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  • Tuesday
    What's coming up... *Little Sunny discussion*

    7 comments · 88 views
  • 1w, 2d
    I still function

    Sorry it's taken so long since the last chapter. The next one is almost ready, and should be live by Sunday at the latest. Until then, I will leave you with a small, non-spoilery, out-of-context snippet from the next chapter:

    She spun her chair back to Sunset, the mad gleaming of her eyes blazing through the lenses of her glasses. Sunset could not help but shudder slightly when faced with the insane glare. “Now take off your shoes.”

    ...I am going to Hell, aren't I?

    8 comments · 113 views
  • 1w, 4d
    Twilight, we need to talk...

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  • 1w, 4d
    Another day, another terrorist attack

    In case you've missed it, a series of terrorist attacks have killed over 150 people in Paris, France. We don't know all the facts about why this was done, but I can guarantee that it will be over bullshit. If it's not some Muslim asshole murdering people over their religion, it's some Christian asshole murdering people over their religion. And that's assuming it's not just some bigot who wanted to kill people because they don't like how they look or where they come from. Or it's not just a bunch of fucking psychopaths who want to feel powerful in their final moments by terrifying and murdering people.

    It never ends. It doesn't matter if the borders are open or closed. It doesn't matter whether or not you practice racial or religious profiling. No matter how many people you arm, it won't stop. No matter what precautions you think you've taken, it will never end. People will continue to perpetrate acts of murder against people who they have never seen, who have done nothing to them, and yet must die because of who they are and where they are.

    And we will keep honoring them. The media will keep giving them power by reminding us to be scared. Politicians will weep pretend tears before declaring how brave and wonderful they are, and using these attacks to fuel their own campaigns that will breed even worse terrorists. Those behind these acts will beat their chests and proclaim how strong they are, when all they have done is murdered innocent people that just wanted to have a fun night.

    I am shaking, angry, and frustrated. I once thought humanity was a species that could be great, but when I see things like this happen, I remember that we are freakish monsters that deserve to be destroyed. I have no thoughts of happiness or joy to give. I have nothing but burning contempt for this sick world we have created.

    I'm sorry. I'll take my leave. I really hope tomorrow's episode is at least enjoyable, because fuck knows the world has seen enough shit tonight.

    21 comments · 210 views
  • 2w, 4d
    So, did I like this week's episode?

    ...It was a Discord episode. I hated it.

    I do not like Discord. I cannot stand Discord anymore. I find his antics tiring and annoying. This episode was a bloody chore to sit through. A moral like the one this episode had deserves something better.

    And I'm sorry if that's upsetting to Discord's loyal legions of fans. If you still like him, keep doing so. I will not begrudge you of that enjoyment. But I will say that I have come to hate the character so much that it's started to make me hate every single role John de Lancie has ever played. And that includes Q.

    I feel burned and drained after watching this. I need to go find something better to do.

    13 comments · 220 views
  • 3w, 5d
    Bronies are not the worst fandom anymore

    (Note: Much of this is a final gasp of venting. Things are about to get very angry up in here. You have been warned.)

    There are a lot of fandoms that get attacked as "the worst." The Sonic fandom has historically been a nightmare land of hatred and idiocy. Every console since the 16-bit era has had its share of trollish fans and stubborn defenders. And FiM's fandom has been a good-sized lightning rod for a while. The idea of teenage and adult males liking a "little girl's cartoon" was initially shocking, and even as that shock has largely faded, there are still plenty who view the fandom as nothing more than a bunch of perverts ruining things for children with their porn and hatred. And sometimes those criticisms are deserved. As a fandom, we have sometimes said and done things that are offensive or hurtful, and we need to own up to that.

    But then you have the Steven Universe fandom.

    As I mentioned long ago, back when some very vocal fans decided that FiM fans shouldn't be a part of the SU community, I commented that a segment of that show's fanbase seemed more in love with the inclusiveness and "progressiveness" of the show. And I can't say I completely blame them, given how screwed up the general culture and Internet can be regarding anything that doesn't fit the norm. Where it becomes problematic is how they try to defend the show from anything they perceive to be a threat. In the past, they bullied an artist because they drew Garnet "too light." Before that, they went ballistic because Pearl not liking to eat seemed to conflict with her saying she liked pie in a previous episode.

