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  • Tuesday
    I'm sorry I posted that

    I promise, I won't let it happen again.

    Again, sorry.

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  • Saturday
    Season Six Episode Review: Every Little Thing She Does

    Hello, and welcome to another Starlight episode. Not much to say about this one. The former villain does evil things, everypony suffers, and she is instantly forgiven. Pretty much every post-redemption FiM episode ever. So if you'll excuse me, I'll be dealing with this giant magic energy ball that just appeared in front of-

    *FLASH*

    Ah, yes, this glorious episode! Let us look at “Every Little Thing She Does” and bask in the eternal glory that is Starlight Glimmer!


    TECHNICAL SPECS:

    Who cares? It's a Starlight Glimmer episode! That's all that's important!


    REVIEW:

    We open with a showcase of Starlight Glimmer's superiority to that pathetic excuse of a princess, Twilight Sparkle. She can teleport across the world, create impenetrable magic shields, and speed herself up so much that she can be in two places at once. Can Twilight do that? Perhaps, but she's so weak-minded and uncreative that she can't fathom using her magic in such a way. Her inability to think outside the box is why Celestia was able to convince her “Friendship” is something that requires a monarch.

    Alas, she is desperate to prove her worth to Equestria's glorious overlord, so she forces Starlight to abandon her important work researching new spells to make Equestria more efficient and wonderful to instead waste time with her friends. Perhaps they could go to another isolated village and ruin their leader's life. Starlight, of course, wants nothing to do with it, but she needs to keep up appearances or she will end up out on the street, away from the resources necessary to help Equestria. Of course, things don't work out initially, so she decides to improve the Mane 6 with magic. More particularly, mind control.

    Of course, things don't work out again, but that's new magic for you. Not even the exceptionally-skilled and brilliant Starlight Glimmer can expect to get everything right the first try. The five ponies are compelled to follow Starlight's instructions, but because stripping them of that pesky free will also made them mindlessly obedient, they follow the letter of Starlight's orders over the intent. Not that there is much of a difference when it comes to these fools. Why, I have it on good authority that they once ruined Rainbow Dash's life because they didn't like her bragging and abandoned Twilight Sparkle because she was accusing ponies of being evil without actual proof besides her possessive lunatic ramblings! Such awful ponies...

    Because the orders were taken literally, the castle is set on fire, and subsequently flooded to put the flames out. Now, it was Twilight's friends that started the fire and caused irreparable water damage that will completely tank the castle's resale value, but who gets blamed? STARLIGHT! She was trying to make Equestria better, which is more than I can say for you, Princess Twilight! Perhaps you can jump through the mirror and cry into your boyfriend's chest some more. Yes, we know about you and Mister Beastiality. Shame on both of you!

    Starlight, alas, must now pretend to make amends, lest she be cast out. She makes the excuse that she was afraid to try and fail new things, which is why she couldn't make friends. Excusing the fact that this lesson was also tacked onto a previous episode, Starlight doesn't NEED to make new friends. She has Sunburst, after all! And she had PLENTY of friends in her old village, at least until Twilight Sparkle showed up. So anyway, the apology works, Starlight is forgiven, she learns about friendship, and everypony chillaxes with the coolest pony around.


    CONCLUSION:

    Starlight Glimmer should be Equestria's true fourth princess, not that twerp Twilight Sparkle! She is powerful, knowledgeable, and doesn't drive her friends' friends to attempted suicide! She is...

    Hey, what's this other big magic ball doing...

    *FLASH*

    Ugh...my head feels like it's going to explode. Wh-Where was I? Oh, right....this episode was blah. Some good humor, but Starlight really crossed the line with the whole brainwashing thing. It's cool that everyone was at least initially angry, but they forgave her way too quickly for that slip-up. Also not liking how ridiculously overpowered she is compared to everypony else, especially Twilight.

    .

    I-I think I need to lie down for a minute. Anyway...blah episode, do better next time.


    Don't cry for me, I'm already dead.

    15 comments · 279 views
  • 1w, 11h
    Today was Sunset Shimmer Day

    Probably should have had something planned or ready. Chapter's still not done because I'm horrible, new fics aren't done because I'm horrible, old fics aren't done because I'm you-get-the-idea...

    Um...

    Sunset Shimmer is...cool, I guess? No, everyone already knows that.

    Uh...

    ...

    Okay, I got nothing. Hope everyone enjoyed the flurry of Sunset Shimmer material. Here's hoping she one day hops over to the show for a quick cameo. And right after that, a Celestia episode. Too bad the Earth will explode two months before either of those events occur.

    1 comments · 73 views
  • 1w, 5d
    Season Six Episode Review: Viva Las Pegasus

    Well, that was a nice vacation from reviewing. But the coconut drinks and sandy beaches must end sometime, so it's back to the weekly grind. And just in time for a new map episode, to boot.

    This is “Viva Las Pegasus.”


    TECHNICAL SPECS:

    Season: 6

    Episode: 20

    Written By: Kevin Burke and Chris Wyatt

    First Aired: September 17, 2016


    REVIEW:

    Once again, the ponies have been summoned by the Magic Friendship Map of Magical Friendship Magic to go solve some vaguely-designed problem. And this time, the odd couple is Applejack and Fluttershy – a pony whose work ethic borders on suicidal, and a pony who thinks large crowds are a barbarian horde. And they're being shipped off to Las Pegasus, Equestria's resort playground. The map is a cruel and merciless god, indeed.

    The center of this week's episode is Gladmane, a pony with the hairstyle and vague voice mannerisms of Elvis Presley. He presents himself as a loving fellow who wants to be everyone's friend, especially if they spend money at his resort. He's even willing to hire Flim and Flam, the notorious tricksters who, having squandered the one thing they had that actually worked, have been reduced to selling tickets for Cirque du Soleil and magic shows. And they are competing against each other...and hate each other. In fact, pretty much every pair, from the circus performer and their director to the Siegfried and Roy stand-ins, hate their partner with a passion. Of course, this all turns out to be Gladmane's actual goal: if everyone is busy distrusting and hating each other, but loving him, they will continue to work for him and draw in the crowds – and with them, the money.

    Sounds like a certain other Vegas-affiliated fellow...

    Las Pegasus itself is supposed to be modeled on Las Vegas, but any actual gambling is strangely absent. I can figure that Hasbro would be squeamish about showing Applejack blowing the family savings on a game of Craps, but they did show Pinkie and dogs playing poker before, so perhaps the reference was just too on-the-nose this week. Instead, the resort is played more like a Circus Circus kind of thing, with an emphasis on arcades and stage shows. However, I forgive this because the episode confirms that skeeball exists in Equestria. And skeeball is awesome, so that's perfectly fine.

    Applejack is obviously rather hostile towards the idea of helping Flim and Flam. After nearly losing the farm to them and then getting suckered into being their snake oil salespony, it's understandable that she views them as being worse than Tirek. Fluttershy obviously gravitates towards helping them, but it seems like it's mostly because they're the most obvious problem. Indeed, Applejack's refusal is what allows her to uncover the other issues Gladmane was covering up, which in turn gives Fluttershy the idea to use the two against him. The episode does a good job working the two off each other and the situation, and highlights their individual strengths as it pertains to the con at the end. Flim and Flam are also given a chance to shine, but unlike so many of the other villain reappearances, it's made very clear at the end that they have not changed their ways.

    The rest of the background cast is likewise enjoyable. They are all fairly standard Vegas stand-ins, but they work to help carry the story along and have their own enjoyable little quirks and quibbles. They aren't given a lot of focus, but they are still fun to watch.

    The scheme they use to take down Gladmane is rather basic, but it works. Fluttershy as Impossibly Rich is amusing, and the way the plan turns out to be a plan-within-a-plan was at least better than Gladmane failing to notice an obvious microphone in front of him. Indeed, if he had fallen for something that obvious, it would have cast doubt on how he could have kept his initial charade going as long as he did. I also loved how his statue got torn down Saddam-style at the end.

    About the only issue I had was with Applejack saying that she never lied. She has, in fact, lied to others, whether directly or with half-truths. Heck, her Key Episode back in Season Four was all about Applejack lying, and one of the future episodes is about her lies apparently killing her parents. (Or not, because they would never do that, but this fandom just wants to see some dead parents, damn it.)

    CONCLUSION:

    I really, really liked this episode. The characters are great, the setting is fun, and the story is simple but charming. It's not a heavy or majorly important episode, but it's definitely one of the best map ones across these last two seasons, and is one of the few episodes so far this season I can see myself watching multiple times. Definitely recommended.


