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Last year, I was worried that "To Where and Back Again" would be a by-the-numbers, over-serious finale which just rehashes the same plot points the show had been trucking out for years now. To my delight, it turned out to be something else entirely, and it quickly became one of my favourite two-parters in the entire show. "To Where and Back Again" excelled because it was a character-driven story which focused on the human side of the story rather than the rote details, and as such it was refreshingly light on exposition and action.
Turns out all I had to do was wait a year, however, because "Shadow Play" is exactly what I was worried about back in season 6. It's the worst example yet of the show's increasingly dull mythology, and it's filled with backstory exposition which takes itself way too seriously. There are certainly moments of humour here which bring the episode to life, but the plot is just so formulaic that it's hard to be invested in any of it, and enough of the episode takes itself so seriously that the fun moments can't break the monotony.
When Twilight Sparkle uncovers what happened to Starswirl the Bearded and four other ponies he calls Equestria's "Pillars" (ugh), she sets out to save the Pillars from Limbo, not realizing that doing so would also free the evil Pony of Shadows. Soon, she realizes that she's made a mistake, and must work with the Pillars to save Equestria.
You might have noticed that the whole plot is dependent on Twilight making an obviously poor decision, and worse still, she does it despite Starlight (of all ponies!) trying to warn her of the consequences. Indeed, Twilight's sheer hero worship for Starswirl renders her nearly useless throughout the episode, and while this is the only blatantly stupid decision she makes, she also spends most of the episode just doing whatever he says despite outclassing him. At the end, Starlight suggests that there must be some way they could convince the Pony of Shadows to stop, but Twilight just... ignores her, apparently because she's so blinded by her idolization of Starswirl.
It's a double-edged sword, too, because Twilight's sheer enthusiasm is also the episode's main saving grace. Watching her gush over the idea of having Starswirl back is frequently delightful, and it demonstrates how good this season has been at reviving her geeky charm. Other characters have their moments too: One scene in the Dragon Lands is genuinely entertaining, where the dragons are using Flash Magnus's shield for lava surfing. That's easily the most creative scene in the episode, and it's also fun to watch Rainbow Dash trick Garble into just handing over the shield. Another scene featuring Fluttershy is pleasant as well, and Pinkie has a good handful of fun lines, but all of them suffer from a lack of personal stake in the story.
The mane six are only dominant in the first half, and the problem with this is that the first half has almost no stakes to speak of. Twilight is insistent that Equestria is "better with Starswirl in it," but that's hard to accept when the ponies have done perfectly fine for themselves without him. Because of this, it's hard to be invested in anything which happens in the first half, which is as incident-free as "The Crystalling" but without any of the anxiety or introspection. There's still funny moments, but most of the first half is focused on the mythology of the world, which is no deeper than five ancient heroes sacrificing themselves to lock away some ancient evil. The episode tries to build on this, but it never steps away from dull cliches.
Further, much of the first half has the mane six just acting broadly admirable, and I have never found that particularly interesting. At times, it even breaks credibility: Applejack manages to stop a falling boulder with her hind legs, and Rarity somehow trims a whole overgrown garden in what can't have been more than a few minutes. Rarity's scene is especially annoying, because the caretaker of the garden talks a lot about one flower being "all she has left," suggesting that she somehow never thought to just trim the bushes a bit. Am I supposed to believe that? Meanwhile, Pinkie's lasts less than half the time of the others, despite being perhaps the funniest. Altogether, I'm just tired of watching ponies collecting MacGuffins. We've seen that several times before. It's time for something new.
In the second half, Starlight increasingly takes the reigns from the mane six, and she's as bland as ever. I explained why she's such a dull character in the "Uncommon Bond" review, but suffice it to say that she's no more exciting here, and her main contribution - the experience of being forgiven - is territory which this franchise has explored better in the past, though perhaps not in the main series. Unfortunately, "Shadow Play" has almost nothing to add beyond that, and a lot of this comes from just how little there is to Starlight. She's still a tool of the plot more than an actual character, and that means that prevents anything she does from feeling organic, no matter how hard the writers try. We occasionally see Twilight doubting herself, but the episode spends relatively little time on that, and in the second half Twilight's friends are once again sidelined. We know that the mane six have stood up to authority figures in the past, and we know they believe in second chances, so it's hard to accept Starlight needing to set them straight.
Ultimately, it turns out the Pony of Shadows used to be a friend of the Pillars by the name of Stygian, and that he and the Pillars both came to believe the other had betrayed them. The theme of misunderstandings which many episodes this season have followed comes to fruition here, but while Stygian is immediately sympathetic, neither he nor the Pillars are developed enough for this climax to have much emotional effect. We learn about Stygian almost entirely through exposition, and the Pillars themselves are given almost nothing in the way of characterization. Sunburst is present too, but he mostly serves as an extension of Twilight.
And because the worldbuilding is so unimaginative, the large chunks of the episode dedicated to exposition very quickly become tiresome. At one point, the Pillars mention that they planted the Tree of Harmony, which is completely useless information because it explains very little about the Tree itself. Apparently they somehow imbued it with the forces they represent, but I never asked for the origin of the Elements, and it hardly explains why Twilight's cutie mark is on the tree. We still know nothing about how it actually works, so all the actual questions surrounding it remain unanswered. Plus, the map is shown to be able to locate not one but two other kinds of MacGuffins now, because of course it is. It's been awful for three seasons, so why should it stop now?
Ultimately, the problem with the show's mythology is the problem with "Shadow Play." Rather than actually develop the world which exists, the showrunners like to just pile new aspects onto it while neglecting everything which came before. And that ultimately harms My Little Pony's world, which was initially one of the things which drew me to the show. When world is emphasized over character, you must have a good enough world to hold it up, and this show simply does not anymore. Combine that with a plot cribbed from earlier stories, and Starlight continuing to be bland while still taking over the story, and you've got the least exciting two-parter to date, even beating out the similarly dull "The Cutie Re-Mark."
This isn't fun for me any more. If season 8 is a big enough improvement, I might return, but for now, I'm officially retiring my My Little Pony reviews. I'm gonna give the Equestria Girls series and season 8 a shot, but I'm not committing to either of them, and I'm definitely not going to take the time to write at length. Still, I need some closure, so I'll make a few more posts in the weeks to come before I retire this blog. First, an overview of season 7 at large. Second, an updated list of the show's Top 10 Worst Episodes. Third, a list of my 26 favourite episodes in the show. Finally, I'll be uploading my to-date score sheet in all its incomplete glory, which I may or may not attempt to fill out during the hiatus. If you want more of my writing, you can always check out the main blog, and if you want to keep up with whatever Pony opinions I still have, I'll try to keep the score list updated, and you can follow me on Twitter. Until next time.
One of my biggest peeves in reviewing is giving something a calculated score, because it's very difficult if not impossible to reduce the quality to such a mark. Plus, whenever many people see a score, they tend to not read the review at all and rely on the score/grade itself as proof for purchase.
Nonetheless, if I were to grade the following based on the following items below, they would be the followings below the first rule. The grades are respective and separated to the following categories:
- Season 1
- Season 2
- Season 3
- Season 4
- Season 5
- Season 6
- Season 7
- MLP: The Movie
- Equestria Girls series, RR animated shorts, and IDW comic/annual
- Main Comic Series*
- Friends Forever
Be warned: There are no reasons given for any of the grades, and they're all subject to change. Let's begin!
