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  • Saturday






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

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  • Saturday
    Little Sunny Chapter One follow-up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    3. It's just really fun.

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

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

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

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

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  • Wednesday
    Hopefully it passes moderation

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

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

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  • 1w, 2d
    New episode...

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

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

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

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

    Back to the torture, then.

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  • 1w, 4d
    I'm doing science and I'm still alive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 2w, 14h
    Should Sunset Shimmer go back?

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

    Why didn't Sunset Shimmer go back to Equestria?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    And that leads us to the biggest issue:

    4) What does she have to go home to?

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

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

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

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


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

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  • 2w, 2d
    I felt a great disturbance in the Force... if millions of Applejack headcanons suddenly cried out in terror, and then were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

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  • 2w, 4d
    Season Five Episode Reviews: Rarity Investigates!

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

    This is “Rarity Investigates.”


    Season: 5

    Episode: 16

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

    First Aired: September 19, 2015


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

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

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

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

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

    Case closed.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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  • 3w, 17h
    So, about that episode leak...

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

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

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  • 4w, 2d
    Season Five Episode Reviews: Canterlot Boutique

    We return from a brief hiatus, just in time for Rarity to realize her dream. Yes, I said a “brief” hiatus. Two months really isn't much in the grand scheme of things, considering we went without pony for almost a year going into Seasons Four and Five. And as someone who's survived Gravity Falls and its many, many, many unexplained mini-hiatuses, two months before getting a whole lot of content is nothing compared to two months for one episode, and three months for the one after that.

    At least we handle them better than the Steven Universe fandom. Whole thing collapses like a house of cards at the mere whisper of a hiatus.

    Anyway, Rarity episodes all this month, so here's “Canterlot Boutique.”


    Season: 5

    Episode: 14

    Written By: Amy Keating Rogers

    First Aired: 9/12/2015


    At long last, Rarity's done it. After leveraging the extra money she made from working with Sapphire Shores, she has finally saved up enough to purchase a shop at a premium space in Canterlot itself. After receiving the news (and Pinkie poisons the mailpony and herself), the Mane 6 march off to celebrate the glorious grand opening of Canterlot Carousel. And that wouldn't be possible without the assistance of the store's new manager, Sassy Saddles. The mare has come up with a multi-point plan to boost the store's reputation and make it a huge success, and it all starts with a dress Rarity designed based off of the stained-glass window celebrating Twilight's coronation. Twilight is even willing to wear it as an endorsement.

    The store's grand opening starts well, but it soon becomes evident that Rarity and Sassy Saddles are both competing for control. This almost turns nuclear when Rarity tries to call the Twilight-inspired dress “Reign in Satin,” but Sassy butts in and substitutes the far more generic “Princess Dress.” Even worse, she takes a hundred orders for the dress without letting Rarity know beforehand, and with no others to provide assistance (Sassy is running the front and she doesn't want to force her friends to work for her), Rarity is left making all of the gowns herself. She loves it at first, but as she keeps making the same dress over and over, the monotony of it all saps her enjoyment of the craft. The one time she tries to go outside of the established design and add some gemstones to the mix, both Sassy Saddles and the pony that placed the order chew her out for not sticking to the established design. Everypony wants the Princess Dress, and every Princess Dress must look the same.

    After completing two hundred dresses, Rarity is all but dead inside. Sassy Saddles comes in with good news and bad news. The good news is that Rarity's store on the cover of a major fashion magazine, boosting her reputation even higher. The bad news is that this means even more Princess Dresses need to be made – a hundred more, in fact. Rarity finally admits that she's miserable and refuses to sew any more Princess Dresses, but that's fine, because the next step of Sassy's plan is to hire more workers to build the dresses in an assembly line, meaning Rarity will never have to sew again! The Princess Dress will put Sassy Saddles' boutique on the map!

