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#1183462 S03:E10 - Keep Calm and Flutter On

Posted by DashForever on 17 February 2013 - 02:27 PM

You know, initially I felt that Discord's reformation felt a little forced and rushed, but after something a friend of mine said on one of my blog entries I've changed my mind. Discord is kind of like my little brother, in that he loves to cause chaos, but he also loves the reaction that he gets to his chaos. I believe that the reactions that he got were very important to him, and filled some kind of need for him. Anyway, Fluttershy is really the only person he was unable to provoke and because of this I think he wanted to break her most of all, to prove that he could do it without cheating, to prove her wrong, and to prove that trolling people was enough for him. However Fluttershy in spite of his antics was genuinely interested in becoming his friend, and when he finally broke her down and she decided that she'd had enough, he was shown the clear difference between the satisfaction of breaking ponies and the satisfaction of befriending them. He had what he wanted, but it wasn't anything like what he expected.


It's sort of similar to this scene (one of my favorite scenes in anything really) where the Joker finally managed to make Batman laugh. He realized that it wasn't exactly something he wanted to happen more often.



Now that I've thought about it in this way, I'm really satisfied with Discord's reformation and happy that he can be making more appearances. He's still lovable, funny, chaotic and interesting, he's just no longer evil. Seems like a fair trade for probably getting more episodes out of the guy smile.png

#1183334 Hello!

Posted by Firewhirl Chaser on 17 February 2013 - 01:50 PM

Hello everypony!!!

My name is FireFlare (Kirsty) and i'm a twenty six year old Pegasus pony. I decided to join this forum after watching MLP: Friendship Is Magic with my 14 month old daughter and ended up enjoying it a lot more than she did. I used to watch the original My Little Pony back in the eighties when i was about 3/4/5 years old. It was fun to watch then and the new series is even more so!!.

I think i'm going to enjoy being a part of this forum!.

Also Much love for Rainbow Dash. She is AWESOME!! :D.

#1183176 Season 3 Review Thread

Posted by Pixel Stick on 17 February 2013 - 01:01 PM

My six cents (adjusted for inflation):

  • Sleepless in Ponyville (D'awwww!  Excellent dream sequences, plus Luna!)
  • Wonderbolts Academy (Rainbow Dash doing the right thing, even if it means giving up her dream)
  • The Crystal Empire, Part 1 (Helping the Crystal Ponies remember who they are, plus Celestia can be scary!)
  • Too Many Pinkie Pies (FUN! FUN! FUN!)
  • Keep Calm and Flutter On (Fluttershy breaks Discord - well done!)
  • Magic Duel (Trixie's corruption and subsequent redemption)
  • Apple Family Reunion (AJ's OCD episode - not bad)
  • One Bad Apple (Not a big fan of the CMC)
  • Just for Sidekicks (A little too much focus on Spike's greed - we already saw that in "Secret of my Excess")
  • The Crystal Empire, Part 2 (Weakest villain to date - they could have done so much more with him)
  • Magical Mystery Cure (What the hell just happened?)
  • Games Ponies Play (They REALLY tried too hard with this one, IMO)
  • Spike at Your Service (Same here - Spike is noble but almost completely inept!  Seemed very inconsistent.)

I think overall this season had some very good stuff in it, but like Kyronea, I feel it had a lot of missed opportunities.  Sleepless in Ponyville is now my top favorite episode of the series as a whole, and other notable moments in Wonderbolts Academy, Too Many Pinkie Pies and Keep Calm and Flutter On made this season memorable.  But I also felt that this season had the lowest lows of the series as well - I really didn't like the finale nearly as much as those of the first two seasons, and it felt like as the season neared its end, the plots were starting to get into shark-jump territory.  I feel like the show was trying too hard to maintain its velocity.


