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Scoring Each Season of Friendship is Magic (Season 1)

Scoring Season 1 of FiM  

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  1. 1. What did you think of Season 1 overall?

    • Loved It
    • Liked It
    • Thought It Was Okay
    • Disliked it
    • Hated it
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I want to get an overall feel for how much people like/dislike every season of Friendship is Magic and assessing which season is the most popular and which is the least. To test the waters, I thought I'd just do Season 1 to see if I want to do the rest.

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If we're ranking all the seasons, all of them I can see ranging from Love to Like, with the exception of one season. As for S1, I love it, yeah, it's really shown its age, but there's a real charm to it that keeps me coming back to it every now and then

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Just now, This Whomps said:

If we're ranking all the seasons, all of them I can see ranging from Love to Like, with the exception of one season. As for S1, I love it, yeah, it's really shown its age, but there's a real charm to it that keeps me coming back to it every now and then

I feel the all of the seasons are good overall.

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Every season (EXCEPT SEASON 3) were all at least okay to me, and Season 1 is no exception. Season 1 was really good, though it has a few episodes that aren't really that good like "The Showstoppers" and "Boast Busters." Overall, though, I find that the first season was consistently good aside from those very few exceptions.

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S1 is a solid and underrated season. There are definitely a few duds amidst the run (mainly episodes such as "Boast Busters" and "The Show Stoppers" which fail largely due to lazy writing as opposed to the more specific issues of the bad episodes in subsequent seasons) and the E/I standard confined to the season led to a handful of hamhanded moments, albeit the lighthearted and charming style employed by the season (leading to a number of otherwise cliched plots being reinvigorated into surprisingly strong and entertaining experiences), in addition to the effective comedy (S1 and S2 debatably feature the show's comedy at its most consistent until around the S8 period) and the admirably subtle and consistent character arcs undergone by the M6 throughout the season (particularly the way that Faust and Renzetti paced their flow, leading to possibly the most balanced season in terms of character focus in regards to the M6) creates a unique, almost avant-garde quality which a number of later seasons (approximately S3 and onwards), despite their objectively more ambitious and outwardly complex highs, somehow lack (although S1 actually contains some of the show's best installments anyway, such as "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", "Party of One", "The Best Night Ever", "Sonic Rainboom" and the like). 

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8 minutes ago, Them's Seeing Ponies said:

S1 is a solid and underrated season, There are definitely a few duds amidst the run (mainly episodes such as "Boast Busters" and "The Show Stoppers" which fail largely due to lazy writing as opposed to the more specific issues of the bad episodes in subsequent seasons) and the E/I standard confined to the season led to a handful of hamhanded moments, albeit the lighthearted and charming style employed by the season (leading to a number of otherwise cliched plots being reinvigorated into surprisingly strong and entertaining experiences), in addition to the effective comedy (S1 and S2 debatably feature the show's comedy at its most consistent until around the S8 period) and the admirably subtle and consistent character arcs undergone by the M6 throughout the season (particularly the way that Faust and Renzetti paced their flow, leading to possibly the most balanced season in terms of character focus in regards to the M6) creates a unique, almost avant-garde quality which a number of later seasons (approximately S3 and onwards), despite their objectively more ambitious and outwardly complex highs, somehow lack (although S1 actually contains some of the show's best anyway, such as "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", "Party of One", "The Best Night Ever", "Sonic Rainboom" and the like). 

It does its job in setting the show up, but does suffer from many of the issues that plague the first season of every show.

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Season 1 was additionally saddled with the E/I rating, which led to a number of issues in the type of content they could express (Faust notably described this in that 2011 EqD interview), which is why I'm inclined to judge S1 on a slightly different level from other seasons, considering that the content of episodes such as "Lesson Zero" and "The Cutie Map" would have been radically modified by the rating's limitations, although the rating isn't the sole contributing factors to S1's more awkward moments, which, while not exactly majorly egregious, can lead to several examples of early-installment weirdness (such as Rarity being treated as more of a mandated 'feminine' character in several earlier S1 episodes prior to the advent of her more dignified portrayal in "Suited for Success").

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I like a lot of episodes from this season. On one hand, it takes a while to find its footing - I wouldn't say the show's identity really congeals until at least "Dragonshy" and maybe even "Winter Wrap Up," but on the other hand, the fact that the characters' personalities aren't so firmly established means that character development feels more consistent among these episodes than in any of the show's subsequent years. Its simplicity makes it a bit more homogeneous than the later seasons, but also means there's a purity and innocence to it that was arguably lost by season 2. That's probably why I think season 1 is more consistently funny than any batch of episodes except season 2, because it has more wiggle room to define these characters, and because its story structures don't get in the way of charming or funny doodling in the margins. There's a wit to a lot of these episodes that you don't get in a lot of other cartoons, and which I'd argue becomes less common the further you get in the show. 

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Season 1 definitely set the tone for FiM as a lighthearted but still very enjoyable show. (Later, the show would have more deeper episode, but I digress). However, I feel like Season 1 was the opposite of Season 2, where a large portion of the episodes are mediocre, not strongly good or bad. 

