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    AlicornPriest's "Alicorn Time" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    The memories of today's story will stick with you.

    Alicorn Time

    [Sad] • 2,138 words

    Twilight, believing something has happened to her memory, seeks out Princess Celestia to see if she recognizes it and can offer a cure. But the answer lies far deeper in the root of her nature and her life as the Princess of Friendship than she would have ever expected.

    FROM THE CURATORS: It's not often that a short fic laser-focused on a single idea — especially an idea without direct roots in the show — makes us sit up and take notice.  "At the outset, this looks like a pretty typical 'bit of headcanon disguised as a story'," Chris said.  "That does, though, sell this fic short in one crucial respect: the author is able to deliver some truly heartwrenching moments in the back half of this.  Celestia gets a couple of absolute back-breaker lines, and the final sentence of the fic is heavy in just the right way."  Horizon agreed: "It's a headcanon fraught with emotional issues, and the author hits the right notes to effectively draw those out."

    That was due not only to the story's choice of topics, but also the choice of perspectives with which it approached the idea.  "I've had trouble with my memory my entire life ... so the idea of experiencing most of life only 'in the moment' doesn't seem that awful to me," AugieDog said.  "But AlicornPriest does a good job of conveying how devastating this is to Twilight and of following her through the stages of grief as she comes to realize how this is going to affect her and her friendships."  That was brought out further by strong secondary character work.  "The story also made an effective decision in Celestia's characterization," Horizon said.  "Her casual acceptance of the phenomenon just underscores how disturbing the situation is if you actually stop and think about it."

    Those made this work not just as an idea fic but also as a story.  "I've zoned out while working in the yard and 'lost' a half-hour or more before," Chris said.  "Alicorn Time is that feeling, writ large, and it achieved a poignancy as a result which few 'headcanon fics' can match."  And the fic's solid extrapolation of that phenomenon to immortality was what made it exemplary, Horizon said: "I think asking important questions about our own experiences through the lens of fantasy is one of the highest goals that a fanfic can reach."

    Read on for our author interview, in which AlicornPriest discusses tweening, Account Patterns, and zoned-out YouTube flickers.


    Give us the standard biography.

    Hi! I’m Alicorn Priest. I’m 24, I graduated from college about a year ago — English, as you might expect, though I also earned a BA in Chemistry. (Yes, there are Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry. Whodathunk?) I’ve been a brony since season 2 — I was there speculating when we were wondering what Discord was gonna look like, and I started reading “Background Pony” back when there were only two chapters out. My first fic (if you don’t count the terrible one I sent to the EqD reviewers) was posted up on ponyfictionarchive.net in March 2012. (It’s called “The Table at the End.” Go check it out.)

    How did you come up with your handle/penname?

    It’s kind of a funny story. When I made my first GMail account, I fancied myself a philosopher — really, I just liked to think about complex topics — so I named my first e-mail after my first name (which starts with an A), followed by “philos.” When I started making accounts on Reddit and such the like, I decided to make it easier for myself by making every account with the same pattern: a word starting with A, then a word starting with P. “Alicorn” seemed like the obvious A word, and “Priest” for P was the first word that seemed appropriate. I like the imagery it provides: one who worships and serves the princesses. One of my clients calls me Ali P, which I find adorable.

    Who's your favorite pony?

    Twilight Sparkle, almost certainly. I have the same personality as her: studious, awkward, friendly, and a little naive. Somehow, all of my fics seem to include her one way or another. Close behind are Rarity and Pinkie Pie — Pinkie’s my problematic fave, because while I really like her personality and background, I think her depiction in the show is done right only about half of the time. “When she was good, she was very good indeed, but when she was bad, she was horrid,” if you know the poem.

    What's your favorite episode?

    As much as I’m a season 1-season 2 fanboy, I’ve gotta give it to “Pinkie Pride.” Every song is spot-on, Weird Al’s guest appearance is perfect, and the thematics and character exploration are stellar. It’s the quintessential episode of the show.

    What do you get from the show?

