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  • 3 weeks
    S7E25-26 - Shadow Play

    Synopsis

    When Sunburst discovers the lost journal of Starswirl the Bearded, Twilight becomes obsessed with saving her magical idol from a thousand year old prison.

    Reminder: Links to download episodes are not allowed!

    233 comments · 7,205 views
  • 4 weeks
    S7E24 - Uncommon Bond

    Synopsis

    When Starlight gets a visit from Sunburst, she discovers that he has tons in common with her friends and starts to wonder if he still has anything in common with her.

    Reminder: Links to download episodes are not allowed!

    178 comments · 8,275 views
  • 5 weeks
    S7E23 - Secrets and Pies

    Synopsis

    When Pinkie Pie thinks she sees Rainbow Dash throw away one of her pies, she suspects the worst. Pinkie Pie attempts to catch Rainbow Dash in her web of lies…using pies.

    Reminder: Links to download episodes are not allowed!

    97 comments · 9,457 views
  • 6 weeks
    S7E22 - Once Upon a Zeppelin

    Synopsis

    Twilight is torn when she discovers the cruise she and her family are on is actually a themed vacation experience in which ponies have paid for the privilege of spending time with her. Will she be able to please both her family and the cruise attendees?

    Reminder: Links to download episodes are not allowed!

    209 comments · 7,845 views
  • 7 weeks
    S7E21 - Marks and Recreation

    Synopsis

    The Cutie Mark Crusaders start a Cutie Mark Day Camp only to find out that one of their campers doesn't want a cutie mark.

    130 comments · 8,328 views
  • 8 weeks
    S7E20 - A Health of Information

    Synopsis

    While helping Fluttershy gather supplies in a swamp, Zecora contracts a rare and terrible disease called Swamp Fever that threatens to eventually turn her into a tree, for which no cure is known.

    100 comments · 9,882 views
  • 8 weeks
    S7E19 - It Isn't the Mane Thing About You

    Synopsis

    (Having a hard time finding one for this episode)

    Apologies for the mega late post, I've been in Spain the past week.

    73 comments · 7,747 views
  • 10 weeks
    S7E18 - Daring Done

    Synopsis

    Rainbow Dash is distressed when she and Pinkie Pie discover that A.K. Yearling has announced her retirement from writing the Daring Do book series, thus ending her adventures as the titular hero.

    100 comments · 10,038 views
  • 11 weeks
    S7E17 - To Change a Changeling

    Synopsis

    Starlight Glimmer and Trixie visit Thorax at the changeling hive and meet his brother, the only changeling still unwilling to share love and transform.

    mfw looking through the trixie and glim tags on DB ordered by score

    162 comments · 11,610 views
  • 12 weeks
    S7E16 - Campfire Tales

    Synopsis

    When their big sister/little sister camping trip is ruined by Fly-ders, Applejack, Rarity and Rainbow Dash tell Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom, and Scootaloo the stories of their favorite legends. Inspired by the tales, the girls make the most out of their new situation.

    182 comments · 9,040 views
Apr
29th
2017

Episode Discussion » S7E4 - Rock Solid Friendship · 1:48pm April 29th

Synopsis

"When Pinkie Pie learns that Maud might move to Ponyville, she does everything she can to make sure her sister sees that it has more to offer than just rocks."

Comments ( 120 )

This should be good!

EDIT: Wow, I'm first :pinkiegasp:

4513387 That's cause I let you.:derpytongue2:

Hooray! Another Maud episode! XD

So... who thinks Pinkie would succeed or fail?

Haven't we done something like this before?

Actually if Maud does move to Ponyville, It kinda makes me wonder if their going to make a new mane 6

Maud: "Do you have rock quarries in Ponyville?"
PInkie: "We have whatever the plot demands."

I just realized something... we have no idea what Maud's cutie mark is, do we?

*predicts tons of 'It's a rock!' replies*

4513414 Ah. No wonder I didn't remember it.

4513414 Well, look at that. It's Tom.


Edit: Wait, WHAT. :rainbowderp:

Coloratura gets mentioned? Lyra gets mentioned? STARLIGHT AND MAUD KNOW EACH OTHER?!?
I Love this episode! :rainbowkiss::pinkiehappy:

So Maud is technically an accomplice to Starlight's evil plans. Damn, I did not expect that.

I'm liking Silent Derpy cameos.:rainbowkiss:
As for Maud still being the same, you can't improve upon perfection.

Trying too hard. These ones always seem to linger

4513429 Yeah, Pinkie's TTH moments just get annoying. The fact that Maud and Starlight are both on the same wavelength is saving this episode.

I can already see Boulder being used to put a villian into an instant KO.

Vigriff #21 · April 29th · · 2 ·

It's a sad state of affairs when your school only has one student. Pinkie continues to be disturbing with her antics. Thank you Maud for aiding a sociopathic dictator in enslaving people, you must be real proud of yourself.

And now Pinkie mentions about Starlight and Maud's grandfoals. Call me crazy, but why do I get this feeling she's trying to hook Maud up with Starlight?

