The first thing I would do is make my way to Canterlot, run past all the guards and see Celestia and Luna. To see these two gorgeous princesses in person would be the greatest thing in the world, and i'd tell them how much i admire and respect the two of them for everything they do for their kingdom and for everypony is simply amazing. Then, if they allowed me, I'd give both of them the biggest hugs in the world and tell them how beautiful and amazing they are. I'd be in luck though, because both of them allow me those hugs and happily hugged me back and thank me for the support and admiration i just gave.
After that, and after another 10 minutes of hugging the princesses, I'd make my way to the Everfree Forest and lure in Queen Chrysalis with a heart shaped box of chocolates. She'd ask why I am here and why I'm not afraid of her and I'd tell her: It's because I love her and I don't think she's evil... and that she was beautiful. And like with the princesses, I'd ask if I could hug her, and with my endless luck again, she allowed me to hug her and actually hugged me back and whispered "Thank you", only to quickly leave after that.
I'd then go back into Ponyville and talk with Rainbow Dash and tell her how awesome she is and how I think she's the (second) fastest thing I've ever seen. She'd give me a hoof bump and actually showed off how fast she was by doing a Sonic Rainboom and I was completely stunned and amazed by the spectacle. Then maybe talk with Twilight and Fluttershy and ask if they could show me around Ponyville and make sure I wave hello to everypony we pass by. All we would do is talk and have fun together with all my new pony friends
A whole day in Equestria would be amazing!
When I initially watched the first couple of seasons of Star VS the Forces of Evil, I had a very positive reception of the series. But, then just after the Battle for Mewni... The episodes took a SERIOUS nosedive in quality. It's a real shame, considering how good the series USED to be. Now it's become mediocre to the point that I can hardly even tolerate watching it any more. Well, the series has 3 main problems now that need to be discussed to answer the question of why.
The Animation. It's not bad, but it doesn't fit the show anymore. The animation just had this looseness to it before that fit what was at the time a good, rather off-the-wall episodic show that built itself around following the characters around their lives rather perfectly. Now it's lost that loseness, and instead has become way less fitting to how I perceive the show should be. It's become a show with more computer-generated animation, and less of the earlier hand-drawn animation, which for a show specifically one like Star VS the Forces of Evil, doesn't really work...
The Characters. I know that's not specific, but the characters in general are losing charm, and a lot of the enjoyable secondary characters are losing relevance as the show goes on. Star used to be a fun-loving, carefree teenage girl from another universe where literally everyone grows corn for some reason. Now she's become stern, and definitely not fun-loving. I honestly can't even really describe it much more than that, but it is a TOTAL turnaround from her original character, and it's BAD. As for Marco, I don't understand what's happening to him either. It's similar to Star except of course the opposite. He used to be a good counterbalance to Star's whimsical spontaneity. Now he's just becoming... A blank slate, who's actually lost a lot of his maturity... It really doesn't make sense at all in his case, because he aged 15 f***ing years in an alternate dimension... HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE MORE MATURE, NOT LESS!!! As for secondary characters, I don't even remember seeing most of the ones that were actually well-conceived. Instead we just get Pony Head. ALL THE TIME. And also some of Tom, but let's face it considering he's a demon, he's really, really bland... There's nothing about him that makes him interesting... We also have background characters constantly repeating bad, annoying one-liners more often... I swear I'll slap that... thing that keeps saying "CAMERAPHONE!" and taking selfies. IT WAS ANNOYING THE FIRST TIME AND NOW IT'S JUST DOWNRIGHT INFURIATING!
The Plot. This is the most egregious part of all. Star VS was never centered around it's plotline before. The show mostly made it an afterthought until around mid-season 2. AND IT WORKED REALLY WELL! The series originally worked this way because the characters bounced off of each other so well that they could literally use that to make episodes that were absolutely amazing in their own right. They made a plot-based show work well for half a season, because the plot was an interesting one about Toffee's network of minions and stopping Toffee from getting control of Mewni. But now what is it about? SHIPPING? Trying to force Starco? F*** NO. IT WORKED FINE WHEN IT WAS A SUBPLOT. But now that it's the MAIN PLOT POINT AS OF EARLY MID SEASON 3 instead of... you know... ECLIPSA... But even then, that shouldn't even be emphasize on as much as the SHIP. Seriously, this ship as of far has been the main focus of more episodes this season so far than the ENTIRETY of the last season... And I only got a THIRD of the way through before I had to stop it...
It's really a shame that a 9/10 show became a 6/10 show so quickly, but it's no wonder that it fell so far. With the poor characterization, the plot becoming ABOUT a forced ship, and the animation not fitting the show as well, it's pretty different from how it used to be. Where did we go so wrong...?
By and far, as well as sell and close, there is a momentous moment of fortuitous foresight for sights unknowable... unshowable... UNGROWABLE... to the rest of the thrice-blessed mess, I confess. And yes, my success in besting the chest and picking the noselock free of its booger of confinement is one to be trifled - I mean, it wasn't a very good one, was it? Don't you remember?
Regardless of the vested interest, I still managed to find myself in the phone book - and let me tell you, it's a LOT harder to let your fingers do the walking than they ever warned me it would be! Have you ever had to drag your entire body weight with only two fingers? DOS DEIDOS, MI AMIGOS! Aside from really, reeeeeeeeeeally getting some nasty paper cuts, I managed to survive long enough for the buff stuff in my duff to start playing it rough; Hell hath no fury like a sandpaper-blasted hobo with a nailgun and a flaming pickle in his beard.
He didn't even HAVE a beard - quite a feat, but he still pulled it off.
And it STUNG... SO... BAD to pull that beard off, especially whisker by whisker; Bucky Shoo told me it felt like a tiny little guy with a posthole-digger, walking across your face and stomping holes out of it. If I could get him to pay attention to the blackheads, I'd settle for allowing it to continue... but the miniature man might make much more mystery moving mentally, so I taught him telepathy...
... well... I meant to teach him telepathy... but I taught him homeopathy instead, and now he insists that I need more mustard every day. I told him to call the colonel and get a Clue, but he was far too busy Plumbing the professor with the lead rope in the observabrary to even pay attention. Cheapskate - won't pay attention, homage OR it forward! Can you believe such a persnickety person provides palatial port-a-potties? No? WELL GO SOAK YOUR FEET, THEY PROBABLY HURT!