- Friendship Is Magic: C
- The Ticket Master: C-
- Applebuck Season: B-
- Griffon the Brush Off: D+
- Boast Busters: F
- Dragonshy: B-
- Look Before You Sleep: C
- Bridle Gossip: F
- Swarm of the Century: B-
- Winter Wrap Up: A-
- Call of the Cutie: B+
- Fall Weather Friends: B
- Suited for Success: A
- Feeling Pinkie Keen: D-
- Sonic Rainboom: B
- Stare Master: C-
- The Show Stoppers: F
- A Dog and Pony Show: C
- Green Isn't Your Color: B
- Over a Barrel: D+
- A Bird in the Hoof: D
- The Cutie Mark Chronicles: A-
- Owl's Well that Ends Well: F
- Party of One: A
- The Best Night Ever: A+
- The Return of Harmony: A-
- Lesson Zero: A
- Luna Eclipsed: B+
- Sisterhooves Social: A+
- The Cutie Pox: C
- May the Best Pet Win!: F
- The Mysterious Mare Do Well: F
- Sweet and Elite: B-
- Secret of My Excess: B
- Hearth's Warming Eve: B
- Family Appreciation Day: B
- Baby Cakes: C+
The Last Roundup: B
The Last Roundup (edited): F
- The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000: C-
- Read It and Weep: B-
- Hearts and Hooves Day: D
- A Friend in Deed: B
- Putting Your Hoof Down: F
- It's About Time: B-
- Dragon Quest: F
- Hurricane Fluttershy: B+
- Ponyville Confidential: D-
- MMMystery on the Friendship Express: D-
- A Canterlot Wedding: C-
- The Crystal Empire: F
- Too Many Pinkie Pies: C+
- One Bad Apple: F
- Magic Duel: B+
- Sleepless in Ponyville: A
- Wonderbolts Academy: A-
- Apple Family Reunion: B
- Spike at Your Service: D-
- Keep Calm and Flutter On: D+
- Just for Sidekicks: D
- Games Ponies Play: F
- Magical Mystery Cure: C-
- Princess Twilight Sparkle: C-
- Castle Mane-ia: B-
- Daring Don't: F
- Flight to the Finish: A
- Power Ponies: C
- Bats!: D
- Rarity Takes Manehattan: B+
- Pinkie Apple Pie: B+
- Rainbow Falls: F
- Three's a Crowd: C+
- Pinkie Pride: A
- Simple Ways: C-
- Filli Vanilli: D
- Twilight Time: B
- It Ain't Easy Being Breezies: D-
- Somepony to Watch Over Me: F
- Maud Pie: C+
- For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils: A-
- Leap of Faith: C
- Testing Testing 1, 2, 3: A
- Trade Ya!: F
- Inspiration Manifestation: B
- Equestria Games: D+
- Twilight's Kingdom: B-
- The Cutie Map: A+
- Castle Sweet Castle: A-
- Bloom & Gloom: A-
- Tanks for the Memories: D+
- Appleoosa's Most Wanted: F
- Make Friends but Keep Discord: C+
- The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone: C
- Slice of Life: B+
- Princess Spike: F
- Party Pooped: C-
- Amending Fences: A+
- Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?: C-
- Canterlot Boutique: B-
- Rarity Investigates!: B
- Made in Manehattan: C+
- Brotherhooves Social: D+
- Crusaders of the Lost Mark: A+
- The One Where Pinkie Knows: C
- Hearthbreakers: B-
- Scare Master: B+
- What About Discord: F
- The Hooffields and McColts: D+
- The Mane Attraction: A-
- The Cutie Re-Mark: A
- The Crystalling: B
- The Gift of Maud Pie: C+
- On Your Marks: B+
- Gauntlet of Fire: A-
- No Second Prances: F
- Newbie Dash: F
- A Hearth's Warming Tail: A
- The Saddle Row Review: A
- Applejack's "Day" Off: C
- Flutter Brutter: F
- Spice Up Your Life: C-
- Stranger Than Fan Fiction: B-
- The Cart Before the Ponies: F
- 28 Pranks Later: F
- The Times They Are a Changeling: A
- Dungeons & Discords: B
- Buckball Season: C-
- The Fault in Our Cutie Marks: A-
- Viva Las Pegasus: B+
- Every Little Thing She Does: D
- P.P.O.V. (Pony Point of View): F
- Where the Apple Lies: B-
- Top Bolt: B
- To Where and Back Again: F
- Celestial Advice: B-
- All Bottled Up: A-
- A Flurry of Emotions: B+
- Rock Solid Friendship: C+
- Fluttershy Leans In: C
- Forever Filly: C+
- Parental Glideance: A+
- Hard to Say Anything: F
- Honest Apple: F
- A Royal Problem: D+
- Not Asking for Trouble: B-
- Discordant Harmony: A-
- The Perfect Pear: A+
- Fame and Misfortune: F
- Triple Threat: B-
- Campfire Tales: C+
- To Change a Changeling: B+
- Daring Done: C+
- It Isn't the Mane Thing About You: A-
- A Health of Information: B-
- Marks and Recreation: A
- Once Upon a Zeppelin: A-
- Secrets and Pies: D
- Uncommon Bond: A-
- Shadow Play: A+
- My Little Pony: The Movie: B
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: F
- The Fall of Sunset Shimmer: A-
- MLP Annual #1: C-
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks: D
- Equestria Girls Holiday Special: F
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Friendship Games: F
Rainbow Rocks Shorts:
- Music to My Ears: A
- Guitar Centered: C
- Hamstocalypse Now: C
- Pinkie on the One: D+
- Player Piano: C-
- A Case for the Bass: B-
- Shake Your Tail!: D
- Perfect Day for Fun: F
- Life Is a Runway: A
- My Past Is Not Today: A
- Friendship Through the Ages: A
Main Comic Series:
(Individual issues and overall arc are graded separately.)
The Return of Queen Chrysalis: B
a. Part 1: B+
b. Part 2: C-
c. Part 3: B
d. Part 4: B
Nightmare Rarity: F
a. Part 1: D-
b. Part 2: D
c. Part 3: D-
d. Part 4: F
Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair: B+
a. Part 1: B+
b. Part 2: A-
Neigh Anything: B
a. Part 1: B-
b. Part 2: B
My Little Pirate: Friendship Ahoy: D
a. Part 1: C
b. Part 2: D+
The Bookworm: C-
a. Part 1: D
b. Part 2: C
a. Part 1: D+
b. Part 2: D-
c. Part 3: F
d. Part 4: F
Manehattan Mysteries: A-
a. Part 1: A-
b. Part 2: A-
The Good, the Bad, and the Ponies: F
a. Part 1: F
b. Part 2: F
Siege of The Crystal Empire: F
a. Part 1: D
b. Part 2: F
c. Part 3: F
d. Part 4: F
*The main comics have been so bad, until they clean up, I refuse to read them again.
- Twilight Sparkle: F
- Rainbow Dash: F
- Rarity: B+
- Fluttershy: F
- Pinkie Pie: A
- Applejack: D+
- Cutie Mark Crusaders: A-
- Princess Celestia: B-
- Spike: C-
- Princess Luna: C
- Pinkie Pie & Applejack: F
- Cutie Mark Crusaders & Discord: B
- Spike & Princess Celestia: C-
- Twilight Sparkle & Shining Armor: B
- Fluttershy & Zecora: A
- Rainbow Dash & Trixie: C+
- Pinkie Pie & Princess Luna: A-
- Rarity & Applejack: D+
- Rarity & Babs Seed: B
- Rainbow Dash & Soarin': A
I wound up growing uninterested in reading Friends Forever, hence the short list.
The results are finally out and the best thing is that I won the Best Technical for the Expo and I am quite happy with it! <3
You can watch the full result on this periscope replay if you want to~ Click here!
Also, this is the PMV that I managed to win a category! For those who haven't seen it, feel free to watch it! <3
This is going to be one of those posts that are too personal for a thread and too long for a status update.
Some might call me "man-child" or "immature" for liking a show originally intended for kids, but I took it to a whole new level by being a 24 year old who goes to high school.
Little bit of explaination to that: In short, I dropped out at 16 after being forced to go to a school I simply hated with all of my soul. I went to another one next year then dropped out again in hopes of getting a job after my family started having severe financial issues. Oh I did get a couple of jobs, alright, but most of them were part-time, short term or otherwise unreliable jobs that didn't allow me to do much more other than "hand over half my paycheck to my parents, save some for myself, spend some on something nice". No matter how hard I tried, I simply couldn't find any proper job, unfortunately. Youth unemployment rate being well over 40% in my city (and that's not counting student who aren't looking for a job) isn't exactly encouraging either.
After years of crap jobs and unemployment, I decided to go back to high school. Fortunately enough, some school do hold classes at night aimed at people like me. They're essentially the same as regular highscool, except the average age of its students is much higher (more than half my class is older than 25 and we have a 50 year old lady in class).
This led to two things.
First one is finally having something constructive to do everyday. Even when I was working, I never knew if I was going to work the next day or not. But, of course, I'm always going to go to school until the day I graduate, so I can plan accordingly. I also have objective data (grades) I can track to know what I'm doing right or wrong, without having to read my boss' body language or compare myself to my colleagues as it happened in the past.
Second... I bloody got a life again. I recently moved to a new city and, as you can probably tell, it's hard to find friends without a job. The social circle I had was torn apart after something like 4 guys took some romantic interest on the same girl (and you know how that kind of stuff ends) and I hadn't found a new one ever since. Considering most people in class are around my age and pretty friendly, I can go back to being the good ol' social butterfly I was instead of a bloody emotional wreck I used to be. Not to mention it allows me to not use the internet exclusvely for social interaction which, let's be honest, is a massive relief. Being able to talk to people without running into heated debates about politics, random insults tossed around in the name of free speech and people making fun of everything you enjoy let me restore my faith in humanity.
And well, that's it.
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OK a lot of people keep talking about not wanting to see certain sections of the site over and over and don't seem to realize you can choose your own content, and it is very easy to boot. So here in 7 easy steps (with pictures) I'll show you how to do it. Since the Debate Pit is the big one, that is what I am concentrating on, but since I don't care about Roleplay or Ponyverse TV and the like, I'll add them to.
Step 1: Find your activity streams at the top of the page. Click the down Arrow.
Step 2: It will make a drop down. In some cases this may scroll down your screen, either way you want to scroll down to Create new Stream. Click it!
Step 3: Give it a name. I named mine "No Debate Pit", so you can use that, or call it "Peace of Mind", "Only Ponies" or "Wilma"... your choice. Just make the name something you will remember in case you ever make other streams for different content.
Step 4: After you name it scroll down to "Topics" in circle 1. The box you care about is in circle 2. Hit the little arrow next to the gear.
Step 5: It will expand a list of ALL the forums & sub-forums on the site. Hit the down arrows next to the forums to reveal many of the sub-forums. Just CLICK EVERY SINGLE FORUM YOU WANT TO SEE. DO NOT CLICK THE ONES YOU DON'T! Look at the whole list and do this. As you click them and more and more drop down, you will have to adjust your screen. Grin and bear it.
Step 6: As you click them, you will see tags forming above the box. This is what is causing the screen dropping... when done click outside the box and you should have something like this. If you notice no Debate Pit in sight... nor a couple of other forums I don't frequent. Look them over, see something missing, or something you don't like, make changes now.
Step 7: Save it!!!!!!!!! I cannot stress this enough.. no one ever saves it. If you don't save it you just wasted your time and won't see the results.
After saving it. you can return to wherever, then go back to Step 1. This time when you hit the drop down list, you will see your named Stream above the Create New Stream Button. If you click it, it will only show you the updates on the forums you chose to look at. Anything you did not include will NOT be included in this. You can further customize as you see fit though. If you play around with the other boxes and tools you can get all sorts of views going. You can't break it so don't worry... if you do do something really wonky that you cannot figure out how to fix, you can just delete the stream and remake it. Be aware this is only for the desktop and laptop versions of the site not the mobile version, so if you have questions pertaining to that, you'll have to speak more to mobile users or just play around with the settings in your free time.
Thanks for reading. Hope this helps some of you dealing with this issue.
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Big Jim confirmed the movie is canon to the main show, happened between Season 7 & 8. How could they make me buy that statement? The script writting started after S4 without matching recent character development and any character additions (like Starlight, she only appear in the movie just because the storyboard just add for later), Fluttershy acts like her EQG self, Rarity acts like her pre-S5, RD is RD, AJ doesnt have much screentime, Pinkie is funny and Twilight acted really hostile to Pinkie, which is a dark and cool route but its only make sense if this movie is after S4, no, S3 or S2, Twilight looks like PYHD Fluttershy at that scene, should i call it out of character?
This movie is a canon of the show in term of WORLD-BUILDIND only, characters are not. I enjoyed this movie and love to rewatch it over and over for lovely visuals, but i just dont buy the whole canon and stuffs, it is B Canon, like comics and EQG.
