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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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    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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    S7E1-2 - All Bottled Up / Celestial Advice

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May
7th
2017

When Rainbow Dash's parents discover she's a Wonderbolt, they show up at every event to cheer her on. However, their unabashed enthusiasm proves to be rather embarrassing and pushes Rainbow Dash to the brink.

#1 · 3w, 1d ago · 9 · ·

Should have more hearts

<3/10 IGN

#2 · 3w, 1d ago · 7 · ·

Parents are like that

#3 · 3w, 1d ago · 6 · ·

About time. <3

Let us hope we get something anything near as cute as a baby dashie with daddy flashback. LET THE CUTENESS RAIN DOWN AND PURIFY THE JADED SOUL!

#4 · 3w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

>>4523188 It's fine just as it is, >9000/10

#6 · 3w, 1d ago · 7 · ·

When Rainbow Dash's parents disc-

Stop. You sold me. This episode will be amazing. :pinkiecrazy:

Also:

>image but it's actually also a link that opens when you try to view it on the feed.

knighty, pls. >.>

#7 · 3w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

>>4523210

... The <3 is a heart, not indicating less than 3.

#8 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4523211

I hope that hogwash awhile back about the flashback of rainbow's dad not being rainbow's dad by the showrunners was just a joke...

Also Firefly ftw even though 99% sure she isn't in it.

Expecting something probably different

#9 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

Here's hoping that this isn't a simple "Continuously Fuck With RD" episode...

#10 · 3w, 1d ago · 3 · 15 ·

>>4523211 Fun fact.  Lauren Faust originally tried to get Firefly into the show, but copyright issues prevented it.  So in the seasons after she left, Firefly is only a mentioned Wonderbolts general.  If Hasbro was to get a Firefly design in the show, that would likely be a big "fuck you" to Faust.

#11 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

Wait a minute, is this episode being released early, too? Or is this just prep for next week? Canada's already a full week ahead of us. :twilightangry2:

#12 · 3w, 1d ago · 13 · ·

>>4523233 I fail to see how it would be an F.U. to her. I figured if they did get Firefly in this, it would be a nice nod to the original inspiration. Also, the copyright/trademark issues may have changed since then based on Hasbro releasing a Transformer under the name Firefly in the last couple years.

Sometimes, issues like these happen, like when Hasbro lost the rights to the name Bumblebee ironically around the time of Beast Wars.

#13 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4523233

Yeah, but would Hasbro even want to do that after what Faust created for the company?

I mean would Hasbro really want to upset Lauren Faust with underhanded trick like that ?

#14 · 3w, 1d ago · 3 · 16 ·

>>4523254 With what they've done to the series so far, I thought they already had.

#15 · 3w, 1d ago · 5 · ·

>>4523256

How so...Please explain it to me ?:rainbowhuh:

#16 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4523216 Yeah, I always fall in that image trap :rainbowlaugh:

#17 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

I can actually relate to this. I just hope they won't go too far with this and make another Dashie cringe-fest.

#18 · 3w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

Can I just ask, which idiot thought of Rainbow's dad's name? I mean seriously? I find it hard to take him seriously with a name like THAT.

#19 · 3w, 1d ago · 8 · ·

>>4523256 Do you always have to be a jerk, Kyurem? ...Really? Was that needed?

#20 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4523199 Oh, we all want that. Any time we see the Mane Six as fillies is always cute.

#21 · 3w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

>>4523266

Just wait till the Applejack parents ep. apparently despite repeated hints of being dead over the years, Hasbro has pulled a 180 and not only confirmed them alive, but apparently they have lived a Romeo and Juliet style romance when they met. Still no explanation as to where they have been for the past seven seasons...

#22 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

The stream is sticky and smells like maple syrup.:pinkiesick:

#23 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4523234 Yeah, it's airing in Peru today from what I heard.

#24 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4523192 Probably part of their jobs, embarrass their kids. I know from experience.

