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  • 1w, 3d
    Comic Review: Friends Forever #12 (Rarity and Babs Seed)

    Welcome to our first MLP comic of 2015, aka the only thing I do anymore. This time, we have a most unusual pairing, as Rarity finds herself spending time with bully-turned-good pony Babs Seed. Will friendship bloom between the generations?


    Rarity has once again been summoned by Sapphire Shores to provide her fashion expertise, this time in Manehatten. Sweetie Belle is just as excited as ever to be accompanying her big sister, but her happiness so offends the Narrative Gods that they smite her with an ear infection the morning they were supposed to leave. Now that she has to stay home (and can't even stand up without falling over; seriously, do ear infections do that to horses?), Rarity goes it alone, and is just finishing up her designs when somepony shows up.

    This somepony turns out to be Babs. The filly was going to accompany the two during the trip, but now that Sweetie Belle's out, she's lost her anchor for the whole activity. The sight of a downtrodden little pony is too much for even Rarity's professionalism to bear, and she agrees to spend some time in Manehatten with Babs. Unfortunately, the two have very different interests. Can they find a way to enjoy themselves?

    The issue goes over much of the same ground as “Sisterhooves Social.” Once again, we have Rarity as the uptight, fashion-obsessed, controlling member of the group, and Babs as the more tomboyish foal whose authority figure just doesn't get it. The story is about the two realizing that they need to compromise and work things out in order to get along, and finally start enjoying each other's company. The major difference is that Sweetie Belle is Rarity's sister, and Rarity's involvement with Babs is limited to watching her sister try to murder her (she even brings up the float incident) and helping to clear Trixie's name in a previous issue of the main comic. Neither of those appearances really had the two interacting; even in the latter, Babs deferred to Applejack or Trixie. This different relationship helps move the plot away from being a retread (see almost every Applejack or Fluttershy story ever) and into something more enjoyable.

    Garbowska's art, while still not my favorite, fits the tone of the comic well. There are some art hiccups (Rarity's glasses disappear and reappear between panels), but the softer style is quite a good match for what is essentially a more grounded character piece.

    Like all things, though, the story ends with a roller derby. I know nothing of the sport, nor do I have any real drive to learn, but it has been canon in the universe since “Call of the Cutie” back in Season One, so it's doesn't feel out of place. Naturally, the roles are now reversed; Rarity is completely clueless as to what's going on, while Babs is enraptured with the spectacle. All of this leads into the nice moral: people can have different tastes and interests than you, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with them regardless, and that you should ask them what they would like to do instead of forcing them to do what you enjoy. It's cliché, but it works fine in this instance.

    Plus, Cadance is apparently roaming the roller derby underground as “Shining Harmer.” Plus, there was a Frozen reference. Can't we all just le-

    No, I'm not doing that one. That meme is too tired for even my tastes.

    Overall, this was a simple issue, but a fun one nonetheless.


    Next time, Spike takes the spotlight once again...and find himself saddled with Princess Luna as they try to handle a dragon problem.

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  • 1w, 6d
    Am I dead?

    No. Stuff is coming. Didn't get it done this weekend like I had intended, but at least I can finally get the next chapter of Waning Moon done and stop having nightmares about the lot of you hunting me down and killing me.

    ...I may be a zombie, though. I have had a hankering for some brains...

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  • 3w, 3d
    2014 is almost over

    At long last, this crappy year will be behind us, and another will be staring us down. And as the final hours tick away in the Pacific time zone, I would like to say, I'm sorry I let you all down this year. Like I did last year. Not 2012, that was a decent one, but these last two years especially.

    Here's to 2015. Please let it be better.

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  • 4w, 1d
    A Chance Encounter Chapter 5 follow-up

    Well, it's over. Two years ago, I promised to finish this, and two computers, two addresses, and millions of vanilla Cokes later, I did it. Sorry it took so long. There are a couple of reasons:

    A) This was a story started by another author, and I always hate picking those up. It fills me with a sense of dread continuing where someone (particularly another fan) left off, as if I was ruining their perfect work with my accursed presence. The planned synopsis I got for the story was pretty much discarded or ran through after Chapter Four, so I had to come up with a completely new ending for the fifth. (Or rather, I had the ending in mind and discussed it with several other Lunaverse authors beforehand, and then had to figure out how to get to it.)

    B) One of the reasons I took this story up was because it gave me a chance to...cleanse myself of feelings towards L!Twilight. If you want a nice breakdown of my seething rage, check out my old review of "Boast Busted." There were two issues: first, I couldn't fix Twilight, as RDD was handling her redemption and I couldn't step on his toes. Second, when the story fell behind because of real life and computer woes, RDD had to go and create the overall lackluster "Crisis on Two Equestrias," which marked L!Twilight's turn from antagonist to secondary character and rendered everything I had planned redundant.

    C) ZEEEECOOOORAAAAA!!! I regret ever attempting to write for her, ever. Rhyming is not my thing, and having to translate what I want her to say into a rhyme is nearly impossible. God help you if you actually care enough to keep her to the same rhythm she has in the show; I know I certainly didn't care anymore by the end. All I wanted to do was have her beat up Twilight and betray her oldest friend in the series. Is that so wrong?

    Something that I did add on to Zecora's character was her extreme reaction to ponies insulting her culture's religion. It's been established that zebras are sun-worshipers, which is something that common L!ponies find abhorrent. In "Helping Hands," Lyra was horrified at the idea of praising the sun until Trixie pointed out that it didn't mean they worshiped Corona. And Zecora was Corona's minion, so she's also a sun-worshiper. She has greater goals than Corona taking over Equestria, mind, but she's also not a big fan of L!Equestria as a whole. Excusing the fact that they banished the pony in charge of moving the sun (albeit after she went crazy because Luna is better being a ruler is hard), they've also all but outlawed anything gold, have a cultural taboo towards being exposed to sunlight during noon, and treat the big ball of flaming gas as if it were the actual devil.

    This was a leftover parcel from my plan for the minotaurs, where they hailed from a small island, were deeply involved in commerce, and tended to view life as a competition they could only win by being the greatest at their chosen field and doing a hundred sit-reps every six hours. Oh, and they're sun-worshipers, too. The framework for the story that will never be is that a movement of minotaurs is demanding that the government side with Corona...because a noblepony was an hour late to an important negotiation with one of the most powerful minotaurs out there because they wanted to avoid the noon sun, thereby insulting the minotaur's faith and ruining his schedule, which ended up costing the entire nation hundreds of millions. In addition, there's the whole thing about ponies not using gold; since most other races still use it, the minotaurs have nothing but trouble dealing with exchange rates between gold and silver whenever they do business with Equestria, to the point where valuable deals and alliances are lost because they just don't have the time to work out the proper ratios and the freaking ponies won't take any gold.

    Most of that is now meaningless as a different direction was taken for the minotaurs (a better one, mind), but Zecora still fit the mold. In her eyes, the ponies of Equestria are insulting her and her race every time they treat the sun as Hell. She's still cautious enough to check her tongue, but after a day of dealing with Twilight, having the exasperating know-it-all casually insult her would be too much for anyone. I have no idea if this will stick (the wonders of a shared universe), but it's my interpretation, at any rate.

    And then there's Spike. I can't discuss what happens to him without giving away some major spoilers (besides, RDD is handling that story), but I will say that the two joining up was never in the cards for this story. I had considred having Twilight go with Spike until he reached the resting spot for the migration, but that just felt superfluous. I couldn't have the little guy run off alone, either. So a dragon comes out of the sky, picks him up, and carries him off to meet his destiny. And Twilight is forever alone, as it should be.