Now, to be fair, I totally understand how difficult it can be to maintain the velocity that it had established in two full seasons of excellence.  While neither Season 1 nor 2 were perfect by any stretch, they must have done SOMETHING right to have gained such a following.  But I mentioned this last week that keeping all the characters "status quo" would inherently limit what the show could do, and would put it at risk of jumping the shark just for the sake of keeping it interesting.  I think Season 3 came perliously close to doing exactly that.


Now that Twilight is an Alicorn and a princess (of what, we don't know yet), the show has room to expand into new territory and explore different aspects of friendship that were simply unavailable before, and I have faith that they can do it without grasping at straws or flying over hypothetical large fish.  I think the show would have stagnated if this hadn't happened.  I just wish the ascension had been executed better.


I kinda wish one of the Studio B staff would explain why the finale was so jam-packed.  I strongly suspect that Season 4 hadn't been announced until the finale episode was already being produced (or might have even been finished) - it would just be cool to find out if that was indeed the case.  I suppose I could forgive it feeling like a series finale as opposed to just a season finale if that's what happened.

#1183127 S03:E13 - Magical Mystery Cure

Posted by concertoldham on 17 February 2013 - 12:51 PM

Yo. I know I'm a little late to the party, but I'd like to share some thoughts on the episode as well.


Things I liked:

- The songs. They were all just amazing.

- Voice acting. I cried at least twice.

- Twilight being an alicorn. I actually approved of it more after I watched the finale.

- Celestia in general. She had such a good part in this and it was nice to see her sing!

- The raw emotion. Watching the mane 6 (minus Twi) struggle with their mixed up cutie marks was absolutely heart breaking.



Things I didn't like so much:

- Poor pacing. I know everyone's been saying it but it's true. 

- Seeing Twi fly right away. I thought it would be cool to see Flutters and Dash give her some awkward flying lessons.

- It seemed like Twi kinda gave up quickly with the whole cutie mark problems. It was weirdly out of character and even though she did end up trying again, it was strange how she kinda took a depression break after failing once.


These are my thoughts, and again, sorry for being a little late. I DID watch it on the premier date but I wanted to watch it a few more times before sharing my feelings on it.

#1182717 Rank the Mane 6 performance in season 3

Posted by Absolutely Fabulous on 17 February 2013 - 10:43 AM

Rainbow Dash: Between taking Scoots under her wing, quitting the Wonderbolts(even for a brief period), and taking the full blame for the disastrous Equestian Games inspection, imo, she really shined the most out of the mane 6. But to be fair most of it was arguably damage control after the more or less scathing reception her characteization received during most of season 2


Applejack: She was up there with Rainbow Dash as one of the best character growths in season 3, mainly in part that she had some important roles such as in SAYS and Sleepless as well as plenty of screentime that was needed. Plus she got that long awaited song everyone's been wanting.


Pinkie Pie: Despite an excellent starting moment with Too Many Pinkie Pies, for most of the season she reverts back to her more season 2 randomness, but unlike season 2, I enjoyed her here more, likely because her randomness involved her friends(unlike most people I found her characterization in Wonderbolt Academy and her worry for Rainbow Dash to be adorable)


Fluttershy: Mostly because she finally had an episode that doesn't involve her overcoming her shyness, despite a few questionable moments like in Magic Duel

Twilight: I don't think she grew as many other mane 6 characters did, mostly because I don't know if she needed more, I dunno it's hard to describe. Though she did grow in Crystal Empire, but I'm still questioning the change of the season finale until season 4 to make a full judgement.
Rarity: Mostly because she didn't really get the spotlight much. She had some good moments like in Sleepless and Games Ponies Play, but in all she really got the shaft this season, which sucks because she's my second favorite character

#1182923 Derpy's Back :DDDD

Posted by CITRUS KING46 on 17 February 2013 - 11:50 AM

I'm not gonna start believing anything until she's seen in S4, but I suppose that's certainly some slightly reassuring news xP


I have the same mindset. But even if this is her last appearance on the show, it's a pretty nice final shoutout to the community.