    And then you have what they more recently did. Namely, a segment of the SU fandom stalked and harassed a young woman to the point where she attempted suicide. What was her crime? She didn't draw Rose Quartz "big enough," cosplayed as characters of a different nationality than her own, and drew a somewhat-questionable picture of Fluttershy as a Native American. For this crime, blogs were dedicated to following her every step, her tumblr was buried in a sea of accusations of bigotry, and when news of her suicide attempt broke, these same people wavered between wishing she had died and trying to track down the hospital so they could keep up the harassment.

    This is already sickening, but even worse is when the show's staff stepped in on her behalf. The suggestion that people should be free to draw what they want was taken as a blanket approval for child porn, gorn, and all of the nasty stuff these "stalwart protectors" had been fighting against. So they turned on the people creating the damn show in the first place, accusing them of everything from racism to pedophilia.

    And all of this was in the name of diversity and equality.

    As a community, we have done some bad things, but this...this boggles the fucking mind. It's not just the bullying that gets me, it's the fucking weaksauce bullshit they use to try and make themselves seem like the victims. A girl tried to end her damn life because you didn't like the way she drew some fictional characters, the creators stepped in because they were upset at what you were doing with their work, and you act like you are the one being targeted by bullies. Maybe some of you had some shit in your lives. That's fine, we all do, and some people have it worse than others. But that doesn't give you the right to act like you're some kind of moral crusader when you behave exactly as vile as the people you should really be fighting against.

    Steven Universe is a good show. I will continue to recommend it to my friends. I will continue to watch it, and enjoy its catchy musical numbers, memorable characters, and engaging storyline. But the community can go die in a fire for all I care at this point. SU is, to date, the worst fandom, and I pray to god that FiM never sinks to this same level of shit. Even at our worst during the Derpygate fiasco, nothing quite compared to this.

    Now if you'll excuse me, I need a drink.

    30 comments · 478 views
  • 4w, 2d
    Me writing...

    Me: Yay, I'm writing. And I've got the best idea...

    Universe: Somebody already did it.

    Me: Huh?

    Universe: Yeah, there's, like, a fic a day uploaded with that same concept.

    Me: Oh. Well, I can do something different with it and...

    Universe: No, because every possible angle has been covered.

    Me: Well...shoot. Still, I can do the best job I can and make it something people will enjoy...

    Universe: You can't. Everyone that's done this is a better writer than you. Except for that one guy, maybe, but the vast majority are smarter, more clever, and better at telling a story than you ever will be.

    And that's when I shut down and stop writing, everyone calls me a liar and cheat for not updating anymore, and I make idiotic self-pitying blog posts in script format. But on the plus side, it's Halloween, so candy.

    16 comments · 185 views
  • 4w, 4d

    We have now seen four of the Mane 6's families. We obviously have Applejack's siblings and grandmother of indeterminate generations. Rarity's parents were first seen back in Season Two, and Sweetie Belle is a member of the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Twilight's parents have never spoken, but we have seen them multiple times, and her brother is married to her babysitter. And now we've seen Pinkie Pie's family in a more extensive light.

    You know what we haven't seen? The pegasus families.

    Yes, Rainbow Dash may have been with her dad in that one scene in "Games Ponies Play," but nothing was ever definitively stated. Meanwhile, Fluttershy's family has never even been mentioned. What happened to them? Did they all die in a tragic weather factory accident? Were they eaten by bears? Did they disown their daughter as a disgrace when she realized her true calling was to be a caretaker for animals? We need answers, dang it.

    ...Also, the episode was good.

    16 comments · 185 views
  • 5w, 2d
    Little Sunny Chapter 2 Follow-Up

    First things first: don't expect updates this quickly. These first two chapters were just a freak occurrence. I am still writing every day, even if it is just a few words, but I can't promise immediate results or a set schedule.

    This chapter and the second both serve to help set up the plot. In the first, we were introduced to the new experiment, got some basic establishment of Sunset and Human Twilight's relationship, and then Sunset got youthenized. This chapter was mostly about getting her out of the school and establishing more of Sunset's current situation. On that end, it was very easy to write conceptually, even if there were a few areas that were rather rough going.

    A massive revision was undertaken for this chapter. Wonder why Rarity was with Twilight when Sunset was found? Well, it was partially because Twilight Sparkle does not appear to have any transport besides a bus, but mostly it was because Sunset was going to stay with Rarity for the first night, and then move to Twilight's place the following night. This would have culminated in Rarity smuggling in fast food to stave off hunger (because Rarity's human parents are just as terrible at cooking as her pony parents are) and Sweetie Belle laughing at Sunset once the truth was revealed via social media. But as I was thinking things out again, I realized all of this was completely superfluous, and while the jokes I and the handsome fellow who I dragged into helping with this were amusing, it was for the best that the story just keep moving forward. Besides, Twilight's the most important secondary character, so it makes sense to keep them close together.

