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Re: Oh, The Places You'll Go - S5 Pony Discussion

Post  Paper Shadow on Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:16 am

Y'know, I got to see the first 45 seconds or so before I got to watch the full episode, and the moment I saw the statue of gemstones that represented the togetherness, I knew that this episode was setting Spike up for the fall. But boy I had no idea how right I was...

This was the Equestrian variant of the Kobayashi Maru. Hell, it was even worse, it was a no-win episode designed to hurt. Other episodes may have characters having to overcome obstacles, or try a new path and realizing that heading straight down it will lead to a dead end, but this one just throws Spike into free fall and expects him to slow himself down as much as possible before his inevitable crash. And it's not like the plot line survived either. It's dead, Jim. Mangled into a horrible mess. First it's an episode about making sure you accomplish your goal can impede the goals of others. Okay, I don't know if you can pull a good moral out of that, but let it play out. Then it becomes having to deal with complaints without your supervisor. Customer Service The Episode? I mean, you guys made the plight of a commission designer into an episode, so okay. But then it's like "Nope, it's about abusing power". Wait what? What does that have anything to do with anything? Hell, what was the abuse of power in the end? Gems and a Painting? Was this even mentioned later in the episode? Did this have any EFFECT what-so-ever on the plot? Then stuff from earlier in the episode happen and its about acting on behalf of others? What? And then the final moral is back to not abusing power despite that being basically a footnote? What? And then something about everyone playing their part? WHAT? At least Spike At Your Service was consistent in its message. Mind you, that last one does run as an underlying theme through the episode, as in "no one cares about what role you have Spike, now accept it". What the hell? Some of those problems were caused because no one cared about what he has to say. He HAD to use Twilight's power to solve problems or leave people angry and disappointed anyway. Hell, the whole "Keep Twilight Asleep" was doomed from the start, as clearly no one was told to not interrupt Twilight in the first place. Hell, she had plans made, ponies were going to end up going to her at some point. In fact, how did Twilight "I'm so good at planning that I'm gonna spend three days awake right before the important summit that will go down well" Sparkle get off the hook without even apologizing for herself. She's the root of all the problems of the episode. And I know sleeping during the day wasn't part of her plan, because she had schedules made and didn't have anything prepared for others in case of emergencies. But of course Spike gets all the blame, because **** him. In fact, let's spend ever other moment inflicting pain and undermining his character and importance, watching as his character jumps around from competent, incompetent, and greedy corner-cutter as he has done through the entire bloody show. Slamming him with a door? That sounds like fun. And you know what, let's add a brand new flora designed explicitly to ruin Spike's ****ing day. And let's give it to him at the VERY END after the so-so heartwarming moment so we get the last laugh! ****ING BRILLIANT! **** this ****ing ****ity ****ing ****!

Spike episodes are very make or break. They either turn out well or turn out awful. And it's not like there's this secret on how to do it. The writers just choose not to. I don't know if it is out of not knowing what to do with the character, avoiding giving him a spotlight to stand against the Mane 6, or simply out of spite, but the fact that the Abused Spike is still a thing upsets me. I genuinely think this is my least liked episode of the entire show. I've skipped through parts of an episode before, usually the cringe-fest parts because I can't stand them, but this episode is a first where I actively skipped what I could just so the episode ended as soon as possible, and it wasn't even cringeworthy...

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Re: Oh, The Places You'll Go - S5 Pony Discussion

Post  A1C Bronymous on Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:58 pm

I thought it was alright.


The "everything goes wrong" trope is something I've found in the past that I generally don't enjoy. As was stated during a recent Game of Thrones video game playthrough I watched, so many situations like these would not happen if characters just opened their mouths and explained what was going on. "Shut up and listen, this is the situation" would solve everything and end the episode within 5 minutes in these kinds of plots. The difference I found with this episode, though, was that Spike was intentionally stupid- not the other ponies, Spike. He was put in a bad situation, made a few bad decisions, and then when in other stories we would all be feeling sorry for the character who can't get a break and are hoping for resolution, Spike decides "fuck it, let it roll". He starts becoming the bad guy because the situation won't let him win, which I found... better than the alternative. It's refreshing to see the guy eating shit decide to take advantage of the situation rather than just get steamrolled and rescued at the end.
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Re: Oh, The Places You'll Go - S5 Pony Discussion

Post  Zarhon on Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:48 pm

Glorious Pink Party Pony episode is up. Is great success.

Commentaries!:
- We begin with PurplePanic.

- Except when they're the kind that begin a wacky series of diplomatic incidents. Or are evil.

- "I'm not crazy, you're crazy!"
"We never sai-"
"HAHAHAHAHA."

- Judging by how the door hit him, Spike now has a long trumpet lodged in his skull somewhere.

- Let's meet our undoubtedly easily befriended new racial stereotypes!

- "YAKS REQUIRE TRIGGER WARNINGS."

- Take it away, Ron.

- Good thing they've got diplomatic immunity.

- Twilight, you really should invest in home insurance already.

- Nope, Larson's still got them beat there.

- Leave it to Twilight to create a time limit for a crisis situation.

- "Those who do not read shall be punished."

- They're getting creative with Fluttershy's mane.

- "PRIVACY IS AN ILLUSION, MORTAL."

- "You know, like royalty often does, y'all."

- So much about the barn.

- SEEMS LEGIT.

- All CraftsPinkieship is of the highest quality. The bunny menaces with spikes of cow bone and alabaster.

- Aaaand they're murderous psychopaths. Why are they trying to befriend them, again?

- One only wonders what the females of the Yaks are like.

- LET'S SEE YOUR TUMBLR FACE!

- I'm pretty sure this is how Canada's weather works.

- Unless the snow is yellow.

- At least they're having fun in the snow. Kinda.

- ELEMENT OF HONESTY, EVERYPONY!

- Someone's been testing the honesty slider.

- NO PRESSURE.

- They're nailing the faces this episode.

- [NO PRESSURE INTENSIFIES]

- This is how the world ends. Not with silence, but a laugh.

- Obligatory crack-shipping.

- Gummy's a frog now, apparently.

- Mind = Derp.

- Derpy!

- When in doubt, bail!

- Well, y'all are screwed now.

- Fun fact: She probably used her teeth to fetch those.

- Trust in your Pink Overlord. Or else.

- So many faces.

- Twilight will rack up quite the insurance charges by the time the episode's over.

- Plot Exposition Pony, activate!

- No, not like that!

- Please do not harass Bruce Wayne Pony.

- That could have been something far worse than sand, Pinkie.

- The sheep racism begins.

- Look, it's the burlesque pony!

- Straight to the point, Pinkie.

- These ponies are clearly too stupid to understand the metric weight system, and it's applications towards food transactions.

- You gon' die, filly.

- Well, they're dead.

- Spike's getting good.

- Much soul. Very Spike.

- YOU DUN GOOFED, SPIKE.

- Well, that escalated quick-oh wait, I did that joke already. Yeah, they're screwed.

- One does not mimic the Pink One.

- So, you're following in Celestia's hoofsteps!

- Pinkie.

- Pinkie, wat are you doin.

- Pinkie, stahp.

- Cadence, that's an unfair cameo.

- Just as Celestia planned, of course.

- How do the flyers fail to a pit trap?

- Yeticat disapproves.

- Well, that was easy.

- WHAT.

- Whaaaaaaaaaat.

- Oh Twilight...

- Okay, that's beyond silly now.

- Silly Applejack, doubting the Pink One's immortality.

- FEELS HORSE, ACTIVATE!

- And how silly you were doing it.

- Pinkie, signing out.

- Fluttershy, asking the questions that matter.

- She's still racist about them, though.

- Lay off the booze, Berry.

- "Nope, not seeing it. TO WAR!"

- "Remind me why I made you a princess again?"

- "Well, mostly the Pink One. Seriously, you screwed up so hard this time..."

- Do not hug a man's nether regions.

- HUTTAH, NECK SNAP!



TLDR notes:
- The Yaks are the embodiment of the Internet/Ron Burgundy/Dwarf Fortress.
- Pinkie Pie is Best Pony and Ringo. Much character development, very solid, always funny/amazing.
- Cherry Jubilee! She almost died.
- Wonderbolts-Ex-Machina!
- No Cheese Sandwich makes me sad. You lied to me, spoilers!
- Pinkie Pie confirmed for a definitive permanent residence in SugarCube Corner, including a FunCave. No psychic powers, though, just crazy amounts of stalking. And organization. And with plans that span centuries, because she's obviously immortal. Probably everyone she plans a party too. Even if they don't want to be!
- A list of things Twilight Sparkle likes! And a fear of a certain food.