If she is back, then my offical head cannon is that she spent all of S3 time travelling.

#1182231 Why do people like Rainbow Dash so much?

Posted by Pixiesong on 17 February 2013 - 06:55 AM

I like Rainbow Dash! She's not my most favorite, but  she's at the top of my list. 


I'm guessing most people like her because she looks cool, and has a tomboyish personality, which male fans of the show seem to relate to, as well as girls. Also, RD may behave rudely in front of others, but she has her moments when she's sweet, and caring. She just doesn't like to show it. Her loyalty to her friends is also amazing. But unlike most of the mane six, she lives for adventure, and is very fast-paced and full of action.


Some fans just like her for her looks, but most people adore RD for her awesomeness and personality. She makes being a pegasus 20% cooler (excuse me for the RD quote)! 

#1182745 Let's show Hasbro that we care! C'mon!

Posted by Pixel Stick on 17 February 2013 - 10:53 AM

Having the right to do something doesn't mean it's right to do so. Though, we have to wait for Hasbro to give us a reason. It better be a good one. All this uproar from the fans, in my opinion, is necessary to make sure Hasbro actually wants to give a reply to settle us down, rather than try to tip-toe around us if we are not doing anything about it. Then we can judge if the reason is reasonable enough. If it is, we will settle down eventually, like the Derpy incident. If it isn't... Well, Hasbro's gonna have a hard time for a loooooooooong while.


And this right here demonstrates that you have completely missed my point.  Hasbro does NOT have to give you a justification.  The simple fact that it's THEIR property is enough in the eyes of the law.  And it is not up to YOU to decide if Hasbro's reasons for shutting down an unauthorized game are "reasonable".


And as I said before, forming an angry mob and bitching and whining at them non-stop is likely only going to piss them off further.  Also, I suspect that once the controversy dies down, you and whichever few people decide to join you will be the only ones left still fighting them on it, while the majority of us will have moved on.  Don't you think that would look rather silly?


Hasbro's partner will sue = why would they?


The partner company licensed to develop official MLP games?  They can sue because Mane6 does NOT have a license to the property.  If Hasbro were to allow Fighting to continue, it would be a breach of contract for the licensee, and a dilution of Hasbro's brand rights.


Lose potential customers = more like gain thousands more


I doubt that.  If you were given the choice between a commercial game that cost money to play, versus a free downloadable game using the same characters and property, which would you choose?  And that is what we call unfair competition when one of the groups involved doesn't have a license.


Children would not like it = my 6 year old cousins adores it


I never said kids wouldn't like it.  In fact, I'm sure they'd love it.  But you're missing the point: The show is about FRIENDSHIP.  It's about characters who genuinely care about each other and work out their differences through peaceful means.  Beating each other senseless goes against the entire grain of this property.  If Hasbro were to allow this game to become mainstream, it would send a very confusing message to those children.


Parents thinks it violent = there are lots of worse things on the Internet ...ahem, cupcakes


As has been pointed out elsewhere, Cupcakes was released anonymously, such that the original creator of it can't be tracked down.  If Hasbro knew where it had come from, they would probably be trying to shut it down as well.  But further, things that are inherently adult-oriented are not as big a problem as games that could be seen as being targeted at the same demographic as the show itself.


Just paranoid = ...this explains everything And this doesn't explain why 'Friendship is Witchcraft' and 'Rainbow Dash Presents' got shot down too. Especially the latter, that doesn't even use footage from the series.


I can't speak for "Rainbow Dash Presents", but from what I understand, Hasbro did not directly shut down Witchcraft - it ran afoul of Google's Content ID system, which also shut down a lot of other legitimate parodies, commentaries and fan works, even ones that were playing completely by the rules in terms of fair use.  You should be directing your anger for that one at YouTube, not at Hasbro.


Aren't the conventions for adults? Children can't play it without their parent's help to download it anyway. Why would that be a problem?