    This helped me shape Twilight's home life more and more. Basically, I looked at Princess Twilight, took as many of her elements that I wanted, and tried to apply them through a human's lens with Human Twilight. Her parents are pretty much completely desensitized to the incredibly weird stuff she does and brings home, and just want her to have friends and be happy. She doesn't get that, though, because she holds herself to an incredibly high standard, which means her parents hold her to an even more impossible standard, and she'll be disowned for the slightest misstep. If this doesn't sound like Pony Twilight, remember that she once brainwashed an entire town because she thought her mentor would banish her back to Magic Kindergarten because she was late with an assignment - which never had a due date to begin with. Human Twilight is just beginning her lessons on friendship, so she doesn't have Princess Twilight's character development yet.

    As for Sunset...well, that was fun and harrowing. Sunset having more childish impulses and a lack of total self-control is just how these stories work, so that was expected. It was when I was rewatching the first two EqG movies and noticing all the times Princess Twilight behaved like a horse in a human body that I got the idea to, more or less, reset her completely. Obviously, this gag will not be omnipresent, as Sunset can relearn human behaviors and master walking, running, and skipping on two legs, but I have plans for it.

    Celestia...well, I can't comment on that without major spoilers, so I won't.

    Overall, I just hope that you are all enjoying this little tale. There is still plenty to come, including Sunset acting adorable, getting Twilight in stereo, and Trixie's evil deeds, and I hope I can keep you all entertained throughout. Thank you for sticking around in spite of my bullshit. I'll see you all down the line.

    1 comments · 104 views
  • 5w, 4d
    I hope everyone got a good last look at Spike

    Because after the events of today's episode, somepony will be getting a nice purple-and-green suitcase.

    Also, it was quite amusing, which is what a Pinkie Pie episode should be. No Season Two Pinkie Pies here.

    15 comments · 267 views
  • 6w, 1d
    Chapter Two is coming....

    Six days after the first went up, I am already about 75% done with the second. Just to pass the time, here's a rough draft preview:

    Sunset Shimmer slowly exited the car, doing her best not to look at either of her friends. For all of her complaining, Rarity had at least found something workable in the store. Sunset had changed from her more grown-up clothing into a pair of faded blue jeans, off-white tennis shoes, and a pink shirt with a yellow, smiling cartoon sun in the middle. She let out a low moan and leaned against the open car door, doing her best not to appear as weak as she felt. “How do I look?”

    “Well, considering where your clothes came from, I suppose you look quite smashing.” Rarity smiled. “Then again, I was the one that picked them out for you. I suppose my eye for fashion works at any price point.”

    Sunset sighed. “...I look like a little kid, don't I?”

    “Well...that's kind of hard to avoid right now,” Twilight said nervously. “I-I mean, it's not like this is permanent or anything. We just need something to...tide us over until we get you back to normal.” She shifted her eyes away from her miniaturized friend. “W-We are getting you back to normal, right?”

    Sunset's free right hand slowly tightened into a fist. She still refused to lift her gaze from the parking lot pavement, but she didn't have to. “Of course we're going to get me back to normal. There is no way I am going to-”

    That was when she let go of the car door.

    Almost immediately, Sunset's legs began to quiver as she tried to orient herself. Her vision seemed to shake as she found herself leaning backwards and forwards at near-random, as if she was a float balloon that had broken free of its cabling. Finally, her right foot scooted against and slid off the ground, sending her tumbling onto the asphalt. Her hands shot out to break the fall, but as they did so they curled themselves into clenched fists and slammed to the ground knuckle-first, eliciting a cry of pain.

    Both Rarity and Twilight were on Sunset in a second, dusting her off and pulling her back up while questioning her about her well-being with the usual platitudes. By this point, though, the girl was having none of it. “I'm fine!” she snapped. “I just lost my-”

    She broke free of her friends' grasp, only to immediately find herself wobbling once again. With a small shout of alarm, Sunset left leg finally gave out and tucked itself into her right, sending her falling backwards onto her rear. And yet again her friends were at her side, albeit this time settling for just kneeling next to her and checking for any bruising or the like on her face.

    “Whatever is the matter, dear?” asked Rarity. “You don't seem to be...young enough to have trouble walking.”

    “Your legs didn't get injured in the explosion, did they?” Twilight's breathing became just the teensiest bit more labored as she spoke. “I mean, we didn't really have time to give you a full physical. Maybe there's some nerve damage, or your bones didn't regress at the same rate, or...”

