This episode reminded me again of how much of a metaphor the Changelings are. They are weaking a mask in order to receive love that they don't carry inside. Everything is energy, so it was only a matter of time and interaction that among teh troubled Changeling culture there would be born one affected by the best of Equestrian magic that is flourishing. I can empathize with Thorax. Being born with that difference can make it difficult to sustain oneself in an environment of takers. It was a bold step by Thorax to leave that, but he had witnessed the better alternative, so that is a powerful driving force. He is very lucky.
Especailly the song lyrics raise awareness of the crucial difference between changing and adapting.
He shouldn't be too optimistic about winning over the rest of his race though. They have a queen who is pretty much supreme commander and in such a power structure the efforts of the queen to perpetuate her relevance would stand against such change. In that way the queen is leeching from her subjects as her subjects are leeching from other races. It would need careful baby steps to break that up.
It's weird how that Daring Do fan seems to have never heard of Rainbow Dash and her and her friends' deeds. The stuff they have done that should be common knowledge, and the guy still argues about details, like there aren't worldsaving heroes in Equestria and he's not talking to one of them.
And his name is Quibble Pants. Well, his parents surely recognized his tendencies early and didn't hold back, hah. ;-D
I don't mind at all that this episode doesn't match our season. Who said Equestria needs to match our timeline?
Kinda funny how things started out though:
Starlight Glimmer was like: "Bah, it's just about telling the same old story with the windigos again and silly singing and giving presents." And Twilight is like: "Let me tell you a different story. One you haven't heard yet." And then tells the Scrooge story.
It's a story where the main character, Snowfall Frost, hates that day of song-singing ... and sings a song about it.
Sad part for me was that what Snowfall Frost imagined a good Equestria to be is not bad, just not the whole picture. In our world, that part tends to be neglected in favor of lots of pretending/makebelief that everything is fine because it seems easier. So the reaction of the other ponies left a bitter aftertaste with me for a moment, since I tend to create connections between what is and what could be. Equestria has their effort part well-covered. So well that they laugh about it. Their effortlessness and celebratory mood is affordable, authentic. Would be nice if letting go of the past is all that's needed. But even if you think you're done with the past, the past might not be done with you. This was the popculture version of problem-solving, where the social environment is great and the only problem is within and everybody helps you solve it. Equestria isn't exactly hardcore. ... Well, except for the occasional explosive magic duel, heh. The point is that out goal should be to create a world in which the problems portrayed are actually that simple/easy to solve.
Well, Pinkie looked absolutely lovely again. So that was a sweet highlight and the most memorable part of the episode, in part because the pun was hers again.
One thing yet another episode shows is that the one thing Rainbow Dash is not is cool. Nobody is who is obsessing over it. It's a classical issue where one tries to compensate for an inner shortcoming with outside things that are not her. (Apparently I saw where this episode was heading.) When she manages to resolve that, she'll be cool. (I see this stuff all the time.) And hey, her fear of failure is well-known and again shown clearly in this very episode. That might go away if she focused less on apprearance and style. ... Maybe her admiration of the Wonderbolts, who are stunt flyers after all, contributes to that focus on style. When she does know what's important and acts on it, she's mature. But she's still not cool then, but actually more like Pinkie Pie. The two generally have a lot in common.
Like the last episode, this is yet another full reset of (at least assumed) character development.
Funny, when I see her so often associated in fan art with US patriotism and seen in collages with the US flag, I can't help but think of how the two have something in common, which is a lack of humility.
The enjoyable part was in episode performance, the hilarious absurdity of her imitating the other mane 6 ponies.
P.S.: Weird that they always have a filled trashcan ready at the runway, isn't it? And I'm also wondering why they started calling her "Rainbow Crash" and not "Rainbow Trash". She did specifically choose the trashcan for herself, so that's pretty fitting, haha.
P.P.S.: LOL, I wrote this minutes before Pinkie brought this one up. I guess that makes this a pinkie scriptum. ^^
P.P.P.S: I think Pinkie didn't actually want cotton candy. She just suddenly thought how funny it would be if the stand flowed over with it and then tried how far she can push the guy. xD
It's a bit annoying when they do a kind of character development reset to get a message across. Although sometimes I wonder whether Twilight has changed at all. She still seems like being all the student. It's like the Discord situation again where the lack of sincere acceptance and good will towards his reformation, the unwillingness to let the past be the past, drove him into Tirek's influence, and it required Fluttershy to be herself in practicing sincere kindness and forgiveness, which is her immense inner strength. It's a beautiful irony: As easily scared as Fluttershy seems, as much has she overcome some powerful deep fears. Because she carries her friendship in the heart and doesn't need to have it whacked over her head in a crisis.
