"Somewhere down the line, friendship stopped meaning anything. It became this nebulous state of being where you either have friend or you don't. From Season 1 to Rainbow Rocks it actually meant something to have friends. Your friends were there for you in tangible ways to help you through your actual problems. Legend of Everfree was the last gasp of that idea." - Lily Orchard March 20th, 2018 Glass of Water - Double Entendres About Vines
"...as time has gone on the show runners have dropped the tangibility of friendship and the effort it takes, opting instead for villains who don't have friends but want them or who abandoned friendship entirely. Friendship is treated like the force, you either have it and everything's great or you don't and it sucks and all nuance has been sapped out of this REAL thing that effects REAL people." - Lily Orchard March 20th, 2018 Glass of Water - Double Entendres About Vines
And what I'm about to propose can't get anymore closer to the truth.
(Music to listen to along with reading if you want: www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4UZhr…
Those two quotes by Lily in her Glass of Water video Double Entendres About Vines had got me thinking ever since I first saw the video itself. More so recently I just can't help but think about how they still hold water, especially with how Season 8's been going, boring Season or not. So far everything's been going further from the show's primary roots ever since it was announced about the School of Friendship. Sure one could argue that the Friendship School was gonna happen sooner or later either during the show's running or become a thing just as it ends to leave a continuation up to interpretation of the Bronies, ewuuugh, but how it was handled was; 1. BOOOORRRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG. 2. SHOULD have been handled better.
The set up was lackluster at best and made me just all the more confused at how the damn government works at worst. But tearing that episode a new Prussian asshole is not what I'm talking about here. Though I am open to absolutely ripping the episode apart by showing just how exactly Chancellor Neighsay and his stooges just don't fucking work as government figures of sort some other time. What I'm here to talk about is instead proposing an episode concept that could send the show back to its routes. The episode concept in general is a little lackluster right now as all I've currently thought of is the ending moral, characters, and the three act structure.
The moral in question is one I've not seen tackled yet in any medium, if not feel free to correct me in the comments, and unfortunately is one that would leave the episode on a downer note, but is a harsh truth we ALL must face. That moral in question is, "Sometimes A Friendship Can't Be Fixed".
It's a harsh truth we ALL have to face at some point. We all know friendships sometimes have to end for better or worse, sooner or later, on good terms or bad terms, you know all that shit. But most of the time there's always a chance that the friendship can be repaired or made up some time down the road. But the route shows don't often travel is what happens when a friendship CAN'T be fixed. I don't mean Toxic Friendships either. I mean friendships that just can't be fixed. Like you don't know what happened, you aren't sure WHY it happened, but you know this is something that can't be fixed.
The ones I propose should be taught this lesson is Twilight and Starlight. HEAR ME OUT! Hear me out! I know, I KNOW! Starlight is a controversial character, but in this case I think it could work. Here's what I'm proposing, Starlight ends up hearing rumors that an old friend of her's from Sire's Hollow, that's NOT Sunburst, had been seen around Ponyville lately. Twilight confronts her about it and Starlight gives a bit of backstory. The backstory explains about who this pony was and how they came to be friends over a similar fear of cutie marks because said friend had a similar problem Starlight faced in that a cutie mark ended up taking one of her friends away as well. They bonded for a while over their similar hatred for cutie marks until eventually Starlight got hers and her friend ended up.... over reacting so to- okay there is NO WAY I can explain this in short setences, here we go, this is what would happen......
(SCENARIO MUSIC: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHV9Uy…
Starlight, while out doing some things with Spike, ends up hearing rumors about a unicorn who claimed to have been friends long ago with Starlight following one of their quick stops into Ponyville. When Starlight asks for their name from one of the ponies saying such rumors, she ends up panicking and running away back to the castle upon hearing it. Around this time, Twilight also begins to hear the rumors and tries to find Starlight to ask her about said friend and why she had lied that Starlight never made any friends after Sunburst. To her surprise, Starlight's hesitant to even mention their name. When Twilight asks about what happened between them again and with more authority, Starlight somberly begins to explain how she and, lets call this pony Iron Guard for now, had met not too long after she lost Sunburst to his cutie mark. Turns out they had a similar hatred of cutie marks because like Starlight, Iron Guard lost one of her friends to a cutie mark as well.
For a long time Starlight and Iron Guard were friends that bonded over their hatred for cutie marks, until the fateful day when Starlight got her cutie mark. Instead of HER being the one overreacting, Iron Guard was the one who was overreacting. Starlight would explain about how Iron Guard effectively ended their friendship by calling Starlight a traitor wanting nothing to do with her anymore, this not only further shows how deep cutie marks had traumatized her, but gives her crusade more of a meaning because in her mind she would've lost TWO friends because of cutie marks. And the reason why she wouldn't try to make friends anymore is because she would think that the third time she lost one would be the most painful of them all and after losing Iron Guard she wouldn't want anymore pain.
After that Twilight would recommend to Starlight to try and make up with Iron Guard since it's been a long time since that happened so logically Iron Guard should be open to restarting the friendship having all this time to think about how silly her actions were and how she shouldn't have overreacted like she did. Starlight thinks about it, and agrees. This is where act 2 begins.
