Wait, isn't "canon ship" kind of an oxymoron? I always thought that shipping implied fanon interpretation as a rule.
Alright, let me phrase it another way, then. In racing, managing your tires is an important aspect; accelerating, braking, and handling all demand their attention, and while not entirely mutually exclusive, trying to multitask your tires brings everything down. Skip Barber's racing school even refers to this in terms of percentages.
When an MLP scene is 60% plot, 20% humor, and 20% reference...that's a scene that could've been 60/40 or 80/20 instead. The reference demands the focus of the camera and the hard work of the staff, focus and work that could've been poured into making the episode better.
I think it's silly to take cartoons so seriously.
But this isn't anime. This is the exact same show you've already watched.
Canon personality is all that matters when you're talking about the show. They disregard fanon as a rule.
Oh, I'm sure they'll get right on to shoving background characters who completely lack canon personalities into the spotlight for a musical routine.
You say "no Derpy" like it would be a bad thing...then again, that sentence almost makes it sound like I think that "no Derpy" would be a good thing. But yeah, no, enough recent episodes feel rushed and bereft of content as it is; there's no need to waste run time on what's basically null content.
None at all would be nice, thanks.
Haha, a pizza party...? What are we, six?