This is just a "Just for the heck of it" post. I'm pitting 5 MLP villains and 5 non-MLP villains against each other.
Queen Chrysalis: Leader of the changelings. Antagonist of A Canterlot Wedding AND To Where and Back Again. Shapeshifter. Possess powerful magic
Lord Tirek: Villain of Twilight's Kingdom based on his Rescue at Midnight Castle form. Also possess powerful magic, but can also drain anyone of their magic
The Dazzlings: Adaigo Dazzle, Sonata Dusk and Aria Blaze. Their song can turn anyone against each other, and they drain their hate to power themselves up. Villains of Rainbow Rocks
Starlight Glimmer: A Powerful Unicorn. Can take Cutie Marks away. Can also alter the fabric of time. Villain of The Cutie Map and the Cutie Remark
Midnight Sparkle: An altered form of Earth's Twilight Sparkle. Can create portals. Came close to destroying her own planet. Final villain of Friendship Games
Megatron: Basically, ether his G1, Devastation, Prime, War for Cybertron or Titans Return form. Leader of the Decepticons from the Transformers. A powerful Warrior and a brilliant tactician. His transformations include a Gun, a Tank and even a Jet.
The Shredder: Sworn enemy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Leader of the Foot Clan. One variation of him can transform into a powerful Tengu, capable of tearing his enemies apart. He can also become a Super Shredder when exposed to mutagen.
Ommadon: The Red Wizard from Flight of Dragons. Utilizes a variety of dark magics, and has a dragon to call his own: Bryagh. Cruel, violent and sadistic, Ommadon will go through any means to achieve his goals
Smaug the Dragon: A massive, powerful dragon from the Hobbit, who stole the gold of the dwarves and slayed anyone who dare opposed him. His armor is like Shields. His teeth like sword. Claws like spears. The shock of his tail a thunderbolt. His wings are like hurricanes. And his breath.......DEATH!
Kylo Ren: Son of Han Solo and Leia Organa from Star Wars. Corrupted by the Dark Side. His use of the Force is beyond even Darth Vader. He's even capable of freezing a blaster bolt in its place. But he often has temper tantrums.
So who would win in a 10 way fight? Choose away.
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That moment when........ your told your going to help your grandparents and mom clean out your great grandma's attic for her..... and it's going to take all weekend. Not that I'm not happy to help, I just don't want to lift those big heavy wardrobes and have to try to somehow get them down the super narrow staircase, and I'm not all that great at lifting heavy things. Last time I was in that old attic of hers, I think there were about four of five wardrobes and several dressers and old chests, more than likely full of a bunch of old junk clothes that no one wears anymore. Not to mention all the other random stuff up there that's gonna have to get hauled to the dumpster, maybe we can just throw the smaller stuff out the window and down into the dumpster. Anyways it's not the best way to spend your whole weekend, but at least once the attic is all cleaned up, it should stay that way, meaning the next "Big project" will be to clean out all the truck tires from her shed and tear the shed itself down because it's leaning at pretty precarious angle and is an eyesore to look at.
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Good afternoon, everypony, and welcome back to another edition of "Batbrony Reviews"! This week, we've got a flawed but still solid addition to Season 7, starring Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash in a fun little romp where the insanity and hilarity that unfolds (and the entertainment we derive from it) is probably more important than the lesson itself. It's a curious episode, not because what it does is particularly unique, because it isn't; in fact, this episode seems to quite deliberately lift from a number of past Pinkie Pie episodes (down to the name title itself if it can be believed, considering the episode is called, after all, "Secrets and Pies" and "Secrets and lies, it's all secrets and lies!" was something Pinkie was quite fond of proclaiming in "Party of One") to the point that it could accurately be described as a spiritual successor of not one, but TWO past Pinkie Pie episodes (and oddly enough, an improvement of one of them). It's also strange in that most of its execution in its first two acts (and the first half of the third act) are far more satisfying than its actual resolution, which leaves something to be desired. In any case, while it's hardly one of the more exceptional episodes we've gotten so far in the stellar seventh season of MLP, it is a very fun and likable one all the same, and fun romps involving Pinkie Pie going crazy are always a lot of fun if executed well, which this one is for the most part. Without further ado, this is "Secrets and Pies"!
Hey now, I'm the one who makes Batman references around these parts!
OK, in all seriousness, this Adam West Batman reference is as delicious as Pinkie Pie's pies look
So, starting with Pinkie Pie herself, just what two past episodes of hers does this episode draw from, if not act as a continuation of? Strangely enough, her best Season 1 episode and her worst Season 2 episodes (the latter being my least favorite episode of MLP until "Hard to Say Anything" came out this season): "Party of One" and "Mmmmystery on the Friendship Express." The "Party of One" similarities are fairly blatant right from the start; while her ire in that episode was directed at most of her friends, Rainbow Dash in particular had a hard time avoiding her near the end of the episode, and here we have Pinkie Pie, what else, freaking out as a result of something involving Rainbow Dash. Her freakout also stems from a supposed betrayal, the difference between the two episodes being that in "Party of One" the betrayal was in Pinkie Pie's imagination and her friends were really just planning a surprise birthday party for her, whereas here, the betrayal was actually real and not something she concocted, even if some of what Pinkie Pie imagined about it was exaggerated. Hell, even the fact that Gummy acts as Pinkie's confidant during many of her scenes is similar to "Party of One." As far as similarities to "Mmmmystery on the Friendship Express" go, as in that episode, Pinkie Pie has a mystery to solve, and she has to apply logic and sound detective work to figure it out. The differences between these two episodes is that (1) in "Mmmmystery on the Friendship Express" the mystery itself and the fact that it couldn't get solved quicker than it did all stemmed from Pinkie Pie and most other characters in the episode either acting like idiots or stupid, selfish jackasses without any self-control for the simplest of things, and (2) Pinkie Pie didn't need Twilight or anypony else holding her hoof as she solved the mystery, nor did she present idiotic theories about what actually happened to large groups of ponies as though that was what actually happened. She may have at one point come up with the notion that Rainbow Dash was turning into some kind of demonic entity and blasting her pies with laser eyes, but the only character she shared that with was Gummy, and it was just a part of her bigger theory that Rainbow Dash (based on her findings) really didn't like pies, and had been lying to Pinkie Pie that she liked pies and finding ways to get rid of hers for years (which was actually true). She may still have been silly and over the top, but oddly enough, Pinkie Pie solved this mystery completely on her own, showing she'd actually learned a lot about applying logic and reason in solving something like this since the idiocy of "Mmmmystery on the Friendship Express."
So yes, as should be clear by now, the episode revolves around Pinkie Pie's discovery that Rainbow Dash doesn't like pies (including hers) and has been lying to Pinkie Pie about this for years, and her subsequent reaction to that. Basically things unfold as you'd think they would if you've been watching this show long enough: Pinkie Pie freaks out when Rainbow Dash throws out a pie she baked for her behind her back, starts digging a little deeper and finds enough solid evidence to suggest she's done this with every pie Pinkie's ever given her, and subsequently freaks out and starts trying to get Rainbow Dash to either eat one of her pies in front of her or admit that she's been lying to her this whole time. As you can imagine, this involves a lot of hilarious and crazy antics, but strangely enough you quickly realize that Pinkie Pie's not really the antagonist here, nor does she have to learn a lesson. If anything, I found myself quite anticipating Rainbow Dash getting her comeuppance when she was finally exposed as a liar in this regard (one reason the resolution actually felt a little unsatisfactory), and the fact that the writers showed what started years ago for Rainbow Dash as a white lie/fib spiraling out of control into something neither she nor Pinkie Pie had any control over from the point of view NOT of the one who was telling the lies (RD) but rather from the pony directly affected by the lies (Pinkie Pie) was interesting. When I think about it, it's a little more unusual for the character lied to to be at the center of a story like this about the negative effects of white lies/fibs that grow out of control than it is for the character doing the lying to be front and center, but I liked how they did it here, especially considering it was Pinkie Pie front and center. The way she reacts to betrayals, just how crazy and emotional she can become when something like this happens, drove home the fact that, even if Rainbow Dash had good intentions, it still didn't mean that her lying to Pinkie Pie was overall a good thing. Her lying to her friend hurt Pinkie Pie very much, and made her question the trust she had in RD. The fact that this was Pinkie Pie being lied to (about whether or not someone was eating her pies, no less) also meant that the episode didn't have to get too serious in its content while still condemning the lie itself. Overall, I really enjoyed Pinkie Pie here and don't really have anything bad to say about her. She was fun, her crazy moments were great but the fact that she was right kind of made them even funnier, and at the same time, you couldn't help but understand why she was as distressed by RD's lying as she was; not only is RD one of her dearest friends, but baking in general is one of her favorite things to do and something she takes great pride in. To find out one of her closest friends has been lying to her for years about eating her pies, one of her favorite things to bake for anyone, was clearly devastating to her, and knowing Pinkie Pie as we know her by now, it's not hard to see why. Great showing from Pinkie Pie all around, she was the heart of this episode and it was better off for it.