Oh come on.  Do you seriously think a My Little Pony convention would be an adults-only experience?  This game was to be publicly exhibited at the con, and I've been to enough sci-fi/fantasy and furry conventions to know that young children do attend even when there's nothing there specifically for them, and they often are allowed to run around without adult supervision, despite what the rules might say.

#1182463 What Kind of Fan are You?

Posted by N8C8 on 17 February 2013 - 09:07 AM

Well, the title is pretty self explanatory. There are several different kinds of fans to choose from.


For instance, there is the desk fan:



There is the hand fan:



There is also a ceiling fan:



Well, pretty much any kind of fan you can think of. So, which one are you?

#1180210 Season 4 Preview & Info [Spoilers]

Posted by Kyronea on 16 February 2013 - 03:33 PM

Season Four presents us with a grand assortment of new opportunities.

First, we need to learn what precisely Twilight is a Princess of. Is she the Princess of Magic? Of Friendship? Or is she something else? Is she perhaps the Princess of Knowledge, who teaches all, which is why Celestia said that everyone was Twilight's student now?

Second, we need to learn where she will live and how the rest of the Mane Six will interact with her. Will she stay in Ponyville, turning the library into a royal home, complete with royal guards stationed outside? Will she move to Canterlot or to the Crystal Empire? If she does, which of her friends will follow and who will stay behind? If ponies stay behind, do we see them during CMC episodes?

Third, what is the show going to be about in general? There are so many things Twilight could do. We could see her learning new things about herself as she copes with her royal duties. We could potentially see her traveling Equestria or even the world, with her friends by her side, a season of adventure, world-building, and wacky hijinks.

Fourth, there's potential for some new villains out there. Starswirl the Bearded, for one, could potentially show up as the Big Bad of season four, a counterpart mage to Twilight's mastery over magic. We've seen how his previous spells, his time travel spell and his half-finished destiny spell both tried to rewrite reality, but we don't know his purpose. It could be his purpose was something harmful. Sombra could have been a victim of his destiny spell, for example, rendered cruel and mindless because it was the result of what the spell did without an Element of Harmony to at least channel it into something not completely malignant.

In truth, what we do know is that we don't know anything, and that makes season four exciting! The fact that it's unpredictable means it's going to be a lot more interesting to watch it unfold.

It is, of course, possible that season four will be terrible. It's possible that Princess Twilight will receive so much focus that her friends are marginalized and that the show turns into "The Twilight Sparkle Hour" which for obvious reasons would kill the thing we love about it so much. I don't think that's likely though.

I remain cautiously optimistic, for now, to see what season four will bring. I'm hoping it'll be fantastic.

#1182583 Season 3 Review Thread

Posted by Radiance64 on 17 February 2013 - 09:55 AM

I liked season 3 for the most part, but it has to be my least favorite season compared to seasons 1 and 2, with 2 being my favorite and one being my second favorite. The episodes just didn't wow me as much as the ones from the last 2 seasons did as a whole, but I do appreciate it for being experimental and keeping consistent continuity, and having the balls to really change something; make no mistake, this show is going to take liberties and I like it! I would probably rank the episodes like this, from favorite to least favorite:
1) Magic Duel
2) Keep Calm and Flutter On
3) Magical Mystery Cure
4) The Crystal Empire, parts 1 and 2
5) Apple Family Reunion
6) Games Ponies Play
7) Spike at Your Service
8) Wonderbolt Academy
9) Just for Sidekicks
10) One Bad Apple
12) Sleepless in Ponyville
13) Too Many Pinkie Pies

Maybe a little avant-garde compared to popular opinion, but it's how I really felt about the episodes. No I didn't love Sleepless in Ponyville, and yes, I did love the finale, so :P
Oh, and you can find my full reviews of some of the episodes here on my blog:

#1182342 Season 3 Review Thread

Posted by CITRUS KING46 on 17 February 2013 - 07:57 AM

  • The Crystal Empire is probably my favorite two-parter thus far. Yes, even more than A Canterlot Wedding. While the villain wasn't as strong (though I believe Sombra doesn't get enough credit for being as evil if not more so than Chrysalis and being the only villain smart enough to realize that the power of friendship/love could defeat him and thus took proper precautions), it included the entire Mane 6 (and Spike, too!) rather than just have Twilight have to do everything herself as usual, it was exciting, and it was well paced, never feeling like something could have been expanded on like the other two parters. And the production quality is top notch throughout, from the music, to the animation (WINDY MANE FTW), to the design of The Crystal Empire itself. A great way to open up a season. 9/10
  • Too Many Pinkie Pies was way better than I expected it to be. Pinkie is always hit or miss with me, but I absolutley love her in this episode: she's genuinley funny, the existensial crisis bit was heart breaking, and she fits the "clones-running-amok" plot perfectly. It was a wise desicion to focus on the characters' reactions to the clones rather than all the car-razy antics of the Pinkie clones, and the resolution of the conflict is both creative and ambiguous (we have to have faith that the right Pinkie was the one who passed the test rather than being told outright that that was the real her). Overall, pretty flippin' sweet. 9.5/10
  • One Bad Apple is just okay; there's arguments to be made for both its quality or its mediocrity. One one hoof, the song is catchy, the CMC get some great character moments throughout (forgiving Babs after the hell she put them through speaks alot about her charcter), I kinda like Babs, and it's cool that they're tackaling bullying. On the other hoof, Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon have absolutley no character development at all and I cringe whenever I see them (not because they are bullies, but because they're incredibly lame bully characers), I think it should have been Applejack who said something to them at the end, it's kind of predictable, and i think that it tries to hard to be cute sometimes (a man can only take so much diabeetus before it gets redundant). I think the good outweighs the bad, and i guess I enjoyed it. 7/10
  • Magic Duel was a dissapointment the first time I watched it, due to my lofty expectations, but with subsequent viewings, it has improved. I always felt Trixie got royally screwed over for doing her job in Boast Busters, so it was satisfying in the first act to see that the writers had actually taken the route I thought would be best for her return episode; she was humilated after the Ursa Minor incident, and comes back to seek (maybe not entirely unjustified) revenge. I'm also liking the fact that the show seems to be following my head cannon for dark magic (it amplifies the wort aspects of the pony using it). Magic training with Zecora was cool (even if it was entirley glazed over) and I like that they defeat the villain by using cunning and teamwork, as oppoused to just shooting rainbows everywhere. That said, the episodeshould have been a two parter (like it was originally suppoused to be), as it felt like it was in fast forward sometimes. And while she was cute in the ninja-bunny outfit thing, you'd think that after facing down a dragon, a changeling army, and Mr. T, Fluttershy would be less...cowardly. Ah well, It was good episode nonetheless. 8/10
  • Sleepless in Ponyville is perfect, and is probably now my favorite episode. The characterization of Scootaloo and her relationship to Rainbow Dash is excellent and has the potential to set up great stories in the future. The use of Princess Luna was a nice surprise and helped to greatly developed her role as a ruler. The interactions between the cast is great, it strikes the right balance between drama and comedy, and it's the most HNNNNG inducing episode of the season. Reminds me of why I love this show in the first place. 10/10