    “My legs are fine, Twilight,” said Sunset. She winced as she rubbed the injured parts of her body. “And I have no idea what's going on. I haven't felt like this since...”

    Her eyes widened with terror – not the kind brought on by the maelstrom of conflicting emotions and impulses in her mind, but rather what could only come from rational thought and analysis. “I haven't felt like this...since I first stepped through the portal.”

    Now to go back to work.

    4 comments · 98 views
  • 6w, 4d






    (And that was how InsertAuthorHere died. Then he un-died and typed up this blog post.)

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  • 6w, 4d
    Little Sunny Chapter One follow-up

    Hello, all you folks out there. Yes, it is I, InsertAuthorHere, and I have returned...sort of.

    So, the first new big story I start since Waning Moon blew up in my face is yet another age regression story, only now it's about that character I keep writing about, Sunset Shimmer. Remember when I was all about Celestia and Luna and Twilight? Those were good days. But enough reminiscing, let's get to why this story exists.

    Basically, the idea entered my brain, and I couldn't get it out. I had been working on another Sunset Shimmer fic, which would have been one of the many "Sunset is homesick" ones, but put it on hold when I heard that said plot was going to be in the third film. (It ended up being cut, but that's another story, and frankly, I think it's both a loss and an improvement for a couple of reasons.)

    And then I the idea to do another My Little Alicorn-styled story, but with Sunset Shimmer as the victim protagonist. Work started on it before Friendship Games aired, but there were quite a few changes made afterwards to incorporate SciTwi earlier in the story than originally intended. Since she's basically the secondary protagonist, and it gave me more time to try and establish a little bit of their relationship prior to the de-aging, I think it was to the story's benefit. Also, the machine was originally Sunset's creation; with Twilight now a fixture at the start, it was easier to explain and made more sense to have her be the monstrosity's creator.

    Of course, all of this begs one question: why am I writing this? This is the fourth story I've done based around this concept. Well, there's a couple of reasons:

    1. The change in setting helps to establish a bit of a different tone. Things are certainly not going to be grimdark or the like (no mutilations, I promise), but despite the jokes and gags, there is kind of one major difference between the human world and Equestria: until recently, the former had no magic. Nobody has convenient counterspells or quick-fix solutions, and the way magic works is different than how it does in Equestria. So now you have a friend who's been zapped into prepubescence, and you have no idea where to even start fixing her. (Even Twilight in MLA knew what magic was and had leads to work on.)

    2. Nobody's done it. (This is also why I have no cover art; it's really hard to find a picture of a child Sunset Shimmer that isn't probably illegal or being used for Fractured Sunlight, which you should all read because it is just that awesome.)

    3. It's just really fun.

    4. I've hit rock bottom and started digging even deeper, so I need to write to get my mind off of...bad thoughts.

    There are other reasons, but I shall not be getting into them now for fear of spoilers. (Save for the person I've spoiled them to already.)

    I have some good stuff planned, and I am writing something every day. Doesn't matter if it's fifty words or a thousand, but something is going down every day, and I will get this story done. In the words of the worst of Hasbro's 80s villains, "This I command."

    (P.S. Don't eat the Halloween Burger from Burger King. The rumors are true. :pinkiesick:)

    3 comments · 119 views
  • 7w, 3h
    Hopefully it passes moderation

    I just submitted a story to Fimfiction. It's only a first chapter, it's probably not too much to go on, and everyone is going to be pissed once they see the subject matter, but it has been submitted and I must live with the consequences should it pass moderation. Besides, nobody reads my stuff anymore, anyway.

    Also, the comic that came out today was fun and I highly recommend it.

    10 comments · 123 views
  • 7w, 3d
    New episode...

    First you start by mentioning continuity, which makes me happy.

    Then you stick Big Mac in a dress and make the same jokes everyone has made since dresses were invented and designated for women only, which makes me unhappy with your laziness.

    Then you end with one of the most heartfelt moments of the entire series, which makes me confused.

    I want to dislike you for dipping into a style of humor that almost never works, and did not work for me here in the slightest. But I also want to like you for giving Big Mac and Apple Bloom actual development. So....I have no idea where I stand on this one.

    Back to the torture, then.

    6 comments · 185 views
  • 7w, 5d
    I'm doing science and I'm still alive

    Yep, still here. And with a rough draft preview of something...

    Sunset and Twilight watched as their friends shuffled out of the coffee shop. “Well...that could have gone better,” Twilight said with a sigh.