    Rarity's finally had all she can stands and can't stands no more. She angrily tells Sassy Saddles to print up fliers announcing Canterlot Carousel's “Going Out of Business” sale, leaving the manager begging her to reconsider before Sassy's stuck with another failed boutique on her resume. Rarity throws out all of the Princess Dresses and hangs the royalty-themed designs that she wanted to show off from the beginning. When the ponies come in to ask about the Princess Dress, they are instead confronted with new, more individualized outfits that speak to them as ponies. Their joy and approval of such designs fills Rarity with such joy and inspiration that she decides to not close the store (although she'll still honor the sale price). Instead, she'll head back to Ponyville to run the franchise's main office, and leaves the humbler and (hopefully) wiser Sassy Saddles in charge of her Canterlot store.

    Oh, and a fat pony shows up at the end.


    Long, long ago, Lauren Faust was asked about her plans for the ponies had she remained on the show. One of the ideas outlined was that Rarity's end goal would be opening a shop in Canterlot. Indeed, this idea was referenced or merely mentioned multiple times in the first two seasons. Rarity's first scene in the show has her envious over Twilight being born and raised in Canterlot, she admits she's a Canterlot pony at heart in “Sweet and Elite,” and a good chunk of her episodes are dedicated to her expanding her business' standing in Equestria. The major change here is that her getting the shop isn't the end goal anymore; she's since become more comfortable in Ponyville, and her managing a franchise dodges the thorny question about her abandoning her customer base in her hometown and leaving all of her friends with so many episodes left to go. It's still allowed to be actual progress for her, however, and with a shop in Canterlot, who knows where she'll expand next?

    The episode itself brushes up against previous Rarity episodes, particularly “Suited for Success,” but manages to keep things focused on the reality of the business end. Rarity essentially goes from a small businesspony in a relatively small town, to running a larger shop in the nation's capital. In Ponyville, she could take the time to know each individual pony, and create an outfit that matches their appearance and tastes. Here, she's surrounded by ponies who want the latest thing in fashion, and they will not wait around for the one person making the dresses to get to know each of them on a personal level.

    Sad as it is to say, Sassy Saddles is kind of right. Rarity will eventually need to hire assistants to make orders for her. She will need some kind of established workforce to churn out her designs. The episode makes it clear how horrible it is, but I don't think it's the industrialization itself that's bad. It's not brought up in the episode, but Rarity could have gotten some labor in there and shifted herself into more of a designer role, which would allow her to both create new outfits and help guide the ponies working for her in how to best sew her designs.

    The real issue is that Sassy Saddles is very short-sighted. She sees one thing that's really popular, and decides to reformat their entire business around promoting that one product. She refuses to accept any deviations (although to be fair, changing the design after the order has been placed is easy to see as a bad business practice), takes all of the glory, and goes so far as to call the shop her own. The implication that this has happened before to her might explain things a bit more. If Sassy Saddles has run other boutiques, and they have failed, then she might be trying so hard to keep this one successful that she started playing things too safe. Eventually, ponies were going to stop buying Princess Dresses and move on to other designers, and because there were no other designs on display at that time, Rarity's store would have likely shut down before she could promote a new product line.

    As for the episode itself, it's...a Rarity episode. It's very basic as far as Rarity episodes go, as well. The overall message and feeling is good, but a lot of the first act is taken up with exposition, and the third act is very rushed in imparting its lesson on Sassy Saddles and resolving Rarity's dilemma. This leaves the second act, which is dominated by Rarity's song, and it's the highlight of the episode. The way the song goes from an upbeat little thing about Rarity loving her job to a dour and depressing tune about how the creativity and soul has been torn out of her dresses encapsulates the episode's entire story, and the (somewhat reasonable) rejection of her last-minute change reinforces the elusive “price” Rarity seemingly has to pay to have her dream: her creativity and passion.

    There's really no laugh-out-loud moments, save perhaps for the sisters at the end. Yes, the goth pony and preppy pony were sisters, as AKR revealed on her twitter after the episode aired. It's a pretty blatant copy of the Pinkie/Maud dynamic, only this time with the ponies dressing in gowns inspired by Celestia/Luna. So it's kind of a shame that establishing line of dialogue was cut, because it creates a funny little meta joke about a pair of siblings who act like another pair of siblings dressing up like a third pair of siblings.

