by T. Mack
Here at Sister Geeks, we all have our fandoms. Some cross over from sister to sister. Others don’t. And even when we share love for a franchise, sometimes one sister’s love outweighs all the others to the point where she is given priority status to report news and write stories on the topic first. (No one touches Harry Potter unless Dani gives the go-ahead!) Each of my sisters loves at least one movie, book, or television franchise that I don’t. Recently, I decided to give one of these a try…
Jen P is a Pegasister and her husband is a Brony. I’d never watched My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and decided to give it a shot. After all, she’s the one who convinced me to watch Supernatural and God knows I’ll always love her for it. Because she and I share so much in the way of fandoms (Doctor Who, Supernatural, Arrow, Harry Potter, MCU and more) and because I’ve heard so many good things about the show–not only from her but from pop culture enthusiasts all over the net–and since Netflix had 117 episodes just sitting around waiting to be watched, I decided to jump in and test the waters.
My expectation was to very much like or possibly even love this show. I thought I would be hooked enough to get through the first season or so quickly then slow down my viewing to catch up on the remaining episodes. At the very least, I thought I would end up with a favorite pony to claim–one I could relate to or would enjoy watching more than the others. I absolutely thought I would enjoy my experience with the popular ponies.
Yeah. That didn’t happen.
Because I’m a TV purist, I started at the beginning with the first episodes of season one. I was immediately engaged with the slightly pompous little Twilight Sparkles and her assertion that danger was on the horizon. And I was eager to meet the lineup of ponies that would become her closest friends. After all, friendship is magic! But as the ponies were introduced, I found that I was less than taken with them. Where I’d expected to find them adorable and charming, I was mostly put-off by them. Each of their personalities was so over-the-top that I was more annoyed than intrigued. It’s not their fault, really. They are cartoons after all. But since I know so many adults watch the show, I think I was expecting something more–greater depth or complexity, maybe?
By the end of the second episode, I’d made a decision to give the show two additional episodes to hook me. During the third episode, I wished I hadn’t. I pushed through the third and fourth and was happy to turn the show off. For all the bright colors and speeding around and giggling, MLP only managed to bore me. I didn’t find the cast engaging. I didn’t find the stories complex or interesting. And I didn’t feel the magic. I understand that I started at the beginning and didn’t give the show a very long time to capture me, but I only give books a single page. I think I was generous.
I don’t blame the show, though. I’m not a four-year-old girl and so I’m technically not the program’s target demographic. I think it was a situation where the hype outshone the actual product. Remember, I wanted to like the show and I expected to become totally enamored with it. I just couldn’t seem to muster it.
I can still appreciate the love some people have for the show, though. And I’m absolutely inclined to agree with its sentiment. Friendship is totally magic. My Sister Geeks prove that all the time. However, for me, this show fell short of creating the spark that would make it magic to me.
Have you watched My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? Are you a Pegasister or Brony? Take to the comments section and tell me what you love about it. If you don’t love it, tell me what you don’t like or why you haven’t checked it out yet. And don’t forget to head over and take a look at the 10 Reasons Jen P loves this show.