    I remember when I first got into the show, I was stunned at the attitude and charm it had. The main character is an awkward student who throws snark at everyone she meets? Is that even allowed in kids’ shows? And it had such tension and drama in those opening episodes, I was immediately hooked. I suppose if I had to distill it down to one word, it’d be “relatable.” The characters have real problems, they struggle with their friends, and they overcome through conversation and apologies. The bright colors and poppy songs draw you in, but the relatability is what keeps you watching.

    What do you want from life?

    ... Wow, what a tough question. I suppose I could just point to Maslow’s Hierachy of Needs and say “that,” but I’d better explain a bit more. First of all, I want to be happy, but “happy” is such a poor word. It includes everything from the satisfaction of a job well done to the zoned-out flickers when a YouTube video is slightly more interesting than the previous one. Unfortunately, the latter is much easier to get than the former, so ... there’s that. Second, I want to feel as though I’m useful to the world somehow. I want to feel like I’m creating things people enjoy, or helping make people’s lives better — something that has value. I suppose in a venial way, I like getting praised for doing good work, so that’s part of it, too.

    Why do you write?

    I write because an idea gets lodged into my head, and I want to expand it out into a story. I get a vision of a scene, or a line of dialogue, or a source of conflict, and I want to see how it plays out. The hard part is all the little interactions to get from one major scene to the next — in animation, they’d be called “tweening,” right? Other than that, I write because I have some idea I want to share with the world, and either my blog posts or my fiction is the best way to do that. I come up with a story about how weatherponies came to be, or I want to share a connection between transactional analysis and character interaction, so I write a story about it or create a blog post discussing it. Recently, I’ve had people regularly commenting on my posts, which helps a ton. If I felt I was just spitting into the wind, I wouldn’t keep doing it. (Hence why I went dark a couple years ago.)

    What advice do you have for the authors out there?

    Network. Network, network, network. If you want to rise in the ranks, you need to take writing seriously. Part of that process is talking with the community here on FiMFiction and establishing yourself. Make friends, so that your friends will read your stories, and then they’ll recommend those stories to their friends, and so on. If you’re an introvert like me, this is really hard, I know, but you’ve gotta do it. As to writing advice, it’d be “write what’s important” and “character relationships give you more to work with than each character separately.” And the editor part of me wants to add, “Wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.” That’s Samuel Johnson, by the by.

    What inspired “Alicorn Time”?

    A couple of things. To a lesser extent, ruminating on what it would be like to be immortal, and how the passage of time would feel after long stretches. As Celestia explains in the fic, I felt the sort-of dissociative episodes would be a blessing, to save their minds from having to experience every single moment. (The science behind it is pretty circumspect, I’m aware.) Primarily, however, it’s based upon my own experiences of college and previous. I wasted so much time on books, video games, and the Internet that at this point, it all feels like a blur. I would have done no worse if I had simply blacked out at the start of it and coasted through unconsciously. So Twilight’s resolution to “make every picosecond count!” is my own desire, and Celestia’s response is my resignation at the impossibility of that.

    What elements would you consider essential in writing a successful “explainfic”?

    Hah! You used my terminology. You really did your research. The biggest danger to writing an explainfic is that the explanation, the caulking to fill the holes in the plot, is all you have going for the story. A good explainfic should also have strong character interactions, an arc as the characters grow and change, a central conflict that the explanation factors into ... you know, all the workings of any good story. So in “Alicorn Time,” as Twilight tries to cope with having this new condition, her attitude changes, and she struggles to decide what she’s going to do going forward. A bad explainfic will simply set up a condition for a character to ask, “Why does this thing happen,” a character explaining it, and then the first character saying, “Ah, that makes sense.” I’ll be the first to admit “Alicorn Time” is not a perfect fic, and one of its weaknesses is that the characters simply sit down and talk at each other. This is another weakness of explainfics, and the solution is to write a plot which can involve moving around and interacting with objects.

    Do you prefer planning your stories out ahead of time or letting them grow during the typing process?