    As for the fat pony...

    I've said my piece on “fat shaming,” but after breaking myself out of the seething anger I am feeling for all of humanity at the moment (for reasons unrelated to this episode), the joke at the end really isn't one of those moments. The problem is that I can't figure out what the joke is. Is it just that fat ponies are funny? If so, it's not particularly amusing. Is the joke that she looks weird? Again, that's not amusing. Is she supposed to be conceited and self-interested? Because while her Cutie Mark has her face, she just seems interested in shopping for a dress. Still, the ponies aren't laughing at her, but instead about the Princess Dress being discontinued, so there's that little bit of happiness.

    Also, as many have pointed out, she does bare a resemblance to the picture on the inside of the locker door in “Tanks for the Memories.” She's a unicorn, so it's probably not her locker, but she may be related somehow to the pony it belongs to.


    I didn't dislike this episode, but I found it rather middle-of-the-road as far as Rarity's adventures go. The pacing is all over the place, and the piece is lacking in real funny or charming moments, but it's still an enjoyable peek into the basic realities of the business world, and it still advances Rarity's ambitions. Now for the next stop on her plans for global conquest...

    Next week, Rarity must save Rainbow Dash when she is accused of a crime she didn't commit. Unlike, you know, the many crimes she has committed and gotten away with.

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  • 4w, 2d
    The lessons of today's episode...

    * If somebody has a long string of failed boutiques attached to their resume, you may want to look a bit closer at what happened to them before hiring her.

    * Hiring assistants and others to help you complete massive orders is antithetical to the artistic expression that makes you love your job...but leaving a manager - one that just recently announced that she wanted to take over the shop you've dreamed of building your whole life and has been using you as factory labor - to run the place while you have tea parties with your friends back home is not.

    *  Any and all episodes of any television series involving a clothing shop will have to end with a fat person coming in to be mocked. We must do this in order to teach our children that only people society has deemed healthy and/or attractive deserve to wear nice clothes. That's because they are all horrible, lazy people that do nothing but eat and think about eating some more. They deserve to be pointed and laughed at in the streets. They don't have feelings worth considering. After all, if they just stopped eating so much, they wouldn't be fat, so it's entirely their fault. And make certain you target fat children. If they develop a sense of self-esteem, they may decry being treated as a punchline by hack writers, and that would upset the system.

    11 comments · 212 views
  • 6w, 1d
    So...about that new story...

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  • 7w, 4d
    And That's Terrible Chapter 4: The Follow-Up

    Well, folks, it took me three years, but I finally finished the brawl between a magic pony princess and the premier comic book supervillain.

    This took me forever to get together, for a number of reasons. First, I'm lazy and stupid. Second, there was no real way for me to get Celestia out of her predicament from the end of the third chapter without feeling like a cheap copout, which would have admittedly been in the same vein as the Silver Age comics this story was styled after. Then supplementary materials introduced Celestia's fiery "war form," and we had an idea.

    And third, I really didn't know how I would end it.

    The stuff with Superman and Luna was thrown in out of necessity. Originally, I wasn't going to show the battle against the robot army at all; Celestia just shows up after Luthor teleports away to find they've neatly dismantled all of them. I eventually realized this was stupid and a disservice to everyone wanted to see Princess Luna kick a robot's head off, so I figured I'd show a scene of them nearing defeat, cut back to Celestia, and then cut back to show them standing triumphant. After I figured out this was similarly a disservice, I finally just threw in the Mane 6 in a Big Damn Heroes moment, which is, again, appropriate considering the story's style.

    Celestia blinding Luthor was a part of the story since the very first words were typed out. It was originally followed by her bucking his armor over and over until it broke, but that didn't seem big enough for a climax. So we got a Macross Missile Massacre instead.

    In the original planned ending, all three heroes would have confronted Luthor at his bunker together. The cannon would have simply exploded when Luthor tried to fire it out of desperation, again because part of the door had damaged the crystals inside. The sudden Kryptonite exposure would have weakened Superman enough that Luna had to teleport him out, leaving Celestia with the moral dilemma. (And no, there was never a draft where Celestia left him to die. As much as it sucks for her, Celestia is a good pony that values life, and wouldn't let someone die simply to sate her own hunger.)