Eventually though, all things must come to an end - good or otherwise - and when it reaches that point in the current crazed narrative that I am supposed to stop
My heart's been broken far too many times before
I used to think romance was just an uphill war
But then you came along and turned my world around
I used to think I was always lost but now I feel found
You seem so out of reach, you seem so exclusive
I wanna reach out, but I get shy and reclusive
Whenever I'm near you, I start to quiver
My skin starts to shake, my bones and muscles shiver
But when you're near me, my brain begins to thrive
Whenever you smile at me, I start to feel alive
I've never been much of a romantic guy
But I wanna be the one who catches your eye
Whenever I lay my eyes on you, my mind gets so hazy
I can't stop thinking about you, I think I'm going crazy
Now I can't seem to find the right words to say
To tell you how much you've lead my heart astray
But every time I see you make that special smile
I makes me feel warm all over and makes my efforts worth all the while
Tiny bits of progress get done week-by-week and right now I'm one step closer to getting those YouTube videos ready to fill in the gaps. With scripts written, it's a matter of recording all of them and splicing a few videos together.nI can hope it takes a weekend, but I'll just take this one day at a time. You know how I am with deadlines.
Get this week's GameDev news and introspection on yotesgames.com
hi guys, this is my first blog, i'm really nervous, but im trying a new thing which a good thing for me. so, for a first blog, what better title i would choose than, oh wait what was it i don't remember......oh yeah. WHY I HATE RARITY!!! that's right, she sucks horribly, she should not be able to be a friend to the mane six at all. all she is is just plain tidy, and rude. remember when i said that. i dont know what to say in a paragraph so i'm just doing a list of things of WHY.
1. she has no respect, once oh ever
2. she cares about her self, mostly
3. she is a jerk to her own sister
4.she does not like to get dirty
5. finally, shes a drama queen
whoop dee doop, there it is. that is why i hate her sooo badly. if you fans say that i'm going to die from getting beaten to apples by the "devil" herself, buckets me then i'm going to torturous.
(disclaimer: im sorry if i was rude on all of that, i do not know if im being rude or not, if i was, comment and bro hoof down below.(also comment if you hate her as well)
lol I said I'd be on here and then poof I'm gone for 2 years. lol
But I provided my discord username if anyone is interested in talking to me. I'm on there a bit more then my other accounts and at this point in time I'm more keen on getting to know people so the anxiety and socially awkwardness is gone.
Let's see... Why do I love Celestia and Luna more than anypony? Well first off, they both were the first MLP characters I discovered and the reason I became a fan in the first place. All it took to turn me was a video about Princesses and of course at first, I didn't think much of it because I thought it was simply just another girly show to avoid, but one day I actually took a chance and looked up pictures of Celestia and Luna and went and looked on the wikia for more information, only to discover how incredibly powerful and very beautiful they both were. One rose the sun and the other rose the moon? That's amazing. Even before MLP, I always had a thing for Princesses in the past, and being a Legend of Zelda and Sonic fan, it was easy for me to fall into the love for these two princesses.
So, I actually took my chance a step further and watched an episode of the show that was about the princesses and "A Royal Problem" was the first episode I watched. At the time, I didn't know who Twilight or Starlight was and just watched the two princesses scenes instead. Both Celestia and Luna were hilarious in the episode and it got a good laugh out of me at one point.
3 years of being a MLP fan later, I questioned myself again: Why do I love these two beautiful alicorn princesses so much? And the only answer I can give is because they both taught me a valuable lesson of how to forgive and forget things that happen in the past. After going back and hearing of the whole Nightmare Moon thing that happened to Luna, something born out of a misplaced jealousy and the poisonous ways Luna tried to make her own sister suffer, it actually made me sad to hear that she was banished to the MOON for a thousand years for her actions. But of course, this was because Celestia had no other choice, or else Luna's rage at her sister would have turned to the newborn kingdom they both had the responsibility of holding together. Celestia was indeed broken from this battle, wondering to herself if she would ever see her dear sister again or if what she did to Luna was wrong, every time she looked toward the Moon where Luna then resided.
A thousand years later, Twilight and her friends save Luna from her torment and what does Celestia immediately do? Not scream or yell at her for what she's gone through for the past thousand years, but instead embraces her sister and asks for her friendship and sisterhood once more, with Luna happily agreeing to and begging for Celestia's forgiveness, unaware that she already had forgiven her.
They're sisters, and that all that matters. Never mind all that happened in the past, let it stay there, because the only thing that matters is what you choose to be in the future. As long as you or someone you know is willing to let go of the past, you can make it through anything, no matter how hard or tough the situation is!
I can think of no better teachers than the two Royal Sisters. Both are so beautiful and incredible and even after a thousand years apart from one another, they're both still sisters until the end!
So an interesting story about my newer computer I got from my grandpa. He didn't really know any better (hell neither did i), that fake GPU's exist. I RAn GPU-Z and using the release date it gave me manage to track down what the actual card was. Turns out that so-called GTX 660 ti was actually a ... GT 420 (OEM)
Ouch! that is rip off. the old card in my old machine is better then that..and I had a Radeon card from liek 2006 i think.
Those who know me knows how much I like Celestia and Luna, but I also believe a certain Queen of the Changelings deserves some of that appreciation, because to me, I don’t see her as evil or a villain. All I see really is somepony trying to help her people survive, and sure the whole “feeding on love” sounds cruel, but this is only because they had nowhere else to turn. Maybe Chrysalis had other ways to help her people, only for these plans to fail, making her feel desperate!
The hardest of choices always require the strongest of wills. Chrysalis does what she does because there was no other way to help her people. And the way the show depicts her as cruel and a creature without emotion is not the way I see it. Chrysalis is mearly doing what she thinks is right and the only way for her people to survive. A Queen must act the part and do what nopony else would do.
I love Chrysalis, but not just because of her will to do what’s right, no matter the consequences or the reactions, but because I can see the beauty she holds within her. Everypony just needs to learn how to look within somepony
All My Fault, by Xavier "Prince KXK" Limos
I never asked to be right here
My directions never seem so clear
You look at me and things seem fine
But inside my heart, I feel like I wanna die all the time
Mother, I know you wanted what's best for me
Brother, I'm sorry I'm not what I'm supposed to be
My face makes me look like an emotional vault
But I still feel like this whole thing is all my fault
Mother, I wish I had your perception
I guess that was lost during my conception
Speaking of which, I still think my father's a deadbeat
For leaving all of us to follow some new meat
Brother, I'm sorry for not living up to your expectations
I'm not crying for help, just stating my revelations
I know I'm a huge screw-up and a behavioral jest
But I hope you know I'm doing my best
Dad, you left us all a huge cross to bear
When you left us literally out of nowhere
Oh, you weren't happy? I'm so sorry.
Every time any of you guys get mad, it all seems because of me
What did I do wrong to deserve this cross to bear?
Was I too much to handle, too much for you to care?
I know I have issues with making friends and talking to others,
But at least I try to state how I feel to my aunts, my uncles, even my grandmothers.
Was I really that big of a burden to you,
when you saw that all my behaviors I learned all from you?
You're so blind to see how you're tearing us apart
Because all you seek is the fulfillment of your own selfish heart.