    I love when little details appear mid-writing session, but I can’t rely on that to be the driver of my story. Sometimes personality quirks will change certain scenes, or the way I decide to execute a scene will create connections I hadn’t considered. For example, in a chapter of “Mother and Child” I’ve been working on, I discovered a place to put Cadance in the Beta timeline of Equestria which I hadn’t really planned when coming up with the chapter. I also noticed how the events Pinkie accidentally puts into motion will reflect a later scene where she does the same thing more intentionally. So that’s really neat. However, I’m not a seat-of-your-pants type writer, as much as I pretend to be. I find I get the best results when I can sit down (with a spiralbound notebook, not a Word document) and sketch out the chapter progressions, the character arcs, and the event timeline. Otherwise, I procrastinate because I don’t know what to write. Of course, even when I do plan, I procrastinate anyway, but eh. That’s how it goes with me, I suppose.

    Do you think Twilight will ever be comfortable enough in her alicornhood to unconsciously call Celestia by name?

    Heh. Twilight and I suffer from a pretty similar problem. When someone superior to us earns our respect, we tend to ... idolize them, just a little bit. I do it with all the amazing writers that frequent my blog, and Twilight does it with Princess Celestia. Talking with one of your idols isn’t quite the same as talking to one of your equals, even when your idol is your equal. (We’re all horsewords enthusiasts here, in the end. Even when one of my commenters has 17 times as many followers as I do.) So for me, that means putting them on a pedestal, and for Twilight, that means she can’t quite get over adding “Princess” to the front of Celestia’s name. I’m not sure it’s something she’ll ever get over, perhaps until she finds herself doing as much as Celestia does.

    Is there anything else you'd like to add?

    Hmm ... the shill in me wants to plug my new monetization strategy, but I’ll leave that for the readers to find on their own. What I will plug of mine, though, is my series of blog posts entitled “Writer’s Workshop.” Every so often, I share a particular trick that can help make your writing more interesting. I’ve used examples from South Park, the RPG Fate: Accelerated Edition, The Arrival of the Mail Train, and the psychological methodology of transactional analysis. I’ve also got a couple other stories people might like if they’re curious — my other smash hit would have to be “It’s Impossible!” (with the unofficial slogan, “The Ride Never Ends!”).

    Other than that, I want to thank all the readers out there. Thanks for reading this interview, thanks for making “Alicorn Time” as big as it has been, and thanks for checking out my other writings. Hope you enjoy. :)

    You can read Alicorn Time at FIMFiction.net. Read more interviews right here at the Royal Canterlot Library, or suggest stories for us to feature at our Fimfiction group.

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  • 5w, 4d
    Announcing EFNW Scribblefest 2017 Winners!

    After much deliberation, reading, rereading, and judging we finally have our winners for the Everfree Northwest Scribblefest 2017!

    I want to first congratulate all of you who submitted your hard written stories!  We had a field of 36 contestants, and that’s amazing!  Thank you so much for all your hard work that you do!  Now, without further ado, our finalist and their respective categories!

    Twilight Sparkle Award

    Ebon Quill with “Slouching Towards Canterlot”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/366340/slouching-towards-canterlot

    Twilight was a tough fight, and it got down to the wire in the end between the final four stories!  Excellent job, Ebon Quill, writing a story that showed you did the research and made sure everything was picture perfect!  Just like Twilight herself would love!

    Rarity Award

    Loganberry with “The Book of Ended Lives”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/365846/the-book-of-ended-lives

    This story was gorgeous, and it was a clean sweep with all 6 judges voting for it.  Both pieces in this category had beautiful, flowing prose, but ultimately the gorgeous flair that Loganberry had for his piece won him the prize!  Beautifully written, Loganberry!  

    Rainbow Dash Award

    Novel-Idea with “The Cycle of Flame”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/366378/the-cycle-of-flame

    To win in this category, the story had to be 200% cooler than all the rest, and Novel-Idea’s piece swept this category with all 6 finalists voting for it.  It was a tough decision, but his ability to write action, turmoil, and involve a side of Philomena that we don’t see in the show made for an amazing piece of fiction.  Way to be awesome, Novel-Idea!

