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  • 3w, 2d
    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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May
6th
2017

When Rarity surprises Sweetie Belle with a special day together filled with all of her favorite activities, she quickly learns that her little sister is no longer the little foal she used to be.

Reminder that this is the Canadian Treehouse airing. US is airing Fluttershy Leans In

Report knighty · 2,663 views · #season 7 #s7e6 #forever filly
#1 · 3w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

Can't wait.

#2 · 3w, 1d ago · 3 · ·

cant wait to watch that

#3 · 3w, 1d ago · 17 · ·

Why do such good artists deactivate their deviant art accounts? :fluttercry:

#4 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

YOURE THE CANADIAN TREEHOUSE ARIING

WJERE’S MY BOURBON

…new episode yay!:twilightblush:

Dan
#5 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

Claire Corlett is turning 18 in a couple months, IIRC.

#6 · 3w, 1d ago · 5 · ·

>>4522168

Claire in July, Michelle in September.

Holy time cliches, Batman they've grown up... as have their characters.

#7 · 3w, 1d ago · 10 · ·

Best episode of the season, so far. I liked that part where Marty went back to the past to meet Star Swirl the Bearded and convince him to make a friend, thus skewing Equestria into an alternate timeline where instead of Celestia and Luna ruling over Equestria. is is now ruled by Sunset Shimmer and Starlight Glimmer instead.

#8 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

Why the different episodes?

#9 · 3w, 1d ago · 5 · 6 ·

sniff... that picture brings a tear to my cynical eye... its beautiful.

Why did the showrunners give her such an ugly cutie mark shared with her friends... sigh, she was supposed to be a singer (which i hope will still happen) and the mark was supposed to have a personal meaning encompassing her as an individual and that "Certain something that makes her special" as Twist said in Call of the Cutie.

Also that's her G3 cutie mark in the picture, it looks pretty good, certainly blends much better with her colorscheme unlike the clashing mess that her G4 one is, no problems with it.

Ah well, we shall see what happens

#10 · 3w, 1d ago · 2 · 13 ·

>>4522147 Because the worst things happen only to good people and bad people get all the glory.  That's the way the world works.  Deal with it.

#11 · 3w, 1d ago · 5 · ·

>>4522217

Why did the showrunners give her such an ugly cutie mark shared with her friends... sigh, she was supposed to be a singer

I honestly kind of like the concept of the shared cutie mark, and if you recall, they did have an episode devoted to the three of them discovering what they can do on their own when not dealing with CM situations. Sweetie has a musical note and a star inside her badge (or whatever people are calling that part of their marks), so her being a singer as her 'secondary' destiny is a VERY good possibility.

Though I do agree that the color scheme of their cutie marks is a little... well, it could have been better.

>>4522215

Because all the voice actors are Canadian, so motherland gets first dibs on the newer episodes. :twilightangry2: (I don't know, but Canada is an episode ahead of us for whatever reason).

>>4522147

I remember putting this picture in my dA 'Favorites' list before that account went dark. I don't know if it's still there. :fluttershysad:

#12 · 3w, 1d ago · 4 · 6 ·

>>4522223

Problem is the "shared cutie mark" cheats canon on the description given by cheerilee back in season 1.

A cutie mark appears on a pony's flank when he or she finds that certain something that makes them different from every other pony. Discovering what makes you unique isn't something that happens overnight, and no amount of hoping, wishing, or begging, would make a cutie mark appear before its time.

Taking that literally it shouldn't have happened except by author retcon and/or deus ex machina.

They messed with it when they wrote about troubleshoes forgetting what his cutie mark meant too hence my problem with it.

This is just my personal opinion and you are entitled to yours

Also i'm getting off topic.

#13 · 3w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

This should be interesting...and cute.

Love the header, btw. Suits the theme of the episode.

#14 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

Wait is this today's ep!?

Edit:

Oh probably should have read the rest of it...

#15 · 3w, 1d ago · 4 · ·

>>4522251

First off:

this is just my personal opinion and you are entitled to yours

Thank you, and as are you. :twilightsmile: But if I may make an attempt to sway you...

Think about how many jobs there are out there in Equestria. Yes, a cutie mark is supposed to mark individuality, but how many ponies out there do you think may have similar cutie marks because they have similar talents in their fields? Take the Cakes: each has three of the particular type of dessert they are named after. Pound and Pumpkin will likely have the same, but that's speculative on my part. Point being, I can only imagine that there are other ponies out there who will also have similar marks to others.

When it comes to the CMC, as far as I can gather, the whole point of them having the same badge as part of their CMs is because they are destined to always be together, because each of them has a particular trait (or traits) about them that adds to their group as a whole to make it complete. At the same time, the inner part of each of their CMs shows what makes them different from the others, so each of their CMs is different from the others, but they have that shared badge because them being together is what helps them fulfill their destinies.

As you said, you're totally entitled to your own opinion, but that's mine, and my attempt to defend the writers' decision. If you're not convinced, I won't try again.

