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S4 E1-2: One Door Closes by Esuka S4 E1-2: One Door Closes by Esuka
I was not really sure what to expect going into season 4. With the rather uneasy ending of season 3 (due more to fuss from the community than actual issues of quality) and Equestria Girls, it remained to be seen where the new season would start off and where it would take us.

THAT PREMIERE WAS AWESOME.

I look forward to what this season has in store, and I think starting off by hitting on the questions everyone has is a sign that the team knows what they have to do. I think everything is not going to be fine; I think it's going to be great.

MLP:FiM is (c) Hasbro
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XGluon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013

OK, I just have to say this:

WHY DOES EVERYBODY THINK THAT GETTING RID OF THE ELEMENTS OF HARMONY WAS SUCH A GOOD IDEA?!?!?

THINK ABOUT IT.

 

When a new villain appears who can ONLY be defeated by the Elements of Harmony, that will be a giant "OOPS!" moment for the Mane Six.

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007fluttershyizard Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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XGluon Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013

...Actually, now that I think about it, I foresee a "The Mane Six were the REAL Elements of Harmony all this time" plot point coming up.


That, or the box contains "Super Elements of Harmony".


But it seems the former is much more likely.

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ragnu Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
I'd guess those six keyholes refer to...The six background ponies? Jk :P
Still, I was super hyped for this premier and it didn't disappoint!:happybounce:
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DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
With a pretty awesome premiere and that mysterious box, Season 4 is off to a bright start...
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DPV111 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
eeyup
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007fluttershyizard Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hey :iconesuka: , what were you're opinions on the Season 4 premiere? This question also applies to any brony reading this comment :).
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Esuka Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
I was very happy with it. Like i said in the description, I was somewhat put off by the end of season 3, mostly due to the community hissy fit rather than the quality of the episode itself, and Equestria Girls was a rather lacking experience. The premiere, considering this, had an excellent story, expanded on lore, employed the characters very naturally and addressed the issues people have been asking since the end of season 3, and (and this was nice to me) used existing elements (no pun intended) to set up the plot rather than introduce a new villain from nowhere.

This episode was a solid return to form, and I'm glad to see them owning their decisions and running with them rather than half-assing it and trying to ignore how things have changed. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this season runs from here.
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007fluttershyizard Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Very good explanation, I for one think that getting rid of the Elements of Harmony was a good decision both by the characters and the writers themselves. Now instead of them using the elements to www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaBCw5… , now they'll be able to overcome obstacles without them. I for one like the Equestria Girls movie, but one major problem I found was the humanized characters using their rainbow beam to save the high school, it just seemed too lazy for a climax since it's already been down in both Season 1 & 2's premieres, it just got old.

I for one hope DHX and Hasbro take more risks with this season, the part with Twilight sobbing over Celestia banishing Nightmare Moon in that flashback was very emotionally calamitous but with very good taste, and not just that, the whole ordeal with the Mane 5 believing Twilight should stay behind only to realize that they can't be torn apart really got to be :) . I also agree that introducing a new villain wasn't necessary for this premiere, and the part where it was revealed that Discord was partially responsible for the Everfree Forest infestation was actually pretty hilarious (BTW did you see Discord's cameo in the new opening of the show?)

What do you think is inside that chest that bloomed out of the flower at the end of the episode, maybe the keys that open it will be discovered in the Season 4 finale, or maybe separate keys will be in individual episodes? I don't know, but the chest is just making be hyped even more :iconpineappletardplz: . Maybe the chest has something to do with one of the Mane 6 discovering something about either friendship, Equestria itself, or symbolizing something related to an odyssey outside the realms of your basic children's cartoon.

I hope they do more stuff relating to more positive aspects of the brony fandom, episodes revolving around characters that absolutely need better episodes (ex. Fluttershy/Hurrican Fluttershy is one of the only spectacular episodes revolving about the character) , different settings than the ones they already have (maybe even locations outside Equestria) , and episodes that leave more of an impact just like the premiere, Apple Family Reunion didn't leave that much of an impact, except that part wear Apple Bloom performed the Wilhelm Scream. I absolutely hope the songs are as just as good as they were in previous seasons, heck, I even here the Discord musical number is going to be hilarious

Let me know what you want out of this new season and especially what you don't want to see 
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XGluon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013

Actually, I don't think it was such a good idea. And I'm questioning as to WHY fans are thinking it was such a good idea.

 

In my honest opinion, the REAL purpose of the Elements of Harmony was to defeat villains.

They didn't use them to overcome ALL obstacles; just Nightmare Moon and Discord, nothing else(at least, as far as I know).

 

 

I think that, inside the chest, are the NEW AND IMPROVED Elements of Harmony. Probably called something like the "Super Elements of Harmony" or something.

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spartanguy88 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Here comes the Se7en related jokes...
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Joakaha Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! :)
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BenRG Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
What is in the hexagonal box? My vote is that it's the Rainbow of Light, the precursor of the Elements of Harmony from the very first MLP series back in the 1980s.
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XGluon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013

But even IF it's the Rainbow of Light, it won't replace the Elements of Harmony, no matter the nonstalgia.

 

...Unless...

...The Rainbow of Light FUSES with the Elements of Harmony, resulting in...
...SUPER ELEMENTS OF HARMONY.



YES.

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Nanbandesu Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had that exact same thought earlier today.
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XGluon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013

Personally, I think that it's, like the "Super Elements of Harmony" or something.

 

This is for two reasons.

 

1: Except for the hardcore bronies, bronies will complain about how the Rainbow of Light sucks in comparison to the Elements of Harmony.

2: Unlike the Elements of Harmony, the Rainbow of Light is a single item.  If anything, all the RoL will do, besides defeat villains, is tear the group apart due to them arguing over who gets to use it.

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Nanbandesu Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your first reason sounds legit, but I'm pretty sure Hasbro would G4-ify the Rainbow of Light enough so that it not only serves as a callback to the original MLP, but also creates new group mechanics - which brings me to your second point. If I recall correctly, the Rainbow of Light being a single item didn't appear to drive apart any of the rescue party ponies in the G1 pilot; they all pretty much shared it willingly. Also, since 1 is obviously less than 6, there is a much higher chance of it falling into danger, getting lost, or falling into the wrong hands, thus raising the stakes for the Mane 6 in new plotlines. I admit, though, that G1 and G4 are very different creatures (thank God), so I see your point about how only one new powerful magical artifact could drive a wedge between the Mane 6.
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XGluon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Oh, I see.
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vevans0009 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Mark 2.0 elements coming in the future?  Maybe, but I one thing is certain and that is the two episode premiere was satisfying!  Six more months awaits us!
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student General Artist
This will be glorious. And doubly so because the Elements will not be in the way of diverse villain plots anymore.

And the shading here is glorious already. The use of that blue for the shine on her is lovely. Great job!
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gabrielthewolf15 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
there are many things even equestria can hide
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CherryError Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist
AMAZING! I like her eyes <3
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