[Follow me on twitter?]
* * *
"I've always been methodical, goal oriented. Psychotically so. So I think it's refreshing, to every once in a while, have some fun."
Two things I wanted to do with Gralo on this page. One, have some fun with how the ponies seem to expect the bad guys to divulge their plans at a moment's notice (see Gralo's look disdainful boredom in the second frame). And two, do something scary that no other villain in MLP quite managed to do.
A pattern I've noticed with all the major opponents that the mane six have faced, is that there's always some corrupting influence involved whenever "evil" is present. With Nightmare Moon, it was the forces of darkness that latched onto Luna in a moment of weakness. With Discord, it was his magic that made the mane six go bad. And with Cadance, although we were set up to think that she had turned into a manipulative jerk since Twilight saw her all those hears ago, it was Chrysalis in disguise as her the whole time.
Gralo, on the other hand, his only influence was to withhold crucial information and inhibit the rational thought of a chosen few, and then let the rest act natural.
This, I think, delivers a very scary and important message. Good people can turn bad with no need for the intervention of extraordinary forces.
* * *
My Little Pony (c) Hasbro,
Friendship is Magic was created by and assistants.
Please not, this is NOT me being mean, this is my honest opinion. Please don't take this the wrong way. This is mainly just pointing out this doesn't really add up.
But...at WHAT POINT did Gralo and Garret ever do anything suspicious? And it honestly seems to WEAKEN the point you were trying to make with him.
It honestly feels like the sole point of this is to make it seem like Nahmat is LESS to blame for this mess than she actually was (and to be honest? I think she overall HELPED Gralo's plans rather than hurt them at this point in the story).
I'm sorry, but at what point did Nahmat do anything to make her seem more trustworthy than Garret?
Gralo had spent this entire time acting like a good little hurt griffin while Nahmat introduced herself by blatantly using her mind magic on everyone.
I'm sorry...but I think all Gralo needed to do was just make sure Garret didn't do anything suspicious and Nahmat would've done the work for him. In fact, she kinda DID all his work for him.
It feels like this could have been left out and the story would've been considerably stronger.
It feels like it only exists so Nahmat looks like being less responsible for this mess than she actually was. Gralo's speech works well, but him 'dulling their wits' feels like you're saying 'they had reasons to think to do that' when they really didn't.
This isn't meant to be mean, it's just me pointing out that I think the story would've been better off without this part.
I hope this doesn't upset you, but this part honestly feels like it detracts from the story rather than adds to it.
Well, let's see what happens when you blast an extradimensional being who eats magic with the Elements of Harmony, shall we?
Well, Celly ultimately turned bad because of Gralo's actions. Right ?
And what's more, he's tauting Twilight, implying she's stupid.
That manipulative jerk.
I think that means more than any mistake she made. The limits of the thing she is most skilled at and prides herself in.
but that is a very important point to no forget: the brightest light castes the longest/ darkest shadow...
Someone play "I will face myself" music here.
So, no, I don't think she cared only about getting her job done, it seems to be bigger than this.
Panel 10 caused me to think of Persona, for some reason.
I wonder why...?
Hm, looks to me like the others are more interested into dealing with this villian the usual way than Twi is. In the show its usually Twi who calls out that they gonna use the elements to save the day, here its the five others and then Twi who says nothing and just follows.
If its true what Gralo says about Nahmat and Celestia then that makes both of them more believeable charas, one who dishes out pain using justice and one who´s afraid of her dark side and who can´t deal with it.
And what is also true (but not said here) is that no one can see the shaddow they themselves cast behind them.
Chances are the elements won't work here; that would be too easy. The elements draw their strenght from friendship, and that IS probably the most fitting weapon against a foe who causes distrust, but they likely will have to see that truth to grow the strenght needed.