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Re: Oh, The Places You'll Go - S5 Pony Discussion

Post  A1C Bronymous on Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:50 pm

Reaction faces incoming.....


Haven't finished watching it yet, but so far I'm really confused as to why anything that's happening is actually happening.
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Post  Zarhon on Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:54 pm

A1C Bronymous wrote:Haven't finished watching it yet, but so far I'm really confused as to why anything that's happening is actually happening.
Shhh... Do not struggle. Let the Pinkie Pie happen. Relax.
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Re: Oh, The Places You'll Go - S5 Pony Discussion

Post  Zarhon on Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:29 pm

New episode! Featuring continuity and a palette swap.

Commentaries - Amending Fences:
- We return you to our regularly scheuduled show on indentured servitude.

- Nobody has fond memories of being a background character.

- You'd think pony names like Twilight Sparkle would be easier to remember than something like Mark Zuckerberg.

- Pretty sure this is why Facebook exists.

- "Strange, I don't recall owning a heroin den."

- Thank you, mr. and mrs. continuity recap.

- Obligatory name listing for the fans, fics and tags.

- "I am sustained on the suffering of innocents, and books."

- "We'd have no episode plot if you didn't!"

- Or more likely, singing a certain song.

- Better clean that dump of a house you've got there, Minuette.

- "I am an adorable princess-gold-digger and you will quote, screenshot, and .gif everything I say and do."

- And that's how one earns millions on Ebay.

- Well, that's convenient to the current plot.

- "I have received lessons from the Pink One. Soon, all shall be genki, as I am."

- "It quickly turned into synchronized projectile vomiting."

- "Sorry, I'm incapable of perceiving, or caring about, background characters outside of when the plot demands it. Lyra is literally dead to me."

- Background pony world problems!

- Yeah, you're gonna have to work better than that, it's only 6 minutes in.

- Wait, those horseapples worked?

- Well, uh, I guess it's filler flashback clips for the rest of the episode then, since the plot is resolved.

- This needs no caption.

- Oh crap, the palette swap clones are spreading and/or cloning!

- Meanwhile, in a merchandise-filled future...

- "This is a crack den. Why did you bring me to a crack den?"

- PURPLESMART SMASH!

- My hipster senses are tingling.

- [Sugar vomiting intensifies]

- Yeah, that's an accurate response.

- So apparently, the plot is now to get her laid. Or a life.

- Why do those kind of glasses exist?

- Subtle Sunset Shimmer merchandizing, right there.

- NOOO! NOT THE FLASHBACK CLIPS!

- Whew, that was close.

- It's a party, she's not going to become a mentally disturbed individual from missing a-oh, wait, nevermind.

- You'd think a former librarian, book-obsessed pony would learn to shut up in a library.

- "You're in my shipping field now."

- "It's also useful for removing witnesses."

- Moondancer ain't got time for your friendships, and sunlight, and fresh air.

- "I am immune to restraining orders."

- "Link is an amateur. We are one."

- Oh Moondancer, you mentally unhinged dork, you.

- There's going to be infinite art of paper ponies now, isn't there?

- "This place is a heroin den. Am I about to be molested?"

- "My other library house burned to the ground from a demon, smart-flank."

- "You may also use it to violently kill invading time travelers."

- Twilight, stop touching her butt.

- We all know she just wants that spell to enter her illustrated ponysutra.

- I'm afraid we're full on this episode's creepy stalker quota.

- "Those eldritch horrors aren't going to unleash themselves onto our unsuspecting world, now will they?"

- "I'm also in charge of the public executions."

- Her imagination is apparently very vivid. That, or she's tripping balls again.

- "I'm not trying to kill and replace the Main Character. Honest!"

- "Screw saving the world, I've got a party to celebrate!"

- If only you could REWIND TIME. If only you could FIX THE PAST. Something something time travel already.

- Well, looks like it's time to have a wacky time paradox and-

- Oh, guess she's resorting to the power of the Pink One.

- "The sky offers no escape."

- "We're totally not pulling this information out of the blue to justify our sudden relationship."

- When in doubt, steal random books off of the street.

- "As well as our mutual irrational racist hate of mules."

- Well, somepony's getting their legs broken.

- Moral of this epsiode: Attending parties is a cheaper cure for bipolar disorder than long-term professional psychiatric services.

- "We need a token nerd for our group."

- "Why would you invite an old person to my party? And how did you find my family?"
"They will be released once the party is finished."

- "Well, apart from the brainwashing and mental breakdowns times where I almost got killed and/or eaten."

- Yessss, let the friendship consume your soul.

- "I need it because of reasons."

- "Playing sports outside makes me forget I live on the edge of poverty."



TLDR:

- New (actually old) characters! Minuette is adorable and genki and perfect and not time traveling probably but very hourglass obsessed.
- Moondancer is basically all those "What if Twilight Sparkle never left canterlot/friendship lessons" fics condensed into a canon character, to the point of being a palette swap of her!
- Much of the continuity is enforced, referenced, or 'justified'. Apparently the ponies do things behind the scenes, including Lyra.
- New spells! From a silencing field, to copying Link's paper-walk powers.
- Spike's not mistreated this episode. He's a good, well-written character when he's got the assistant/snarker role.
- The plot throws us for a loop by pullig a bait & switch on the problem. The original 'big' problem turns out to be water under the bridge / easily fixed / not a problem to begin with, whilst the unassuming problem, that Twilight makes a wild (yet correct!) guess of cause and solution for, becomes major for the plot and psyche of Moondancer. Man, what is up with parties being either a trauma-magnet or a cure-all?
- Filly Twilight! Now with a filly voice! Also, beakers, man.
- Pinkie Pie mocks physics yet again, just like a certain Sonic character.
- Starlight Glimmer makes a tiny, surprise appearance of foreshadowy nature. Looks like she's either living in Canterlot, unaware of Purplesmart, or is outright stalking her for revenge purpose.
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Re: Oh, The Places You'll Go - S5 Pony Discussion

Post  A1C Bronymous on Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:24 pm

You missed the hidden "Colgate, the dentist pony" reference- Filly Minuette has braces.
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Post  Cardbo on Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:55 pm

A1C Bronymous wrote:You missed the hidden "Colgate, the dentist pony" reference- Filly Minuette has braces.

There's also the fact that she's smiling all the time.
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Re: Oh, The Places You'll Go - S5 Pony Discussion

Post  Zarhon on Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:05 pm

Well, this is a pretty epic episode, so let's get the commentary rolling!

Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?:
- I feel like I'm missing context here.

- "TANTABUS IS BAD, Y'ALL" COUNTER: #1

- Take it away, Rarity.

- ACTIVATE THE MERCHANDISING!

- Well, that certainly wasn't weird ominous foreshadowing.

- Somepony's got issues. Also, a nice bed. And slippers.

- Meanwhile, at Rarity's opium den...

- Oh hey, Tank's not dead or sleeping as a metaphor for death! Guess winter's over since the last few episodes.

- How do you magic whilst sleeping?

- Purplesmart, why do you have a owl-wing shaped brush. How did you even get that made?

- The Pink One, like all eldritch beings, never rests. And soon, none others shall.

- ALL TOGETHER NOW!

- Well, there's the plot, I guess.

- RD's narrative sense needs tuning.

- "Suck it, ponies. For once, you get shafted and I don't."

- On one hand, it's impressive how fast he can write, with a quill and no ink or table for support. On the other, Spike, you doofus.

- Well that was-whoops, Fluttershy beat me to it.

- Spike's milking this.

- TANTABUS COUNTER: #2, #3

- Thank you, plot exposition princess of the night.

- Nobody loves a smartass, Spike. Well, unless they're imitating a puppy.

- If RD was put in charge of any crisis-resolution unit, we'd all be dead by now.

- Tired Dashie looks cute when worried.

- I'm curious as to why Twilight has all the required number of beds in her own room, beforehand.

- "I ain't letting that cake-stuffer steal my spotlight."

- Another tragic case of the "let us help you, you stubborn moron" plot.

