Look somewhere else, because this show is bland and typical as hell. The episodes never rise above the level of mediocre, and the characters are almost always one-note cliches, only displaying any semblance of depth when an episode focuses on them specifically, and even then only some of the time. When a character does get development, later episodes will often completely disregard it for the sake of convenience-which in a show that's supposed to be mainly focused on character development, is absolutely inexcusable. How many times has Fluttershy had to learn to be less shy again? The entire point of giving characters character development is so the audience can get attached to the characters, watching their emotional journeys and seeing them grow. When a show is willing to change, ignore, or add character traits to anyone for the sake of convenience, it makes it impossible to get invested in any of the character’s development knowing it could be undone at any time. Another issue is that, despite what the bafflingly large fanbase will tell you, this show does not treat kids with any sort of respect. While good children’s cartoons like Avatar or Steven Universe will present complex issues that encourage kids to think, this show never even tries to have any semblance of substance-there is always a clear good guy and bad guy in every issue where one side is treated as completely right and the other as completely wrong, there’s very little clever humor or dialogue of any kind, every villain aside from Discord is a cliche-spouting bore-fest with no motivation, and every conflict the show presents is wrapped up in a neat little bow in a single episode with absolutely no lasting consequences. There are occasionally some good moments, but for the most part, the show talks down to the audience, making everything simple and dumbed-down so that they can entertain kids without actually having to put any effort into writing interesting issues. Add in some seriously troubling implications (just look at the horrifically stereotypical portrayal of the one major character who is explicitly the pony equivalent of an African person) and a recent Season 5 episode that was just one big insult towards transgender people, and overall there is NO reason to watch this show when there are several cartoons out there that do EVERYTHING it does several times better.
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