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  1. 23 points
    I am a human. No, I am a male going through highschool. I am a sentient creature. I like to consider myself a revolutionary. Someone who fights the norm. (Wait isn't that a rebel)Someone that tries to encourage and motivate different behavior or action. As a student suffering from multiple different kinds of disorders that screw with the way I behave, I have an extremely strong sense of justice and ambition. These disorders include Sensory Processing Disorder, OCD, ADHD and anxiety. Are these a curse? Nope, just a part of who I am. I'm just giving you the background information so you can understand where I'm coming from. Because I believe as humans we should aim to understand one another before accusing, lashing out or sentencing to any form of judgement. I cannot take it anymore. Over the past few months, this last month especially, I have watched brilliant people, friendly people that love to help others, with their own enjoyments and passions, get treated like total and utter garbage. As if they were all rats and scoundrels. I recently wrote an essay for English class about Lord of the Flies. (OOOH YES EVERYONE LOVES THAT BOOK.) We were asked to write about human nature. I've always known something about humans and that is that we have the potential to be absolutely savage to each other regardless of what we would have others do to us. Something has happened to a place that used to be my home. It is no longer a bright place where opinions are respected and used correctly. It is no longer a world where I look forward to going to after school. I now fear opening my "Private Message" list to see what hate mail awaits me next. I now fear visiting the moderator skype groups to see what links to horrid posts by members directed at us have been made available. Most of us are introverts. Introverts by not our own will, but for our own mental safety. By us, I think it should be fairly obvious I mean the moderators and I. At school I am one of the most extroverted and outspoken students in my grade of 120 people. Before I became a staff member or moderator I was frequently involved and loved to talk to people. I no longer enjoy this because just about anything I say can be taken and used against me. Everything I do someone or some people will hate me for it. The MLP Forums has developed a subtle form of cyber-bullying that I never dreamed possible in a community like this. You are bronies. You watch a show initially aimed at children, but found a passion and concept behind it you loved because many of you have been through experiences in the past that made you appreciate the morals and themes MLP:FiM has brought to its audience. This kind of thing brings people together, and causes us to relearn things we should have learned when we were younger. It unites us into a group of people who have things to share and things to relate to. Hahaha, no. None of us have "learned" anything. All we've learned is how to abuse "freedom of speech" and "opinion" into weapons of absolute desecration against other human beings. Let me explain to you about one of my favorite elements of harmony since obviously it wasn't clear enough in the show. Honesty: Free of deceit; truthful and sincere. Honesty is the act of telling the truth. Applejack demonstrates this well, especially in the recent Season 4 Premier. (SPOILERS) When Applejack tells Twilight she should leave the forest, she was being honest. She didn't say "Twilight get the hell out of here. Me and all the rest of your friends think you should go and that we don't need you for this." She instead explained her reasoning and said things nicely because she values Twilight's feelings. She's not going to stomp on them. Sugarcoating? Pardon my french but that's total BS. This is called compassion and care. If you think a certain person "should go die in a hole" then you're not displaying a single piece of compassion. (orly?) This brings us to our next element. Kindness: Don't tell me your favorite pony is Fluttershy because your actions say otherwise. Kindness is the act of simply being nice, displaying care for someone and going out of your way for them. True kindness is doing this regardless of who it is. "How do I show kindness to someone I absolutely despise?" This is called forgiveness. Which brings me to... Generosity: Rarity is fabulous and there's no denying that. She adores her own fabulous-ness and doesn't deny that herself. Then why would she cut off her own tail and give it to a sea serpent she knew nothing about until 15 seconds earlier? This is true generosity. Giving something someone may not even deserve, regardless of who they are. That takes heart. Oh hey, I just discovered why the 6th element of harmony is magic. Because in this world, it takes true magic for the traits of the other five elements to truly shine. I have never met a single person with all 5 traits. I've never met someone who is completely honest, kind, generous, loyal and has humor (laughter.) Never to such an extent as FiM displays. I dream of meeting people like the mane 6. I have not ever found a place with many people like this. Not even here on the MLP Forums. It's unfortunate that the MLP Forums has stooped to the point of using opinions as weapons, and bullying people that are trying to help. It's unfortunate being a moderator is a hate-sentence now. It's unfortunate I accepted my position in the first place. I am here now to ask everyone just a few questions. If your closest friend was being mistreated, would you stick up for them? Could you bear to see someone being tortured right before your eyes? Why do you really like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? When was the last time you apologized for hurting someone in any way? Some of you may be surprised by your own answers. If you answer, answer honestly. Not for your image. Not to make yourself look good. If you take anything away from this rant, may it be this. Stop being hypocrites and start acting like the lovable ponies we love so much Take action before you lose the opportunity to have something beautiful here, because you may never get the chance again. MLP Forums is approaching 20,000 members. Stop complaining about how bad the forums are and do something about it. Something honest. Something kind. Something generous. "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not." ~ Dr Seuss P.S. The only reason I am still a moderator here, is for two reasons. 1. I would like to try my hardest to restore the MLP Forums I knew as much as possible, and 2. I am the project manager of Canterlot Arcade and need the presence for the forum section that will follow it.