Friendship is great, but it needs to come from within, and Twilight acted like someone who has no clue about friendship if it isn't sent to her from the outside. Awarding her the title "Princess of Friendship" might have been a bad idea; might get a bit to her head. (Then again, we know from all the ponies how their destination's fulfillment (the elements) often doesn't come easily.)
She should have learned from Pinkie by now that a desire to control can become unhealthy if not kept well in check. Learning that lesson is maybe one of the most valuable for cultivation of good character, of a healthy mind. The experience of "Woah, this is not what I intended!" is important to have and learn from.
Starlight Glimmer was the sane one in this episode. She was the teacher to Twilight and Trixie, who were two poles of the same mental issue.
Become aware of how the teacher in life is often not who you think it is.
I made this a couple of months ago, but I was today reminded of video-related synchronicities, and compared to some of the relatively well-known stuff on the net (like "The Dark Side of the Rainbow"), this one is quite an intense example. I'll copy&paste the video description below, since it explains everything. Feel free to comment on the video and give thumbs up - It would make me very happy. (I could really use a strong positive side to counter the negative influences in my life so that I can shift my focus.)
I was terribly bored, so I started working on a boring/bored/boredom compilation (seemed like the thing to do, LOL), and by accident, when I had opened one episode while still having another episode's audio track loaded and searched for the next piece, I noticed the uncanny degree of sync(hronicity) between the two in vocals, effects, emotions, scene transitions, behavior, so I let it play out for as long as it matched so well.
I love it when I receive help from the Realm of Random.
I consider this my typical life art. When I'm too bored for anything, the only thing left to do is creatively expressing it. Blabla. Some meaningful life lesson in it I'm sure. I'll just do stuff (or not) and see where it leads.
Man, it has been so long since my last pony upload. Just an hour before I started doing this, I browsed through my project files and unfinished compilations and felt even less motivated to work on any of them. Life really makes no sense. And I don't care. Meaning trumps sense.
My new ship, named Priceless Luna in honor of ... well, you get the idea. Very meaningful experience. If you are at all interested in these things, do me the honor of watching it if you have some time.
It feels good to finally have made something pony again ( always my wish ), after tons of Terraria videos.
Video description: ------------------------ This is a brony fan lyrics version of Buddy Stewart's "Sun Shine On Me" I had this project on hold for quite a while and now was in the right mood and with decent mic to vocalize it. I wrote "karaoke'd" because I have almost no practice in singing or music production but wanted to give it my best shot and make use of my decent mic and DAW. I recorded this a dozen times or so and improved RELATIVELY much over those tries (as I did temporarily during brony conventions, hehe), but eventually didn't see significant improvement anymore and called it a day for this piece.
The lyrics are hinting at how sleep and/or meditative introspection (yin approach) can be a healing influence and are of course inspired by the lovely Princess Luna who visits ponies in their dreams ( a true nightmare ;-D ) to help them with just that.
I am open to collabs. ^^
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My lyrics: ___________________ Moon, shine on me tonight. Luna, please make things alright. How I need your cool embrace To shine upon my cryin' face. Oh moon, shine on me tonight.
Luna, give me a little night. Take me outta this burning light. You know what a little night can do. You make the sky go black for you. Oh moon, shine on me tonight.
Moonshine, come on moonshine. Let me have one with no pain. Just one, only one To get me started on my way.
Moon, shine on me tonight. Luna, cleanse me of my fright. You make the trees and flowers sleep And you can solve my troubles deep. Oh moon, shine on me tonight.
Yeah moon, shine on me tonight. Luna, please make things alright. You know what a little night can do. You make the sky go black for you. Oh moon, shine on me tonight. Oh moon, shine on me tonight. Come on moon, shine on me tonight. Oh moon, shine on me tonight.
Original lyrics: ___________________ Sun, shine on me today. Sun, dry my tears away. How I need your warm embrace To shine upon my cryin' face. Oh sun, shine on me today.
Sun, give me a little light. Take me outta this darkened night. You know what a little light can do. You change the sky from black to blue. Oh sun, shine on me today.
Sunshine, come on sunshine. Let me have one with no rain. Just one, only one To get me started on my way.
Sun, shine on me today. Sun, dry my tears away. You make the trees and flowers grow And you can make my troubles go. Oh sun, shine on me today.
Yeah sun, shine on me today. Sun, dry my tears away. You know what a little light can do. You change that sky from black to blue. Oh sun, shine on me today. Oh sun, shine on me today. Come on sun, shine on me today. Oh sun, shine on me today.