Mother is at the verge of flogging herself to the point of death
My little brother is angry at all of us, he's such an emotional mess.
And me? What would you care about how I live, I ought
To be the one who knows that it's all your fault!!!
Yet another "Cry for Help" post. I feel like somebody's got to think that this is getting old. But this one concerns thoughts I've had for a while. I'll just get to the point...
I Believe that I'm an Aspie
I know I repeatedly express this feeling, but I feel this need to express my belief that I have Asperger's. I don't know what that need is about (probably the anxiety surrounding it), but I just can't not express it. I have a lot of symptoms that perfectly fit including, but not limited to: social awkwardness, developmental issues (shoe-tying, bed-wetting, and handwriting development in particular), repetitive behaviors, a select number of specific interests, emotional issues (particularly anxiety and depression) and issues expressing them outwardly, repetitive twitches and spasms, talking to myself more than I do with other people, sound sensitivity, an extreme sensitivity to physical pain, social isolation, and being proficient at only specific things. This has caused serious problems in my own life, including communication problems with my teachers and a lack of initiative applying for jobs. I need to get help for this I think, but I'm unfortunately incapable in my current circumstance. It has really, really harmed me, but what can I do if I can't afford anything or go anywhere to get real help, you know?
My Gender Identity Issues
My gender identity was a frequent topic of discussion when I was on my old account. I was transgender, then I was bi-gender, then I was non-binary, then I just dropped the whole gender thing completely. I'm not entirely sure what I am now. The thing is that I've found that logic and reasoning kind of eliminates the whole idea of multiple genders. I used to believe that there were 11 genders in total, but now I only believe there's 2. But the thing is, my past experiences and my feelings don't jive with logic here. I've always felt at least sort of like a woman in at least some fashion and have always felt sort of off-put by my masculinity. To be honest, it disgusts me in a lot of ways. I know that the people who say "there are only two genders" will tell me that I'm just trying to get attention, but the truth is that I'm not. This is a real issue for me, not feeling right in my own body. Feeling as conflicted and awkward as Stevonnie (Steven Universe) looks. I'm just so uncertain about it all. I feel like I want to express myself more, but I also feel like I shouldn't for the fear that it just won't feel right.
Sorry for wasting everyone else's time again with these dumb blog posts I keep making. Seriously, they accomplish nothing in real life. I know they bring me a sort of relief of some of my anxiety (some meaning a lot in normal people terms and a little in my terms), but nothing really comes out of them. Why do I keep posting these instead of writing a suicide note? At least that will bring some relief to everyone else if I ultimately decide to end it all. They'll understand my emotional pain much better, and won't just think of my suicide as some sort of random event without reason. I know there must be an answer to that if I just keep on suffering like this... Right? If there weren't, I'd have overdosed on Ibuprofen by now. I don't know if that question was rhetorical or not anymore.
This year, I had an exit strategy. If My Little Pony wasn't entertaining me by the third episode of the season, I'd bail. As it turned out, I watched every episode, so clearly this season was an improvement over last year's wretched showing, and there's actually a lot of trends this season which were pleasant surprises for me. At long last, this show is making some serious changes to its approach which have been long overdue, and as it turns out, this season wasn't half-bad. I mean, it's two-fifths bad, and it retains some of the same issues the show has had for years, but it's a small improvement. What season 8 showed me is this: My Little Pony can improve, I can still have fun with it, and the people currently writing the show have no intention of getting their priorities straight. It's still a show which regularly overextends its reach, and it's still a show which has no idea what to do with its own main cast. But it's a more watchable version of that show this year, and even its failed experiments are a bit less dull and rigid than they were last year. It's still a show mostly made by people who care about telling good stories, and that's ultimately what keeps me watching. I just wish they cared a bit more about which series they were writing those stories for.
So, first, the good. Most obvious is that the show has finally adopted a seasonal gimmick in the form of a so-called "School of Friendship," where Twilight and her friends teach all of the lessons that they've learned to students from across Equestria and beyond. It's not a gimmick which makes much sense, admittedly, as the show never explains where Twilight or her friends actually find the time to run the school, and none of them ever really seem to know what they're doing. But it's a breath of fresh air nonetheless, and it allows the show to tell stories which are a bit different from the norm. Say what you will about their respective quality, but episodes like "Non-Compete Clause," "Molt Down," and "Marks for Effort" take advantage of the school setting to explore stories which might not have been possible in prior seasons, and even when those episodes are bad, the change in pace is refreshing.
Also refreshing is just how much emphasis this season places on continuity. There are multiple episodes which directly reference the passage of time, and "Molt Down" in particular introduces a notable change which affects every episode afterwards. The character of Neighsay, introduced in the premiere, appears briefly in "Friendship University," and characters from earlier seasons make somewhat more regular appearances this year as well, most notably Chrysalis in "The Mean 6," Lightning Dust in "The Washouts," and Rockhoof in "A Rockhoof and a Hard Place." The seasonal villain, Cozy Glow, makes repeated appearances throughout the season, every time seeming more and more suspicious. Don't get me wrong, there's still no tangible running plot, but there's a clear increase in serialization, which is a marked difference from the tepid experiments of prior seasons.
In fact, there's definitely a sense that the show's willing to take more risks this season, and some stories here directly cover subject matter which the show was unable to in the past. For instance, the aforementioned "Molt Down" covers puberty in a very recognizable and obvious manner, while all three episodes featuring Neighsay relate to racism and xenophobia, and "The Hearth's Warming Club" explicitly presents a character as an orphan. It's not that the show has never covered these subjects in the past, but this year it seems to feel no need to hide them. A great example is "Father Knows Beast," which mines a lot of pathos out of Spike's missing parentage, not only for Spike, but also for Twilight, who tries to fill the void but worries she can't.
Even more surprisingly, the show has returned a good deal of imagination to its worldbuilding. Whereas last season it paired simple parables with aesthetics ripped from world mythology, here it much more cleverly builds upon already established concepts to greater effect. In "Surf and/or Turf," the hippogriffs' divided identity is given a little more detail. In "The Hearth's Warming Club," holiday rituals and cultural stories from various non-pony species are explored. In "What Lies Beneath," the Tree of Harmony is revealed to be a sentient entity which is capable of learning. If there's any quality of this season which is an unambiguous leap forward, it's this, which finally puts the show in a world which lives up to its original groundwork.