    There was one other scene that was cut, mostly because it would have involved more Zecora and I was not up to that anymore. Corona would have seen Spike leaving with the Great Dragon Migration, and while she's peeved that Zecora failed, she sees this as an opportunity to get all of the dragons in Equestria on her side. Zecora, meanwhile, would have had a bit of redemption thrown in as she contemplates her friend's departure, and wishes him good luck. One of the things that has stuck around is that Zecora has another, more noble goal in mind in helping Corona, but she can't reveal what it is without setting off her boss or possibly giving the heroes a lead. If that means entrapping her friend, so be it.

    I don't know if I'll write any more Lunaverse after finishing "Eye of the Hurricane," but I will say that if I kept writing, I'd want Zecora to be someone who's basically good, but is so devoted to her end goal that she's willing to do terrible things to accomplish it. She would have her realization moment near the end of Season Two, just in time for Corona's time to end and the third season (which will never happen) to begin.

    In any case, I've finished this twisted tale. See you next time.

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  • 4w, 3d
    It's over

    Finally finished it. I hate Zecora more than you will ever know. Enjoy the worst version of her ever. I shall be soothing my agony with eggnog.

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  • 4w, 3d
    Comic Review: Issue #25/26

    Giddyup, partners! It's time to look at a Wild West adventure staring our favorite pony gals! Can they stop a band of desperadoes from taking over...

    I can't do this. These issues piss me off too much. Let's just air the grievances and be done with it.


    Our story begins with the Mane 6 arriving into the town of Canter Creek, where Applejack's Great-Granduncle Chili Pepper has a farm. Unfortunately, the town is under siege by a band of cattle rustlers (literal cows that ride on goats), and they have their eyes on the farm. Why? Well, it was supposed to be because there was treasure on it, but like Chili Pepper himself, that plot point apparently disappeared; now they're doing it just because they're jerks. Can our heroes save the day?

    Let's get what little good there is out of the way. Both issues have some good gags and funny moments. Pinkie Pie nearly bursting into flames from eating a ghost pepper (and then asking for more), Rarity hitting on the sherriff, and Twilight using the power of bureaucracy to screw with the baddies all got a laugh out of me. There's also a nice framework here for a story, one that frankly deserves to be better told. Art's not bad, either.

    Now for what really pisses me off, and it's the thing I complained about last month: Twilight Sparkle won't do anything. Sure, she'll participate in the zany schemes, but when asked to just zap the villains that are assaulting her citizens and causing wanton destruction, she does nothing. Why? Because the cattle rustlers are her citizens, too, and she can't use her magic to hurt her own subjects. This is stupid on many, many levels; so many, in fact, that I cannot fathom how anyone thought it was a good excuse.

    Even worse than that, though, is the ultimate payoff. While the Mane 6 are busy relocating the cattle rustlers off the ranch property in order to show that they aren't living on it anymore (which makes no sense in any legal capacity), she has Princess Celestia declare the ranch a historical site, meaning that it belongs to the community as a whole and not the desperadoes. The gang's leader responds by destroying the barn (which he burned down only an issue prior), and since that's a historical site, he and his gang can now be rounded up using Twilight's magic.

    So let's get this straight. Twilight Sparkle, the Princess of Friendship, will gladly imprison anypony that attacks a landmark...but if you're being beaten to death on the street, she'll just walk on by because she won't harm one of her citizens. If the idea was that the cattle rustlers hadn't technically broken any laws until then (and that feels like what they were going for), last time I checked extortion, assault, and arson were all far more serious crimes than destroying a landmark, and these steers were doing all of that even before this arc began.

    And this wouldn't be that bad if the comic didn't call specific attention to this fact. Twilight standing by and watching a town die is a major plot point. If it wasn't brought up, people would have complained, but it would have mostly been fan comments and problems; turning it into the centerpiece of your story arc (one that heavily advertised Applejack, who ends up not having much of a role other than serving as an excuse to get the ponies over there) magnifies the issue so many times over that it brings the whole thing crashing down.

    This was a bad arc, plain and simple. It's up there with the Bookworm in terms of how annoying and dumb it is. I'm just glad it's over.


    Next time, more fun from the Everfree Forest.

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  • 5w, 3d
    Serious talk

    Grab your serious chair and let's discuss some things.

    So, we have the breaking news of a brony's suicide. Like nearly all suicides, this is definitely tragic, especially when you consider his age and the circumstances leading up to it. And yet, there is a natural cycle to these things. The first several dozen comments will be the usual condolences of sorrow and grief. These will then be followed by comments stating that the deceased should have known better than to listen to trolls on the Internet and gone outside. In the end, the latter will occupy the conversation, to the point where the person who was once pitied is again an object of ridicule.

    There is definite truth in saying that someone should know better than to rely on the Internet for socialization. You can't spend your whole life in front of a computer screen and expect to lead a long, healthy existence. Humans are naturally social creatures, and learning how to operate within society is a major part of maturing and becoming a better and wiser person. But at the same time, many of these comments feel like they minimize one of the worst things the Internet has brought to us: anonymity.

    Back in the day, if you said that someone sucked, you would have to know of them in some meaningful way, or be close enough for them to punch your face in. Nowadays, you can call someone anything you want from anywhere, and all they will see is a username, if even that much. Facebook and other social media have made this even easier. There is a real ugliness to what is shown on the Internet, and just saying that it's a part of the deal isn't going to cut it.

    And with how tech-dependent our world is becoming, how much longer can the old adage of, "Go outside," apply? I have a computer at my apartment. I have another at work. My iPhone is a portable computer, as is my tablet. I am essentially plugged in at all times. So are many, many people in the world today. It's the way our society is beginning to turn.

    I guess what I'm saying is to be mindful. When you troll someone on the Internet, that is a real person on the other side. You have no idea what their life is like or where they're coming from. Show some basic decency and treat others as you would be treated. Seriously, Internet, it's time to grow up a bit.

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  • 5w, 3d
    Comic schedule has changed a bit

    Seems we got the Equestria Girl's holiday special before Issue #26. And I really wanted to see if they could dig themselves out of the hole Twilight put them in.

    That said, this issue was...well...not particularly great. Especially not worth the eight bucks being asked. (Seriously, why?) The story's a bit of a mess, it has one of the weirdest answers to the ponderings of where Sunset has been living all these years, and the art is sadly on par with the Annual from a year ago. Oh, and they misspell Maud's name. (Seriously, WHY?) Other than that, it's fairly enjoyable, and while the loopy way it connects the holidays in the human world to Equestria's Hearth's Warming Eve is a bit forced, I did enjoy that they were trying to work in some of the cosmology here, and that the issue at least addresses that things are not totally back to normal by the end.

    There will be a full review, probably this weekend. (I want to get a fic update out by Christmas.) In the meantime, take heart in the comic's moral: cyberbullying is bad and wrong. Or as the Internet puts it, cyberbullying is wrong unless:

    * You're threatening to rape a woman for disagreeing with you about video games.

    * You're calling a man a rapist because they're male.

    * You're advocating killing someone because of their race.

    * You're spouting bullshit conspiracy theories about how everyone with a different political or religious belief than yours is plotting to kill you, so you must kill them first.

    In other words, go to hell, Internet.

    10 comments · 155 views
  • 6w, 3d
    Comic Review: Friends Forever #12 (Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie)

    2014 is almost behind us, and it's time to wrap up a full year of Friends Forever with a classic pairing: Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie. Can Twilight save Pinking from her greatest enemy...herself?