    Pinkie Pie Award

    Posh with “The Next Best Thing”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/366330/the-next-best-thing

    We wanted to have a funny, snickering, hilarious story to win this category.  Posh actually manage to make us smile in this one as well.  His piece was equal parts funny, heartwarming, and sarcastic, just like we’d expect if Diamond Tiara were interacting with Spike and Starlight Glimmer.  Posh, you were nominated in 4 categories, and we all loved your story by degrees!  Excellent work!

    Applejack Award

    Apple Bottoms with “Nihtmer Niht”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/366417/nihtmer-niht

    The Applejack Award was one of the most contested categories we had for judging.  Ultimately, Nihtmer Niht ended up winning out in the end for being very true to the show.  The theme showed strongly throughout the story, and we loved the Aesop at the end, which really made this story win.  Hard work paid off in the end, didn’t it, Apple Bottoms?

    Fluttershy Award

    The Hat Man with “Freedom Flourishes”

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/366521/freedom-flourishes

    The Fluttershy award has to be my personal favourite category, because I love heartwarming stories.  This story made all of us tear up at the end.  The Hat Man expertly blended past with present through a series of flashbacks in this heartwarming tail, that took all of the judges by surprise.  Freedom Flourishes was an extremely touching piece, The Hat Man.  Fluttershy would be proud.

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    SA Reviews #102

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  • 6w, 1d
    S7E1-2 - All Bottled Up / Celestial Advice

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Apr
30th
2017

I debated on whether we should have early posts and I decided, you know what, you're all going to watch it today anyway.

Fluttershy is determined to make her career dreams come true with the help of some very special ponies. But when her true vision is not being executed properly, she must find a way to stand up and fight for her ideas.

#1 · 4w, 15h ago · 2 · ·

Damn right.

#3 · 4w, 15h ago · 5 · ·

I'm fairly convinced you follow Evehly because of her adorable (and smexy) depictions of Fluttershy.

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#4 · 4w, 15h ago · 9 · ·

>>4514544

Hol' up we have an internet detective here

#5 · 4w, 15h ago · · ·

>>4514544

I was greatly amused by Evehly's recent art of Celestia's haunted bits.

#6 · 4w, 15h ago · · ·

>>4514546 You're either having a nosebleed or heart attack when it comes to Eve :rainbowlaugh:

#7 · 4w, 15h ago · 1 · ·

Dang it Canada :facehoof:

#8 · 4w, 15h ago · · ·

>>4514553

recent art of Celestia's haunted bits

"Recent"

You mean the one posted back in February?

#9 · 4w, 15h ago · 1 · ·

I debate on whether we should have early posts and I decided, you know what, you're all going to watch it today anyway.

Goddamn right :ajsmug:

#10 · 4w, 15h ago · · ·

Are one of the "special ponies" in the description Discord? I really hope it is!!!!:pinkiehappy::pinkiegasp::heart:

#11 · 4w, 15h ago · · ·

I'm not

#12 · 4w, 15h ago · · ·

>>4514560

Wow. Time flies when you're old.

#13 · 4w, 15h ago · · ·

>>4514567

You must be older than me to say that haha

#14 · 4w, 14h ago · 11 · ·

A part of me wonders if they'll expand Fluttershy's fondness of anime and have her make her own anime, only to have so many 'creative changes' happen...

...Kinda like that one episode of Family Guy featuring Elijah Wood and James Woods

#15 · 4w, 14h ago · 3 · ·

Damn kids. Can't wait till next weekend to watch it. Noooooo you have to see it now.:derpytongue2:

#16 · 4w, 14h ago · 5 · ·

I'm waiting till next week like a good little boy

#17 · 4w, 14h ago · · ·

I hope that I'm able to see this, but given that I can't seem to find the newest episodes of "Transformers: Robots in Disguise"...