  • Wonderbolt Academy is plain awesome. Rainbow Dash has earned a lot of love from me over this season, and alot of that good will came from this episode. She's retained character development better than anypony else, and this story felt like a true test of character and the lessons she's learned. Her desicion to quit her Wonderbolts training was surprising and instantly gained her my respect, and though the writers eventually used a happier ending as oppoused to the [somewhat depressing] ending they originally intended, it's still a very mature resolution that felt earned. Also, the animation was fantastic, the use of background ponies was great, and Pinkie is hilarious. And while I may be a minority on this, Spitfire is awesome in this episode; I like the idea of her being this layed back, approachable pony in real life, but once she gets into a professional setting, you don't mess with her. Overall, great episode, Rainbow Dash is best pony of the season. 9/10
  • Apple Family Reunion is a pretty darn good episode. It doesn't do anything particularly intresting, but hey, we finally get another Applejack epsidoe where she's actually in it, and she get's a solo this time (and a really awesome one, too!). People complain that more emphasis is place on AJ's family rather than her, but that's the best way to approach her stories, I think; family is a big part of who she is, and they're badass anyway. The comedy is great, heart warming, and it's a lot of fun. And the hint at AJ's parents was ingenious; bronies and observant kids will get it, and it brings a level of meaning to AJ's efforts in the story without feling out of place with the light hearted nature of the episode. Classy. 8.5/10
  • Spike at Your Service gets way to much crap, IMO. It was weird to see Spike act so clumsy (to the point that I speculated that this was originally penned as a Derpy episode), but it's nice to see this evolution of his heroism in The Crystal Empire into this noble (if not misguided) attempt at chivalry. It's overall an enjoyable episode that features at least one great moment from everypony and some awesome set pieces involving the [totally badass] timberwolves. Good stuff, good stuff. 8/10
  • Keep Calm and Flutter on is solid for the most part. Discord is bucking awesome in every scene he's in, it's nice to finally get a Fluttershy episode that isn't about her social anxiety, both of them have some good chemistry together, it's very funny, and there's Disney refrences galore. However, like Magic Duel, I feel that it should have been a two parter, even more so then that episode. I actually have no problems with Discord's heel-face-turn, as it could lead to some great, TNG-esque stories in the future. However, it was extremely rushed. The basic outline of his reformation is there, but I never really felt that Discord appreciated Fluttershy up to that point. All she ever did was tolerate his BS. We never really saw her genuinley befriend Discord, and I'm still not sure why the god of chaos wouls suddenly value friendship. I like the episode, but again, it was rushed. 7.5/10
  • Just For Sidekicks stinks. I know everybody else likes it, but I just didn't like it, and it's only getting worst the more i think about it. I've already talked at great length about why I dislike it so, but in short, I think it's needlessy mean to Spike, who's written as a fail-tastic butt monkey jerk, a derailment from the nuanced hero we saw before. There's some good moments in the beginning, particularly with Rainbow Dash and Tank, but it's all eclipsed by the main plot. I can't stand this episode, but apparently I'm the only one. 4/10
  • Games Ponies Play is an episode I do not care for. There's some good stuff with Mane 6, I find myself liking that weird mustang pony, and seeing Rainbow Dad was a pleasant surprise. Otherwise, though, it's just meh. The idea is meh, the misundertsnading around which the episode is based is meh, and the final resolution is meh. Also, after a season of no episodes about her, I was dissapointed to see Best Pony Rarity get pushed out of the main plot. Meh. 5/10
  • I think it may be too early for me to call Magical Mystery Cure. It's been only an hour or two since I watched it. Overall, the songs were great, and animation is pretty stellar, and it's heart-warming TO THE MAX. It feels satisfying to see how far Twilight and her friends have come. However, I wished they had kept the alicorn thing as the resolution to something more...epic, I guess, and I think that in some areas, it's rushed in terms of plot (the main conflict is explained in a flashback). I'm not against the idea of Twilight being an alicorn. For now. Eventually, I do believe there's going to be some conflict in which Twilight will (or must) give up her princess status as the ultimate act of D'AWWWW. But as of right now, I'm a bit confused as to what this all entails, or why it was important naritive-wise for this is too occur now. All in good time, I suppouse. Overall, I liked it. 8/10



