As we approach the end of the month, the May Highlights for The Hub have been released.  Via EqD, extended synopsis of the last three episodes (behind the spoiler things).

Equestria Games

(May 3rd 2014 @ 10:30am ET)
Spike is elated when he’s given the honor of lighting the torch to open the Equestria Games. But when his nerves get the best of him, Spike goes to great lengths to prove he’s the heroic dragon others believe him to be.

Twilight’s Kingdom

May 10th 2014 – Part 1: 10:00 – 10:30 am ET

When a villain escapes Tartarus, Princess Celestia chooses Discord to help track him down instead of Princess Twilight. Meanwhile, prompted to prove that she has an important role to play, Twilight turns her focus to opening the Tree of Harmony chest.

May 10th 2014 – Part 2 (10:30am – 11:00am ET

In order to protect their magic, as well as the fate of Equestria, Princess Celestia, Princess Luna, and Princess Cadance transfer all of their magical power to Twilight.

  • Anonymous

    Try again to say that the first season is the only good one because Lauren Faust and the other ones are bad without her, and you’re D-E-A-D M-E-A-T!

  • AC44

    “the first season is the only good one because Lauren Faust and the other ones are bad without her”
    :P

    Okay, the others seasons weren’t… baaaaaaaaaad (Liked S2, S3 was fine, S4 so far has been mixed or worse)

    But it does have more problems than S1 in my opinion.

    With characters: As a fan of AJ, I found AJ’s character deteriorate after Season One mostly because most of her episodes include her family (specifically Big Mac and Granny Smith) and AJ not being a jerk anymore and instead, too mature to be interesting or relatable. Twilight, while not a favorite also suffered after S1 by making her also too mature which would be fine if they made her conflicts more of a challenge rather than keeping them relatively the same level she was before an Alicorn (plus S2 and S3 very much gave her no arc and S4 also sorta as well). Other certain characters also suffered but less so

    Mandates: I guess it was inevitable that they were going to include more toys to the point they affect the characters but… I’m not on board with that though I’m sure others are. I generally don’t watch shows made for toys so :shrugs:

    And tons of other things.

    That’s not to say the other three seasons have no redeeming qualities however. While there were more less-than-good episodes, there are a handful good episodes and some characters like Rarity really have excelled throughout the series.

    But regardless, I find Season One not just the least flawed but also the most ‘controlled’ season. Renzetti edited the stories near flawlessly, the world and lore was kept very consistent and had more of a fantasy element than a popculture one it has now, and it seemed like Lauren and co. knew what to do with the characters and so on before S2 which she didn’t have full control on and Renzetti leaving., Season 3 kinda put McCarthy into a difficult position, and Season 4 the quality of episodes were all over the place which may be due to McCarthy’s skills as a head writer or new writers who filled the void left by most of the Season One and Two writers (and for the most part AKR and Polsky were the two shining gems in this season).

    Lots of factors but yeah, Season One (and S2 to a lesser extent) fan and I do think Lauren and Renzetti were a major reason for that

    • Anonymous

      Tsk,Tsk, Tsk…. you Lauren Faust fags are so hotheads…. I hope that you remembered to do your homeworks. Lauren’s direction’s didn’t prevent disasters to happen: there are many mediocre episodes (Feeling Pinkie keen, Over a Barrel and Bird in The Hoof) if not some AWFUL ones (Boast busters, Stare Master, Show stoppers and Owl’s well) in the first season. And even the three episodes written by Lauren herself where weak. Come on, you’re only into a confermation bias. The S2 and the S4 are waaaaay more better.

    • AC44

      Heh, i actually quite liked all the ‘bad’ S1 episodes you mentioned :P

      The only one I disliked was Green Isn’t Your Color but even then I had bad reasons for disliking it (so a rewatch probably would reverse that).

      I will say that the three episodes, while I liked, weren’t as good as what Lauren CAN and HAS written in the past and currently. Just before FiM she wrote Foster’s and not only was she prolific in writing but she wrote some of the best episodes in the show, stories that easily trump FiM’s, at least for me. And in Wander Over Yonder she’s written some (because there’s not been enough episodes aired yet, hell, not even halfway through the season still) great episodes.

      So I wonder why she couldn’t get the same quality in FiM when it came to writing the episodes. Again, I like them but they’re no Foster’s or WoY quality. Sure it’s possible that even the experienced and talented have screw ups but having read interviews from her, it sounds as if not only does she prefer working in a studio with staff writers (instead of FiM which is nearly all freelancers) but also animators/directors (which FiM also doesnt have as Thiessen and the animators in Canada arent there in LA with the writers) and that rather lack of centralized system I would assume makes it harder for her to work on FiM including writing. Also a handful of Foster’s and WoY episodes tend to have at least two writers and that’s maybe why Ticket master was written by her and AKR.

      But there’s tons of factors and unknown facts.

      In a what if scenario, I think she could have written more episodes of higher quality but perhaps due to the difference between FiM and other shows’ production system, she couldn’t or maybe didn’t want to.

      So no, I’m not deterred by your reply. Still prefer S1 ;)

      PS It’d be nice if you didn’t use ‘that’ word between “you Lauren Faust ____are so hotheads”. It entails homophobic elements. Even if you didn’t intend to, it’s still an insulting term.