This episode did a great job of bringing out some of Pinkie Pie's more Looney Toon-esque characteristics, especially in some of the cartoony faces she was pulling off
Rainbow Dash, on the other hoof, I have words for. Now, having the lie present for the sake of the episode working at all is fine, it made sense. But at the same time, the lengths she went to throughout this episode to dispose of pies without Pinkie noticing were RIDICULOUS!!!! I know that oftentimes (even before Pinkie Pie thought she wasn't eating her pies) Pinkie wanted her to eat them in front of her so she had to usually get rid of them right away, but even she herself pointed out later on in the episode that it was a hassle doing that for years. Hell, she even put her tortoise Tank's health at risk doing so, that ain't cool! She did this after already taking him to the vet previously for, wouldn't ya know it, getting him sick from feeding him pies she didn't want, so she knew in doing so that she was risking his health... AGAIN!!! Don't get me wrong, some of the ways she got rid of pies were hilarious (I particularly enjoyed when she tossed her "It's Not Your Birthday But Here's a Pie Anyway" Day custard pie up to a balcony and Shoeshine, upon finding it, gleefully exclaims "Huh! It's not even my birthday!"), but when you think about it from both a moral and logical POV, there's really no good reason RD kept this up for years. The only excuse I can really think of is that Rainbow Dash, like Pinkie Pie, is more prone to extreme behavior even for little things, and combine that with the fact that she HATES disappointing anypony, especially her closest friends, I can actually buy that it makes sense that RD would do such extreme behavior over such a little thing as not telling Pinkie Pie that she doesn't like pies for years. However, the episode made it a little harder to sympathize with RD's reasoning by emphasizing, in its end, a little too much that her heart was in the right place. The ideal lesson for this episode (and I think this is even what they were going for) is that while many white lies may come from genuinely good places, that still doesn't mean they're good things, and they can still hurt those we love; the problem is that by the end of the episode, the focus is less on the fact that what Rainbow Dash did was wrong, and more on the idea that it's easy for Pinkie Pie to forgive her because her motivations for lying to Pinkie Pie came from a good place and she just didn't want to hurt Pinkie Pie's feelings and wanted to keep seeing her happy at the thought of RD eating her pies. Even AJ points out that RD failed in that regard in that she still ended up hurting Pinkie's feelings anyway. But again, the episode focuses a little too much on the "good place" that white lies often come from, to the point that it almost felt like they were straight up exonerating RD for her behavior and even suggesting that there are instances where it's OK to tell a white lie. Now don't get me wrong, I know that life is grey enough that almost all of us will tell a white lie at some point in order to not hurt another, but the reason I really am not OK with how this lesson was delivered here is because this went from being a white lie to being something that RD was lying about for YEARS. Lies that are carried on for years are usually over really bad shit that you don't want anyone to know about, so for the episode to even accidentally suggest that that might be OK depending on what the lie is over is, in my opinion, not a good thing at all. Also, I'm sorry, but the gross out humor that was in the episode's final scene as RD was pledging to Pinkie Pie to eat a disgusting monstrosity of a pie that she'd somehow made was the low point of the entire episode. It felt completely out of place in a show that largely doesn't very often engage in gross out humor of any kind, it wasn't funny, the pie itself was genuinely distasteful to look at, and it felt like something you'd encounter in, say, Spongebob or The Fairly Oddparents during their later, far inferior seasons when they started delving into really bad, low brow humor aimed at the lowest common denominator. Overall, while RD was pretty entertaining throughout this episode, especially when Pinkie Pie was trying to get her to crack and admit she didn't like pie, I'm not sure she learned the right lesson (or any lesson at all), and even if she did, the resolution she and Pinkie Pie came to was just... not very satisfying.
Well that's certainly... terrifying. But not quite as terrifying as...
Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... seriously, what is this even doing in MLP? This kind of humor, at least at this kind of level, feels SO out of place in this show!
How they kept themselves from throwing in something about Soarin and pies I have NO idea, the writers really missed a golden opportunity to make a great joke there! I'm sure it was just an oversight, but still, too bad they missed out on that one
OK, it may be bad for his health, but in all seriousness that's bucking adorable and I want more
The second best member of the Mane 6 here was, surprisingly enough (considering she wasn't in that much of the episode), Applejack! She was only in about four scenes (only two of which she contributed much to) but they were quite funny appearances. I think what made her really work here is that in most of her scenes she was playing opposite Pinkie Pie, and that afforded the writers the opportunity to have her whip out some really dry, sardonic humor, which really contrasted Pinkie's over-the-top, erratic behavior. Her stumbling into Pinkie's party cave and onto a slowly-going-crazy Pinkie Pie was quite hilarious in and of itself, especially in her reactions to Pinkie Pie's interrogation as to whether or not she'd ever seen Rainbow Dash eat any of her pies, and later in the episode, she seemed to be the pony most aware (besides Pinkie Pie herself) as to how much RD had bucked the pooch by just not telling the truth in the first place (glad to see that AJ is still very much the Element of Honesty). She even seemed unsatisfied to some extent by how everything resolved, sardonically exclaiming that she could've told RD in the first place just to tell Pinkie Pie the truth. Overall, it was just fun seeing AJ in a fun supporting role that really relied on her drier sense of humor. Twilight was present a little bit too, but mostly just to tow along with AJ, and if anything her presence with Applejack for most of the episode (especially towards the end) seemed mostly to reinforce that these two are still probably the most mature (emotionally at least) members of the Mane 6. Twilight's still the center of the group that holds it together and Applejack is the best member of the group for helping the rest stay grounded and level-headed, which Twilight herself often needs the most if she's starting to panic when things start getting out of control. When they're both acting grounded and mature, you just get the sense that both of them get this and really appreciate that aspect of the other's behavior, the fact that they are the least likely of their friends to lose their heads over something. That's not to say they both haven't lost it at times (especially Twilight), but when they're grounded, boy oh boy are those two levelheaded.
Applejack: she has no time for anypony's bull shit
Finally, this episode went to a surprisingly large amount of locations, and we got to see a lot of major or minor supporting characters (mostly during Pinkie Pie's investigation) including the Wonderbolts, Dr. Fauna, Cheerilee, and many, many more. As far as another way in which this episode contrasts "Mmmmystery on the Friendship Express" for the better, the sheer number of locations made Pinkie's investigation far more fun and interesting to follow than the one in that dreadful episode. That episode has, after they board the train, ONE SINGLE LOCATION, and it's not a particularly interesting one to even look at. In contrast, this episode went to (1) Sugarcube Corner, (2) the Wonderbolt Academy and Training Grounds, (3) Pinkie Pie's Party Cave, (4) Dr. Fauna's Vet Clinic, (5) the Ponyville Schoolhouse, (6) Rainbow Dash's Cloud House, and (7) various locales and streets throughout Ponyville! Yeah, not hard to see which was more fun to follow, especially when some locations were visited multiple times. There was also a wide variety of humor dotted throughout, from Pinkie Pie's insane brand of humor when she starts breaking down and going crazy, to Applejack's drier sense of humor, and even a whole lot of physical humor, most of which worked (aside from anything having to do with that ridiculous pie at the end of the episode). All in all, what did we get? Just a really fun episode which, while hardly perfect, was still very entertaining. The most interesting thing about it wasn't its flawed lesson, but rather simply the fact that it not only had so many callbacks to "Party of One" and "Mmmmystery on the Friendship Express," but actually improved on that second episode as well, fixing a ton of flaws from it. It's hardly one of the best episodes we've gotten this season, but as far as breaks from the litany of exceptional episodes we've gotten this season go, this was one of the more entertaining ones, and definitely not a bad final episode of the season for Pinkie Pie, not at all. I had a lot of fun watching it, and I hope most of you did as well! That's all I've got for ya today everypony, until next time this is Batbrony signing off. I'm off!!! *cue dramatic exit*
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Ahh... Destiny how I have a love/hate relationship with you.
So my trek with Destiny stated late in during this past summer. I received Destiny as a gift years ago when it released but throughout that time I was rather burnt out on gaming. Busy with school primarily and the like. So this past summer I wanted to get back into gaming and played through and beat all the Halos on my 360 on legendary for old times sake. I beat all of them except for Halo 2, which I still have from the original Xbox, that title is by far the most difficult halo to play on the legendary difficulty.
Anyways cutting back to the chase about Destiny ~ Throughout this past summer I played the heck out of the first destiny... Maxed out all of the characters and nearly all of the subclasses. It took me by surprise why I never played destiny when it first launched. I never had the dlc and upon figuring out I had to pay 20$ for all of the dlc on a console that is nearly 13 years old... I decided to just pass up the offer on buying all of that dlc. At that time I never realized just how much all of the dlc cost during their respected launch dates which REALLY blew my mind just greedy these two companies had become!
I was rather lucky and made a good friend during my time playing Destiny and he found a sort of loophole in sharing all of the dlc with others... So therefore through a very interesting process I obtained all of the Destiny Dlc for free 😮 in turn I did the same thing for a good friend of mine who bought the game for like 2$ saving him 20$ in the process...
Reminder I was playing Destiny on the Xbox 360 and I also learned that they had excluded ALOT of content after so long since the "xbox 360 & ps3" were basically considered outdated. That meant there was no longer a year three for the 360 users and the all of the Rise of Iron Dlc were only available for the Xbox one & PS4 users....
All of this information being dropped on me really let me down as to why Bungie would stoop so low and become to greedy?!! It's a damnation at its finest... Activision... Hearing a lot of advice from fellow friends and gamers. They were oh so right about how cancerous Activision has become.
As for Destiny 2 Ive played it and yes Destiny is fun! I love everything about it: the classes, world's, weaponry, mmo experience, and more...
Destiny 2 was a let down because while they did add a few new things hardly much of anything has been changed. The new weapon system is the BIGGEST turnoff for me why they decided to make shotguns, fusion rifles and snipers as heavy weapons really made frustrated. In your first playthrough well you will find out you don't get a Sparrow until the END of the game... 😥
And yup they are continuing the same process with all the extra DlC you have to pay for later... Destiny 2 is basically well it shouldn't even be called Destiny 2. They should have called it Destiny 1.5 or something like that. Nothing has changed except a new weapons system that in my opinion ruined the game for me... Why do I have to use a sniper as a heavy weapon making it so I can't use it at often... It's frustrating and they took out horns that you could use on your sparrows I the original Destiny. Oh and for some odd reason your Guardian can no longer talk?!?! If any of you play Halo you know Master Chief did talk not much but he did and when he did it was awesome!
With all that in mind I'm done with destiny I love the game and everything about it but the two companies who created it are basically killing their own creation to the ground.
So I came across Warframe & the late but great Borderlands the Handsome collection.
So long Bungo and Actishit... I want to enjoy Destiny but because of you I cannot anymore.
Remember shop smart and play smart!
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I like to say there's no such thing as a bad Fluttershy episode, but I have to and gladly will expand that to Pinkie episodes. Not much more to say here. I just enjoyed it way too much to do an analysis.
And I love the idea of half-birthdays. Such a pinkie thing.
Pinkie.Scriptum.: When it comes to hugs, she knows what she's doing. If the hug is too tight, you are too tight.