- And then he vanished for the rest of the episode.

- NONE OF YOU ARE SAFE. NOT EVEN IN DREAMS.

- Cocaine can sustain a pony for only so long.

- IT'S NOT! CREEPY!

- Rarity, your dreams suck.

- Mimics, man. They screw you up.

- A princess always enters in style. Except Twilight, who is a dork.

-TANTABUS COUNTER: #4

- Well, that's not an ominous sound and action from the badguy.

- You gon' die, girl.

- Luckily, we are seeing the 'safe' parts of the Pink One's world. To see otherwise would end all that is good, AND evil.

- TANTABUS COUNTER: #5

- Okay, your dream is slightly better.

- [Insert food fetish joke here]

- Those monsters seem too goofy and generic to be actual threats.

- Obey the Pink One, or suffer.

- And thus, a million horrific fics and fanart began to emerge from the recesses of the human psyche.

- ...which are then made even worse by Tantabus.

- Well, good thing you can fly, yellowshy.

- Well, apparently she's lucid. And yet, she still has the stupidest dream.

- Luna's been taking lessons from Okami.

- SUDDENLY, ACTION!

-TANTABUS COUNTER: #6

- Just smile and nod, Luna. There is far worse depravity you could have stumbled upon.

- NOPE.

- NOPE NOPE NOPE.

- And to the most predictable of dreams...

- Most adorable thing this episode.

- "Alas. I hath done and goofed."

- "Or, you know, just drives you criminally insane."

-TANTABUS COUNTER: #7

- You dun goofed, Pink One.

- TANTABUS COUNTER: #8

- Purplesmart logic, to the rescue!

- You know you've stooped low when you need to accept help from peasants.

- [LOSS OF ALL PRIVACY INTENSIFIES]

- Welcome to weird. Population: Duck.

- Derpy! Now in adorable catform.

- Best friends.

- Absinth. Not even once.

- I feel like I should be shouting at someone for this. But I won't.

- ALL HAIL THE GLOW CLOUD.

- STATUS REPORT, SCOTTY!

- Mortgages in a nutshell.

- Also, loans, I guess.

- I feel nothing but joy for our new overlord dreambat.

- Is that why you were using regular rope?

- LAAAAARSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!

- Wait, he didn't write this episode. SONNEEEEBBBOOORRRRNNNNNNNNNNN!!!

- TANTABUS COUNTER: #9

- BY YOUR POWERS COMBINED, YOU ARE BECOME BEST EPISODE!

- Thank you, flying princess captain obvious.

- And of course he chose the dorkiest option. You'd be better as a full-sized dragon you numbskull!

- LyraBon's 'dream power' seems hard to coordinate. Although let's be frank, Bon Bon can probably solo this.

- BEST FAN CHARACTER TO THE RESCUE!

- "SCREW THE RULES, I'M A MONEY WIZARD!"

- Somepony's overcompensating.

- Activate generic powers!

- A LARGE INFLUX OF BOOKS OUGHT TO PUT A STOP TO THAT!

-  You've gone from rope to... magic rope. Yeah, you suck at dreams, Applejack.

- We've got a winner in the 'best dreamer' contest.

- Well, your words dun goofed.

- Thank you knight obvious!

- "That seems like a really stupid thing to do."

- CRAWLING THROUGH MY SKIN!

- Aaaand whilst they're talking that thing would have escaped by now. Good thing the looming eldritch horror works on the same principle as a countdown clock in any action movie.

- This is why you need an SCP foundation.

- DENIED! Hah, nice try, eldritch nightmare-spawn.

- POWER OVERWHELMING!

- "She un-goofed the dun goof."

- TANTABUS COUNTER: #10

- And then she never woke from her coma. The end.



TLDR stuff:
Spoiler:
- Another Luna episode! This one seems to be a 'finale' as far as the previous 'CMC dream trilogy' is concerned, focusing on the Mane Six and everypony else.
- Tantabus gets a lot of repetition this episode as a threat. Could have been written better. Incidentially, the name is a miss-spelling of the latin name for 'nightmare'.
- Luna has issues! Guilt ones, specifically, and she felt obligated to punish herself and create eldritch horrors or something.
- The intro is arguably the most WTF, 'out of nowhere' intro yet to an episode.
- The dreams/nightmares of the Mane Six appear to be about as much as you'd expect. Only surprises are Fluttershy's, and Rainbow Dash's. Surprised Pinkie Pie's dream is so.... normal.
- Rainbow Dash's idea 'nightmare' is pretty damn near the deep end. How is that pony not a mental wreck from daily life in Equestria?
- And then the mass dream inception happens, and the episode becomes gold. Incidentially, Luna's 'dream tendrils' are creepy.
- Lyrabon! Bonlyra? Doesn't matter, still best friends / invaders of privacy.
- Derpyyyyy! Now available in 'giant cat'.
- Airhead Berry Punch!
- Money wizard!
- Knightly-Spike!
- Scootaloo wings of +10 feels!
- The amazing terror that is Princess Big Mac. And somewhere, a person responsible is having the biggest, most shit-eating grin imaginable.
- Flutterbat! Well, just a few frames, but still! I miss her.
- The implications of 'what could have been' for this episode are pretty damning. The 'nightmare' itself being so huge is like something out of a creepypasta.


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Post  A1C Bronymous on Sat Jul 11, 2015 7:52 pm

................Shit.


Sun Sets headcanon confirmed. Sort of.

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Oh my god, this dream sequence... I can't. I literally can't even.
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Post  Paper Shadow on Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:39 pm

Out of all the places we thought we were going, multiple hiatuses were not expected...

But we're back! Back to burn away our fickle lives in front of a luminescent glow and varying wavelengths. Hurray. For me, this episode was a bit of a slow burner. I felt that the exposition went on a bit too long, and the episode sorta danced between multiple lessons which weakened the two or three or so, but otherwise was a solid episode with some good moments and a nice song that channeled some elements from Art of the Dress...

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Post  Zarhon on Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:58 pm

They're back! Starting off with a Rarity episode.

Have a vid embed! And then social-economic commentary via miniature pastel-colored horses.

Canterlot Boutique:
- Starting off with Fashion Horse being adorable.

- "Why do I have a clock that only runs when I'm looking at it?"

- Why do you keep a pet that actively hates you?

- Being stuck in a chaos dimension was probably a factor.

- Damn it Pink One, can't I go ONE episode without resorting to transcripts?

- At least your alliteration is awesome.

- Pinkie's just reminding everypony that no barriers will halt or delay her entry into one's sanctuary.

- Pinkie succeeded the cinnamon challenge.

- "Pinkie, did you just toss a bunch of cupcakes onto my rug, bed, and furniture?"

- "The mailmare wanted to provide exposition. She had to be erased."
"Don't you mean, eliminated?"
"No."

- Hoof secrets revealed: The ponies cheat with duck tape.

- You'd think the ponies would learn by now that whenever something great happens for their life, it will make them miserable.

- FRIEEEEEEESSSSSS!

- Thank you for that economic exposition, Twilight.

- Someone needs to loop Rarity saying "nubby scrubby buffy pony pedi".

- That horn, on that pony 'body type' (Cadence, Fleur De Lis) looks uncanny when it's not hidden within the mane.

- "I could sound more posh and snobby, but I can't life my snout upwards enough."

- No background check? For all you know, she could be wanted for illegal prostitution and drug trafficking.

- Ho, ho, ho, even your puns sound posh and obnoxious.

- Sassy's dream of having a 24-hour immortal worker slave force does not match the reality of 'only one dragon servant available'.

- Even Twilight is questioning this mare's credentials after such a obvious statement.

- Did you just call Twilight 'hot'?

- THANKS, M.A. LARSON.

- TLC has many meanings in Equestria.

- Congratulations on this STUNNING discovery.

- Luckily, the rational-minded pony knows better than to- no, wait, she's a total sellout.

- EPISODE VILLAIN/ASSHOLE DETECTED.

- "Pinkie, keep your kinks out of this."

- Luckily, the Mane Six are no less savvy and sassy to the obvious villain.

- Enter the walking male fashion stereotype and meme template.

- Well, at least she knows how to market stuff.

- ASSUMING FASHION MIND MERGE.

- Ooh, clever wordplay there. But ruined by posh villain pony.

- Just think of the money, Twilight, not the sellout shame.

