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S8E25-26 School Raze - PICTURING THE FINALE!

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So this started with me knowing Cozy Glow would be the finale villain because MLP Wikia had to post this bigass spoiler in advance, right at the beginning of her article.                         OUTRO
In the end credits Derpy is listed as Muffins.   S8E26   (Tempting to do a redraw of this. )             Also a big and important element of the story: Learning to identify phonies. Neighsay had (more or less) sincere convictions, but Cozy Glow was just manipulative in a relatively skillful way, and seeing that such a thing exists can hone one's BS-sense. This is a spiritual lesson about what motivates people and how much hope there is for them.   | |  

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S8E24 Father Knows Beast - brief commentary, won't drag on

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What also announced itself very early is that it would be another episode about Spike trying to find out what being a dragon is like, and since we kinda know the writers by now, that the chance was high for a story concept reboot, i.e. Spike would once again return to being content just being himself. This episode had lots of screen time with Smolder, almost right from the opening even, so how can it possibly be that Spike didn't learn everything he needs to know from him? This was the weakest point in the story. That scam shouldn't have worked at all. Spike should already know everything Smolder would know at that age, having grown up with his dragon parents. Spike was like 'Finally another dragon!', as if Smolder didn't exist. Here we see another instance of the weird supposed joke like with Rainbow Dash pulling the blanket from Fluttershy, which I actually find kinda lame, because it adds to the demagicalization() of Equestria actually being a pony society and not just a human world with equestrified() characters. - Yeah, Sludge is actually at all clothed here, unlike usually. - It's an immersion breaker! BURN IT!
  For a moment I thought that this is not anatomically correct, since horses have their heart in the chest and not the neck, but I can easily accept that due to their unusual shape their internal organs would also be arranged a bit differently than in our kind.
  I am so glad Pinkie was part of this episode. Her just being herself is always an enrichment, and I loved every moment. And she has a way with lizards, heh. (Cupcake on a stick is so much superior to carrot on a stick and has actually been used for a long time now, without anyone noticing. )
This reminded me of the dream scene where she was surfing on a giant Gummy. (I also liked seeing her with shades, heh. )
Fitting that I watched this episode on Pinkie Pie Day, I guess. Funnily (haha?) I actually learned only now that is a thing. I guess because I am not that active in the fandom. Can't even find an info why it's on October 7th. Do you know how it came about?
I find it weird. Isn't every day Pinkie Pie Day?

Dowlphin

Dowlphin

S8E22 What Lies Beneath - two captioned thoughts

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Dowlphin

S8E23 Sounds of Silence - commentary (with light and shadow)

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See the light. Walk alone.
Footsteps like silent raindrops. I often feel like deep and meaningful relations are difficult when people let unpleasant things about others weigh ten times as heavy as pleasant ones. Almost like it's a seller's market with quantity over quality emphasis, always easy to walk away and pick other options, which is horrible to perceive, because that kind of pragmatism devalues human potential and cannot build a better world. Without idealism we are doomed. (Are you still reading, or skipped on to more pleasant things?)
I cannot just succumb to that and deny half of what I am. That is no life. The episode also conveyed the poetical beauty of rainbows that I occasionally express (https://dowlphinblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/rainbows-are-life-writing-poetry/): A rainbow is a symbol of encouragement and hope; When the light stands its ground against gloom, when you have the contrast that makes you appreciate both, you experience the full spectrum in all its beauty. Balance brings health, and when light and dark are in balance, you are not tempted to perceive either one as an enemy. (People utterly consumed by darkness will regard the light as an enemy, and people who fled to the light in self-entrapping denial cannot handle to even look at the darkness.) https://www.deviantart.com/dowlphin/art/Hiding-In-Plain-Sight-712449414 The more you flee towards the light,
The more darkness you leave behind.
Deny it with growing might
And the night will turn you blind.   Stand tall   Twiley did a rhymey!   Soft, gentle character development  ... kinda nice (Well, she could do that since the first episodes, but here she subverted a trope. And who doesn't love trope subversion? Right? )       Gu-huuys! Can we please just be frickin' amazing for a moment?   Sticks and stones are hard on bones.
Aimed with angry art, words can sting like anything.
But silence breaks the heart.
- Phyllis McGinley

