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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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  • 20 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 · 96 views
  • 21 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 · 54 views
  • 24 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 · 71 views
  • 26 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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    6 comments · 62 views
  • 26 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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    6 comments · 72 views
Jul
8th
2021

Retrospective Review: Strong Seconds · 4:09am July 8th

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.

I thought back to my review of the third and fourth episodes of the series, especially in how the setup for Applebuck Season threatened to force Applejack to stay on the farm, making it harder for her to be involved in the series. If she instead had a destiny that lent itself to travel (connecting with all the Apple family, or planting apple trees across Equestria), AND the farm could run without her, it would be easier for the writers to include Applejack in a story.

Of course, the same problem affects Fluttershy, especially later with her animal sanctuary.

And when you think about it, all of the main cast, other than Twilight Sparkle, shares the same problem. They all have day jobs. Day jobs they abandon all the time, and not just when the fate of Equestria rests in the balance.

So, looking back, something that would have helped remove restrictions on the writers would be to give each of the characters a strong second, someone in a similar role who presumably would fill in for the main character off-screen. The exact kind of character to fill the role could vary by main character.

For example, Rainbow Dash would work well with a second who was a rival, a fellow weather pony and aspiring Wonderbolt. In the end, this ended up being Thunderlane, but you never would have guessed that from Hurricane Fluttershy.

Applejack could have used either an ever-changing group of distant relatives, farmhands, or perhaps Carrot Top as more of a rival.

Fluttershy would be best paired with a side character like Mane Goodall, which would be an interesting contrast between "studied to care for animals" and "caring for animals because that's what my Cutie Mark is telling me".

Rarity has employees, but only much later, after being established. At the start, she could have an apprentice (who would also need to keep Sweetie Belle away from the shop), or perhaps her mother helps.

Pinkie Pie is the character least in need of a second, because she's already one of several workers in the Cakes' shop, but an apprentice party pony would be a fun addition.

Now, in the real world, with only 22 minutes per episode, there's probably not much time to show these hypothetical characters. It's similar to the way we only ever see noted professor of archaeology Henry Jones, Jr. in the classroom for a couple of minutes per movie.

But I'd still like these strong seconds to exist.

Comments ( 1 )

Hey, even Twilight is ostensibly the town librarian. Spike sometimes serves as her second, but when he comes along for the adventure, the closest thing she has to backup is a pet owl.

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