>>36829963>The crux is whether she was still genuine when she entered the school upon meeting the CMC or if that too was already part of the plan.
To my understanding, Cozy had already been attending the School of Friendship for at least a few days before meeting the CMC. Do you honestly think it was coincidental that she just so happened to be crying (very audibly) immediately outside of their clubhouse at just the right time to elicit the Crusaders' curiosity? She goes on to say "She doesn't know anypony" since she "just moved to Ponyville". It's pretty safe to assume that she wouldn't have insider info on the CMC's business (if we're meant to believe what she says, of course). Think about the type of person we're dealing with here. Cozy Glow doesn't even flinch in instances where her plans go off the rails or when she's confronted with direct opposition. This is not likely a personality trait that would change in such a short period of time. If anything, it proves her own strength of character and illustrates that she generally tries to maintain control in every instance wherein she has an audience, or perhaps in her mind "potential witnesses". The two best examples that come to mind highlighting the behavior in question are #1 the scene depicted in my OP and #2 the scene from my current pic related; episodes 26 & 25 respectively. So, in other words, there is no way in hell someone possessing Cozy's personality traits would ever let herself be caught crying in a helpless manner, unless it was an act.
What bothers me so much is what Opinionated eluded to. >>>36829966>the simple fact is nothing she does makes any sense whatsoever. She just makes conflict, only for the protagonists to overcome that conflict. When we finally learn her true goals, they don't line up at all with the actions she's taken all season.
I really like the idea of Cozy being this demigod of Pony psych, strategically pulling the strings behind the scenes in order to further her own agenda, but when the writers make mistakes like these it functions only to break the viewers' immersion.
>Unless of course, it was some kind of double bluff where you're meant to conclude she helped Flim and Flam, but was actually not involved until she decided to help Twilight find out and expose them so the school could stay on top. But then, she could have just told her about it straight up instead of acting oblivious.
Personally, I think the proposed "double bluff" solution is a bit hard to swallow, at least when taking the actual writers' intent into account. It's quite a stretch to have enough faith in the viewers' deductive capabilities to incorporate a double bluff scenario into a narrative and never confirm said scenario as being legitimate. Not only is that going far beyond what the target demographic of FiM can be expected to unravel, but I'd argue even the majority of adult brony audiences wouldn't catch on to something that complex.