    Ponyville has once again been blessed with the annual snack cart invasion, an impromptu festival where traveling food peddlers treat ponies from all corners to unhealthy foods, bizarre creations, and overpriced novelty snacks. From her crystal fortress of doom, Twilight and Spike witness the amazing festivities, and the latter is about to go get a crystal pretzel...when Pinkie shows up, panicking and screaming for help. As it turns out, one of the snacks is the Phenomnomenons, an impossibly delicious treat that is the favorite of party ponies, big Russian guys, and alien world-devouring locusts everywhere. The last time Pinkie was allowed to gorge freely, she did something unspeakable under the influence of her sugar high, and needs Twilight's help to kick the addiction. But can even Twilight save Pinkie from her love of recreational snacking?

    Pinkie Pie and Twilight is one of my favorite character pairings (not ship, mind) on the show. The two form a classic odd couple, with Pinkie as the wacky master of all things silly and Twilight as the barely-together voice of reason. This issue is no exception, as Pinkie is repeatedly overcome with her love of tasty treats and Twilight goes to insane lengths to keep her away from her vice. The main difference is how overwhelmingly cartoonish things are here. While fourth wall jokes are standard for Pinkie, we also have Twilight manifest a crane out of nowhere, transform her castle into something straight out of Mouse Trap, and censor a swear with “Cheezburger.” To be honest, it's a little overboard for this series, even if Pinkie is one of the stars.

    The characterization is pretty strong in this issue. Pinkie Pie spends most of her time breaking down and running off to gorge, while Twilight struggles to keep her in line. We see the standard progression of events, even if things are very wacky this time around, until right near the end. Twilight finally gives in and eats one of the Phenomnomenons (for science, of course), and becomes so enamored with them herself that she eats until both she and Pinkie are sick. And now that she knows how tasty Pinkie's addiction is, and how little the pink pony really wants to change, she just gives up...which is what ultimately solves the problem, as Pinkie's love of making her friends happy and throwing parties for the downtrodden overwhelms her desire to stuff her face full of cake.

    Again, this is how to write Pinkie Pie. I recommend that this issue and the Pinkie/Luna Friends Forever be required reading for anyone writing her character from here on out.

    Twilight is more straightforward, as she's largely here to play the straight mare role. Again, she does give in and eat the treats, and finally has to admit that fixing Pinkie is too big of a task for her, but beyond that she's little more than a foil. The most interesting part – something that Pinkie points out in the end – is that she seems to have an inordinate amount of locks and chains just lying around her new castle. Did the box just spawn them when it turned into the season's hot new toy? Or have we discovered Twilight's fetish?

    The only other major characters (besides Spike, who's mostly there for the crystal pretzel gag) are the two ponies manning the Phenomnomenons cart. They at first just seem like overly-happy confectioners, but once Pinkie starts trying to beat her addiction they seem to turn into something like dealers, employing good signage and glowing red eyes to entice Pinkie to keep eating. Then again, this could just be in Pinkie's head. They do seem genuinely saddened when she succeeds; they can probably see the bank foreclosing on the factory and their foals starving in the streets now that their meal ticket is gone.

    The art is simply fantastic. Brenda Hickey is a perfect fit for this issue, as she does an excellent job capturing each pony's look and style while still making things stretchy and cartoony for Pinkie Pie. This is practically an entire issue built on seeing what kinds of faces the ponies will make. There are also ponified versions of two characters from Kill la Kill, apparently; I only watched one episode of that show, so I really have no idea what to make of this other than hey, it's another cameo. And it's not done by Cook/Price, so you're allowed to like it.

    Overall, the issue is a lot of fun, although if you prefer more serious-minded pony works this one would be a good issue to miss. It's simply a comic full of concentrated goofiness and Pinkie Pie's signature humor, and just might put a smile on your face.

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  • 6w, 3d
    Comic Review: Friends Forever #12 (Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie)

    2014 is almost behind us, and it's time to wrap up a full year of Friends Forever with a classic pairing: Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie. Can Twilight save Pinking from her greatest enemy...herself?


    Ponyville has once again been blessed with the annual snack cart invasion, an impromptu festival where traveling food peddlers treat ponies from all corners to unhealthy foods, bizarre creations, and overpriced novelty snacks. From her crystal fortress of doom, Twilight and Spike witness the amazing festivities, and the latter is about to go get a crystal pretzel...when Pinkie shows up, panicking and screaming for help. As it turns out, one of the snacks is the Phenomnomenons, an impossibly delicious treat that is the favorite of party ponies, big Russian guys, and alien world-devouring locusts everywhere. The last time Pinkie was allowed to gorge freely, she did something unspeakable under the influence of her sugar high, and needs Twilight's help to kick the addiction. But can even Twilight save Pinkie from her love of recreational snacking?

    Pinkie Pie and Twilight is one of my favorite character pairings (not ship, mind) on the show. The two form a classic odd couple, with Pinkie as the wacky master of all things silly and Twilight as the barely-together voice of reason. This issue is no exception, as Pinkie is repeatedly overcome with her love of tasty treats and Twilight goes to insane lengths to keep her away from her vice. The main difference is how overwhelmingly cartoonish things are here. While fourth wall jokes are standard for Pinkie, we also have Twilight manifest a crane out of nowhere, transform her castle into something straight out of Mouse Trap, and censor a swear with “Cheezburger.” To be honest, it's a little overboard for this series, even if Pinkie is one of the stars.

    The characterization is pretty strong in this issue. Pinkie Pie spends most of her time breaking down and running off to gorge, while Twilight struggles to keep her in line. We see the standard progression of events, even if things are very wacky this time around, until right near the end. Twilight finally gives in and eats one of the Phenomnomenons (for science, of course), and becomes so enamored with them herself that she eats until both she and Pinkie are sick. And now that she knows how tasty Pinkie's addiction is, and how little the pink pony really wants to change, she just gives up...which is what ultimately solves the problem, as Pinkie's love of making her friends happy and throwing parties for the downtrodden overwhelms her desire to stuff her face full of cake.

    Again, this is how to write Pinkie Pie. I recommend that this issue and the Pinkie/Luna Friends Forever be required reading for anyone writing her character from here on out.

    Twilight is more straightforward, as she's largely here to play the straight mare role. Again, she does give in and eat the treats, and finally has to admit that fixing Pinkie is too big of a task for her, but beyond that she's little more than a foil. The most interesting part – something that Pinkie points out in the end – is that she seems to have an inordinate amount of locks and chains just lying around her new castle. Did the box just spawn them when it turned into the season's hot new toy? Or have we discovered Twilight's fetish?

    The only other major characters (besides Spike, who's mostly there for the crystal pretzel gag) are the two ponies manning the Phenomnomenons cart. They at first just seem like overly-happy confectioners, but once Pinkie starts trying to beat her addiction they seem to turn into something like dealers, employing good signage and glowing red eyes to entice Pinkie to keep eating. Then again, this could just be in Pinkie's head. They do seem genuinely saddened when she succeeds; they can probably see the bank foreclosing on the factory and their foals starving in the streets now that their meal ticket is gone.

    The art is simply fantastic. Brenda Hickey is a perfect fit for this issue, as she does an excellent job capturing each pony's look and style while still making things stretchy and cartoony for Pinkie Pie. This is practically an entire issue built on seeing what kinds of faces the ponies will make. There are also ponified versions of two characters from Kill la Kill, apparently; I only watched one episode of that show, so I really have no idea what to make of this other than hey, it's another cameo. And it's not done by Cook/Price, so you're allowed to like it.

    Overall, the issue is a lot of fun, although if you prefer more serious-minded pony works this one would be a good issue to miss. It's simply a comic full of concentrated goofiness and Pinkie Pie's signature humor, and just might put a smile on your face.