    The giant cake was directly inspired by a Silver Age Superman story, where Superman bakes a giant cake as a final farewell to Smallville before moving to Metropolis. (Clark Kent is moving at the exact same time, but surely that's a coincidence.) And yes, "Super-Baking" was a real power Superman had. The dude once had the power to shoot tiny duplicates of himself from his fingertips. He flew around the world really fast until it spun around backwards to travel through time. His sneezes could destroy galaxies. He managed to get out of paying the IRS a billion dollars - in the 1960s. I'm just saying that being able to bake stuff really good and really fast isn't Silver Age Superman's most bizarre power.

    There were originally two epilogue scenes that I ended up scrapping. The first was Superman sharing a piece of the cake with Lois, who is doubtful about its origins and his adventures with magic pony princesses. (Then again, the DC Universe has super-intelligent gorillas, martians, space rocks that turn you gay, casual time travel, and a civilian population that isn't suicidal like Marvel's, so it's pretty easy to see why magic ponies would be pretty believable.) The second was to jump companies and have the whole affair be watched by Doctor Doom, who is now planning his own conquest of Equestria. The first was dropped partially because I didn't like how the joke was coming out (and because the New 52 is stupid and I hate it and Superman and Wonder Woman do not go together stop building altars to Kingdom Come already and get your act together). The second was dropped because I didn't like how the joke was coming out, and really did not want to write a sequel to this.

    The one thing I did keep was Celestia winking at you. That was a deliberate shout out to how so many of Superman's comics ended with him winking at the audience after a lame pun or someone brushing off any possibility that he and Clark Kent are the same person. Nothing special, but it was important to me.

    And so Celestia has defeated Luthor. While she didn't get back the stolen forty cakes, she did get a giant-sized one, and isn't that what life is all about?

    See you in fifty years when I update something again.

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  • 7w, 6d
    Another fic has finally been finished!

    At long last, Celestia and Lex Luthor have their final battle!

    Behold it, in all of its letdown glory!

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  • 9w, 6d
    Rarity is officially a terrible pony

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  • 11w, 1d
    Something that may come down the pipeline

    Assuming I don't give up again, here's a preview of something new:

    By this time in the late afternoon, the front of Canterlot High would normally be overrun with hurrying students and teachers alike, rushing home after a long day of institutionalized learning. Instead, the place was abandoned, having been left to rot by faculty and student alike in the shadow of Spring Break. The city's teenage population had either left for various excursions far, far away from the confines of their daily prison (and in some cases, away from the watchful gaze of their parents), or had settled in for a long week of doing nothing productive.

    Nevertheless, there was one Canterlot High student who was eager – nay, overjoyed – to be standing in front of the school's famous statue. It was a girl with golden yellow skin, with a yellow-and-red mop of hair on top that made her look like the evening sky. Despite the oncoming holiday, her mind was still clearly locked onto her studies. Indeed, she had even brought her decently-sized backpack with her, and unlike her fellow teenagers, it wasn't currently stuffed with things that did not belong on school grounds. And to top off this bizarre scene, she was happily writing away in a massive, leather-bound book, quite unlike any journal you could buy at a stationary store or shopping center.

    I've got everything you asked for. Really, this is all so very exciting...and very you. The girl giggled to herself as she wrote that last bit. I have to admit, I'm a little scared, but it will be good to be ho-


    Sunset's thoughts and pen were sidelined as a mass of pink wrapped in pink and dipped in more pink slammed into her with the force of an F1 tornado. The poor victim had barely enough time to comprehend what was happening before she slammed into the concrete, although thankfully landing in such a way that avoided any lasting damage. Standing above her, however, was the most fearsome and terrifying thing ever conceived by man: a pink-skinned girl with poofy pink hair, pink clothes, and currently very red eyes. Sunset could feel the air tingle and burn with her rage as the pink one bent over, stopping only when their noses were but inches apart.

