I finally watched Cutie Remark. Boy what a ride it was.
I remember back in 2015 when I watched this and completely hated it. It felt like everything about Starlight that I wanted her to be was completely trashed.
Now I don’t hate this episode. I still don’t quite whether it was a good or mediocre ending, but I think I’m starting to understand it.
Season 5 was all about Cutie Marks, and from what it seems like Starlight’s greatest flaw was her fear of uncertain destiny. She seems like Moondancer, in that she lost tough with Twilight.
I must say having watched all of Season 5 before this episode was very helpful.
I think the problem with the ending was how it was how Starlight phrased herself. Being that Cutie Marks in and of themselves were Starlight’s fear; it’s too specific. In reality they should have been more general and say how she was afraid of the unpredictability of the future.
In fact in Bloom and Gloom, a previous Season 5 episode, AB had to deal with the unpredictability that a cutie mark would bring and growing up in general.
So I guess what I’m saying is I don’t think her story is as bad as I thought. I think if it were tweaked a bit, Starlight would have been more understandable.
I think one reason I disliked that ending is because I wanted Starlight to have been almost like Pein from Naruro, a well-intentioned extremist who seeked a utopia. But even in the first episode of Season 5, she made it clear the town she created was not as much to create a utopia (although she certainly would have liked that, and wouldn’t mind if others prospered because of her) as it was to make herself feel safe.
I wonder what Season 6 have in store for her. I’m now curious about her.