I very much enjoyed this season, despite some grievances with some episodes, and I had a good time experiencing my first live airing of a season with this fandom. Here's to hoping season 4 is 40% cooler.


And welcome back, Derpy.

#1181483 Season 3 Review Thread

Posted by Anadu Kune on 16 February 2013 - 09:31 PM

ok so I posted this in the episode discussion but Ill post it here too.

Magical Mystery Cure overview/Review

Ok so here is my very first just watched it  impression review.

The bad
First lets get my one big complaint out of the way. This episode needed to be a two parter. It went by fast 22 minuets felt like 10. I felt more time could be spent on pretty much everything. Its weird because at the same time I feel they divided the the episode well. I guess 22 minuets isn't enough. For all the good and beautiful moments contained within this episode are slightly marred by a overall fast pacing. All of these theme's could have been explored more thoroughly. This leaves some questions and somethings go unexplained. One being the weird dimension Twilight and Celestia go to. What does being a princess mean in Equestria? Are all alicorns created in such a way? The exact purpose of Starswirls spell has some ambiguity. As I said in a previous post, this seems to be the one consistent problem that pervades the entire series. They have a lot to show, but not enough time to show it without pacing problems.


oh and why can she fly already? stupid nit pick but whateves. 


Though it should be said lot of these questions dont really need to be answered right now. This is still an on going series, so many of these questions are almost certainly going to be addressed. 


The feels

First thing I wanted to say is that this episode managed to evoke a greater emotional response in me than any other episode. That Celestia song my god. I am not lying when I say I teared up a bit. It takes a lot to do that to me. The way in which it is presented just shows how much Twilight has grown, brings up continuity and is an excellent song to boot. The loving tone in the song is I think what does it. Celestia has been like a second mother to Twilight and Twilight like a daughter to Celestia. Its not only stated that Celestia is proud of Twilight, but it really shows in the tone of the song. For as much as Celestia may have impacted Twilights Life Twilight has impacted Celsetia's just as much. That relationship and Twilght's growth are presented greatly in this song. The presentation is really helped by the weird dimension they are in all the memories from past episodes flicker by reinforcing the message of the song as a theme of growth and progression. What the dimension is isnt really explained, but it largely doesn't matter as it is mostly an artistic device used for effective staging. It may well be my favorite song, and one of my favorite moments in the series. This was the scene that had the most impact on me which is why I bring it up first.

The Songs

I thought all of the songs were great. A true friend comes off much better in context. That sad Twilight song. Remixes will abound this year. The purpose of all the songs was to move the story along and evoke emotion I would most certainly say they accomplished that. Each song served a purpose. 

-Everythings going to be fine.
This song starts the episode in an energetic way and introduces us to the problem at hand. The happy energetic nature of the song conflicts with the more dire tone of the next two songs and the situations those entail. It also serves to book end the episode and character arch of the episode. The first showing Twilight's normal happy energetic, optimistic outlook. The reprise showing that Twilight has accepted the change and situation she is in. Going from despare to revelation, and confusion to the state she was in at the beginning of the episode.

-What my cutie mark is telling me.
This song expresses the confusion of the characters. Showing that they have switched lives, stuck in a position in life that they are not meant for. Consistently failing at the jobs they think they are meant for and not knowing why. 

This song shows twilights regret and the aceptence of her mistake. It expresses her misery whilst also showing the misery of the other ponies.The scene also serves the purpose of showing the consequences of Twilight's mistake.

-True True Friend

This song serves as a montage of the characters solving the problem. At the same time it emphasizes the connection they have as friends and that it is that connection and help that enables the to see their true purpose, or as the song would put it"see the light".  The song serves to reinforce the main message the show has put forth since the first episode. Showing the importance of friendship.

-Celestias song
 I already addressed the emotional context of the song as well as much of its meaning, but ill elaborate more. This song is particularly poignant because it is the moment of Twilight's change. It serves to show us how she has grown as a character and what she has accomplished. and finally ends in Twilight's change.

-Going to be fine reprise

this largely serves to book end the episode whilst establishing that Twilight has returned to her normal happy self as she was in the beginning  However this time it serves to also show that twilight has accepted her new situation and will tackle it with the same vigor that she does with every other day.

