I feel like we're probably going to get a fair few "this is how to be a reasonable friend and not behave like a sociopathic maniac" episodes this season, which I'm up for as comedy episodes. I guess there's room for 'actual' friendship lessons too, but so many of those have been covered already with similar characters that I'm not sure what new potential storylines Starlight has to offer in that vein.
Of course, the fact that so many people aren't bothered by her protagonist role in principle, merely skeptical of its application, is yet another testament to the writers. Somehow the premiere has already convinced me that Starlight is genuinely (at least mostly) reformed despite no real arc whatsoever, and that's impressive.
On a side note, the next three episodes are reportedly:
- A Maud episode
- A CMC episode
- A Spike episode
These could go in many directions, good or bad, but overall I'm cautiously optimistic (especially given last season's handling of the CMC).