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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.

Apr
8th
2021

Retrospective Review: Sisterhooves Social and The Cutie Pox · 3:38am April 8th

S2E5 Sisterhooves Social

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Mar
22nd
2021

Retrospective Review: Lesson Zero and Luna Eclipsed · 4:51am March 22nd

S2E3 Lesson Zero

In this episode, we get the first change in the opening sequence.

You know how in A Bird in the Hoof, Twilight Sparkle worries about being banished and thrown in a dungeon in the place where she's banished? Well, this episode is a logical continuation of that same ability to not understand rational consequences.

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Mar
21st
2021

Retrospective Review: The Return of Harmony · 6:40am March 21st

S2E1-2 The Return of Harmony pt. 1 and 2

Here's another episode that ended up being the first appearance of an important recurring character. It's interesting that, according to the Wiki, this episode was planned in Season 1. And in an alternate universe where the series ended after 65 episodes, Discord would just have been some villain that the heroes defeated and later reformed.

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Mar
17th
2021

Retrospective Review: Party of One and The Best Night Ever · 6:06am March 17th

S1E25 Party of One

I have a feeling this episode would have been largely forgotten were it not for a particular fanfic that built off of it.

Pinkie Pie wisely decides to give up on the idea of singing telegrams.

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Mar
16th
2021

Retrospective Review: The Cutie Mark Chronicles and Owl's Well That Ends Well · 4:43am March 16th

S1E23 The Cutie Mark Chronicles

Fans really seized on the idea of the Cutie Mark Crusaders and tree sap.

I have to think that, by a certain point, Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle were deliberately not naming Rainbow Dash to mess with Scootaloo.

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Mar
12th
2021

Retrospective Review: Over a Barrel and A Bird in the Hoof · 6:03am March 12th

S1E21 Over a Barrel

When I was young, you could still find old black-and-white shows like The Lone Ranger and westerns on TV. Plus, all the classic Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry cartoons still played. So I saw "cowboys and Indians" plots all the time growing up.

But it's a rather risky idea for writers in 2010 to recycle the trope.

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Mar
10th
2021

Retrospective Review: A Dog and Pony Show and Green Isn't Your Color · 7:10am March 10th

S1E19 A Dog and Pony Show

I remember not caring for this episode, and watching it again confirms the sentiment.

This is the episode that introduces Sapphire Shores, and I'm struck by how forgettable the character is. Had you asked me earlier which episode the character first appeared in, I probably would have gotten it wrong. I didn't remember the character's voice, nor her lines. Thus, this side character had less impact than Hoity Toity or Photo Finish (next episode!).

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Mar
4th
2021

Retrospective Review: Stare Master and The Show Stoppers · 6:42am March 4th

S1E17 Stare Master

By this point, I'm feeling the show's writers are getting the characters and are building a consistent world. We have Rarity busy with her fashion work, Twilight Sparkle going to see Zecora, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders together, ready to do the crusading they promised in their first meeting.

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Feb
24th
2021

Retrospective Review: Feeling Pinkie Keen and Sonic Rainboom · 4:30pm February 24th

S1E15 Feeling Pinkie Keen

Here's another Pinkie Pie-focused episode, one that helped define the character of Pinkie Pie. It increased the number of ways in which Pinkie Pie is portrayed as the zany character, making any weird thing, including breaking the fourth wall, seem just fine. The fandom really developed the idea of Pinkie Sense, but did it ever come up again in the series?

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Feb
19th
2021

Retrospective Review: Fall Weather Friends and Suited for Success · 7:05am February 19th

S1E13 Fall Weather Friends

It's another annual event that's only mentioned once!

One good thing about this series is that there are enough interactions among the ponies to justify most every ship. And this is the episode that launched AppleDash, the ship that wins out in the end. I do like the interaction and competition between Rainbow Dash and Applejack, even though I'm firmly of the belief that earth ponies have an insurmountable magical advantage in athletic competitions.

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