They might mean putting magic in the crystals isn’t why they lost magic.
The crystals just stopped giving them magic
Does anyone think maybe TYT being 20 minutes long is a placeholder until a new cgi series (or more MYM) comes out?
That’s the problem, it’s not a failsafe planFirstly, this only works if the ponies have been in harmony, and in the G5 film the ponies have not only been isolated for at least a century,As there was an Earth pony that almost committed genocide against the tribes, it was a very strong possibility that the ponies would destroy themselves before recovering their magic, mainly because the Pegasus and unicorns thought that the other tribes stole their magic.The crystals needed to be physically together to function, so even if Discord wasn’t able to destroy them, it was still possible for someone to steal one of them, hide it or throw it at the bottom of the ocean and the magic was lost again.Still about the crystals needing to be physically together, the ponies in G5 didn’t even know that these crystals existed, by pure luck the crystals were close to each other, instead of them being lost in an isolated place in ruins.the lack of magic actually makes equestria even more vulnerable against invasions. Many kingdoms could see this as an opportunity to destroy and enslave ponies (which perhaps happened since equestria was reduced to 3 cities, the rest are ruins).The very circumstances that led to the return of magic were pure luck, by pure luck Sunny believed in the union and by pure luck Izzy found that note and appeared in Maretime Bay, if Izzy had never appeared the magic would continue to disappear.the crystals themselves don’t seem to be very democratic, just because some earth ponies in maretime bay complained about ponies from other tribes at the festival was enough for the magic to disappear, the climate to be altered and these things to open up a magic crater that would suck any pony in it. First things first, I don’t even want to know how the ponies in the other two cities must have felt about the magic disappearing again and hearing the news.and Twilight didn’t even give a contingency plan in case opaline came back since she is the cause of the crystals’ appearance, all she did was say “there’s a crazy alicorn who wants to steal this magic and enslave you, so be careful”So this was a plan full of flaws that had everything to go wrong, and If it really worked is something very debatable
Come to think of it, the magic disappearing if The Unity Crystals are separated for too long is a fail-safe in its own right.The three races splitting up was always a possibility, even without the crystals. And really, if that happened, it would only be a matter of time before something noticed that much magic lying around, swooped in and stole it. The magic retreating into the crystals means that a weakened Equestria avoids attracting the unwanted attention of would-be magic thieves, and Twilight has dealt with a lot of those.To recap:
- The Crystals protect the magic while the tribes are united
- They hide the magic from thieves if the tribes ever split up
- They only release the magic if the three tribes willingly reunite
- When the tribes reunite, they’re given an alicorn protector and leader
- This leader is prevented from using her powers for evil
- Not even Discord can destroy these things on his ownG5 doesn’t ruin the ending of G4; it shows how, thanks to Twilight’s planning and magic, Equestria was able to recover from a total collapse. Twilight played the long game and won.
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