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  • Wednesday
    To all those involved in stubborn, idiotic arguments about a goddamn fanfiction AU


    Also, Eye of the Hurricane may be cancelled and deleted soon. Just a heads up.

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  • 6d, 19h
    It's funny...

    I get home after a long day of dealing with angry people upset about their taxes, and I find this being featured on the site. Isn't serendipity fun?

    ...

    Look, I have nothing to talk about. I'm a lazy hack writer who hasn't written anything, so I can't talk about that. The latest issue of the comics is delayed because of a labor dispute, so I can't talk about that. I could regale you with tales of the people who think threatening to kill people will get them insured faster, but that's hardly newsworthy.

    ...

    I'm a horrible person, aren't I?

    16 comments · 152 views
  • 2w, 2d
    Jumping on the "I Write Like" bandwagon

    Because somebody else did it and I have no creativity whatsoever.

    So there's this website called I Write Like which attempts to compare you to published authors based on your style, word choice, etc. Pretty silly fluff, but whatever. Time to run some stuff through and see who I'm unconsciously ripping off.

    A Taste of Meat - Arthur Clarke

    A Shimmering Sunset - Vladimir Nabokov

    Waning Moon - J. K. Rowling

    A Chance Encounter (my contributions only) - J. R. R. Tolkien

    Of Hearts and Hooves - Neil Gaiman

    Eye of the Hurricane - David Foster Wallace

    And That's Terrible - J. R. R. Tolkien

    Bringing Up Blueblood - Raymond Chandler

    Well, I have to say, it's been interesting so far. Some strange results, but not too bad. Now let's try my first two stories...

    Keeping Your Hooves on the Ground - Dan Brown

    ...Okay...

    My Little Alicorn - Dan Brown

    ...

    I must sadly withdraw from the writing world forever. There are already too many Dan Browns.

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  • 3w, 3d
    I'm sorry about Friday

    I've had a weekend to relax and reflect, and I have much to talk about after...well, Friday's outburst. But in the meantime, two things. First:

    “Sorry to bother you, Zecora, but you're the smartest zebra I know when it comes to potions!” Pinkie cocked her head. “I mean, you're technically the only zebra I know, but you know more about potions than most ponies, except maybe Twilight, and Apple Bloom did make that one that turned out to be a disease, but...”

    The rambling ceased as Blueblood jabbed the pink one in the side of the leg. Pinkie paused for just a moment, caught her breath, and then continued. “We found this weird thing outside the library and were wondering if you could take a look at it.”

    The pink pony spun her head around until her muzzle was tucked into her mane. After a few seconds of tussling and squeaking, her cranial parts returned to staring at Zecora, this time with the transparent bag holding the dart. Zecora was stoic as the item in question made its way from Pinkie's mouth to her outstretched hoof. “It was in the grass under the balcony. We don't know what it is, but...”

    “It is a blowgun needle, and recently fired.” Zecora leaned her head closer. Her gaze locked onto the tiny red splotches along the needle tip. “And the consequences may be most dire.”

    “A...blowgun?” Blueblood tilted his head. “Is this like that commoner thing where you chew up paper, stick it on a straw, and blow so hard that it hits your teacher in the eye and you end up in detention for two weeks?” There was just long enough of a pause for Pinkie to wince and the colt to shift uncomfortably. “Er...it was Orange Peel's idea.”

    Zecora chuckled. “A crude comparison, but it shall do the trick. And a needle can do much with just a prick. It can be coated with such poison so deep, that its victim might fall into a deep sleep.”

    There were many ways to take that last word, but whether Zecora meant it to be literal or metaphorical did not matter. “It's kind of important that we find out what this green stuff is,” said Pinkie. “I'm pretty sure ponies don't leak green. Unlesssss you're really sick, but I'm pretty sure this didn't hit where that stuff comes from.”

    Blueblood grimaced. Please forget about that. Don't let that image into your brain. No, stop thinking about it. No No No No No NO NONONONONONONO! He gagged and rolled his eyes as the image of a puking (or worse) pony was forever burned onto his regal and impressionable mind.

    And second, Seattle Seahawks...

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  • 3w, 6d
    I think I'm done

    I've reached my breaking point. I'm sick of all this.

    Sorry to let you all down. But that's what I've always done, isn't it?

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  • 3w, 6d
    Comic Review: Issue #27 (The Revenge of Everfree, Part 1)

    Another month, another comic. With Friends Forever getting off to a good start, can the main series deliver?


    Our story begins with the Mane 6 enjoying a picnic, only for it to be interrupted by Zecora fleeing from a mass of vines and a pair of timberwolves. Turns out the Everfree Forest is growing out of control, which means that Discord has corrupted the Tree of Harmony and...wait, I'm looking at the script for “Princess Twilight Sparkle.” This time, they have to look for the “Heart of the Forest,” a being that has never been mentioned before and completely contradicts the notion that the Everfree Forest is supposed to actually obey natural laws.

    So our heroes set forth, where they discover a deer fawn named Bramble. This is soon followed by a grown deer named Blackthorn, and finally by King Aspen, the leader of the deer, ruler of the deer city of Thicket, and the Heart of the Forest itself. Turns out the Everfree Forest is being chopped down by a minotaur and his pony construction team to make room for a theme park, and the deer are using their nature-controlling potions to spread the forest outwards across Equestria in retaliation. Why?

