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Let's recap this:

 

- Season 1 had the most amount of humorous episodes.

- Season 2 had still some humor but more serious episodes involving even more character scolding than before.

- Season 3 was short, but "Too Many Pinkie Pies" and a big part of "Just for sidekicks had humor", the rest was most like learning by crook.

- Season 4 had tears and depression in most of the episodes, or at least in the first 6.

 

Am I the only one who noticed this? Or is it just me?

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Let's recap this:

 

- Season 1 had the most amount of humorous episodes.

- Season 2 had still some humor but more serious episodes involving even more character scolding than before.

- Season 3 was short, but "Too Many Pinkie Pies" and a big part of "Just for sidekicks had humor", the rest was most like learning by crook.

- Season 4 had tears and depression in most of the episodes, or at least in the first 6.

 

Am I the only one who noticed this? Or is it just me?

I think "Maturing" would be a more apt term. The humor is still there, however it is different than the rather slapstick zany stuff from season one. Frankly the show is better for it. Edited by Buck Testa
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I don't think more serious is the correct term to use. Grante, Twilghts kingdom was pretty serious. I'd say it's more matured. There are a bit more action packed monents and more mature episodes like disability in flight to the finish or the different ways of learning moral from testing testing 123. Also, the humor is still there in episodes. Pinkie pride. Testing testing 123 and trade ya show that.
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Like Buck Testa said, the more the show advanced, the more mature its tone become, which is in my opinion good.

 

However I say that they are trying to make it more appealing to the bronies than to the younger audiences. Which is not that great, because the show is ment to be educative for children.

 

I think we all here have learned the stereotypical lessons that Disney had when it was good.

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However I say that they are trying to make it more appealing to the bronies than to the younger audiences. Which is not that great, because the show is ment to be educative for children.

 

Well, the only dispute is that 'on record' they have said that not one story or line on dialog is really made with the adult fandom in mind. Rather the continued marching focus is to make a kids show that would also appeal to parents (who happen to be adults). The writers have commented during interviews and panels that after the idea was approved or suggested, someone on Megan's staff would comment that the bronies will like something that is mentioned. That said, they swear that we are not a creative catalyst.

 


 

The show continues to tackle general lessons and morals and packages them in an easily digestible bite sized product. Season one had the Ursa Major, Pinkamena, etc. Season 2 had Discord and of course the season 2 finale cliffhanger.

 

Now if the OP focused on complexity and depth ... yeah I would agree that the show has gotten more complex ... but it's not darker.

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I've noticed it a little as well, and honestly, its a change I happen to love. Now of course, I still want the show to have a lot of humor, and the occasional wacky silly episode for relief. But I'd also like for it to be balanced out by enough seriousness and maturity when it calls for it. If it becomess too serious, then it becomes a soulless shell of its former self.

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That really depends on what you mean by "is the show getting more serious", if you mean it in the sense of is the tone of the show darker then yes but not significantly. If you mean it in the sense of does the show take the characters more seriously or is the subject matter more mature then definitely yes.

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Ya, in a way the show is getting away from the cutesy, heartwarming way it used to be, which is disappointing. It's not entirely forgotten though, what with how the season went out with a song like "Let The Rainbow Remind You"

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Let's recap this:

 

- Season 1 had the most amount of humorous episodes.

- Season 2 had still some humor but more serious episodes involving even more character scolding than before.

- Season 3 was short, but "Too Many Pinkie Pies" and a big part of "Just for sidekicks had humor", the rest was most like learning by crook.

- Season 4 had tears and depression in most of the episodes, or at least in the first 6.

 

Am I the only one who noticed this? Or is it just me?

well, people will watch it ether way, but that last fight was SUPER intense and serious

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The show is definitely maturing. While there are shades of the first two seasons in comedic and slice-of-life episodes like "Maud Pie", there are some noticeable changes.

 

What we do see is the show handling bigger and more complex morals than ever before, serious character studies in episodes such as "Pinkie Pride" (even with all the pomp, circumstance, silliness, and Weird Al), the two-parters becoming grander and more epic in scale, and more frequent blending of adventure elements into slice-of-life stories.

 

The show does seem to be taking more of study in its own conceptions of self-image, with all of the self-confidence morals we've seen throughout, and this theme looks as if it may continue into Season 5. How this plays into friendship and harmony is a much more tiered and evolutionary concept than what has been done before, so I'd look forward to what they have in store for this season.

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I think it's only natural that a show get progressively "more serious" the longer it stays on the air. Like many members above me have stated already, I think the term you're looking for to describe the changes in FIM is "maturing" rather than "more serious".

 

Season 1 definitely feels the least "mature" all things considered. Of course that is to be expected since the writers and animators were still experimenting and testing the waters with all of the characters and environments so the show couldn't take itself too seriously yet. But now that it has been on the air for nearly 4 years now, I feel like there is still plenty of room for the show to mature. I'm looking forward to seeing what season 5 will bring to the table  :wub:

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I think the show has matured a bit, as demonstrated by some of the more serious episode. But watching season 4 and 5 for the first time these past few days, I've felt like they show is still very childish. I don't know if this is because of the enforced ban I had from MLP (due to a misunderstanding and a lot of shouting) for about 2 years. Or maybe i've just gotten older.

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Eh I'd say it's more in flux now.  The first two seasons had the tone more or less consistent between their episodes where as with latter seasons, it shifts a lot more episode to episode. Basically there's a bit more tonal whiplash going back and forth from serious to comedy in the latter seasons than the earlier ones.

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