This feels almost like a Bugs Bunny cartoon with all the slapstick. I actually laughed a few times.

I can relate to Pinkie Pie's enthusiasm, but I hope she learns when to let things be.

4513430 Totally along with the background ponies a bit.

I feel like 3 of the mane six have seen this before about being too forceful on something

Starlight really just threw it all out there. Oddly satisfying, yet quite saddening.

missed the the episode,is it any good?

Makes me wish we could see the other Pie sisters more

Was not expecting Starlight to appear in this episode, and I think they managed to give Maud some real development. It's just too bad they had to crank up Pinkie Pie's antics so the episode would have a conflict, it's not on the levels of "Luna Eclipsed" or "Filli Vanilli", but it's definitely up there with the likes of "A Friend In Deed".

So Maud and Starlight accidentally discover Palucidar (sans any dinosaurs so far) and now Maud is living there without having to get a permit. Seems legible.

Also: How are there any geologists and/or paleontologists if Maud was the only one at her school.

4513444 Sometimes Pinkie really just needs a reality check. Of anyone, I agree that Starlight is the one to give it to her. Twilight would hesitate too much.

So Maud has moved to Ponyville (adjacent) and is friends with Starlight. Trixie visits and spends more time in Ponyville and is friends with Starlight. As such, we could get an episode where Maud and Trixie meet on screen. People have shipped Maud and Trixie since we found out Trixie worked on the rock farm. So, now we have more shipping fuel for the pair.

Something really fucked up Pinkie Pie in her childhood to be THIS clinging to Maude...I get that her life's purpose is to spread laughter and joy throughout Equestria, but seriously, if she's this exacting that she has files on every single pony in Ponyville on what are their likes/dislikes and how to host a part for anyone you would think that there are times where ponies don't want to be with her. And that makes me a bit concerned about her. (Also can see what Pinkamena comes from, and no, it's not psychosis..)

It's not the end of the world if somepony doesn't like her--if anything her eccentric personality will turn off quite a few--but you would think that she' would learned this by now. Why is she still having to re-learn this? It happened with Cranky Doodle Donkey, and now with Maude. Not everypony is gonna be her friend. For Celestia's sake, get over it, Pinkie Pie. If you truly love your sister so damn much, love and respect her to her own decisions, she's not a foal anymore.

Things like that with Pinkie irritate me a bit. Sometimes she needs to leave her sister alone. If she wants to be so overbearing to one of her sister, she should focus all of that into her twin sister Marble.

This episode was not only hilarious, but also made me enjoy Maud even more with her character development.

Her aiding Starlight in Season 5 took me by surprise and made me laugh.

Pony onesies! Whcih is kind of weird, because who puts on more clothes to sleep than they do whilst awake?

Also, why was Maud wearing curlers? She clearly likes to wear her mane and tail straight.

BenRG #37 · April 29th · · 8 ·

Hrm... Okay, I'm a little disappointed in this episode. There was a lot of good stuff; Ingrid's deadpan delivery and the Maud/Pinkie polar duality is wonderful as always. That said, I do think that they pushed Pinkie's annoying obliviousness a bit too far to the point where it became absurd and a bit out of character.

I've also got to say that there was absolutely no need to use Starlight in this episode at all. Rarity would have worked better with the added bonus that she's spent time with Maud before (in The Gift of the Maud Pie) and I think that they could have had something in common and a basis upon which to share their professional passions. The use of Starlight in the role had a little bit of 'Let's find Chibi-Usa Starlight something to do this episode" and it felt a bit forced.

It wasn't an episode breaker really and the real alpha story of Pinkie having to be reminded yet again to let people find friendship in their own way was worth telling.

Overall? Not a fantastic episode but a good one nonetheless, one very much saved by the Pinkie/Maud double-act. Andrea and Ingrid do so much work to make two such different characters have such a strong bond of familial love.

Best quote:

Starlight: "Do you like anything other than rocks?"
Maud: "I like minerals... and crystals... and plate tectonics... and stand-up comedy."

BenRG's Rating: 7.5/10

Y'know... I thought that I was reconciled with the character of Starlight Glimmer but the minute Pinkie started raving about 'someone walking out of that [The Castle of Friendship's] door and becoming your best friend', I knew it was going to be Starlight and I couldn't help but roll my eyes.

4513466
and the start of a Starlight-centric cast for a Side-6 to go adventure on episodes without the Mane-6

Yet another episode that does so much well but has a glaring flaw. This is the third episode in a row with obnoxious characterization, first Trixie being a massive airhead and the Friendship Retreat, then Twilight pulling the same mistake she was teaching others to avoid in season 1, and now Pinkie at her almost worst. She did have a few good lines and to a point her actions made some sense, but damn, all the squealing and shrieking hurt.

The rest of the episode was so good too. This has been Starlight's best showing by far, Maud was hilarious, Pinkie had a few good jokes (the Maud impression and pizza delivery stuck out), and the moral was good (so far season has been 4/4 for morals). Still, with how annoying Pinkie was the best I can give this episode is an 8/10 (personally a 7 for me because Pinkie gave me a headache, but I can't stand really high pitches). It's a shame, if Pinkie wasn't so obnoxious, this could've been one of the greats.

