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I feel really liberated going into the finale. For a couple of reasons.

One, whatever they do, it can’t possibly disappoint me more than Best Night Ever. I don’t mean the first time I watched it. I mean watching it after seven years and realizing that the perfect conclusions were right there, and were presumably axed in order to extend the show. It seriously made me question if anything past "Return of Harmony" was even worth it.

Which brings me to two. I really, really liked Season Eight. It was everything I ever wanted out of a season. So even if the answer to the last question was "mostly no", I’m not left feeling like I spent all this time for nothing.

So I don’t care all that much about how it all ends. I’m here for my own closure, rather than the show’s.
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It really is heartwarming how Octavia was the only one who passed all parts of the job interview with flying colours.

And I really liked the way Starlight desperately wanted Trixie to be right for the job in spite of everything. It’s very relateable. She wanted to stay by her friend as much as she could. Especially since her position was already eating into their time together.
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So… how did Starlight get rid of the bees? IIRC Twilight could not get rid of them in the "Zecora turns into a tree" episode with magic, right? Or were that different bees?
Did Starlight just kill them and Twilight didn’t want to go to that extreme? :D

Obvious remark: Loved the Startrix and Starburst fuel. Starlight’s UTTER delight when Sunburst agreed was so adorable.
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I have a feeling where if the Grand Galloping Gala arc got extended to two more seasons and had this sort of buildup to it and finally it became a substitute to Magical Mystery Cure and the series would’ve ended right there, I think it would’ve been a pretty great ending to the show at the time.

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I have a feeling that she used some giant magic wave that teleported them somewhere far away.
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You know, I’m really glad there’s going to be an epilogue episode. There definitely should be a lot more to cover for the show’s finale than what the last two minutes of the climactic two-parter can provide.
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I have a feeling where if the Grand Galloping Gala arc got extended to two more seasons and had this sort of buildup to it and finally it became a substitute to Magical Mystery Cure and the series would’ve ended right there, I think it would’ve been a pretty great ending to the show at the time.

O yeah
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I’d have loved it if everything just worked out in Best Night Ever, but with a few changes:

* The Apple Family is commissioned by the gala committee to cater the event.

* Instead of pursuing Blueblood, Rarity gets to mingle with the Canterlot elites.

* Fluttershy gets to see the garden, but the steps she’s taken in overcoming her shyness let her make a new pony friend there.

Then Season Two is in the style of Digimon Adventure 2. The Mane Six are put on the back burner, and the next season is about the friendship of a new cast of characters. Then The Mane Six are gradually re-introduced, and some of them act like mentors to the new cast. We get to re-discover them and see how their new lives have shaped them. One of my fondest memories was how Izzy acted as a mentor/mission control for the new Digi-Destined.
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A thing I appreciated about A Horse Shoe-In was how Twilight just casually walked in and cleaned up the mess, instantly.

Sort of like how Celestia just undid her spell in S2.

How she’s grown…
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If you put it that way, I would’ve loved that but instead have the mane 6 have the spotlight for at least two more seasons then by the fourth one introduce a new one and have them be the mentors.
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I’d be fine with that as long as it didn’t throw out the sense of progress and accomplishment like Best Night Ever did.

Rewatching Sonic Rainboom changed everything for me. In my opinion, nothing else Rainbow Dash did on her quest to become a Wonderbolt even came close to how satisfying pulling off the sonic rainboom was. I feel much the same way about Dragonshy and Suited for Success. So I’m open to this hypothetical idea, but I’m not really convinced that The Mane Six can carry another season in quite the same way they did for Season One.
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It’s amazing to see how far Starlight Glimmer has evolved, she’s so different from when she first appeared. I would never have expected such a character arc from a kid’s pony cartoon, and I grew up watching G1… which admittedly didn’t have quite as much character depth or animation finess, but like G4 it’s better than you’d expect!
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I will admit, she’s moved past a lot of her lingering sociopathic tendencies now, particularly when it comes to exerting power over others.

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I almost forgot she was a powerful alicorn at this point, she’s been toned down so much.
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I’m certain that if Starlight just cleaned the whole mess up by herself like Twilight did, there’d be screeching about how she’s OP as fuck.
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Anyone remember Demolition Man?
Look at Starlight and Trixie. Those faces.
They too are making love in their minds / telepathically :D
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