And then there's the absurd bloat of the cast, which is handled way better than it could have been. Six new characters are introduced in leading roles, and although all of their episodes are together, this ultimately bloats the main cast up to no fewer than 14 characters. That's a lot to juggle, and the show doesn't quite manage to make the balance work, but these "student six" characters get a handful of genuinely charming episodes mostly to themselves without taking attention away from the main six. Alas, this doesn't actually leave them much room to develop individually, so most of the episodes they appear in take a somewhat forceful approach to establishing their personality. "Non-Compete Clause" has Rainbow Dash and Applejack act poorly seemingly for the sole purpose of making the students look better, and "What Lies Beneath" contrives an adventure scenario to explore each character's greatest fears. I found myself rather fond of these characters, but their development could have been handled better.
That's a recurring trend in season 8. A lot of the general trends of this season imply the show moving forward, but none of them are executed quite as well as they should have been. For instance, another character who I surprisingly enjoyed this season was Starlight Glimmer, whose caustic personality has been expanded upon while her seeming ignorance of social norms has been greatly reduced. Several episodes, especially early in the season, find her doing nothing worse than speaking somewhat tactlessly, and each of those instances is either reacted to accordingly or actually pretty understandable. But the writers can't resist having her make extreme impulsive decisions, like in "A Matter of Principals," where she casts a weird banishing spell on Discord, or "On the Road to Friendship," where she trades Trixie's cart without bothering to ask first.
The thing is, this season has done enough work with her to make her lapses fit in with those of the mane six, and they're at least more interesting than what the mane six actually do this season. If there's anywhere that the school gimmick falls short, it's in giving the mane six something new to do, because season 8 falls back on bickering more than ever, reducing formerly nuanced relationships to irritating bickering that makes you wonder why these characters are friends in the first place. "Non-Compete Clause" and "The End in Friend" have characters act without even the slightest bit of consideration towards each other, and even that is less baffling than "Fake It 'Til You Make It" and "Yakity-Sax," which both have characters behave in ways which are completely inexplicable in the grand scheme of things. In a season which has more direct continuity than ever before, those lapses are all the more noticeable.
There are other cases, too, which are more justifiable but still irritating. "Sound of Silence" is another episode which relies partially on bickering, and while at least those arguments are comparatively important and thematically justified, the characters still come across as overly stubborn. Meanwhile, "The Maud Couple" and "The Washouts" make heroic efforts to justify their central characters' behaviour, but can't keep those characters from seeming unreasonably insensitive. Even a genuinely funny episode like "Friendship University" is dragged down by implying that Twilight can't handle anyone making a competing school.
The problem is implications: Pinkie Pie is implied to be so fragile that Maud needs to lie to her, and Rainbow Dash is implied to not be willing to accept Scootaloo taking any path other than what she chooses. These implications are appropriate for those episodes' morals, but they reflect poorly on those characters, and create a sense of distance which the show didn't have even as recently as season 6. These don't always feel like the same characters I fell in love with all those years ago. As with last year, I really do think the problem is that the writers come up with ideas for morals first and try to fit the characters into that, and while the results are at least somewhat less dreary this year, they still feel at best like a pale imitation of what the show is supposed to be like.
One of the biggest tells is the rise in ambition, which after all of these years still hasn't been accompanied by an actual rise in nuance. "The Washouts," for instance, recognizes how authority figures' actions can push children away, but Rainbow Dash's actions often come across as an exaggerated caricature of such behaviour, making her less sympathetic in the process. On the other end of the spectrum, "Surf and/or Turf" has such a fluffy take on being divided between homes that it barely feels like a real problem, and doesn't resonate with any of the thornier issues it's superficially similar to. This is a regular problem with the season, and even episodes which transcend that, like "Father Knows Beast," suffer from exaggerated character behaviour and overly simplified morals. This show has proven time and time again that it can't live up to its ambitions, so it really needs to scale them back.
Moreover, this show tends to be very predictable, so focusing too much on the big ideas doesn't offer enough to distract from that. A good example is "A Rockhoof and a Hard Place," which orients itself so completely around the main idea of Rockhoof feeling out of place in the modern world that it has nowhere to go but to repeat itself for several minutes. If the early seasons got surprising depth out of their simple themes, the new seasons aim so high that they forget that subtlety. Everything is telegraphed at the start, and then repeated several times before getting resolved in obvious fashion at the end. The worst example is perhaps "The Parent Map," which creates a mildly clever parallel and then repeats it every five seconds, because it doesn't trust kids to get the hint. A lot of the topics this show has brought up these last few years beg for a more sophisticated and poetic treatment than what they get here, but a children's show like My Little Pony might never be able to offer that.
Still, this season was much less constrained by moralizing than last season, and some episodes clearly have other priorities. "Marks for Effort" and "Molt Down" seem way more interested in character development and creating relatable scenarios than in communicating a grand thesis, and "The Mean 6" has such a simplistic moral that it might as well not be there at all. Stuff like this makes me wonder what the show would be like if the writers approached it like a sitcom, or even a soap opera, because whenever it finally decides to relax a bit, it can still accomplish great stuff. Other episodes, like "Horse Play" and "On the Road to Friendship," find an ideal balance, telling simple stories with simple morals while spending most of their time veering from one gag to another.
Ultimately, I guess the biggest issue is that a lot of season 8 still wasn't much fun to me. Here, all I really have to offer is raw numbers: I enjoyed 63% of episodes this season, and my average rating was 64/100. That's a huge leap over last year, but it doesn't even meet the heights of seasons 4 and 6, let alone 1 and 2. The even-numbered seasons are the good ones, but there's been diminishing returns ever since the second season, and this year, the charms simply weren't enough to overcome my increasing boredom and frustration with this show. I should be happy. It's done a lot of the things I've been demanding for years now, and even if the show's still in decline, few shows decline as ambitiously and weirdly as My Little Pony has. But watching this show has become a bit of a chore for me, and at this point it doesn't seem like that's ever going to change.
My Little Pony season 8 was alright, but I'm starting to wonder if I'm done with this show.
Here's how I rank every episode of this season, with scores included beside the title:
1. Horse Play (100)
2. The Mean 6 (85)
3. Marks for Effort (83)
4. The Hearth's Warming Club (83)
5. Molt Down (80)
6. The Break Up Break Down (78)
7. Road to Friendship (78)
8. Grannies Gone Wild (75)
9. School Daze (75)
10. Friendship University (73)
11. What Lies Beneath (70)
12. Father Knows Beast (70)
13. The Maud Couple (68)
14. A Rockhoof and a Hard Place (65)
15. The Washouts (65)
16. School Raze (58)
17. Surf and/or Turf (55)
18. Yakity Sax (53)
19. The End in Friend (43)
20. A Matter of Principals (43)
21. Sounds of Silence (43)
22. The Parent Map (35)
23. Fake It Til You Make it (35)
24. Non-Compete Clause (25)
It is in our nature that things that other people do affect us. Or so I thought until I started investigating deeper the reasons why do I feel the way I do in certain situations.
I found out that it is you yourself who is allowing those things to affect you, everything starts from yourself. Every feeling and affection that seems to come from somewhere else has its roots in yourself.