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S8E21 A Rockhoof and a Hard Place - Brief pictured commentary

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Dowlphin

Dowlphin

S8E20 The Washouts - 20% shorter than the shortest review

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Also about The Dashouts and Bananabloom.   The to me most memorable scenes in this episode were the ones with Pinkie Pie, dough. Duh!
She needs a canon fan club. ... Oh wait, there is one. It's called PONYVILLE!  

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Dowlphin

S8E18 Yakity-Sax - brief picture commentary

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Of course trying to cheer her up by distracting from the actual issue won't work. BTW, I think Mudbriar is having a bad influence on Maud. She didn't use to be that much of a bonehead with language. I am tempted to call it maudtistic, hah. When Fluttershy said they didn't even get a chance to say goodbye... well, they kinda did say goodbye.
They somehow manage to confuse their lack of insight with optimism. They don't quite want to face what they did. This is so much showing the problem with intellectualizing matters of the heart.
I guess this could have a tendency of happening since they are a group of friends. If five out of six screw up in a certain way, they're not likely to admit it was a majority blunder. It was kind of a rollercoaster though when even Pinkie was misled about the spirit of yak music. Makes me wonder how she got her hooves on that instrument in the first place, without getting a primer in the cultural background. ... Oh well, maybe she was just too hyper.   This was mildly surprising: They made a sculpture of out pastries that were magically floating. Very Pinkie-like, I would say.   MAJOR crisis: This is yellow and pink on a bedding of MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP!!! Which is my favorite! But again, I know this well. You can't just fill a hole in the heart with repair glue.   But eventually, just by being 'allowed' to be in her element, she came alive again. Quick recovery, and the best and only healing really is when the actual cause is being resolved, as it was here, in two ways, so better than expected. This of hourse could all have been avoided by agreeing with her on when and where not to play. But then we wouldn't have gotten this story. And even though it was hard to watch at times, I always appreciate an epinksode.

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Dowlphin

S8E17 The End in Friend - brief picture commentary

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If only the script would allow the main characters development so that they are not repeatedly being a bad example, hah. Oh well... teachers, right? ;-D Seriously though, it is so cynical, it is painful to watch. If they need worldsaving or Pinkie to stay friends, what message is that sending? Their friendship is the best, except when it's not? This is necessary to continue delivering stories, I guess, but in a way there might be more potential with some imagination. I will consider the possibility though that the fact they were being observed as examples might have influenced them in an adverse way.   I love how Dashie is talking about heels on a horse and Rarity is doing a horse snort.

  I definitely sensed this episode is another standard formula, not playful, so you got
1) break friendship
2) clumsily failing trying to mend it and
3) a crisis to mend it. Chances for a fake crisis were high since it was an extension of Starlight Glimmer's efforts that eventually need to succeed or she would appear to be a bad guidance counselor.  
When Rarity asked "Which way did that sparkly thing go?", I was expecting Bufogren there to point into his mouth.  That would have been fun and playful. Instead he just points to the sky where the trail continues, as if they couldn't have seen that by themselves easily. They didn't even react to the fact they missed the totally obvious. These lazy moments really make me cringe a bit.

Uhm... obvious question: How do you unlock a door by turning a straight bolt in the lock?!

I imagined Dashie getting some magenta glitter on her coat.  (I definitely need a Pinkie episode!)

I am missing the crucial part in the conclusion about how Twi and Star's "little help" has been an act of good friendship, too. And it was also maybe not so much a "reminder" as a "refresher". They just needed their dangerous quest. Very reactive. This was an extended version of a two-person relationship where each can be strong when the other is weak. Here Twi and Star were the strong part for Rashie and Darity.    