    Next time, Starlight returns. Didn't even know you were gone.

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  • 2w, 1d
    Remember how I was supposed to be getting back into writing?

    Apparently that was short lived.

    Anyway, still working on the next chapter. Here's a snippet:

    The first thing Sunset did upon stepping outside was take a deep breath. The clean morning air, still cold and heavy with dew, had an absolutely intoxicating effect upon her little lungs. The last lingering traces of post-waking depression melted away as her muscles relaxed. As much as she might have fought against the shopping excursion the previous day, the new blouse Rarity had picked out made her feel renewed against the dull breeze. She might have continued to stand still and enjoy that moment had a purple paw not prodded her leg, snapping her back to reality. “A-hem!”

    Sunset's eyes turned down towards Spike. The puppy's collar was now connected to a leash, which was in turn wrapped around Sunset's right hand. The puppy eyed the girl with no small amount of impatience. “Oh...right, sorry,” she said, her words sprinkled with a bit of nervous giggling. She tightened her grip around the leash and took a few steps forward. Sensing that the ritual had begun, Spike darted ahead of the girl. In an instant, Sunset felt the leash suddenly go tight in her hands, and Spike let out a small yelp as his forward mobility suddenly ceased, leaving him standing frustrated on the front lawn.

    Everything was sufficiently prepared. “Alright, little pup!” she said, her voice dripping with near-Pinkie levels of enthusiasm. “Where are we going?”

    Spike turned his head to the left, then the right, and back to the left. “I'm thinking...that way,” he said, pointing a paw towards the distant, leftward horizon.

    Sunset looked down the street. There was nothing particularly special about it, seeing as it was just another row of little houses and yards. “Any...particular reason?”

    “Nah, but Twilight and I usually just go about anywhere. And today, that way looks fine.”

    “I...guess that reason's as good as any.” Sunset shrugged and smiled at the eager puppy. “Let's go!”

    Spike barked out an agreement and began scampering down the sidewalk. Sunset tightened her grip on the leash and followed along, humming one of the Rainbooms tunes under her breath as she did so.

    Sorry.

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  • 5w, 5d
    Taking a few weeks off reviewing

    Sorry, but I won't be posting reviews the next couple of weeks. I'm going to try and focus on getting the next chapter out.

    Yes, focusing purely on the next chapter.

    Nothing to do with World of WarCraft.

    Yep, back to recycling the same premise I've worn into the ground while making all you Trixie fans hate me. (And you will after the next chapter.)

    And now if you'll excuse me, I must continue leveling alts - I MEAN WRITE. WRITING. WRITING CHAPTER.

    6 comments · 85 views
  • 6w, 5d
    Season Six Episode Review: 28 Pranks Later

    ...Testing, testing...

    I don't know if anyone out there will ever see this. I don't know if there's anyone still out there, period. They came without warning, destroying everything in their wake to sate their hunger. I barely managed to fight them off and barricade myself in this utility shed. They know I'm in here, and it's only a matter of time before they try to break in.

    In the meantime, I've still got some rounds left for my shotgun, and enough food to last a few days. After that...

    On the plus side, I was able to locate evidence of who was responsible for this outbreak. It was cleverly hidden in an episode of a child's cartoon. I've rigged up the generator to power the television, and with luck, we will soon know the monster that did this and bring her to justice. I might as well review the episode, as well. Nothing better to do, and it gets my mind off the rotting zombie pony corpses.

    This is “28 Pranks Later.”


    TECHNICAL SPECS:

    Season: 6

    Episode: 15

    Written By: Meghan McCarthy (story), F.M. De Marco (writing)

    First Aired: August 13, 2016


    REVIEW:

    I might as well reveal it: the culprit was Rainbow Dash. I always knew she would be the one to bring about the end of the world, assuming Pinkie didn't blow it up with a party bomb or Rarity remembered the fashion of the 1980s and committed global genocide as penance. It's actually been a pretty good while since we really saw “Master Prankster” Dash, and her early reign of terror has a distinct Season One feel to it. (Including a variation on one of the pranks from “Griffon the Brush-Off.” Celestia's extra hour in the scroll pit was money well spent.) That being said, the initial conflict (Rainbow pulling a rather mean-spirited prank on Fluttershy) can feel out-of-character...except that Dash is still a jerk this many seasons later.

    But wait, wasn't she unwilling to prank Fluttershy back in the aforementioned griffon episode? Yes...but only after Pinkie Pie told her it was going too far. Before that, she was more than willing to terrify her yellow Pegasus fillyhood friend...who, let's be honest, wasn't her friend at all until retcons set in. In any case, Dash's jerkass nature is exaggerated this episode, but in a way, so is Fluttershy's timidness (which she has been shown as mostly over in episodes previous) and Pinkie Pie's exuberance for Dash's pranking spree.

    I'm still willing to forgive the episode, though, because the pranks were little bits of genius. The sewing machine cake, Rainbow somehow getting Applejack's bed in the pig pen, the chalkboard gag – all of them are actually funny, even if the message is clear that the other ponies aren't laughing. The brick sandwich is crossing the line, though.

    When the episode's synopsis was announced, there was a small uproar that it was going to be “Mysterious Mare-Do-Well” all over again. And in some ways, the episode follows that particularly reviled piece of writing's formula. The crucial difference, though, is that the Mane 6 don't jump from thinking their friend is getting a big ego to some crazy scheme. They try multiple times to talk to her, but Dash is too much of a jerk to really care. The pranks are fun for her, so they must be fun for everypony, right?

    And all of this leads us to Rainbow Dash dooming the world. And she does so in the most horrible way: she ruins the Filly Guide Cookies. And since these are analogous to the Girl Scouts and their delicious, decadent treats, I must oppose this on every level. DO NOT MESS WITH GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!

    Anyway, Rainbow Dash replaces the cookies with prank ones that give ponies rainbow lips. Pinkie tries some when she initially attempted to talk her down...and then tries some more. And then becomes sick, only feeling better when she's eating the cookies. Rainbow Dash, even when given a sign that her prank will backfire, goes ahead with her prank, and everypony in town soon has the infected cookies. By the time night falls, Ponyville has gone completely quiet...because now everypony is infected with what I will call the C-Virus, an infectious disease that destroys brain tissue and reduces its victims to drooling beasts that crave only cookies. There have been attempts to cure it, but the closest was wasted on a hairy blue blob, and even that only reduced his craving for cookies to a “sometimes food.”

    From this point on, the episode goes full-blown zombie apocalypse, albeit with an obvious G-rating. We get all the classic tropes, from friends and loved ones becoming the undead, to the zombies hiding in otherwise abandoned houses, to multiple takes of Dash approaching somepony from behind only for them to turn out to be zombified already. While a fairly standard take on things, it's still quite a bit of fun...at least until you start living it, like I have. And now that they've cornered Rainbow Dash, the dead shall finally know vengeance...

    Wait, this was a prank?

    Yes, the entire “zombie apocalypse” was a massive prank designed to finally, finally break through Dash's thick skull that not everypony likes to be terrified. It's a rather meh lesson, truth be told, but it's about as well-constructed here as it probably could hope to be. At least there are no hard feelings.


    FINAL THOUGHTS:

    This was an enjoyable, if not outstanding, episode. The zombie ponies were funny, Dash's pranks were amusing, and while the lesson was weak and the characters a bit flanderized, nothing really stood out enough to disrupt the episode. Overall, it's probably the best of Season Six's second half so far.


    Now if you'll excuse me, I'm probably wanted for multiple acts of pony murder. I'll be laying low for a while. Hopefully this will all blow over in time for the Changelings to make their return.

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  • 7w, 5d
    Season Six Episode Review: The Cart Before the Ponies

    It's Cutie Mark Crusader time again. Still freed from their repetitive episode structure, can the little darlings captivate the audience once again as they compete in derby racing?


    TECHNICAL SPECS:

    Season: 6

    Episode: 14

    Written By: Ed Valentine and Mike Vogel

    First Aired: August 6, 2016


    REVIEW:

    The episode opens with something absolutely stunning: Cheerilee actually doing her job. She opens with a quick introduction to Physics, which obviously flies over the heads of what amounts to an elementary school classroom, before segueing into a discussion of the Applewood Derby. Thus the class gets to participate in a fun activity (to an extent – designing and racing an entire cart in one day would be torture for someone as ineffectual as myself) that helps lay the groundwork for a greater understanding of how the world works. And then Cheerilee gives the actual school lesson anyway, because she's a teacher and therefore must balance her love for her students with her burning desire for revenge.

