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Sep
9th
2018

Episode Discussion » S8E21 - A Rockhoof and a Hard Place · 11:48am September 9th

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The Mane Six help Rockhoof fit in to modern-day Equestria.

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Normally, the Fish Out of Water trope is used for comedy. Nice to see it be seriously explored for once. :ajsmug:

This episode was so deep and engaging. Rockhoof's plight was very poignant, especially when he essentially contemplated suicide. And his stories really showcase the power of myths and tall tales in modern-day society. So, yeah. I really liked this one. :pinkiehappy:

Oh, the plucker's on you, "Steve Rogers", cuz you have a lot of catching to do ever since you got out of that void of "ice" or should I say, Limbo.

Yup, you're the rock-straddled pony with a strategy.

While the episode from season six with Trixie hinted at suicide this was far more blatant. What was more disturbing was Twilight was about ready to help him do it, even if she was reluctant.

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To be fair, it was established that she would undo the spell when they were able to find a place for him in the New World.

just send him to the yak as a ambassador problem solved

This is an unexpected but amazing episode for me. Here are my thoughts…

Yona is so adorable! ^3^

Bulk Biceps just got his cherry popped by Rockhoof. I'm surprised he can still get up and run like hell!

When Bulk Biceps ran out, that mare in the bottom right corner of the screen looks like Pinkie Rose.

It would be really cool if Rockhoof made his own Folk Metal band. Something similar to Ensiferum or Skiltron.

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I think the same. This was deep, and interesting. You can also take from it, how older people should to feel they are needed when they can't do their old job anymore. Yona is a cute grandaughter, and Rockhoof is like her grandpa in this episode.

nice bit of scientific fact with the movement of the stars over time, dont know why but it was nice to hear. i would love to see Rockhoof meet the yaks, that would be interesting.

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I'm pretty sure anyone beyond their teen years saw an assisted suicide allegory. I love how this show deals with heavy topics in roundabout ways. Sometimes it's successful (tanks for the memories, this one), sometimes it fails spectacularly (princesses dream of magic sheep). But the fact it tries puts it way beyond so many other kids shows, not just today, but of all time.

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I like that, thinking of Yona as a surrogate grandchild for Rockhoof.

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Yeah, the detail about the stars moving was neat, buuuut, if Luna crafts the night sky...

This was very good, deep and alittle dark

This was a very interesting and funny episode. Wasn't all too thrilled about the ending, though. Surely, there could be more Rockhoof can do than merely telling stories...

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Plus, it's not like we can expect Rockhoof to navigate out of a bay using the stars if he's never been to that bay to know where the hazards are. Just because following a particular constellation back at his old village worked doesn't mean it serves as the exact same point of reference near Mt. Aeris/Sequestria. While the movement of the stars over a thousand years is a nice touch, it was a bit irrelevant to the actual problem.

Twilight brought a massive medieval pony with a Norse cutie mark into Equestria's wealthiest city, populated mostly by lonely mares walking down the streets, and then told him to find his true calling in life. Yup, nothing could go wrong here.

I liked this episode. Good to see more of the Pillars and how they've been adapting (or not adapting so well in Rockhoof's case) to modern Equestria. Rockhoof is just a fun character overall, and I'm glad he found a reason to not be turned into stone. Definitely one of the better episodes of Season 8 so far. :twilightsmile:

Let’s see, world lore… Apparently Canterlot existed long before it became the capital city of Equestria. Judging from the forgotten crystal mines under the city, I’m guessing it used to be a small mining town before it became the capital.

Apparently there’s a ‘stone sleep’ spell that doesn’t need the Elements of Harmony to work. A pity Twilight didn’t just tell him that the one used on Discord was from the elements and she seriously doubted the elements would accept him as a valid target.

As for the episode… God I hate false intellectuals. Namely the fraud of an archeologist they have excavating Rockhoof’s village. The point excavations is to find clues as to what the past was like. And thus the entire point of excavating Rockhoof’s village is rendered moot now that they have Rockhoof who can just tell them anything they want to know rather then making guesses based on the clues found.

So yeah… the entire episode is based on the mother of all logic errors as there’s no way any actual archeologist would chase him out rather then question him with endless enthusiasm for 1000+ year old information.

Ignoring that I’ve never understood episodes like this in general. I’ve found people are much more adaptable then this episode seems to give them credit for. I mean here are a few ideas that an honorable brute can do, Landscaping, Construction, heck even Soldier would have fit him. (Why he tried navy rather then ground trooper is beyond me.) Maybe he could have asked Daring Do how she manages the freelance adventurer job.

Given that the episode brakes down the moment any amount of common sense is applied to it, I can’t call it good.

Until next time, have fun out there.

Yona is so wholesome.

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Canterlot being a small mining town before becoming the capital is actually a good possible resolution to the apparent continuity error. As far as I thought, Canterlot was founded after Nightmare Moon destroyed the castle of the two sisters, but maybe it had been founded longer ago, but a new castle was built there and it became the new capital. Yeah, I like that idea.

"We know you're used to bein' a hero, Rockhoof. Only what we need here is a teacher."

And that coming from Applejack. :rainbowderp:

Outsch. :applejackconfused:

Rockhoof used to be her favorite legend! :fluttercry:

That's just harsh. :twilightoops:

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I know that was my original assumption too.

Although based on Granny Smith’s flash back, Canterlot was still transitioning from small town to capital city 50-70 years ago, so I’d add the caveat that the castle was built/Canterlot became the capital no more than 100 years ago.

Which makes me wonder where the capital was for the 900 years between the abandonment of the castle in the Everfree and Canterlot becoming the current capital. Is there another abandon castle someplace else that was used for that time? Was there no official capital and Celestia just operated out of town halls all that time?

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Fanfic fodder. Get to writing. ;P

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Just curious, what was it about Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep didn't you like?

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When I first watched it, I liked it well enough as it was, but as I listened to reviewers talk about it, I saw that it dealt with a serious matter too lightly, and actually communicated a dangerous message as a result. The big issue was with the tantabus being self-created, turning what would have been an external threat into self-harm. That's the major issue with that episode. Other than that, it was a fun exercise in fan service.

All in all, a really fun episode. Couldn't find anything wrong with it, though i still think it should have been called Rockhoof's Modern Life (but that's more of a nitpick). 8/10 for me.

This was a really good episode. It was fun to see Rockhoof trying to adapt to the modern world, and interesting to see what the other Pillars have been up to since the last season.

Yona really stood out in this story. Her friendship with Rockhoof was really sweet. And it was good that he finally found a place in the modern world, thanks to her.

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I’ve found people are much more adaptable then this episode seems to give them credit for

This episode showed six people out of a group of seven (86%) adapting just fine. It focused on the seventh who couldn't because there's drama there.

Yona really stood out in this episode. My favorite part was when she tells Rockhoof about how difficult it was for her to fit into the School of Friendship until she made friends there. She also mentions that she wants to be like Rockhoof when she grows up, since she sees Rockhoof as a strong and fearless pony.

Yay for Yona! She was the hero of the episode.

Yona is best Yak. If you disagree, you are wrong.

This episode was diabetes-inducing in the best way possible.

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