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Season 9 Episode 5 Anticipation Thread Marimo!!SpikeCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830222

Episode 5 of the final season is called The Point of No Return.

>Twilight realizes she never returned a book to the Canterlot Library, and besides incurring the disgrace of a super-overdue book and huge fees, she may have caused her favorite librarian to lose her job.

The episode airs on Saturday, April 27th at 11:30 AM EST.

Cyan Hide !YDuRgiNpKsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36830223

On paper this sounds like filler, and it's a little late to be doing filler, so I think this might give us more Twilight Pre-S1 backstory. Maybe even more Moondancer.

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This isn't a serial anime. This series is still episodic and while they may want to tie up some loose ends, we're still likely to just get regular episodes that aren't meant to push an overarching plot forward. Even by anime standards, just because you put backstory in doesn't necessarily make that anime episode non-filler, especially if the backstory doesn't come up at any later point (like Amending Fences was pretty good, you could still call it filler since her past with Moondancer isn't relevant later on nor even Starlight's cameo since it's not specifically referenced).
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When I say filler in this context I mean an episode that does literally nothing, like filler even for FiM standards. Like, if it's just about Twilight going after an ex-librarian who's never been seen before or will be seen since.....Kind of a waste of one of the last FiM episodes ever.

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I think from the synopsis given it's not going to be nothing, there's still a story that would be told (I'd say episodes like Applejack's "Day" Off is more of an episode that does nothing even for it's own story). It's just not meant to be some "this would only happen in the final season" kind of episode, and I think we're definitely going to have some of those this season regardless of it being the last season. Season 3 was also originally going to be the final season and even with only 13 episodes, while some would definitely cause developments to the show, they still had some episodes that "did nothing" at least in regards to the series like Too Many Pinkie Pies, Spike at Your Service, etc while some major character arcs like Rarity expanding her shops or the CMC getting their cutie marks were never actually developed. Instead, we've had developments like that occurring over the other seasons.

We've always had episodes that would be considered filler every season before and I think it'd be unrealistic to expect there to be no "filler" episodes this season. Rather, we should just hope they can at least make these kinds of episodes still good and entertaining.
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I was one of the few who liked "AJ's Day Off." It did a lot of world- and character-building for me. It showed that level-headed AJ was just as obsessive and compulsive in her own way as the rest of the Mane Six. Her line, "Ah'm gonna hafta git mah TOOLS," and the expression of utter self-satisfaction on her face as she did so, told me more about her than a dozen road trips with the Apple Family. And we got some convincingly fleshed-out facts about the gritty details of farm and spa operation.

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Having seen the lineup of the first 13 episodes, this season. I'm starting to understand the purpose of this episode a bit more. (Solo focus on Twilight, and a bit of Princess building) Even so, I do hope that Twilight's gang of Canterlot friends get some closure.

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