    Because the Applewood Derby gives prizes for being the fastest, the most traditional, and the most creative, the CMC naturally drift towards their older siblings/sister figures for help. The CMC actually want to go for things outside of their usual skill sets, but the adults want to live vicariously through them and force them to go the stock route, taking over the project entirely and even driving the carts themselves. This destroys the race, prompting the CMC to finally tell them off for being jerks. A lesson is learned, everyone is happy, and the race is re-ran with only the foals.

    It might sound like I'm just narrating the episode to you. That's because I am, and that's because this episode was just dull. Actually, scratch that: the CMC were dull here, while the Mane 6 representatives were just aggravating. About the only one that doesn't get a full rant is Rainbow Dash, because she is at least overwhelmingly egotistical and likely to shut out Scootaloo's complaints in order to relive her youth. (Plus, Scootaloo's design is based on an old meme and therefore sucks like she now does. Sit in the corner of shame, young lady.)

    Rarity at least has a funny setup for her reason: namely, getting a chance to make up for a failure in her past. (And losing a creativity competition to Derpy is certainly a failure.) After that, though, she's just as boring as the rest of the episode. She and Sweetie Belle seem to have the least amount of time arguing over the direction the cart is taking, which seems to defeat the point of the episode a bit. Plus, she also turns out to be obsessed with coming in first place considering her attempts to block off the other carts with her swan wings. So while Rainbow's wheel coming off is what triggers the crash, Rarity blocking the lane contributes greatly to the resulting carnage.

    And then there's Applejack. Oh Sweet Heavenly Celestia, what happened to Applejack? Obviously, the Apples are going to be tied to “tradition;” after all, they perpetuate a racist town ritual, constantly undersell their cider to avoid damaging quality, and just earlier this season Applejack worked herself into exhaustion doing things she no longer needed to do because it's what she had always done. But whereas the other two are dismissive of the CMC's attempts to actually take charge of their own school project, Applejack is outright hostile towards any attempt to jazz up her old buggy. She doesn't even attempt to win the race itself, deliberately making the cart as slow as possible so as to be as old-fashioned as possible. She even implies that if Apple Bloom goes against her wishes, she won't be a “real” member of the family, a possibility that terrified Apple Bloom a season ago. I'm happy we have Applejack doing things besides running around her farm, but can we please stop scooping out her brains every time we need her in a slightly antagonistic role?

    So in the end, the adults ruin it for the children, just like in real life. The lesson is about how it's difficult to speak up to grown-ups, and how it's still necessary when they're behaving like butts. Good lesson, but very iffy execution. There was also a song, but it's very forgettable and is mostly there to try and liven up the actual race.

    Something else that kind of bugs me: the three adult ponies have almost no interaction with each other. It's not until the very end that they seem to acknowledge each others' existence. This feels like a lost story opportunity. Perhaps the three could have gotten into a squabble that helped highlight how immature they were all behaving. Maybe they could have been supporting friends for their non-competing goals, further reinforcing their unwitting undermining of their partners. Or even better, the CMC could have actually split off from their uncaring mentors and jumped into the carts they actually wanted to race.  (Sweetie Belle with Applejack, Scootaloo with Rarity, and Apple Bloom with Rainbow Dash.) I know I should judge an episode by what it is and not what it could have been, but that's what happens when you get such a boring episode. Bad episodes make me upset. Good episodes make me happy. Dull episodes make me wish for something better.

    FINAL THOUGHTS:

    Overall, this was just kind of a mundane, slightly-below average outing for the show. The only part I found especially bad was how Applejack was handled. Some of the jokes were amusing, but overall the episode just felt rather boring.


    Next time, we have zombies. Grab your shotguns, folks. It's time to put some sick horses down...

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  • 8w, 5d
    Season Six Episode Review: Stranger than Fan Fiction

    The pony drought is finally over. Hasbro and DHX have return with a treasure trove of new episodes, delivered weekly by the cruel overlords of Discovery Family, save for the occasional leak because Netflix is silly. And what is our first fantastic pony adventure?

    Oh, it's a sequel to that episode that made Daring Do real.

    I'll be in the car.


    TECHNICAL SPECS:

    Season: 6

    Episode: 13

    Written By: Josh Haber and Michael Vogel

    First Aired: July 30, 2016


    REVIEW:

    “Stranger than Fan Fiction,” as mentioned above, is more-or-less a sequel episode to “Daring Don't,” which was in turn a sequel episode to “Read It and Weep,” which was a sequel to “The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000” because it was the next episode. Daring-Do has gone from a fiction-within-a-fiction to an actual pony in Equestria, much to the enjoyment of some and distaste of others. And I myself am very much in the latter category. Coupled with Season Six's heavy fanservice, I was dreading this episode.

    Much like “Daring Don't,” the focus of the episode is split between an actual adventure and meta commentary on fan behavior. “Stranger,” however, focuses much more on the meta side of the equation, and as such comes out the stronger for it. The convention is pretty much any convention, Brony or otherwise, that you have ever been to or seen, complete with cosplayers, overpriced merchandise, fun and activities for fans of all ages, and workers that lament the poor life choices that led to them serving Daring Do-themed beverages to people in cardboard costumes. Heck, they even show body pillows for sale, which are one of the few things I find absolutely too cringe-worthy for my tastes. (But still fine as long as there isn't a hole in it.”

    And that brings us to Quibble Pants, voiced by Patton Oswalt. I'm just going to post this up here to give a clue how wonderfully this works.


    The early synopsis for the episode had Quibble Pants hating Daring Do, which made it weird that he would attend a convention dedicated to her. Turns out he doesn't hate Daring Do...he just hates everything past the “original trilogy,” and is just at the convention to ask A.K. Yearling why she dared to dumb down her books after that point. He pretty much personifies the type of fan that cherry picks what's canon and not, to the point that Rainbow Dash even mentioning the names of the later books causes him pain. Of course, this is opposed to Rainbow Dash, who practically breathes the entire series and enjoys the later books just fine. It also doesn't help that he finds the “bad” books too unrealistic, which pushes Rainbow Dash into almost breaking the masquerade by begging A.K. Yearling to show that she's Daring Do.

    The adventure part of the episode is largely similar to last time. Caballeron (who is amusingly disgusted with his arch-nemesis getting her own convention) is out to recover a treasure from an ancient temple, and needs the key Daring Do has hidden on her person. He kidnaps Rainbow Dash and Quibble Pants to serve as hostages, forcing the two to find the temple first. Daring Do saves the day, the three recover the treasure, and all is well. What makes it work is Quibble Pants' cynical breakdown of everything, from claiming Caballeron's accent is obviously fake to pointing out the ridiculousness of the entire scheme, which he compares to the post-original trilogy books he despises. And Rainbow Dash is along for the ride, suffering his endless fan rants while fighting back the urge to snap his neck and dump his body where the scavengers can feast on it.

    About the only annoying thing is that they keep playing up Quibble's smarts. He figures out the lock tying them together in seconds, and is able to solve the final puzzle before Daring Do can. To be fair, they establish that the series appealed to him because of Daring Do's cleverness in the early titles, which was downplayed for the more action-oriented flavor that Rainbow Dash appreciates. The moral even plays on this, with both agreeing to disagree on the series as a whole while still appreciating and understanding why the books speak to them. I just wish Quibble wasn't so insufferable when he was casually solving everything, because the episode is a lot funnier when he's being shown up or confusing the villains with his ramblings.

    Also, the end credits rant? Loved it. Apparently, it was improvised by Oswalt, and pokes fun at the highest hubris of fandom: when the fans claim that they can do it better than the creator. (At least Quibble's problem wasn't because A.K. Yearling contradicted his fanfiction or something stupid like that.)

    Unfortunately, Rainbow Dash is kind of shut out by the special guest star and the antics going around her. For the most part, she's just there to play off of Quibble, and while she does that well, it feels a bit underwhelming. The opening scene with Twilight, however, was a lovely bit of fluff that anyone who's really wanted to go to a con but couldn't could relate to. Plus, more Friendship Summits. How many of those do they need again? And can someone please make sure Twilight gets some sleep this time around? The last time this happened, we got a Spike episode, and we don't want that, now do we?