    “I'd say you handled yourself pretty well.” Sunset smiled as she took another sip of her coffee. “Like I said, these girls are wonderful friends. You're really going to love it here.”

    “I know, but...” Twilight paused for a moment, save for stirring a stick in her own coffee. “It's just...a part of me is still nervous. Like...maybe I was better off as it was before...”

    Twilight jumped slightly as she felt something press against her hand. She looked down to see Sunset's fingers wrapped around her own in a tight grip, and then up at the girl's face. In the moment those words had left Twilight's lips, Sunset Shimmer had gone from sunshine and lollipops to rain clouds and maces. “I know how you feel, Twilight. After being alone for so long, it's scary to try and be friends with someone. me when I say that whatever the challenges are, the benefits are far greater.”

    Sunset released her grip, and Twilight scooted her hand away like a nervous crab. “You've been so nice to me, and we've only known each other a week.” She cocked her head. “Why are you doing this?”

    “I have my reasons.” Sunset returned the cocking motion and smiled again. “Besides, look at how much we've accomplished by working together.”

    Twilight smiled and turned her eyes towards the papers on the table. “Yeah, you're right. And I really am grateful for all you girls. Nobody's made me feel this welcome in a long time.”

    That was when a buzzing noise completely shattered the moment. Twilight yelped, reached into her skirt pocket, and pulled out her phone. When she saw what was on the screen, her response was a scream somewhere between stubbing your toe and dropping a sledgehammer on your foot. “It's my parents! They told me to be home an hour ago!”

    Sunset leaned against the table, her eyes cross with a bit of worry. “Just explain you were held up a bit.”

    “No, you don't understand!” Twilight shouted as she jumped from the booth and began shoving papers into her backpack. “Shining's out late tonight, so I was supposed to take the bus home! But the bus will take another forty minutes, at least. So I'll be almost two hours late, and...”

    “Whoa, calm down.” Sunset raised both of her hands, palms facing towards Twilight, just as the junior scientist finished packing her bag. “Like I said, just explain what happened. Maybe they'll be a little mad, but-”

    Unfortunately, no words were piercing Twilight's brain by this point. She simply said a hasty farewell to Sunset and bolted out the door, almost running over an entering Lyra in the process. The thought of chasing after her had crossed Sunset Shimmer's mind, but considering the speed Twilight was moving, coupled with the fear of Celestia her parents had apparently implanted in her, there was no way she would be able to catch up and convince her this wouldn't be the end of the world. She instead just laughed a little at her new friend's behavior and leaned back in her seat. I wonder if you're like that, Princess Twilight.

    She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. It was not so long ago that she was the feared tyrant of Canterlot High School, ruling her subjects through intimidation and manipulation. She had tried to spit in the face of everything her former teacher stood for, but in the end, friendship won. She had wonderful friends, and was lonely no longer. She had the respect of the school, and for the first time had earned it. And now she was close to finally discovering a way to make introducing magic into this world a benefit for everyone, thanks in no small part to the independent research of Twilight Sparkle.

    She sighed. For the first time in my life, I'm starting to feel content.

    What is this project? What is the terrible secret they're hiding? You'll have to stay tuned to find out.

    Or you can re-read the last blog post very carefully.

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  • 8w, 1d
    Should Sunset Shimmer go back?

    Friendship Games has come and gone. I liked it, and I'll have a review up when it hits DVD. (I kind of want to see these fabled "deleted scenes.") But I also have a few comments to make about something that has been brought up a lot, whether it be criticism of the film or just in general:

    Why didn't Sunset Shimmer go back to Equestria?

    The movie's earliest actual trailers showed that part of the film would have reality be ripped a new one, creating portals to Equestria other than the one in the statue's base. Some took this to mean that Sunset would now have to cross into Equestria to resolve the problem, possibly staying there permanently, while Sci-Twi took over as the protagonist of Equestria Girls. Still others just wanted Sunset to go back at the end of the movie as a solution to her homesickness. And even before Friendship Games was announced, Rainbow Rocks generated a lot of interest in somehow getting Sunset Shimmer away from the uplifted primates and back to the pretty, pretty equines. (There were a couple of stories and ideas about her going back after the first film was released, but that movie's ending put a much more definite block on her being able to go back, even if she wanted to.)

    After all, if she's back in Equestria, we can have her show up in Friendship is Magic. She could even join the Mane 6! It would be awesome!

    And I am here to be the misguided wet blanket that ruins everything.