4513463

The others have all graduated already, obviously.

Also am I the only one who thought Maud's new home was the Breezie homeworld at first? I swear it looks a lot like it. Which would also mean they've doomed the breezies to the dangers of the outside. A fitting end indeed.

Anyway, to me the episode felt... confused, about exactly what the conflict or message was. The moral was that you can't force somebody to do things your way, but in the end Pinkie did get Maud to do everything Pinkie wanted her to do. Hell, it was what Maud actually wanted anyway, so Pinkie didn't technically "force" anything on her, Pinkie's mistake was being an obnoxious little buttbuscuit to both Maud and Starlight, but that in itself wasn't really forcing them to do anything, and you'd think Maud would be well used to it. Since when does being friends require absolute privacy anyway? Are they trying to hint at Starlight/Maud?

If anything the final moral should have been "don't be obnoxious to your loved ones or they WILL HATE YOU", but I guess they felt that would be a little too intense for MLP or something.

Anyway, I liked the episode, it just felt a bit, well, "random" for lack of a better word, like it was written to get Maud to Ponyville and make Pinkie be funny rather than being written as a coherent story.

So near and yet so far. Maud was great throughout. Starlight was also very good, and the Our Town backstory was quite something -- though I really now want to see her meet up with Sugar Belle or Double Diamond and have to explain how she ruined their lives. Pinkie... yeah. It's fun to watch her in full OTT mode -- once. I suspect she's going to annoy me more every time I watch this, as she was almost at "A Friend in Deed" levels of annoyingness. So another good episode, but I'm still waiting for a true S7 classic.

As bipolar as Pinkie seems to me, I really wish that there would be a deconstruction episode on Why Pinkie Pie is how she is, and no, it's not because of the Rainboom all those years ago. The Rainboom seem like the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, so I wonder what happened to Pinkie and affected her so that the Rainboom was the catalyst to how she is now..

Of course, we have to remind ourselves that this is primarily a show for kids, so something as deep as a deconstruction probably would not happen, because it would be too adult oriented, and that little kids wouldn't get it.

4513516

Nah, Maud couldn't bond with any of the Mane 6 like that because they already had a whole episode establishing that Maud and the Mane 6 don't like each other that much ("Maud Pie"), they only put up with each other out of a mutual love for Pinkie Pie. It had to be someone else.

Not bad. Maud's cave looks like Pamukkale in Turkey where I was on vacation. 7/10

4513540 My guess is that Pinkie's life on the rock farm was absolutely boring and that boredom slowly drove Pinkie insane because of how mundane and empty it was to her, so when the Rainboom happened it pretty much changed her(for better or worse). We've seen how monotonous life on the rock farm was in Hearthbreakers.

Majin Syeekoh
Story Approver

“I like kites.”

Okay I just finished this episode and I really liked it. :pinkiehappy:

I wasn't expecting the writers to use Starlight to become Maud's friend, but hey it works (with that added flash back to establish a connection).

I really liked seeing Pinkie's family again and seeing how they are reacting to the event. I also found it funny that the only ponies there were the Pies. That means that.....no one really cares about that profession. My favorite parts in this episode was seeing Rarity and Spike gem hunting in that cave again. Calling back "Gauntlet of Fire" and just seeing the various characters getting thrown into the mix, like Lyra, BonBon and Derpy.

And you probably just realized this, but in that gemstone cave was the first time Spike was introduced to Maud. He didn't meet her when she was in Ponyville in her debut episode, so I liked the introduction. Personally I think Spike and Maud could talk about gemstones all day, considering Spike loves to eat them, you know because he's a dragon and all. In the episode (I think) Super Cider Squeezey 6000, we learn that there is a season for sapphires. I wonder if Maud ever gets hyped up for gem centered events? I bet she does considering she likes rocks. I bet those two could really hit it off if they got to know each other more and with Maud living in Ponyville (sorta), then perhaps we can get just that.

One more thing that really stood out for me was that this episode allowed us to understand Maud more......She's lonely.. and it's understandable. Even though it was sad to know this, I was still glad to know more about her since we only get the stoic personality from her.

Also....

Maud: Rocks take on different properties, when interacting with magic. With the right stone, you could rule over all of Equestria.

Starlight: You're messing with me,

Maud: Am I?

*stare off then Starlight laughs*

How do you know she was joking???

When I think of that, I think of the Bloodstone Scepter. A stone that has the power to summon dragons. This could be proof of what Maud meant. Maud's knowledge on stones is very interesting. It could be used to open a doorways to new fanfiction ideas.


One more thing. knighty, where are you getting these awesome pictures? :raritystarry:

A very good episode. Loved the interaction between Starlight and Maud.
I also think this is the most we've ever seen Maud smile in an episode.
This season has delivered so far, and I look forward to whatever's next!

Majin Syeekoh
Story Approver

4513583 oh my god

that’s such a detail they picked up on or already wrote into her character

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