(SCENARIO MUSIC: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqTxTQ…
Act 2 begins with Starlight and Twilight on a train to Sire's Hollow itself. Why? They need to get information on Iron Guard. When they arrive they ask Iron Guard's parents about what happened to her after her falling out with Starlight. Iron Guard's family would then explain about how Iron Guard herself became a recluse after their falling out, refusing to do anything with anyone out of fear of another cutie mark possibly ruining another friendship. The reclusiveness of Iron Guard ended up getting so bad that she had on occasions lashed out against her parents and anyone else that tried to make some kind of gesture towards her. Never once did she try to get her cutie mark because she was afraid that just simply getting it would lead towards her being bullied by others thinking their cutie mark was better than hers only to instead get bullied for NOT having a cutie mark and how reclusive she was towards everyone in the village.
They would go on to explain that on occasions she would run away into the nearby forest where she would often be found trying to "fend for herself" in her own words. At that point, they tried to get her some therapy, but instead what happened was they were no help to her as she had become so isolated within herself that she refused to talk to the therapist every session. After that, Twilight would ask where exactly Iron Guard had went to after she became old enough to leave the house, to which Iron Guard's parents would explain that she tried to live far away and cut off all ties to Equestria so that she could "live in peace and harmony". Logically Twilight and Starlight have absolutely no idea as to where Iron Guard could've gone given that description. That is until Twilight DOES think of a place. This is where Act 3 begins.
Once again the act begins with Twilight and Starlight on the train this time to the Griffonstone train station. Along the way Twilight and Starlight chat about how exciting it is to finally meet her old friend again while also worrying about her potentially not wanting to speak to them because of her "sour mood" when she left Sire's Hollow, but they gamble that maybe she's become less isolated because of her stopping by in Ponyville not just once but on other occasions. Soon enough they arrive and follow a set of hoofprints to an isolated house within the surrounding forest. They knock and Iron Guard answers only to immediately shut it. The following dialogue would happen between the three:
Iron: Go away.
Starlight: Iron Guard? Is that you?
Iron: I said go away!
Twilight: We're not leaving until you come out here and talk to us!
Twilight: As the Princess of Friendship, I command you to-
Iron: GO AWAY! YOUR PEEVING ME OFF!
*Iron Guard opens the door giving Starlight an angry look*
Iron: Oh, look who it is. Traitor McBackstaber! What's wrong? Don't appreciate that I want you to get out of my life?
Twilight: Starlight didn't betray you Iron Guard!
Iron: Yes, she, did! She went and got her cutie mark when we made a pact to destroy cutie marks forever!
Starlight: I was young and didn't know better, now I know I was just overreacting-
Twilight: Starlight, that's an understatement and a quagmire if I've ever heard one.
Starlight: Okay I admit I went crazy! But I was given a third chance at friendship from Twilight! I saw how stupid my goal was and turned over a new leaf! I can give you that same chance Iron Guard-
Iron: And you can keep it from whatever dollar store you bought it from!
Starlight: Iron Guard you HAVE to listen to me! This isn't something you need to be doing! You'll destroy your life by isolating yourself like this!
Iron: On the contrary, it was the best decision I could've ever made.
Starlight: I can guarantee you that it ISN'T. Isolating yourself from others is only gonna cause you pain and misery for the rest of your life. I can give you something better. We can fix our broken bond from long ago. I can show you what Twilight showed me. I can show you the real power of friendship.
(SCENARIO MUSIC: www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0ZlMX…
Iron: And I don't give a flying feather about your stupid offer.
Twilight: Why are you throwing this away?! She's practically on her back knees begging- offering you another chance!
Iron: You stupid mares. You think the trauma I felt can fix our friendship?! Your the PRINCESS of Friendship for Celestia's sake, you should know just as well as I do that there a sometimes friendships that just CAN'T be fixed. No matter how much you try, no matter how much you think friendship will just solve all the problems that come your way, you fail to realize that there are things even Frienship can't fix. I felt betrayed when I saw Starlight with her cutie mark. We had a bond, and she just up and threw it back into my face when that cutie mark appeared on her flank! You can't understand princess. I'm NEVER going to forgive her! I don't want to see her ever again! I don't want to speak to her, I don't want to look at her, I don't want her anywhere NEAR my house!
*Starlight's practically on the verge of tears*
Iron: I want her OUT of my life! I wanna forget EVERYTHING about her, I don't wanna hear her name, I don't wanna SAY her name! I hate her, and I always well! .... Now, for the last time. Get, the, BUCK, off my property, before I call the griffon guard!
Starlight: *weeping* C... come on Twilight... lets just go home....
*Twilight begins to leave, takes one final look at the house and walks away with Starlight*
Starlight (voice): Diary Entry #60. Today, me and Twilight learned a valuable lesson the hard way. Friendship brings many ponies together, but it can also divide us. We learned the hard way that sometimes a friendship can't be fixed no matter what we do. My old friend Iron Guard, she doesn't want to see me ever again because of what happened long ago. I didn't think she'd be one to hold a grudge for this long, but... apparently she did. She's changed for the worse since then and all I can do now is use her as an example. I use her to remind me of how sometimes it's the little things that can destroy a friendship and how the actions we do afterwards can either fix it or damage it further. Letting my fear and paranoia take control of me after our falling out, did nothing but damage my friendship with Iron Guard. I shouldn't have let it get this badly broken. If only I had done something... maybe... maybe all of this could've been avoided... I blame no one except myself for this. The only thing I can do now, is trudge on forward and not make the same mistake again...
What do you think of my proposal? I'm open to criticism in the comments, let me have it, and I'll see you next time.