Do you remember the time you first saw Bridle Gossip, and it struck you as strange that Pinkie, (whose claim to fame was the ability to giggle in the face of fear itself), was suddenly afraid of zebras? Did it strike you as odd that Princess Luna was absent from the Grand Galloping Gala?
My Little Pony has always had its little gaps in logic.
It seems that a lot of bronies have been nitpicking Season 3 to death, and fretting about the current state of the show. It’s normal to be concerned that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic may change, especially when it means so very much to you, but if you ever find yourself actively digging for flaws in the writing, and you come away from episodes feeling upset, you seriously need to stop what you’re doing and take a deep breath.
My Little Pony hasn’t changed. You have.
The show has had imperfections from the very beginning. We used to love My Little Pony all the more because of them! We made memes celebrating the little inconsistencies, and they spread like wildfire all over the Internet. Those memes are half the reason that the brony phenomenon got to be as big as it did in the first place!
The bottom line is this: You get out of an episode exactly what you put into it. If, when you press play, you lean forward with a furrowed brow and prepare to dissect the episode in anticipation of imperfections, you will find exactly what you are looking for. If you approach each episode with an open heart, and expect to see candy colored horses learning about friendship, you too will find exactly what you are looking for.
When you first fell in love with the show, did you expect every episode to be perfect? Did you weigh canon against fanon, and complain when an episode didn’t meet your expectations, or were you simply delighted to have found 22 minutes a week worth of warmth, humor, friendship, and smiles?
Try to remember your first pony smile, or the first time you laughed to yourself “did Applejack actually just say the word ‘everypony’?” Remember the first time the show put a catchy song in your heart, or made you shed manly tears.
That feeling right there—that’s why we are all here.
So if you ever find yourself unhappily nitpicking episodes, or getting upset over the behavior of other bronies, or wishing your art/fic/song was popular, or just plain finding any old thing in the fandom to be upset about, do yourself a favor and take the time to stop and remember what brought us together in the first place.
Think about it, and really try to remember that feeling. You’ll be glad that you did.
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