#18 · 4w, 13h ago · 12 · 1 ·

Honestly? Apart from Fluttershy being more confident (which is always a good thing to see), this was...a really, really forgettable episode. 7.5/10, full review Saturday as usual.

#19 · 4w, 13h ago · 3 · ·

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM I can't find a stream to watch. :/ I suppose I'll have to watch it next week or whenever someone posts to youtube.

#20 · 4w, 13h ago · 6 · 1 ·

Well, this episode existed. Fluttershy not taking crap from anyone was neat (oddly missing Discord, especially since Starlight had a one second cameo), but that's all there was. The new environment they set up was nice and it wasn't another season 1 or 2 repeat. Honestly though, this episode didn't have any major flaws but nothing except for Fluttershy actually taking charge really stuck out either. Another 7/10 or so. 5 episodes in and nothing spectacular, but no duds either, all of it has been average. Celestial Advice is probably the strongest of the season overall, though depending on how much the flaws mattered to you, All Bottled Up or Maud's episode could easily top. This and Flurry's episode were good, just nothing great came out of them.

#21 · 4w, 13h ago · 13 · ·

A very Canadian episode about dealing with an overburdened medical system.

#22 · 4w, 13h ago · · ·

Coming back to this, I never realized the episode was leaked, and I'm now kicking myself for not noticing...

#23 · 4w, 13h ago · 4 · 1 ·

I've got to say that this one felt a bit forced. The idea was good and I got the point of the first two reels. However, I got the impression that the resolution was thrown together in a bit of a hurry when the writer (G M Berrow) realised that she was running out of time to do it.

Don't get me wrong; the ending wasn't wrong and it was certainly in-character and also respected how Fluttershy has grown as a character since her introduction. That said, I can't help but feel that it was a third reel quick-fix that came about because of run-time pressures.

I have to agree with commentators elsewhere that the surprise guest-star was actually unneeded based on how the episode was concluded. If we'd had a brief indicator of how Big Daddy McColt was able to teach the Mane Six how to use natural materials in a sustainable and harmonious way then that simple five minute or less addition would, in my view, have made the episode much more complete. Really, all that was needed to re-balance the length of the segments when the 'experts' are introduced and then fail to respect Fluttershy's creative vision in favour of the resolution and this episode would have been much better.

BenRG's Rating: 7/10

#24 · 4w, 12h ago · 1 · ·

:rainbowderp: Another episode already! That caught me offguard.

#25 · 4w, 11h ago · 7 · ·

The gap between seasons is long enough already.  I'll stick to one per week, thanks.  :ajbemused:

#26 · 4w, 11h ago · 13 · ·

Okay, now I'm caught up. So we finally get to see giraffes and deer in Equestria... as nonsapient beings without a known society. Guess that ruins a few headcanons, huh?

#27 · 4w, 11h ago · 5 · 1 ·

Definitely not my favorite this season. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly competent and it succeeds at what it tries to do, but it's just so bland and forgettable. I did like how it showed how assertive Fluttershy has gotten, but that's about it. I wouldn't turn off the TV if it showed up, but I wouldn't exactly pay attention.

So I'm going to give it a 6/10.

#28 · 4w, 11h ago · 2 · ·

I like Fluttershy so naturally I liked this episode where her character progression is clearly demonstrated, but at the same time it felt so forgettable. Nothing of note happened besides building an animal sanctuary that will probably be forgotten by the next episode and never show up again. It wasn't bad, but I would rank it similarly to the last 4 episodes: average.

#29 · 4w, 11h ago · · ·

Episode really felt like nothing happened and it kind of worked against the message of "Suited for Success"

#30 · 4w, 10h ago · 8 · ·

Is anyone else wondering about that giraffe? The way the episode was presented seems to indicate that it was just another animal, which is bound to throw at least a few wrenches in a few headcanons regarding them, including mine. You would think that, with how similar her eyes were to that of a pony's, it would indicate sapience.

#31 · 4w, 10h ago · 7 · ·

>>4514782

Yeah, it's kinda weird. In the comics there's a whole story arc where they interact with a sapient deer civilization. Not that the comic is holy gospel or anything.

