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For those of you who do not know, we were recently gifted with some footage of animatics, unfinished animation, of some of the episodes we can hope to see in the upcoming fourth season of MLP. As expected, I'm very excited about this as it gave us a taste of what's to come. But it also got me thinking a great deal about what we were shown. As such I'm here to give you my thoughts and predictions about what I saw and what I think this means for the show.

As you can probably guess, this will contain spoilers. You have been warned.

The first clip we were given was for an episode seemingly centred around the Equestria Games, referenced during one of the last episodes of the previous season. The clip shows the CMC being harassed by Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon as usual, but what got to me in this one was that they were picking on Scootaloo specifically because of her apparent inability to fly, and that this may harm her chances of being involved in the games. This strikes me as astounding because it's the first real confirmation we have that Scootaloo cannot fly.

We fans have often suspected this about her and have used it as part of our usual speculations, but the fact that it's something the show is going to directly address appeals to me a great deal. Like with "Sleepless in Ponyville" it could give great development to a character who has been in desperate need of it. There's also the issue that this could, in fact, be interpreted as a physical disability of some sort. The fact that the two bullies made fun of her for it seems to suggest that it's unusual for a pegasus of Scootaloo's age to not be flying. If that's the case, then I'm really excited to see how they handle this. Physical disabilities aren't something the show has really looked into before, but it could be a great lesson for kids about how you can make it in life despite the shortcomings of their own bodies.

Plus, it paints every previous episode Scootaloo has been in a brand new light. If every other pony has been aware of this failing of hers and just hasn't been bothered by it, then that's a great attitude to be teaching, that people in her position shouldn't be looked down upon like that. However, it also gives a somewhat tragic note to her character, mostly in terms of her admiration of Rainbow Dash, Remember, Rainbow is supposedly a great athlete and flier, and for Scootaloo to admire her and want to be like her despite knowing that she possibly can't ever do that, could make for some fantastic drama. Assuming they go that road of course.

The second clip involved Spike waking up in a large city, with the main six in the guise of various superheroes, complete with cliché villain to fight. I don't really have much to say about this one other than it appears that it's going to be a superhero parody of some sort. Which is fine by me as parodies can be great if done well. However, superhero parodies or mockeries have been done many times and I've seen most of them, so I can't really see anything that MLP can do to add to that which I haven't already seen.

Plus, it strikes me as odd that they'd do something like that as we already had a superhero episode once, "Mysterious Mare-do-well". Though to be fair, I didn't really like that episode all to much, so if they decide they want to try and make a better MLP-superhero episode than that one, then they have my blessing. However, my working theory on this one is that the events shown in the clip won't actually be happening, but will instead simply be a dream sequence that Spike is going through. If so then I'm also fine with that, though the "it was just a dream" clause does tend to get rather annoying at times.

Third clip was yet another great MLP song, this time sun by Applejack, Pinkie Pie and the rest of AJ's family. I really liked this song. It was cheerful, upbeat and had a great energy to it, as most MLP songs do. Having it be a song for the Apple family is also good for me because, as I said last season, AJ has really had the short end of the stick when it comes to both episodes and song, so having her be the focus, or at least partial focus, of another big song is something to get hyped over. Plus, it's really nice to see another episode featuring the whole Apple family doing something, as episodes focusing on family relationships tend to be winners in my book.

One thing I will comment on in that clip however was that Granny Smith referred to Pinkie Pie, who was helping the family out, as "Apple kin". This could potentially mean that she's simply seen as a close friend of the family, or perhaps because of her attempting to help the Apple's farm in the last season finale. However, and this is merely speculation on my part, there is also the possibility that it was meant to imply that Pinkie is actually related to them, that she's a distant relative of Applejack perhaps. I don't know if this will happen, but if it does, then it would be one hell of a revelation, and one I'd be interested to see as it would be fascinating to see how the show handles the possibility that two of the main six are actually family.

The final clip is, as many who know me will imagine, the one that has me the most hyped. It involves Twilight in a strange castle of some sort being confronted by Princess Luna, who is acting very aggressive towards her. The scene ends with a transformation of Luna, possibly into Nightmare Moon, the show's first villain. If this is what's happening, then I am hugely excited. There are two possible ways this scene could be interpreted. Firstly, it could be that Luna has had some sort of emotional lapse, and that has led her to return to the form of Nightmare. Secondly, this could be a prequel episode of some sort and Twilight is witnessing the events of the past, specifically the split between Luna and Celestia, and the former's change into Nightmare Moon.