Now how do fix myself if I don't like the way I feel about something.
To do that you'll need to be able learn to control and see yourself, your emotions, feelings and understand from where they are coming from. After that you'll be able to observe the process as it works and see exactly what is going on with you.
To be able to control your feelings I think starts from observing your current feelings and what affects them and I think one big factor that is affecting how you feel about things is the importance and effort you devote into different things.
Effort and importance two things that you can control pretty easily I think are the first step to conquer moving toward controlling yourself completely.
One good rule to remember is to not to give importance or waste effort on things that aren't relevant to your current state of being or situation.
Which brings us to the second point of the subject the situations. To be successful in a given situation some importance and effort are needed so how can you manage yourself if those turn against you?
The answer is situational sequencing and backseat perspective on the situation.
Firstly it is important to change your perspective to so called backseat perspective which allows wider and more objective approach to the situation. While you have this perspective activated plan is to sequence multiple instances of yourself parallel to each other into that situation to gather the overall information on what is going on in the situation. Which in turn allows you to act according to that information and allows managing yourself even when giving out importance and spending effort.
Even though I have mentioned that I am Bi,
It has occured to me that I haven't actually like properly came out, and I haven't told my story, so I'm going to start off with the part with me coming out...
Now that part is done,
I'm going to start my story...
I'm going to start my story with the year 2017...
So, that was my story,
And I know it's a little after national coming out day, but I felt like I should make this post on my blog!
And I hope that someone that is struggling with this, can get some help from my story.
And I also hope that you that aren't struggling with your sexuality that you liked how I went from being homophobic to being bi
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So this started with me knowing Cozy Glow would be the finale villain because MLP Wikia had to post this bigass spoiler in advance, right at the beginning of her article.
In the end credits Derpy is listed as Muffins.
(Tempting to do a redraw of this. )
Also a big and important element of the story: Learning to identify phonies. Neighsay had (more or less) sincere convictions, but Cozy Glow was just manipulative in a relatively skillful way, and seeing that such a thing exists can hone one's BS-sense. This is a spiritual lesson about what motivates people and how much hope there is for them.
It's been awhile since I've made one of these, eh? Well, I've had something I wanted to let out for awhile now. It's my anxiety on entering the professional workforce soon. I am in the middle of my third semester of college right now and I graduate some time midway next year. I have anxiety of how it could possibly be after I finish my schooling. This comes from the fact about finding a job and seeing if I can actually land that said job. My anxieties even extend to how well I would do said job or if I don't actually know something; how will be looked at when it comes to that time? Being a 20 year old is difficult in that regard. Society expects you to know your shit by this age but I'm having trouble wondering what the fuck I'm going to do after I finish school. I may just be blowing this out of proportion but I think my anxieties have at least some merit to them.
On another topic all-together though. I am struggling to allocating time to my work since I feel burnout on the amount I receive. I'm a full time college student, so that means I have a shit ton of work to shift through right now. I know I can do the work but actually have the motivation put forth to doing it is what is holding me back in that regard. I may need tips on how I can better allocate my time to my work and how not to stress over menial stuff like worrying if my essay is perfect. I look at myself as a worrywart in this regard.
Now, to the final thing I want to talk about here. All of you may or may not have noticed that I have not been as active as I have in previous month. This is because of a multitude of reasons. The first reason is that I sometimes forget to come here on the forums because I am talking to other staff members via discord most of the time. Second reason is because I can just have a lack of motivation to come here. I know I shouldn't push myself to brink of emotional burnout but I can't really help myself sometimes. Third reason is because I just don't have the time to do it as I used to. I have been swamped so much in schoolwork and even work itself. The Fourth reason would be because I have been pursuing other interests lately. This can include video gaming, watching videos on YouTube, or creating music again. Nothing against any of you guys here but my interests like Metal aren't very common among members here. I feel left out in that regard and usually just keep to myself about it. This may be a stupid reason, I know, but I just can't help feeling like that most times.
Anyways, that is it for now. If you had read through this all than I thank you very much listening to me ramble on about what is on my mind.
I've been kinda lurking on this website for the past few months and I have been seeing topics from 2012. Topics asking what my favourite something or other is keeps popping up yet I am certain I already replied to that topic. I look and the topic was created within this year.....wait. WHAT?! I thought the mods and admins didnt like duplicate topics? I mean they are duplicates arent they? Or is "Whats your favourite x?" different from "What Is Your Favourite X, forums?".
Ive also seen threads from 2012-2013 that had little to no replys pop up as new topics. Not someone bumping an old topic, I mean full on someone recreated a topic already made up. I can olnly think of three things that might have happened...
1. Older data was lost from the servers therefore topics made before all the websites became one were either lost, still there, or corrupted.
2. Mods and Admins are slipping up and allowing duplicate threads
3, Two instances of this Universe are colliding, revealing tachyons are real
I've already shared my opinions on every individual episode of the season in each episode discussion thread, so this is where I will show you a compilation of them all and give you a better idea of what I thought of the season as a whole.
