- "Hello, everypony. Did I miss anything?"
- — Princess Luna
For the entirety of season 3, I've had this sort of sinking feeling in my stomach, and I couldn't put my finger on what was causing it. But having watched several episodes of seasons 1 and 2 over the past few days (you know, to fill that gaping "where's season 4?" void), I think I've figured it out. It's that "late to the party" feeling. You ever get into a show (or video game series, that can also apply) kinda late in the game, when a lot of stuff's happened and you're left thinking, "Wow, I missed out on all this?"
Let me explain. I didn't get into Friendship is Magic until about half a year ago, AFTER the season 2 finale. At the time, I had no idea a third season was on the way and just kinda took my time watching the show from the beginning. Once I did find out about season 3, I wanted to get caught up as quick as I could. So rather than watch episodes as they came on TV, I downloaded the first two seasons onto my computer and breezed through them. That's not to say I didn't savor them as I would any other show I like; I did. But because I breezed through them, I missed out on the little things that the rest of the fanbase got to savor over the course of a year and a half:
- Growing an attachment to Derpy and squeeing over hearing her speak for the first time (same for Lyra)
- The excitement over Luna's big return in "Luna Eclipsed"
- Getting to complain over the fact that Shining Armor is neither shown nor mentioned for TWO SEASONS (because at the time I was aware of his existence)
Things like that. Things that people who were around since the beginning got to experience because they got to let things like that sink in. And that's what I felt throughout season 3, that I missed out on certain nuances because I got into a show that was already two seasons in. And what did I get to enjoy firsthand this season? Gak and liquid pride.
Now did I think season 3 was bad? No. Do I regret getting into Friendship is Magic in the first place? Of course not. But that "late to the party" feeling is hard to ignore, and I feel like I'm taking bronze in a race where everyone else has taken gold. That said, I am looking forward to what season 4 has to offer, and I'm glad I get to enjoy it at the same time as everyone else.
Am I weird for thinking this? Any of you experience something similar with another show? Am I making a big deal out of nothing?