#32 · 4w, 10h ago · · ·

I did wonder where they were going to go with this story as it could have ended up with a trust the experts, they know their thing more than you do, moral given the vagueness of Fluttershy's plans. Still it was nice to see Fluttershy being large and in charge and I didn't expect a Big Daddy cameo, the rest of the family would have been nice. It was a shame they didn't use Discord through given he could have literally made Fluttershy's dreams reality.

#33 · 4w, 9h ago · 24 · 2 ·

I feel like this episode's heart was in the right place, but that it was... flawed in regards to the lesson it was trying to teach.

Having dreams is a great thing. Pursue the things you're passionate about and have a goal you're striving for. Even be willing and able to stand up for your creative vision.

However, don't blindly insist your vision is correct to the exclusion of all other opinions, as in real life achieving a dream requires compromise and sacrifice. Don't run after your dream without a cohesive and sensible plan, and be willing to adapt as needed as you inevitably encounter obstacles and challenges. Certainly learn how to communicate your ideas in a way that other people can understand and be able to work together with others to help a dream come to fruition, rather than get angry every time your poor ability to communicate creates problems.

Making a dream, any dream, creative or otherwise, into a reality is a hard process that often runs into all sorts of practical problems that you never considered during the "dreaming" portion of the process. Its important for people, especially children, to learn that their "dreams" don't just automatically happen and that stubbornly and "assertively" driving them forward is going to cause even more problems in a world that doesn't bend over for you just because you want it to. Striving for our dreams is as much about compromise, adaption, and staying strong in the face of making changes to plans and still moving forward. Its not about getting irritated and angry every time you don't get things your way and blaming others for not listening to your "vision". Your vision might well be wrong, at least in part. So communicate, confer, and even be willing to compromise with the people helping you out. Don't give up on your dream, but don't try to hammer it through without taking into account the practical issues you'll no doubt encounter along the way.

In the end the dream you achieve might not match up exactly with the one you originally thought up, but the real life result might prove better, stronger, and more amazing than anything you dreamed up.

Or, you know, teach children that if they don't get their way then all they have to do is get obstinate, shout, and get rid of the people that don't agree with them, never listening to any other opinion or ideas outside of their "vision". That's a great lesson for kids, right?

#34 · 4w, 8h ago · · ·

I posted my review on The Writers Group, but I might as well post it here, also.

Turns out there's Fluttershy 2 in Ponyville, and she takes care of animals even better than Fluttershy 1 does. When Fluttershy 1 breaks Angel's Bunny leg, she brings him to Fluttershy 2 because she couldn't be bothered to help any animal anymore.

Since Fluttershy 1 is useless, Fluttershy 2 finds herself up to her neck in animals. It is then that Fluttershy 1 decides to shed all of her character traits and become a Boss, which isn't even her final form. She evolves further and employs master-slave tactics to have other ponies build her a Paradise in Equestria. They try their best but it's not good enough for Evolved Boss (former Fluttershy 1). She puts her hoof down and breaks all their efforts, then banishes them out of corrupted Paradise.

Fluttershy 1 in her Super-Sayan-7-Evolved-Boss form gets herself new slaves and brainwashes them to only see the world through her eyes. They build Paradise in Equestria and every animal lives happily ever after.

#35 · 4w, 8h ago · 1 · ·

>>4514836 This guys put it best, I agree 100%. Good episode, but flawed... still enjoyable, the message just kind of nags on you a bit... Also,

Or, you know, teach children that if they don't get their way then all they have to do is get obstinate, shout, and get rid of the people that don't agree with them, never listening to any other opinion or ideas outside of their "vision". That's a great lesson for kids, right?

This. This^. THIS.

This is an important clarification that needed to have been made. Not to start a politics arguments, but... well, our current White House apparently confirms that this is a legitimate strategy. This is not the way I would want kids to be educated. It's true, don't rely on experts 100% or expect them to be ALWAYS right, but evidence and facts should be important to consider, not just thrown aside or regarded as wrong or, say, fake. This is a clarification that EVERYBODY needs to learn, whether you are an average working Joe or the leader of a complex country.