    By far my favorite thing about the episode, though, is that it laughs at fandom nonsense without coming down as judgmental or shameful. The ponies at the convention are just having a good time celebrating a work they love, and as both Rainbow Dash and Quibble Pants show, the Daring Do books have touched and spoken to them in different ways. About the only bit of shaming that happens is over the bondage-themed pillow, and even that's mostly met with a chuckle and eye roll. Much like the nerd fight from “Daring Don't,” there's a general acknowledgment that this is all kind of silly, but it's all in good fun.


    CONCLUSION:

    This isn't one of my favorite episodes, but it turned out far better than I could have hoped. It hasn't won me over to the idea of Daring Do being real (and given my stubbornness, nothing probably ever will), but it was still a fun little adventure with some mild poking at the goofiness of fandom. And as loathe as I am to say it, I'm not totally against having another Daring Do adventure in the future, if that's how the stars align.


    Next time, another episode.

    7 comments · 360 views
  • 9w, 2d
    I'm not dead

    I'm still working on the update. It's been really, painfully slow, mostly because I've had a shitty month and watching the election has made me yearn for the destruction of our species. Both are which are my fault, so...sorry.

    On the plus side, new episode Saturday. Something to look forward to.

    ...This was completely pointless, wasn't it? I'm sorry.

    9 comments · 104 views
  • 13w, 6d
    I got robbed again

    Now they stole my fucking TV.

    Fuck this, I'm out.

    25 comments · 471 views
  • 14w, 5d
    Chapter's almost done

    Chapter Six is almost done. Wish I could be more joyful, but after someone ran off with my game consoles, I'm not in a cheerful mood.

    Chapter should be up some time tomorrow.

    12 comments · 159 views
  • 15w, 5d
    Season Six Episode Review: Spice Up Your Life

    Well folks, it's time for another hiatus. But before the ponies go lie down for a short while, let's look at the midseason finale. The map is back in “Spice Up Your Life.” Bring plenty of oregano.


    TECHNICAL SPECS:

    Season: 6

    Episode: 12

    Written By: Mike Vogel

    First Aired: June 11, 2016


    REVIEW:

    We open with a surprise: Starlight Glimmer showing up in an episode she isn't starring in. Sadly, she has no lines and is mostly there to, once again, reference her horrible life decisions, but I can chalk that up to Spike being a tactless little brat and leave it at that. At least she seems genuinely pissed to have it brought up this time. Still nice to see that she actually exists when the spotlight isn't on her, rather than spontaneously forming into being whenever we need to see Twilight be a terrible teacher.

    Anyway, remember the map episodes last season? Well, the reason we haven't gotten any this season is because of Starlight. When she went rip-roaring through space and time to destroy Equestria because her only foalhood friend got sent to school and was too much of a jerk to just write her a letter every now and then, she ended up breaking the map. So Twilight and Starlight use a combined spell to bring it back...as a staticy, fidgety hologram. (Kind of interested to see how that Twilight/Twilight mission would have gone.) And sure enough, Rarity and Pinkie are teaming up once again.

    The focus this time is a struggling restaurant, one of the most standard of sitcom plot devices. It's an Indian-flavored place sitting in a back alley of Canterlot's food district, Restaurant Row. I admit that I really haven't tried Indian food that much, but I would gladly take whatever they offer over the vile, disgusting garbage everyone else offers, which is all just really tiny portions of basically inedible mush. I know it's a cartoon and I can't taste the food, but I've still been to these places, I know what that food tastes like, and I know it's just slop they massively marked up in order to fool gullible people with too much money into thinking they're eating something “cultured” and “trendy” because it's expensive and presented on a rectangular plate.

    (And for those who like this kind of food, know that I am at least partially joking here. I just hate things that are expensive for the sake of seeming higher-class than they are. But most of all, I hate those rectangular plates restaurants started using. I don't care what business sense they make. When I go to a damn Chilis and shorten my lifespan with Honey-Chipotle Chicken Crispers, I want the little bundles of cholesterol served on a round dish that actually leaves enough room for everything stacked on it!)

    The good restaurant is operated by Saffron Masala and her father, Coriander Cumin. They are your basic father-daughter restauranteer combo, with Saffron believing in the restaurant despite its abysmal popularity (Rarity and Pinkie may very well have been the only customers they ever had) and Coriander just wanting to give up because there's no way they can succeed with the snooty ponies of Canterlot. And standing in their way is yet another trademark of standard plot design: the evil food critic. Zesty Gourmand is her name, and her ratings will make-or-break a restaurant in Canterlot. Because as we established back in “Sweet and Elite” and “Canterlot Boutique,” the ponies of Canterlot are fashion-conscious sheep that will blindly follow whoever they have arbitrarily granted importance over their lives. Even Rarity was cheering the high-end restaurants on, despite wincing noticeably when she tried to actually eat what they were offering.

    The episode ultimately plays with the standard strengths of our two Mane 6 members, putting them in a position where their assets become liabilities. Rarity is normally one of the most aesthetic members of the Mane 6, so making something that's pleasing to the eye should be easy. But she's also tapped into the same wellspring that made all the places on Restaurant Row look and operate exactly the same, so she decides that the best way to save the restaurant is to make it conform to Zesty's personal tastes. Pinkie, meanwhile, is normally able to charm anypony that isn't a toupee-wearing donkey, but she's completely lost on getting through to a culture that worships ratings over new tastes. The only ponies she can get to go with her are a pair of tourists who find the fancy restaurants bland. (Ponies after my own heart.)

    So in the end, the heroines blow it, although Rarity is sadly the one who screws up the most. Not that it matters, because Zesty is, in fact, a total bitch and doesn't even give the restaurant a try. This, of course, leads to the standard resolution where the father and daughter finally bond over their happy memories of cooking together, and Rarity and Pinkie Pie salvage the situation by switching roles, with Pinkie fixing up the restaurant to look like it did before and Rarity using her Canterlot-style charms to lure in ponies.

    The episode's lesson is a standard “Be Yourself” moral, framed in the device of not letting one person's opinion control you and to try things out for yourself. Zesty, though, is still a total bitch and continues to badmouth the place even AFTER everypony is enjoying the food, despite refusing to touch it. Heck, the map's purpose may have not just been to solve this particular friendship problem (albeit more of a family nature than anything), but to inspire the rest of the Restaurant Row restaurateurs to follow their own cooking passions rather than try to fit the narrow mold Zesty likes. I also like that Zesty refuses to change even after this revelation – it's nice to actually have a villain that stays a villain, even if they're just a food critic.

    So we have our two ponies saving a restaurant and freeing Canterlot from a food critic's reign of terror. What's not to like? Well, there's the song. The second act is dominated by a musical number that's ultimately rather basic and uninspired. It's got a good beat, but the lyrics are wonky and feel a bit too forced in the message. The instrumental reprise near the end was a lot better, in my opinion. The episode's also rather light on laughs; about the only moments I really laughed at were Pinkie apparently absorbing food through her face. (The fact that I do not question this is a testament to Pinkie's randomness.) The characters were in good form, and I liked most of the newcomers, but it does feel like a bit too much of the mid-episode failure was piled onto Rarity's actions, as Pinkie at least had a minimal amount of success at her task.

    Also, apparently elephants exist in the FiM universe. We don't see them, but the restaurant uses them as part of its logo. So, are elephants sapient? Do they have their own society? Or are they just basic elephants, albeit in a universe where woodland critters can take part in book clubs? As long as the comics don't turn them into something like the Eldeer, this is something that will hopefully be one day explored.


    CONCLUSION:

    Much like the map episodes of last season, this was a fairly typical episode. It didn't have any big laughs or surprises – it was just another thirty minutes of ponies. Still, it accomplishes what it set out to do, and I can't complain about that. The weakest point was definitely the song, but it was still a fun, nice little episode. But that's just my opinion. What's yours?


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  • 16w, 5d
    Season Six Episode Review: Flutter Brutter

    Let's get on with the millennial bashing and look at “Flutter Brutter.” Not “Flutter Butter,” which I imagine is a dairy-based spread so loaded with cholesterol that it is fit only to serve to someone you want to die from a heart attack at the first bite. The box probably also shows Fluttershy making an adorable face, just in case you wanted something visual to help speed the process along.

    (PS: I tried to prune out as much of my baggage as possible when approaching this episode. I included it as an addendum after the Conclusion. Just a warning.)



