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Alaborn


Somewhere in the USA. Probably older than you. And something about MLP:FIM makes me want to write stories. Unfortunately, being gainfully employed cuts into my writing time.

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  • 21 weeks
    Retrospective Review: Strong Seconds

    Not an episode review this time.

    PresentPerfect writes about the "Applejack Problem", that a character with everything figured out becomes too boring. Her cutie mark is literally deciding she wants to stay home.

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    1 comments · 99 views
  • 22 weeks
    Retrospective Review: Putting Your Hoof Down and It's About Time

    S2E19 Putting Your Hoof Down

    Watching this episode as part of the whole series is jarring. You have episode after episode of ponies being kind and friendly, then a whole bunch of rude ponies all at once.

    I hate Angel Bunny in this episode. I want to turn him into hasenpfeffer.

    I'd like to know why there just happens to be a hedge maze somewhere near Ponyville.

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    3 comments · 57 views
  • 26 weeks
    Retrospective Review: Hearts and Hooves Day and A Friend in Deed

    S2E17 Hearts and Hooves Day

    The writers have chosen, once again, to feature a holiday or celebration in this episode. Arguably, this is the seventh time (Summer Sun Celebration, Winter Wrap Up, Running of the Leaves, Grand Galloping Gala, Nightmare Night, Hearth's Warming, Hearts and Hooves Day), and the third time directly referencing a major American holiday.

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    3 comments · 74 views
  • 27 weeks
    Retrospective Review: The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 and Read It and Weep

    S2E15 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000

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  • 27 weeks
    Retrospective Review: Baby Cakes and The Last Roundup

    S2E13 Baby Cakes

    So this was an episode that came completely out of the blue. There was no indication of Cup Cake being pregnant, let alone with twins. I'm assuming there was a toy involved.

    "That makes sense, right?" Sure, but if you're a pegasus stallion with a beige coat or a unicorn stallion with a yellow coat, I wouldn't recommend dining at Sugarcube Corner.

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Jun
7th
2021

Retrospective Review: Hearts and Hooves Day and A Friend in Deed · 6:45am June 7th

S2E17 Hearts and Hooves Day

The writers have chosen, once again, to feature a holiday or celebration in this episode. Arguably, this is the seventh time (Summer Sun Celebration, Winter Wrap Up, Running of the Leaves, Grand Galloping Gala, Nightmare Night, Hearth's Warming, Hearts and Hooves Day), and the third time directly referencing a major American holiday.

One thing I appreciate fanfic authors doing is developing this holiday further. Notably, it's clearly not in the middle of winter like Valentine's Day, so I like the idea of Hearts and Hooves Day being in spring, and corresponding to estrus.

The Cutie Mark Crusaders have their hearts in the right place, but it's really presumptuous of them to think they're the right ones to find Cheerilee a very special somepony, when they likely have no idea if she's looking for a relationship, or if she's even interested in stallions at all. The same thing applies to Big McIntosh.

There is 0% chance the show's writers thought anything would come from picturing a colt in a beanie playing video games. It's yet another example of the inconsistent technology levels seen in the show.

Something I just noticed is that in the old book, the prince and princess are pictured in the book, and the princess appears to be an alicorn. Evidence of alicorns other than Celestia and Luna?

The Crusaders come up with a surprisingly good plan to keep the two separated.

We see another example of non-pony ungulates working in the pair of bulls pulling the wagon.

The one thing this episode did is give Big McIntosh a canonical pairing for the benefit of shippers. I remember Fluttershy being a popular choice before this episode debuted. And though the episode is fine, in the end, it's unnecessary, given his later relationship with Sugar Belle.

S2E18 A Friend in Deed

Oh, great, it's a Pinkie Pie episode.

I appreciate Pinkie Pie's morning montage straight out of the 80s.

Another instance of a talking cow that I forgot about.

The Smile Song is good.

Is there any particular reason why Cranky needed to be a donkey in this episode? Would this episode have worked just as well with a pony in the same role?

I didn't remember the ending theme for the episode getting replaced by a version of Yankee Doodle.

So much like other Pinkie Pie-focused episodes, I don't like this one. Pinkie Pie is visibly and obviously making someone else uncomfortable, and only at the very end does she even think of tempering her normal mania. She's exhibiting extrovert privilege.

Comments ( 3 )

Notably, it's clearly not in the middle of winter like Valentine's Day, so I like the idea of Hearts and Hooves Day being in spring, and corresponding to estrus.

Personally, I like how it helps slot Cadence into a one-alicorn-per-season setup of major holidays. Though it does get fuzzy with Luna, since she'd theoretically have a Winter Moon Celebration on the solstice that feel out of favor in her millennium of exile, but that's neither here nor there. And we're a little early for Twilight's festival on the first day of school.

Something I just noticed is that in the old book, the prince and princess are pictured in the book, and the princess appears to be an alicorn. Evidence of alicorns other than Celestia and Luna?

No doubt part of why it's a popular origin theory for Chrysalis.

And yeah, everything after the Smile Song in "A Friend in Deed" is... problematic. But before that is a master class in Pinkie's mindset and personal philosophy.

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man, I hate being the only person who liked A Friend in Deed :(

Hawkx1 #3 · June 8th · · ·

Even though Pinkie is my favorite after the Smile song I skip to Pinkie bringing Matilda to Cranky.

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