  2. 6 points
    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.
  3. 6 points
    Recently investigators released a list of the video games the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza played. It included some typical, violent fare, including GTA, Battlefield, Call of Duty, Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead, then also included some other, less-violent games, such as Pikmin, Paper Mario, Luigi's Mansion, LEGO Star Wars and Kingdom Hearts. Can you hear that? That's the sound of the media fapping over the fact that violent video games were found in Lanza's home, oh no! Never mind the fact that his mother was a gun nut and took her kids to gun ranges frequently, he played GRAND THEFT AUTO! Now, allow me to bring up three very important points: If Kerbal Space Program doesn't make me a rocket scientist, Madden NFL doesn't make me a NFL pro, War Thunder doesn't make me a WWII ace, Surgeon Simulator 2013 doesn't make me a doctor, Euro Truck Simulator 2 doesn't make me a truck driver and Mirror's Edge doesn't make me a parkour professional, then how can GTA or Saint's Row make me a murderer? and His mother was clearly crazy, using the "zombie apocalypse" as her justification for owning guns in a state with strict gun laws. Further, Adam Lanza had a multitude of mental disorders. Also, allow me to bring up this video from TotalBiscuit, as I feel he can go over this subject in greater detail and terms than I can. This video was actually made in the wake of the school shooting. Please, take the moment to watch it all the way through. Frankly, I have to agree with TotalBuscuit here, coming from a gamer's POV. As for TotalBuscuit, he holds a law degree, so yes, I do believe he is qualified to make statements such as this. If you can't watch the video, in it TotalBuscuit explains how the media is trying to use video games as a scapegoat for everything wrong in the world to bring back viewers from this new threat they've never had to deal with before, the Internet. By blaming tragedy on violent video games, they are hoping to bring back at least the older audiences from this newfangled Internet thing (it's not actually that new, it's existed since 1969 as ARPANET) but in the process they are invoking the ire of gamers worldwide. Now, is it justified? By all means, yes, because it is undermining the good that gamers do for the world, such as the Humble Indie Bundle or PDXLAN (which recently raised up over 37 thousand pounds of food for the homeless and needy - which of course was ignored by the media, because the older generations must not know that we are actually good people and not just violent psychopaths.) Are video gamers violent psychopaths? No, of course we aren't. I can't even hold a gun, because I am not physically capable of it. I am pretty sure I am not the only one either, as I have seen other disabled gamers doing their thing in Starcraft, Team Fortress and other titles such as that. But the media wants the world to know you as what you aren't - a violent, murderous psychopath who will snap at any second now. And you know what I say? It's about high time we ended this smear campaign, tried to show the people that we aren't anything like what the media says we are. It doesn't matter what kind of gamer you are, whether you be a retro, modern, PC or console gamer - at the end of the day, it's the same hobby, the same passion, regardless of platform or age. The media scapegoating video games is not only immoral and cruel to those of us who enjoy these games, treating them as a "second life" where we can live another life and do things we could never have dreamed of, but also undermines the actual issues at hand, such as mental health, education and preventative actions that can be done to keep these things from happening again. And I say that we do this in a peaceable fashion, so that we would not uphold the stereotype we are attempting to take it down. We are the younger generations, the "gaming" generation, and we will not stand for this scapegoating bullshit. I have no idea if this will work, or if it will even be worth it in the end, but together we all can make a difference.
  4. 5 points
    I wrote this back when it was leaked, and my impressions remain the same. Check 'em out below. ——— What I liked: Fantastic animation. The lighting and shadowing were great, giving the characters depth and atmosphere mood. Excellent AppleDash chemistry. Not shipping, but their friendship and friendly rivalry played off each other. Chemistry at its finest. AJ, your story's actually SCARY. MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Good use of continuity. No true results, but at least the box wasn't left hanging unlike the rushed, lamebrain Twilicorn concept from last season. Hopefully, they don't drop the ball on it unlike last season. Adorkable Twilight, but reigned in with more confidence, intelligence, and maturity. (Still, great for humor, bad for proving her worth as an alicorn princess. More development of her is needed to get passed this stage. She can't be like this forever.) Twilight can fly well, hopefully ending the lazy retcon. Stunt > Consequences > Resolution. Rarity got in over her head via her greed, scared the shit outta herself, and tore a piece of the precious royal tapestry. It was just one hilarious Scooby-Doo parody. The ponies being so scared and running around like that gave me plenty of laughter. Unlike Princess Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie wasn't a random dumbbell. She had purpose and a bit more intelligence to go with her randomness. Nicely done callback from Lesson Zero. Equal screentime for all of the characters, minus Pinkie. Angel's still a lovable dick. The pacing is factually better in here. One of the premiere's biggest problems (and why PTS isn't so objectively good) is the pacing, forcing McCarthy to rush her plot development and insert contrived logic and plot devices. Here, there is a small DEM, but unlike Too Many Pinkie Pies, it fit the scope of the old castle and didn't really impact the plot so much. Good cliffhanger. Now I wonder how it'll impact Season 4…if it will. What I don't like: Lay off the Spikabuse, pleeeeeeeeaaaase! VERY predictable outcome. With Pinkie absent this whole time, it was obvious she was the master of the pipe organ. If the pony playing it was someone else (like Celestia, Luna, or a true ghost), then that'd be a good twist. Fluttershy was caring for Angel, but still behaved like a rather gigantic scaredy-cat. (This case, though, it's somewhat justified given the circumstances.) Twilight showing VERY SLOW development as an alicorn princess. She was funny, but keeps proving how pointless her ascension is so far. I already linked what kind of development Twilight should ger to prove her worth. Altogether, I currently really like it, and it's so far a MUCH better episode than PTS. A good debut episode for Josh Haber. ^__^ ——— Source: S04:E03 - Castle Mane-ia
  5. 5 points
    I don't know how many of you remember/know me. I took a break from coming here around September on account of many people I knew leaving, me being burnt out on MLP in general, and the quality of the community decreasing, at least in my opinion. And no offense, but it seems like the forums have continued to go downhill since. In my last blog entry, I said I'd be leaving for an indefinite amount of time. Well, I've decided to come back. However, I'm not gonna be on 24/7 like I used to be. I'll probably go on a posting binge every once and a while, and then go back to being offline. It's nice to be back, I guess.