Oh and did anyone else see this for a brief moment?...
( I've drawn this myself. https://dowlphin.deviantart.com/art/Antlerjack-710062236 )
I definitely had to raise awareness of severe pie deficiency a moment later...
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Fire pone has frustrations he needs to vent. So, let's begin.
Forums, image boards, YouTube comments. What do all of these have in common? They all slow people!ego share, like,and exchange information with each other almost instantly. If you use one (or probably many or all) of these things, you're going to come across a lot of people. Some with small stories, some with big ones. Some interesting people, and your adverage joes. Sometimes,x there's nice people, but nice isn't synonymous with internet these days.
ive been seeing an increasing trend in toxic members (members with very high hostility towards other members) and the vocabulary usually consists of profanity. These members basically spoil the fun. They don't allow any sort of people enjoyment and they just aren't fun tone around.
and to make matters worse,sometimes even nice people, friends willing to give the shirt off their backs for people in need, can become toxic in a drop of the hat. Multiple friends I know have become so hostile I can't even call them friends anymore. That hurts.
To be honest, they just aren't fun, and they ruin the fun of everyone else. I'm glad there isn't many of those types of people here. (Unless its a hotly controversial topic, but I avoid those like its the plague.) and a staff team that's willing to sort out the toxic users should things get too far.
all in all, toxic people just aren't fun and enjoyable.
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In Equestria Girls, there is a certain character that a lot of people in the fandom seem to not like. That character is Flash Sentry. The main crush of Twilight Sparkle in both the pony world and the human world of Equestria, this particular character seems to be known as "filler", or a character that is just there with no purpose. I, however, disagree with this. Flash is not filler. I just think he needs more screen time in the films and/or shorts. Yes, Twilight may seem to have another crush in Timber Spruce (TimberLight), but Flash and Twilight go WAY back before that. I mean, who else's car in the films (or maybe shorts) looks like a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro? This may mean that Flash's family is rich, but rich people are spoiled, arrogant, big-egoed people in my eyes (no offense to Rainbow Dash). This is NOT the case with Flash. He is a nice person who cares about Twilight a lot. And since Twilight is the mANE character in MLP: FiM (pun intended), anypony (or anybody) that has a crush on her should be seen as a good character. Yet, still, people still don't like him. They still see him as "filler".
Why? Why is this the case? To me, he seems like one of Equestria Girls' major characters, along with the Main 7 (or the HuMANE 6). The HuMANE 6 sure get a lot of screen time, so why not Flash? By comparison, Bulk Biceps is a minor character in both series, yet it seems like even HE gets more screen time. Maybe the writers don't want Flash to interact with Twilight as much, because of the fear of shipping, which a lot of little girls would not understand unless they asked their parents. That would not be a good thing. And what if Twilight and Flash even KISSED? That would be even WORSE, leading for parents to possibly sue Hasbro for showing something like that. Maybe that's why he doesn't get that much time.
So my final take on Flash is that he should NOT be hated. What reasons are there to hate him? In fact, hate is a strong word, so maybe a less harmful world could be used.
What do you think about the character of Flash Sentry? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!
THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! I just saw "My Little Pony The Movie" I must say I thought it was really good. The animation was beautiful and the music was used to nicely compliment the story. I really liked Twilight's arc. Some of the previews and spoilers I heard from other bronies made me concerned that Twilight might be portrayed as OOC or a jerk. Luckily that was not the case in my opinion. You could easily see how Twilight's insecurity leads to her anxiety, guilt and frustration to the point of lashing out. Actually Twilight seems like the realist in the movie being that she was appropriately on guard about the new characters while the other Mane 5 seem a bit more naive and overly trusting, and Twilight gets more desperate so her stealing the pearl while wrong did make sense. Rainbow Dash was great and I loved the scene where Twilight rescued Pinkie, and Tempest's voice actor was amazing. This movie reminded me of the movies I grew up with and watched when I was recovering from surgery as a kid in the best way. I like that Tempest still had a broken horn at the end because it makes a good statement on what could be considered a disability for a unicorn and about acceptance, that she did not need to cured to be whole as a pony. I felt Sia's song was about Twi "weathering the storm" and her "soul growing" i.e character growth in the movie.
However the movie had a bit too many characters, some things aren't explained at all, and the movie is paced like an episode rather than a movie in that the ponies could have actually taught the new characters about friendship gradually, especially Tempest since they have a full length running time to use.
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Never really got spoilers really. Like, merely the way its told can drastically affect the way you interpret a scene. Like yeah, you can tell me Snape kills Dumbledore, (Oh come now, that's been around for ages! Don't think that was really all that important in the story anyhow. Now if I told you that literally just about everyone died...) but why, how, where, to what ends and the dramatic importance on the story can only be personally experienced. I could sit you down and tell you the entire story of a movie in summary, but it still wouldn't be your journey! A spoil does nothing but encourage you to see how events turn out! Besides... for the most part I can tend to see things coming before they happen in most movies. There's only so many storytelling conventions after all.
Well... for the most part~
The Brony... I mean Pony Movie was & is a big thing for me. Granted, its not the big life changer I had gone in expecting, but it was all the same! I was squealing like any of the kiddos and never before had I felt so free with emotion enough to so genuinely enjoy myself in public. It's a happy movie! Weell... okay, the "experience" is anyway. I think that's why the movie gets such a bad rep with critics like the Tomatoes of Rotting or whathaveyou. From a technical standpoint, the MLP movie is notably lacking. If you go into this movie with a checklist of expectations, of needing things you expect every respectable movie to have, then you'll be grumpy coming out. You go in just to have a fun time, knowing its "just another kids' movie", perhaps escorting your own little humanspawn of your own, then your expectations shall be overflowing! There's a lot of movies that vie for the coveted spot of "A Faaimly Peecture" where both young & old can get different things from it. Like, say, a few times where a goon was assaulted and said goon's hands reflexively went south to the damaged area and my knowledge of anatomy would alert me that there was really only one place that hook just went.
I suppose I'm more of a reaction sort of fellow, rather than an opinion piece. I suppose the best place to start is the beginning! ...Of the short before the intro before the actual movie...
Yeeesh...Can't even remember the name but that was some J-Pop sparkly nonsense! All a bunch of colors and overly expressive expressions and razzle-dazzle animation... golly, that was probably what everybeing against bronies that can't get past the eighties-version of the show probably see MLP as! Though, I will grant it that its not only the first showing of a Tentacle-Dragon, but a truly respectable portrayal of what can only be described as big, goopy, monstery cuteness! While I could practically hear every brain in the audience immediately forgetting the little starchild, her pet color-beings and the... "Little Dreamer" I could hear every body in that place reacting to Ol' drooly face tentacles exactly as you knew the writer wanted them to! I know not who is responsible, but you made a bus-sized Tentacle-Dragon immediately relatable! I salute you writer!
That opening title drop, man... that really leads me along. That building awe of "Omigosh, what's going ooon?!!?" Most would call this franchise sparkly, but it gets pretty easy to ignore all the colors & pastels once you get used to it. That, was well done though!
That opening preparing-the-party scene: That's probably where I accepted my, shall we say, my Theatrical Alignment, with Rarity. Why, YES rainbow~ Just sloppily drape the delicate bows just aaaall over the stage... We need Presentation & Percision, darling!
Have to say though, that opening song of "We Got the Beat" as sung by ponies was rather trite. Cute, but was kind of wholesale stealing that from original meaning. Another thing that we rightfully didn't exactly need in the movie.
The short joke of Applejack trying to fill a mug of apple cider faster than RD can swoop it up was amazing! Kind of want to see what would happen if I could just blur-fill-in enough mugs to the point where Dash tanks too much and faceplants the paved plaza! Glad to see the mare finally gets her fill of her favored cider!
Some might say that the turning point was Pinkie's supposed ruining of the party by attempting a Three-Tier Cake Cannon. I find myself asking the question of why any other being would not want to be instantaneously encased in goopy cake!
And... well, let me tell you now. I'm a character driven fellow. Most of this will be regarding characters. And... well, let's face that some among you are waiting for a point to get angry at me about, so I might as well deliver a point of contention to thee promptly!
Sia is garbage.
Yeah, I'm not saying she's worthless or anything... She's just icing on the cake. A cake most would say is already too sweet... I don't know this Sia sort. I'm sure she's more than earned the right to be called a great singer, but she gives nothing to this movie. She shows up the first time, practically grunts, then leaves. Second time, she's singing in a cage for a few seconds before the scene changes. Third and final is her big number that we've been hyping up... and her song is pretty much unintelligible to me. I'm sure it fits, they wouldn't have paid her otherwise, but its just random noise behind mumbling for me. Sia could have been removed entirely from the movie & not affected anything. I'm not even sure I'm spelling her name right. The whole movie she's hyped up like half the reason anybeing is watching this movie is to see an animated version of this Sia and not the ponies or the actual story. Maybe a few songs I've heard from Sia without knowing about it, but as to Songbird Serenade... I... I just really cannot even care.
This whole shindig is for Sia's sake. I mean, sure, I can understand Twilight doing her usual over-fretting about it but, really? YOu think its a good idea, Twi to have Celestia & Luna divert the very celestial bodies, and Cadence to do some crystal lightshow (because she's apparently a crystal-mancer now?) just to make an already showy show even showier? Oh... and... just one teensy little issue... Isn't getting the Four Leaders of the Free World all in the same city, and away from their kingdoms, a huge liability? I mean, just any mercenary with a handy weapon can just waltz right in and-... oh, see, there ya go.
Must say, using a crystal-forming grenade (corruption crystal matrix does look somewhat familiar... like that rock-infection Shining Armor got on his horn during Sombra's attack. Hmm...) is extraordinarily clever. Not fatal, more like a paralytic. Later, we hear sounds escaping those prisons, so its even weaker magic then the calcification Discord went though.
