TwilightIsMagic: Meghan... well, I went back to read some of her leaked mail all over again recently. I would say that she's not a saintly hero herself, and was and is also prone to mistakes such as delaying Twilight's further post-MMC development too much (and after her promotion, she still greenlit what has been happening with Seasons 8 and 9, and has been in the loop with writing and design communications with that team). I did see some objections and reminders from her, but even though they were not addressed in the final versions, those versions still went live.TitaniaErzaPony: Would you agree that FIM under Meghan McCarthy's helm had a more solid structure with her in charge?
Do you consider her as the backbone of FIM?
Would you also agree that Starlight's character became that way because McCarthy left to work on the movie before she could finish writing her character the way she intended (she wrote the S5 Premiere (teleplay by Lason and Sonneborn) and by extension Starlight's characterization)?
However, in the age before she left, she was definitely better, and much better than any showrunners after her. With her gone from the position, things became looser and lost what direction they did have, and character arcs visibly stopped developing (compare the CMC development with Dash development, before and after). She was not the only pillar of FiM's crew, that's for sure, but she was undeniably a good and strong member of the team that kept the ship on course, and was generally in touch with the best sides of the original FiM master plan. What happened to her since then, whether she soured and lost it or whether she still thinks rightly, or whether G4 slipped her mind as she focused on G5, I cannot say for sure. But when she, AKR, Larson and a couple others were on the scene, the show definitely had a much stronger skeleton and solid structure, and it lost that as those members left its crew, up until its complete disintegration with the start of S8. Without them on the watch, G4 quickly rotted away, and it deserved so much better than this.
Whether Starlight's potential being lost is due to that, I personally doubt - after all, there were still other members of the team to keep implementing her. I mostly blame the people who came after her taking the easy ways out and, instead of finishing Starlight's character journey, focusing on other things to its exclusion. I am certain, however, that had Meghan stayed in charge, she'd have seen to it that Starlight's potential was more realized in the end, even if it wouldn't have been all perfect - while to the following showrunners, she didn't really matter very much in the same role as she was designed for, so she got relegated to sideline comedy episode fuel. I guess that means I don't blame Starlight being fumbled on her not being finished - I do think she was "finished", but the implementation of that finished product had to take a couple seasons, and with Meghan gone from the lead immediately after, the Starlight project was essentially semi-abandoned. Thus, I blame it on successive leads not following her blueprint properly.
TwilightIsMagic: Yep, it's honestly like he (and others on the team) have come up with and seeded great ideas... only to leave them all unused. Why? I can only think laziness, myself - there's just no way he can say "Hasbro vetoed Wind Rider returning in Washouts".TitaniaErzaPony: Another think I want to bring up is the broken "promise" that we'd get a Lightning Dust and Wind Rider team-up in the future after "Rarity Investigates" aired, to which Jim hinted at.
Source: twitter.com/Bretana...Big Jim: I wonder if Wind Rider will team up with fellow WB failure, Lighting Dust to form the Anti-Wonderbolts? # MLP5 (Sept 20, 2015)
Almost three years later...Luis Gabriel Bretaña: @TheBiggestJim As of Lightning's return in 'The Washouts', are we still gonna get Lightning and Wind team up cause only the former returned in, and the latter has yet to return so they could together tackle on RD/ The Wonderbolts? (Sept 14, 2018)Big Jim: You know I can't comment on anything that may or may not be forthcoming on the show. # NDA (Sept 14, 2018)