#25 · 3w, 1d ago · 5 · ·

I'm gay for Dash's mom.

#26 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

My stream crashed and I missed Rainbow Dash's screaming at her parents. :rainbowlaugh:

#27 · 3w, 1d ago · 4 · 3 ·

>>4523298 MY reaction to this?

:facehoof:

However this goes, it doesn't effect my own headcanon about AJ's parents one teeny iota.

Mainly because in mine, they're both dead and they're STAYING that way.

Well, with only ONE teeny exception that is. But that's hush-hush for now.

I also ain't using the rather lame names that DHX came up with for them. Stickin' with the ones that I came up with for them.

Same for Rainbow's parents' names.

I mean, seriously, WHY do folks let CANON things like that effect the headcanons for things like this that we fans come up with?

I mean, they're called HEAD-canons for a REASON, folks.

Not only THAT, but it absolutely boggles my mind WHY, if a fan doesn't like certain things IN a show's canon, and they come up with a headcanon that THEY like BETTER, then why all the boo-hooing and bellyaching about "Oh, that destroyed/shattered my headcanon about that!"

In THAT, case, what's the point in even come UP with headcanons that you think might be overturned in a later season, or whatever?

Effort in futility, right?

Me, I don't care WHAT the show might throw at us in Season 7 and beyond.

I have my own headcanons about stuff like this, and I'm stickin' to 'em.

Period.

No "ifs", "ands", or "buts".

Okay, yeah, I generally do my best to stick to canon when it comes to cartoons, shows and books that I like, but when the show's writers come up with ludicrous stuff like THIS?

I'll stick with my own headcanons, thank you very much.

#28 · 3w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

You're telling me that Rainbow Dash knew Lightning Dust prior to that one episode that I forget the name of?

Darn, I wish we saw Scoot's parents in a flashback.

Guess Soarin/Spitfire/Fleetfoot aren't that much older than Dashie.

Great episode 10/10.

#29 · 3w, 1d ago · · 1 ·

>>4523298 I think they are explorers like Daring Do! At least I think that's what Hasbro said.

#30 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4523233 or a tribute? Maybe get her to voice her.  Doubt it but maybe.

#31 · 3w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

>>4523343 Still wouldn't make them good parents, I mean up and leaving their kids without any notice to fend for themselves and work the farm with only Granny to watch them...? Can anyone tell me what's wrong with this picture?

#32 · 3w, 1d ago · 5 · 2 ·

This episode scares me. They managed to make super annoying fans not all that annoying for the audience. Even the squeeing wasn't that bad. Also, are we seriously going that angle with Scootaloo? She basically said she didn't have parents who supported her, either going the orphan route (in which case, wtf Dash) or just hasn't not particularly good parents. Nice to see at the beginning when the others suggested other ways to get to Cloudsdale, Scootaloo would've taken their ideas. The over active fangasms were a bit annoying, but a lot were funny (sound effect door was amazing) and it was supposed to be much more annoying for the characters. I really liked the Wonderbolts in this one too, as they never gave Rainbow genuine crap over the situation (unless when the stream skipped for me), just some teasing. Another great moral, another very good episode, though still short of an amazing. Still, the CMC have been freaking amazing for quite awhile now, and it's very nice to see them able to help their older sisters and Dash learn. Another 8 or 8.5.

#33 · 3w, 1d ago · 12 · 1 ·

>>4523281

He has said multiple times that being a jerk to people is basically why he comes to this site.

As for the episode, why is everyone talking like it's a Rainbow Dash episode? It was clearly a Scootaloo episode, she was the emotional center of everything that happened in it.

Anyway, I thought it was a pretty great episode. Structurally it wasn't anything amazing, but it had a lot of heart and sincerity behind it in the form of Scootaloo's reactions to everything, and the seeming confirmation that Scootaloo has been lacking a family all this time. She doesn't say she didn't have parents, but she basically says she didn't have parental support... which to a developing child, is basically the same thing. Scootaloo being basically "adopted" at the end by Rainbow's parents to cheer her on was really sweet, and a fitting continuation of Rainbow Dash taking her on as her sister in a previous episode.