#16 · 3w, 1d ago · 15 · 2 ·

>>4522223 Except 1/3rd of the shield has the coloration of each of the CMC's mane color, so even if they aren't together, a part of them will always have something to remind them of their friends because of their cutie marks having each filly's mane color on a part of the shield. So, having the same shield coloration and shield shape, this is the unifying characteristic which marks them as a unit, signifying their togetherness/bond.

However, within the overall cutie marks are icons which signify their strengths and individuality. Sweetie Belle's cutie mark has a Star and Musical Note. Her strength is in music and entertainment. [I personally see the longer upward point of the star to signify that she's a rising star] Apple Bloom's cutie mark is an Apple and Heart icon. This then would not only identify her as a member of the Apple family, but also mean that her strength are in agriculture and nurturing occupations. Finally, we have Scootaloo's Lightning Bolt and Pegasus Wing. This lightning bolt could signify her swiftness as the idiom is: 'fast as lightning.' Then we come to Scootaloo's pegasus wing. Even if she never flies, she can still use her wings to propel her swiftly on wheeled contraptions along the ground. In addition to this, Mercury sandals of Greek mythology has wings upon his sandals. Thusly, it might indicate that she would make an excellent messenger pony and even a delivery pony.

The darker purple of the larger icon is probably to mean valor and courage (I.e., the Purple Heart), while the pink of the smaller icons probably are to signify the care and compassion they have for ponies who either don't yet have their cutie mark, or fully understand the possibilities their cutie mark may present to them. (As in the case of Bulk Biceps, in that he could teach others how to properly lift heavy items, given that he had already lifted every heavy item he could.)

So the color and shape of their overall cutie mark signify their unity as members of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, while the smaller icons signify their strengths special to each filly and indicates their individuality within the Cutie Mark Crusaders..

#17 · 3w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

>>4522300

This. Very much so this. :twilightsmile:

#18 · 3w, 1d ago · 4 · ·

Just watched the episode. It's not even half bad, and the title picture really speaks for this blog. Children grow up, find new things, move out, and eventually have families of their own.

At least Zipporwhill's still around. :ajsmug:

#19 · 3w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

>>4522251 ther are plenty of cutie marks that have similarities though, because no one singular field in existence is unoccupied. like how both octavia and vinyl have music notes as cutie marks.

also that does not say that they cannot share a cutie mark. and even then its individualized

#20 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4522147 It's totally unfair when that happens.

#21 · 3w, 1d ago · 5 · 3 ·

My favorite of the season so far and probably the best of it as well. Seeing the CMC actually more or less running a legitimate guidance service with many successes was amazing. After Luna helped them all through their dreams to learn about themselves, they're doing the same thing forward and the moral is very relatable. This episode wasn't really funny for me, most of the humor falling flat, and suffered a bit from conspicuous character absence like Fluttershy Leans In (seriously, no one considered Fluttershy for dog troubles? She literally could've asked what's wrong and problem solved), but the rest made it for it. Overall I'd say an 8 or 8.5 out of 10. Frankly, I'd say the CMC are alicorn worthy, maybe even more than Fluttershy.

Eh, might as well, my alicorn worthiness order: Sunset > CMC/Fluttershy > Rarity/Spike (honorary alicorn Spike at least, though I guess he could earn his dragon wings or something) > Applejack > Pinkie > Rainbow Dash > Shining Armor > Big Mac > Starlight.

#22 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4522218 At least try and have a little hope for some good stuff in the world.

#23 · 3w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

I think I'll wait for the U.S. airing. That is such a cute picture. And I enjoyed today's ep.

#24 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4522368 When I see it happen.

#26 · 3w, 1d ago · 7 · ·

this episode was so good. It summons up one of my personal mottos "best thing about puppy is that it's grown up and become adult dog"

#27 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

That was a nice little episode, it's great that Zipoorwhill (is that how you write it?) got some screentime, and Chipcutter was a cutie. Does anyone else hope that we see the CMC transition to the lanky teen body we've seen AJ and Flutters in? That would be really cool.

#28 · 3w, 1d ago · 3 · ·

Its like a sequel to Sister Hooves Social. Now its Rarity who is having trouble connecting with Sweetie Belle instead of the other way around. I was playing Let Your Mane Down after this aired and I realized how long its been since I first watched that episode. Its been at least 5 years. My how the time has flown. These Ponies sure have grown over the years. :pinkiesad2:

#29 · 3w, 1d ago · 7 · ·

Oh my god I wasn’t prepared for that bucket of feels at the end. ;_;

#30 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

Another episode with a plot that could've been avoided had Sweetie Bell put her hoof down earlier, but it was a heartwarming episode nonetheless

Although none of the CMC have gotten any larger than they were in Season One, oddly enough

It's been around four years in-show - you'd think they'd hit their growth spurt by now

#31 · 3w, 1d ago · 3 · ·

a exultant episode but I am wondering ware this is leading to??

Hasbro has a plan I am sure.

#32 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

I think my biggest issue is that instead of "on the job", they should've said "You've come to the right place, the Cutie Mark Crusaders are on the case."