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  • 9w, 14h
    Comic Review: Issue #24

    Issue 25 and I are having a disagreement, so we're instead going to play catch-up and look at last month's one-shot. Discord is back, and he's taking Fluttershy and the Cutie Mark Crusaders on a trip through time. Maybe they'll finally kill the Daleks. Yep, kill them. For real this time. Totally for real. They're not going to come back next season. Nope. Dead. Deader than a doornail.

    ...I hate Doctor Who.


    The issue begins with Fluttershy and the Cutie Mark Crusaders going off on a trip to observe nature, complete with filly scout sashes and caps. (It seems to remind me of something I should be writing, but I can't quite put my finger on it...) They barely make it out the door before a meteorite crashes into the earth, sizzles a bit for dramatic effect, and pops open to reveal Discord. He was just hanging out in the Horsehead Nebula when he accidentally flew too fast and ended up going back in time a week. (Or in my headcanon, he went off into space to bug Picard, ran into Sisko, and got his ass knocked into last week with one punch.)

    Discord invites himself on the trip, but gets bored with looking at modern birds and alligators, and offers to take the group on a trip through time to see ancient and long-extinct creatures. The CMC are super-excited, but Fluttershy is anxious about leaving anypony in Discord's care...until she hears about the giant butterflies from prehistoric times. Will our heroes survive their trip through the world's future and past?

    You can probably guess my biggest problem with the issue, and it's the first word in the last paragraph. I have made zero effort to hide how much I disliked Discord's redemption, and while “Twilight's Kingdom” did a heck of a better job than “Keep Calm and Flutter On” showing him screw up and actually learn something, it's still not quite enough to make me excited about seeing him again. This issue...well, it wasn't “Three's a Crowd” in terms of annoyance, but it feels very confused about how to handle the character.

    Things start off just fine. While Discord is still not actively plotting their deaths or torment anymore, he's perfectly willing to encourage Scootaloo to poke a sleeping alligator while Sweetie Belle is in its mouth. (Although given how stupid that is to do, I assume he's also into Social Darwinism.) He also helped lead a seemingly heroic rebellion against an Egyptian Empire counterpart, but that was only because said empire was perfectly ordered, and a God of Chaos must have standards. All of these, plus his selfish nature and references to his lingering villainy, are quite fine.

    It's the fact that the issue also contradicts “Keep Calm and Flutter On” that bugs me. Specifically, the episode made a big deal out of Discord never having a friend in his life before Fluttershy. This issue shows that he was in a possibly romantic relationship with the leader of a feline rebellion (who is also apparently a previous incarnation of Twilight Sparkle) and was friend with one of those prehistoric butterflies. It could be argued that he wasn't actually friends with them, but even so, it feels a bit off considering how his becoming good was approached to begin with.

    That said, the rest of the cast is handled well. Fluttershy is a caring and protective guardian for the fillies, and is perfectly willing to chew Discord out when he crosses the line. (Although saying that he shouldn't have friends was pretty cruel.) The CMC are just their excitable little selves, with Sweetie stealing the show with some rare signs of insight and intelligence. The new characters are okay, although it feels like much of the story is setting up things that could be explored in more detail elsewhere, especially since the Ancient Egypt and prehistoric parts of the issue compromise a majority of the content.

    One thing about this issue that I do like is how it further solidifies the notion of a stable time loop, something initially set up back in “It's About Time.” In that episode, Twilight gets a warning from her future self, which causes her to worry herself over nothing, and ends with her going back in time to warn her past self. Here, Discord explains that the past cannot be changed and the present is set in stone, but your future is still being written. In effect, you travel back to something in the past because history dictated that you would travel into the past, but there is no guarantee that you'll return because anything that happens to the present you that is now in the past is technically your future.

    Fairly standard, but it's nice to have some more solid rules.

    The art is quite good, and I do like a lot of the jokes. Naturally, the issue is full of Doctor Who references, such as the time machine (a gigantic square thing that's much smaller on the inside), Discord wearing a fez, a panel with some Cyberponies, and an amusing bit where Discord pulls Dr. Whooves out of his machine and punt him into the horizon. Overall, however, the issue doesn't feel particularly groundbreaking or memorable for me. It might be because I'm not a fan of reformed Discord and don't care that much for Fluttershy, but I don't dislike the latter and I liked the former's appearances in Season Four (“Three's a Crowd” aside) and in Issue #2 of Friends Forever. This is very much a relaxing filler issue, and in that regard, it's fine. It's just not something I'll be going back to time and again.


    Next month is this month, and we've already talked about that. The month after, we have the conclusion to the ponies fighting the bulls. Hopefully it won't be a load of them.

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  • 9w, 3d
    About today's comic

    This issue was well-drawn and had some funny moments. I also hate it completely, and all because of one single plot point:

    Twilight refuses to help.

    To clarify, the Mane 6 are in a town that is being harassed by a gang of bulls. The local law enforcement is a single sheriff that gets knocked out in one punch, and it's the same bulls that Applejack and Rarity were able to fend off back in Friends Forever #8. There isn't a repeat of that fight, but I can understand that; Applejack and Rarity had the advantage of being in a moving stagecoach, which gave them extra protection, and they are now in a strange land fighting the bulls head-on. So Applejack asks Twilight, the princess who can use magic real good, to help drive them off.

    She refuses. Why? Because she doesn't want to use her magic to harm anyone.

    ...


    Oh, it's because they're not magical! Yeah, just like those pirates you repeatedly zapped about a dozen issues ago - oh wait, they didn't have magic powers, either! And how about those bats you genetically altered to not like apples? They weren't magic, either, but that didn't stop you!

    Wait, maybe you're trying to be princess-like and attempt diplomacy first. That's fine. Shows some real leadership skills to - wait, you're not doing that, either? Even after they burned down a damn barn?

    ...Okay, comic, show writers, we need a chat. You seem to have this problem with pointing out a problem in your story, and then doing absolutely nothing to rectify it. That isn't how you do things. Pointing out a flaw on your own without actually addressing the flaw makes it many, many times worse. Remember when I blew my top over that mocking last page of the "Reflections" arc, where you laughed at everyone who bought into the promise of alternate universe counterparts besides the Princesses and Sombra playing a role? Same thing, only now it's in the main story.

    I'm not going to review this one. I might talk about it if the next issue is any good, but...I'm sorry, I can't take this crap. Now let's finally watch that trailer for Season 5. Surely it can't be...


    Time to bring out the old standby...

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  • 10w, 1d
    Comic Review: Friends Forever #11 (Rainbow Dash and Spitfire)

    Rainbow Dash is the fastest flier in Equestria. Spitfire is the leader of the Wonderbolts, the most elite pegasi of them all and whose ranks Dash wishes to one day join. The two have worked together numerous times, but today, they shall face their greatest challenge. For they have been called upon to perform one of the most difficult, thankless, and terrifying jobs known to pony kind...

    Teaching foals!


    Our issue opens with Rainbow Dash serving as the temporary mailpony. (No reason is given for her taking the role, so I'll just assume that Derpy's busy fighting a kaiju-sized muffin monster and leave it at that.) After flying through a suburb that looks nothing like Ponyville, she receives a letter from Spitfire requesting her presence and immediately abandons her sacred duty to go join the Captain of the Wonderbolts. Their mission? Serve as guest teachers at a flight camp for very young fillies. Easy enough, right?

    There's only one problem: Spitfire is terrible with kids. Can Rainbow Dash help her idol get over her issues?