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1 minute ago, imawesome said:

Season 1 definitely set the tone for FiM as a lighthearted but still very enjoyable show. (Later, the show would have more deeper episode, but I digress). However, I feel like Season 1 was the opposite of Season 2, where a large portion of the episodes are mediocre, not strongly good or bad. 

As is the case with a lot of shows in their first season.

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This season is okay. Sure, it got a bad start with a lot of really boring episodes like The Ticket Master, Dragonshy, and Applebuck Season, but once it got its groove with Bridle Gossip, the season got really good. 

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Season 1 is relatively simple. It wasn’t as complex a world and universe as today with all the species, locations, settings, and new lore, but it holds up quite decently in spite of its restrictive E/I rating. Looking back, there are portions of the season that won’t fly at all today, including…

  1. The characters, in particular Twilight, being quite immature, occasionally to the point of being unlikeable. Rarity, Twilight, and the CMCs have it the worst for acting like a stereotypically conceited fashionista, sarcastic and judgmental, and one-dimensional and annoying, respectively.
  2. Many of the worst episodes of the entire series take place here: Boast Busters, Bridle Gossip, Show Stoppers, and Owl’s Well. Spikeabuse was frequent in the first five seasons, the latter initiating it.

At the same time, Pinkie was a joy here with probably her most balanced characterization. Fluttershy was at her best here till the later ends of the series. Dash’s quest to reachieve the Sonic Rainboom was a really big deal. Twilight had to make some friends and learn how to be one back. Following a bad lull to start the show, Winter Wrap Up aired, and then starting with Suited for Success, FIM took off. Beginning. With Green Isn’t Your Color, Friendship Is Magic began its first great streak, continuing into the beginning of next season.

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 I love 19 out of the 26 episodes from the first season of Friendship is Magic. I like this season way more than I thought I did. :wacko:

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Looking at the results of these 8 polls, as much as I love the first half of the show seasons, a lot of people view them with rose-tinted glasses.

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50 minutes ago, ShadowPhoenix said:

Looking at the results of these 8 polls, as much as I love the first half of the show seasons, a lot of people view them with rose-tinted glasses.

Oh, clearly. While I can see why some might feel that way, I still hold true to the idea that the later seasons are better overall.

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2 hours ago, ShadowPhoenix said:

Looking at the results of these 8 polls, as much as I love the first half of the show seasons, a lot of people view them with rose-tinted glasses.

 

1 hour ago, TheAnimationFana said:

Oh, clearly. While I can see why some might feel that way, I still hold true to the idea that the later seasons are better overall.

 

I think that the later seasons are a lot better, too, tbh.

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If I didn't love this season, I wouldn't be here! The Pilot has to be one of the best series opening I have ever seen. Very dramatic and exciting for a cartoon for young girls, a lot of character depth, and a great climax scene that demonstrates how the two parts of the episode fit together. Sure, it has it's flaws like its pacing, but I cannot be thankful enough for how much thought and effort was put into it. At the very least, it was enough for me to understand how the Brony fandom came to be!

Other great episodes? Where to start?! Look Before You Sleep, Suited For Success, Sonic Rainboom, Over A Barrel, Cutie Mark Chronicles, etc, etc! The former two were so well-written, it got me to appreciate slice-of-life type episodes and series a lot more. I was so amazed by the art work, music, and animation in Rarity's fashion show, that I ended up re-watching it at least ten times. Sonic Rainboom got me to like Rainbow Dash because it explores her character with far more depth than her pride. Over A Barrel has struck me as a nice adventure story, and Best Night Ever, although gave me pause on first watch, has really broadened my perspective on how to enjoy a cartoon.  

As you can probably tell, I answered the first choice of this poll. ^_^  

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Just now, ChB said:

If I didn't love this season, I wouldn't be here! The Pilot has to be one of the best series opening I have ever seen. Very dramatic and exciting for a cartoon for young girls, a lot of character depth, and a great climax scene that demonstrates how the two parts of the episode fit together. Sure, it has it's flaws like its pacing, but I cannot be thankful enough for how much thought and effort was put into it. At the very least, it was enough for me to understand how the Brony fandom came to be!

Other great episodes? Where to start?! Look Before You Sleep, Suited For Success, Sonic Rainboom, Over A Barrel, Cutie Mark Chronicles, etc, etc! The former two were so well-written, it got me to appreciate slice-of-life type episodes and series a lot more. I was so amazed by the art work, music, and animation in Rarity's fashion show, that I ended up re-watching it at least ten times. Sonic Rainboom got me to like Rainbow Dash because it explores her character with far more depth than her pride. Over A Barrel has struck me as a nice adventure story, and Best Night Ever, although gave me pause on first watch, has really broadened my perspective on how to enjoy a cartoon.  

As you can probably tell, I answered the first choice of this poll. ^_^  

Despite some aspects not holding up quite as well, the show's first season did a great job laying the foundation for the rest of the series and it would only get better from here.

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