    TECHNICAL SPECS:

    Season: 6

    Episode: 11

    Written By: Dave Rapp

    First Aired: June 4, 2016


    REVIEW:

    It's time to another Mane 6 family member to drive the fandom crazy and pull a  Death Star drive-by on many a headcanon. And this time, it's Fluttershy, the pony whose familial connections have been a mystery since the series began. Her parents are obviously gentle, smooth-talking, passive ponies, which both explains how Fluttershy turned out like she did and, in an ironic twist, makes her far more outgoing than them after her development sets in. Mr. Shy in particular seems quite fond of his "happy little clouds."

    And then there's Zephyr Star.

    I hate him so much.

    Zephyr is a colossal ass from the minute he appears, and it's obvious from everyone's reactions that this is not a new development. He barges into his parents' home, having given up on his latest dream (in a long line of abandoned dreams, it seems), and treats everyone like they were lowly serfs who should be happy to bask in the glory of their young overlord. And his parents totally allow this because they're too soft-spoken to stand up to him. That's not even getting into his flirting with Rainbow Dash, which she very clearly shows she does not reciprocate, invite, or enjoy – he's just so full of himself that he takes her very obvious “I will electrocute you if you screw this up” as “Take me in your forelegs, stud muffin.” And to top it off, he refuses to put in any effort into anything, preferring instead to leech off his relatives and pin his failings on others.

    In other words, it's every millennial stereotype rolled into one.

    To her credit, Fluttershy does not put up with his manure for a moment. She's far enough past her old timidness that she will not take his lousy excuses about ponies not appreciating his “artistic” manestyling, and is even able to help her parents tell him to move his ass out. And when he barges into her house to pull the same stunt, she immediately lays out legitimately acceptable ground rules: you can stay, but you have to get a job. In previous seasons, this would have taken almost an entire episode, as Fluttershy struggled and fought to spit the needed words out. She even starts lining him up with work immediately, sacrificing her reputation with her friends for him...which he then spits on because he's a lazy ass.

    The problem is that, because Fluttershy's already at the point where any conflict she would have over kicking her useless brother to the curb is gone, we're stuck focusing on Zephyr. So keeping a pony's character development and remembering that past episodes happened actually made an episode worse.

    Zephyr's problem ultimately turns out to be a fear of failure. And to be fair, that's a very legitimate and terrible fear to overcome. Failing sucks, and a lot of people don't know how to cope with that feeling. It really does seem easier to simply not try than it is to try and fail sometimes. The episode doesn't handle the resolution perfectly (the actual failing part isn't addressed), but giving Zephyr a confidence boost and showing that he really can succeed if he follows the steps, works at it, and doesn't give up the moment something gets hard is a big step in the right direction.

    The problem is that Zephyr's actions did not come about from a fear of failing, especially in the middle act. His sweating and obvious terror at having to move out of his parents' house could have served as some foreshadowing, but I never got that vibe from any of his other actions. He just came across as a lazy asshole who couldn't do the simplest job because he didn't want to expend the energy. About the only other real hint I could find was asking Spike for advice on how to best clean the windows, which does fit into someone wanting to know exactly how to do something so they don't make a mistake, but that still leads to him manipulating Spike into doing all the work while he lounges around.

    I did find the episode rather funny, and as much of an asshole as he is, Zephyr is great to laugh at before he finally gets a clue. Rainbow Dash actually following through and zapping him was perfection, and Zephyr still being a conceited ass even after getting better worked.


    CONCLUSION:

    How much you'll like this episode depends a lot on how much you can stand Zephyr. It's yet another episode where the guest star takes over the show, although the Mane 6 do all appear in at least one mandatory scene. If you find his hijinks and punishment amusing, then this is wonderful. If you find him grating, you will not make it through this episode. As for me, I'm kind of leaning towards the “grating” side of the equation. While it has some good moments, and showcases Fluttershy's development since that time she could barely say her name to Twilight, it's not an episode I see myself rejoining anytime soon.


    ADDENDUM:

    Speaking as someone who failed at his dream and lived with his parents for seven years after finishing college, I am not a fan of the millennial stereotype. I tried not to simply lie down and leech off my parents. I did housework, yardwork, and looked for actual work. I spent four years working at Wal-Mart, and still kept putting out applications in hopes that I would find a better job elsewhere. I spent two years unemployed after I fucked up the Wal-Mart job, with only three temporary jobs within that short period, and I loved every moment I was working. And yes, I spent all that time being asked why I hadn't found a job yet, as if I could magically make one appear in a shit economy and with a degree that was useless for anything outside of teaching. I finally got the job I'm at now, in no small part due to my parents forcing me to apply for something I was not suited for and I knew I was not going to be able to handle. And sure enough, it's still something I'm not suited for and I'm not able to handle. The only reason I haven't quit is because I can't find work anywhere else, and the only reason I haven't come through and killed myself is because I'm a cowardly idiot that's afraid to die and doesn't want to make the people I care about sad either. (My plan to eat myself to death is working perfectly, however.)

    Point is, the millennial stereotype is, like all stereotypes, a kernel of truth stretched out to absolute bullshit. So it was with dread that I went into this episode, which was apparently about a pony that hadn't moved away from his parents being an awful person because of that. Nevermind that there are economic advantages to living at home, the concept of children moving out when they reached adulthood is an extremely recent invention, and many of those that do live with their parents still contribute to running and maintaining the household. Just because I'm a horrible person doesn't mean most everyone else in the same situation is.

    Zephyr, as mentioned above, is every negative stereotype about millennials rolled into one hipster package. And while the episode tries to make his problems out to be a lack of confidence, that's actually just another one of the stereotypes. The episode is correct in that ponies need to not be afraid to fail and live their lives, and I didn't hate the episode itself because it still had lots of amusing moments and good showings from the rest of the cast. But much like the hazing from “Newbie Dash,” I can see how people can be very offended by this guy. As for me...

    Well, I just watched a show yesterday where eating lamb caused a dog's entire digestive system to burst out if its chest and mouth. Just saying that if the same thing happened to Zephyr, I wouldn't mind.

    Now if you'll excuse me, I need to sit quietly in a corner and cry.

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  • 17w, 3d
    On the next chapter of Little Sunny

    Yes, it's been a long time. Once again, I've fallen short in keeping a consistent schedule. I used to be so good at this, too...you know, back in 2011/2012. Man, I'm old.

    So yeah, sorry it's taken so long. The chapter has been a bit of an ordeal, plus I haven't exactly been in the best place the last couple months. Work, finances, the usual. I'm also still working on some other stuff, including the last chapter of Eye of the Hurricane and a couple new stories - one with the Pies and another with Applejack and Apple Bloom. I've also, for lack of a better phrase, gotten some grim reminders of potential friendships I've squandered or ruined because of my idiocy over the last couple years. So for everyone still putting up with me, thank you.

    Also, never write a chapter where two characters share the same name. Or worse, where three characters share the same name.

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  • 17w, 5d
    Season Six Episode Review: Applejack's "Day" Off

    Hello, boys and girls! It's time for another Applejack episode! Can our hard-working farm pony survive...relaxing?!

    Actually, I don't care. This episode doesn't deserve to be cared about.



    TECHNICAL SPECS:

    Season: 6

    Episode: 10

    Written By: I don't care

    First Aired: May 28, 2016


    REVIEW:

    The episode's synopsis was something a good-sized segment of fans have been wanting: an episode that forces the eternally hard-working Applejack away from the farm and family in order to relax. The teaser also generated some interest, featuring Applejack apparently going insane and making faces at/pretending to be farm animals. So how can an episode like this go wrong?

    It's just so DUMB and BORING.

    As immature as that sounds, that's the only way I can say it. The episode is just dull as dishwater.

    So basically, Applejack has been missing spa days with Rarity because of her chores. After one missed day too many, Rarity forces her to go with her for an hour while Twilight and Spike take over. When they get to the spa, they discover that the steam room isn't working because some of the pipes are faulty and constant hot towel deliveries are sapping the hot water. So she fixes everything and makes the spa the model of efficiency, while also ruining her spa day. Then she goes back to the farm and, irony of ironies, the reason her chores are taking so long is because Applejack is adding time-wasting, unnecessary steps to the process of something as simple as “dump foods in front of pigs and back away.”

    The lesson is, admittedly, a good one and applies to the adult world as much as the child one. Anyone that's worked pretty much anywhere can tell you there are often steps you have to take that make no sense, but you do them anyway because that's how it's always been done and we'll fire you if you try to change us. Sometimes they made perfect sense back in the day, but things have changed and they are no longer necessary. And sometimes you need an outside eye to point this out.

