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  • Author's Saving Throw: Some members of the brony fandom were hesitant about the idea of the Dazzlings returning to possibly get a redemption, feeling that would take away everything that made them such enjoyable villains to begin with. The fears came from the idea that villain redemptions in the show proper have become overdone. However, this special shows that the Dazzlings aren't given the Woobie treatment; they're still just as cruel as before, mocking Sunset for her situation. They've just begrudgingly accepted that they're stuck in the human world with no magic. In short, they've gone the Retired Monster route rather than a Heel–Face Turn.
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    • Yet another Equestrian artifact was lost in the human world, but this time there's no backstory for it. Doubly so since it wasn't hidden like the Memory Stone was; it was just lying on the path like it was tossed there haphazardly.
    • The loop lasted for three weeks. While it's not as long as the novel adaptation (which is a year), it's still possible that Sunset used this as an attempt to do stuff that happened in the novel adaptation.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The Dazzlings act as a Red Herring for a few minutes before they're almost literally Put on a Bus and don't appear again. They don't have nearly as much of an impact on the plot as they did in Rainbow Rocks, only accidentally helping Sunset have a Jerkass Realization. Some fans feel that they should have been the main villains instead of PostCrush, using the Time Twirler to keep Sunset and the others stuck in the time loop as revenge — a possibility that Sunset considers in-universe. It doesn't help that fans have waited five years to see the Dazzlings again after Rainbow Rocks (IDW comics notwithstanding), so their anticlimactic turn here can sting.
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  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: The rest of the group guilt-trip Sunset Shimmer for going to see PostCrush without Pinkie Pie, and Sunset eventually admits this was a mistake. However, Pinkie caused the two of them to miss the concert and got them kicked out of the event, and it's shown that she will do the same things to the same results every loop unless stopped. After seeing Sunset go through two loops where this happened, it's hard to come down on her for wanting to do things alone. After three weeks of dealing with Pinkie behaving this way, Sunset's explosive rant about how much trouble Pinkie's been causing through the "Groundhog Day" Loop is rather understandable.

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