    There are basically four problems with having Sunset Shimmer return to Equestria:

    1) Sunset Shimmer is still a criminal. This is something that's kind of glossed over, seeing as she's only a pony for the very first few minutes of Equestria Girls and that prequel comic, but she's guilty of assault, theft, conspiracy against the throne, and a multitude of other offenses in Equestria alone. That doesn't even include all the stuff she did at CHS during her time as a villain, and the fact that she tried to enslave an entire world to launch an invasion of her homeland. She's guilty as sin on all counts, too. At least in the human world, she can work towards redeeming herself and running out the statute of limitations.

    2) There's a rather unfortunate undercurrent with a lot of these pushes to get Sunset back to Equestria. The first movie was, as many of us have said, not very good. Sunset in particular was a one-dimensional villain who was only interesting because of her backstory and all the potential it had. The second and third films, however, have done a lot to make her a more realized character, almost on par with the Mane 6. So for those who like Sunset Shimmer, but aren't sold on Equestria Girls, taking the best part of those movies and putting it into the show they like means they don't have to sit through humanized ponies anymore. This may not sound too bad, but it does discount all of the other things that make Sunset work, which leads into the third problem...

    3) Sunset Shimmer does not fill a role with Friendship is Magic's Mane 6.

    The Mane 6 is a pretty tight and well-balanced group. Each character has their own character, personality, and quirks that offset those of another and, when used well, help create good comedy and heartfelt moments. Sunset Shimmer is built a similar way, but she's built to bounce off of the rest of the human characters. While there are definite differences between her and Twilight, she's still designed to fill in the same role, especially with the events of Friendship Games. She's the leader, she's the smart one, and she's the one most connected with magic. Trying to cram her into the already-balanced Mane 6 just throws everything off. And if Sunset's just going to be a cameo character, why can't she just visit from Equestria once in a while? Why go through the whole song-and-dance of taking her home permanently?

    And that leads us to the biggest issue:

    4) What does she have to go home to?

    When Sunset left Equestria, she pretty much threw away any future there. She was once Celestia's student, but she lost that because she couldn't keep her ambition under control. She has no friends waiting for her in Equestria, and there isn't any indication that she has a family that particularly misses her. Meanwhile, the human world has six friends she can hang out with, a school that now largely accepts her, and magical mysteries that still need to be unraveled. She may have taken a long time to get there, but she has a place she belongs.

    And besides, pretty much all that world's magical problems are her fault. She introduced Equestrian magic into the human world. The Sirens wouldn't have been such an issue if she hadn't brought in magic. Sci-Twi wouldn't have turned into a knowledge-hungry monster if she hadn't brought in magic. How does it look when you bring potential doom to a world, and then bugger off before you have a chance to fix it? Sunset even alludes to the possibility of other magical dangers in the future. So here, she can still study the way magic works and find a way to help make up for her mistake. She can make an actual difference.

    Why should she give that up just because she's a little homesick about a home that no longer offers anything to her?

    I should clarify that I don't mean that Sunset should never go back to Equestria. I want to see a one-shot episode where she visits and reconciles things with Celestia, if only so that I can count it as being technically a Celestia episode. (Which is why it will never happen, because Celestia shall never get an episode.) Nor do I think Sunset is a bad character. She's become much better since the failed introduction in the first movie, and she's possibly my favorite character in the franchise right now. But until something happens in the plot that actually justifies her going back to Equestria, I think she'll be just fine where she is.


    Speaking of which, I have been sadly inspired again. So, shall it be the tongs, the rack, or the MLA treatment?

    22 comments · 305 views
  • 8w, 4d
    I felt a great disturbance in the Force... if millions of Applejack headcanons suddenly cried out in terror, and then were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

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  • 8w, 5d
    Season Five Episode Reviews: Rarity Investigates!

    It's week two of Rarity Domination Month. This time, the fashion pony who loves fashion and designing fashionable going to play detective. Okay.

    This is “Rarity Investigates.”


    Season: 5

    Episode: 16

    Written By: Meghan McCarthy, M.A. Larson, Joanna Lewis & Kristine Songco (Story); Joanna Lews & Kristine Songco (Written)

    First Aired: September 19, 2015


    Rarity is back in her Canterlot boutique to set up a display for her new fashion line, which is based on the hardboiled detective Shadow Spade. She just barely finishes in time for Rainbow Dash to barge in and knock everything over. The rainbow mare is in Canterlot as a member of the Wonderbolts reserve; the team is performing for a garden opening, and she's serving as a replacement in case one of the members is unable to make it. Part of the gig is attending a dinner party with the rest of the Wonderbolts, so she invites Rarity to join as her guest. The pony that doesn't slam doors open and knock everyone's work over agrees, and takes the opportunity to show off one of the dresses from her noir line.

