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Reviews Comments: It's good, but I can't take it seriously My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic whole series review by Xavier Quagmire

Let me first say that I am NOT a brony (not a hardcore, fanatical brony, at least). I only started watching the show to see what all the fuss was about, and I don't intend to let the show or fanbase rule my life or govern my interests. Nor will I mindlessly defend either of them.

That said, I enjoy the show strictly for what it is; a children's show, albeit a surprisingly well-executed children's show. The characters are well-written and interesting, the animation is solid (occasional errors notwithstanding), and each episode's plot flows nicely. But really, let's be honest. It's still a children's show, and it was obviously made for pre-teen girls. We can't pretend that it's the greatest form of adult entertainment on the face of the earth.

Personally, I can only take something seriously if it's dark, realistic, or sends an accurate message about the human condition. My Little Pony doesn't really do any of that for me (maybe I'm just too cynical, but some of the "darker" or "more mature" elements of the show just seem cute to me at this point), but does that prevent me from enjoying it? Not at all. Sure, it's far from being as dark or sophisticated as I would prefer, and I don't really find the show's humor all that funny (it's still way funnier than Family Guy, though), but it doesn't have to be. It's a nice little show that provides escapism from the hardships of reality without insulting my intelligence or being nauseatingly girly (I'm looking at YOU, G3). And I respect that. It doesn't necessarily sell itself to adults, but it doesn't alienate them, either. The show works the way it is, and don't let it's cute, feminine image put you off. I accept the fact that, at it's core, it's a show meant for pre-teen girls, and I don't have to take it seriously to like it.


  • T448Eight
  • 15th Feb 13
Real Life isn't a dystopia and it isn't always dark. Therefore, how do you take that seriously?

And plenty of kids shows are dark at times. Just not this one. I actually like that its cute, and really the show is marketed to the 4 through 8 group, not pre-teen (10-12).
  • XavierQuagmire
  • 15th Feb 13
@T 448 Eight Because real life is as realistic as it gets (shocking, I know).
  • T448Eight
  • 15th Feb 13

Okay that is a good point. I like the show but I prefer American Horror Story over it, even though I have no problem with it being for little girls who like Justin Beiber.
  • doctrainAUM
  • 15th Feb 13
Personally, I can only take something seriously if it's dark, realistic, or sends an accurate message about the human condition.

So, you think something is only realistic or accurate if it's dark? I can't really understand that logic.
  • XavierQuagmire
  • 15th Feb 13
@doctrainAUM No, I meant if it's dark OR realistic. It doesn't have to be both.
  • MadCormorant
  • 15th May 13
Your point about "dark/realistic" is well made. I mean, if someone argued that a show like, say, Blackadder (especially the fourth season), was better than Fi M, I can definitely get down with that argument. Personally I'd call it comparing apples and oranges, though—which gets us back to your conclusion that ultimately, Fi M is a kids' show, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Most fans I've seen can't really take a good deal of the show seriously either. That's just personal observations though.
  • BornIn1142
  • 16th May 13
I didn't realize FIM was meant to be taken "seriously?"
  • LentilSandEater
  • 19th May 13
It's not; but you could be forgiven for thinking so given how it's described sometimes in this website. E.g. THEY WERE MIND RAPED OH NOES. Nought-to-narm in five words in most entries.

  • kay4today
  • 19th May 13
Don't forget some random stallion changing a diaper is supposed to be a Crowning Moment Of Awesome, because hey he really did it fast!

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