Switching of the cutie mark and destinies

There seems to be some confusion over this. The spell seemed to be trying to unify the elements further producing "a magic without end" but it malfunctioned. As we know the elements of harmony are not just magical devices, they are linked to the ponies and the ponies to them. It has been shown that if they change they cant use the elements properly. It not a big leap to believe a change to the elements in the form of a malfunctioning spell could somehow effect the ponies. As a result of the spell they switched cutie marks and destinies. In other words they literally switched places in the world taking on the other's lot in life believing they were meant to do this. They maintained their personality traits but their place in the world had been forcibly changed. They were stuck in a position struggling to succeed but constantly failing and never knowing why. Of course they didn't take on the desires/personalities of the other ponies otherwise it would just be a body swap episode.

Keeping a Consistent Theme
I found this episode to be pretty clever. The solution to both problems tied directly back to the first episodes. The same "spark" of friendship which started Twilight on this journey was the one that allowed her to take this big step forward. Its that similar type of spark shown as a cutie mark the first time which enables her to return her friends to their normal state. She realizes that only by helping each other as friends the problem will be solved. This leads directly into her solution to Star Swirls spell. It is then that the same exact spark shines in Twilight's eyes and she now fully realizes the importance of friendship, even in connection to her studies in magic.  

Alicorn Twilight.


I'm still meh on alicorn Twilight. I'm not enraged by it nor am I whole loving it. Though I do like the design. 


some lingering questions and answers. 

What does the spell do exactly? 
From the indications given in the episode it seems the spell was trying to further unify the elements of harmony to produce "a magic without end"meaning either literally unlimited magic or very amplified magic. Unfortunately for Starswirl that requires an understanding of friendship. as it has been established since the first episode that the elements require or are heavily influenced by the unity of freindship. So it makes perfect sense that a more refined understanding utilized in a spell would amplify them.


Where will twilight live?

Probably in ponyville according to Tara Strong. Though all you have to do is think about it. There's no indication in the show that princesses are forced to live anywhere. Not to mention there is a presedence for princesses doing "mundane" tasks such as baby sitting. 


Why didn't Celestia ask twilight? 
im gonna chalk this one down to pacing problem. I have theories but they aren't things drawn from the episode. So it would be head cannon. It bothers me a bit, but its not a giant problem for me. 


What do I think overall?

I think overall this was a good episode and a great piece of art with great emotional scenes. This piece of art was marred by pacing issues making it great, but not the excellent episode it could have been. I think if this were a two parter it would be my favorite episode alicorn or no. As it stands I enjoyed it greatly I just wish they had gone the two parter route.

Im sure ill notice more as I watch the episode a second time.

#1181208 Miss America?

Posted by Feld0 on 16 February 2013 - 08:20 PM

Eh... it was only a brief advertising stunt. It's hardly canon that Miss America chatted with and hugged the ponies outside of the actual episode. I wouldn't take it too seriously; while I get that it goes against the "all girls like poofy frou-frou princess stuff!" belief that much of FiM has been designed to dispel, the fact remains that many girls in MLP's target audience do, in fact, like that.


Bringing in a guest like Miss America helps publicize the show precisely to its target audience, which isn't a bad thing. Yeah, it means more money for Hasbro and The Hub - but there's nothing inherently evil in that. The people behind MLP all have to put food on the table, too, y'know.


Be pleased that Miss America wasn't inserted into the canonical Equestria, and realize that the advertising stunt wasn't meant for you. :)

#1179247 Miss America?

Posted by Circadian on 16 February 2013 - 11:04 AM



Remember when the entire point of the show was that girls were complex human beings who deserved more than just pretty princess tea party crap?


Seriously, wtf??? This show is supposed to be empowering to girls, not advocate that sexist pageant bullshit. This pissed me off way more than Twilicorn ever could.


Faust is rolling in her grave. yes i know she's still alive derp

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