  6. 4 points
    Please ignore the Dreamworks Face. GO. NOW. GET IN YOUR AUTOMOBILE, GO TO THE MULTIPLEX, ACQUIRE AN ENTRY VOUCHER, SIT YOUR BUTT DOWN, AND ENJOY THE BEST DAMN MOVIE DISNEY HAS MADE IN LIKE FOREVER. Bolt was pretty decent, Princess and the Frog was flawed but also pretty good, Tangled was really good, Wreck-it-Ralph was great, and this... It's... It's... Yes. Magic. For anybody who's been hoping that Disney would truly go back to the glory days of the Renaissance, this is the closest its come in over a decade. Maybe I'm over-blowing how great it is, but if anything, that's an indication of how excited this movie made me, and it's only getting better the more I think about it. I know, I know, absolutely nothing in the commercials or trailers has indicated anything really great. "What," you snarl, "that stupid-looking movie with the obnoxious snowman guy? Why would I want to watch that, Citrus? You have failed me yet again!" But I assure you, your majesty, it really is much more than some pandering kiddie-flick. It's actually quite smart. Like, genius. Subversive, even. Like, it's gonna hit you like a hurricane five different ways past Sunday. Whatever that means. If it sounds like I'm being ambiguous, it's because I totally am and you have fallen right into my trap. I really don't want to give away everything that makes this movie genius, so both because it's best you go in blind and because I am lazy, imma just gush for a minute or two. 7 FREAKING REASONS FROZEN IS FREAKING GREAT. 1. The voice cast is marvelous and lively, especially Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel as the lead sisters. Menzel's experience as the misunderstood Elphaba in Wicked comes in handy as lonely-princess-with-supernatural-powers-turned-badass-snow-queen Elsa. 2. Like I said, subversive as hell. The "love at first sight" and subsequent one-day courtship that usually appears in Disney movies is condemned and mocked by several characters (and it's actually what sets off the main conflict in the movie), the main relationship is between siblings and not a couple, the Disney trope that deems all queens be evil is played with, the absence of the parents that we always see in these films actually takes a toll the main characters, and the comic relief character is almost a tragic figure. 3. That said, it still balances that line between taking a critical eye to the tropes of the past and still displaying a genuine love for the Disney canon and all the fluff that comes with it, something most recent fairy tale (if you can call them that) movies have a hard time doing for some reason. 4. It's expertly scripted and paced, juggling several themes, introducing characters and ideas, and moving the plot along all at once, and it doesn't even break a sweat. Me thinks some of Pixar's sorcery has rubbed off on Disney. 5. The musical numbers are absolutely phenomenal. The central ballad, "Let it Go", can stand toe-to-toe with anything from the Renaissance. I'm listening to it right now. 6. It's the type of visual treat that only Disney could create. They get a lot of millage out of the ice powers and all the fantastic imagery they result in. 7. Even Olaf the Snowman, the obvious comic relief everyone thought was gonna be the worst thing ever, is kind of great. The movie knows when it's appropriate to whip him out for a healthy laugh and when to restrain him and let the drama happen. He's genuinely likeable (thanks in no small part to Book of Mormon's Josh Gad's performance), and his lack of understanding of what freeing the land from winter and bringing back Summer will mean for him adds an unusual layer of sadness to his character. The movie mostly plays it for laughs, but it's there, and it becomes quite poignant in the third act. Just to be clear, it's not entirely perfect. Maybe the songs could have been paced a bit better (like most Disney movies, the first half is flooded with music while they become more scarce in the second half), and I think the climatic scene could have used just a wee bit more umph (though it should be noted that there is still a considerable amount of umph). While the movie does a great job of reinventing the Disney Princess movie, if you have a genuine problem with Disney fluffiness and magic in general, than you might not be all too into this. Then again, I'm posting this on MLP Forums, and I'm guessing most of you probably don't have a problem with that. So yeah, Frozen is great. Really, truly, beautifully great. Really hope this is an indication that Disney is entering a new golden age. Everyone go see it. NOW. It gets a 9/10.