Having it be the former theory is interesting,  as Luna's words in the clip involve her wanting to be the sole princess of Equestria. In recent seasons, the number of princesses in Equestria has gone from two to four, with Twilight being the most recent. That, coupled with the fact that ponies seemed to be paying attention to the two more recent ponies, may have resulted in Luna once more feeling unloved in the eyes of her people, leading to her feeling the resentment and jealousy that led to her first transformation.

However, it's more likely to be my second theory, that we are merely watching the events of the past. This theory is supported by Luna saying lines like "bathe in your light", which implies that she was actually speaking to Celestia, princess of the sun, and not Twilight. A prequel episode is a very different turn for the show to take, but one that many fans, including myself, would welcome, especially if it involves Luna's change. Fans like myself have been speculating on the details of Luna and Celestia's split ever since the show began, so needless to say, the prospect of seeing that division, plus Luna's change, first-hand is a tempting prospect. It would, as with Scootaloo, provide much-needed development for a character who has often been shoved to the side-lines over the course of the show.

One other thing I noticed whilst watching this particular clip is that, during Luna's transformation, the expression on her face was fear rather than anger. This seems to suggest that while her feelings of jealousy towards Celestia might have been her own, the transformation itself was not her doing, but rather a result of some external corrupting influence. If so, then this would, in part, give some weight to the fan-theory that Luna was not entirely to blame for her actions a thousand years ago, although again that's just speculation on my part.

So, as you'd expect, this is the episode I'm most excited for, mostly because it will give me something I've been wanting to see since the show began, a look into the real history of the two princesses, and the establishment of the story and events that led into the events of the show's first episode, Nightmare Moon.

Well, that's all I have to say on the matter. I don't know if my predictions will be correct, but whether they are or not, I think it's safe to say that Hasbro has some big plans for this upcoming season.
And here we have my thoughts on the recently released animatics from upcoming season 4 episodes of the show.

Here's a link to the clips: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnlquK...

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huntergregory Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The villain in the superhero animatic is confirmed to be named Mane-iac, and I agree with you on her appearing as a cliche villain. I just hope she'll be one of those villains who we can't help but like because they're so stupid or insane that they're hard not to laugh at.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Just like classic silver age comic bad guys :)
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BrigadierDarman Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
I think it'd be cool if the used more griffons. Or maybe bring in Kurins.
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
That would certainly be interesting.
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BrigadierDarman Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Yes, and I should've said Qilins. ^^;
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spyrofan923 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
For Luna's transformation watch Sombra be part of it somehow. He needs a backstory BADLY.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Agreed.
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tan575 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Nightmare Moon is most probably a flashback shown to Twilight as she tries to attend to her royal duty as the new princess. I am hoping that we will get some explanation of the creation of the Bat Ponies.
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Here's hoping.
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Halpthiuian Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Everybody seems to be forgetting that Lauren herself said that Luna was possessed by an outside force at the time of her rebellion. It would be interesting if they were to use that opening to make Nightmare Moon a complete, independent entity in her own right.
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tan575 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
There are more details of that in the Nightmare Rarity story arc of the comics.
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Indeed. It could open up the possibility of having that entity appear as a future recurring villain.
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lasagnapotterlover Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
THIS IS SO EXCITING and i can't wait for the luna turning into nightmare moon episode! It will be cool to see equestria from a long time ago, if it is a flashback sort of thing!
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
They did that once with "Hearth's warming eve", and if that episode was anything to go by, then this one should be entertaining.
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JFPierre Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student General Artist
all sound ideas, I would say if season 4 has as much story as season 3 then we will be happy
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Agreed.
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JFPierre Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student General Artist
:nod:
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TeenWolf952 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
maybe the new superhero parody could, instead of Spike's dream, be the crusaders attempt to earn cutie marks in comic book writing, now that would be a good twist!
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Perhaps, that would be interesting to see.
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Ianpiersonjdavis Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

As long as they have message that it's okay to live with a disability in the Scootaloo episode (without her actually flying) Then I'll be good with that episode.

 

My first reaction to the power ponies was "Oh God, not another 'Mare Do Well' episode! And if it's penned by Merriwether Williams again :iconnojustnoplz:

 

As for the Nightmare Moon transformation, whether it's a relapse or flashback it would be pretty cool to see, but another possibility is the creation of Nightmare Twilight due to the stress of having all of these new responsibilities.