- Just fire her already. She doesn't even have medical insurance yet.

- When in doubt, ignore the issue your friend is having!

- Shown: The interaction between marketing team's plans and the businesses that live in a less-fictional world.

- Yes, that is an acceptable premise for dressmaking. Unlike DEADLINES OF ONE DAY FOR A SINGLE EMPLOYEE YOU DUMB POSH HARLOT.

- Luckily, her friends are once again here to save the day! Or they would be, if Rarity wasn't daft and/or bothered to employ sweatshop ponies.

- DRESS SONG TIME! AGAIN!

- Equestria confirmed for polygamy and/or honorable duels over a mare.

- It takes effort to sound posh without saying anything.

- No fair taking hints from Celestia, Rarity. She's terrible at fashion anyway. Have you seen what dress she put Luna into?

- And thus, was the fashion pony blinded/vaporized by the thermonuclear dress explosion.

- You mean the one with 'client from hell' written all over them?

- She keeps spouting words like they were swears. Or like she knows what they mean.

- "Forget about the fact we run a business that literally tailors to needs!"

- Shown: Typical client-clerk-artist interactions. Always.

- "How dare you make me a unique and beautiful snowflake! I'm a sheep, damn it!"

- Apparently, waving your arms makes dresses happen.

- Rarity, your ears are leaking.

- Turns out, even fictional pony magazines have Photoshop.

- Is that a bust of Rarity in her own store?

- Took her long enough to go mailmare.

- THAT'S WHY YOU HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS, EVERYPONY.

- Ironically, Sassy Saddles is the least sassy this episode.

- Surprisingly, this edition of pony-Raven is NOT voiced by Tara Strong, but Andrea Libman!

- I can't tell if the Inside Out reference is intentional or not. Did that movie air before or after the episode was being made?

- Her dreams must involve living on the street in a box.

- Sassy is apparently gearing up for a medieval siege.

- What Sassy doesn't know is that Rarity just gained an indentured servant.

- What. Whaaaat. Why would you end the episode on that?

- Now it will be 'that episode with the fat pony', forevermore!


Notable things:
- Sassy seems to imply at least one business she was behind to have failed, or that pony resumes are faulty and background checks don't exit.
- A new pony 'model'. Yeah. Not even going to comment.
- The Mane Six are surprisingly 'kicked out' of the episode (despite it potentially solving conflicts, albeit awkwardly), and seem to serve Spike's usual role of 'saying what the crowd is thinking'.
- Rarity was apparently set to remain in Ponyville for good, and never even intended to move to Canterlot permanently, episode drama notwithstanding! She should be element of loyalty!
- The song was nice, but... somehow, still not memorable. Probably because it was split into no less than four parts over the episode.
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Post  Zarhon on Sat Sep 19, 2015 7:51 pm

Rarity Investigates is out!

Rarity Investigates:
- MEANWHILE, AT THE SAME PLACE AS LAST EPISODE...

- "I stole if off the internet."

- "Also, OCD. Lots of OCD."

- Rainbow Dash is banned from hospitals and maternity wards for this reason.

- Sassy has been demoted to exposition.

- But what are the odds of that happening in an episode devoted to an investigation?

- In other words, RD is a leech on society.

- Clearly the delivery-pony is to blame for this manufacturing error.

- Rarity, this isn't the Mentally Advanced Series.

- A show for kids: Now for adults!

- Sassy's metaphor went somewhere real dark.

- Something that screams 'tramp'?

- By all means, feed the athletes absurd amounts of sweet/unhealthy foods right before a dangerous performance.

- Dashie prefers the sensible athletes diet.

- "Hi, I'm the obvious villain, but you don't care because my voice is like audible chocolate."

- Don't worry, Dashie, sempai noticed you.

- "Now, leave me to my raw, uncooked vegetables."

- 'Friends and family'. Did Rarity just get friend-zoned?

- Eeeew, Dashie.

- If Rarity were evil and/or a psychopath, her ability to switch outfits and swiftly dispose of evidence would make her rather terrifying.

- Meanwhile, in a amphitheater designed to kill off non-pegasi viewers thanks to a complete lack of railings...

- [Raridash intensifies]

- WHAT A COINCIDENCE. I'm sure nothing terrible will happen to Dashie as a result of this.

- After that dance, she deserves everything that's coming to her.

- Just a palette swap.

- [Mystery intensifies]

- That's a quick motive deduction, mr. obvious culprit.

- J'accuse!

- RD's dreams commonly involve pulling stunts that cause horrific aeronautical accidents and Top Gun references.

- Blaze, also known as 'that other Spitfire'.

- Guilty until proven innocent! A justice system that never fails!

- We may be ponies, but we like our laws and regulations for minor infractions draconic and life-ruining!

- Carmen Sandiego is surprisingly easy to steal from.

- Or you could employ an actual investigator. One that presumably has actual talent and life purpose in investigating crimes, as opposed to a stereotype-abusing fashionista. But then again, she is working for free...

- [Smooth Jazz relaxes]

- Well, good job finding damning evidence, Rarity.

- Think nonsexy thoughts.

- You get what you paid for as far as this investigation goes, Dashie.

- Alternately, they used the postal service, and Rainbow is going to prison.

- GIVE ME YOUR SOUL!

- Interrogations are a lot harder to do when you're the prime suspect.

- Ah yes, the lewdovico interrogation method.

- It's as if you're all uniform and nondescript.

- "In retrospect, we are surprisingly easy to bribe and this could get us fired or worse."

- "You dream of committing ultra-violence onto non-ponies and dread singing sunflowers, both signs of psychopathy."

- Have a Dashie.

- Screw you transcripts, screw you to hell.

- Fun fact: 'Chai' means 'tea' in many languages. So yes, she's a posh Cinnamon Tea.

- Well, Rarity's the culprit then. Arrest her!

- Elementary references.

- How do you mistake RD's voice for that of a chocolate-voiced male?

- The Element of Generosity lets Dashie get wet in the rain. Then again, Dashie's also too daft to use her weather-altering powers.

- Do ho ho, a visual pun. I blame Sibsy.

- Good job, it took you only 16 minutes to find the obvious culprit. And now you've given him time to think of a defense.

- By all means, Rainbow Dash, argue against the pony trying to prove your innocence.

- So... Scootaloo is the culprit?

- Sniffing the glue on letters is a hobby of Rarity's. A harmless, harmless hobby.

- Alternately, the rope holders are crappy and you didn't bother to look for hoofprints or similar actual evidence.

- Turns out, cross-dressing is remarkably easy in Equestria, and flashbacks cause your snout to horrifically morph.

- Wilhelm Scream!

- "I totally didn't pull theory that out of my flank."

- Clearly, Dashie is the only creature capable of beating your record, ever.

- "You just have to play dirty in the stupidest and most inefficient yet PG-friendly way possible!"

- Turns out, he's pretty good at pretending to be somepony's mother, too.

- Alternately, you could delay the performance by a day.

- It's a million in one chance, etc.

- And now they're too tired to do the performance properly and have to delay it.

- And now he's a permanent hobo. Yay for justice!

- Why would you sepia-tone a color-based performance?

- Smooth jazz, signing out.


Notable notables:
- Sassy returns. Yay?
- Lots of Noir and fun scenes from Rarity (and a few 'Mentally-Advanced-Series-channeling' ones). This is arguably one of her better if not best episodes.
- One of the outfits is a Dr. Who reference (Missy). Another is an obvious Carmen Sandiego nod.
- All the clues presented by Rarity are shown in advance of the 'crime', just like in the last 'investigation' episode.
- The plot is INCREDIBLY predictable. Wind Rider screams 'guilty' from the moment you see him, the crime becomes obvious before it's revealed, and the clues scattered about stand out enough to be significant (especially when you take the previous investigation episode into account).
- Equestria has draconic regulations that make ponies unable to get employment ever again, as well as a 'guilty until proven innocent' judicial process.
- Spitfire's mom! She's a palette swap of Ms. Harshwhinny. Also appearing are Sherlock references and new colors of guards.
- Rarity's famous/vain enough to have her own logo/pattern symbol on her luggage.
- Rainbow Dash is mostly demoted to a 'Spike' role of having bad stuff happening to her, being the focus of conflicts, questioning the antics of Rarity,  lamphading, and being comic relief. Rarity thus steals the show from her (quite literally, with the sepia theme). On the plus side, she's still adorable and makes faces.
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Post  Paper Shadow on Sat Sep 19, 2015 10:23 pm

Pretty standard film noir parody this episode. I did a project about Film Noir a while back, so that's funny. The episode could have done with some more use of chiaroscuro though...