And that's what I like about our villains. They're mercenaries. Selfish, opportunistic, but not really all that violent if they don't need to be. I like Storm King! He's got no ageless vendetta, no complex scheme with so many, easily misplaced parts. No, he just wants to wield power with the staff he's already got. Had it not needed to be powered up using four leaders as basically batteries, I feel no doubt he'd just as easily rather smooth talk his way in as an ambassador and just steal what he needs before anypony notices. I get this funny notion... that he's the way he is the same reason Twilight Spar-... wait, no.... Starlight Glim-... no, Tempest... Shadow, yes! The reason she is, because it was made clear to him early on that trusting others gets you taken advantage of. I'd say he's more chaotic than even Discord. He doesn't want to listen to your pleas, because it doesn't help what he wants and it kind of bores him. He has not much in the way of an end goal, doesn't want to make you quake in fear... you just have something he wants, and you're in his way.
Pity he's not the actual villain. I mean, sure, his symbol is plastered on everything outside of Equestria, but that's all done outside the scope of the scenes we're shown. He doesn't really even show up until the last third of the movie! That's probably the biggest fault with the movie, it just changes setting far too fast because it got too excited to be "new." No doubt the moviemakers were all excited to put as many details in as possible, and I can't say I or any of you all would have done any better going in with that mindset. But it's... a bit disjointed.
But I digress.
I complained, belligerently, about how easily they dismissed the entire world in To Whatever & Back as the last two-parter finale. We're seeing a REAL bad habit of show-writing where we have to toss out every possible trump card and every ruling body just so we can have more drama to deal with. In this movie however... think they did it pretty well. Celestia & Luna were quickly dispatched, but they don't feel any weaker for the fall here like as what happened when Celly was gunned down by a MacGuffin at Cadence's wedding. Here, the twin leaders of the free world were pretty much suckerpunched out of commission. No doubt Tia could shoot that weapon out of the air were she not distracted trying to order out plans against this invading force and Luna was head dead-on while trying to flee to safety in mid-air. A lucky shot from our villains, I must say. Likely the opposite trope of good ol' Stormtrooper Aim. Perfect aim when it removes major players out of the story. Still... while I'd like to see our Leading Mares actually be competent for... for once, felt its dealt with well here.
So, Twilight & her crew once more happen to get away from the battle to begin our journey, but there appears to be a note I'm forgetting. Ah, oh yes... that would be that...
Ditzy-Doo took a bullet for Equestria!
My swee' babby cheese! I think, beyond any of my doubt, that that moment will go down as the best writing & action having undertaken in any film in forward perpetum for the rest of my life! And, now look, I'm not all that avid of a Derpy fan. I frankly dislike that nickname. There isn't much to her character, but I can understand the feelings & emotions that are moored to her, that she kind of represents the brony fandom as a whole, almost. Really now, think about it. You can't really do too much with Ditzy of Doo. Play her too often and you'll have to give her a character, write her lines and risk running contrary to the ideal the fandom has ascribed to her. Miss Muffins is all about being seen, but not heard. She's silly, cute, but kind and innocent. Any of us fans would have been happy with her popping up that once to break line during a song. That's so her, after all! But... that momentary war that burst out... all the Confusion & calamity. Where I know I would have just become overwhelmed to curl up in a corner to wait it all out... I heard a high lilt of a voice peal out... as a bomb heads right for Twilight, the last royalty and hope for Equestria, all being taken down in a cruel twist of drama having been unforeseen.
I could not place that voice. It did not seem to match any of the previously introduced characters. I could not, for once, fathom what was going on. And the magical aftermath settles... and we see the form of a pegasus having frozen still where she pushed the last remaining hope out of harm's way. ...a small, awkwardly placed party hat haphazardly coming off her head where she had clearly put it there only in a moment of revelry without second thought. That same rash thinking having not only doomed her, saved all of Equestria and... well, everything. The movie, everything else that happens during all of this... Rides on the grey wings of the Sunny-Haired Mare.
We... Just no one could possibly ever ask for anything more of our lass Derpy at this point. That's "Jumping the Shark" done right! Think I have heard it say that that moment was essentially like all of the fandom leaping into to take the proverbial bullet. As if to encapsulate every time any audience member has cried out with the thought of "No! Please don't harm the characters I've grown to love!"
And what's absolutely beautiful even more to that short, short moment is the technical, logistic side of it. You can't do much with her, even making her speak strains credulity when working with Ditzy-Doo. So just have her do what she's always done. Just be there when you need her. Think so very much can be pulled out of so little there. Don't we all wish we just simply had somebeing to be there when we needed them?
Ah, but I must dry my tears of emotion for now. Before I leap into the adventure, I'm reminded of that "We Got This" song. Must say I adored Rainbow Dash's part and in this movie as a whole. Once more I'm reminded of how she seems more like a symbol of Courage rather than Loyalty. But I noticed that, that message in that song feels a little ominous. "I've got this" is the sorta self-reassurement we tell ourselves when we're buckling under stress, and I think that's a tone that certainly carries onto the rest of the movie too.
But anyhow, after this, our six heroines fall off the Canterlot mountain into the river below. Putting aside how that should still be fatal, I have a Big Question here. Just how do the places from this movie line up on the Equestrian map? I'm no good for directions, but... they fall into a river, follow it... East? then somehow wind up in a huge, trackless desert? Deserts seem to be the one severely lacking biome in Equestria, and on top of that, somehow that desert immediately leads right into a port-town right on the ocean? H-how? Can deserts even do that? Be right next to large bodies of water like that? Then, after that, we seem to be up in the air, traveling over the ocean to who knows where to a forested area then somehow poof back into Equestria! I was initially worried about them not being able to juggle as many characters as they wanted to, but holding scenery for longer then fifteen minutes seemed to be the bigger issue!
Did adore that port town! It's a right wonderful thing to see a part of Equestria that ain't so happy-happy, party-all-time sorta place. Cause really, no matter how peaceful and utopic a society is, there will always be shady parts of town! And another thing, that I REEALLY want an answer to: What even was the name of that town? Because this place was MADE to be a wealth of new RPing for the fandom! The place where anything can be bought or sold! Though on top of that, this tiny town gives us all another huge shift to the fandom. Anthropomorphic & Furry characters are now a thing in this fandom! We've all argued about what the difference is between a Furry & a Brony (there has got to be a smattering of jokes for that!) but now, there ain't no reason not to anymore! Kinda woulda preferred this world remaning strictly quadrepedal, but... well, more OC options, eh?
There was toad people, bipedal fish, anthro lizards... that cat... All wealth of variety you could imagine! Guess the only rule to Equestria now is no human faces. Eh, a great setting all the same! I loved that scene where Pinkie hollers out for somebeing to (Oh heh, validates my "Somebeing" now don't it? More then ponies about, eh?) guide them to their next destination and she rattles off items, among which is a Picture of Maud. Now, we All know how valuable that is, but I loved how every audience member, especially the older ones laughed out loud along with me when one voice out of the excited crowd shouted out with a somewhat nerdy request of "I'll take the photo of her sister!" Because we all know that One Guy in the crowd!
I can just SEE it now! Some large, overweight, mouth-breathing, wall-eyed fish person slowly picks Maud's photo off the ground and just becomes instantly enamored by her immaculate visage! And so begins an endless, tiring journey for him to finally meet his beloved on her doorstep!
...Oh... yeah... I guess I have to touch on Crapper at some point. He seemed to be another Aladdin copy street-tough. Sure, he was... fine, but he still struck me as an unnecessary addition that we'll undoubtedly never see again. Capper was pretty dapper, I must say, a fine example of the sorts from this port town if we had to only get one named character out of that visit. I do approve of how well he and Rarity "hit it off." There was this whole... sort of betrayal thing he did but... while I loved the town, still seemed to just be a Stage in the movie rather then a part that was imperative to where the story wound up. Will grant him a fair bit of respect for him addressing Spike during combat with the line of "You are a fire-breathin' dragon, ain't you?" How could anybeing worry about their odds when they've got a dragon their side, eh?
Kind of didn't like all that stuff & nonsense about how easy it was for the villain crew to track down the hero crew. I suppose, yes, Storm King kind of had claim over this little Port-Town and would probably know when they showed up, but still, Tempest Shadow sure did show up pretty quickly after what must have been essentially abandoning the three princess they had flashfrozen down. Second time, I'll grant them. Rainbow had been deprived of her chance to show off during that interrupted party, and it was a joyous moment. RD ain't known for patience after all! Third & final time the villains showed up again... that was just a cheap shot at dropping a cage on our protagonist having been left alone for a few minutes. As with the huge issues I had with Whatever n' Back, I kind of feel they made the villain force a little too unreasonably strong to match what we've worked the good side up to after all this time.
Oh, and speaking of that "Joyous Moment." Yeeeah, I dunno Dashie. Probably don't want to be giving a pep talk to a pirate crew. Yeah, sure, no doubt you're loving this, Raininator, but... Well, Each one of these feathered fellows happens to have some form of prosthetic. Sure, I know that's a joke. Peg-claw, Peg-foot, Peg-beak, Peg-tail... funny there, until you realize that this means they've seen Actual Combat. Not PG kiddy show hoofin' of enemies or magicy hoohah... straight-up lopping off of parts, deep wounds that don't heal right that require amputation, actual health concerns actual pirates face. Not to mention that I'm pretty sure a fully-stocked pirate boat usually has significantly more then just four members to keep it running. That seems strongly like they lost quite a few friends in the fights with the Storm King that reduced them down to the mere delivery ship they now are.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand... that's kinda the thing with pirates, you know? They can't be kept down because of what they are. As soon as they're let loose from being directly pointed at with whatever weaponry you have, they can go back to robbing whoever they want in the Wild Blue, because its kind of hard to track rogues in uncharted wat-... well, skies in this case. That pep talk kind of just reminded them that "Oh that's right! We can just go right back to doing whatever we feel like! We can lie to whoever wants to try controlling us!" So, without the Storm King around Caeleno and her crew are just as likely to go back to robbing everybeing they come across if they want. But I'm sure it's a Friendly Mugging!
Oh! And Caelano herself! Love that design! I... don't know how a harpy has giant feather ears like that, but she's totally beautiful all the same! Loved that one aftercredits scene of Spike trying to chew on her crystal peg leg!