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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Good points.
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jawmax Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
First you used son instead of song twice and think instead thing. My own theory of the super hero episode is that a that a spell gone wrong has dragged Spike and the others into one of his favorite comic books. I based this own the confused looks of the six at their own costumes and the super villain. It could be that it could still be a dream but that is what the dream would be about. Still I bet some fans will try writing a story where Mare Do Well joins the Power Ponies. 
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
MMDW joining the PP's? I wonder if they'll go for a Green Ranger angle for that?
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sigel4ever Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student General Artist

we really need more info about this!



i agree with all the points, the last point is very.... hype, gonna be a madness the origin of the power of nightmare moon, maybe is the two episode beggining for this season

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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I'm very much hping it is. That transformation could easily serve as the "to be continued" moment at the end of the first episode.
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sigel4ever Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student General Artist
maybe one of these moemnts: the answer is in the past, maybe?
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PhillipthePuma Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If Applejack and Pinkie do turn out to be cousins or something, that sure would make ApplePie an awkward ship. xD
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Ah, I hadn't thought of that.
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noboda Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I concur with the sequence of Luna turning into Nightmare Moon being Twilight seeing a vision from Celestias past because I noticed that Twilight seemed to be in Celestias place. This episode may not only reveal Lunas transformation but also reveal other things about Equestrian history. One thing I'm particularly curious about is Discords origins.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Word from the creators is that the fourth season will look more closely at Equestria's history, so we might actually get something like that.
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laurenfaustplz Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
:iconlaurenfaustplz: i wonder if my humanoid self approves as well =)
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I'm hoping she does.
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laurenfaustplz Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
:iconlaurenfaustplz: *squee!* ^^
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saturdaymorningproj Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Just as in Your case, the clip really make me feel the hype, yest it showed some very interesting concepts - Scootaloo's episode from last season is actually my favourite from all the more CMC-focused eps. And the episodes's theme sounds very interesting.

About super hero ep...Well, I don't mind MMDW episode it's neutral to me, but I know many people don't like it, but as for me there are all pro and cons to each and every episode that was made so, whatever. True, so far it looks like it's gonna be a pretty much standard episode, that just probably will serve as a humour centric episode rather than anything else. Still, it may be interesting ;)

Song, yes fantastic, I'm really happy with another one focusing more on Apples, now give me some Rarity ep and I'm fine :D

Last clip, yeah it was something amazing, my guess is similar, about all the time-travel thingy, so it's very interesting how this whole thing gonna turn, It was defineteyl great to see AND hear some ponies after all this time of waiting ;)
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Season four will not disappoint I think.
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saturdaymorningproj Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Yeah I think so as well, the permise so for is too awesome :)
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bigpurplemuppet99 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Those are good ideas. Well one thing I would hope to see is some Spike x Rarity moments. And a few more Cutie Mark Crusader moments too.
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Agreed.
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bigpurplemuppet99 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You really think so? (About both of the ideas?)
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Eyup.
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bigpurplemuppet99 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Well that's interesting to hear.
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saber360 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I kinda predict that Scootaloo will not only be able to fly, but just might finally end up earning and discovering her Cutie Mark :)
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Ianpiersonjdavis Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
But, if she DOES learn to fly despite her disability wouldn't that be sort of like a middle finger to the handicapped viewers of the show and saying 'You're nothing if you're not a physically able as everyone else!' essentially proving Silver Spoon and Diamond Tiara right in their mockery of her?
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saber360 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Oooh... good point XP
Unless, it could also mean that anyone can overcome their physical disabilities if their will is strong enough < : )
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Though that does beg the question of what will happen to the CMC as a whole if that happens.
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saber360 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Might cause some conflict afterwards, but come on, isn't it obvious? ;P Just because Scootaloo has discovered her special talent doesn't mean she's gonna stop being a CMC. She's gonna stay one so she can help SB and AB find their special talents. It's the least she could do for them after they had helped her out when they could all these years, because that's what friends are for. :)
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Good point.
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paconidas Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
the only thing that I want is the return of twilight to a normal unicorn
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:iconthejboy88:
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
The official words from the show's creators is that won't happen, so I wouldn't get your hopes up on that.
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paconidas Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
well honestly i knew that the third season dissapointed me let´s see how this four works
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