    This was one of her friends, Pinkie Pie...


    And in about five seconds, she was going to murder Sunset Shimmer.

    By the way, someone just basically did the same thing I was planning with this one, so it may be cancelled. Lousy laziness.

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  • 11w, 5d
    Today's comic in a nutshell

    Just replace "tomatoes" with "apples."

    Also, I freaking love it. Wonderful stupid b-grade cheesiness. Must buy. 10 out of 10. Needs to be made into an episode so I can watch it while wearing 3-D specs and munching on buckets of popcorn.

    4 comments · 123 views
  • 11w, 6d
    Comic Review Master List

    About time I got this up.

    Below, you will find a compilation of all the reviews I've done for IDW's FiM comics. While I used to review every issue when it came out, I'm now only going to review an issue if I feel like it. Nevertheless, I've gathered all of my incorrect opinions together. And if you want a quick reminder of what issues or arcs I recommend, I've even ripped off a much better Internet reviewer for your pleasure.

    Also note that many of these reviews are old, and do not reflect my current opinion of individual issues. (Especially the Rainbow Dash micro. I was in a very forgiving mood when I wrote that review.) Some have gone up in my estimation, and a couple have gone down. The recommendations below are a reflection of how I present feel.

    Friendship is Magic

    Return of Queen Chrysalis: Recommended

    Issue #1

    Issue #2 (Never Reviewed)

    Issue #3

    Issue #4

    Nightmare Rarity: Must Read

    Issue #5

    Issues #6-8

    Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair: Must Read

    Issue #9

    Issue #10

    Neigh Anything: Recommended

    Issue #11

    Issue #12

    The Salty Sea Mare: Okay

    Issue #13

    Issue #14

    The Bookworm Arc: Meh

    Issue #15

    Issue #16

    Reflections: Okay

    Issue #17

    Issues #18-20

    Manehatten Mystery: Recommended

    Issue #21

    Issue #22

    Issue #23: Pets to the Rescue: Okay

    Issue #24: Discord Who: Okay

    The Good, The Bad and the Pony: Pretty Terrible

    Issue #25

    Issues #26

    Root of the Problem: Avoid

    Issue #27

    Issue #28

    Issue #29: Ponymania (Didn't Review): Okay

    Ponyville Civil War: Avoid

    Issue #30 (Didn't Review)

    Issue #31 (Didn't Review)

    Attack of the Killer Apples: Recommended

    Issue #32 (Didn't Review)

    Issue #33 (Didn't Review)

    Micro Series

    Issue #1: Twilight Sparkle: Okay

    Issue #2: Rainbow Dash: Avoid

    Issue #3: Rarity: Must Read

    Issue #4: Fluttershy: Okay

    Issue #5: Pinkie Pie: Must Read

    Issue #6: Applejack: Okay

    Issue #7: Cutie Mark Crusaders: Recommended

    Issue #8: Princess Celestia: Recommended

    Issue #9: Spike: Okay

    Issue #10: Princess Luna: Must Read

    Friends Forever

    Issue #1: Applejack and Pinkie Pie: THE WORST

    Issue #2: Cutie Mark Crusaders and Discord: Okay

    Issue #3: Princess Celestia and Spike: Recommended

    Issue #4: Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor: Okay

    Issue #5: Fluttershy and Zecora: Avoid

    Issue #6: Rainbow Dash and Trixie: Recommended

    Issue #7: Pinkie Pie and Princess Luna: Must Read

    Issue #8: Applejack and Rarity: Recommended

    Issue #9: Granny Smith and the Flim-Flam Brothers (Can't find the review. I swear I did one. Anyway...): Meh

    Issue #10: Iron Will and Fluttershy: Okay

    Issue #11: Rainbow Dash and Spitfire: Recommended

    Issue #12: Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie: Recommended

    Issue #13: Rarity and Babs Seed: Recommended

    Issue #14: Spike and Princess Luna: Meh

    Issue #15: Applejack and Mayor Mare (Didn't review): Must Read

    Issue #16: Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon (Didn't review): Recommended

