I guess I should make a separate blog for discussion posts huh? I know this is mainly a place for pics so that’s what I’ll do next time.
I appreciate the folks that still respond though, giving me things to reconsider and points to analyze. Discussion is always nice, especially over things you like.
I might replace the posts to a different blog a little later, so as to avoid clutter. In the meantime, back to arts for me.
Let's be fair though Siden, there's no real difference between Zecora turning Fluttershy into a Breezie and Twilight doing it, both would be the exact same level of deus ex machina. Also the rest of the Mane 6 had to have been in this episode in some capacity, that's just following the pattern from the other "Key episodes".
Even if that were the case, at the very least it would have offered some degree of variety to the way this show handles any ‘desu ex machina’ trope. We all know Twilight can literally be “make anything, do anything if I want to” if need be, but in the hands of a good writer the way she uses her magic can have a meaningful character or plot driven purpose. In the hands of a bad writer she is simply a magic trump card to play when the deck is out or needs to be small and fly.
Now with Zecora I could picture her building up to this solution, watching her mix something together throughout the episode, while we look into her potion making process, and how the various ingredients put it affect the concoction. There is so much to work with there you know? What ever she mixes in, it has a purpose, and that purpose can be plot driven or character driven. What I’m saying is there are many ways to approach the direction they wanted with this episode in a way that would have given it more meaning and purpose to the character development, but instead that was all packed into an episode primarily meant to promote a new toy line.
Now we all know this show was meant to sell toys in the eyes of hasbro, but the beautiful thing dhX has done is that with all the more obvious toyetic elements in the show (e.i. the air ballon and the train) they can all be overlooked as they never serve any main focal point of any story.
For a season that is entirely centered around these “key” episodes, it’s disappointing to say the least, especially considering those episodes up till now have actually been pretty good, having the conflict center around the character and their core ‘element’ and how the character in turn responded to that conflict that earned them their key.
I apologize for these long wordy messages but I feel rather strongly about all this.
Thoughts on It Ain’t Easy Being Breezie
Okay, I just got back from seeing the new ep.
Bare with me for a moment but I have a few ideas on how it could have possibly been made to be actually decent.
Suggestions for a better episode:
- Only Fluttershy in the episode. Maybe one other main character.
- No one else knows who or what the breezies are because of how seemingly insignificant they are and the extremely limited research on them, except for Fluttershy, who I believe would keep them a secret to preserve their incredibly delicate and vulnerable nature.
- While watching the breezies migrate from a far FS sees some of them get in trouble, NOT because of some dumb excuse to make a certain dragon once again look utterly incompetent, but because of a more plausible explanation. Maybe it’s a group of younger, less experienced breezies on their first migration.
- Fluttershy, out of the kindness in her heart, feels she needs to help them (maybe she sees herself in them like how she was back in her flying lesson days) but doesn’t know how to approach them due to the fact that no one has ever interacted with them before, and that maybe her exposing herself to them would frieghten them.
- She then tries to enlist the help of Zecora (the only other person with equal knowledge of exotic wildlife.) Zecora instructs Fluttershy that she should not interfere with the breezies migration, saying that her helping them would only be a short term solution and that her coddling wouldn’t help them to develop their survival instincts. Maybe she tells a little of her backstory and how she journeyed from her homeland without the aid of others and became a better zebra for it.
- Though Fluttershy is conflicted, she counters that while maybe she shouldn’t do all the help for them, she could try to help encourage them to succeed on their own.
- With the help of ZECORA (Not purple desu ex machina) they create a potion that turns fluttershy into a breezy which allows fluttershy to approach the breeezies and rally them up to get back home, helping them feel more confident in themselves but not doing the work for them (and also perhaps tying in a nice developmental stage in fluttershy’s character arc where she learns leadership skills in helping to guide others.)
I had an idea that Fluttershy’s “key” could have been maybe like a tea mug Zecora gives to her. See when Fluttershy comes to her hut in a panic over helping the breezies, Zecora gives her tea (representing an act of hospility and kindness) to help calm Fluttershy down. At the end we see Zecora has given fluttershy her own little “zecora style” set to drink with at home and it does the rainbow glaze thing.
- - Someone pointed out this wouldn’t be consistent with the theme of every key being from the pony who learned a lesson from the main pony. I jumped the gun on this one a bit my bad :p
- The episode is a thoughtful and touching progression of Fluttershy’s character and not just a promotion for a new toy line with character development shoe horned in at the last second.
- The Breezies accent can stay the same though, I loved it.
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Anywho here’s the second one :p
Ah Christmas, you guys remember that right? From last year? Well evidently it’s also okay to post up these images from the art pack we did at the time so here it is o3o.
Twilight is teaching Applebloom how to make magic potions to grow plants.
Magic potions that grow plants and/or transmogrify them instantly.
So then, where exactly does that leave the significances of Earth ponies being the only race that can grow plants if magic potions can also grow them AND grow them faster?
Or can Twilight somehow combine the two traits together seeing as she is an alicorn and therefore possesses the traits of all three races.
Who wore the hat that night
I got the word that it’s alright to post these up so here it is o3o
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