Well, after their run in with pirates & getting shot down yet again by the villains du jour, the main seven find themselves at.... Happy Hippogriff Land to find the wossnames they thought would help save the day or whatever. And, the... the thing here is... that I want to make a solid point across to any who read this... and... as a mythology buff myself I'm... I'm rather offended by this... But HippoGriffs & HippoCampi are NOT the same thing! Yes, to any fan who actually was excited for the FishMutants... I mean, "Merponies" then I'm sorry to tell you that, no, they are not a race or species of their own. That was all a merchandising cash ploy for... I mean, Magical Effect. Now granted, The Hippogriffs turning into Hippocampi (which is old greek for a horse with the bottom half of a fish.) clearly means that there's a preconceived form for these new forms. Implying that the idea of a Merpony is around in Equestria but none are actually shown anywhere in this movie. I will certainly grant that Hippogriffs are by and far better designed than merponies. Princess Hyperactive looked far better in her original birdy form and alot more withstandable without all the constant, fishy, thrashing about she did as the stereotypical ditzy teenager. Queen Nova though I liked better. Probably just because we finally have a positive Queen around and a princess in her intended role of "daughter of the actual royalty." Was pretty convinced Queen Nova was being played by Queen Latifah.
Thing is... Thing is... Problem most watchers have with this portion of the movie is that they accuse Twilight being out of character & just taking the solo road of just stealing what she wanted when met with adversity. I say that's entirely within her character and the whole point of the movie.
That's what this movie is about. Trust Issues. Everything just about literally blew up around poor Twilight Sparkle and the fate of the world pretty much literally rests on her back now. She can't afford to lose! ...granted, quite sure we covered this issue in the show... when... like, the Plundervines came up and she insisted she had to go on alone when all her friends didn't want to risk losing the last leader in Equestria. But the point still stands. At the best of times, like when this movie opened up, Twilight isn't one to take stress well. This is a situation that really doesn't feel like just a quick party will help. Friendship won't help matters here nor do we have the time to just yuck it up with the natives to gradually earn their trust. Their Queen said she didn't want to help and there was no other options to take. Sure, i can't begin to comprehend how "Giant Orb that Turns Things Into Being Part Fish" in anyway helps the problem at hoof, but still. And on top of that, this point has been made blatantly clear during the past few days. Trusting others hurts sometimes.
They gave the invading force enough trust to talk things over, and they didn't want to talk. Everything blew apart there. They fled to a strange town, trusted a CatPerson when they needed a guide and got backhanded again when he tried to sell them off as slaves... or food, that guy looked rather dubious. They went to the only town they had any information, they're last hope for saving the world, and they simply got shot down because they didn't want to become involved. Their position was habitually compromised time and again. Twilight was supposed to have "Got This" and she can't do anything. (Eh? Eh? And y'all didn't think a song could also be foreshadowing!) Ask yourselves, haven't you ever had a moment when you were backed up against a proverbial wall with no other options for you to take? Simply convincing them wouldn't work & Twilight's only working off of panicked guesses at what to do here. I'd say it was less moral for her not to let her friends in with this plan, maybe talk it over with them first, than her outright trying to steal the MacGuffin object to supposedly win the war.
Huh. Guess that Pearl really wouldn't have helped. The Hippogriffs did show up a little bit towards the end and that Pearl never showed up again anyways.
But, after this, our protagonist is laid low by the character arc she's going through and gets captured and taken back to where everything eventually went down. And this, is probably the best time to touch back onto the remaining characters, the villains. Grubber is best villain! Sure, he's pretty much a useless, comedic relief sidekick that doesn't add much, but I can totally relate! Really has that feeling that he's with the bad guys just because that means he can enjoy the baked spoils of their conquests. Sure, a bit annoying but not as insufferable as Scrappy-Doo levels sidekicks tend to get. He really does seem to know his place in this hierarchy but still manages to keep his own personality in spite of it!
Oh, and Tempest Shadow. (No, While I may not belief in Spoilers, what her Real Name is just too good to ruin for any other fan!) I bring her up now, because at this point in the movie, she gets her villain song. Man... Villain Songs...
That was just far too intense & mature! ...What? You don't think the Pony Movie can be mature? The entire time during that song, there's little in the way of distracting visual effects, no chipper music, just the whole thing set in the brig (prison area) of an airship while Miss Shadow's giant head looms center screen staring over the audience the writers know have small children and she says with a matter-of-fact tone of what is esentially: "Wake up Little Ones. Life is Pain. Sometimes things turn out wrong, hurt you, make you incapable of playing nice with others. Life will hurt you, test you, and make you wish for the times you were happy like you are now when you're young & protected. Expect others to hurt you, because they often will."
Ah Jeez... I've never thought I would see media meant for children take the effort of teaching the lesson that we're not special, that life isn't always easily solved by being happy at it, that you should be afraid & scared sometimes. Maybe some haven't seen this, expecting it to just be another kids' movie of fluffy nonsense like so much has lately been. T.S is undoubtedly Emo, but she has well enough reason to be so.
Ah, Jeez. Poor Tempest here. Got mauled when she was young, and as a result she was handicapped and prevented from ever having anypony be her friend. Granted, there's still, like, her entire teenage years for her to be social... there's a big time span there to do, like, whatever to fix that so still moping about that now when you're adult enough to be leading an army kinda seems to point out that maybe you're standing in your own way here, but... still convinced that you've got a reason to distrust all the time, Tempest.
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIf it weren't aaalso, the little fact that you're working for Storm King too. Cause, you know, you did say you were expecting him to "Make you whole again." (Yeah, that phrase setting off anybeing else's Feminism Alarm? Or maybe a little heavy on the Handicap Discrimination there?) Isn't that kind of a great deal of trust there too? Yeah, being mean to others because that's what you expect is one thing, but crying to Storm King her and acting surprised that he suddenly doesn't want to hold up his end of the bargain kind of makes you a massive hypocrite.
So too, I was balking at the notion of a broken horn. Seems be that having the last two inches snap off still doesn't effect your magic usage all that much. A bit random & dangerous, like having a perpetual firework stuck to your forehead, but still. Kind of seems like whining if you you complain about your horn damages in front of your hornless earth pony friends, ya know? I mean, ya don't see pegasai constantly flaunting their wings in front of-... well, okay, I'll grant you that. I still hold that breaking a horn, especially at a young age when it ought be able to grow back somewhat or at least get used to it being like that; its kind of like breaking a toe. It doesn't really cripple your life, despite that being the point of designing it broken like that, but it might be something to be shy about if its pointed out too much.
This... really raises curious questions about that one vendor in that Port Town that was selling unicorn horns. ...does this mean he killed the pony that had it,or are there ponies walking around with their horn having been sawed off entirely? Are unicorn horns supposed to be an aphrodisiac in this world too?
So, really, Tempest is kinda of a bit shallower then I first thought. Still quite relatable and a welcome somber change to ponies as a whole. And... yeah, still kinda love her too. Hey, I gotta thing for Mayaderes and Pathos!
As for the ending, can't say I remember it too well at this point several days away from having watched it. Seem pretty by-the-numbers really. Everything wrapped up nicely I suppose. I do kind of find that funny though... that it seemed that "The Storm King" really only wanted to make the biggest storm he could. Like he just wanted to live up to his title. Kind of a shame that he straight-up done got murdered. Just full up broke to dadgum pieces he done did dere. Sure, they made a joke about that in the credits, what with the stacking back up the shattered pieces of the body of the defeated leader among the crowd of his goons you left behind and convinced to play along with your party. Bit of a dark connotation there, I must say. If there was any villain in the MLP franchise that I would wish for a reformation it would be Storm King. He seemed fun, and willing to listen to others if it benefitted him. Not nearly as bloodthirsty as Sombra, Tirek & Chrysalis were! Besides, I'd love to see that seven foot yeti try to walk peacefully among ponies!
Well... they're not yetis per se... the official Wiki states the Storm King & his goons as "Storm Creatures" being their species name. That's, like, another thing I want somebeing to get back onto me about. Name of Port-Town & Storm Creatures... this is gonna bother me now...
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So I saw that waifu charts were popular on Deviantart and decided "Hey why not make one too?" They're pretty easy to make. There are easy templetes on the site myanimeharem if you feel weird enough to make one of your own. But yeah, here's mine. You may notice a pattern with the type of girls I prefer
Trump recently attended some type of voter summit where he belted out to a crowd of adoring fans about how he would restore Christian values to a nation that had lost its religious roots. Allowing companies to deny women birth control on the basis of religion was just the beginning. Every day that I wake up, it's some new unspeakable horror. Most days, I wish I didn't wake up.
Yes, this blog entry will be provocative and probably offensive to some, if you haven't figured that out. I can't pull any punches today. The fact is that losing our religious roots is the only way that we have made any progress. Outgrowing our attachment to divisive, irrational, superstitious dogma is how we move forward, improve our world, grow out of the infancy of our species, and become adults. And yet, fans cheered with joy as Trump touted about rolling America back to a more traditional and religious time. He said, (paraphrasing) "My, how the times have changed, but mark my words, they are changing back." The actual quote was something extremely close to that. Trivially different. That's the sentiment he conveyed. Trump's vision is bad enough, but the cheers from his fans is what upsets me the most. It fills me with a horror so dark, black, and unspeakable that I sometimes I feel like my heart is literally going to cave in from despair. Knowing that, most likely, the next ~7 years will spent watching my culture crumble and eat itself makes me wish I was dead.
Yes indeed, our country has drifted too far from its religious roots. We have drifted too far from burning witches and heretics. We have drifted too far into the realms of reason, rationality, sanity, compassion, knowledge, science, truth, fact, tolerance, and equal protection under the law. No sir, we cannot have any of that. We must return to a dark age when god's law was THE law, and if your beliefs differed from those in power, then it's a fiery death for you. We must return to a time when the Earth was flat and the sun revolved around us, as it should. Letting companies discriminate on the basis of religion is a good start, but certainly not enough to meet our goal of returning us to circa 1314. We must outlaw gay marriage, and interracial marriage to boot. We must then teach pseudo-science in school. All public schools must have a creation class, followed by bible studies, prayer, and alchemy. We'll want to destroy most modern medicine, as god never intended for us to play him with our bodies in this way. We must get rid our doctors, surgeons, and therapists and bring in priests to perform exorcisms on children with schizophrenia. We must roll back women's suffrage--after all, what good has a woman ever done in this world? Oh, but that's still not enough, is it? No. We'll need to reinstate slavery as well in our quest to make a world worth living in. Above all, we must roll back our world to a time when gods came down out of the sky and flooded the earth and performed miracles, because that time was far more interesting, romantic, and exciting than the boring world of today when all we can do is make self-driving cars, look at the microwave background radiation of the big bang, and move silly carbon monoxide molecules around to make a stop-motion movie with atoms that can only be seen under an electron microscope.