School Daze (both parts): Awesome premiere, one of the best. My favorite part was how everyone in it was being racist. I'm part-joking, part-serious, I don’t think it was one of the best, and though I honestly was amused the whole time at how none of the kids held back with their comments against the ones from different species, it wasn't my favorite part. My favorite part was the unbiased message. I honestly loved how they showed the goodness of natural diversity and inclusivity while also showing the folly of forced diversity through incompetent teaching methods in schools. Screw what the rule book tells you, teach kids why they should be loving to each other rather than just how. As per usual, the pacing wasn't perfect, with a major plot turning point needing to be gone through as quickly as possible through a song, but I was still enthralled by it the whole time. 9/10
The Maud Couple: Personally thought it was great. Pinkie Pie is so unlikable throughout it, but that's part of what makes it so fun to watch. I was just going, "Wow...this was me in my initial reaction to Maud Pie being introduced and not understanding why people liked her.", and it was great to see Pinkie on the receiving end of the lesson of the episode Maud Pie. I also feel the writing team was predicting the way certain people would react to Mudbriar, with one side of people hating him out of their blinded worship of Maud and another side of people defending him by pointing out the hypocrisy in ignoring that what they hate in Mudbriar, they like in Maud. Even if I hadn't been a fan of the new character, I would've enjoyed the episode regardless because it's hilarious discounting the absence of the rest of the Mane 6, save in Pinkie's psychotic episode. I loved her imagining Twilight saying, "I never learned how to read!". 8.9/10
Fake It Till You Make It: I didn't find it to be that good, but I also didn't find it to be that bad. I personally wouldn't describe Fluttershy playing other shop pony characters to be "out of character" at all. In fact, I'd go so far to say that it was completely in character. Yes, Fluttershy herself would never be anything like a snooty elitist, a droll goth, or an airheaded valley girl...thus the need for her to play a character. Her true self was doing it out of the kindness of her heart, not wanting to disappoint Rarity. I think the episode's main flaw is being too reliant on the joke of Fluttershy's character, spending too much time on it only to have the episode end so abruptly with the problem being resolved just by having her characters get fired. I still enjoyed most of the lampooning of the stereotypes they mocked though, so even with the joke getting a bit repetitive and the pacing making it feel rushed towards the end, I honestly thought it was alright. Just nothing to write home about. 7.2/10
Grannies Gone Wild: Another alright episode. The plot may have been incredibly simple and straightforward, but I got to give the extras some credit for giving me a lot of food for thought. Lyra and Bon Bon, Trixie's dad, an alicorn construction worker, Rick and Morty, and an old mare hitting on a young stallion. Favorite thing besides that was Applejack's head. One of the more humorous parts of the episode that legit had me wondering at the end if it was just a figment of RD's imagination or if it was a manifestation of Applejack's psychic powers she never told anyone about. Ah, this show is always good at stimulating my imagination. 7.3/10
Surf and/or Turf: Yea verily, this was good. Surprised that there was no Queen Novo or acknowledgement of Twilight's mishap of trying to steal the pearl, but they still tied things in with the movie fairly well. It's another one of those episodes where the strongest part is the moral, no one should feel forced to choose an identity, we're all a sum of our parts. I also liked how well Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo played the part of biased researchers and journalists telling people like Terramar what choices they should make based on their own personal experiences and tastes, and how both of them are portrayed as in the wrong for doing so. Glad this show's writers aren't like the writers of the Powerpuff Girls reboot. 7.8/10 (trust me, it’s not for too much water) Real score: 8.3/10
Horse Play: More proof that Celestia is not a Mary Sue, I love it. I really like how they were able to make a simple, "honesty is the best policy" moral, the kind of lesson much of Hollywood and theater has sadly forgotten, work with the ruler of Equestria. It also made me realize that not just Spike, but Applejack also does not get enough credit. That's the only thing I found irking about the episode, they were the ones preaching the truth, and what did they get? Not only does Spike get used as a scapegoat, but AJ doesn't even get an apology from Twilight for being ignored. For good gags, I loved Celestia's Canterlot voice, Pinkie's sun props, and how Celestia trolled them at the end. Luna was also the best background character in all this, heckling child actors and expressing bemusement at the play going well. She's definitely going to become Nightmare Moon again some time. 8.5/10
The Parent Map: I love seeing relatable episodes like this that make me marvel at how deep this pony show can get. Not so much to Starlight's dad with the babying I relate to, but definitely to Sunburst's mom, as I did have many endeavors with my parents trying to get me to "have a plan" while not understanding the context of my situation. It was painfully obvious, especially after what we saw in Parental Glideance, however, how their conflict with their parents would play out. They should've brought Spike in to mix things up, don't know why he never appeared in the episode again after the opening. Oh well, I still can't wait for the fanfics about Starlight's emo phase. Stunned they were able to model her room the way they did, love that we now know that she's both a former Communist and a former Satanist. 8.2/10
The Non-Compete Clause: AJ and Dash fans hate this one? Won't say I blame them too much. After all, the episode kicks off with proof that Fluttershy is best pony. Being real, their unrelenting fighting did quickly grow to be tiring and a bit hard to believe, but I did laugh at how they kept pretending to agree with each other while the students were too smart to fall for it, knowing that they only cared about the award. Them actually not learning their lesson at the end and making up, I also weirdly liked just for going against the usual formula of the characters in conflict being happy friends after everything is over. Gallus also continues to shine as my favorite member of the Young Six. He wanted to see his teachers get ripped apart. I adore the subtle sadism in this show so much. 8/10
The Break Up Break Down: I didn't go in expecting much from this one not being a fan of Hard to Say Anything, and guess what? I was pleasantly surprised once again. The plot was nowhere near as straightforward as it could've been and had me curious of what was going to happen next the whole time. While we knew that Sugar Belle wasn't really going to break up with Big Mac, I actually laughed at Spike's attempts to rationalize what Sugar was really talking about and explain how what we saw coming would happen. "Even I don't buy that one!". Then it turns out at the end that guess of his was right. It's funny to me because they did a good job making it seem like there was nothing else Sugar could've meant besides breaking up with him in the conversation they eavesdropped on. They also did some clever things for the Cutie Mark Crusaders plot, like having Sweetie Belle's name being similar to Sugar Belle's as a way to explain the confusion of who the package was for and Button Mash's cameo as one of the ponies they thought Sweetie's secret admirer was. And to top it all off, we get to wonder what caused Discord to not believe in love...nah, I'm kidding. We know for a fact at this point that he and Celestia totally dated. 8.8/10
Molt Down: Yay, Spike became an alicorn. I honestly really liked how well his molting represented puberty. While I'm aware it's commonplace for kids shows to write characters going through changes that have parallels to puberty, I was impressed that they even gave a nod to things like awkward vocal chord shifts and messed up sleeping patterns. The little girls of today are lucky to get to know this stuff from cartoons earlier than I did. I thought it was odd how Spike still thought Twilight would actually kick him out after all they've been through, and as usual, I got weary of Zecora's rhymes, but seeing Spike grow wings and actually fight off a creature with his own power for once was awesome. This was the perfect episode for showing how well Spike's character has developed. 9.1/10
