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Episode 10. “Swarm of the Century”: The One Where Zecora Forgets to Rhyme

You’ve got a problem, all right! And a banjo is the only solution! – Pinkie Pie Princess Celestia is on her way to visit Ponyville, and preparations are well underway. While the town goes to town on the decorations, Fluttershy is searching the fringe of the Everfree Forest for flowers in honor of the Royal Visit. She comes across one of the cutest little critters you’re ever going to see. Despite seeing it devour an entire bucket of apples, she decides to take it home to show off to the oth

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Episode 9. "Bridle Gossip": Meet Twilight Flopple, Flutterguy, Hairity, Rainbow Crash, Apple-teenie and Spitty Pie

It is unwise to venture down this road. Your actions will make my anger explode! – Zecora This episode introduces the very convenient Zecora to the show. This magical Zebra eventually became a kind of second mentor to Twilight, a role she was supposed to play more frequently, according to Faust. However, in her first appearance, she is feared as an evil enchantress by the Mane 6, with the notable exception of Twilight. We start with Twilight and Spike wandering through Ponyville, whic

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Episode 69. “Daring Don’t”: Raiders of the Lost Plot

Now, Ahuizotle, you know I love you. But I can’t give you the ring 'til I’ve properly proposed. – Daring Do Rainbow Dash is getting impatient waiting for the next Daring Do book to come out. When Twilight tells her the release has been delayed even further, she gets the idea that mundane concerns might be causing the delay, and ropes the Mane Six into going for a journey to help her. So they head out, in a shout-out to Indiana Jones, with a red line on the map representing their travels. A

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Episode 8. "Look Before You Sleep": Sleepover Shinnanigans

Y’all wouldn’t know “practical” if it came up and bit ya! – Applejack to Rarity This has always been one of my favorite episodes in Season 1, featuring as it does both Rarity and Applejack (my first and second favorite ponies). It’s one of those slice of life episodes that puts two ponies in a situation and just lets their personalities drive the story forward. All of Ponyville is tidying up the trees in preparation for a big storm that the pegasus ponies are due to create, to make up

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Episode 7. "Dragonshy": Shrinking Violets Snap Dragons

Listen here, Mister! Just because you’re big doesn’t mean you get to be a bully. You may have sharp scales, snort smoke and breathe fire, but you do not, I repeat, you do not hurt. My. Friends! – Fluttershy This episode is the first in the series to focus mainly on Fluttershy. After being made aware of a thick cloud of smoke covering Equestria, her attempts to inform other ponies in town are hampered by her soft voice and shy demeanor. The louder and more boisterous Rainbow and Pinkie keep

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Episode 68. “Castle Mane-ia”: Lunacy at Midnight Castle

I just wanted to restore ancient aaa-aaa-arrr-rrttttt! Waahhh! – Rarity Season 4 continues to show its quality with this episode. When watching it, I felt very much as if I were watching a Season 1 episode instead. Perhaps a lot of it has to do with the interactions between Rainbow and AJ, which hailed back to their friendly rivalry as shown in "Ticket Master" and "Fall Weather Friends". The second partnership in this episode is the one between Fluttershy and Rarity, again reminding us of

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Allow me to strip...

Wow, there's been quite a lot of... shall we say furor?... over staffy things recently. (And that wasn't a reference to Twilicane, which I am really tired of now, but tangent!) I'm still organizing my thoughts on it, but this definitely resonates with me right now. Of course, this is really simplified, and is not a fair, balanced answer to the recent concerns raised, but if it can make someone smile or chuckle ruefully, that's enough for now. Stay sunny side up, people.

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The Bookend Diaries – Part 12: "Princess Twilight Sparkle" A Moment of Silence, Please, for the Pink Mane Celestia Theory

This might be a good juncture to say, "I told you so". Yes, it's immature of me, but I so seldom get this much vindication, I'm taking the opportunity to gloat. The first part of the second episode shows us the confrontation between Princess Celestia, and the newly minted Nightmare Moon, who is seeking to destroy her. This is probably the most intense action scene in the series so far, and seriously would not look out of place in most animés... except maybe for this shot... Beware the

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Get to Know SolarFox...

