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Thing is, I don't think that's canon. It could be that Princess Luna's dream was just a dream, and they can't just "Rainbow up" whenever they want. And it's very likely that the writers will manage to make a conflict that prevents them from resolving it right away because their writers are competent.
Starting with the end of season two, the writers have been trying to get out of the "Insta-kill hyper beam rainbow elements" rut they were in. They wanted the CHARACTERS to resolve it, not just to take turns walking up to a gun and pulling the trigger.
But have you noticed what the writers did in that finale? Nobody seems to get it: they wrote a villain so competent that they were FORCED to deus ex machina their way out of it. (Joshscorcher echoes my thoughts here: https://youtu.be/0Y6CYHDKciY) Since they had decided to not use the Elements, they brought in a new DeM.
There should, I agree, but that's not what the fans want. Over the past few years, dhx has been split between their original audience and their largest fanbase, but that separation of interest has left them in a tough position. I mean, think about it: most bronies want this to be more adult, but it's still confined to a TV-Y rating. The fans are too focused on what the show can't do that they don't ask for what they can. Teamwork is good, but it's also "too mundane", and the producers have to give the fans some semblance of what they want. Thus, we get Twilie Ball Z instead of... whatever 80's sitcom I'm thinking of (not Friends). Not that that's a bad thing, it's just hard for a show to be both Powerpuff Girls and The Brady Bunch (I don't know which one I'm thinking of).
But people keep forgetting: this show was never INTENDED to have fight scenes. This is a slice-of-life comedy; any semblance of fighting is purely extraneous.
Well what would you have them do? The fact is that it was a fight between GOD-LIKE ENTITIES; there was NOTHING they could have done.
Because, again, this is a SLICE-OF-LIFE COMEDY, not a gritty action thriller. The fights are supposed to be second to the characters and their relationships.
S̶L̶I̶C̶E̶ ̶O̶F̶ ̶L̶I̶I̶I̶I̶I̶I̶I̶I̶I̶I̶I̶I̶I̶I̶I̶I̶I̶F̶E̶ See, that was a fitting fight, simply because it was a playful scuffle between friends. Life-and-death fate-of-the-universe fights don't fit with the theme of the show, but pillow fights (especially ramped up with magic) are pleasant, funny, and enjoyable to watch.
Right, they have two magic ugly trees now.
Because nopony builds castles or anything. You just get 'em as a freebie from a magic tree. That's how you know you're special.
Convenient how the (first) tree decided to give Twilight a gift right after her old home got destroyed... and only her old home got destroyed in a surgical strike while the rest of Ponyville is fine... even though the gift box was first presented long before that happened.
It's like the Tree of Harmony deliberately orchestrated Tirek's escape from Tartarus and guided him into doing its bidding just so Twilight would be homeless at the right moment. Which, given the sort of foresight it's showing with the deus ex mapina, is entirely plausible.
Trotterdam: "I prefer sodium chloride. Much less volatile."
Wow, Tree of Harmony, way to do things the complicated way.
You could have just, you know, put the castle beside it.
It's likely more possible that - given the sort of foresight it's showing with the deus ex mapina AND the fact that it was connected to the Tree and therefore the earth - it sensed that Twilight's home was destroyed and gave her a new one.
Less malevolent that way.
"The earth" meaning the land.
We'll have to agree to disagree.
Yeah, competent enough that she dumped Twilight in an unlocked and barely-guarded prison, thus not really impeding her any, while revealing herself to be evil after all when she had almost gotten away with fooling everypony, Twilight included.
There's any number of ways they could have had Celestia, Twilight, the Royal Guard, etc. beat Chrysalis and the changelings in a fair fight (after still being a close call and still showing Chrysalis to be competent). Or weaken them in a fair fight so that using one deus ex machina or the other to finish them off wouldn't be such of a cop-out. They chose not to.
Television and the internet are already full of rampant swearing, obscenity, gore, and grimdark suffering. I like My Little Pony for not having that.
I'd like the show to be a little more intelligent. The nice thing about intelligent writing is that, when done well, you don't need to be a genius to understand it. You just think "oh wow that makes perfect sense now that the story laid it out for me but I would never have thought of that myself!". There is no reason a children's show can't be intelligent, especially if it's billing itself as "edutainment".
Good teamwork may be harder to write, but if done properly children can still go "yeah, I see how friendship helped in that instance". If you're not interested in showing the advantages of friendship in a believable, applicable-to-the-real-world manner, then you might as well just hang posters reading "HEY, Y'ALL BE FRIENDS NOW" around school and skip on making a full television show. I could do that.
Not when the individual skills you're combining into the teamwork include magic, flight, and general awesomeness.
If you can't do something interesting with your characters' skills, you need better characters.
Then why do they keep having villains trying to destroy the world? Slice-of-life comedies don't normally face so many existential threats in a year.
The show was always intended to mix slice-of-life comedy with adventure.
And in fact, my point is that the fight scenes in the slice-of-life comedy parts (which are, as you say, "extraneous") are better than the ones in the adventure parts. Which seems backwards.
I wasn't just talking about Tirek. The same also applies to Starlight Glimmer in Cloudsdale. Or even to Twilight's horn-first charge at Nightmare Moon (which was a feint to lure her away from the Elements, but still makes Twilight the only character to have interacted with Nightmare Moon in some way other than blasting rainbows at her).
The "fight" against Tirek was also completely irrelevant and a waste of time since they were both completely invulnerable to everything, and it was blasting him with rainbows (that he apparently can't absorb the way he can absorb every other magic, including Discord's) that got rid of him. At least in a pillow fight, there's some minor difference (to your pride) between getting hit and avoiding getting hit. The Tirek fight didn't even give the sense of that much mattering.
It was clearly introduced for the sake of "Twilight is a princess now, so she should have a castle". The castle was also necessary to bring into play the deus ex mapina, which is its central feature.
At least out-of-universe, the writers were clearly looking for an excuse to give Twilight a castle (and a deus ex mapina), and decided to destroy her old home to help the transition.
If the Tree of Harmony hadn't specifically planned it out that way in-universe (instead just giving her a new house because it's what she happened to turn out to need), then that would mean that the foundation of recent seasons' plots, presented as a major part of Twilight's character development and growing into her role of princessdom, was a complete accident.
Or if the Tree of Harmony was planning from the start to give Twilight a castle but was originally planning to just put it next to her old house (or wherever) rather than replacing her old house, then it's still awfully conspicious that the only thing Tirek seriously damaged is the thing Twilight could afford to lose.
(Okay, it later turns out that he also damaged the Ponyville school playground. Still nowhere near the level of damage of completely burning down the library. The schoolhouse itself is still fine, even.)