Category Archives: Worldbuilding

Cadance and Shining’s foal is a [redacted] — and I’m actually happy about that

WARNING: spoilers ahead!  If you haven’t seen the recent sneak-peak and want to go into Season 6 completely blind, turn back now. That said, this is the kind of spoiler that makes me more excited for the episode, rather than … Continue reading

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The great exposition of “Friendship is Magic, Part 1”, and why “Equestria Girls” still struggles

As divisive as Equestria Girls is, most people agree that the series has improved over time.  And while I believe that’s true, even the otherwise-excellent Rainbow Rocks and Friendship Games have moments that make me cringe: Principal Cinch: I know … Continue reading

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The biggest improvement from Season 4 to Season 5: Princess Twilight

I’ve written before about Twilight’s status as a princess, and how it was under-utilized for most of Season 4: …[I]n most episodes that weren’t specifically about her princesshood, there wasn’t much acknowledgement that anything had changed, beyond her new wings.  … Continue reading

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“It’s magic, I ain’t gotta explain s**t (except when I do)”: *My Little Pony* and Sanderson’s Laws of Magics

No matter how much you like this show, it’s clear that FiM‘s magic system isn’t particularly robust.  There aren’t many clear rules as to how magic works in Equestria. At first glance, this seems like bad storytelling.  I know I’ve … Continue reading

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The worldbuilding in “Breezies” was sloppy, but it did its job. Here’s why.

“It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies” has drawn serious criticism of its worldbuilding.  BronyCurious articulates some fairly common complaints:

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Inconsistency, development, and the difference between the two: A response to PastAnalysis

PastAnalysis has posted some concerns to the MLPAnalysis subreddit.  His main point: the analysis community is too opposed to inconsistency.

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When should *Friendship is Magic* end?…And what happens next?

We have a confirmed 5th season, and apparently Pony (in some form) will be lasting another 5 years, so it seems like a good time to ask: “When should Friendship is Magic end?”

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