... wait for the autobiography like everyone else. These forum fads... Scrunchy Face Shaky avatars, Get to Know blog entries, etc. I guess it's all in good fun and I shouldn't judge, but really... do something original, people! Be like best pony Rarity... don't follow trends, create them! Now excuse me while I continue working on my most innovative innovation yet... episode reviews!   I only tease because I love you guys...

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I Squee, You Squee, We all Squee for Rubber Ducky!

While I am obviously a fan of Friendship is Magic (I mean, like, duh, right?), what you may not know is that I am also a fan of Beast Wars. So imagine my surprise and delight to find another connection between two shows that I love to watch. Another connection you may or may not know: Claire Corlett, voice of Sweetie Belle, is the daughter of Ian James Corlett, one of the voice actors from Beast Wars. The more you know... ...I must get around to making some blog entries about

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Episode 6. "Boast Busters": Tricksy Trixie Comes to Town

Unless an Ursa Major comes waltzing up the street for Trixie to vanquish, I’m not going to believe a word she says! And neither should you! – Spike The Disclaimer I'll come right out and say it... I'm not a fan of Trixie, at all. She is a blowhard, she cheats at challenges, she treats Snips and Snails badly (in private) even though she was happy enough with them when they were praising her in front of a crowd, refuses to acknowledge that Twilight stepped in and did what she claimed to be ab

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Episode 5. "Griffon the Brushoff": Crouching Griffon, Hidden Meanie

If “being cool” is all you care about, maybe you should go make some new cool friends, somewhere else. – Rainbow Dash Rainbow Dash is surprised to find a fellow prankster in the usually annoying Pinkie Pie when she is enlisted to help prank Spike by scaring him into getting hiccups. This leads to a strengthening of their friendship, as they spend the entire day pranking the rest of their friends. The pranks are all in good fun and pretty harmless, leaving even their victims smiling or chuck

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Magical Mystery Cure: Destiny, Job - What's the Difference?

I was thinking... I know, I know, it's a dangerous pastime, but... There is a lot of confusion about the cutie mark swap in Magical Mystery Cure and what it means. Are the Mane 6 defined by their destinies, their cutie marks or their jobs in Ponyville? Something I realized is that, in a certain sense, there isn't much difference. What are the destinies of the Mane 6? To be the bearers of the Elements of Harmony, of course. When Twilight cast the incomplete spell, it acted on the Elemen

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Episode 4. "Applebuck Season": All Work and No Play Makes Applejack a Danger to Society

Your applebucking isn’t only causing you problems: it’s overpropelled a Pegasus, practically poisoned plenty of ponies and terrorized bushels of brand-new bouncing baby bunnies. I don’t care what you say, you need help! – Twilight Sparkle Applejack takes on the job of bucking all the apples out of the trees due to Big MacIntosh's injuries. Before she can start, she is forced to save Ponyville from a stampede. This action inspires the town to give her a big shiny trophy, but when she arrives

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Episode 3. "The Ticket Master": The Legend of Trollestia is Born

Rainbow, I do not feel comfortable accepting favors. Zip up that hole in the cloud right now! – Twilight Twilight is helping AJ bring apples into the barn when a letter from Celestia forces its way out of Spike's oesophagus, to invite Twilight plus one guest to the Grand Galloping Gala. This scene pretty much created the Trollestia meme. Because there are not enough tickets, fans thought that Celestia was playing around with Twilight. It's pretty clear from the way the letter was written,

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The Bookend Diaries – Part 10: What a Rush! Magical Mystery Cure

Might as well start by addressing the elephant in the room... was this episode rushed and should it have been two episodes? Most fans would probably say yes without hesitation. I've even heard claims that the cutie mark switch-up on it's own was worth two episodes. Just... no. Maybe it could have been one episode on it's own, and then another for the whole transformation of Twilight into an alicorn. It would certainly have been a great cliff-hanger to end the episode when Twilight has just been

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Disney Princesses Tattoos

In my varied travels through the 'net, I came upon these: Tattoo-arific (I know that's not a word, just go with it) pictures featuring the most well-known Disney Princesses.   Which one do you like the best? Can you guess which one I like?   Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/disney-princesses-as-fierce-vintage-tattoed-pin-ups I had nothing to do with the creation of these, but I sure do like them.

