Final Reflections EquestriaGuy!1DerpyVA.6 No.36831200
I thought I should post some final thoughts, reflections, and comments before I close up shop for good and say goodbye to pony.
I came into the fandom 8 years ago today, October 13th 2011, at 4:01 AM EST. I’d always seen the pony stuff on /b/, but didn’t know it was a cartoon. I thought it was maybe someone’s artwork that people were making memes out of or something. Then by chance I found a pony related youtube video, which lead me to the KYM article, which lead me to Ponies: The Anthology, which lead me to watching all of season 1 and up through Luna Eclipsed 7 times each before I took a break from rewatching the series over and over like I was. I remember the exact moment I sold my soul over to the show, and knew that this was going to be my life and obsession for the foreseeable future. It was after I’d seen The Cutie Mark Chronicles, and stopped to read some articles about the show online. They said John De Lancie had just played Discord, which was basically Q. I grew up on TNG, TNG was my life back in the early 90s, so when I read that and saw my two loves had crossed over, that was it, man. This was my show from then on. I was driving home from work laughing hysterically because I knew this was it, and how absurd it was that I would fall in love with MLP and that it was such a damn good show that it would cross over with Trek.
The first few years I ran into a hell of a lot of drama in the fandom, a lot of it my own fault. When it comes to things I’m interested in, I’m either a 0 or a 100. With pony I was a 200, so I was always in arguments and getting banned out of here and TRS. I’m sad about those interactions, even the ones that weren’t my fault. I’m glad things settled down after that.
As for the show, I can honestly say I’ve never seen a show with as much heart, and as much effort into creating perfection, as MLP. DHX always knew how to make a show that simultaneously spoke to both adults and kids. Everything from the animation, to the music, the writing in the early seasons (and some of the late season individual episodes), everything exuded this perception that those behind the curtain truly understood these characters and knew how to bring them to life. They never felt like flash puppets. They ALWAYS felt alive. There was life in them. There was depth. But what stood out the most to me was the voice acting. Every line, every inflection was delivered with an absolute understanding of the character’s thoughts and feelings. Tabitha WAS Rarity when she was delivering her lines. Kelly Sheridan WAS Starlight Glimmer. There was so much emotion in the voice acting, which in turn helped the animators put that emotion in their art. You could identify and empathize with the characters because of the voice acting and because of the animation. The show has always been at the same time witty, funny, charming, comfy, and if I had to describe it to someone, I’d say it was a feeling of warmth and happiness, brought to life. It never spoke down to its target audience, it never condescended, and I always respected that.
I can never begin to express what this show has meant to me. What it helped get me through. What it’s STILL getting me through. The ways it brightened my life. Even as I sit here with tears I know this was a special experience that I would never trade for anything. I feel privileged to have been able to have kept an open mind enough to give the show a chance, and have found something with so much light and optimism, and happiness. It always felt pure and genuine in its messages, and that kind of sincerity is rare in the hyper cynical, low brow, low IQ, vapid, and vulgar society we live in today.
I don’t think I’ll watch Gen 5. It’s probably time to put this chapter behind me, and close that book just like the show did, but I’ll never forget this. I’ll never forget what it all meant to me, and part of that of course was always the community, even if there’s so few of us left, so thank you to all of you as well, and outside of any remaining posts I make in the finale thread, I’ll make this my farewell. So goodbye to you all, and thank you for 8 years, which is almost a quarter of my life. If I live 60 more years I hope I always feel as much love for MLP as I do right now. So thank you and farewell.