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7th Oct 2021, 6:00 AM in Magical Mystery Cure
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With Great Prowess
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Newbiespud 7th Oct 2021, 6:00 AM edit delete
Sometimes you have to choose between an NPC mentor figure laying it all out and letting your players put together the pieces. I always find it more satisfying if the players are the ones who get to explain the big reveals, personally, even if you have to nudge them a bit.

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evileeyore 7th Oct 2021, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
"I always find it more satisfying if the players are the ones who get to explain the big reveals, personally, even if you have to nudge them a bit."

And sometimes they come up with things that, while not necessarily cooler, are more personally relevant. And just like this example, you take what the Player says, "Wow I'm the personal avatar of magic!" and add a bit extra "With sooooo many responsibilities!"
Digo 7th Oct 2021, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
Good thing the explosion didn't drop her into the Destiny's Child dimension. She'd have an earworm all day.
Prairie Son 7th Oct 2021, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
That look on Celestia's face in the last panel says "you have no idea how much of my to-do list is about to land on your desk".
Guest 7th Oct 2021, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
So in-universe Celestia heard Rainbow's player?
Digo 7th Oct 2021, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
She's like The Watcher, but with more glitter.
Newbiespud 7th Oct 2021, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
Sometimes an NPC monologuing to a single player hears things.
StrandedGeek 7th Oct 2021, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
I praise the comic for actually explaining things waaay better than the show did. Instead of "Poof you're a princess alicorn now." "Wait what?" "Sorry no time to explain we got more songs to sing. tralalalalala!"
Newbiespud 7th Oct 2021, 4:46 PM edit delete reply
Ironically, I've got WAY more real estate for dialogue than the show did.
Truthkeeper 7th Oct 2021, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
The show had all the time in the world, they chose to cram way too much into a single episode instead of doing a two-parter.
zimmerwald1915 7th Oct 2021, 7:46 PM edit delete reply
This complaint has not gotten any less brainless since 2013. There is no more story to be had out of Magical Mystery Cure (you can tell because they filled twenty seconds with a song that *wasn't* an emotional high). Another 22 minutes of nothing but exposition would be utter garbage.
Maileesaeya 7th Oct 2021, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
I've actually read up on that a bit. There were a number of issues around the 3rd season, stemming in no small part from it being only 13 episodes due, in essence, to the Hasbro/Network overlords demanding it be a 65-episode cartoon (all the details ultimately being locked in before a 4th season was greenlit).

From my understanding, the original intent by the episode's writer was for it to be a 2-episode grand finale, Celestia was supposed to join Twilight to study the spell but would be delayed and sent the book on ahead. Twilight got impatient, cast the spell, and Celestia would've been unable to fix it. The accomplishment that would transform Twilight into an alicorn would've specifically been doing something even Celestia couldn't.

Honestly, there was a lot more room for not only potential exposition but also exploration of the consequences of the Cutie Mark/destiny switch-up. But, for various reasons, things got shuffled around, compressed, and rewritten into a single-episode musical "grand finale."

Personally, I don't have any complaints about that--I've mentioned before that I really loved the episode. But I can understand why others feel it should've been different, should've been two episodes, should've dedicated more time to giving audiences an understanding of the apotheosis, all the more so because that may have at least somewhat calmed the complaints at the time of it being done just to expand the toy line.

Sorry, didn't really mean to go on a tangent. It just bothers me to see an opinion being insulted as "brainless" seemingly just for being different from yours, with the only evident argument being "they had twenty seconds for a song that wasn't an emotional high, so they must not have had any more story." I don't know or think that was what you were going for, but that's how the comment came across to me when I found it.
Ransom4 8th Oct 2021, 8:19 AM edit delete reply
Honestly, I love how this scene is shot. Twilight looks almost like a filly in that first panel, then the whole bit of Celestia gesturing to the huge starry expanse as if to say there are endless possibilities for her to explore and mysteries to uncover and she can't wait to see where she'll go from here. That and I love the song.