#36 · 4w, 7h ago · 7 · ·

>>4514836

Everything you said makes sense, on the other hand the ones who she was conferring with basically completely ignored her, so her frustration was warranted. Even if the inital 'blueprints' were a cobbled together mess, her verbal instructions were thown out the window or intentionally misinterpreted to make it so they wouldn't have to actually do what Flutters wanted in the slightest. "We used the trees" You know that isn''t what she meant. "The fabrics are organic" But they still aren't the colors she explicitly asked for. "I put pillows in the cages that she outright told me she didn't want" Just...ugh.

#37 · 4w, 7h ago · 3 · ·

>>4514942

I agree that the three that were brought in to help weren't doing a very good job of communicating either, which is why I feel the episode was kind of flawed in its lesson. This really should have been about learning to communicate and compromise in the pursuit of one's dreams, rather than teaching that if people don't listen to you or agree with you then just get rid of them and push onward with your own vision regardless. That's... not really very effective a method in real life. I would've liked to see the episode have a more balanced view where maybe Fluttershy also realized that maybe parts of her vision weren't quite right, and that the helpers also learned to listen better. After all, Fluttershy might know animals and how to take care of them, but an animal sanctuary is an entirely different and new level of responsibility beyond just caring for a few animals in her house. Fluttershy probably has a lot to learn about how to run one properly, and deal with all the problems such a sanctuary would encounter that go beyond her "expert" experience... but the episode just kind of paints her as 100% correct, and I just don't feel that's part of a teaching a good lesson to children. The episode made it look too easy to achieve one's dreams and that all you have to do is be stubborn about what you want and not listen to outside opinions because clearly you know best and how could you possibly be wrong about your dream?

Trust me, in real life, you can often be wrong about your dream. That doesn't mean its wrong to dream, or pursue it passionately. But compromise, adaption, and communication are so much more important than what this episode suggested they were, which is why it kind of rubbed me the wrong way.

#39 · 4w, 6h ago · · ·

7/10

#40 · 4w, 6h ago · 5 · ·

Now I'm kinda sad that Giraffes have now been revealed to be just animals in equestria:fluttercry:

But the one we did get was cute.

>>4514782

>>4514795

Yes indeed, Faust would not have approved, from her interviews she imagined most of the hooved species were intelligent except pigs.

I always imagined them as friends of the zebras in their land but sadly it was not to be.

#41 · 4w, 6h ago · 3 · ·

>>4514994 I know, it sucks! I mean, Giraffes are in the same family as cows and oxen, aren't they? So why aren't they sapient like the cows on the show? Or the sheep, for that matter.

#42 · 4w, 4h ago · · ·

I think I would have liked this more if they hadn't covered this sort of thing in "Suited for Success," with Rarity, who was more likely to scream than F-shy.

#43 · 4w, 4h ago · 2 · ·

I honestly had no idea this was even leaked. I'm kind of glad I did jump the gun and watched, because now I won't be holding my breath for a good episode. >>4514836, >>4514927, and >>4514942, your interchange was perfect. Exactly what I was thinking. Very forgettable episode, and the lesson was not well-clarified at all. Seeing Fluttershy bring out her assertiveness again is nice for developing her character, but that was basically all it was good for. When that assertiveness was the actual conflict, like it was in "Putting Your Hoof Down," that made for a memorable episode.

6/10 at most.

#44 · 4w, 4h ago · 3 · ·

>>4514836

Or, you know, teach children that if they don't get their way then all they have to do is get obstinate, shout, and get rid of the people that don't agree with them, never listening to any other opinion or ideas outside of their "vision". That's a great lesson for kids, right?

You have a fair point, but those ponies who worked for Fluttershy never even took in what she said, and the fact that they immediately made the sanctuary so "drab" because they only wanted what they wanted without taking in consideration of what she has told them, the animals couldn't even make a good living out of it. What is to be blamed? Poor communication or selfish desires? Also Fluttershy had a pretty neat design shown in the episode, so it should be clear to us that a dream does need a cohesive plan.