UPDATE: This video was targeted by a mobbing campaign by antisocial scum, that's why it received tons of downvotes.
So much for living Equestria. I notice that especially convention reps and such aren't quite in the brony spirit. It's kind of an irony, because you know how sometimes people wish "happy holidays" because they don't want to exclude non-christians from the celebration/adress (that to a good degree isn't even christian but was annexed by christianity - a religion which fought the pagan faith it annexed)? That's for political correctness, something that people in official representative function seem especially concerned about. Yet especially from such sources you see greetings directed specifically at bronies that are adressing christian bronies.
Take a look at what happens in the brony community during, say, muslim or jewish celebrations.
Not that this spoils my mood or anything. After all, it is something that fits into a picture I see anyway, and I am a deep thinker. But I want to point this out as an incentive to ponder, maybe discuss, and maybe get enlightened a bit.
The beautiful, harmonic solution is staring right in people's faces, offered by the very show they say they celebrate.
Have a pleasant Hearth's Warming.
Could be a minor/major school villain, teaching the lesson of how people dig their own grave, so to speak. ... Ah, there are so many other facets and potential subplots in this.
The thought was inspired by watching this little crossover again:
P.S.: Somewhat related crossover comic of mine: http://dowlphin.deviantart.com/art/How-Dan-managed-to-abduct-Rarity-412825674
I wrote a comment on deviantART and realized it's worth blogging here. It is based on a picture I have in my wallpaper slideshow for a long time because it impressed me so much on a deep level:
Twilight shows maybe the clearest example of the power of the controlling mind trying to force its way, fueled by negative emotion. Her energy shoots at Discord, but you see it strike her friends, too, mostly from Discord's head. True friendship empowers love and comes from the heart, while in this picture Discord is like an inner demon of Twilight, and her mental struggle with it gives it power and causes discord in her friendship, turning her friends against her and her against her friends. The solution to this problem was eventually portrayed beautifully in her battle against Tirek when she allowed herself defeat and let her heart lead the way, against all conceptual fears.
Also, Pinkie has a duck in her hair.
UPDATE 2015-12-02: While watching the season 5 finale, my desktop wallpaper switched to this. The finale is another reminder of this recurring message that more or less is in all MLP episodes and I appreciate it greatly. It is something worth moving towards, regardless of how little success we might experience at first. Friendship brings together, because true friendship is fueled by love. And love is magic. Friendship comes from the heart and is empowered by it.
An excellent episode. I like it so much!
Discord being in his own unique way the teacher more than ever, taking care of the last remnants of problematic ideas from the past that unsurprisingly Twilight would cling to the most, since she is very intellect-focused, and the mind is the origin of all suffering.
It also showed how easily one can fall into self-delusion by making up a self-image designed to avoid being honest to oneself. That kind of honesty being the crucial first step in having a positive impact on the world by having a positive impact on yourself. Thus also hinted at how when we THINK we got stuff figured out, safe and secure, that might be the most dangerous time.
And I especially liked the somewhat unspoken message in the lesson: That true friendship comes from the heart, not the mind. The mind on its own would attempt to create a fake of the real thing, an imitation. Something you can observe every day; best example corporate marketing, but also in individuals.
I also grinned knowingly at one point and was wondering whether the writers intended the hint at the irony: When Twilight was at Zecora's place and insisted that there must be some kind of magic involved in her friends' behavior, I thought: Well, DUH! There's indeed that one special kind of magic that causes people to have a great time together. You claim to be the Princess of Friendship, educated and skilled in various forms of magic. I'm quite sure you've heard of it.
By the way, Zecora's potion bottle was definitely magical, too. I mean, did you see how much liquid came out of the thing?!
You know, with stories like this, I'm not worried that they might run out of ideas and the show takes a nosedive. As long as they keep having fun like this and don't change the formula, it gives me a warm feeling when thinking about the future. With so many things in our world eventually becoming corrupted, there needs to be at least one exemplary defiant champion in our life. As long as the makers of the show heed their own lessons, we're all safe.
Referring to https://mlpforums.com/blog/819/entry-14983-living-tombstone-and-shadyvox-dishonor-their-and-my-charity-commitment/
I added a little update with some new info and clarification to my blog article http://dowlphin.blogspot.de/2015/01/living-tombstone-and-shadyvox-dishonor.html
Hm, now that was odd. A Halloween episode was perfect timing, but a Christmas episode right before that, that's kinda odd.