About the storyline, while I (along with everyone else) knew it was gonna be Wind Rider Dude who did the crime, a tiny, tiny part of me hoped it wouldn't have been. With a few minor tweaks to the storyline, I could totally see an alternative version where Spitfire was the one behind this all...

P.S. I also noticed some somewhat subtle encouraging of good behavior for children. Remember kids, your favourite ponies enjoy broccoli and wear sun cream...

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Post  Cardbo on Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:19 am

Paper Shadow wrote:Pretty standard film noir parody this episode. I did a project about Film Noir a while back, so that's funny. The episode could have done with some more use of chiaroscuro though...

About the storyline, while I (along with everyone else) knew it was gonna be Wind Rider Dude who did the crime, a tiny, tiny part of me hoped it wouldn't have been. With a few minor tweaks to the storyline, I could totally see an alternative version where Spitfire was the one behind this all...

P.S. I also noticed some somewhat subtle encouraging of good behavior for children. Remember kids, your favourite ponies enjoy broccoli and wear sun cream...

Agreed. They telegraphed Windrider being the villain so hard, I was hoping that it wasn't going to be him.
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Re: Oh, The Places You'll Go - S5 Pony Discussion

Post  Zarhon on Wed Sep 30, 2015 1:06 am

Plenty happened over the last week, including a few things that are of spoilery or leaked nature, so keep those under relevant spoiler tags.

First off, there was the leaked (spoilers onwards) Halloween/Nightmare-Night episode, Scare-Master (SPOILERS IN LINK), which has yet to be officially aired, but is available on the internet anyways.
Scare-Master commentary:
- Those legs aren't fuzzy at all!

- Fluttershy's approach to surviving an apocalypse scenario is rather inadequate.

- Angel's still being an asshole. It's a wonder Discord didn't do something horrid to him by now.

- You know, changelings would have a ludicrously easy time invading on this night.

- Happy pumpkins are a menace to society.

- Fluttershy, you literally live with a horrifying spider, why would fake spiders scare you?

- One of these things is not like the other.

- Fluttershy, I'm pretty sure Angel would slap you (again) if you brought him hay to eat.

- Moral of the episode: Senior citizens are terrible.

- Such a majestic creature.

- You literally had a year (or several, depending on pony-time-continuity and time travel) to do the costume, and you're preparing it an hour in advance?

- The Pink One is far less terrifying when she's trying to be terrifying. Somehow.

- It's okay Fluttershy, lots of people do that. They just wait until a Bethesda game is released.

- Oh you silly yellow pony and your crippling phobias, lack of parents, and insecurities.

- Here's a tip for you, Sweetie Belle: Don't TP anything you'll be cleaning up yourself.

- The headless pony costume is rather... questionable.

- Rarity no, you're ruining the episode!

- Fluttershy, why are you blushing for that?!

- And by 'all the rage', you mean 'I've forced Sweetie Belle into one'.

- Fluttershy's really good at imagining horrifying murderstalker scenarios.

- And Fluttershy discovered a brand new kink that day.

- Fun fact: Herbivore animals, such as horses and bunnies, have evolved such that they have very wide peripheral vision compared to predators. It's why horse blinders are used to keep them getting spooked.

- She's clearly cosplaying as Morticia Addams.

- Dashie's costume is designed to ensure she only breathes awesome air.

- Ironically even AJ's costume has dead parents.

- You'd think Luna would have banned such Nightmare Night traditions by now.

- Fluttershy's scary scenarios apparently involve 'sexually molested by her friends'.

- Rarity, why are you abusing your friends tonight?

- Even the Pink One cannot comprehend such flawed logic.

- "Twilight's bag has derp-eyes because of reasons."

- They want to say it, but this is a TV-Y show.

- Rainbow Dash knows the perks of her costume. And AppleLion is adorable.

- She's like Tumblr without trigger warnings.

- I take my hat off to the show-makers. I could not stop cringing for the entirety of the tea party.

- That's less scary and more sassy for Rarity.

- Don't provoke her, you fool!

- Smells like... Otaku.

- Social awkwardness in a nutshell.

- "You forgot my food, bitch!"

- Yes, by all means, tell the abusive Flowey-wannabe to help you scare people.

- Now that's scary.

- How do they make green-glowing pumpkins?

- That is an oddly rigid-looking (and horribly ruined) cornfield-maze (also, Wilhelm Scream!).

- Pay no attention to the Jason-pony. He'd only go after Rarity.

- Purplesmart Derpy!

- It's always the skank that trips and gets murdered in situations like this.

- By all means, Pinkie, pull Dashie to your mutual doom.

- Who wants to be buried alive? These five do!

- You'd think she'd be used to seeing dead ponies by now. Especially given how close Granny was to kicking the bucket anyway.

- Well, they're super dead.

- It's like you want to be horrifically murdered, girls!

- Too many faces not to link.

- You're not fooling anyone with those 'fake' Flutterbat accessories. Also, how can you fly with those things?

- "Don't ask how the birdies glow, unless you want to join them in eternal torment."

- Moral of the episode: Just because your best friend can kill you all and hide/remove your corpses incredibly easily, doesn't mean she has to.

- When in doubt, do as the Otaku would. Isolate yourself from sunlight and social contact.
TLDR notable bits:
- Very good moral in this one - Not everyone likes what you like, even if they're good and talented at it, and you can still be friends if you don't share all your fun activities together. That second bit is especially important, since oh-so-many people force people to do things they're good at but don't enjoy.

- Fluttershy is apparently an Otaku. Okay.

- She's also upped on the 'irrational crazy phobias' this episode, to the point where it stops being funny. Just what kind of trauma got her to be so terrified of the day so much? Character-development wise, she didn't exactly get any - she pretty much reverted to status quo, didn't deal with any of her terror issues, and only proved that she can indeed scare others for fun, but not enjoy it or without help.

- Strangely, it's the rest of the Mane Six that get 'character development', as they learn not to peer-pressure Fluttershy into doing things she doesn't want to - even if she loses out on friendship moments.

- Return of Flutterbat! In a sense.

- Much less costume fun than the last episode. Applelion is the best thing, though.

Then, there was the Made in Manehattan episode.
Made in Manehattan Commentary:
- Modern academia in a nutshell.

- That's what you get for living in an idyllic medieval community with no internet access.

- The plots thicken and vibrate. Except the nerd's.

- The most generic busy-town of Equestria!

- Twilight, you're pointing at a river. Don't embarrass yourself further.

- Rarity, keep your asphyxiation kinks to yourself.

- [Stranger Danger Intensifies]

- If by 'fan' you mean 'taxis couldn't bother to recognize you as royalty.'

- So book a train ticket and travel there yourself. Or fly there. You don't need a map to tell you to leave your designated friend-zone.

- And thus, Twilight is forever lost to a comic book binge.

- "I almost forgot the next episode's setup!"

- Apparently, it makes you train your poledancing skills.

- AJ's having her 'horrific wagon accident' flashbacks again.

- I'm surprised they don't have any zebra crossings. Hm, then again, that would be racist...

- AJ's really good at balancing a huge chest with no safety harnesses, isn't she?

- "SHUT UP AND THROW AWAY THAT MONEY!"

- When in doubt, apply concussions to your dirt-pony servant.

- Are we sure she's not the Element of Sloth?

- I am so happy this is a thing.

- Ruining a honest (and sweaty) haberdasher's business: All in a day's work for the Element of Generosity!

- Awkwardness: The awkwarding.

- That's not how a [s]BJ[/s] kissing booth works, Rarity.  

- Sometimes the plot has to slap you in the face, like an annoyed DM.

- "Never mind the community problems, I know this pony by name and that's significant!"

- Next up, 10 minutes of exciting gory footage of their attempt to cross the street.

- Wow, it literally took them until night-time to get to Coco's place?

- Coco remains adorable.

- Even the way Coco is sitting/laying on that couch/cushion is adorable. Or something else entirely.

- Also known as 'the script'.

- Wow... My grandmother actually makes those exact same cookies that Coco has (the middle is jam).

