Pony Thought of the Day: The Second-Nerdiest Analogy I’ve Ever Made

Meghan McCarthy is to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as Stephen Moffat is to Doctor Who.

Back when someone else was running the show, they were unquestionably its best writer, with the best grasp of the hardest-to-write characters, the best handle on the show’s themes, and able to write creative and entertaining episodes that had a lot of humor and also some real meat to sink your teeth into.

But then they got handed control, and although there were some real gems after that point (“The Doctor’s Wife,” “Magic Duel”) the show as a whole suffered a loss of general quality, and disturbing signs of feminism-fail and gender essentialism began to raise their heads both in the episodes and in comments by the showrunner.

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