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S8E16 - Friendship University - brief picture commentary

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And people are deceived so easily by fancy facades, because there's a core of corruption in them, too, that connects to these things.
Why do the two still not have a widespread reputation though?!   The moment they said accredited, I knew Neighsay was involved.
And Starswirl's appearance at this place was of course announced in the intro.
Neighsay would surely be informed about the scam that went on, but he won't take issue. He has a personal agenda. This might escalate during the next ten episodes or so.   Twi is really bad at rhetorics, as usual. She still DOES have her difficulties with friendship though, so that might be why. She's certainly not a knight in shining armor when it comes to that.
But this was basically following a standard storytelling pattern. They do not have the power to deviate from the script. ... Well, Pinkie maybe, heheh. BTW, buttwings.   Uhm, the guy probably just doesn't know Twilight, or is COMPLETELY DENSE because that's obviously an ALICORN before him!
Couldn't the writers/animators have put at least a little bit of believability into it?
Although this would explain how so many ponies are still falling for Film-Flam scams. They must be horribly backwards there.   Twi violated a most basic rule of poking around: Always have someone stand guard.
Also, by now they should know how to deal with Flim and Flam - document THEIR revelation to her. But again, wait for it. This is standard formula storytelling.
By the way, to make it a bit less formulaic, she could have turned their phoniness against them and point out how THEY are not practicing friendship towards her either. That would have been interesting.   Oh mare, she could just incinerate the photo or something! I mean, they're already playing dirty, after all, and Twi only has some serious alicorn magic at her disposal! This is so cringey.   And here we see a portrayal of special promo deals with cooperative/willing/naive celebrities.
I must say, Flim-Flam episodes provide a valuable awareness-raising service to society. ... Well, if it's not just flying over people's heads like it so often does.   LOL, no, you DON'T have something on her, because she was right! To the contrary, this is even more rep for her and her friendship-powered instinct, so to speak.
I don't know why she still says she's OK if her rep is ruined.   Standing up for what you know is true is not only tricky, but can be so much harder in real-life. ... Especially when you're not fooling yourself with that belief. Speaking truth can be a revolutionary act, and the more you're suffering for it, the more it is usually a signal you're on the right path. I say it's tricky, because you can take the Flim-Flam episode itself as an indication how people can deceive themselves in their belief about what's true, too.

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Dowlphin

S8E15 - The Hearth's Warming Club - brief picture commentary

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S8E14 - A Matter of Principals - brief picture commentary

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S8E13 Mean 6 - picture commentary

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Fluttershy stage fright - really?

Saw the new EqG short, Fluttershy musical...     She has shown she's quite capable of singing in front of a crowd. She just needs a villain to defeat, hah. And friendship magic helps, too, at least from my viewpoint, but yeah, some settings have enough of that certain magic, others maybe not. I can empathize with her great potential that only comes out when the stars are aligned, so to speak. Soo, being a Pinkie brain, I would have told her that there's no reason to be afraid of singing in front of crowds, because the only difference between crowds and crows is an added d, so since she is neither afraid of birds nor of the letter d, all is fine. Also, wait until she learns about the fourth wall.

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S8E12 Marks for Effort - picture commentary

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S8E9 Non-Compete Clause - commentary

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Let me take a jab a Twilight here and exclaim how I can't believe she lied to Celestia in the theater episode. Heh. Since they got so many different species around now, they're not saying "everypony" anymore, but "everycreature". This seems odd to me, since there are our "everybody" and "everyone". But I could assume this is with the idea that "everycreature" emerged from THEIR world and need to find a new word, and that is also maybe wants to be in-your-face about how they made a move of racial inclusion. I'm just wondering whether that's also the word that everybody used in their world when not referring to ponies. For example, what do yaks say among themselves? Everyyak? Now, the issue with AJ an Dashie was one of those things I like to briefly bring to philosophical attention, a case of a rigid mind trying to twist even the opposite of something into the same, basically showing the infinite power of self-deception. That they would eventually teach by bad example was, too, kinda announcing itself as early as reading the episode title, haha. I am just glad Twilight scheduled another test right away instead of giving them the award anyway. And after all, they have a whole month left to work on internalizing the experience and lesson.
I'm just worried that month might pass like nothing. Considering how quickly the previous nine went by, hah. P.S.: Seeing the friendship school architecture from so many internal angles makes me wish I had been able to learn in such an environment. It is an amazing building. Never underestimate the impact such beautiful art can have on the heart, which lays the groundwork for the teachings.

