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Oct
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2019

Episode Discussion » S9E20 - A Horse Shoe In · 2:48pm Oct 12th, 2019

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Starlight decides to hire a Vice Headmare in preparation to take over the School of Friendship from Twilight. But she soon realizes that hiring the right pony for the job is going to be a lot harder than she thought.

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A little late, aren't we Knighty?

knighty
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Good things come to those who wait. Let's go with that

And people say Sparity is abusive. I'm sorry, but every time we've seen StarTrix as of lately it's always been one getting the other into trouble, usually Trixie dragging poor Starlight through the wringer and yet Starlight is always the one forced to apologize.

So his name is actually Dr. Hooves, and his field trip was time travel. Are they even trying to pretend that they don't read our fanfiction at this point? :rainbowhuh:

All joking aside, this was pretty good. Starlight and Trixie still have a great dynamic, even when Starlight is just stringing Trixie along. I feel bad for Starlight's plant, though. RIP. :ajsleepy:

For me, this episode in general was one of the most realistic approaches to a real-life scenario (At least 'partially'). For Starlight Glimmer, this was more than just a friendship lesson but having to learn true leadership when it comes to determining what's best for the school and what's best for her relationship with others. It's been hinted that Starlight Glimmer would take over the school during the Season 9 premier, maybe earlier, and it seemed if Twilight could work better with her friends then maybe Starlight would do the same thing. Only to realize that not 'all' of her friends are qualified for a position, while we can say Trixie was being a bit obnoxious as usual Starlight put herself in the mess by keeping her along.

Still, the episode was enjoyable with it's bits of comedic timing. It was nice to see some of the side characters get their chance to shine (Even though Sunburst came in rather late even though we figured he'd have a role in Starlight's business). Course I figured there's no way Spoiled Rich would get the job, whereas for everyone else, if not for certain flaws (Like how Big Mac was portrayed) it was an understandable concern that the position of Vice Headmare would keep them from the things they enjoy (Sure, let the Mane Six worry about that when they agreed to be teachers). Still, the chemistry between Trixie and Starlight was fun to watch even though Trixie did nearly endanger the students by accidentally summoning those bees from Season 7. Though to be fair, the fact that Trixie 'did' stand-up to Grandpa Gruff for Gallus while a little overboard I will admit it's admirable even if she doesn't know Gallus' situation. As a student counselor, Trixie would definitely need both practice and some measure of restraint but at least she'd have a better time with that job than as vice headmare.

Overall, I'm glad with how this episode turned out overall. While I did admit that going in I wasn't so sure how this episode would turn out, especially with a new writer on board, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome we received. I'd say this would be considered a guilty pleasure episode for me especially for folks who can relate to the situation Starlight and Trixie are involved in. You know what they say? Any form of relationship in the workplace is never easy to manage and often times 'can' lead to unwanted trouble. I should know.

If you compare how Starlight acted in say, No Second Prances and this episode, it's staggering to see how much she's changed in that time.

Magical irresponsibility? Gone, she only uses magic if it's needed. Impulsiveness? It faded.

The severe contrast can be seen in how Starlight interacts with Big Mac in both episodes.

No Second Prances:

Applejack: I think I have just the pony for you, Starlight. Meet Big Mac!
Big McIntosh: Eeyup!
Applejack: He's not much of a talker.
Big McIntosh: Nnope.
Starlight Glimmer: Oh, that's too bad. I love a good conversation.
[magic wisps]
Big McIntosh: [motormouth] Eeyup-yup-yup-yup-yup-yup-yup-yup-y-y-y-y-you did something! Whoa! What's happening? I feel really weird! I'm talkin' so much! And I'm so articulate! Enunciating with such precise pronunciation! Annie Apple awoke and accidentally ate an auburn azalea! [screams] Make it stop!
Applejack: [growls]
Starlight Glimmer: I can't be friends with somepony who doesn't talk.
Applejack: [growls]
Starlight Glimmer: ...And I guess my first instinct shouldn't be to magically command ponies to act the way I want them to?
Applejack: [growls]
Starlight Glimmer: Alright, I'll change him back!

Now... this episode:

Starlight Glimmer: I really appreciate your honesty, Big Mac, and you're right. Parents expect a lot of detailed communication when it comes to their kids. And if you aren't comfortable with that, vice headmare probably isn't the job for you.

Also, Trixie is on the narcissistic side, she always has been (her actions in her debut, Magic Duel... No Second Prances) , but a redeeming quality is that she indeed cares about others.

She has also vastly improved her magic.

Starlight can be quite brutal when she's pissed off, gotta say.

It was a great episode.

Took a while for me to really get hooked on it, but in the end I wound up loving this episode.

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Glim Glam has come very far, that’s for sure.
:)

This was a fun episode; always enjoyed the dynamics between Trixie and Starlight. Great to see Starlight stepping up to fill Twilight's role and how she's turned around her life. I sense there will be a fair amount of hoof-holding from Starlight and Sunburst to help Trixie become a good student counselor and help her reach her potential. Starlight's apology at the end for getting upset with her friend was sweet, though I wished it was Trixie who apologized for messing up with the field trip and for making Starlight's job that much harder. But friends forgive each other and, in the end, it was a great that she suggested Sunburst for the position.:scootangel:

Comment posted by Dragon Turtle deleted Oct 12th, 2019

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Phyllis won't get as much fanart as Bloomberg, Madam Flour or Tom. Which is a HUGE shame.

Remover how people would write fanfics about Pinkie’s imaginary friends, and a rock?

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This whole time, she actually FORGOT about SUNBURST. Holy shit. Really let that sink it.

