just know they’re not supposed to be who they are now, and they’re miserable. It is a twist on the familiar story mechanism of each character lending their own special talent towards the fulfillment of a common goal and final triumph.  In this case, remembering who they were, and simply being themselves, is what they lend to a common goal. The episode clearly shows the disarray caused by the characters not being who they normally are, reinforcing the importance of them being them.

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The city-wide cheer when Pinkie returned was pretty damn cool.

There is no magical cure for this twisting of destinies Twilight unwittingly caused, but she does realize, while they don’t remember who they are, they do remember they are great friends. This is all that is needed; the desire to help a good friend. They see each other struggling, and their instincts kick in with the simple desire to help. They remember. Simple, really. It is this lesson that makes Twilight figure out what the great Starswirl did not; just how freaking magic friendship was. She’s able to re-write the spell that he couldn’t finish; a spell which uses friendship’s power to realize destinies.

I’d like to state again; friendship is magic, bitches.

Did there even need to be a spell? Probably not.

Anyway; poof, she’s an Alicorn. Everybody tears up. Celestia tells her the lessons are over, and that they’ll be learning from each other now. Twilight’s dad wonders if his wife’s trips to Cloudsdale were for business or pleasure.

So again, the question is; now what? We know there is another season, with a full compliment of episodes to. We also know writer Meghan McCarthy said she “considered” the finale to really be a three-part episode, with the other two coming next season.

Now what indeed?

Warning! The following is rampant speculation by the author.

The end. At least for the Twilight and Friends saga. This is my pet theory. I think that the first few episodes will see the Mane 6 handing the reigns to a new set of characters, and becoming the mentors themselves.

As evidence, I present season 3, episode 13: Magical Mystery Cure. It really did seem like a kind of send-off. I forgot what the term is, but in Greek epic poems, there is a type of writing that honors a hero by showing them at their best, usually right before they bite it or disappear from the story. I doubt the mares are going to die, but I think it may have been the same principle. The episode honors and reaffirms the characters, and their importance,  as well as show Twilight realizing her greater destiny hinted at the beginning of the season. Even farther back, if you recall Faust’s comments on a greater story arc in season 1 (though I don’t know if this is what she had planned).

What else is left for the purple unicorn Alicorn? Where can you go from here?

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Note: There is no “B” button.

I also present the odd number of episodes; half of what we’ve seen in previous seasons. I don’t think the popularity of the show was in question, or financial restraints. I think maybe the team was either trying to wrap things up, told to wrap things up, or simply ran out of ideas with the current characters.  After all, there is only so much you can do with this kind of show, especially with a static cast of characters, without things getting pretty stale. Just look at what happened to the Simpsons and Family Guy. MLP doesn’t have shock humor and current events to keep it “fresh”.

Then there are the rumors that Hasbro wants more toy opportunities. It is, after all, a show meant to sell toys to little girls.

Oh yes. Derpy returns. What more evidence do you need than that that this may have been the last hurrah.

If they don’t step down as the main protagonists, I think our favorite mares will  be sharing the spotlight, and the episodes, with new characters in season 4.  Maybe it will be the CMC. Maybe it will be totally new characters. Maybe it will be a combination of both.

EDIT: At the very least, I think the direction of the show will have to change, if the crew stays the same. Perhaps they will have to take a more integral role in pony society, and have to figure stuff out for themselves, instead of having Celestia guiding them though everything. Though, they’ve kind of done that already. Maybe the show will feature more adventures. Who knows.

Either way, I think something will change, besides Twilight’s character model. .

I also think this is the root reason for why so many people dislike the idea of Alicorn Twilight. They sense an ending here, or at least a major change.  Like the 11th Doctor, some people just don’t like endings. People don’t like major change, especially when it comes to a “safe” show like MLP. You don’t expect characters to die, or disappear. There is a certain comfort zone with shows like this. After all, I don’t think people watch MLP because it is the best thing on TV, I think people watch it because it is fun, light-hearted, and safe; not at all like almost everything else out there. They might be a bit afraid to see any changes.

Either way, I’m looking forward to the next season even more, because, dammit, I want to know what happens. Until we get that new season, I’m going to trust in Twilight’s final words: “Yes; everything is going to be just fine.

It is just a T.V. show, after all.

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