Hello everypony! Alright, now that we’ve established that there will be a Season 4, let me tell you all that we will also be covering Equestria Girls when it starts. If nothing else, we want to see how it will pan out.
Now onto some news. I have to start with the fact that I do not- emphatically do not- attend conventions. I’m terrified of others and being out of doors, and especially androphobic. So, the Equestria Daily team is reporting from Las Pegasus that there has been some wonderful information coming out of Unicon.
A lot of it is stuff that we pretty much know, or should know with any series out there, and if you wish to go through the banalities of what it basically means to work for a television show where advertising is King, Queen, Prince, Princess and the Castle, here is the Equestira Daily round up of what’s going on.
Basically, the studio has a certain list of things that they will and won’t allow, and things that they want to see and things that they don’t. This is why we haven’t dealt directly with Applejack’s parents, for instance.
However, let us begin with this particular nugget from EqD “The Season 3 finale was originally written in November 2011. Twilicorn was a while in coming, folks. plus, the writers knew they wanted to make it a musical fairly early on.” This is kind of normal. As anyone who has listened to the commentary on Robot Chicken’s DVDs knows, animation takes time, and it can take over a year to get a season fully animated. Additionally, it became clear that Twilight was heading for Alicorn status back in the first season. As mentioned as well, “a typical episode takes about nine weeks to go from premise to polish” or about two months and one week.
EqD notes that “The Season 4 opener will focus on Twilight’s fears and questions after becoming a princess.” We certainly look forward to it. Additionally, apparently ‘no one knows what Star Swirl’s spell was suppose to do.’
With regards to my favorite Pony, Rarity, EqD notes that the reason why there was no Rarity episode was that “Rarity turned out to be pretty mean to Spike in the initial treatment [of the episode], so the episode went to Applejack instead. And so we got ‘Spike at Your Service’”; however, “Rarity episodes in Season 4 have been confirmed.”
And two final bits. EqD notes that:
Hasbro isn’t soulless. Meghan feels the stories she and the writers want to tell are the ones that get told despite what others believe, and the studio Hasbro built up has animators and other folks who care about making a good TV show in its executive positions. M.A. went out of his way to point out that dealing with the highers-up isn’t a black/white process, but has nuances. At the end of the day, Friendship is Magic is there to advertise toys of brightly colored ponies, but the writers are pretty happy with how much control they have over their episodes.
Reforming Discord was a good thing in Meghan’s eyes. It allows him to still be himself while not confining him to his expected role as a villain and expands his story opportunities. Will he show up in Season 4? Who knows?
There is a lot more over at Equestria Daily, but those are the bits that I was most interested in. I certainly hope for more Rarity…and yes, given that we have Cadence and Shining Armor, as a lesbian Pegasister, I would love to see some female/female couples…maybe actually make it very clear that Lyra and Bon-Bon are a couple, which I, personally, don’t think will hurt the show.