Marks for Effort: Not as good as Marks and Recreation, but still another high-quality Cutie Mark Crusaders episode that always kept me curious of what was going to happen, especially when it got up to the stuff with Cozy Glow. I am also one of the people who legit almost believed she was a Changeling, especially at the part where she failed her test. However, even when it got to the part where she confessed her plan to fail it on purpose to help the CMC to Starlight, I was still pleasantly surprised to see a clever plot twist that tied things together with Starlight's foreshadowed conflict. Twilight's characterization in the episode though, I have mixed feelings about. I still don't see what the big deal was with the CMC simply transferring schools, especially after what happened at the very end, and I agree that she jumped to conclusions with thinking that the CMC deliberately set up Cozy to fail. I guess answering "Your mom" for "Who is the Princess of Friendship?" really got to her, which admittedly got a laugh out of me. 8.6/10
The Mean 6: I thought it was almost as good of a midseason finale as The Perfect Pear. The Mean 6 were hilarious, seeing the Mane 6's friendship being tested to the fullest in an episode outside of a premiere or finale was great, and like The Perfect Pear, it was edited down almost perfectly considering its constraints. Truthfully, Twilight and her friends being deceived by corrupted forms of themselves has been done before at least twice, once in the show with the The Return of Harmony, and another time in the first arc of the main series of the comics. However, I honestly thought this episode utilized that plot point to its full potential, unlike in the prior examples where in the Season 2 premiere, Twilight and her friends were the corrupted forms and had to get themselves back on track after it had taken a full episode and a half for them to completely lose their way, and in the case of the comics, only a short part of the story was spent on the Mane 6 reacting to what they were simply overhearing before they had to get right back into the action and then be split up. I've also seen people continue to express their worries about Chrysalis being reformed, and as someone who would prefer for her to remain evil to the end, I can't exactly say I'm worried after how well I was entertained by six completely irredeemable characters toy with the Mane 6 and fight amongst themselves. I'll also say that after seeing characters like Iron Will and the Flim-Flam brothers still be the way they are despite the possibility of them changing being implied, as well as both Trixie and Discord still being the same lovable narcissists we've always known them as, I really don't feel the call to be worried about Chrysalis. That's also not even mentioning the glorious death scene of the Mean 6. The spirit of The Tree of Harmony ain't nothing to mess with. 9.3/10
A Matter of Principals: This was easily the most villainous Discord has been since the Season 4 finale. I have to confess that he caught me by surprise. I was not expecting him to irritate Starlight to the point of essentially killing him, becoming a ghost to haunt the school, and then it being revealed at the end that he sent the Mane 6 on a fake friendship quest. Initially, I felt that Starlight went too far...but now I almost support her actions despite liking how she decided to be the better person in the end in spite of everything. Discord is detestable to the core in this one, but it's also fascinating watching how far he's willing to go out of spite for being ignored, so I can't say I was disappointed. What did admittedly disappoint me somewhat was Trixie being the only substitute teacher Starlight hired that got featured in her own scene (I would've loved to watch Maud teaching a class). However, that scene does have my favorite of many good jokes in the episode, involving the banana phone, so I'll let it slide. 8.9/10
The Hearth’s Warming Club: This one was a series of highs and lows. The low point of it for me is actually close to the beginning. Twilight's gotten very...accusatory as of late. After what she just went through with jumping to conclusions about the CMC, she looks at the scene with the Young Six and goes, "Welp, it's one of you! Especially in a world where teleportation magic exists, a locked door makes for an open-and-shut case!". I legitimately thought it was going to be an outside party who was guilty before the scene with Gallus, though his scene of opening up is admittedly the high point of the episode for me and the best character development for the students so far. The jokes were a weird kind of self-aware anti-humor, some of them being funny like with Sandbar's "stories", and others being fairly bland, like with Yona's smashing. Overall, it gives me a weird feeling of being underwhelmed and satisfied at the same time somehow. 8.1/10
Friendship University: I think I just realized that my favorite part of Flim and Flam episodes are Flim and Flam themselves. Like actual con artists, they try to sell you something you'd have to be a fool to think was bad without knowing the finer details, know how to manipulate others' feelings, and offer both legitimate and illegitimate services. Also, they always offer a high-quality song. I liked how their trick wasn't obvious from the start, even if the ponies, Starswirl and Rarity included, were pretty naive to not suspect anything fishy about having to pay for copies of lessons. However, at least Flim and Flam weren't dumb enough to fall for Twilight's disguise, like what would've happened in a lot of other badly written episodes of kid's shows, and only fell for Rarity's because they forgot who she was. I also enjoyed how they tied things back to Rarity Investigates well, and even ended the episode on a note of mystery. It is interesting to imagine the possibility of someone at the school being a spy. Maybe Cozy Glow really is a Changeling after all… 8.3/10
The End in Friend: I'll admit that when I first heard about this episode's plot synopsis, I wasn't too excited. Like many, I am getting somewhat tired of drama and fighting in the show being made the outlier for a serious plot. It still makes for good entertainment, but the "threat of a friendship ruined" conflict never builds any suspense because we always know that they're going to reconcile in the end. That being said, I did like how everything built up to Rarity and Rainbow Dash solving a mystery together and finding creative ways to get past obstacles. One other thing I slightly took issue with was that even though neither of them were supposed to be in the right, I was able to empathize with Rainbow Dash more. She at least did not pretend to be invested in what Rarity wanted to do, was the first to come clean about not doing the book challenge, and even made a good point about the impracticality of Rarity's fashion designs. I don't know, I've just come to prefer "tell it like it is" types more. 7.4/10
Yakity-Sax: Like with Non-Compete Clause, I'm going to be playing the devil's advocate here (sort of?) in saying that this episode was actually good. I do get why the moral confused people and agree that Pinkie Pie's obsession with the instrument to the point where she was going to leave Ponyville was somewhat hard to believe...but again, this just feels like another time to me where too many of the things an episode did well are being overlooked. We had some really good jokes, like the opening gag that I actually laughed at, the return of Maud Pie in another hilarious cameo, and the return of Pinkamena. Besides, the "being honest about telling your friends that their talents lie elsewhere" moral was already done in Horse Play and Pinkie has overreacted and tried to leave Ponyville before, both in Pinkie Pride and The Maud Couple. I do believe that the others should've still encouraged her to get better at the instrument at the end and that the "leaving Ponyville" plot point is getting redundant, but I still really enjoyed the episode and completely disagree with it being labeled as "The Worst Episode of Season 8" by some. For Celestia's sake, even Fake It Till You Make It is worse, and I don't even mind that one. 8.2/10
The Road to Friendship: A much more entertaining "friendship drama" episode to me than The End in Friend. Trixie and Starlight's fighting was consistently more realistic, less predictable, and a lot funnier. I like how their fighting wasn't caused by something as simple as them realizing they didn't share similar interests, but grievances that were legitimately affecting their progress. Starlight murdered me with how hilariously passive aggressive she was by going so far as to sell her friend's wagon without her permission and acting like it was completely justifiable what she did, and it just got even better with how Trixie was willing to lie down in the dirt for two days without any food or water to keep the guy from moving the wagon. Forgive me for ever having distaste for Trixie, she is badass. My favorite part though was a really funny and relatable opening gag about Trixie and Starlight actually being creeped out by Twilight and Cadance's friendship shake and it turning out to actually be foreshadowing to Trixie and Starlight doing a hilariously terrible friendship shake of their own. Now that is well-written humor. 8.9/10