  7. 4 points
  8. 4 points
    Well, the title voids the need for an introduction so I'll get right to it. I feel like this needs to be considered. Call me whatever. Open discussion is encouraged. Post can be found here. --------------------------------------
  9. 3 points
    Part 1: Our main character, Twilight, and her faithful companion/assistant/surrogate brother Spike is set out on a quest to make friends against her will, instead of averting a disaster... or so she thinks. Hilarity ensues as she tries to avert the disaster instead. Also, this gives us our first look at the other main characters as she gets to interact with each of them. The execution of this plot is pretty solid all around, the scenarios flow well into eachother and everything makes sense. The writers made sure to have an organic way to set up the entire scenario. While cartoon logic dictates that we will see the disaster unfold, Celestia's odd answer works because from what we've seen, it's clear that Twilight really does have problem with socializing, and that it could cause her trouble. By giving Twilight a actual task, she is forced to actually meet other people and interact. Then we end up with a suspenseful cliffhanger. The comedy in this episode is great. The comedic timing is spot on, and the dialogue is fantastically funny almost throughout. However, the one part of the episode I have to complain about is actually the characters. Outside of Twilight and Spike, most of them are very one-note. AJ is a friendly but loud family person, RD is a lazy but justifiably cocky jock, Rarity is simply a fashionista who wants to go to a classier town, Pinkie Pie is an over the top silly party animal and Fluttershy is just... very shy. This is actually a pretty glaring issue since this episode should be setting up the characters personalities, but they are pretty much just cardboard cut-outs for now. Still, a very solid starting episode. As for the backstory... Jealous sibling went bad and wants revenge. It's a very overused scenario, but for good reason, and I can't fault the backstory because it is very concise and solid. Now on to the sadly much weaker half of this two-parter... Part 2: Now we get our main cast together on a quest, and they are off to find the Elements of Harmony, our dear MacGuffin. However, they must all face a series of trials by Nightmare Moon to reach them, and then defeat the nefarious villain. The episode starts falling apart on itself pretty early on, sadly. Why is Nightmare Moon even giving them trials, and not attacking them outright? Later villains have excuses for why they didn't go this route, but NMM doesn't. The trials themselves are hit-and-miss. Fluttershy's is one of the better ones, even making reference to a greek/roman myth(a pegasus doing that? Neat.), that of Androcles and the Lion. On the other hand, we have AJ's trial which doesn't at all reflect her element at all. Perhaps we should've had trust instead of honesty? Wouldn't help that much- the scene is still forced and out of place(and makes AJ look like an idiot). Rarity's is solid in regards to her element, but breaks the mood of the episode, being quite a bit silly. RD's fails to have any stakes, because there's really no reason for her to join the Shadowbolts whatsoever. It should've been illusory Wonderbolts. Pinkie's trial is pretty well done, though. The conclusion is good enough, bringing the pilot to a satisfactory end. Part 2 on it's own is one of the weaker episodes in the series, to be honest. However, as a whole, Friendship is Magic is a pretty good pilot(mostly due to the strong first episode). It has a lot of problems, but most pilots do, since the writers haven't quite learned to play to their strengths yet.
