Fair, you forgot and were wrong. The concept of a fifth princess is still there and I still don't like that they had to introduce her.>Glimmer vs NMM
But they're not equally dumb. We are told right at the beginning that Luna gets mad over years of neglect and jealousy, getting into an argument and trying to fuck Celestia up, which results in her banishment. Glimmer went mad because her friend didn't live next door anymore when she was a young filly, so she decided that cutie marks are evil. And then there's a large gap between this and finding her in Our Town. What happened between then? Did she just leave as a filly? Or was she still home, spending the next years living next to other people, studying, getting her own cutie mark, and still having enough of a grudge to then go away and build the village? I don't know about you, but when something upset me as a kid, I didn't go on a dedicated lifelong journey of revenge. I maybe cried and was sad for a day until something else occupied my mind or I simply forgot. She lost a friend and for some contrived and unknown reason cannot establish any further contact with him, yeah, okay. A month later she should barely even care. But instead, she is still dedicated to her cause throughout her entire childhood? You can't tell me these two are "equally dumb".>elements
Exactly. They need the Elements. They know of their power. They count on them. The "other things" once again fit the frame of "setting goals -> working towards them -> succeeding -> solving the problem." Once again, this is different from S6's opener. The solution in The Crystalling didn't stem from the characters setting their goals and working hard. They were saved by a random guy walking in and telling them what to do. Whether the Elements and other solutions are bullshit or not is a different argument.