And anyone who argues that G5 is already better has either a rather narrow view and/or became heavily jaded towards G4 for one reason or another.
This is me. As far as comparisons go, while it is a good idea to wait and see, it’s also not unreasonable to assume that a show will keep doing what it’s already doing. It’s also fair to make comparisons as long as you preface them with “so far”.
Because this is the second time I’ve gotten excited about a pony show that still has its whole life ahead of it. I made this post
awhile ago, and any comparisons I make have less to do with objective, definitive quality, and more to do with how justified I feel about getting hyped.
I’ve been looking for an excuse to write up my comparisons, so here we go:
Back in Season One, the fandom wanted to know all about Princess Luna, the dragons, the zebras, the griffons. Aside from Luna, it’s clear that the staff didn’t have anything planned. In the trailer for A New Generation, Sunny asks “Why can’t we be friends anymore?”, which is really asking “what the hell happened between G4 and G5?”. While this doesn’t guarantee anything, the fact that Sunny basically asked the question on everyone’s mind makes me optimistic.
Speaking of species and big questions, it’s a bit weird that by the end of the first season, we were pretty much taking mythological creatures for granted, but were fascinated with Zebras of all things. I like that all the big questions point back to the three basic pony types, and to the current world’s history.
I’d argue Zephyr Heights already has more interesting worldbuilding than anything in G4. It incorporates an idea from ancient Greek theatre, Bread and Circuses, and the embedded meaning that Art Deco has. Even if that’s it, it’ll still be a shining example of pony-themed worldbuilding.
They make it clear that ponies have magnetic hooves that can hold things, and those hooves have enough dexterity to solve a Rubik’s Cube. Everything in the setting feels like it was intended to be used by the ponies, and the rules for how ponies use objects are a lot clearer.
What’s the logic behind Twilight becoming an alicorn? Who the hell knows? What’s the logic of Sunny temporarily(?) becoming an alicorn? She re-united the three species, so now she gets to embody them. Bam! Simple.
Applejack’s parents were conspicuously missing from the family reunion in the pilot. It took them until Season Three to acknowledge them being missing, and until Season Seven to talk about them. Argyle’s death is acknowledged seven minutes into the movie, and we see exactly what an influence he had on Sunny, and more than a glimpse of how his death affected her.
I guess my point is that G5 seems to be better conceptually, or at the very least more in line with what I was hoping G4 would be.