    Because the deer are in touch with nature, unlike those awful, evil, polluting, non-nature loving ponies.

    The deer are goddamn elves.

    If you've ever touched stock fantasy, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Every single deer in this issue is a condescending, arrogant asshole who take every opportunity to belittle the Mane 6 for not being in harmony with the forest or bullcrap like that. They have this wonderful, mystical city with a strict “no outsiders” policy, and when initial negotiations with the minotaur head of the project fails, they decide the best course of action is a scorched earth policy against the ponies as “tit for tat.” Sure, they say they sent messengers to Celestia, but when there was no response, did any of the deer, I don't know, go in person to speak to the ponies' ruler and find out why nothing was happening? Nope, those ponies are just so arrogant, unlike us perfect deer.

    And if you believe this is a measured response to an intrusion into their homeland, they're also implied to be attacking Canterlot. You know, that city high in the mountain that has nothing to do with what's going on? Aspen's a dick.

    Oh, and don't think the minotaur boss gets off scot-free. He's essentially a Captain Planet villain that talks about how awesome parking lots and amusement parks are, and how he can't stop because PROGRESS! The only redeeming feature of his involvement is that the workers are just portrayed as regular folks doing their job; if this was a Captain Planet episode, they'd all be laughing along about how much fun it is to pollute and destroy nature for no reason other than because they're dicks.

    As you've probably surmised, they're going for an environmentalism moral this time, and while I agree that protecting our environment is important, this is a topic that you really have to be watchful when you write; otherwise, you'll just come across like you're browbeating the audience, like this issue does. Just as an example, Bramble calls the ponies monsters because Twilight tore down a tree to cross a chasm, which would displace the non-sapient animals nesting inside. Note that Bramble, at no point, offers to help the ponies cross. Twilight was not willfully evicting the animals, nor was she trying to chuck them into the chasm; heck, she probably could have just popped that tree back up the minute they got across. And before this point, the ponies had to cut down several trees to create a barricade against angry monsters that wanted to feast on their flesh; they even found Bramble while he was crying over “those poor trees.”

    Bramble values a tree over the lives of the thinking, feeling, loving ponies.

    But of course they deserve it, because they've ignorant ponies who don't know how precious nature is. He even tells Aspen (who's his dad, by the by) to listen to the Mane 6...and then throw them out, thereby indicating that he doesn't give a real crap what they have to say. Screw you, Bramble. I hope someone makes venison out of you.

    There are some amusing moments, such as Pinkie's “Go Team Pony!” sign, the frazzled Pinklestia doll, and the explanation of where Celestia and Luna are (they're tied up by vines again). But overall, this issue fills me with a deep loathing. It doesn't perform character assassination like the last arc, where Twilight valued a historical site over the lives of ponies, but the incredibly forced message and the arrogance of the deer derails the story for me. The next issue better make up for this.

    10 comments · 174 views
  • 4w, 1d
    Okay...

    Can we cut it out with the death threats? Please?

    I don't care who did what to someone. I don't care what causes someone supports or what stupid things they have said. There is no reason to wish death on someone. It's not some stupid, harmless joke on the Internet. I have people calling in and threatening to kill me or my coworkers every damn day because of our job. I've had people threaten to assassinate the governor because their insurance carrier is taking too long to process some paperwork. I can't publicly acknowledge where I work for fear of someone kicking my ass or trying to gun me down.

    Do I soldier on? As much as I can, but when you're bombarded with the shit, it's not a pleasant experience. I know that nobody that calls in threatening to plant bombs on our cars or run us over in the parking lot is likely to follow through, but that doesn't eliminate the fear that some day, one person will be crazy enough and driven enough to do just that.

    Death threats are not jokes, especially when they're told behind the anonymity the Internet provides. Anyone who says they're going to kill someone because they said or did something they didn't like could actually be dead serious, and nobody will listen because it's drowned in a sea of "tough guys" who want to look bigger than they really are.

    The Internet is, as a whole, a cruel and disgusting place...and that's supposed to be a good thing?

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  • 4w, 3d
    A year ago, I made a promise

    I said that the next chapter of Waning Moon would not take a year.

    It's still barely started, and it's been almost a year.

    I'm a liar.

    Still working on it. That's the truth.

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  • 6w, 1d
    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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  • 6w, 3d
    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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  • 8w, 18h
    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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  • 8w, 5d
    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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  • 9w, 18h
    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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  • 9w, 1d
    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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  • 10w, 19h
    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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  • 10w, 1d
    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 · 165 views
  • 11w, 19h
    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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  • 11w, 19h
    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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  • 13w, 5d
    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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  • 14w, 20h
    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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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 · 105w, 2d ago · · 2 ·

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

#2 · 105w, 2d ago · 2 · 15 ·

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

#3 · 105w, 2d ago · · ·

:c

#4 · 105w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#5 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#13 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d ago · · ·

>>846166

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

#18 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d ago · · 8 ·

>>845936

Sorry, Luna's already taken that spot.

#21 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d ago · 3 · ·

>>845955

> it could still happen.

"Only on the Hub"?

Sorry, I couldn't resist :facehoof:

#23 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d ago · · ·

Hey look a Faust Tweet

#26 · 105w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#27 · 105w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#28 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#34 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 2d 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 · 105w, 1d ago · · ·

Good to know, thanks!

#37 · 105w, 1d ago · · ·

>>845933

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

#38 · 105w, 1d 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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