  10. 3 points
    Is...is the title a pun on a pun? ... Do you think this is a bucking game? What a terrible night to have a curse. "Castle Mane-ia" By Josh Haber Not a lot to say about this one, but it was actually pretty good. Great, maybe even. Takes what was sort of a weak premise for an episode and turns it into an entertaining romp with a decent amount of laughs. What's surprising about the humor is that a lot of it comes from timing, some well-placed silly sounds (Donald Duck is apparently trapped inside Applejack's head), and the VA's delivery. Even more surprising is that the one who almost steals the show from Rarity (Tabitha St. Germain is the queen of line delivery around these parts) is Fluttershy. In the last review, I briefly mentioned that I greatly appreciated that she wasn't just some redundant coward like she tends to be in more problematic stories, and that trend continues here, fortunately. She's still tense and everything, but she isn't spending the entire time cowering at every single shadow and is allowed to partake in the same comedy endeavors as everyone else. And by jove, is Andrea Libman great here. She's actually allowed to act and deliver lines, and she ends up being quite funny. I think in general, everybody really delivers here, from Tara Strong's delighted squeals in the opening scene to Ashleigh Ball's juggling characters who's frightened states sound different from each other. It helps that they're backed by a nice script penned by newcomer Josh Haber, who already seems to have a great handle on the personalities of the Mane Six, how they would reason going into the castle, and all the little nuances present in the character. I can't wait to see what he does with a more substantial story. The animation is also effectively funny. Not as extravagant as the premiere, but you can tell they're still experimenting with more three-dimensional posing and placement, and again, the timing is perfect. So many derp faces. I can't. To be sure, the ending is a bit predictable, if not actually really funny, and it's a little disappointing that the Journal of the Two Sisters isn't so much a tool for worldbuilidng so much as a new framing device for the show. I think the episode is enjoyable enough that I can forgive those two quibbles, though I'm sure others might not feel the same. Overall, an inconsequential but enjoyable episode. Nothing more, nothing less. 8/10 Random thoughts: - Why does the idea of a Pony of Shadows or even a ghost seem unrealistic to everyone? The ruling princesses have been alive for a thousand years and Fluttershy's flatmate is the Lord of Chaos. It's like how Indiana Jones never believes the object he's going after is supernatural right up until it starts melting people, despite the fact that the same thing happens literally every time. At this point, nothing should be out of the ballpark of plausibility for these people. - So, is the Pony of Shadows going to end up being real and part of a future plot? That final moment seemed to linger on those glowing eyes a wee bit too long for it to just be a random ending. I'm going to go ahead and assume the Pony of Shadows leads a Nightmare Moon cult or is Voldemort hiding out in the castle while he regains his strength via unicorn blood. - The episode does raise an interesting question about what, exactly, Celestia and Luna's childhood was like. Were they there by themselves for a few hundred years before getting bored and installing the trapdoors for the heck of it, or is the guy who designed the castle an ass? - This is the funniest I've found Pinkie since "Too Many Pinkie Pies". The imagination line at the end is my new favorite Pinkism. Your move, Amy Keating Rogers.
  11. 2 points
    Spoilers of course. My initial thoughts / review. Screenshots and other fun stuff. Just as I had hoped, the box/keys seem to be the theme for the whole season. Also, why is Spike feather dusting with the room in this condition? Gotta clean up them books first, Spike. Not the last time I thought "Poor Spike" this episode. I really have enjoyed Spike more this season so far as compared to previously in the show. Ahhh! Right after I mention I'm interested in this place, the whole episode takes place here! Celestia and Luna's old place, eh? I wonder why they chose this location... SO MANY QUESTIONS. Reasons #45 - #10,831 why I love Twilight ^ First thought: "Uh, context plz?" Pinkie is great this episode. I hate that bunny, man. The guillotine would be too swift for the likes of him. I love this scene. It's so SpoooOOOooky. That music too. Great stuff, this. "We must use the upmost care--" Yeeeah, I saw that coming. Aw yiss, AppleDash brohoof! By the way, if neither of you are scared then why is it daring for you two to stay in here? Just asking. Haha that's funny, the picture's eyes mo-- that's Granny Smith isn't it? ISN'T IT? Remind you of any other staircases from the show? Also, out of context it looks like a time warp or something. I love how Rarity doesn't seem scared at all the whole episode (until the end, anyway). "The trapdoor slide is Luna's favorite!" Please give me fanart right now please please. This is too cute. You'd think somepony'd turn around and see somepony here... Oh well. Funny scene is funny. I don't know if it's just me but Fluttershy looked a bit creepy here. This scene was just too good not to be made into a poster. So I made it into a poster. This should have been pretty obvious, but it surprised me somehow. :3 Very enjoyable, the episode was.
  12. 2 points
    Because the poor thing evolved into a turkey!
  13. 1 point