    The first thing that stands out in this issue is the art, done by newcomer Jay Fosgitt. It's a decidedly mixed bag. On the one hand, the shape of the ponies feels very Calvin & Hobbes-esque, which is perfect for a story focusing on little foals. It just looks incredibly cute, which makes it even weirder when they keep making faces that wouldn't look out of place in a...less-than-seedy bit of fan art. Where the problems lie is the backgrounds, as nothing looks like it fits the aesthetics of the show. While living conditions have bounced all over the place in Equestria, Ponyville has always been shown to have a lower-tech, more medieval level of architecture, so having the story start in what looks like a modern suburb is really off-putting.

    The highlight of the issue is the interplay between Rainbow Dash, Spitfire, and the foals. Rainbow actually takes to teaching pretty well, although since it's another opportunity to have everypony pay attention to her and say how wonderful she is, that is to be expected. Spitfire's issues with kids, on the other hand, are portrayed in a realistic fashion. She's not some raving child-hater; she'd probably enjoy at least speaking with her class in any other circumstance. Instead, her problem is that she doesn't know how to teach foals, which is something that makes a great deal of sense. As the comic points out, you can't be patronizing or condescending, but you also can't be overly tough on ponies that look to be about preschool age. (One of the best moments in the issue is when Spitfire tries to use her “Wonderbolt Academy” drill instructor voice and behavior; she reduces the entire class to tears in about two minutes.)

    The story is ultimately about Rainbow Dash helping her mentor overcome her flaw, which is sadly something the show has done to death by now, but works much better here because they don't have to turn Spitfire into an oblivious jerk or manipulative sack of crap to pull it off. It's a realistic flaw, and I could tilt my head and see Rainbow Dash being able to help, which is furthered by the issue showing her first attempt at advice leading to the above-mentioned tears of the innocent.

    The foals are mostly nondescript, but are also a lot of fun and feel like actual kids. The first day of class is just them goofing around, including one lying on another foal's head like a hat, several of them doing stretches incorrectly, Peppermint Patty showing up as a pony for some reason, and one of the kids asking Spitfire if she has a special somepony. (Trust me, that's one of the first things any group of kids you are assigned to look after will ever ask you.) The second day, they react exactly how children exposed to a screaming angry pony would: they're terrified and crying for mommy. And all it takes to win their attention back is a display of awesomeness.

    The only foal to get any real attention is Loop de Loop, a shy little filly with a stated talent for flying. She's absolutely adorable.

    Overall, the issue is pretty good. It's a cute little story about how even our heroes can have flaws, and how you shouldn't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. The art is a mixed bag, but otherwise, a fine issue.


    Next time, Applejack must defend her extended family from robbers. And we have a full docket in December:

    * Twilight must save Pinkie Pie from herself

    * Applejack must continue to save the family.

    * And we get a Christmas special...about cyberbullying.

    Oh, and Ted Anderson is still working on the series. If you'll excuse me, I'll be looking through the latest thread comparing him to Hitler.

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  • 11w, 3d
    Comic Review: Friends Forever #10 (Fluttershy and Iron Will)

    Another month passes, and another pair of comics have graced out doorstep. I'll be getting to Discord's and Fluttershy's excellent adventure shortly, but for today, we're looking at another companion of Fluttershy's...a certain burly minotaur named Iron Will. Can Fluttershy help the big guy get in touch with his “inner pony?”


    Our issue opens with Ponyville, that wonderful town free of all of reality's vices and bigotry, stampeding away from the bellowing presence of Iron Will, who wants to see Fluttershy. The rest of the Mane 6 stand their ground outside her cottage door, but it turns out to be for nothing when Fluttershy walks out and calmly asks him what's wrong. Turns out Will's wife told him to not come home until he's learned how to be nicer, and he's come to the kindest pony he knows to do just that. Can Fluttershy help tame the savage beast? And why does Iron Will have to do this?

    First issue, and by far the biggest one, out of the way: EVERYPONY BESIDES FLUTTERSHY IS A DICK. The issue opens with the entire town running away from that no-good monster, and the minute Twilight (who has never seen Iron Will before and could have nothing more than second-hand experience with) sees who's coming, she mobilizes her friends to save Fluttershy from that greedy fiend. They never give him a chance to explain himself, nor do they even think Fluttershy (who has handled Discord by this point) is capable of teaching him how to be kind. And at the end, after Iron Will's learned his lesson and is throwing everypony a farewell dinner (a gag early in the story reveals that he's a gourmet cook), they immediately criticize everything he lays out because they're picky and selfish.

    And then there's Rainbow Dash, who is just a complete ass the entire issue. Every scene she's in, she finds a way to make everything worse. I imagine that's why the preview art for the next Friends Forever has her with a big head and tiny neck; Iron Will choked her until she was stuck that way.

    That said, the moments with Fluttershy and Iron Will are well done. The story builds from Iron Will's last scene in “Putting Your Hoof Down;” while he's very aggressive and demanding, he's also honest and has a softer side. He actually seems to enjoy taking care of the animals and the spa trip, until Angel ruins the former and Rainbow Dash the latter. The fact that he has a wife and son also help add more layers than just a big-mouthed salesperson, and the idea that he and his family live in a maze is amusing.

    The basic premise of the issue is that Iron Will's son is taking after his father's worst traits, i.e. talking back to his mother and teacher. And while Iron Will tries to become more understanding through animal caretaking, pastry sales, apple bucking, and finally the spa, he really doesn't see the value in it; his son is just trying to be like his old man. The final lesson has similarities to “Putting Your Hoof Down” in that it doesn't state that being assertive and forceful is bad, but rather that it isn't the end-all, be-all reaction you want to encourage.

    Beyond that, the issue is very simple and straightforward. The two just go to a task, something inevitably sets Iron Will off, and they try something else. There's a brief running gag about Iron Will asking to be paid for the work he's doing (for stuff like running the counter at Sugar Cube Corner, this makes perfect sense), and some of the ways he fails are pretty funny (again, Sugar Cube Corner and his encounter with Pinkie). The art is just generally okay; Garbowska returns with her more simple, but still cute designs, and while some of the poses and expressions are awkward, the overall look works for such a simple story.

    If you're not a big fan of Iron Will or Fluttershy, you could pretty much skip the issue. It's a standard story that features all of the other ponies being colossal flankholes. Still, it's a good story to pick up later at a lower price, or as part of a compilation, and if you're a fan of the two, it's pretty much a must-read.


    Next time, Rainbow Dash is summoned to aid Spitfire fend off the most vile creatures ever to crawl out of the primordial muck...children!

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  • 11w, 3d
    The election results are in...

    And on the plus side, I will have plenty of time to write again once the job that's actually making me happy is eradicated and I'm no longer destroying America.

    In the meantime, I'm still scrapping some story updates together. Hope to have something soon.

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  • 12w, 2d
    A Taste of Meat follow-up

    Hello, everyone. I'm back from the dead...again. And wow, it's been a while since I did one of these. And this thing was at the top of the feature box for how long?

    The idea of a pony-turned-human eating the elephant in the room isn't a new one. Heck, the idea of ponies dealing with the consumption of meat isn't new, either. For the record, though, horses can eat meat; that said, their digestive systems evolved to handle a herbivore lifestyle, so it's one of those things that aren't exactly good for them to have in large doses. In addition, Pinkie Pie pretty much says that ponies are vegetarian in "Over a Barrel." Throw in that the show's ponies are able to eat chocolate (which is extremely toxic to horses) and can vomit (horse digestive systems are one-way, which is why eating the wrong thing can kill them real bad), and you can see where the real-world argument starts to break a bit.

    The majority of these stories and content, though, were for Twilight. She's the one that got that animation where she thought steaks and bacon were plants, after all. Sunset Shimmer didn't get quite as much attention, although her being a vegetarian as a human was a pretty common fanon even before her popularity exploded after Rainbow Rocks.

