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This fits with the significant lack of morals displayed by of most of the MAS characters, and especially Twilight. It is easy to see how this, combined with the significant cynicism in the post credits "commentary," could lead one to think he actually hates the show. But it's clear from his other videos that he doesn't. And lastly, he's been making MAS videos for YEARS. He must at least somewhat like the show and the characters for him to be that dedicated.
A good video of Greg's to watch (and it might even be the one I was referring to, I don't know) is this one, where he comments on the MLP Analysis community but also states a lot of his own opinions of the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYZv8LfwBhU
The low ratings are due almost entirely to bad marketing. And Discovery Family excels at sucking at marketing. My guess is ep 100 will have lower ratings than expected, but it *won't* be because of the streams, it'll be due to the multi-week hiatus.
I'd love for the episode to break the viewership record or something but honestly, to the target audience, it's just another episode, and one that airs after weeks of no new episodes, and thus one they're likely to miss. I'd really like to be wrong though!
Ever since they redesigned the CMC clubhouse in S2 and added way more detail and shading, I've been hoping they would redo the cottage. My wish finally came true! As a bonus there's a few frames from the 1080p iTunes version where there are no credits overlapping it, making a perfect desktop wallpaper. Other than the cottage, almost everything else looked beautiful in this episode too. Except for a couple of those ugly season 1 paper-flat apple trees.... Grr... :P
Edit: oh and yes this should be a regular feature, just taking time to point out stuff like this that a lot of people might not notice but contributes hugely to the overall quality of the show. And if BG artists see their work recognized on EQD, they're likely to try even harder to impress!
With music you can set or change the atmosphere of a scene, emphasize a joke or even change its implication, and of course you can bring back memories and, like you said, apply new emotions to those memories, all through the soundtrack. And William Anderson and Kelley Davidson are masters of that. Few other cartoons have/have had music as such an important part of the finished product. There of course have been some. Batman:TAS, Avatar:TLA and TLoK are a few that come to mind. If you've seen those shows you can probably almost immediately recall some of the musical themes they contain (and I mean beyond the intro theme, since you can remember that for pretty much any show).
Anyways, to summarize: William Anderson (and Kelly Davidson), you better not ever leave FiM! (I'm kidding, but if he/they do, whoever replaces them will have big shoes to fill.)