    1. She's fabulous 2. She's such an individual 3. Her voice 4. Her singing 5. Her mane 6. Her mane is purple 7. Her eyes are best eye model 8. She's creative 9. Generous 10. She's got diamonds on her butt 11. Glasses Rarity is kawaii 12. Her sister is best filly 13. Art of the Dress is an amazing song 14. So is Becoming Popular 15. Heck, any song she's in is enhanced by her voice being in it 16. She knows Karate 17. She's clever 18. Personality is complex as hell 19. Best quotes ever 20. 'But I thought you wanted whining!' 21. 'I'll destroy her!' 22. Crystal pony design is the best thing ever 23. Made a hat out of 3 pieces of hay and a drinking straw work 24. Totally shined every moment she was in season 3 despite not having any dedicated episodes 25. Best EqG design 26. Can always tell when her friends need help 27. Has a cat 28. Was awesome as Princess Platinum 29. She's just gorgeous, okay? 30. She's a unicorn 31. The only remaining unicorn in the Mane 6, in fact 32. Her butt looks good with Rainbow Dash's cutie mark on it 33. Best wet mane 34. Still looks good with her tail cut off 35. Element of Generosity is best Element of Harmony 36. Dat white coat 37. BFF with Fluttershy 38. Totally owns a douchey prince 39. She's girly but not overly so 40. Has the best VA on the show 41. Best facial expressions 42. She is the answer to the universe 43. Her relationship with her sister is amazing and realistic 44. Doesn't want to be anything like her parents 45. Owns and lives in a boutique 46. So beautiful she has a dragon fawning over her 47. Says fabulous a lot 48. Is friends with 5 other awesome ponies 49. Is just awesome whenever she's on screen for the most part 50. Her name is Rarity
  14. 1 point
    Hey everyone! As most of you guys know, I've been working on a new version of Pony.fm. This new version is the launching point for the next era of features that will be implemented. This project is a rewrite of the existing platform. The main reason this had to be done was to support the most asked for feature - the ability to play music while browsing the website. I'm happy to say that Pony.fm now behaves more like an application rather than just a website; and this embodies the direction that I wanted to take this project after coming on board in addition to the existing vision that Feld had. We now have the best of both worlds, and are getting very close to competing directly with the likes of Bandcamp, Google Music and Soundcloud as the premier brony music repository. Of course the features that were available on the last BETA of PFM are still present - with the exception of notifications. We understand how important this feature is; but we would like to integrate it into Poniverse itself instead of having notifications be isolated to just Pony.fm. As a result, this feature is on temporary hold. In addition; there will be bugs. Since we lack the QA resources that larger shops have access to - and this codebase is less tested than the previous one - we expect some bumps along the way. We understand this, and will do our best to address issues as quickly as possible. If you run into something, please-please-please post in the appropriate forum located here: http://mlpforums.com/forum/62-ponyfm/ Anyway, there isn't much more to say here. At this point I'd again like to thank Feld for bringing me on the project, and the wonderful support we have from the community. We're building this for you guys - and we sincerely hope you enjoy it! Thanks! Nelson
  15. 1 point
    Well, Season 4 is officially underway! with a very satisfying two-parter right out of the starting gate. "Princess Twilight Sparkle Part 1" opens with a flying lesson for the most recently ascended alicorn princess, under the tutelage of Rainbow Dash. However, it seems Twilight's new appendages don't come with a manual. She ends up ploughing into the ground after trying to practice her "big finish" for the upcoming Summer Sun Celebration. This scene makes it pretty clear that Twilight is now taller and more horse-like than her friends, and her horn is noticeably slimmer and longer. Her wings are larger and of a different shape to regular pegasus wings. All of which is to be expected, and I like the changes personally. She ate her Wheaties... While she may have changed physically, she's still the same old Twilight personality-wise, refusing to wear her crown or to allow her friends to treat her differently... for the moment at least. In the next scene, the Mane 6 discuss the Celebrations to be held both in Canterlot and back in Ponyville. Twilight's new status means that she has to stay behind instead of being with her friends on the anniversary of their meeting and defeat of Nightmare Moon, which she is unhappy about. However, the others manage to convince her that it won't be as bad as all that. Twilight's stain-glass window is quite interesting to look at, having a picture of Starswirl's journal and another book with Twilight's cutie mark on it. The animation and lighting in this scene really is top notch. However, one gripe is that Pinkie continues to be the "gag" character, doing little more than making odd pronouncements and not otherwise contributing to the scene. The next scene treats her a little better, though. Back in her suite, Twilight and Spike go through (what else?) a checklist. Being ahead of schedule, Spike suggests a quick trip to Ponyville, but Twilight worries about something going wrong in the meantime. Like in "Lesson Zero," her train of thought becomes a little erratic at the prospect of disappointing Princess Celestia. Also it has shades of Pinkie Pie from "Wonderbolt Academy". Princess Celestia herself soon arrives to provide both reassurance and quite a bit of double-nostril alicorn pictures. These babies... She confides some of her feelings to Twilight, about how she previously dreaded the Summer Sun Celebration as a reminder of her having to banish her own sister. Now, she says, she can feel joy of her own in having her sister returned. This conversation really does add a lot to Celestia's character, and is pretty touching. Princess Luna, meanwhile, seems to be having a ball raising the moon outside. After their talk, Princess Celestia leaves Twilight to double-check her checklist. A freaky vine comes out of the ground and attacks her. Perhaps it's best that it happens off-screen... Twilight wakes to find that day and night have decided to join forces. With Spike in tow, they head out of the castle. The citizens of Canterlot (many of whom we've seen before from "Sweet and Elite", including Jet Set, Upper Crust and all the high class ponies Rarity accepted invitations from) gather around in the hopes that Princess Twilight will know what's going on. A Royal Guard rescues her from the press to tell her that not only Princess Celestia, but Princess Luna too, is missing. (Spike faints) They then ask her to give them orders. (Spike faints) Reluctant at first, Twilight steps up and tells them to keep looking for the other Princesses. Just then, a guard comes with a message from Ponyville... the Everfree Forest is attacking! (Spike faints - has he been taking swooning lessons from Rarity or something?) It goes a little something like this... Back in Ponyville, the Mane 6 are having