    The basic plot for the story was decided almost immediately after I started writing (Rainbow Dash is behind the dare, Sunset eats horse meat, friendship lesson), but a lot changed in between:

    - The original opening had Rainbow Dash hosting a slumber party and ordering pizza, but having to give up what she wanted so that they could afford to get Sunset Shimmer some. This sort of made it into the story, but it was originally going to be the impetus for Rainbow's frustrations with Sunset's diet. I ditched it because it just made Rainbow too petty, and in a story where she's already going to be an ass, that's going a bit too far. Plus, I still got to make the MST3K reference, which is the entire reason I decided on pizza. (Next movie, they'll finally get their pop.)

    - There was going to be a longer sequence where Sunset tries other meats before eating the horse. This was going to tie into an ending where Sunset decides to include some meat in her diet. I killed this thing dead because...well, it's insulting. To settle any lingering questions, no, I am not a vegetarian. Emeral Bookwise was a witness to the many animals I demanded be killed to feed my gut during BABSCon this year. But I understand where vegetarians are coming from. There are various moral, religious, and health reasons to abstain from eating meat products, and making a story about a vegetarian learning the error of her ways sat very wrong with me. This was made worse when I took up researching vegetarian dishes, and ended up reading the many, many stories of people sneaking meat into meals for their vegetarian friends, or forcing them to eat meat because they're assholes.

    As for the whole thing about horse meat being illegal in the US...well, here's the thing. We have no proof that Equestria Girls is set in the United States. We have no proof that it's set on anything resembling our Earth. The school system is likely structured after the American education system, but that's about it.

    The twist was a dead giveaway, I admit. I'm really bad at hiding those things.

    And...that's it for now, so I'll see you next time with an update to an ongoing story.

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  • 12w, 6d
    Something new is coming...

    Assuming it doesn't get failed in moderation (which I'm convinced is almost impossible at this point), that is.

    I hope you guys like pork.

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  • 13w, 6d
    This is where I'd talk about the shiny new fic

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  • 14w, 4d
    Comic Review: Annual #2 (Power Ponies) (And yes, we're talking about THAT)

    It's several weeks overdue, but I believe it is time we finally tackled FiM's second annual. After last year's Equestria Girls prequel turned out to be only slightly better than the film it was based on, it's time we looked at another group of non-Mane 6 characters, the Power Ponies, and their marvelous adventures. Can they foil the evil that ponies do?


    Maretropolis is a city beset by villains. Whether it be the tangled schemes of the Mane-iac, the perilous plundering pursuits of Pharaoh Phetlock, the glamorous crime spress of High Heel, or the despair brought on by the ever-saddened Long-Face, the proud ponies that call this noble city home are doomed to a lifetime of suffering and victimhood. At least, that's what would happen if it weren't for the city's mightiest defenders, the POWER PONIES! The Masked Matter-Horn, Zapp, Mistress Mare-velous, Fili-Second, Radiance, Saddle Ranger, and Humdrum, fight a never-ending battle in the name of justice and peace! They are an unstoppable team, loved by everpony in Maretropolis...

    And they hate each other.

    The Power Ponies is just a big show put on to mask how dysfunctional and broken the team is. Mare-velous resents having to work with others. Fili-Second is bored with everything. Radiance is vain and wants all of the media's attention, much to Zapp's frustration. Saddle Ranger can barely keep from going into a rage from all the fighting. And the Masked Matter-Horn orders everyone around while doing nothing to correct the team's behavior. Only Humdrum seems to have any interest in the Power Ponies staying together.

    But this shall be their darkest hour, for in Balkham Asylum, their worst enemies have banded together to bring an end to the Power Ponies once and for all! The Mane-iac, Phetlock, High Heel and Longface are joined by the amorphous Smudge and master thief Shadowmane, and form a mighty Legion of Doom (only not called that because Lex Luthor would simultaneously sue and nuke them). The fractured Power Ponies are no match for the villains' combined assault, and to top things off, their powers are stolen and given to their worst enemies thanks to accursed science. Will our powerless heroes learn the power of friendship and save the city?

    Before getting into the issue itself, though, there is one thing: if you didn't like the episode “Power Ponies,” this comic probably won't change your mind. It's still a superhero story done with ponies; outside of the horse puns, you could probably fit any super-team you can think of into this plot and it would have worked almost as well. The comic also doesn't really differentiate them from how the Mane 6 portrayed them, although the actual Power Ponies are far more straightforward in their character types and significantly less friendly. The main difference is their appearance, as they have different coat and mane colors. In addition, Humdrum is actually a colt, and not a dragon; it's a nice touch and helps differentiate the actual in-universe comic from the LARPing the Mane 6 and Spike had to do.

    Plus, given that Humdrum saves the day twice, maybe Spike is overstating his uselessness a bit too much.

    The original plot apparently had Spike traveling into the comic to help save the day, but it was axed in favor of Humdrum teaching the Power Ponies the values of friendship. You can clearly see where Spike should have been; Humdrum uses a checklist of friendship activities in his instruction, and everything is structured like a school lesson, all of which are things the dragon has to put up with while working with Twilight. Still, I do like the idea of Humdrum getting the lessons in friendship from the Power Ponies' universe's equivalent of FiM; it's an amusing bit of meta humor that has a great payoff.

    The villains are all your basic baddies, and wouldn't stand out too much against the Adam West Batman's rogues gallery. Pharaoh Phetlock has a gang of mummies at his command, Long-Face attacks with “Sadness Gas,” High Heel's car is shaped like a sneaker, and the Mane-iac is still a lighter version of the Joker with living hair. Still, it's an amusing touch that they actually get along very well, in comparison to how most villain team-ups have said antagonists bickering about everything while demanding a decent pair of pants. It's a little sad that our heroes have to destroy such a good friendship to save the day and reclaim their powers.

    I think the best way to describe this annual is that it's fun, albeit in a very Silver Age sort of way. The heroes and villains are ridiculous, the plot is ludicrous, and it's very preachy and goofy, but all in a good way. It harkens back to the days when Batman wore a different-colored costume every night and everyone in the Superman cast was a dick, only minus the overt racism, misogyny, and political propaganda of the era. Sometimes you just want to read a story about superheroes saving the day without condemning them for wanting to help people, or focusing all of the attention on how much better the villains are, or killing characters off for shock value.

    ...Modern comics suck.

    Point is, the annual is good...except perhaps for the backup. Originally featured as a SDCC exclusive, the story features the Mane-iac escaping from prison and returning to her hideout. She finds the Crystal Mirror, which is in the factory...for no reason. And she goes through...for no reason. And she ends up in the Equestria Girls world, but is still a pony...for no reason. And then there's a human!Mane-iac that fights her...for no reason.

    This backup exists...for no reason.

    About the only funny part is the very last panel, where it turns out to be a very weird issue of a comic that human!Dash is reading. And even then, the joke is ruined if you think about it for more than ten seconds. In particular, Dash is weirded out that a pony version of the Mane-iac showed up, which implies that the human cast is the one she's used to in her universe. But the cover plainly shows that the comic is still called Power Ponies. So are they called “Power Ponies” for no reason? Was the joke just incredibly lame? The world may never know.

    Point is, the annual is worth picking up. I heartily recommend it to anyone who enjoys either a different kind of pony adventure or just wants an old-fashioned superhero romp.


    Well, that was fun. I wonder why I put this off for so...

    ...Oh right, that thing.