Sunburst gets a fitting conclusion to his show-long journey as well. Not only is he now TEACHING magic, he's probably the only adult in the whole school that comes close to proper credentials!

Trixie... does not get that kind of send off.

I thought Trixie was being uncharacteristically douchey this episode. Well, maybe not 'uncharacteristically,' but it felt like a serious regression, compared to Student Counsel and Road to Friendship, where she was way more sensitive to her friend, and even when she did get snippy, we felt like she had some ground to stand on. It's kind of a bummer this is being presented as an end point for her. Though it would be a fat lie to say I wasn't chuckling at the antics everytime she was on screen. Starlight letting her go along with this despite all deductive reasoning fits with what we saw in Student Counsel, where Starlight was overcompensating with the friendliness.

While Starlight did list some qualities for the job Trixie has, the biggest being how hard she will go to the mat for the students, it brushed over the rather large number of negative qualities that would make this... problematic.

Although that scene at the parent-teacher conference helps partly redeem her portrayal this episode, and actually sells me on the premise of her being a guidance counselor.

We've seen Trixie get angry before, but this is the only time (I can think of) where she was angry over how someone ELSE was being treated. Grandpa Gruff with Gallus. She's strongly opinionated about how much parents should show affection towards kids. It makes me wonder how much of that has to do with a magician-dad from Las Pegasus. Or how much she DOESN'T have to do with him...

Then there's the mess with Gallus and Gruff. So the former has made it clear that he doesn't have family, yet the latter is assigned to be his guardian. Combined with how we saw Gilda, Gabby and some other griffon toddler eating dinner with the guy, despite him not seeming to have any wife or kids, it seems Gruff just takes in kids who don't have anyone. This probably makes him the most generous person in all Griffonstone. But it's clear that even with his personal obligation to children, he's not that well suited towards them. Maybe it's the decades of hard living in an impoverished city. Maybe being old enough to have watched his state fail. Maybe advanced age has robbed him of the energy to put into empathy. Trixie probably doesn't have any context about that, but she knows Gallus isn't getting the affection he needs, and won't hesitate to be in his corner and call it out.

"Gallus doesn't need to know I'm proud of him." But children, even teenagers, DO need that. When that line gets uttered, we see Gallus's face DROP. He gives such a pained look towards the only parental figure in his life. He wants to say something, or maybe hear something, but he just doesn't know how.(edited)

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That was an interesting side plot for this show. The questions we're left asking about Trixie, Gallus, and Gruff puts this scene on the level of things like Marble crying at Big Mac and Sugar Belle, or the line "Applejack cries on the inside."

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I suppose folks like you and me will have to carry that particular weight.
:)

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Also, Starlight was the one to bring up the concern of Flurry Heart, regarding the responsibility of being a Crystaller.

Responsibility.

I had stuff to say about this episode, but I sort of forgot what they were. I think I was just excited that StarBurst suddenly became more likely.

Sunburst: ...and working in a school is what I always thought I'd do. I mean if you'll have me?
Starlight: Are you kidding?? OF COURSE I'LL MARRY YOU!!! GYAHH, errr... uh... I mean... YOU'RE HIRED!!! Y-You're hired is what I said!

Not the actual line, of course, but it might as well be.

Trixie lets everyone sleep in class?

This was a pretty fun episode. Starlight's new position as Headmare was finally made official (the way she hugged Twilight and Spike was cute). And she started off strong by deciding to hire a vice-headmare. And she handled the selection process well, giving each candidate a chance to show their skills.

While this wasn't exactly Trixie's best showing, she did have her good moments, like standing up for Gallus, and realising that Sunburst was really the best candidate for the job. And the huge smile Starlight had on her face when he accepted was adorable.

A Starlight Glimmer and Trixie episode. O3O

Determination! DeTeRmInAtIoN! DETERMINATION! D E T E R M I N A T I O N ! ! !

Wink. Is Hasbro psychic or what? I had a history teacher named Mr. Winkfield and I can make up several game/movie/cartoon/anime names with his name: The Wink (The Flash). Winkfield (Cloverfield). Wink of War (God of War). Battlewink (Battlefield). Winkcraft (Warcraft/Starcraft). Call of Winky (Call of Duty). Wink Man (Iron Man). Wink Knight (Black Knight 2001). Battle Winks (Battle Realms). The Winker Man (The Wicker Man). Code Wink (Code Geass). Winks Club (Winx Club). Wink Combat (Ace Combat). Don't Wink (Don't Starve/Don't Breathe). My Little Winky: Winking is Magic (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic). Winkbound (Earthbound/Mother). Winktale (Undertale).

What the heck is wrong with that filly sitting next to Gallus? Btw, it sounds like boss music. O3O

Damn, Starlight telling Trixie off. But at least they worked it out in the end.

I just woke up when I saw this episode was already available. All I can say is that I enjoyed this episode regardless of what others say or think about it.

The word of the day is Wink

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I love Trixie's look while Sunburst is talking.

"You're awfully happy about this aren't you, Starlight? Wink"

And thus the Star x Trix ship is blasting off again.

A few thoughts;

I'm glad they didn't have Octavia screw up, just to keep Trixie in the running.
I'm sad they had Time Turner screw up, in such an awkward way.
Spoiled Rich seemed about right.

Isn't it a bit unfair that Sunburst got to skip all the testing. He's not really that qualified even. Flurry Heart can't talk yet, so how much did he really teach her? Plus he's Starlight's friend and possible romantic interest. I don't care, as long as he is qualified, but isn't the message supposed to be about nepotism?

Wish tavi got the job. Her reveal of Vinyl had me laughing.

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It was cool, but I didn't find it particularly humorous.

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More of the griffons comment that caused it

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