What Fluttershy said in the end is roughly how I feel, too. I don't like to play any kind of prank on people that causes bad feelings and discomfort, unless it's to a trivial degree. Just like Fluttershy said: Seeing others in such a state, caused by me, that would make me feel very bad, regardless of prank or not. The feelings are the same. A certain sensitivity combined with empathy prevents enjoyment of that. Of course they could have told her to just be afraid, to accept the experience; that it's just one night and the whole point, but why should Fluttershy condition herself like that? It would change who she is, and with good, accepting friends, she is in the lovely position of not needing to. She can overcome her fears when it is really required, when it's serious. That's good enough. They also could have told her that her many worries of being attacked are unfounded and that there's nothing to really be scared of, but that would have defeated the whole purpose of Nightmare Night. ( No, I don't mean candy. )
Speaking of which... Pinkie's candy bag art made me laugh so hard! Like soul images. The episode generally had a lot of fun little details. As mentioned in my tweet https://twitter.com/Dowlphin/status/660491881525153796 I must say though, they should really cut back on the ... Wilhelm squeaks ^^, haha. Gets as annoying as the screams can become. Funnily, this was a Halloween episode and as far as I can tell there was actually no Wilhelm SCREAM in it. (Not saying there should have been.)
Apparently they know how to make colored contact lenses in Equestria. Or what other means could Fluttershy have used to change her eye color?
Here are two more spontaneous thoughts I had while watching:
Sadly I don't have a perfect memory, so I don't actually know whether there are scenes supporting this theory, but I thought: Seems like any time balloons are shown in MLP, they float up, i.e. they are helium balloons. ... Do you know of any scene where Pinkie Pie inflates a balloon with her lungs that ends up floating upwards? If not, then I guess the writers really thought it through. ... Or not, haha. We're talking about Pinkie here. I would find it quite natural if her lungs expelled helium. It would be like the physical manifestation of her overall lightness. A partial helium content in her breath would also explain her cute voice. ^^ And yours. Admit it: If Pinkie was all in-your-face talking to you, your voice would get squeaky, too. It could of course also be that she's simply breathing out magic.
I have been writing a lot about the pain of abundant spoilers. :okiedokielokie:
Can you see where this is going?
No, not gonna say it. You say it!
Let the star of the episode be your hero and do your best to become a hero, too.
Just the usual lesson, actually. But damn, this one is dear to me.
Side note: When you are really making a sincere effort and your intention is pure, but you eventually still falter, life might have your back. The universe appreciates sincerity, action from the heart, and doesn't punish without purpose. Punishment always takes two.
So as I talked about in my previous entry, because I already knew the format of the episode beforehand it took away a good bit of the potentially pleasant surprise. It was still a remarkable episode to watch though (took me a while to get into the mood), because the bright spirit of the show has its own power. And because it is such a change to the lore. Did you notice? It started with a theme of change, but it ended up being not the kind of change you'd have expected, but much more.
Also this episode, too, featured the common uplifting/refreshing theme of people being able to change to the better so relatively easily, compared to what is often the case in our world. That is a point I appreciate greatly, and equally so I am troubled by it in our realm. People here tend to be such vicious agents of their inner demons. I could assume that villainesque characters change for the better so easily in MLP because of the energy that (mainly) the main cast radiates. They are champions, not by being perfect, but by being willing to work towards it, by making an effort, and through their understanding of what moral support means; to not mess things up too much with the mind, but have an open heart and support each other that way. These are two of three points in which this episode is especially close to me. The third point is how the CMC eventually figured out that their tedious quest for their cutie marks led to that path being the aim, that their struggle was turned into a blessing, thus positively affecting their whole past efforts. ( You cannot change the future, only the past. ) I wish this worked for me in this realm as it did there in Ponyville, because I more and more find myself in the same situation; that my path of peril is the opportunity for helping others, yet as I said, the fulfillment through that fails in the face of vicious, stone-carved resistance of those who could benefit from the insights I gained out of personal necessity on my journey.
So I watched this episode at a very fitting time.
The musical-style reminded me a lot of Magical Mystery Cure. In both episodes I enjoy how the practiced solution gains celebratory momentum instead of indulging in drama all the time. It has that sweet 'ownage feeling', haha. Also, again, very close to my heart in pain and passion, this approach.
P.S.: This is what came to my mind during the beginning of the episode. ^^ http://dowlphin.tumblr.com/post/131572380787/couldnt-help-but-notice-the-theme-and-its-timing
A review of the episode concerned will follow this entry. Life isn't all pleasantry, and grievances need to be talked about, only then can pleasant experiences be put on a solid foundation.
Lately I have been on an unfollow extravaganza on Twitter and deviantART, because the wave of spoilers is hard to counter, and I'm getting increasingly pissed at how people throw them around left and right. Once I'm done building a relaxing internet silence, the season will probably be over.