    What has sadly overshadowed how good the comic was is a single, hard-to-see, almost unrecognizable insert of someone's pony OC. In particular, it belongs to someone I shall not name who has produced some...less-than-popular art and critiques of the fandom. The resulting fallout has resulted in a continuing flame war and (possibly) the removal of Ted Anderson from the comics and IDW as a whole. The explosion that lead to RainbowDoubleDash and myself being banned from the Round Stable? That was kicked off by the fandom's reaction to the OC's appearance and their support of the OC's creator. (Plus, RDD is a stubborn blockhead who won't listen when people tell him to walk away and believes that parting shots are acceptable conduct in a discussion. Sorry, but it's kind of true.)

    To put it simply, I do find quite a bit of her work offensive, and claiming that it can simply be dismissed because of satirical intent doesn't fly for me. I'm not demanding anyone's head on a pike or the like, nor do I expect anyone that experiences genuine prejudice and hardship to care what a depressed white man finds offensive, but that doesn't change how disgusted I felt. And claiming it was trying to make a satirical point doesn't make things better; you can explain your intentions all you want, but the fact is that you not only failed to tell a joke well, but you made yourself look uglier with what you said.

    With that taken into consideration, I still think the reaction was far too overblown for what actually happened, and Anderson doesn't deserve to be fired over this. I certainly had no idea who it was until someone pointed it out and explained the whole mess, and I doubt that many did before the issue's release. But if you go purely by how the community has treated it, you'd think Anderson came to every brony's house and snapped their newborn puppy's neck before drinking its blood. It was a harmless, unremarkable background appearance, and nothing else.

    ...Now to brace for the inevitable.

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  • 15w, 2d
    Just a note:

    I'm going to be disconnecting soon. If you don't hear from me, I'm probably dead on the side of the road. Or I got gunned down outside the office. Or those pills I just took finished me off. Or the infection on my arm spreads over my body. Or I find a use for that pocket knife I found. Or I found eternal happiness and sadly had to leave.

    The last one is never going to happen.

    ...Also, new fic is in production. We'll see if it ever gets finished, or if it rots like everything else I write. Hey, remember when people liked me and I wasn't just some hack on the Internet that drives people insane whining endlessly about his life when other people have far bigger problems? Those were good times.

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Feb
19th
2013

Today the Brony Documentary group released a trailer for the extended interviews bonus, with extra footage of Tara, De Lancie and Faust. Most of it's pretty much your basic stuff, but...watch what Faust says...

In case you're lazy, she says that she had planned out destinies for the different characters, and mentions Rarity, Rainbow Dash and Twilight specifically. The first two are self-explanatory: Rarity gets a dress shop in Canterlot and Rainbow Dash joins the Wonderbolts. Those are pretty blindingly obvious, and have been built up to over the course of the show. But then she gets to Twilight...who was going to be Celestia's successor. Yes, successor. As in, princess. She also tweeted after the hype machine kicked into gear that this wasn't in her plan, so that seems to imply that this would have happened at some point in time, but not in the middle of the series' run.

This actually adds credence to the idea that MMC was going to be the series finale. After all the staff turnover and with DHX picking up so many projects, Hasbro cuts their losses and orders thirteen episodes to fill out the sixty-five needed for syndication. That way, they can just sell the airing rights after the fact and make a fortune. But when the show remained popular (and possibly because shows like Care Bears didn't take off like they had wanted), they decided to renew it for another full season. The only problem is that this meant MMC was already in production, and it would most likely be too late and too expensive to pull the episode and totally redo the ending.

So what does this actually mean? Not much, really, but it does give some more insight into the show's conception. And perhaps it can show that Hasbro isn't wrecking Faust's vision like so many claim they are.

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#1 · 100w, 5d ago · · 2 ·

Uhm... okai... not sure what to say...

#2 · 100w, 5d ago · 2 · 15 ·

Twilight replace Celestia.....this just in: Twilight Sparkle new worst pony.

#3 · 100w, 5d ago · · ·

:c

#4 · 100w, 5d ago · · ·

This new info and the current state of affairs... it could still happen. o_o

#5 · 100w, 5d ago · · ·

Now I think about it, it explains the wierd ending off Wonderbolts Academy. If season 3 would be the last season and everypony off the mane 6 would get their dreams, then Wonderbolts Academy could be one off the episodes about Dash getting her dream. At the end Dash would be accepted as Wonderbolt.

This maybe also explains the remors before season 3 about Flutters changing in a dragon and Rarity getting a duet with Octavia. Flutters changing in a dragon would help her overcome her fear of dragons and help her learn to stand for herself. Rarity meeting Octaia would almost certainly happen in Canterlot. It would help Rarity to get a shop opened in Canterlot.

#6 · 100w, 5d ago · 3 · ·

None of this really surprise me.  Twilight taking up a role as Celestia's successor has always to me seemed a very likely destination for her character arc -- either that or becoming the royal arch-mage/vizier, but now that she's an alicorn the former seems to be the only viable path, and it's not a bad path.

Now exactly how well this will play out over the course of next season (and however many more season might potentially come after that), well, only time will tell.

#7 · 100w, 5d ago · · ·

So wait, this implies its our fault. We the fans got this so popular that it warranted MORE episodes and seasons! While Faust's original vision for the work was good, it wasn't multiseasonal enough for US.

This is very interesting. You know what? I would love to see her "fanfic" on the endings for our characters the way she had intended.

#8 · 100w, 5d ago · · ·

It's been heavily speculated that the reason this season was thirteen episodes, or one half, was so the other half would go to funding Equestria Girls, and that it never had anything to do with the syndication limit at all. Hasbro knows that ponies is pretty much the life blood right now, so they are broadening their horizons and syndicating FIM for the future.

As for the video itself, a bit surprising given Lauren's reaction on Twitter. Sure, she was never expecting Twilight to actually become royalty herself, but replacing the ruler of the entire kingdom is pretty much becoming royalty, anyway.

So yeah, "ruining Faust's vision?" No, not really.

More like broadening it out while keeping both corporate parties (Toy branch vs Show branch) happy.

#9 · 100w, 4d ago · 1 · 1 ·

It means that we really are in a Babylon 5 - style scenario, looking forward to a season of fillers, hastily-conceived plots and episodes from the scrap pile.

FWIW, I'm hoping that Rainbow and Rarity both reject their automatically-assumed 'destinies'.  It would fit well into the message of the show if they decide that their relationships with their friends and their places in the community in Ponyville was more important to them than celebrity, recognition and even wealth.  "I'm happy here, with my friends.  Money and fame couldn't replace that!" would be a nice message with which to round out the show.

#10 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

Yeah, that is interesting.  Perhaps if we had known this two weeks ago, a lot less people would've freaked out..  (By the way, did you know that kludge is a word?  Because autocorrect seems to want to replace every other word I type with that today.)

#11 · 100w, 4d ago · 7 · ·

So everyone saying Lauren Faust didn't want Twilight to be a princess can shut it? (Sorry, I get more than a little tired of people using her to justify their own arguments.) Huzzah!

#12 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

As long as this burns hundreds of fanfics, then I'm okay with it. :twilightsheepish:

#13 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

What I want to know is how they're going to pull themselves out of this hole they accidentally dug. If they did, like you said, intend for the show to end there, but renewed the show for another season due to unexpected popularity, they've got to find some way to keep it going, right? If they're creative, I'm sure they can find a decent way to prevent hitting a dead end.

#14 · 100w, 4d ago · 4 · ·

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HAH! Sorry, that was mean wasnt it to all of the people who say "messing with Lauren's vision" and "Hasbro is teh dvil," and "Princesses are just pwetty and historically dont do anything (princess Grace, Diania, and Catherine just got DISSED! Though I thank them for giving me the chance to research the real princesses in the real world and see what they did for real and their real lives)? So basically, what we have on our hands is another "DBZ, Kim Possible" scenario where something that was only meant for a particular length (Dragonball was only meant to go for the first arc, and KP was meant for only the 65) and then it got so popular that they decided to keep things going. I wonder if that is another reason for the 13, so Megan and the group could set up an arc  and plot things out slowly to get everything set up. Meanwhile Hasbro goes for the spin off that they want.

