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Season 9 Discussion Thread [Warning: SPOILERS!!!!!]

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In regards to G5, I’d rather that they don’t do the three dimensions thing because it separates characters from each other, meaning a really cool supporting unicorn will never meet a really cool supporting pegasus. Yeah yeah, alicorns will be able to move between dimensions at will, but something is lost with that setup.

There’s been no mention of alicorns whatsoever. Good. Keep it that way. Please.

From the basic outline, the barriers are knocked down in the very first episode of the show, and from then on everyone can move freely. I’m guessing the theme will be culture shock, rather than standard ’Friendship’, and learning to embrace difference.
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Still sounds meh. I, for one, like alicorns as a concepts, but it seems I’m alone on that. And Earth Pony Twilight makes literally no sense- why? Why purple smart? An erudite using magic makes sense, what is she going to do now? At least we get pegasus Ponk, that is how that always should’ve been.
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We better figure out what is canon or what is not. When the show ends in S9 and comics and EQG will still ait, theres going to be trouble. Lets just assume no Mane6 ships gets canon. What happens when comics continue the story and make wedding story between Discord or Fluttershy? What if EQG episode travel to Equestria like in Spring Break and canonize Flash and Twilight? Will they be considered canon?
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Good point.

Also, about Gen 5…this isn’t terribly original, but what if, going forward, they used four tribes from the start (earth ponies, Pegasi, Unicorns and Sea Ponies) and each one had elemental powers (as in earth ponies are basically earth benders, and have mastery over all land animals, while Sea-ponies are water benders with Aquaman’s power over sea creatures) and they are all what’s running equestria (which is now a full planet).

It’s not original I know but it would give every tribe an equal role…possibly.

The alternative dimensions could work too I guess.
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We already (kinda) have a earth pony twi.


Make the earth ponies high tech, make the unicorns high fantasy. You have two pretty equal forces with their own unique qualities and aesthetics.
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If crash bandicoot has taught me anything, it’s that weird science and magic can coexist quite happily in the same setting.

I love magic and weird science coexisting. Too many shows lack imagination in balancing their powersets.


And hey, maybe Twilight can actually be Purple Smart, instead of Purple Blessed By Bullshit Deus Ex Machinas.
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That’s a nice Twilight. :)

I’m actually starting to slowly come around to these ideas…

I’ll note that we shouldn’t get too attached to these ideas. This was from a pre-pre-pre planning meeting some two years ago, between a bunch of overcaffeinated suits stuck inside a hot office until they hallucinated something that would sell some toys.

A lot could have changed between then and 2020.
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I feel like as far as continuity and retcons go, the staff often have to ask themselves "Is this something we take at face value, or is this just early instalment weirdness?"
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I mean, if we really want to take everything at face value, then Rarity probably should’ve been killed in S1, when Rainbow Dash saved her and a few others with a Sonic Rainboom and did a sharp 90° turn, for instance.

See how taking things too seriously can take a bit of fun out of things?
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The Cutie Map appears to be able to summon anyone in Equestria, including non-ponies. It summoned Starlight and Sunburst, and it summoned Spike.

I want an episode where it summons Celestia and Luna. They have to do a friendship mission together.
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“Sister, is this going to end with us learning to appreciate each other?”
“I thought we learned that back when Starlight came around… and after you got back from the moon…”
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Luna attempts to handle the friendship problem uber-professionally (which, of course, is not How To Friend) while Celestia loses track of the goal and gets carried away with the adventure. (She’s probably outfitted with a Princess-sized pith helmet and her crown on top of it.)

Oh, and of course, the instant they reach their destination Luna booms out "CREATURES OF [place], WE HAVE COME TO ABSOLVE THEE OF THY SINS!" and everybody flees.
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The problem they’re supposed to solve is two foals squabbling over which one of them is better, and their first solution is to have each one spend time the least favorite, which backfires. The problem is resolved when the Sisters get frustrated and start quarreling, convincing the foals that having differing opinions isn’t reason to be mean to each other.

The pro-Luna one spends the whole episode quoting her. “The fun has been doubled!”
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