I apologize profusely for the exaggerated sarcasm. I realize that that last paragraph probably went too far, and was offensive, but my gut-wrenching despair is often too much to bear, and it helps to vent honestly. I'm sorry. Please understand a couple of things: first, I am in favor of reason, rationality, secularism, and equal protection under the law. That last paragraph was sarcasm intended to paint a vision of the most horrific world possible. Secondly, I am not in any way saying that every religious person, or every conservative, or every republican wants the dark world I just described. Of course not. That's crazy. And I'm not in the habit of painting entire groups of people as my enemy. But what terrifies me day and night is that a sizable number of people really do want to roll back time, not to the middle ages perhaps, but to the 1950's, absolutely. Many people desperately want the bible to be a part of our constitution. They want god's law to be federal law. They want homosexuality to be a capital crime. They want segregation. They want pseudo-science taught in schools. They want birth control banned. They want to take away all rights that a woman might have over her reproductive cycle. I must take a quick tangent to say that while the abortion debate is at least a valid debate, with valid opinions to be heard on both sides, the idea of contraception, of preventing unwanted pregnancy to begin with, being immoral, is purely medieval. Believing contraception to be immoral is perhaps the darkest, most backwards and disgusting stupidity that our pathetic species is capable of. Many people want to undo a century of fantastic progress, and I do not doubt for a second that Trump is one of them. I genuinely believe that if Trump were made lord emperor of earth, with absolute power and no checks of balances, he would roll back our civilization to the dark ages.
I desperately wish to be told that I am GREATLY exaggerating, but I fear am I not. I fear that we are on a knife's edge, and with the slightest nudge, the enemies of basic human sanity could win. I fear that forces of superstition, lunacy, and religious fanaticism may be gaining an unstoppable amount of momentum. It doesn't help that people are losing trust in liberalism due to the outrage culture, what with free speech being hindered due to political correctness and such. I fear that the agents of ignorance will never stop trying to eat this world, and if we relax and grow complacent, they might yet win. We need to keep speaking out against dangerous ideas with every fiber of our beings.
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Ok, so I'm not the most confident guy ever. In fact, I'm about as closeted as a brony as you can get. Well, okay, I did go to the movie with a few other people, so I'm probably not that bad. But still I have a lot more nerves than I probably should have. You could say I had trouble getting myself to even consciously admit that my pony obsession means my dignity will be at stake if I don't go! Thankfully a gave in to these urges and got myself in the car and my butt over to that theater so I wouldn't put dishonor on my family...although my family isn't that supportive so that's probably a terrible expression to use XD
So I get to the theater mall, right. It's 45 minutes till the showing and I'm just standing near the venue as awkward as I can be. I know everyone's probably staring at me even though I have no pony merch or anything so there's really no reason for them to be. But in my head they totally are. Well, I kind of do this weird walking around thing where I'm looking at the showing times on the screen above the ticket counter while also pretending to be interested in the stores nearby. I do this for about 20 minutes until I realize the other people who were supposed to come are probably late. So I have to go up to the ticket guy by myself. Well great.
I'm walking into the theater when suddenly I hear the ticket guy call my name. No way, I'm thinking. He can't possibly know me. I walk up to him, and sure enough...it's a guy I know from high school. At this point I know I'm a dead man. There is no way this could have gone worse...time to pray and hope God makes my last moments quick so I don't have to remember them when I'm in the afterlife. No lie, I've done bad things in life, but this a whole new level of torture that I thought should be reserved for the worst of the worst...not me.
Somehow I managed to tell him, Vlad, this guy I know from freaking high school...that I want to see the MLP Movie. I think I was on autopilot at this point, because I don't remember having to tell myself to tell him what I wanted to see, it just kind of came out. To my surprise, he didn't even blink. Just handed me my change and total my to go to the auditorium on my right. I'm kind of in shock for the next 5 minutes...did that seriously just happen. I guess...I can live to see another day. Now I've just got to make it into the auditorium.
Well, I walk into the auditorium and there's one adult lady there. She looks up and I'm like oh shit and run back out. I gotta get myself composed first! Can't just walk into the room like some ghetto clown...or at least that's what I thought myself as. Just breathe deep, I'm thinking outside, when I notice that the rest of my group has shown up. YES! Finally I can be awkward with some other people.
Inside the room we sit down and one of the guys has got like five plushes with him, a pony shirt, and an mlp-themed handbag. And here I am with nothing. You can imagine how I'm trying to mentally transition from being self-conscious about going to the movie as a male fan to being totally outdone by the hardcore fans around me in terms of merch count. Like, can I possibly feel normal in this setting in any way? XD
Yeah, so the movie was incredible obviously. At least, I thought they did a pretty good job. After we leave the auditorium and are standing at the front of the theater, the guy who was sitting next to me goes up to the lady at the counter and asks about what they do with the movie posters after the films are done showing in theaters. He's wanting to know how he can get the poster for himself. Eventually he's discussing the fandom and what they do at pony conventions and all these things and the lady at the counter is just nodding "uh huh" to everything he says, and she probably has no idea what any of this is about. Yeah, it was pretty awkward...but I lived and made it out of that alive too.
You think that was all I went through - Nope! I run into another person I know from high school further in the mall. She asks why I'm there and my friend replies we just saw the MLP movie. She goes "ohhhhhh" and then changes the topic. Yup, I don't even know what's happening at this point. It's all been too surreal for me and nothing can scar me anymore. Nevermind that we walked around the mall for a half hour getting TONS of stares from everybody and pretending like we're not. Afterwards we peeked into Toys R Us to look for pony stuff...and then I drove them home and hung out at their apartment for a bit. But ultimately, it was pretty exhausting to go through all that as an anxious guy...and I didn't die. That's the good part at least. It's safe to say mission accomplished, although my nerves made want to explode at times. I hope I wasn't the only one like this, haha.
Given the recent happenings within Poniverse, I feel as though I have to share my personal opinion of how I feel about this whole situation. Please note that I have no ill will with anyone, it's that this comes from a regular user of this forum.
Let's start with Poniverse. In the case you guys haven't seen the Poniverse Blog by @JonasDarkmane, click here to read the full story. Now I just want you to know that my blog is NOT for posting your opinions, so if someone is able to delete the comment section, hurry up and do so by the time you see the blog show up. Back to the blog in question, it has stated stuff about adding a segment to the forums, which was rejected by a majority of the staff. One of staff who rejected it is @PiratePony, who apparently took it way too far. Then some heated conversation between Apple Dash and the other staff, skipping to a civil conversation of sorts... and then PiratePony was shown the door from the Skype Staff group.(I'm honestly surprised that Skype is still being used lol XD) This is where I give no fucks as to where this blog goes.
This happened months ago... MANY months ago, and this is being brought up to our attention NOW? Jonas, what the fuck is your deal? All I see from that long shit storm of a post is hostility. None of us even know if all of that is true, since it did happen months ago, even if you don't consider the fact that IT'S THE FUCKING INTERNET. You don't know if the shit is true or not, and for all I know, you bring this up now to leave a bad taste in the leaders because that's who they are, leaders. Leaders these days have been seen as money-hungry, power seeking bitches that don't care about anything else, and there are other forums out there that will take this to their advantage. For all I know, this could have been made up. This could have been some excuse to try and get us to go against the Poniverse leader, so that's why none of us should believe this.
Do you want to know the worst part of all of this? I haven't been on the forums up until I re-created my OC for the Equestrian Empire RP section. I can see is that from the last time I've been here, NOTHING HAS CHANGED AT ALL. I don't care about how "flashy" the new look is. The fact that there's still people wanting to cause drama makes me SICK. The people who have left the forums had a good reason to, because this place is a shit-show of drama and power grabbers. If I don't see mature staff fixes and actually trying to be what the staff is supposed to be, I don't think I'll stick around, either.
It took quite awhile for me to finally get this. But finally, after a Paypal option was created, i bought myself a subscription for NJPW World, New Japan Pro Wrestlings answer to the WWE Network. How well does it hold up?
First of all, i must say that it's cheaper then the WWE Network. NJPW World only costs 999 Yen a month, which is 7,40€ in europe so that is already a big plus.
Their Menu needs a bit to get used to, but it's good overall. You might be a bit shocked at first at the japanese signs, but you can also switch to an english version for us Gaijins.
NJPW World has a big archive of matches all throughout their history, from today till Antonio inoki found it in 1973. Most of the 70s and 80s stuff are not full shows but only single matches, but it's not that bad. They even have some of the cross promotion shows they had with the WWF, WCW and All Japan pro Wrestling. for fans of wrestling history, it's truly nice to look at.
There are several special features, like a G1 special page, where you can find all the tournaments that go back till 2007 or special shows like Wrestle Kingdom and Dominion. the stream also offers all current and past episodes of the Tiger Mask W Anime, which great for people who want to watch it, but are not interested enough in anime to buy a crunchyroll subscription.
NJPW World also has exclusive behind the scenes interviews and documentaries in store, even with english subtitles for those who are not capable of the japanese language. Most of the Documentaries are very well done and also makes some of the top guys in New Japan more interesting.
Of course, there are livestreams going on if there are Live shows and not just New Japan. Besides New Japan, the stream also shows special events from mexicos CMLL and special shows of Americas Ring of Honor, which are most of the time crossover shows with New Japan. Shows most of the time come with american commentary by former WWE and ROH worker Kevin Kelly and the former extreme intellectual Don Callis, who was known in ECW as Cyrus the Virus.
All in all, i would recommend it for the people who are big fans of New Japan. This is a very good streaming service and a good way to support this promotion.