My question is this then...Die hard fans, where were you when Danny Phantom was canceled? Why was I stuck with only 3 seasons, 53 eps, and two awesome made for tv movies? Why didnt you save this show? Heck, Hey Armold fans...where were you guys when Nick decided to be the biggest A-holes on the planet and left us the world's second biggest cliffhanger (first place belongs to the always awesome and rewatchable...Berserk). Some of these shows need closure

#15 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

she wants the CMC to get their cutie marks, and they didnt, a thing that will happen in season 4? :trixieshiftright::trixieshiftleft::rainbowdetermined2::duck:

#16 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

On the subject of destinies, I've made a blog post of my own.

I notice someone down-thumbed my previous post.  I'd be grateful if whoever that was could tell me (by private message if you prefer) what you didn't like; I'm genuinely interested in your opinion, okay?

#17 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

>>846166

I'd be okay with that, more Scootaloo is never a bad thing :twilightsmile:

#18 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

>>846235

they just annoy me now because we have seen them do their talents in many episodes and sweetie belle straight out says that even if she is a good singer she refuses to think its her special talent and tries to be like her big sister, you wont get the same cutie mark as your sister, the show shows that nopony can have the same talent, and all of the older ponies know their talents as well, but they arent allowed to tell them because they have to find it on their own, but they wont ever find it on their own if they keep listening to scootaloo trying to get a cutie mark like rainbowdash. I like them, and find them funny, but i dont like how they refuse to acknolodge that their special talent is what they refused to do for the talent show.

#19 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

i will still regard this the s3 season finale as the actual finale when this show finally ends. the fact that twilight suddenly gets wings when i skip this episode before s4 we will solve when we get there.

#20 · 100w, 4d ago · · 8 ·

>>845936

Sorry, Luna's already taken that spot.

#21 · 100w, 4d ago · 2 · ·

>>846007

Possibly, or possibly not. The problem with Babylon 5 was that everything was resolved before the sudden renewal, while here, there's still a lot of ground to possibly cover. And in any case, it's kind of hard to have filler when your show is more of less slice of life, the very definition of filler.

Also, the idea you had for Rarity was kind of what happened in "Sweet and Elite." She goes to Canterlot, makes some huge waves thanks to a high-profile pony falling in love with her work, and feels she has to lie about her friends and origin to avoid being cast out. In the end, she learns that you should always be proud of where you're from. If the show had ended, that could have been a decent ending for her.

>>845988

More like broadening it out while keeping both corporate parties (Toy branch vs Show branch) happy.

It also ties into the claim made back in Season 2 that the show's creators had input on the toys. Although given how rushed the finale was, it's also possible that the change was still mandated, but since they still had Lauren's idea lying around, they decided to work that interpretation into the finale as best they could. It's honestly a shame they couldn't devote the entire episode to it, but at least they'll be addressing what happens now in the next opener.

#22 · 100w, 4d ago · 3 · ·

>>845955

> it could still happen.

"Only on the Hub"?

Sorry, I couldn't resist :facehoof:

#23 · 100w, 4d ago · 2 · ·

I never understood the argument that "this isnt what Faust wanted!". Honestly I dont really care what Faust wants since she isnt apart of production anymore and even if she was I would still judge each episode as I do now. Would be like saying Disney didnt follow George Lucas's vision in their new Star Wars movie. Regardless of if its a flop of success, I don't care what Lucas's vision was since he isnt a part of it.

This info does give us some insight into Hasbro's thinking and I guess that does make me a little less angry. Though I am still way more disappointed than angry. I've been back to watch the songs of that episode several times and the greatest crime is wasting such perfect material and plot with such a convoluted episode. I would have rather them shot for an average episode and just it ending up below average than to have all these amazing scenes and touching moments wasted because of time constraints. Now every time I watch Twilights "I've got to find a way", the groups "A true true friends" or "Celestias  ballad", I can't completely enjoy them because all I can think about is what might have been.

#24 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

>>846543

That isn't an exact analogy as Mr Lucas is supposedly going to be a story consultant on Episode VII (hopefully he'll convince J J Abrams not to turn the entire cast into hormonal teens).

Still, I do get your point; Lauren hasn't really be involved with MLP: FiM since the end of Season 2 and has only ever been credited with writing episodes 1x01 and 1x02, the pilot two-parter.  Although it still owes a lot to her vision, it's a lot bigger show now with a lot more different creative visions involved.

#25 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

Hey look a Faust Tweet

#26 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

>>846625 uh the heck is that a comment to?.....

#27 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

>>846663 in reference to it 'Not being so far from Fausts vision'

#28 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

>>846675 no i mean what is faust commenting about? all that link shows is a blank da page with her post on it.....

#29 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

>>846692 ... What could the "Almighty Faust" be talking about when she says that? :facehoof: Especially so soon after we get a 4'th alicorn. Especially knowing she doesn't approve of Cadence being an Alicorn

#30 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

>>846725 but that post was dated a year ago , and i didn't know anything on what faust had to say about cadence.....

#31 · 100w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

Personally i never was a fan of "Destiny". but i do believe that people can only go so far with their free will.

Meaning that because ones cutie mark is one thing, why does that mean they are tied to doing it?

It understandable if, per say a pony is a singer, or a baseball player, that they would be best doing what they do best, but what about if it isnt, like why can't ponies have free choice?

The thing im hitting at is mainly the royal guard. Does it mean that all of the royal guards are practically aryans, born and raised to guard the princess like roman storm troopers? or could they be stallions who had tallent, and careers, but they decided to join the military?

I remember one of my favorite stories of all time is a cup of joe by the Descendant, in it, Pony Joe was a soldier in the equestrian aremy and became a royal guard and then dcided to open his doughnut shop with the money he earned.

still though, cutiemarks related to fighting and killing by fanfiction writers are immediately poor characters in my opinnion. THink outside the box, there are ways to rationalize it.

#32 · 100w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

>>847030 I kind of view destiny in stories a lot like I do love; I don't believe in either of them, but in order for the story to make sense you have to pretend that they exist...well, most of the time, at least :pinkiesick:

#33 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

You continue to post interesting things, I'm glad I follow you.  :twilightsmile:

#34 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

You know I'm still confused at this prospect of hating on princesses and calling them weak, and yet the show has Luna and Celestia around! That makes little sense!

#35 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

Well, I hope they realize how stupid it would be to cancel the show at this point. With the fans it has produced and the money they make off of it, why would they stop it and pray that care bears is going to somehow replace it?

#36 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

Good to know, thanks!

#37 · 100w, 4d ago · · ·

>>845933

I'm not sure either really, I'm still absorbing this... wow...

#38 · 100w, 3d ago · · ·

>>846007

>>846536

interesting that 2 other people would bring up Babylon 5, but that's exactly what I'm reminded of too.

Babylon 5 was a sci-fi TV series about a space station called Babylon 5.

Near the end of the show, they blew up the space station.

So there was no more Babylon 5, and everybody's plots were pretty much resolved, it was supposed to be the end of the story.

......and then the show was picked up for another season - and it was terrible.

I'm not saying that's where MLP will go, Babylon 5 was a serial TV drama and MLP is a kids show about candy colored ponies.

MLP can be different, this doesn't have to be an "endgame" story for it.

This show isn't even the kind of thing that even has an "ending", it's more like any episodic cartoon show and it just runs until there is no longer any interest in it. Like Family Guy or The Simpsons, they just get into something new next week .

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