A few chuckles, and a lot of heart. I give it a passing grade.

#34 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

anyone got a link to the episode

#35 · 3w, 1d ago · 2 · 4 ·

>>4523358 And he has yet to be banned yet why? Can someone answer me that?

#36 · 3w, 1d ago · 1 · 4 ·

>>4523344 The only 'tribute' I know was the hinting of Applejack's parents being deceased and making it canon in "Apple Family Reunion".

#37 · 3w, 1d ago · 3 · 11 ·

>>4523279 Haven't heard that kind of complaint since the name Bulk Biceps was canon. :rainbowlaugh:

>>4523281 You do know there's a group called "We hate what's happened to MLP" and I'm in it.

>>4523366 Oh, so are you the one following me and down voting me every turn?  If you're really asking why some users aren't banned yet, get a life.

#38 · 3w, 1d ago · 1 · 8 ·

>>4523358 Actually, I gave that up for the most part.

#39 · 3w, 1d ago · 3 · 4 ·

>>4523261 For starters, Cadance wasn't intended to be an alicorn.  Hasbro did that.

#40 · 3w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

>>4523376 Well, if you've seen the name you'd know exactly why I'm laughing at it. As for you getting downvoted at every turn, that's not me I can Pinkie Promise you that, but you do keep digging yourself deeper with the users who dislike you with pretty much every rude comment you make.

#41 · 3w, 1d ago · 3 · ·

>>4523298

:facehoof: The episode is going to about the PAST events.

#42 · 3w, 1d ago · 1 · 13 ·

>>4523383 Then these users who dislike me should get over me and move on and I'll do the same.  This means you.  Alright?

#43 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4523351 Yeah they didn't even come to Apple Bloom's Cute-ceañera I hope they get a talking to in that episode!:twilightangry2:

#44 · 3w, 1d ago · · ·

>>4523388

True, but Hasbro has always skirted away from any subject involving character death. (The closest theyve come to it was Tank's hibernation ep.) The ep will be a Romeo and Juliet story. Again it is highly doubtful they die at the end or there would be no AJ, Big Mac, or Applebloom. The ep is generating a lot of speculation as to where they actually are due to Hasbro pretty much announcing they are still alive despite  former convention interviews confirming them dead.

#45 · 3w, 1d ago · · 1 ·

This episode is just going to raise support for Scootabuse or Scootaloo Orphan stories isn't it?

Dammit.

#46 · 3w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

>>4523400

Considering Scootaloo was "spiritually adopted" at the end of the episode, her being an orphan has more canon support than her having parents ever did.

#47 · 3w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

>>4523398

The song AJ's mother is confirmed to sing is in a Flashback. For all we know currently the episode could simply involve Granny Smith telling the kids how their parents met. They don't have to show them dying at the end, just not say what happens to them after.

I couldn't find anything on the internet stating that their parents are currently alive.

#48 · 3w, 1d ago · 3 · 1 ·

The facial animations though...

Also still adds how Derpy is still Best Pony. :derpytongue2:

#49 · 3w, 1d ago · 22 · ·

Ok, I like it, but am i the only one who thinks that Rainbow Dash was right yelling at her parents like that? What they did is not really supportive if they act like crazy whatever she does. Such thing may actually discourage child from developing her passion to avoid embarrassment and bullying. And did they learn anything? No, as was proven by last scean. She did not even talk to them about how she felt. And  I know it all was joke, but it really may ruin someones life if only thing she know is such obsessive love.

Also, I catch Vapor trail and Sky stinger together, and  Sorin and Lightning dust as kids, with is weird since Raiobow Dash and her meet in academy for a first time. :rainbowhuh:

#50 · 3w, 1d ago · 9 · 3 ·

This is easily the best RD episode of the entire series, and the best episode of the season.

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