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Could be good, could be bad. But what seems slightly ominous to me is the title: Twilight's Kingdom. We've seen a bunch of hints of this Rainbow Kingdom stuff in the ads, and my reaction is...meh.
There's a couple ways they could handle that development, but my nightmare scenario is one that a lot of people seem to be quite enthused about: Twilight reigns as princess, with her friends serving as her "advisors," or something similar.
Quite frankly, I utterly despise this idea. I hate the concept of only Twilight being fit to be a ruler while her friends only deserve to be her cute little royal court.
On a more general note, I can at least give the writers credit for having some decent buildup to the finale. (At least compared to the end of S3.)
THE CLASH OF IRON CAN BE HEARD
BY BLINDNESS YOU'RE DRIVEN INSANE
I'M LOST IN ANGUISH AND GRIEF
SORROW WON'T WANE TILL YOU DIE
I regret not one thing I did at the Season 29 finale screening. After they gave Twilight yet another pair of wings, I felt a red haze cloud my neuro-optic implants. Who can blame me for what happened next?
Oh, and I refuse to compensate Hasbro for the violent demolition of the 300 foot Celestia statue. It was a blasphemy against God.
That's pretty damn amazing. A lot of schools have utterly anemic anti-bullying policies, but a school that outright panders to bullies?
If you want to like an episode, no one's stopping you. And if someone tells you that you're an idiot for liking it, to hell with them.
Characters are chiefly defined by their actions, not by their backgrounds. The actions of a character are what the readers will remember them by.
Likewise, Mary Sues aren't disliked simply because of their backgrounds; they're disliked because of their inability to make mistakes and their lack of need to learn any lessons.
"and what flaws she has amounts to working too hard, or being too nice, or giving of herself too much. "
As recent as Pinkie Apple Pie, she was shown as being argumentative, uptight, and spiteful towards others for petty reasons.
It was half CMC and half Twilight. Regardless, it tried to deal with one of the issues raised by Twilight's status: fame.
"And why does it have to open up new challenges?"
New challenges must be introduced because you can't expect people to stay interested in a story where your protagonist has stopped developing.
The instability of Twilight's magic (as well as her freakouts, which are also now largely absent) was one of the few things that kept her character in check. Removing this flaw is a lot like having Superman develop a total immunity to Kryptonite. It destroys much of the tension.
Contrast this with Pinkie Apple Pie, which had Applejack obsessing neurotically about trying to prove herself to Pinkie. Even Applejack has a lot of things to improve on.