    The issue is that...Applejack isn't this stubborn and stupid. She wouldn't have multiple gate openings and closings once she fixed the gate. She wouldn't go around acting like a chicken just to fool the pigs. She's never done ANY of this before, and she's had plenty of time to go to the spa or do other activities in previous episodes, and yet this is treated like it's been a long-standing and recurring problem. The episode just feels so forced in getting AJ to that step that it undercuts the moral and makes the whole thing into a farce.

    This might have worked if there had been more time built around Twilight and Spike following her list. (And to the episode's credit, Twilight is not the kind of pony to deviate from a list.) Instead, the entire second act is occupied by Applejack and Rarity at the spa. The whole sequence is dragged out, including long segments of them just following the towel pony and repeating the problem over and over. The two plotlines don't intertwine, leaving the episode feeling like it was two ideas shoved together.

    It's not even a particularly amusing one, either. Most of the jokes fall flat, and that's when they're actually trying to be funny. Spike eats a lot of pie. That's a joke, I guess? (Now, Starlight eating all those pies would be...maybe a tiny bit actually funny.) Applejack's “insanity” lost nearly all of its comedic value when given context, as it just makes her look like an idiot. About the only moment that made me laugh was Rarity's prune face, which was also quite horrifying. Not even Rainbow Dash's multiple attempts to hide her love of pampering got a rise out of me.

    CONCLUSION:

    The Applejack Curse strikes again – her episode is just plain boring. There's nothing interesting to talk about here outside of perhaps the moral. I won't call the episode garbage or the worst ever, but it's just so painfully dull that I can't say I enjoyed watching it. So...yeah, bad episode.


    Next time, hopefully a better episode than this.

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  • 18w, 5d
    Season Six Episode Review: The Saddle Row Review

    And now it's Rarity's time to shine, for she has a new episode this blessed morn! And she's already got another store opening! Let's see how her friends brought her to ruin with “The Saddle Row Review.” (Yes, that is the name of the episode. That's what appeared on the title card. Lousy writers changing the name of episodes on us...)


    TECHNICAL SPECS:

    Season: 6

    Episode: 9

    Written By: Nick Confalone

    First Aired: May 21, 2016


    REVIEW:

    The episode opens in media res, with five of our plucky equine heroes racing to prevent Rarity from learning the horrible truth. This is mostly to set up a bait-and-switch gag with Rarity appearing to already have read the article, only to reveal she's just grumpy without her coffee, as well as to set up the actual framing device of Rarity reading said tell-all article. It's rather heavy-handed with the exposition, but it works okay. It's also nice to see the staff trying a different narrative approach, which definitely helps the episode stand out from the pack.

    The meat of the episode is the Mane 6 (plus the occasional other pony) telling a reporter about the opening of said store, and the near-disaster that resulted. Which leads into my first kind-of issue: did Rarity actually scout the store out before picking it? I know that episode largely focused on Pinkie getting her sister a bag to put her big, smooth rocks in, but there's a bit more that comes with picking a location for your business than just where it is on the street. If you didn't want a dance club above you, you should have considered that before moving in.

    Of course, if Rarity had spent a second day in Manehatten to keep shopping around, we wouldn't have an episode.

    The first act is spent introducing the various catastrophes that befall Rarity's new shop. Her landlord bullies her into hiring his daughter, who has very...eccentric ideas. And by “eccentric,” I mean “stupid.” There are a family of raccoons living in the back, and while the episode's start and end tries to paint them as cute, the middle act thankfully remembers that raccoons are evil, hateful, parasitic monsters that will tear your face off if you cross them. She hired Coco Pommel as her sales representative, but she's come down with the uncommon cold and has to call in sick on her first day. The store is dirty and dusty, and her supplies and product have been unceremoniously shoved into random boxes and dumped, leaving her completely unorganized.

    Strange that none of this happened when she opened the Canterlot branch...or perhaps it did. Back when she opened that store, Rarity had Sassy Saddles setting everything up, making her an effective bumper between the glamorous dream of opening a store and the total chaos that comes with it. We don't know the whole backstory behind Carousel Boutique, but the expanded universe material has established that the building has at least been around for a long time, and being from Ponyville, Rarity probably would have had help from her family and the other residents in getting that shop off the ground. This is probably her first time actually managing a store opening by herself. And thus she received a harsh lesson when it comes to Murphy's Law: it will always strike when you least expect it.

    The rest of the episode works like an inverted “Castle, Sweet Castle.” Rarity goes off to do her own thing while the rest of the Mane 6 try to solve the individual problems. In the previously-mentioned episode, the cast's problem was that they tried to think about what they wanted and not what Twilight would like in a home. Here, they make the problems worse by trying to do what Rarity wants, and not what they actually want to do to solve the problem. Which makes sense, considering this is Rarity's store. The only real issue I have is that the solution is spat out by Twilight at the start of the third act...right after she made the same mistaken everypony else did. And yet, the episode treats it as if the other Mane 6 all needed to learn this, not her. Maybe a quick second of her pondering before realizing the truth would have helped.

    Where the episode shines is with the character bits. Being a largely comedic episode, there's a lot of fun gags about the ponies' various quirks and contributions to the near-disaster. My particular favorites are Twilight's pathological need to organize things, Rainbow Dash trying to conduct interviews for a fashion store despite having no idea how clothes work, and just about everything involving Pinkie. The episode's also heavy on callbacks, which work to varying degrees. Shoving DJ-PON3 in again feels forced and kind of dumb at this point, but the extended callback to “Too Many Pinkie Pies,” including the reveal that one of the Pinkie clones apparently survived the purge, was hilarious. (Although it could also mean that Pinkie spit out copies of herself via asexual reproduction, or perhaps the EqG Pinkie was visiting at the same time they were conducting interviews. I want fanfics about this on my desk by the end of today, people!)

    Also, the reporter is obviously a parody of J. Jonah Jameson. I imagine the original draft had him blaming all of the store's mishaps on the machinations of Spider-Mare.

    Of course, things end happily ever after. Rarity's new store was a success, everyone got at least something of what they wanted, and everything worked out. At least, until Rarity realizes she now has three times the staff she budgeted for, the store goes bankrupt, and the resulting bad press and financial woes cause her entire chain to collapse and her losing everything. And then she kills herself by letting a train run her over.

    ...Sorry, just...still messed up after reading a certain fic yesterday.


    CONCLUSION:

    This episode is low-key and simple, but it's still charming and a lot of fun. Not every episode has to be earth-moving or set the world on fire; sometimes, you just need to have a good laugh. Rarity, you've done it again.


    Next time, Applejack takes a day off. May God have mercy on us all.




    ♫ sweep sweep sweep... ♫

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  • 19w, 5d
    Season Six Episode Review: A Hearth's Warming Tail

    Hello? Can anyone hear me?

    It's bloody carnage out here. Christmas...it came out of nowhere. We knew its thirst for conquest was insatiable. We stood idly by as it devoured Thanksgiving. Halloween fell next, and we did nothing. It was not until Labor Day was taken over that we realized its horrible intentions. We thought we were safe. It's May, after all. There was no way Christmas could reach us!

    We were fools. Christmas launched a surprise attack in the form of an episode of Friendship is Magic. Those thirty minutes was the window it needed to launch a surprise attack, bypassing Memorial Day entirely. Sleighs have filled the sky, and are bombarding the streets with coal and candy canes and shoes for some reason. People's banks accounts have been drained, leaving them so in debt that retailers have pressed them into eternal servitude. And worst of all, the music...the music is everywhere! When you hear it, your will is drained, and you are brainwashed into thinking the holidays are something wonderful and magical!

    I can hear the carolers coming! I'll be next! SAVE YOURSELVES!




    Let's celebrate the wonderful, magical holiday season with a look at “A Hearth's Warming Tail.” All glory to the Eternal Yuletide!


    TECHNICAL SPECS:

    Season: 6

    Episode: 8

    Written By: Mike Vogel

    First Aired: May 14, 2016


    REVIEW:

    It was inevitable. Any show that goes long enough will, at some point, do a Christmas Carol parody. Some curmudgeon hates Christmas because they're actively opposed to happiness, gets a visit from supernatural beings that show them how much they suck for being so grumpy, and they wake up embracing the holiday. While Hearth's Warming Eve has a different history than the real-world holiday, it's very blatantly trying to be Christmas, which is perfect for making certain miniature plastic equines are gift-wrapped under the trees for the little ones.