- Would be pretty embarrassing of Charity Kindheart's parents if she ended up being a savage bloodthirsty dictator in her adult years.

- Sorry Coco, your exposition is being ignored here in favor of you being adorable as a filly.

- Being adorable is stressful.

- The adorable is unrelenting. And AJ is still blunt as a hammer.

- Today's magazines feature Pinkie Pie with a blue nose, a cat, and Agent 47.

- How? Why?

- "It's not easy sounding like a guy!"

- "Turns out, the non-noble folk are really stupid to repeatedly buy that."

- AJ has a maxed out STR for this task.

- Well, that's not so bad. The garden can be done in roughly an hour or two. The stage though is another matter.

- Turns out, farming's really hard when you can only use your mouth.

- Alas, the fabled hat had to suffer to make the otherwise effortless task of lawn mowing seem difficult for comedic effect.

- And then she died, crushed under a rock. Just like her parents. Cue happy credits.

- Sorry AJ, you're the 'Spike' of the episode.

- Clearly Rarity has been slacking on her 'discount construction worker employment'.

- "Stop licking my hoof, Rarity."

- AJ's plan is basically 'the college method'.

- Theater is hard when one's most identifying feature has to be replaced with the equivalent of the TF2 spy masks.

- "Looks like some crappy theater performance."
"Mom, your accent is insulting and embarrassing."

- Where is the music coming from?

- "I'm only here on stage because I'm adorable and you know it."

- Moral of the episode: Your very first indie game project will suck. Immensely. But it's a start.

- "I mean, sure I'm implied to be obscenely wealthy, but opening my wallet is hard work."

- Yay, the plot-vibrators kicked in!

- Turns out, saving the world several times over means everyone's got your hat to sell to you when you need it.

- I'm sure no brothers have been horribly maimed in the process of brother-sister bonding.

- Last-second trademark apple-pony pose!


TLDR notable bits:
- The plot of the episode can be summed up as 'Indie Game Development'. The moral is pretty valid as well, teaching the Samaritan method for the modern no-time-for-anything kid.
- Twilight continues to be omnipotent adorkable third wheel on account of magical plot-points. Guess they're saving her involvement for a finale. They do acknowledge why she was supposed to be absent, however - the friendship problems focus on getting others / the community to fix the existing dilemmas.
- Coco Pommel! She makes faces!
- Snoopy references! As well as Archie Comics!
- AJ's trademark pose is confirmed to be a thing. As is the eyebrow raise.
- As far as AJ's role in the episode goes, I feel like the writers struggled with finding her a 'niche' role in this episode. Not sure if they succeeded or failed, but they did give her extra characterization in regards to her dislike of the 'fast' city life (including an apparently dislike of road traffic - were her parents killed in a tragic wagon accident? Or was it the killer statue that did them in?).
- So many background ponies, guys.
- Pony theater, even with professionals, is cringe-worthy.
- Thar she blows! I guess that explains... something?

Finally, there was the third Equestria Girls movie, Equestria Girls 3: Friendship Games!
Part1:
- High heels: The movie!

- Humane!Dash is still petty, I see.

- Either Sunset Shimmer uses that string as a garrote in her free time, or breaking guitar strings are too common a problem in teenager world.

- This must seem awkward and confusing for someone who didn't watch the previous movies - Sunset is writing to an imaginary friend via... book.

- Enter longlegs McPurpleSmart.

- "Yes, with this hoodie and ominous tech device, nobody will bat an eye to my activities!"

- Convenient bus escape! (S)he must be an athletic master.

- Shock and gasp!

- Well, that's certainly not an ominously evil magic intro.

- Apparently, a nerdy Trixie-lookalike is AJ's 'rival'.

- Huh, guess the dragon's coming back again.

- Fear the ominous birth-control-pillbox.

- You know what would fix dress damage from magical duels? Magic!

- Apparently Crystal Prep is this universe's MIT.

- "But magical duels for the sake of the universe are so coool!"

- I detect a song.

- It's interesting when part of your school's spirit is 'defeated evil entities of immeasurable power". Or when it depicts one of your friends at their literal worst.

- It's like it has to do with her special talent.

- The friendship games have very strict rules regarding cross-dimensional magic.

- More sad Shimmer, writing to her imaginary magical friend.

- Meanwhile, at alpha-bitch elementary...

- Why do you keep a dog at school grounds? Or have a picture of him on your desktop?

- Tempting fate, aren't we?

- Oh hey, it's not-evil-good-princess.

- Sci!Twi, your enthusiasm for studying sickens me.

- Songtime! Featuring Twilight walking like a baws.

- "Hello, I'm here to establish myself as the villain of this movie. Note the swiveling throne of evil I spent school funds on."

- Shiny, why do you sound like a villainous goon?

- "You do realize I could have you lose your job or worse if I report you for blackmailing me and blatantly breaking my student rights?"
"...I was hoping you'd me more intimidated than this."

- "Don't worry dog, nothing can go wrong with this ominous technological amulet."

- These girls have the highest grade in 'alpha bitch', apparently.

- Sugarcoat has a mouth on her.

- Oh hey, it's not-Vinyl.

- I'd probably be a lot more freaked out if everyone knew my name in a totally foreign place.

- Sunset, why are you wearing a welding mask?

- RELEASE THE FASHION!

- Well, that's not ominous and easily noticeable.

- The awkwardness continues.

- Thank you, running exposition gag.

- I mean, what are the odds of something world-shattering happening?

- "The magical Demon-powers were within you all along!"

- YOU DUN GOOFED, PURPLESMART.

- "It's kaput! It's vanished! It's gone to the great beyond! It is an ex-portal!"

- Apparently, butt-based communication.

- Meet the rivals!

- She's surprisingly good at fixing her hair without assistance.

- Through one ear and out the other.

- Why would you wrap the cannons? It seems redundant. Then again, it's an easy way to smuggle them.

- Nope, nothing reality-threatening about this at all. Better keep that amulet as it is.

- "I sensed fun and enjoyment in this room. I'm here to snuff it out and rape its corpse."

- Octavia, you should not socialize with Trixie.

- That teacher looks like a monkey.

- Song time!

- I'm sorry Flash, no amount of Bon Bon assistance will help you salvage a loaf of bread.

- Pinkie will bake you TO THE GROUND, bitches.

- Alas, birdhouse making is not your special talent.

- No amount of song will make a spelling bee cool.

- Sunset, swapping VA's for songs is cheating.

- XTREME MATHEMAGIC!

- "You suck, but we'll congratulate you anyway."

- Sorry Flash, you're dead and useless to everyone. Especially the shippers.

- "Don't mind me, I'll just stalk your from the bushes."

- "You have no idea how often I have to clean my backpack of animal turds."

- Amazingly, Spike didn't asphyxiate in that tiny airless backpack.

- "He may be Satan's avatar, but he's still fuzzy and adorable."

- Aaaand this is the point where Twilight starts freaking out, questioning her sanity, or starts throwing things at Fluttershy.

- The pillbox is having none of your magical hanky-panky!

- Wow, a bunny that's more troublesome than Angel?

- Well played, VA intro credits. Well played.

- Fluttershy's too drained to handle this bullshit.

Part 2:
- Twilight needs to be chill. Like Spike! He's so chill with this.

- At least the lockers are designed to prevent asphyxiation. Also, why does she care to hide him? They're in another school.

- It's like they're the main characters or something!

- Obviously, Principal Cinch is not only evil, but unable to grasp how school archives / newspapers work. Otherwise, she'd know she can just look for the headline 'Sunset turns into demon' or 'Sirens defeated'.

- "Such a shame there aren't any puppies here to kick around a bit."

- So, solution: Get that frigging pendant away from her. Problem solved.

- That's a surprisingly accurate leap of logic from  Sunset.

- Pinkie, concussions are no joke.

- Gasp! It's... Dirty!

- Morbidly, she also has funeral clothing prepared.

- Miss sassy sarcasm is salty.

- "Your math skills are a clear indicator that you are both athletic and accurate/proficient with a bow."

- Okay, a triple bow-shot is pretty impressive.

- Luckily, our plucky heroine wins by dumb luck.

- Twilight's previous bus-escape proved to suck all her athletic prowess for the rest of the movie. And apparently she sucks at required courses.

- Drama arrow, go!