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The Bookend Diaries – Part 9: Heroic Serendipidity Strikes Again

Sombra begins moving in on the now-defenseless Empire…only to be stopped in the opening minute of Part 2 by Cadence recovering enough to recast her spell. Here Sombra gets his own bit of serendipity as part of his horn is cut off and falls inside the shield, allowing him to start affecting the city itself… Meanwhile, Twilight takes charge, telling Rainbow to keep the crystal ponies occupied while she finds the real Crystal Heart. Rainbow Dash, of course, uses blunt, nigh draconian, methods

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The Bookend Diaries – Part 8: Yeeeesss... Crysssstaaaaals...

Hard on the heels of Season II’s music-heavy two-part is another music-heavy two-parter, “The Crystal Empire”. In four episodes and two stories we’ve had something like five or six songs. Not that the songs are bad, but there are just such a lot of them. The episode opens with a report that the titular Empire has returned from a thousand year displacement curse, inducing Princess Celestia to send newly-weds Cadence and Shining Armor there. Although it is not outright stated, my belief is that th

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Why Alicorn Princess Twilight is a stroke of genius (A Bookend Diaries Supplemental)

This one is going to be a doozy… Those (all one of you) who have read my posts in the Alicorn Twilight subforum will probably already be aware of my feelings regarding the biggest controversy the show has yet seen. I haven’t gone out of my way to avoid making it obvious, but I haven’t really given a definitive statement on the issue either. I support the idea of Twilight becoming an alicorn and a princess. I think it’s interesting, well-deserved, and can open up new story possibilities

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Was Season III Really That Bad? (A Bookend Diaries Supplemental)

As the subtitle might suggest, I feel that this season in particular has caused the most consternation among certain groups of fans. This is not only because of Twilight becoming an alicorn and a princess, although that is certainly a large part of it. It is also because the season had a non-standard number of episodes, as well as, if the claims are to be believed, the writing suffering a drop in quality regarding pacing, plot development and character development. “Jumping the shark” and partic

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I need advice about pets…

I have a pet by the name of Paul. I got him as a gift from my parents when they visited me a few months ago. I recently decided it was time to train him. However, no matter how hard I try, I can’t get him to respond to his name. And you can forget about playing fetch, he doesn’t even move when I throw the stick. Please help me. I’ll post a picture of him so you can identify his species…     What do you think the problem is?

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Sombra is Best Villain (A Bookend Diaries Supplemental)

Before I take on the Season III episodes, I wish to first talk about a few of the more controversial issues raised. To start, I want to discuss the issues that some fans have with Sombra.   I don’t think he was that bad a villain in many ways. The ironic thing here is that Sombra, easily the most disparaged villain of the series, is the only one who did not give the Mane 6 victory on a silver platter. He loses despite, and not because of, his actions, none of which are stupid. I

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The Bookend Diaries – Part 7: Villainous Stupidity Strikes Yet Again

This is where Chrysalis really manages to shoot herself in the hoof (those holes had to get there somehow). Not only does she confirm to Twilight that she is indeed evil, but she also imprisons her right next door to her other prisoner, and in fact seems to specifically engineer a meeting between them, allowing them to team up. Maybe she was hoping Twilight would be angry enough to just kill the real Cadence outright, especially as she seemed intent on taunting her to raise her ire, but it seems

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The Bookend Diaries – Part 6: Spontaneous Generation of (Family) Matter

Oh, dear. “A Canterlot Wedding.” In my opinion, this is by far the most flawed episode in the series to date. (Yes, that includes “Magical Mystery Cure”, which I didn’t find to be as bad as all that. But I’ll talk more about that at another time.) In fact, there is so much that is unclear or plain doesn’t make sense in this episode, that I felt compelled to write a fan-fiction trying to provide some justification for it. Maybe I'll even get around to posting it here on Running the Gamut some tim

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