    Even worse, it's a Starlight episode...kind of. Starlight is the catalyst for the plot, as her cynical whining about the commercialism of the holiday is treated like an affront to all things Equestrian. The actual episode, much like the original holiday episode, is a reenactment of a story Twilight reads to Starlight, including some aside gags to comment on the absurd plot, Twilight's gushing over Star Swirl the Bearded (who, if you remember, was an idiot that stole all his ideas), and even referencing a commercial break. So characters could technically be forgiven for acting a bit unusual this time.

    But most of all, it's a musical episode...and it's not bad. The opening song runs a bit long for me, but overall they were pretty decent. Pinkie's song is definitely the standout of the bunch. And I will say no more because I am not qualified to talk about music...which also means I'm not qualified to talk about this episode.

    Most of the connections between the ponies and the characters they play are straightforward. Snowfall hates the holidays not because she's a greedy jerk, but because she sees such frivolity as a waste of time. Her plan to erase the holiday was ostensibly so ponies would give up such stupid things like fun and lollygagging in order to work and “better Equestria.” Kind of like how Starlight was making ponies give up their cutie marks in the hopes of “bettering” Equestria by making everypony equal. Also like Starlight, Snowfall's plan ends up destroying the world...which makes the lesson less, “Be good to one another because it's right,” and more, “Be good to one another, or the evil horse spirits will cover your land in eternal winter.”

    The spirits are also very simple. Applejack is about honesty, tradition, and family, so she's the perfect pick for showing Snowfall her past. Pinkie Pie is all about celebrations, gifts, and the here-and-now, so she's naturally the spirit of the present. (Which also means she has two starving foals under her coat...well, had, but she felt sorry for them, gave them a bunch of cupcakes, and set them up with a good home.) And of course, Luna is the Ghost of Hearth's Warming Eve Future, which doesn't exist because of the previously-mentioned apocalypse.

    Also, Twilight does Pinkie's voice. We will eventually have all the ponies doing each other's voices. And it will be glorious.


    CONCLUSION:

    I'm sorry, but I really have nothing to say about this episode. It's definitely less packed than the previous musical episodes, as nothing series-changing happens here. This allows the episode to stand as a fun little bit of fluff. There are some good jokes, some good songs, and the story, while cliché, does its job. And it's an enjoyable Starlight Glimmer episode without a suicide attempt, so that counts for something.


    I'm sorry I wasted your time.

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  • 20w, 5d
    Season Six Episode Review: Newbie Dash

    Another week, another episode. Time to review “Newbie Dash.”


    TECHNICAL SPECS:

    Season: 6

    Episode: 7

    Written By: Dave Rapp (writing), Dave Polsky & Dave Rapp (story)

    First Aired: May 7, 2016


    REVIEW:

    First, Dave and Dave wrote this. I have no idea why this is relevant, but it amuses me.

    I actually missed the episode's premiere this time around, partly because I had other things to do and partly because the synopsis did not grab me. It sounded far too much like another round of the Wonderbolts being jerks to Rainbow Dash, ending with her chewing out and teaching them not to be so rude. As a result, I got to hear all the wonderful chatter immediately afterwards, and...well, when an episode is widely compared to “Spike at Your Service,” the go-to example of the show at its worst, it doesn't inspire one with confidence.

    Perhaps it's because the initial chatter was so overwhelmingly negative, but...I didn't hate this episode. I don't think it's great or anything, but it's far from the character assassination piece SaYS was.

    Much like last season's “Canterlot Boutique,” this episode essentially wraps up one of the Mane 6's life-long dreams. (I know it's supposed to be Mane 7 now, but Starlight Glimmer is not in this episode and I will be damned if I'm going to count her as a main character yet.) Rainbow Dash has wanted to be a Wonderbolt almost her entire life, and has dedicated her every waking hour that isn't spent saving the world to making that dream come true. Unlike Rarity's boutique, however, we actually get to see Rainbow Dash slowly crawling up the ranks. She finally meets her heroes at the end of Season One. She attended the Wonderbolt Academy in Season Three, join the reserves in Season Four, take part in a show during Season Five, and finally she's promoted to a full member of the team. The result is that this at least gives an air of triumph and hard work paying off, whereas Rarity more or less just saved a lot of money and bought a building. (Not that she didn't work hard, too. Please don't kill me, Rarity fans.) It's just a shame that the episode really doesn't live up to that promise, instead playing out a very standard storyline for this show.

    The episode's comedy is heavily built on cringe, which is likely one of the reasons for its initial reception. FiM and cringe comedy have a tumultuous relationship, and while it sometimes works (as in “Equestria Games”), here it leads to a lot of moments where I was very, very tempted to fast forward. The biggest offender is the looong scene in the middle, where Rainbow Dash misinterprets Twilight's advice and starts acting like each of the Mane 6. The point of the scene is to show her freaking out the other Wonderbolts and digging herself deeper, and probably to show off Ashleigh Ball's range. And yes, the impressions are funny. But what worked as a quick gag in “Lost Treasure of Griffonstone” is drawn out for far too long, making the episode stop dead before finally getting to the finale. It just makes Dash look like an idiot.

    Here's the key difference between “Newbie Dash” and “Spike at Your Service,” however. The latter was also built around a character acting like an idiot, but the problem was that his idiocy was in opposition to his usual behavior. It leaves you asking questions like, “If Spike's the one that does Twilight's housework, why can't he use a mop without destroying the kitchen?” Rainbow Dash behaves stupidly this episode, but there's an actual reason:

    She's an egotistical moron.

    Rainbow has no problems until the “Rainbow Crash” nickname comes into play. She's flying in formation just fine until someone says it, and then she messes up because it throws her off. She goes to insane lengths to try and be known for something different, and she just makes the Wonderbolts think she's nuts. And when she tries to be a spotlight-stealing showoff just to get rid of that name, she ruins a performance, endangers lives, and destroys a confectionery wonder. And this is all behavior we've seen before. We know that Rainbow Dash has a traumatic history with that nickname. We know that she gets stupidly defensive when something threatens her ego. And we know that she has a tendency to overestimate her own abilities, especially when glory is on the line. Almost everything that goes wrong this episode can be rationalized and justified based on her previous behavior.

    As for the Wonderbolts being bullies? They really weren't. They're very much a prestigious organization – they can only have so many members, and even someone as skilled as Dash had to wait until a slot opened – and things like forcing the newbie or weakest member to do clean-up are just a part of things. This is doubly true when we consider that the Wonderbolts are based on the Blue Angels, and are treated like a military force by previous episodes. As shown by the ending, the point of the nickname isn't to denigrate the recipient, but instead to joke about how they messed up in the past, remind themselves of that mistake, and hopefully show how far they've come since. It's actually a pretty well-done moral, and helps to reinforce to Dash that she's a part of a team, and doesn't have to be the flashiest and greatest pony ever.

    Of course, I would have also had her busted back down to the reserves, if not kicked out entirely. She endangered ponies to make herself look good, and her punishment is to be on cleaning duty for a month. Then again, Starlight Glimmer committed multiple temporal genocides because her best friend left her, and she got to live in a crystal castle and be trained by the Princess of Friendship herself. The criminal justice system in Equestria is all kinds of messed up.

    So why did they keep calling Rainbow Dash a name she hated? Because she never said so. Yet again, this is an episode where the plot could have been resolved in fifteen seconds if Rainbow Dash had just mentioned that “Rainbow Crash” was her trigger. Considering how the Wonderbolts behaved at the end, they would have come up with something else to work with, or possibly just explained the whole nickname tradition then and there. Conflict resolved, episode over.


    CONCLUSION:

    I would hesitate to call this a good episode. The comedy is very cringe-inducing, and the overall story is rather average for something that we've been building to since Season One. On the other hand, I would definitely not call it a bad one, either. The characters are largely true to themselves, there are some funny moments, and the moral is a good one. So it falls squarely in the middle, which is unfortunate for something this momentous.

    Maybe next week...


    Next time, it's a Hearth's Warming Eve episode! Kind of weird to have it in the middle of May, but...

    Wait, it's a Starlight Glimmer episode. That's it, we're all getting coal for Christmas.

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  • 21w, 5d
    Season Six Episode Review: No Second Prances

    So...Trixie's back. And Starlight's here, too. In fact, the episode is pretty much a vehicle for the former villains, one of whom I enjoy in small doses and the other I still feel nothing but cold hatred towards.

    ...SO WHY DID I LIKE THIS SO MUCH?