Yes it's true that experts are not perfect, and they sometimes will need to open their minds to outsiders' ideas. However, the fact that those ponies who sloppily mis-constructed her design were the ones who lacked communication, and since they absolutely have zero vision of how nature or wildlife functions, it's almost always the expert who should do most of the thinking.  That was what one large chunk of what the episode was trying to convey to its audience.

By the way, now that you have mentioned "exclusion of all other opinions", this episode was similar to S1E14 (Suited For Success) in many ways. The reason Rarity's reputation was damaged was because she accepted the opinions of her friends, who are nowhere fashion expertise (except for Fluttershy, she had a lot of detail in her comment on Rarity's design). In the end, because she was sympathized by her friends, Rarity was able to choose what was best for each of them and made her redemption as a true fashionista.

With that said, both episodes convey the same message: Being open minded and welcoming of others' ideas is one thing, but believing in your own strengths over peer (or stranger in this episode) pressure is just as important.

#45 · 4w, 4h ago · 7 · ·

>>4514836 I want to start by saying that I strongly agree with most of your review, however, I think

>>4515143 also makes a very strong point. Fluttershy DID kind of have a right to be mad at them because they completely ignored her, and made everything unlivable for the animals that she knew so well. It was really a moment of "Step aside, little lady, and let the real professionals handle this", other than, "I disagree with your opinion and you must listen to me", that i think got under Fluttershy's skin. She didn't want to be pushed around so she had to stand up for herself in the moment.

However, the speed of that scene is also my biggest problem with this episode. It all felt too rushed and somewhat incomplete. While I commend Fluttershy for becoming so bold over the years and G.M. Burrow for showcasing such strong development, I feel like she solved her conflict a little too easily. It was like there really wasn't too much of a conflict for her to really face, other than pull herself back up by the bootstraps after one minor setback and press on. I could have seen the trio of workers trying to win Fluttershy's trust back and try to compromise with what she wanted to do, while also helping to meet their own standards. If something like that was included, then yeah, I could have seen more of a conflict of Fluttershy trying to trust others and work together towards a more common goal.

So while I was somewhat satisfied enough with how this episode turned out, I definitely wouldn't call it Fluttershy's best episode. It really felt like a first draft of a script that didn't have enough time to completely flesh out and be something great. And this is coming from someone who has enjoyed nearly all episodes of Fluttershy in the spotlight.

tl;dr—It was good enough, but could have been a lot better with stronger execution. 7/10    

#47 · 4w, 1h ago · · ·

This a very good episode I'm sure some people are going say that Fluttershy was being bossy, but she wasn't she hired them made clear what she wanted, but I'm not sure why these other business ponies forgot the number one rule 'the customers always right' but I think that this episode show what much Fluttershy has grown as character. Anyone find odd that it's another Fluttershy episode that leaked early, just like 'Scare Master'.

#48 · 4w, 1h ago · 1 · ·

>>4514892 Now Bad dragon that's nor really fair calling the vet Fluttershy, just because she does because they do the same job. I mean do you call every farmer you see AppleJack?

#49 · 3w, 6d ago · · ·

>>4515400 Everything about her screamed Fluttershy. She didn't have the heart to throw out the animals that got better. Come to think of it, Fluttershy 2 was more of a Fluttershy than Fluttershy 1 in this episode.

#50 · 3w, 6d ago · 6 · ·

>>4514795

>>4514994

I think I've decided to continue believing that giraffes are a sapient species, it's just the giraffe we saw was forced to go to the local vet because none of the pony doctors knew how to care for a sick giraffe, whereas a vet would have a somewhat broader field to reference from. As for why she hangs around the sanctuary, I think I shall deduce that she just likes spending as much time around animals as Fluttershy. She also doesn't talk because she can't speak plain Eqush, although she does understand it. That's my headcanon, AND I WILL GO DOWN WITH IT!

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