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S8E7 commentary - "I am so sorry, Celestia. It is the script's fault."

That's what I imagined Twilight telling her. The episode had its highlights, but they were quite timid and enjoyed best without pointing them all out. In the beginning, Celestia thinks theater brings out the best in people. Well, dunno about Equestria, but in our realm there often seems to be lots of jealousy, competitive friction and big egoes involved. When Pinkie showed she counts the times AJ told her not to do something, I thought, well, that shows she cares, hehe. When Celestia was whispering her lines, I thought: She really needs Rainbow Dash for voice coaching. (LOUDEEEER!!!!)  The plot was very predictable early-on, and although I foresaw awkwardness, I didn't expect the execution to be THAT bad, and it really didn't have to be. (But sense for the power of subtlety seems to be an art.) In a way, the intriguing point about this episode was that it had a theme of really bad acting while the episode itself has a badly executed script. The lesson of telling the truth is really getting old, and while I understand the pressures that made Twilight make the mistake yet again, Celestia said at one point: "Didn't Applejack remind you that telling the truth is always better than a well-meant lie?" ... Hmm, didn't we have an episode involving AJ that conveyed something slightly different? About sparing someone's feelings? And Celestia really has to try hard to be that bad at acting, especially since she just needs to be herself. For her sake, she's a thousand years old. One should pick up a thing or two. During theater lessons she's outright acting like she has a mental handicap. All very forced and exaggerated. That's so not her. Someone who is excited about theater would love to play pretend, and it got even weirder when she suddenly started giving Fluttershy acting tips. How can someone who is so passionate about something be so horrible at it, and how can someone so horrible at it be able to teach it? That seems unnatural and contradictory. Then in the end she must have unlocked an achievement or something, because suddenly she could act. But there wasn't really anything preventing her from utilizing that passion before for the stage play. Pinkie's unaware-ironic fireworks line then was as clumsy as it gets. Again, really bad acting, hah. It wasn't even delivered in Pinkie's usual way where SHE likes to play the dramas of life. P.S. (Pinkie scriptum): The balloon WAS the perfect substitute for the sun? Don't tell me Pinkie only has ONE giant yellow balloon in stock! I refuse to believe that! What kind of world is that supposed to be?! UPDATE: When re-watching parts of the episode, I noticed someone is really not amused by this interruption of the night. "If my coat is getting pale, I'm gonna give YOU a tar coat!" - Damn cheaters, right?
 

I can resist MLP merch, but I can't resist to comment on this:

Today at the drugstore I noticed some MLP merch. There were what looked like Kinder egg knockoffs in Twily, Dashie or Pinkie theme, a bit bigger than the real thing and with air holes at the top, so I don't even know whether there was chocolate in them, and the label was too small to read. I hope Dashie doesn't get her egghead worries over these, haha. But the really odd thing was something I at first thought was a Pez dispenser. But on closer examination it was a Rainbow Dash extendable lollipop! I couldn't make a photo at the time, but imagine a Pez dispenser with a slightly bigger head. You push a lever on the grip and Dashie's head splits in half and the lollipop goodness emerges from it. I found that slightly disturbing. Also, that's a lot of effort put into one lollipop - for 1.50€. I guess the empty shell is for keeping once you've licked Dashie's brain away.  (I didn't see any refills offered.) EDIT: Now I realize this is probably so that you can keep it from making things sticky and don't have to consume the whole thing in one go. Arguably this might be even worse for the teeth, giving them sugar in small spread-out doses.