    This is “No Second Prances.”


    TECHNICAL SPECS:

    Season: 6

    Episode: 6

    Written By: Nick Confalone

    First Aired: April 30, 2016


    REVIEW:

    To appreciate the hype of this episode, one must look back to the very beginnings of the show. Back when the fandom first emerged from the primordial cesspool that is 4Chan, there was only one season of FiM to overanalyze and overhype until people wished us dead. While the Mane 6 were celebrated for being well-realized characters in a toyetic cartoon, many fans clutched onto the background and guest ponies, crafting entire backstories and headcanons that one had to abide by, lest they be excommunicated from the herd. And one of the ponies latched onto the most was the Great and Powerful Trixie, a sort-of antagonist from a low-tier episode.

    While Trixie didn't really do much other than serve as part of the conflict, she had a lot of qualities that could really get fans excited. She was the only unicorn besides Twilight to have some kind of magic as her special talent, her personality contrasted perfectly with Twilight's, and there were quite a few that thought she was disproportionately punished by the episode in order to facilitate the moral. The creators liked her as well, and plans were immediately drawn up for her return...as an actual villain. “Magic Duel” was a Season Two script that wasn't used until the more-or-less slapped-together Season Three, and had Trixie go full tyrant and take over Ponyville, albeit while under the influence of a sanity-draining magic amulet. The episode ended with her seemingly forgiven and running away, returning a couple of times in the comics.

    Fast forward to Season Six. Starlight Glimmer, yet another counterpart to Twilight (making her the third one if you count Sunset Shimmer, which you should), is now the princess' student. And then an episode with no synopsis, simply called “No Second Prances,” is announced. We don't know what the episode's actually about until two weeks before it's scheduled to air, and yet everyone's thoughts are immediately drawn to Trixie. Then someone derped and released the preview clip a week early, spoiling that Trixie had indeed returned. Cue the fans celebrating...and also dreading that Twilight apparently didn't like Trixie, even after forgiving her for the Alicorn Amulet debacle. Nevermind that there's a difference between forgiving someone and actually liking them, but it still seemed rather odd.

    The episode itself starts with Twilight's newest passion: proper table setting. And I will open my review by stating, for the record, that table setting, silverware etiquette, and anything related to those two fields is worthless crap from a time when everyone had to have a rod surgically stuck up their ass from birth and must be abolished for the sake of our species. You don't need three different forks to eat dinner, people. Anyone who says otherwise is also an ally of serving tiny cakes with tea, another evil that must be destroyed. Slobs of the world, RISE UP!

    Anyway, Twilight's making a big deal out of this because Princess Celestia is coming for a dinner, and Twilight wants to show how great a teacher she is by having her student make a new friend in one day and bring her to dinner. (Needless to say, I am not going to like Twilight this episode.) Starlight's attempts fail, partially because she can't stop using magic for everything (even horrible things), and partially because of sheer bad luck/her past as a brainwashing tyrant. It's not until she goes to the spa to relieve her stress that she encounters Trixie, who has experience when it comes to conquering villages and being treated like crap because of your past sins. Cue Twilight trying to break the two apart because she doesn't trust Trixie, and doesn't trust Starlight to make good friends.

    To be fair, while Twilight is absolutely awful, she does bring up a good point. Starlight is still trying to get over her own dark past, so having someone who still struts around in public like she's the best thing since sliced bread isn't the best role model to have. On the other hand, Trixie's crimes are nothing compared to what Starlight did. Trixie enslaved a village, but only after she had been broken by society rejecting her due to two fanboys exposing her boasts, and arguably she only went completely wall-to-wall crazy after the amulet began corrupting her. Starlight destroyed Equestria multiple times over because her best friend left her. Just saying, I think Twilight's pinning the “bad influence” marker on the wrong side of the equation.

    Of course, Twilight turns out to be correct in the end. Trixie really was just using Starlight to one-up the pony that humiliated her – if she can't outclass Twilight when it comes to magic, friendship will do just nicely. The episode is vague, however, on whether this was her plan the entire time, or if it was something she came up with after learning who Starlight was. There's no indication that she was hunting Starlight down and faking a first meeting; the two simply run into each other while at the spa, and their conversation is nondescript grumbling about not being given a real second chance. It seems far more likely that Trixie was sincere in the beginning, and only shifted her priorities towards “beating” Twilight once she saw an opening. And then she shot herself in the hoof because Trixie is second only to Rarity when it comes to pork by-product.

    Trixie isn't behaving out-of-character, even accounting for the ending of “Magic Duel.” Even when she was begging Twilight's forgiveness, she switched right back to boasting about how humble she was. Even in the comics that followed, Trixie is still shown exaggerating her accomplishments, going so far as to take over a kingdom of very stupid dogs. She's still a creature of ego, she was still shown up by Twilight getting rid of the Ursa Minor, and even under the influence of a power-boosting artifact, she was defeated by a wooden gun Twilight using Trixie's own skillset.

    Now, the whole “killing yourself by performing the trick you know you can't do without Starlight's help” thing? That's a pretty...extreme reaction, more or less.

    Starlight is much better here, unwittingly stumbling into the Twilight-Trixie war when all she wants is a new friend. Okay, she didn't want a friend at the beginning, but she's overjoyed to find somepony who also has a dark past and is trying to make up for their past mistakes. (Trixie is likely doing so for the sake of her career, but still, the thought counts.) Her failed attempts to make friends elsewhere, besides making Mrs. Cake look like a bit of a jerk, help highlight how out-of-place she is amongst the Mane 6, so Trixie really is someone she can reasonably relate with. This is part of why it had to be Trixie here, even if it meant Twilight coming off more poorly than was likely intended. About the only other villain we have that is in Ponyville and actively “reformed” is Discord, and do note that I am being sarcastic when I imply that he's turned over a new leaf. Even when he's trying to bond with the Mane 6, he can't resist being a dick, especially to Twilight.

    All of this is wonderful character stuff, and the ending was obviously lovely and nice. Helping the episode along, though, is the very good comedy this week. Twilight's exhilaration over silverware setting is beautifully dorky, as is her obvious and overt attempts to pair Starlight up with ANYPONY besides Trixie. The rest of the Mane 6 mostly get a mandatory line, but are still amusing. Angel obviously loving the attention Starlight gives him, Trixie twisting the silverware into a little statue of herself, Cranky's stinger at the end...there is a lot to love here. I'm not really overly pleased with shoving in DJ-Pon3, Derpy and Cranky, as it brings back not-quite-wonderful memories of “Slice of Life,” but it accomplishes what the staff was going for.

    ...But seriously, how does Celestia keep her mane like that?


    CONCLUSION:

    Outside of Trixie's suicide attempt (which is more than likely just overthinking things), the episode was great. It made good use of a returning character, featured some good comedy, and has a wonderful charm of its own. I won't call it the best of the season so far, seeing as we're not even a third of the way through, but it's definitely up there.


    Next time, the Wonderbolts return. And they will likely still be horrible ponies. Joy.

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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, 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 · 188w, 3d ago · · 2 ·

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

#2 · 188w, 3d ago · 2 · 15 ·

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

#3 · 188w, 3d ago · · ·

:c

#4 · 188w, 3d ago · · ·

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

#5 · 188w, 3d 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 · 188w, 3d 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 · 188w, 3d 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 · 188w, 3d 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 · 188w, 3d 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 · 188w, 3d 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 · 188w, 3d 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 · 188w, 3d ago · · ·

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

#13 · 188w, 3d 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 · 188w, 3d 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 · 188w, 3d 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 · 188w, 3d 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 · 188w, 3d ago · · ·

>>846166

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

#18 · 188w, 3d 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 · 188w, 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 · 188w, 2d ago · · 8 ·

>>845936

Sorry, Luna's already taken that spot.

#21 · 188w, 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 · 188w, 2d ago · 3 · ·

>>845955

> it could still happen.

"Only on the Hub"?

Sorry, I couldn't resist :facehoof:

#23 · 188w, 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 · 188w, 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 · 188w, 2d ago · · ·

Hey look a Faust Tweet

#26 · 188w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#27 · 188w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#28 · 188w, 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 · 188w, 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 · 188w, 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 · 188w, 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 · 188w, 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 · 188w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#34 · 188w, 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 · 188w, 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 · 188w, 2d ago · · ·

Good to know, thanks!

#37 · 188w, 2d ago · · ·

>>845933

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

#38 · 188w, 2d 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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