- I'm surprised that AJ has to explain basic target prediction to a mathematical genius.

- Just back away from the talking dog, yellowsass.

- That piece of string must be made of adamantium.

- How convenient that the amulet can snap open after it stops moving.

- YOU DUN GOOFED, AGAIN.

- How are rollerskate-rivals beating a three-lap lead?

- Why didn't they do that trick from the start? And why are they skating in pairs if they only need one to cross the finish?

- She's researched enough hentai to know where this is going!

- Pay no attention to the ominous purple portals of doom.

- Well, miss motormouth's dead/eaten.

- "Screw the giant killer plants that almost killed me, I've got a race to win!"

- "Pay no attention to the evil portals."

- Dang, don't be a meanie, Sunset. Even if she is pretty daft for not nailing that thing shut by now.

- Trained attack plants. Cinch, how did you become a principal and not a janitor?

- "She's a bitch, nobody cares what she thinks."

- Dang, normally it's someone else that slings all the guilt onto the main character.

- "I'm sure nothing horrifying will interrupt this last event by that time."

- Your last game is a scavenger hunt. How will wings help the other team?

- "Hm, no, I don't think my bitch factor has been displayed enough. Luckily, I'm pen pals with Ursula. Villain song, please!"

- 'Ominous chanting' is another required course at Crystal Prep.

- Remember kids, don't fall victim to evil musical peer pressure, even if the song is really good.

- "Yup, this is a good plan that will win us the games, with no other possible consequences."

- YOU BLEW... HER... UP?

- Unlimited cosmic powers, but still short-sighted. Even demons wear glasses, and you should too, kids!

- This is the part where you gruesomely explode your principal since she deserves it so much by now.

- No, don't explode the floor, aim for the principal! You're the worst demon ever.

- Meanwhile, some pegasi are confused as hell.

- Her first rational decision of the day! And we still hate her for it.

- Ironically, exploding things CAN make you a better scientist. Just ask the Mythbusters.

- Oh stop being such pansies, you'll just turn into ponies if you fall. And only 2/3's of you will die from terminal velocity right after.

- I feel like 'saving someone from death' is a poor way of exemplifying the element of Honesty, or Laughter.

- WITH MY PILFERED MAGICAL TRINKET COMBINED...

- AND A SPEECH TO STALL FOR TIME BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO EXPLODE ME MID-TRANSFORMATION...

- I AM BECOME SAILOR SUNSET, TOY-SELLOUT OF THE HEAVENS, HERE TO COMPLEMENT YOUR FASHIONABLY EVIL MERCHANDISE!

- Was that the final fantasy tune just now?

- Puppy dog eyes to the rescue! Somehow!

- WHY DID YOU LET CINCH SURVIVE?

- "Nooooooo... Shittttt.... Sherloooooock. Cry me a river, you stupid, stupid bitch."

- Aaaaand I instantly like miss motormouth now.

-  THE ALMIGHTY SCHOOL BOARD! OF EEEEVIL!

- Reputation, my only weakness! Next to idiocy, skewed priorities, utter lack of morals, and astoundingly bad judgement!

- "Except for Cinch, of course. God, she's such a bitch."

- "Please take us with you. Cinch just opened up the 'whipping students 101' class again."

- Moral of the story: Don't rely on your imaginary pony princess friends to save the day for your from demonic nerds. Also, Cinch is a bitch.

- "Turns out, we have a staggeringly low amount of academic bureaucracy in this dimension."

- You'd think the government would have isolated that portal by now with an area 51 facility.

- YOU'VE DUN PARADOX'D.

TLDR bits:
- Principal Cinch is a horrid, law-breaking, insane, skewed-priorities-stupid, hypocritical excuse for a human being, but dang if she can't make a good, Ursula-quality villain song.
- Science!Twilight's presence makes for an interesting plot this time around, and a unique rivalry/opposition from Sunset Shimmer. Not to mention it presents a sort of 'what if?' scenario for us.
- Snazzy outfits for the 'magical climax' scenes.
- The ending is quite the whammy. See it for yourself.
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Post  Zarhon on Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:12 pm

New episode! Brotherhooves Social!

Brotherhooves Social Silly Commentary:
- Oh seniors, you and your silly Alzheimer words.

- Stronghorse is strong. Also, good at balancing.

- Why are they playing with a bowling pin?

- And now that's she's older, she's supposedly wiser.

- Oh you silly old horse and your potentially crippling accidents.

- AJ, your family already has a bad track record on the 'forever' part.

- Applebloom plans on killing off the competition.

- "It's almost like you're a mane character!"

- Yup, accurate representation of the attention span of a child.

- Adorabloom strikes again.

- Apparently, the proper way to eat a pie is smearing it into your face.

- No comment.

- Now what are the odds of that? It's not like she has a different episode to be in.

- Tasting sweet sweet victory is overrated.

- "I lied."

- The curse of being amazing.

- Big Mac has some well-trained facial muscles to disguise it with such ease.

- "Also Big Mac, what the hell."

- "They didn't even ask for our marriage papers!"

- SadBloom is sad.

- Big Mac, why the rapeface?

- Closely accessorizing is the law!

- She does not look thrilled.

- No comment.

- What.

- Whaaaaaaaaaaaat.

- Why are you so proficient at this?

- "We're not mad, just... disappointed."

- He's surprisingly eloquent.

- Sweetie Belle is selling it this episode (Applebloom helped).

- Time to see if the adults of Equestria are dafter than the CMC.

- "I'm not that kind of lesbian."

- "Oh you young kids and your crack-cocaine habits."

- Now THAT is cringe-worthy and why is that old guy smiling at that.

- "As your family member, it is my sacred duty to embarrass you in front of as large an audience as possible."

- I'm pretty sure the VA died a little inside when he had to do this part.

- Well good job, now EVERYONE noticed it.

- Yay, child violence! She'd be dead if this wasn't a cartoon.

- Jump-rope is easy when you have wings.

- Big Mac, you're not an elephant. You have no excuse.

- That is an unfortunate viewpoint.

- That depends on how many seasons we have left.

- "Even if I have to kill everyone."

- Yup, those are words only a CMC and/or Rainbow Dash would use.

- Well, their bones are broken now.

- Good job crushing Applebloom to-oh right, cartoon.

- You're not a peacock either Big Mac.

- THE JIG IS PREDICTABLY UP!

- "Turns out, we're not retards."

- Welp, guess there's no happy ending to this episode.

- "This almost makes up for my crippling wing disability!"

- Alzheimer's a bitch.

- That's saying something when it's coming from a CMC member.

- Oh silly Applebloom, thinking you'll ever have a sisterhooves episode again.

- First Background Pony Problems.

- "Somepony that you used to know."

- I'm pretty sure you tossed shame (and dignity) into the trash 15 minutes ago.

- Moral of the episode: Your siblings are creepy.



Notable notables:
- The episode ties in as a 'parallel episode' to the events of Made in Manehattan.

- Scootaloo confirmed for sister-less, with RD as a surrogate. And they're working great!

- It aint' easy being an actual background pony / brother of a universe-saving mane character. Wonder how Shiny feels?

- Big Mac is worryingly good at cross-dressing and bad-but-technically-workable-plans, and fancy lady dialogue. And (almost) nobody buys it, but they're cool with it!

- The moral is basically a lesson for parents: "(Your) Kids are shallow and will stop respecting you on a whim as they grow up.", or for kids, "Don't ignore your family trying to get your affection."

- Interesting view on the whole outcome of the competition. Disqualified, but for a different reason!

- I'm amazed Applebloom had as much patience and no mockers for the competition. Luckily, Diamond Tiara is sister-less and absent enough to make the whole fiasco a traumatizing event.

- Applejack seems to be the first pony to be officially recognized for, well, saving the world.
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Post  Paper Shadow on Sat Oct 10, 2015 5:37 pm

Well, they said long ago that an episode like this was a sign of the end-times. We've had a good run people. Exactly five years today, apparently. Fun stuff...

Leaked Episode 21 Related Picture:

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Post  A1C Bronymous on Sun Oct 11, 2015 2:15 am

Wow. It actually happened... and a complete hard left from where they were directing it to from the beginning.

