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Retrospectives Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36828197

On a whim, I went back this evening and re-watched "Power Ponies" (S4E06). I loved it. I grinned all the way through and laughed out loud in a couple of places. The beauty-salon-of-doom motif was a nice subversion of the whole macho superhero shtick, the Mane-iac was properly over the top, and the powered-up personas of Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, and Pinkie Pie were dead-on developments of their individual characters.

If you have a neglected past episode that would be worth revisiting to remind us of the glories of G4, tell us about it!
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unlikeable ponyCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36828201

>>36828197
Glad to hear someone else liked that episode :)
One of my personal favorite, and loved rarity as Radiance. Its also absolutely perfect as character growth for spike, and a great lesson for him to learn.

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>>36828197
I have the Pinky and Rarity powerpony FS size figures and they're pretty cool.

While its not really a neglected ep, crusaders of the lost mark is awesome as a musical extravaganza, packed with parts of the story told elegantly in song and i just love Diamond Tiara's voicework in that ep and how her evil self struggled to keep control but how defending her new friends from her nemesis mom pushed her over the edge into the light.
(did somepony get a cutie mark in that ep? who cares)

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>>36828197
one thing that really annoys me is how they have to nerf Twilight to make the conflict work. a lot of episodes do this and I hate it so much.

I think a better angle would have been for Twilight to actually be the villain, partially from being magically compelled, another part to vent some of the frustration she has with her friends. this would have given the conflict a bit more weight and made them struggling in the beginning make more sense, both from the remane 5's hesitation and from Twilight simply outsmarting them.

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>>36828281
This must have been an idea they had before MMC

unlikeable ponyCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36828295

>>36828281
This is a problem with Twilight in GENERAL.
They should have kept her power level at the faust era, where she flubbed spells constantly and wasn't THAT strong.

Looking forward to G5 nerfing her again so it can be a group show.

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>>36828295
>where she flubbed spells constantly and wasn't THAT strong.
There was only a few instances where I can recall her messing up with a spell somehow during that time. SotC, WWU, and LZ. I think in those instances, it was more about using her magic to escalate things or just not solve things in that instance, rather than it being a recurring character trait that she messes up spells. Plus the very next episode after PP, Bats, has Twilight mess up and do a spell wrong which escalates the problem. If they don't want Twilight to solve things, they still just have her not be able to solve things, like fixing Rarity's hair or getting honey from those bees simply just can't be fixed with magic.

Might actually be because more recently Starlight is around now and is often impulsive that they can just use her to cause magical mishaps that create problems or make things worse instead of Twilight accidentally messing up something.
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unlikeable ponyCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36828301

>>36828296
I think there's legitimate evidence that she was magically less powerful in early seasons--

Teleporting in Season 1 seemed like it was majorly difficult for her (Look at how much concentration she had to teleport when dealing with the hydra) and she only did it sparingly and not back to back;
Now she can teleport around the entire nation rapidfire without breaking a sweat.
Plus she was constantly training in new spells (like the apples to oranges spell) since she wasn't that magically studied back then.

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>>36828301
I don't think the magical mishaps had to do with power so much as just getting the spell and its effects wrong when trying to cast. The best way I would summarize it would be the problems stemmed from incompetence, not impotence.


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