The Washouts: I'll dare to say that The Washouts are easily some of the most likable minor antagonists we've had so far. I mean, discounting the obvious vice of not caring for a child's safety, it's pretty badass of them to live to risk their lives for the amusement of others. And at the risk of sounding like a jerk, I can't fault Lightning Dust too much when Scootaloo initially agreed to the stunt, was fully willing to do it, and tried to back out in the middle of a show. That's the episode's main weak spot for me, Scootaloo seeing Dust's true colors too quickly and wrapping up her conflict so abruptly. After all, there's still the problem of her never being able to join the Wonderbolts because she can't fly, plus the fact that Scootaloo's dream has always seemed to be living on the edge. It really is impossible to not empathize with her frustration, especially after Rainbow Dash proudly tore down all the posters in her room, boasted about wanting to tear them up and throw them off a cliff, then wanted to hang framed pictures of herself to try to make herself "look humble". Rainbow's the only one who can be so hilariously unlikable in a scene like that and still be heartwarmingly likable in the end with how she started a fan club for Scootaloo instead of herself in the end. Now that was truly touching. 8.7/10
A Rockhoof and a Hard Place: More captivating than I thought it would be. I like how they finally brought the Pillars back and made one of them a role model for Yona. Up until now, I saw Yona as one of the less interesting members of the Young Six and Rockhoof as one of the less interesting Pillars, and I know I’m watching a good episode of the show when it gets me to care about a character more and look at that character differently. I especially can’t look at Rockhoof the same way ever again. I was genuinely surprised when it got to the point where he legitimately wanted to be petrified, essentially wanting Twilight to assist him with suicide, after he felt he would never be able to fit in with the modern world. Even more surprising to me was when Twilight sort of went along with it and Spike was just like, “Eh.”. Well, after his moment of gold at least. “I thought you were arguing over ice cream flavors!” This show is getting dark and twisted, but that’s what keeps me loving it. I need to read Me and My Shadow now. 8.6/10
What Lies Beneath: Great episode focusing entirely on the Student 6, better than The Hearth's Warming Club. Again, we get to learn something new about each of these characters, only this time, it's done with a more engaging real-time conflict with a real risk involved. It's weird how The Tree of Harmony is an actual character now, but the much more disturbing aspect of this episode is easily Cozy Glow. It's creepy how good she is at lying and manipulating these kids while pretending to be an innocent child. She got them to doubt themselves by making them believe they couldn't understand friendship because of their species and that one of them was privileged because of their species. And to top it off, she pretended to be a victim so that the others wouldn't inform Twilight about something crucial. What a sociopath. However, it shows how good of a job they've done building up what's yet to come. 8.8/10
Sounds of Silence: Even one of the most heartfelt, uniquely upbeat songs in the show...can’t stop me from thinking of Disturbed every time I look at the title. The same way the Kirin couldn’t stop me from thinking of Maud Pie before Autumn Blaze came into the picture. And then Autumn Blaze had me thinking of Pinkie Pie. You can tell this episode has inspired me to be honest with my emotions with one of the best morals in the show by far. In a time where we’re quick to call showing any kind of anger and engaging in any kind of discourse a sin, this show is somehow able to hit the nail on the head with its message about both. Anger and conflict are just part of who we are, what matters is how we go about it. I’ve been in Autumn Blaze’s shoes before of being condemned for expressing my feelings, so I can vouch for her in saying that having to be stoic and silent all the time does get boring, unlike this episode. It rarely had me bored, especially after that hilariously off-tangent joke about Phantom of the Opera in the song. Random humor really can be funny. 9/10
Father Knows Beast: I can see why this is a somewhat divisive episode. Despite being well-written, it comes as a disappointment to any Spike fan to still not know who Spike's real father is in an episode this late in the same season where he got his wings. However, Sludge was a worthy minor villain. It was foreshadowed from the start who he really was with how complacent he was in working with the ponies who were trying to help him get back on his feet and there's a clear possibility of him being a sociopath in how he manipulated a child into taking care of him with such malicious lies. Spike was pretty cruel in how he denounced Twilight as a real parent, which grated my nerves a bit as someone who thought he'd be past behavior like that by now, but I liked the visual of Twilight's heart literally breaking. The visual gag of Starlight being thrown out while taking a bath was awesome too. It's not at all bad, it just shows that we really need an episode about what happened with Spike's real parents eventually. We saw how well The Perfect Pear worked with Applejack, so surely a similar episode would work with Spike. 8.4/10
School Raze (both parts): How I love the irony of one of this show's most calculating, cunning villains by far being a little girl. It was clear there was something off about her from the start in how weirdly devious her scheme to get the Cutie Mark Crusaders into school was, but it's only in this finale where we get to see just how evil she actually is. Neighsay at his worst couldn't even compare, and after she used racism herself to turn the school against the Student Six, it felt like a message was trying to be sent about the worst racists in this world being those who try to sell it as "good". Even worse was how she got all those friends and then only wanted to use them as tools. That would make her worse than Discord ever was for sure, since he had never had a friend before. I know I'm going on about Cozy a lot, but it's always incredible to see such a great villain of the show get a chance to display so much of their evil glory. I also loved how the Mane 6 had to get by without their magic, how well elements from the earlier episodes tied in, like with how the power of the Tree of Harmony saved The Student Six, and how many doors have now been opened for great story opportunities. I mean, now we have Tirek and Cozy potentially joining forces, we have Chrysalis still on the loose possibly coming back to see what the Tree of Harmony has evolved into, and Cadance's conversation about the Crystal Heart with Celestia possibly foreshadowing the return of King Sombra. Really, there is no reason why Season 9 shouldn't be the best season of the show, but this season was still a blast overall. 9.3/10
Episodes I Loved
School Daze (both parts)
The Maud Couple
The Break-up Breakdown
Marks for Effort
The Mean 6
A Matter of Principals
The Road to Friendship
A Rockhoof and a Hard Place
What Lies Beneath
The Sounds of Silence
School Raze (both parts)
Episodes I Liked
Surf and/or Turf
The Parent Map
The Hearth’s Warming Club
Father Knows Beast
Episodes I Didn’t Mind
Fake It Till You Make It
Grannies Gone Wild
The End in Friend
This season was great overall, even better than Season 7 to me. I really hope that Season 9 will be the perfect final season if the show ends then.
The season finale started off very slow and brooding but really picked up by the end of the first half of the two parter. It was so obvious to me that Cozy had ulterior motives, especially in the aftermath of What Lies Beneath. The build was very good, albeit slow in the beginning. I liked seeing the return of the creatures that the Mane 6 had previously defeated, and the return of Tirek was pretty interesting as well. Neighsay was his usual, racist self in this one, but did a heel face turn faster than almost any other character in the show. I love the fact that the Friendship 6 where the ones to save the day here, with assistance from the CMCs.
Overall, this was a great wrapup to the end of season 8. It sets up season 9 well, with many possibilities moving forward for what is (supposedly) the final season of MLP: Friendship is Magic.
Grade: 9.1/10 A-
Season 8 was a tale of two halves. The first half was significantly worse than the second half, which worked in its favor. There was a fair amount of continuity between episodes, but I feel like there could have been better continuity between all the episodes. Overall, the season was pretty good. A very good amount of new content, including the new species, new locales, and return of all the pillars of equestria.