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I personally found it very enjoyable. It's great to see them really increase the stakes of the show. Not since Return of Harmony has Equestria felt to have been in as great a danger as this. There were some parts where I was not sure how truly threatened the ponies felt, with Ponyville carrying on like business as usual, and Spike snoozing away without a care in the world because the sun wasn't up yet.... Still that epic "DBZ-style" fight sequence was quite satisfying and made up for it.
I'm not a huge fan of the Rainbow Designs, nor of the basic notion of "Elements of Harmony 2.0" essentially. It could have been better if they'd found a more creative way to defeat Tirek, but I guess it all depends on how they intend to move forward with this new idea. I also think it would have been nice if Twilight had inherited a "magically refurbished" Castle of the Two Sisters, instead of a crystal treehouse. I suppose it's better to have the Princess of Friendship in Ponyville, where she is more able to connect with other ponies and have "friends", but still, I was kind of hoping they'd do something with that castle they've been building up for a season. It always felt a bit off to me that this old castle ruin was suddenly being used so often as a plot device, and this would have justified it a little bit. Oh well...
Nitpicks aside, overall it was a great finale and a great way to round off the season as we move into the next big pony drought!
On another note, there are some mixed feelings with me personally regarding this finale. As much as I appreciate the writers/creators for making a well-deserved homage to G1, this has had some consequences for me. Many of you are probably aware that I've been gearing up to adapt a certain fanfiction, "A Mighty Demon Slayer Grooms Some Ponies, (www.fimfiction.net/story/71660… into an epically long comic series. This has also been the main motivation for my G1 character sheets.
This fanfiction, among many interesting things, attempts to tie together the G1 and the G4 universes into the same continuity. The author, DGD Davidson, clearly put a lot of research, between both shows, old and new comics, as well as the children's books, in order to tie everything together. However, the recent use of Tirek in G4, with essentially a whole new back story (especially in his relationship to Scorpan) basically precludes such a notion of continuity. I now must suppose that G1 Tirek and G4 Tirek are somehow two completely different characters with the same names and similar ambitions, or else suppose that the exact G1 events could never have happened in the G4 setting.
I know I'm not the first guy to whine about his "precious head-canons" being disturbed, but this comic series was to be a major project for me. Now certain critical points will have to be re-written, or I will have to inject certain "convenient" plot devices to make it work, or I could just disclaim that the story was written between season 3 and season 4, and ignore all "revelations" that came after...
I'd actually love to hear what you guys think I should do about this, especially from those of you who may have already read this story in its literary form. Right now, I'm just kind of processing the situation, but some thoughtful feedback would be appreciated.
Some of you may also be aware that I have been involved in generating the art work for a certain MLP Analyst on Youtube, Dr Wolf. I hope you've been enjoying the "A Moment with Dr Wolf series", and if you have not seen it, I recommend it. I've recently agreed to a renewed effort in this collaborative project, enhancing the production value, and bringing in some exciting new elements. I'm very excited about this new project, and I really hope you like the results.
So with that on my plate, my Demon Slayer efforts will be somewhat delayed once again, which will give me more time to think about how to handle the aforementioned problem.
So on that final "mixed" note, I will close this journal. All this thought and musing about a TV show can only be a testament to how "good" and engaging it truly is. I very much look forward to what Season 5 will bring us.