I feel like you're right, though, sign of the end times. I can't help but feel like we're only a few steps away from one final Finale...
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Post  Cardbo on Sun Oct 11, 2015 3:02 am

Paper Shadow wrote:Well, they said long ago that an episode like this was a sign of the end-times. We've had a good run people. Exactly five years today, apparently. Fun stuff...

Leaked Episode 21 Related Picture:

I haven't seen the episode, but I'm obviously missing something. Did the show jump the shark again?
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Post  Paper Shadow on Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:00 am

Cardbo wrote:
Paper Shadow wrote:Well, they said long ago that an episode like this was a sign of the end-times. We've had a good run people. Exactly five years today, apparently. Fun stuff...

Leaked Episode 21 Related Picture:

I haven't seen the episode, but I'm obviously missing something.  Did the show jump the shark again?
Nothing will ever be the same again...

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Post  Zarhon on Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:14 pm

Well, they did mentally prepare us for it. And we've had shark-jumpings before (LAAAARSOOOON). This might give the writers more freedom/options for the next season.

Crusaders of the Lost Mark:
- Hang on, how did you not get a cutie mark in singing?

- Also, Diamond Tiara already has the 'piggy' one.

- SONG!

- Never give in! Even if it unleashes literal manifestations of chaos!

- NOTICE OUR 'MARK' PUNS!

- 'Infinite riches', 'immortality', 'cosmic powers' and 'wings' is probably a better reward.

- It's their British little pony!

- This is how the universe dies. Not with wanton destruction, but politics.

- No it didn't, you liar. We've seen the footage. Don't be sheeple!

- "This in spite of the title being purely a short-lived popularity contest and schools being notorious for lack of funding."

- Enter the bitch duo.

- That's already leagues ahead of the average paid student.

- So, it's a window that doesn't work, blinds everyone, and is ugly.

- When your parents decide to name you 'Spoiled Rich', you don't have many options when it comes to a happy childhood.

- That is literally illegal. And it would be a statue of the donator, not their child.

- Yes. Please, kill her already.

- DT, marketing is not your special talent.

- Another song? What is this, a musical?

- That merry-go-round is literally a deathtrap. How did this school not get closed by now?

- She mad.

- Now a villain song?

- Wow, we're at the 4 minute mark, and you've already stooped to blackmail and telling everyone about it.

- Yes, by all means, blackmail the filly that can literally kill you with a hug.

- Or threaten to expose secrets which you just told to everypony.

- Moral of the episode: Don't vote for Trump, even ironically.

- Okay, you were on to a good start with the empty promises part, and yet you still managed to ruin it.

- Ah yes, the vizier song!

- Apparently, interrupting a song is more scandalous than blackmail.

- Those are not good campaign posters.

- Ah, I see where this is going. Now he'll win and he'll get into trouble for failing as a president. Sorry plot, you're too predictable.

- "Diamond Tiara, I am too old and tired of your bullshit."

- She is the 1%.

- SICK BURN CAM!

- CMC, what are you...

- Oh no. No, NO! SHE CAN'T BE SECRETLY GOOD!

- "You're not a true snob unless you've disfigured your face from having your nose up high!"

- You'll also have to pay for a butler's funeral.

- Congratulations, Spoiled Rich. You've managed to turn 'transplant' into an offensive racial slur.

- NO SHOW, NOT A SYMPATHETIC SONG! WHY IS IT SO GOOD?!

- EVERYTHING I BELIEVE IN IS A LIE! A NON-SNOBBY LIE!

- DAMN YOU HIDDEN DEPTHS! DAMN YOU CHARACTER GROWTH! You've ruined a perfectly good 2-dimensional character!

- Oh, thank God, the CMC are going to ruin it, or bring it back to status quo.

- "Normally, yes, but the writing says otherwise."

- Ahh, diamond. Truly the most tsundere of mineral.

- "We're surprisingly 2-dimensional like that."

- "My life is a vicious cycle of shadenfreude."

- Ahh, that's the old DT we know and shamelessly hate!

- Yes, this was tagged as 'arin hanson face'.

- "No we did that three seasons ago."

- Sad pony is sad.

- Ah, there's the plot! Right back on time to turn DT to her old bitchy self again!

- Pipsqueak, your bank collection is yuck.

- That's not how elections work, DT.

- Wow, she sounds like an adult for this song.

- Is this secretly an episode of Glee?

- Stop teleporting in front of her and just tackle her.

- Can you tell which way they're going? I can't!

- "The school symbolizes everything that is evil and dreary on this world. The gazebo is there because it looks nice."

- That's the spirit! Deny that character growth opportunity!

- Wait, this seems... wrong. Why is there another villain about to stomp DT's clear villainous act?

- "YOU WOT, FILLY?"

- She wanted to say 'whore' but the ratings wouldn't allow it.

- TWO BURNS IN ONE EPISODE? WHAT IS THIS?

- "And may or may not involve scooters, singing, and apple-related activities!"

- So, her special talent is... brainwashing? Propaganda? Being a drill army sergeant?

- No, she's not a bitch anymore! My heart is shattering into a million pieces!

- WE HAVE TO SONG DEEPER!

- Even the menial labor jobs are all being stolen by unicorns.

- DT's making sure the filly that can kill them all will spare her when the day of her inevitable murderous rampage occurs.

- That's... not how teeth work, DT.

- Ironically, she's doing absolutely none of the work.

- That's not how wood works either.

- Moral of the episode #2: Money makes things happen. As does singing.

- Talentception!

- Wow, they didn't even start that plan, and it's already going cosmic-levels of wrong.

- It only took them 5 years of stunted growth!

- Now you can be young disasters until the end of time!

- "We're contractually obligated to not mention dead parents, so have some vague details that work both ways but will inevitably be tragic."

- They'll be damned if they can't fit another song in there.

- Meanwhile, Scootaloo is still apparently born of stardust/spores/mitosis and devoid of family (surrogate sister excluded).

- Finally, a good use for Tenser's Floating Disc.

- And now they have a whole generation of unsuspecting fillies to get involved in disasters and life-threatening cataclysms.


So, notable things about the episode:

- Return of LittlePip! He doesn't do much.

- Politics!

- Apparently, the school found itself a bit damaged/demolished by the previous finale episode rampages.

- This is most certainly a musical episode, as fitting it's ending.

- Silver Spoon (finally) ditches Diamond Tiara! Then comes right back to her.

- Diamond Tiara... isn't a stereotypical heartless/rich/spoiled alpha bitch anymore! She's got a good bunch of songs this episode. Both villain and... other.

- Luckily, her mother, Spoiled Rich, now assumed the role of 'huge rich bitch'.

- The synopsis was such that it misleaded everyone - seeming like the CMC would screw up the election (and 'helping' DT that way), rather than contributing to her 'redeeming'.

- The bombshell of the CMC cutie marks! On one hand, they've got their 'talents' (singing/scooters/bloomin') on them, but they're also kind of symbiotically themed to the whole CMC business. The colors kind of make them difficult to discern, though, even if it fits their color schemes. I feel like they could have gone with a less, well, bland-looking choice of symbol.

- Derpy! She apparently got promoted!

- The 'freakishly strong pony' is a subtle reference to the hedgehog's dilemma.
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Post  Cardbo on Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:02 pm

Their cutie marks are kinda small in comparison to everypony else'. Good episode otherwise.
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Post  A1C Bronymous on Mon Oct 12, 2015 5:02 am

Eh. Another musical episode, another "realization of destiny". Seen it before, and I guess Twilacorn adequately prepared me for this kind of stuff. It has the same issue as Musical Magical Beatles Reference Mystery Cure, too many songs, not enough actual plot to make the big change seem justified.

Plus, a "helping others figure out their Cutie Marks" Cutie Mark sounds like it'll be the worst. Good to know that the three of them will be relegated to being Guidance Counselors when they finally grow up and have to get jobs.
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Post  Cardbo on Mon Oct 12, 2015 5:25 pm

A1C Bronymous wrote:Eh. Another musical episode, another "realization of destiny". Seen it before, and I guess Twilacorn adequately prepared me for this kind of stuff. It has the same issue as Musical Magical Beatles Reference Mystery Cure, too many songs, not enough actual plot to make the big change seem justified.

Plus, a "helping others figure out their Cutie Marks" Cutie Mark sounds like it'll be the worst. Good to know that the three of them will be relegated to being Guidance Counselors when they finally grow up and have to get jobs.

Or Foal Psychologists.
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