Season 2 was 3 years ago and even then the rating of season 5 are only marginally higher. Every episode with recorded ratings in season 3 have more views than the last 5-6 episodes. Everyone I know who was a brony has now left, for good reason too there are better shows to follow. That usually would only serve as circumstancial evidence but the ratings speak for themselves. Less people watch the show now, that's pretty much given and unless you think the lack of content produced by the fandom is also just a coincidence I think it's pretty clear that the most reasonable explanation is people just moving on.
people left. There is less of everything this year and there will be less next year as well.
See I don't buy that at all, it was not interesting to see how, because the answer was obvious and the characters were all just going through the motions, I wasn't going through something with them , I was watching character waste time solving a mystery which was already solved by the audience. If the writers were incapable of creating a mystery with more than one possible solution than they shouldn't of framed it that way. To say differently would be to imply that a mystery doesn't need be at all mysterious and I could not disagree more.
The entire story was built around the mystery, the mystery was 2/3rds of the focus of the story, to claim that was not one of the biggest focus points of the episode is completely disingenuous.
Additionally, you seem to be confused over what I'm saying. You were arguing that I should overlook the obvious failings in the writing because it was a kids show which is the same as saying that since its a kids show it should be held to a lower standard because it does not appeal to adults as it is unable to. I agree, this episode had writing that WAS just for kids and as someone who is not a kid it had no appeal for me. Honestly do you not see the paradox in saying this show is for all ages but only allowing it to be judged from the standards of a very small child? It doesn't logically work.
I also thought the comedy was pretty lacking but that is up for debate.
Okay, so you agree that the mystery was not up to standards and was bad. You are giving excuses for the story being bad not explaining why it is good. This is because the mystery is not good by any measure, for children or adults really.
See now, I never claimed this had to be challenging for all ages but kids can tell a shitty mystery from a good one and so can adults.
If you feel that way fine by me. I don't care if you like the episode or not but this was not a good mystery at all.
That is a stretch if I've ever heard one. No, that was not the plot twist, to have a twist someone's expectations have to be something other than the outcome. There was not even one other suspect, not one. It was painfully obvious that RD was not the culprit.
When I was 8 I was often disappointed about scooby doo episodes where the villain was obvious from the beginning, you can't hide behind criticism by saying are all too stupid to see obvious flaws. This was not overanalysis this was a call out on the most obvious, dumb, no-effort, non-mystery that could of been told. Are you going to argue differently? Please do, because so far the only argument I have gotten is that it's okay that it's shit because this show doesn't cater to anyone above age 5 anyways.
No, just good mysteries in general, this is why the fandom is really pretty bad, everyone champions how the show as "good for all ages" until some obviously shitty writing comes along and everyone screams at people who don't like it because the show is now apparently made only for kids.
Like, think, for a half a second.