#33 · 3w, 1d ago · 4 · ·

RIP USS TwistyPopxRarity

2017-2017

A ship sunk, a heart deflated.

never forget

#34 · 3w, 1d ago · 11 · ·

It's a Sweetie Belle episode, of course it's going to be perfect.

#35 · 3w, 1d ago · 3 · ·

Okay, this episode kind of reminds me of A Goofy Movie.

#36 · 3w, 1d ago · · 1 ·

Is it telling that the first thing I think of after seeing that picture is: "Damn, Canon Sweetie Belle doesn't have a cutie mark half that good"?

#37 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

Todays episode brought to you by the music, The Living Years, and Cats In The Cradle?

Especially given the name of the dog.

Never go back for the cat. :pinkiesad2:

For PTSD, I put this episode just behind Tanks For The Memories.

Im not sure how I would handle an episode titled, The Last Laugh, or, They Call Me Binky Pie.:fluttercry:

#38 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4522579 Neither was I :pinkiesad2:

#39 · 3w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

I had my fourth rewatch today. TwistyPop so close on a Rarity ship, many callbacks and on.

#40 · 3w, 1d ago · · 2 ·

>>4522147

Because they grow up and move on with their lives?

#41 · 3w, 1d ago · 6 · ·

Celestia worried about Twilight moving on, Twilight worrying about Starlight moving on, and now Rarity being oblivious that Sweetie Belle has moved on.  Anyone else noticing a pattern here? :duck:

This might be the only time I do this, seeing as I don't know if the Canadian broadcast has everyone pitched a semitone higher or if it's just a sneaky copyright dodging technique.  Either way, it sounds weird, and it's throwing me off.  But, I figured I'd catch up fully since, well, that's kinda what EqD is doing.

Sound issues aside, this was actually a very deep and poignant episode.  Sweetie Belle is not a little filly anymore, nor is Zipperwhil's puppy, well, a puppy.  I saw the juxtaposition for this coming as soon as we saw the dog, and it was expertly executed.  Perhaps Rarity has been very busy with her own career.  And Sweetie Belle with hers.  And I can imagine a lot of parents relating to Rarity's struggle of having to realize that their little one, isn't so little anymore. :ajsleepy:

#42 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

The best episode of the season so far, and of course it's a Rarity and Sweetie Belle episode.

I was hoping to see their parents again, but I don't fault the episode for not giving them a cameo.

#43 · 3w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

The episode can be summed up with an

"Aww they grow up so fast..."

Rarity was so out of touch it was embarrasing and it makes sense.

But yeah, like the bottled anger episode, SAY SOMETHING.

Found myself repeatedly clicking the video bar on sweetie belle's reactions to make my own makeshift youtube poop.

Overall it was pretty good.

#44 · 3w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

Not a bad ep, but I hope they do something more adventurey soon.

#45 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

The Feels! That's all I can really sum up the episode with.

Though, Sweetie Belle kind of reminds me of myself when I was growing up—especially with her sudden interest in experimental black box theatre over childish puppet shows, preferring healthy salads over junk food, and just getting annoyed with being thought of as a little kid. I think the show has done a great job with progressively showing her character grow up naturally and becoming more mature with every season. This episode was definitely no exception to that, and I really enjoyed the parallel story of Zipporwhil and her dog; it's like how other TV shows take similar plot lines, only to have them either intertwine or help accentuate a certain message the show is trying to tell its audience. Not my favorite episode of season seven so far, but still a great addition to an already solid season.

#46 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

When that I was and a little tiny boy

With a hey, ho, the wind and the rain

A foolish thing was but a toy

With a hey, ho, the wind and the rain...

#47 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

I thought it was a pretty decent episode; in my opinion, a definite step up from the bore that was the previous episode. I enjoyed the moral plenty and I can relate to it pretty well, as I have a younger brother of my own. I wouldn't call this my favorite of the season, though; nothing against it, it just wasn't the most interesting to me. Like I mentioned, I liked the moral, and I still appreciated the sister dynamic. It's still pretty reminiscent of how real life siblings interact.

Overall, I'd give it a 7/10.

#48 · 3w, 1d ago · 4 · ·

"Beating your viewer in the face with symbolism 101"!

They went a little TOO far with the parallel between Sweetie Belle and the dog, but otherwise I thought it was a pretty adorable and enjoyable episode. Also if they intended to make Sweetie Belle much older than the younger blankflanks, they maybe coulda actually made her a bit bigger than them. I guess that would require a redesign, but seeing the exact same Sweetie Belle from Season 1 talk about how much time has passed and how much she has grown is a bit on the weird side.

Also this is twice this season they've talked about it being "years" since Season 1, calling further into question just how much time has passed and why the CMC's haven't changed as much as they probably should.

#49 · 3w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

The SIsterhooves Social episode was only 2 seasons ago, I wonder how many of the things Sweetie wanted to do then - catch frogs, ride bikes, pillow fights, coloring - are things she still likes doing.

#50 · 3w, 23h ago · · ·

>>4522826 Yeah, and today we will get another parents-child story with RD

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