Princess Luna did I miss S2E26

"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)
  • Sibsy!

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?