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S8E5 Grannies Gone Wild - How did I like it?

- Very obvious, predictable lesson. (Title basically spoiler.)
- Rainbow Dash.
- Old people.
- Some other main character ah can't remember right now.
- No Fluttershy.
- No Pinkie Pie.
- No Luna. Couldn't get excited about this one. Was also a bit too far-fetched how a pegasus like Rainbow Dash could get excited about a rollercoaster. She must be pulling way more g's half the time she's flying around. Kudos though for successfully putting a crystal meth reference in a kids' show.

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S8E4 - Fake It 'Til You Make It - picture commentary

As I would say: Another "My Little Phony" episode.   By the way, very funny: Ponies Rarity asked to run her fashion shop before asking Fluttershy, apparently in that order: Rainbow Dash!! Pinkie Pie!! Twilight Sparkle - OK! Applejack - OK! she has experience from an earlier episode, she should have been first choice! Starlight Glimmer - OK! Still better than Twilight. :-P Big Mac!! Cheerilee - OK I guess. Granny Smith - oh dear! DJ Pon3?! CMC!!! Maud ... uh ... no idea, actually. I certainly wouldn't place her last though.     A cynical episode. One of MLP's messages is "be yourself", now it's pretending for wacky people to make money. OK, surely just as another lesson, and a new environment can bring back challenges thought mastered earlier.   (Caption typo. Can't be donkeyed to correct it.) So judging by Rarity's average clientele, it's a whole lot of playing pretend in the Manehattan fashion scene. Should come as no surprise. It's kind of in its nature where people wrap themselves in ever-fancier garments like the daily bread.             The lesson is if you're assuming characters to please others, the greatest danger is that you might start to like it too much. It can become a convenience, a hiding place. It's all external. Being oneself and empowering THAT can be hard, and Fluttershy is a sensitive pony thrown into an environment where that applies very much. (So you see, roleplaying can have love or fear as driving motivation.) I could also imagine that subconsciously she ended up spiting the customers with her roleplay because that's how she felt inside and wanted to vent that. She was using the pretentiousness to shun the pretentiousness; becoming a living mockery. An angle I also consider in all this is that the shop clientele are struggling with the same issue as Fluttershy here. It's game that you either join and coerce others to join, too, or you make an effort to transcend it and heal yourself and others. Fluttershy needed help there. She was overpowered by the situation.

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Season 8 Opening - picture commentary

What a nice celebratory mood the season is starting with, meeting old friend from the movie, connecting with the events of it, and generally welcoming so many characters to the show. Made me feel a bit like when watching Magical Mystery Cure. But of course, as always, challenges arise... ... Lovely how they're gathering from all corners after our little ponies spread the message far and wide through action... ... ... One of those memorable moments, haha. This outcome, this approach to things, is like another reminder that Twilight still isn't really the princess of friendship ... in my book, hah. (To me that should be Fluttershy. ... No coincidence that she has the biggest heart.)... She's not missing either, of course... The episode ends with me increasingly wondering. Certainly Equestria, too, is facing a constant challenge. Funnily... to preserve and cultivate a certain way of life. Episode 2 features the visual embodiment of grief that, disturbingly, is as funny as it is sad. (BTW Rarity really is pale in comparison. Don't believe me? Then you should verify it. Behold a pale horse every once in a while! It won't kill you.) The hardships of having empathy... EVERYPONY GETS A PARTY CANNON!!! ... Pinkie Pie once again celebrating and joining in the small absurdities of life... Pretty much... This kind of telegraphed itself at amplitude 11... Here wondering whether the timing of imagery and easily misheard lyrics was intentional... I don't think that's how it was intended, but it would be really funny... Closing with obligatory group photo ... This is gonna be GREAT! (Duh! ) P.S.: OMG, Silverstream is amazing!

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