The most recent incident was especially vexing because of the feeling of righteousness of the perpetrator.
-- THE FOLLOWING SPOILER-TAGGED SEGMENT CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS ABOUT MLP S5E18 -- (Although since I have waited until I found the right mood to watch the episode myself, by now sufficient time has passed not to tag anymore. Still, when feasible, it is decent to in general give the opportunity to see what's coming and decide whether it is a spoiler or not.)
It's no secret that the MLP fandom shares many negative traits with many other fandoms, and this is just more unempathic, uncaring ego-focus, and it might be pissing me off less if this wasn't just one of so many examples where people don't really think about fellow fans, but let their actions be ruled by personal convenience. I encountered this stuff ever since I was active in the fandom, with the first plenty cases on Cheezburger.
This is a widespread phenomenon that is even propagated by the networks. To me it is appalling that these days they continue to assault us with summaries of following episodes right after the current one aired; sometimes not even with so much as a black screen in-between. In that case, there is also a fear involved that people might not watch their programming if they didn't show what's coming, which sends a message of lack of confidence in their product, which is in almost all cases baseless. (I refuse to call it an improvement, but I remember times when the networks would even give you a summary of the FOLLOWING episode RIGHT BEFORE IT AIRED.)
There are people so messed up and self-unaware that they bemourn the loss of past childlike wonder and amazement and wish they could get that feeling back, yet at the same time are the ones contributing to ruining every chance for that happening. And when I give them the benefit of the doubt and explain it to them, they actively refuse to understand and cling to the problem-creation. This is not too uncommon to me either. The bemourning (or in a different form the dramatic "Why?!") is a technique for rejecting personal responsibility, for externalizing/projecting the problem to a feigned-unknown cause.
Bringing good into the world requires effort, i.e. inconvenience. That effort is worth it because it creates win-win situations, while the at the root fear-based course of self-serving action harms everybody on some level. And effort here must not be confused with action. The whole point is that the fear-motivated mind tries to actively control. In that state, it requires effort in the form of having courage to not try to control things, prepare for the future, know everything in advance.
I will continue to remind people of that, because apparently it needs repeating.
P.S.: Little warning: Don't visit mlp.wikia.com if you hate spoilers. They're frickin' doing it too! Synopsis of upcoming episodes, right on their front page.
Lately I have watched some music videos from MLP Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks and realized how skillfully and beautifully the makers depicted a theme with it. The villains are three sirens, putting people under their spell using music in order to take their magic, or more generally, benefit personally. People keep saying that the sirens got the best musical parts in the movie. Crucial word here: "best". It is a mind judgment. Their music has a different vibe than the music of the mane 6, which moves, too, but in a very different way. It is a less intellectually stimulating way. But the way that speaks to the heart. The makers of the movie managed to have the sirens extend their influence beyond the movie universe and affect viewers in a very similar way. That is amazing work. People find themselves unable to stop listening to it, and I have to include myself in that to a degree. Which is no surprise, since my mind is still very active and easy to capture in that way. But I also realize that salvation lies in focusing on the mane 6 instead, so I don't consider myself in real danger when dabbling in siren music, haha.
I might not have vast personal experience with various musicians, but the experience I have is interesting to examine, because there tend to be electronic musicians who find the right sound effects and such to excite the masses, and they might be the ones who stand on a stage and 'lead' the crowd with various techniques. The typical dance club DJ maybe. Then you have musicians who get you less excited, but more heart-open, maybe also warm and fuzzy, calm, serene. Those will cause less of a unified ritualistic environment. The more you practice something, the better you get at it, and the more you observe with an open mind that doesn't obsess over absolutes and total certainty, you can discover some intriguing bits and see how much is going on behind the curtains, beyond the realm of shapes and things.
The Dazzlings could be seen as (among related things) a metaphor for the shallow pop music business with all its artificialty and trickery and ulterior motives and its effects on people.
So to come back to the title message: The Dazzlings' reach extends into our world, but so does the magic of friendship of the mane 6. Especially Pinkie Pie isn't inhibiting herself in that regards, but more recently Twilight has learned to think with portals and has joined the club of interdimensional relations, so to speak.
If you are still skeptical, maybe you need to have a fresh experience of the underlying theme. Watch these three videos in succession and try not to repeat-play... hahahaha! Pay close attention to the lyrics. And don't hold me accountable for any results. ^^
P.S.: Unless you'd like to warch/rewatch the whole movie anyway, check out the two sides of this based on the lyrics. Examine what the protagonists say in response to the sirens: http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/Welcome_to_the_Show