    The party is largely going without a hitch, at least until Rarity picks up on the smell of a particular cologne. The smell belongs to Wind Rider, a retired Wonderbolt who holds the long-distance speed record. Rarity is charmed, and Rainbow Dash is starstruck to be so close to one of her idols. Spitfire then shows up and praises Rainbow Dash's skills, even commenting that she may one day break Wind Rider's record. The veteran excuses himself, Rarity's outfit is ruined (thankfully she carries spares), and she agrees to watch the team practice with Dash.

    The next day, it turns out that Spitfire received a letter stating her mother was seriously ill, and had departed to check on her. Since she wouldn't be able to perform in this circumstance, Soarin asks Rainbow Dash to serve as her substitute. Dashie is obviously overjoyed at the prospect, to the point of doing a little victory dance, but soon after practice resumes Spitfire's mother sits down next to Rarity. The letter Spitfire received was fake, and seems to have been intended to get her out of the way of the performance. And all of the Wonderbolts immediately suspect Dash...who proceeds to make things worse by describing how she's always dreamed about flying with Wind Rider and the rest of the team. Still, Soarin agrees to give her a chance to prove her innocence – if she can't, however, she's out of the Wonderbolts forever.

    That's when Rarity, having completely lost herself in her new line, decides to investigate as a detective, complete with vocalizing her inner thoughts and seeing everything in black-and-white. She and Dash first investigate the latter's suite, where they discover rainbow hairs on the envelope. They next interview the guards, who eventually admit to taking a quick break to eat some chocolate cake. The cake's baker recalls that the pony who bought it got their scarf ruined by the frosting. And all throughout this, Rainbow Dash grows increasingly frantic about how little Rarity seems to care, and how all of the evidence is still pointing towards her.

    Finally, Rarity returns to the Wonderbolts, where she reveals the culprit's identity: Wind Rider. The hairs in the envelope were obviously cut, the curtain in the hallway was obviously disturbed, the letter smelled on his cologne, and most damning of all, his scarf has the chocolate stain from when he bumped it against the cake. Wind Rider finally admits his crimes; he wanted to make certain that Rainbow Dash never beat his record, so he set out to crush her dreams. Rainbow Dash is pissed that one of her idols tried to betray her like that, and the Wonderbolts, for once, agree. After learning where Spitfire was dispatched, Dash charges off to find her, the two returning just in time for the show. Spitfire dishonorably discharges Wind Rider from the Wonderbolts, and Rainbow Dash gets to fly in his place.

    Case closed.


    “Rarity Investigates” is one of those episodes built more around a theme than anything else. Someone wanted to do a noir-themed episode, they picked out characters to fill the necessary roles, and threw in some written and visual references to the genre. Voila, you've got an episode. And yet this one largely succeeds because it doesn't just stop at making the ponies play out a detective story, if only because they already did that back in “MMMMystery on the Friendship Express.” It manages to prop itself up by making good use of its characters and theme, mingling the two together in just the right way to make everything enjoyable without being overbearing.

    Part of what makes this episode enjoyable is that it features a pairing we normally don't see: Rainbow Dash and Rarity. As many have pointed out, the only other episode where the two have largely interacted without being with the rest of the Mane 6 was “Sonic Rainboom” way back in Season One, and even then Rarity was mostly serving as the antagonist by making Rainbow Dash's confidence problems worse. Here, the two are given more time to just interact and work off each other, and it's quite a bit of fun. Rainbow Dash is determined to prove her innocence, and like most things in life, she tries to take a blunt approach to resolving the problem. Rarity, meanwhile, is more patient and inquisitive, as well as easily distracted by seemingly minor details. The way Dash becomes increasingly unhinged and frustrated with Rarity delving into what appears to be pointless topics is amusing, but we're also allowed to see her loyalty on display as she nearly gives up a position in the performance (even after Wind Rider's betrayal) in order to bring back Spitfire.

    Out of all the Mane 6, Rarity fits the mold of a noir detective the most. While Twilight might have more book smarts, Rarity has frequently been shown to have an eye for detail, which ends up serving her well here, and her knowledge of fashion helps her put the clues together in a way few others would think of in that situation. The only reason Twilight fit better in “MMMMystery” is because she works better off of Pinkie than Rarity does. (That, and Rarity was guilty as sin in that episode. False eyelashes, you monster...) Noir is also a look and an attitude, and Rarity excels at both. She can be cunning while just as easily favoring direct confrontation, and she knows how to get her way.