to deal with the encroaching Everfree forest. Fluttershy's animals are all cowering in her cottage, the entire Apple family is fighting a losing battle against weeds, with Big Mac taking the brunt of the forest's sauciness. His usual "yup" and "nope" make their appearances here, so this indicates we're not getting much more lines for him than that even in Season 4. In the sky above, Rainbow Dash is fighting a losing battle of her own against spiky black clouds. One even manages to knock her from the sky, but... ... and right before she hits the ground... shoom... she pulled out... hroom! The plants also seem able to affect a unicorn's horn, as poor Rarity discovers when her magic causes her teapot to go on a rampage. Opalescence is not amused in the slightest, despite Rarity's protests that she isn't doing it on purpose. Even magically challenged Sweetie Belle is not spared from the shenanigans, and ends up being chased by a curtain. The Mane 6 eventually find each other and wonder what's to be done. While all this is going on, Twilight back in Canterlot decides to go to Ponyville herself. After a literal "forgot she could fly" moment, she and Spike take to the air. Bonus points for the spluttering engine sound effect as Twilight first gets going with a bit of wobbling, and for the seat belt gag (where was that hidden?), then the crash landing, leaving poor Spike to make the acquaintance of Mr. Window. Her friends are glad to see her, and Pinkie's Pinkie Sense gets a workout, allowing her to dodge a branch that then hits Rarity. Oddly enough, it's clearly "twitchy tail", which should mean something falling from the sky, not a branch coming in from the side, but meh... When told that the Princesses are missing, Rarity steals Pinkie's GASP! sound effect in retaliation. After thinking about it for a while, Twilight comes to the conclusion that Discord is the one behind all this, and they don the Elements of Harmony to summon him... and his bathtub. It's funny that he's singing "Winter Wrap Up" as he appears. Discord himself is in good form, which makes me a little bit less inclined to say he's been ruined by being reformed. I prefer him as a villain myself, but even now, he provides a good deal of entertainment. His protests of innocence fall on deaf ears (except for Fluttershy, and even she isn't quite willing to believe him - she does however make the very good point of "innocent until proven guilty", so props to her for that.) He suggests asking Zecora, who has been driven out of the Everfree Forest. Conveniently, she has a potion only an alicorn can get to work. I really do wonder why Twilight uses dark magic here, but perhaps that will be explained later. Drinking the potion, she gets a vision. Back in the Castle of the Royal Pony Sisters, Princess Luna comes out and appears to speak to Twilight, saying that she is not going to stand by while others "bathe in your precious light". Understandably confused, Twilight is then horrified to see that Luna is having a bit of a bad mare day () What do you mean, "We've run out of Moon Pies?!" Using her magic to cause an eclipse, Luna begins to transform into Nightmare Moon, in one of the most badass sequences ever shown in the show. The sheer amount of effort that went into this is amazing, and the zoom in on Twilight's aghast expression is fantastic. Now this, fillies and gentlecolts, is how you do a cliff hanger. Honestly, they should have just ended it there, and made everybody squirm for a week. Whew! What a journey it's been and we're only half way through the premiere! Stay tuned for the next half of my review. Until then, stay sunny side up, everypony!
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    Twilicane's pimpin', bronies! <--- Link to the artist.
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    I'm laughing at all the people that said season 3 sucked and left, because season 4 is shaping up to the be the best season. We've got to-notch animation all the way through, good writing, good humor, and what appears to be an actual story arc instead of scattered one-shot episodes. Honestly, it's been a while since I enjoyed an episode quite as much as I've enjoyed the start of Season 4.
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    I have long wanted to do reviews of MLP:FiM. However, then it hit me that I could make a comparison and review blog shared with another series that got a fanbase much different from what was expected- certainly not as MLP, but still, W.I.T.C.H. has a sizable adult male fanbase. Also because I feel the W.I.T.C.H. cartoon gets a bit more flack than it deserves. This blog will primarily deal with the cartoons, and once I've worked through them, I'll go for the comics. My general reviewing pattern will be that I do one episode of FiM, then one of W.I.T.C.H. If the episodes are two-parters, they will be done in a row. Pure comparison entries will be more erratic.
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    All right, it'a time to go deep into the castle and look at this week's episode of mlp, Castle-mania. Basically the ponies explore Celestia and Luna's old castle for different reasons. This episode had some great animation.At one point, Rainbow Dash and Applejack were running there was background. See they've been exploring the cgi since Spike at Your Service. Also there was some nice humor. It seemed to be very reminiscent of Scooby Doo. I've kind of liked episodes in cartoons like that. Also the character interactions seemed pretty natural. Rainbow Dash and Applejack seem to be competitive with each other. A nice callback to Fall Weather Friends. Rarity and Pinkie seem to be the best in this episode. Rarity exploring the art was cool and Pinkie being Pinkie was awesome. My only complaint is that the plot was extremely predictable. Just like with Games Ponies Play, I predicted the outcome about halfway through the episode. But at least the outcome had a funny punchline. that ending though, a pretty nice open ending. Now let's talk about the journals. They seem to be replacing letters to Celestia. I guess since Twilight is now a princess, they really don't need to write letters to her. It will take some getting used to with them most likely saying "Dear diary," but I can get used to this. Overall, pretty solid episode. Had some funny jokes, a nice atmosphere, and a nice story with a sadly predictable ending. I give it an 8/10.