    Issue #17: Twilight Sparkle and Big McIntosh (Didn't review): Recommended

    Issue #18: Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy (Didn't review): Okay

    Issue #19: Rarity and the Cakes (Didn't review): Okay

    Fiendship is Magic

    Issue #1: Sombra: Must Read

    Issue #2: Tirek (Didn't fully review): Okay

    Issue #3: The Sirens: Pretty Terrible

    Issue #4: Nightmare Moon: Okay

    Issue #5: Queen Chrysalis (Did not review): Recommended

    Annuals and Specials

    Annual #1: Equestria Girls: Avoid

    Annual #2: Power Ponies: Recommended

    Equestria Girls Winter Special (Didn't Review): Pretty Terrible

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  • 12w, 6d
    Nothing remains

    I have nothing left. The spark that kept me fueled and writing is not even a wisp of smoke anymore. Every time I try to put words to paper, my brain screeches and twists around itself until I am forced to walk away. What kind of author is it that can't write without feeling agony for just doing so? I haven't had a good night's sleep in months, and I've passed out at work at least twice in the last two weeks - and that's when I'm not drifting in and out of consciousness or undergoing hallucinations.

    I wish I could bring myself to actually hate others, because then I could fit in with the other pony communities. Then I wouldn't have to bother anyone here with my idiocy.

    Sorry. Maybe I'll finish the review backlog soon. It's all I'm good for, anyway.

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  • 14w, 2d
    This episode...

    I went into this episode with trepidation. "Princess Spike" was a mess, and "Party Pooped" was only half of a good episode. I knew Larson was writing, but he's had his slip-ups before. I even joked to myself that it was "time to be disappointed."

    I'm sorry now, because this episode was perfect.

    The writing was excellent. The performances were spot-on. The pacing was strong. The moral was fabulous. Everything about it was on a level that, quite frankly, the show has never reached before. Any criticisms I have would just be nitpicks about the ending being a little rushed, or maybe Twilight being a little quick to jump on the apology wagon before she knew the full scope of things. Most of all, though, the episode hit me hard. I've felt emotional about moments in the show before, but this was the first one to grab me from the beginning, refuse to let go, and finally pound my face into the pavement with Moondancer's breakdown.

    I really don't know what else to say. This episode was simply wonderful. Thank you, M. A. Larson. Thank you, DHX. And thank all of you for reading this, despite me being a terrible friend.


    Also, the gift was FOR Moondancer. Our long national nightmare is over.

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

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

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

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

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#1 · 138w, 4h ago · · 2 ·

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

#2 · 138w, 4h ago · 2 · 15 ·

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

#3 · 138w, 4h ago · · ·


#4 · 138w, 4h ago · · ·

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

#5 · 138w, 4h 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 · 138w, 4h 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 · 138w, 4h 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 · 138w, 3h 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 · 138w, 3h 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 · 138w, 2h 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 · 138w, 2h 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 · 138w, 1h ago · · ·

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

#13 · 138w, 57m 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 · 138w, 39m ago · 4 · ·





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

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

#15 · 137w, 6d 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 · 137w, 6d 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 · 137w, 6d ago · · ·


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

#18 · 137w, 6d ago · · ·


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

#19 · 137w, 6d 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 · 137w, 6d ago · · 8 ·


Sorry, Luna's already taken that spot.

#21 · 137w, 6d ago · 2 · ·


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

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


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

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

#22 · 137w, 6d ago · 3 · ·


> it could still happen.

"Only on the Hub"?

Sorry, I couldn't resist :facehoof:

#23 · 137w, 6d 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 · 137w, 6d ago · · ·


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

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

#25 · 137w, 6d ago · · ·

Hey look a Faust Tweet

#26 · 137w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#27 · 137w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#28 · 137w, 6d 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 · 137w, 6d 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 · 137w, 6d 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 · 137w, 6d 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 · 137w, 6d 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 · 137w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#34 · 137w, 6d 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 · 137w, 6d 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 · 137w, 6d ago · · ·

Good to know, thanks!

#37 · 137w, 6d ago · · ·


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

#38 · 137w, 5d ago · · ·



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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