    One of the weaknesses with doing this on a child-friendly cartoon, however, is that you're limited in just how deep you can make the mystery. This isn't some season-spanning arc; it's one episode of the writers indulging in noir tropes. Wind Rider is incredibly obvious as the villain – he's got a unique design, he's cast in a prominent role immediately, and he obviously doesn't care much for this talk of Dash beating his record. Perhaps a more complex mystery with some red herrings and other potential masterminds would have been more of a brain-teaser, but I feel that the mystery really isn't the focus of the episode. Rather, it's about Rarity getting to play a different type of character while still remaining herself, Rainbow Dash once again showing herself to be a loyal and awesome pony, and the writers having fun bouncing the two around in a world of black-and-white filters and very loud inner monologues.

    The Wonderbolts, once again, come off pretty bad...but it's not quite the same as it was in “Rainbow Falls.” In that episode, they were perfectly willing to betray and manipulate a team member simply to screw Ponyville over and guarantee themselves victory. Here, everyone is quick to finger Rainbow Dash, but the evidence is pretty strong against her (at least until Rarity uses her own background, which the Wonderbolts likely don't share, to dismiss them) and Dash is...well, not helping herself. To compare this to another thing, the 2014 Holiday Special had Sunset Shimmer be similarly accused of humiliating her friends based on what appeared to be actual evidence, but that comic fell flat on its face because there was absolutely no motive for Sunset to do what she did other than that one time she turned into a demon. (No offense.) Rainbow Dash, meanwhile, brags about how she dreamed about flying with the Wonderbolts and Wind Rider...which is exactly the thing she would be doing now that Spitfire was gone. So now you have motive, you have means, and you have opportunity.

    And to their credit, the Wonderbolts do give Dash a chance to prove she wasn't involved, and are plenty upset with Wind Rider when they discover he sabotaged their performance for the sake of preserving his record. The Wonderbolts lost their way, no doubt, but it seems like they're starting to get back on track, especially with Rainbow Dash's help.


    This episode is fun, plain and simple. It's not a deep character study or the like, but it's still an enjoyable bit of fluff about marshmallow pony solving a basic crime, all while featuring a pairing that is not seen very often in the show. Well done, you massive gathering of writers.

    Next time, we see a pairing that has been done, as Rarity and Applejack go back to Manehatten to aid Coco Pommel.

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    So, about that episode leak...

    It's a stock Fluttershy episode where her fears are exaggerated to the point of insanity simply to make the plot work, with a much better second half where it remembers to actually do something with the cast other than have Fluttershy ruin their fun, and is tempered throughout with references and callbacks to previous episodes and fan stuff.

    There. I just spared you all six weeks of waiting.

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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, 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 · 144w, 1d ago · · 2 ·

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

#2 · 144w, 1d ago · 2 · 15 ·

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

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#4 · 144w, 1d ago · · ·

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

#5 · 144w, 1d 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 · 144w, 1d 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 · 144w, 1d 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 · 144w, 1d 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 · 144w, 1d 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 · 144w, 1d 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 · 144w, 1d 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 · 144w, 1d ago · · ·

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

#13 · 144w, 1d 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 · 144w, 1d ago · 4 · ·





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 · 144w, 1d 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 · 144w, 1d 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 · 144w, 1d ago · · ·


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

#18 · 144w, 1d ago · · ·


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 · 144w, 1d 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 · 144w, 1d ago · · 8 ·


Sorry, Luna's already taken that spot.

#21 · 144w, 1d ago · 2 · ·


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.


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 · 144w, 1d ago · 3 · ·


> it could still happen.

"Only on the Hub"?

Sorry, I couldn't resist :facehoof:

#23 · 144w, 1d 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 · 144w, 1d ago · · ·


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 · 144w, 23h ago · · ·

Hey look a Faust Tweet

#26 · 144w, 23h ago · · ·

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

#27 · 144w, 23h ago · · ·

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

#28 · 144w, 23h 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 · 144w, 23h 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 · 144w, 22h 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 · 144w, 21h 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 · 144w, 20h 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 · 144w, 20h ago · · ·

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

#34 · 144w, 19h 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 · 144w, 19h 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 · 144w, 17h ago · · ·

Good to know, thanks!

#37 · 144w, 12h ago · · ·


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

#38 · 144w, 4h ago · · ·



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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