There are two problems I have: Spike being used too often as the joke of an episode or where he's has to pay for something. The other thing is that he doesn't seem to accompany the six as much in the adventures that they're part. I'm not saying he always should be with them, but I find myself believing that he's grown a bit more distant (and less close) to the six. I hear many people saying that the writers shouldn't do anymore Spike episodes. I disagree with this, not just as a fan of Spike, but as someone that supports the series. To not write any more Spike episodes is limiting what the writers can do with a character, and closes more doors to any potential development in a character. I don't know about you, but I'm more for more character development and exploration. I applaud some of the feedback that was given to some of the staff regarding how Spike has been handled. To say that writers shouldn't do any more episodes is almost as if you're saying that you don't have confidence in the team to think outside of the box with the character. Am I wrong to say this? One can only wonder how many great ideas were suggested for Spike, only to be denied by some of the Hasbro executives. I realize we aren't the main demographic. However, I do believe that there's always room for him to grow, and not just when he plays secondary roles in episodes.
The only way that's going to happen is if writers get them to interact more.
Looking forward to this one, but having it air on Independence Day in the US could be a really bad decision on the part of Discovery Family. We will find out.
I believe those numbers are from the younger demographics, unless I'm mistaken.
Definitely better than the previous week's, but still quite a bit lower than what I'm used to seeing. Let's hope for an upward trend.
None taken, though I would strongly disagree. I'd seriously stop watching, if he were written out of the show.
Where do I start? For one, not make him a target of slapstick so much and make him at fault for everything. In small doses, slapstick can be good, but I think the writers are overdoing it. Give him an adventure where where not the remainder of the main cast is used or are not focused on very much. I'd like to see him be in episodes where he's interacting with younger characters and more time seen with male characters like Shining Armor, Big Mac, Discord. I feel like we need to know more about him (more on his origins, any special abilities, etc.). With him being a different species in a place with mostly ponies, it's definitely not impossible to do. Episodes where he's definitely helpful -- those are nice. Finally, an actual solo song for Spike (Equestria Games doesn't count as a musical number, and it was poorly improvised) from Daniel Ingram. It's definitely on my wish list. My hopes of that happening have really dropped, but anything can still happen.
Not interested. I'm not a fan of Seth MacFarlane.
I don't recall him saying that, though he did welcome the feedback.
I thought Spike was handled well with the fact that he was in-character. However, the fact that he's being used episode after episode as him being used as him being like a punching bag and being at fault for everything, that's the one area I wish the writers would cut back on (in small doses and done right, it can be good -- but at times, it's not funny at all, and I feel like some opportunities get missed for more development of the character). Too much of it for a character like Spike is overkill and has a negative impact on the quality of the character. We need more episodes like Lesson Zero, Secret of My Excess, Inspiration Manifestation, The Crystal Empire, etc. Even with this episode, I still remain optimistic about future episodes, albeit cautiously.