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    So I just bought Pokemon Y and am about to power up my brand-new 3DS. This made me think of the last time I played a Pokemon game: I had the strategy guide, I looked up all the info for every route and city and opponent. The game became a grinding fest until I could get to post-game content. Not this time. I'm gonna go in totally blind, aside from the occasional snapshot I've seen online. I know next to nothing about the starters, the legendaries are truly a mystery, and I've heard rumors about a "Fairy"-type. THIS is what I want my gaming to be from now on: not knowing what's going to happen next. I want to be surprised, I want to be disappointed by a sudden and difficult encounter only to surmount the odds and return victorious. I want to be an adventurer. This is also what I want my writing to be. I want to make it exciting, to make it mysterious, to give the reader that little chill and heart-thumping that signals the beginning of something epic. Damn I'm getting philosophical. Time to go tell the professor whether I'm a boy or a girl. -Kolth
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    Lyra's fate has been sealed. *badum-tss* Link to the artist.
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    Hello, friends, today I'm doing something I feel would be quite useful from my perspective. As some of you know, my interview series has become part of the Poniverse Monthly News Letter. Well, I've decided to let you guys answer this poll to ultimately decide if there will be changes to how this series is conducted. Like I said, this is not something that is mandatory on my part but I am legitimately interested in what you feel would be the best way to handle things. Please, answer the survey, and if you feel you wish to, leave a comment and elaborate, I feel that it would be incredibly helpful to get the user's views on this. Thank you for your time.
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    WARNING: MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF PRETENSION INCOMING. PREPARE YOUR KIDNEYS. Oi, I'm a bit late on this one, aren't I? You all know how it goes, what with that other thing happening this weekend, snatchng up all my attention, and I come back down to Equestria and we have all these new speculation threads. Something about a scepter, I dunno. But, now that whole month of anticipation and surprisingly controversial forum banners* is over and I need to focus on MLP. So f*** off, Doctor. Oh geez, I'm sorry, that was mean. Well first of all, this should have been called "Twilight Princess." "Princess Twilight Sparkle" Written by Meghan McCarthy If I may go back to my disappointment with Equestria Girls real quick, just for a second, a personal problem with the movie that I've become aware of in the past few months isn't any direct fault of the film itself. It just has the misfortune of being the first official Pony media to come out after "Magical Mystery Cure", an episode that continues to split the fandom (as I don't need to tell anyone on these forums). After an episode like that, which left a considerable number of fans uneasy about the future of the everyone's favorite mutant equines, it'd be wise to follow it up with something that rewards those who were "loyal", as it were, wins over those who were unsure, and prove the people who said the show was done wrong. A follow up to "Magical Mystery Cure" had to do several things: it had to show that Twilight was still Twilight, it had to confirm that her relationship with her friends would go unchanged and that they would remain important, it had to prove that the series wasn't turning into just a commercial for toys, and most importantly, it had to maintain that FiM was still FiM. EQG didn't really do most of that. Twilight was still awkward and likeable and such, but everything else didn't really help alleviate any fears that Twicorn was the show's jump-the-shark moment. Twilight was separated from her friends and stuck with a bunch of mere carbon copies for the sole purpose of selling dolls; this was just an altogether weird follow-up to anything, let alone in a series that had to prove it wasn't going down the crapper fast. It's not surprising, then, that "Princess Twilight Sparkle" feels like it was a created to be a promise from DHX that they aren't done yet, and it's a pretty admirable effort to that end. Twilight is still Twilight (and a freaking pony), her being a princess rightfully affects the plot (it'd be weird if it didn't), but she's still living in Ponyville and has the same relationships with her friends that she always had, she isn't overpowered now (her friends actually have rescue her at a few points), and it's still FiM. Most of things many would hope for can be found here; it's still funny, it's till exciting, the characters are still well-rendered and splendidly voice-acted, and a season premiere means an obvious boost in production quality between seasons. The lighting is especially good here, which is appropriate given the half day/half night thing. While nothing here is as grand as the Crystal Empire's design, there is a fair amount of visual flair here; everything, from the angles to the way things are placed in a shot is much more dynamic than we've seen before. The first flashback in particular is a display of the extra effort put into putting these scenes together. That atmosphere, though. I think what I appreciate about this episode the most is the fact that it doesn't feel "mandated". While it was obvious Hasbro wanted to push new toys in "A Canterlot Wedding", "The Crystal Empire", and "Magical Mystery Cure", this episode feels less like they got notes to include something and more like they made the decisions they made because they wanted to convey a specific story and tone. They didn't include a song this time because they they didn't want or need one, and there's no real villain here (more on that later) because it's not the type of story they wanted to tell. There hasn't been a two-parter like this since "The Return of Harmony". Speaking of which... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=RGqw2tvO8oA ...can we just take a moment to talk about this magical motherbucker? Yes, it seems another goal for this episode was to establish that "Keep Calm and Flutter On" did not "ruin" Discord. He is still the immense jackass we all know and love, except now he's kind-sorta helping them in the most annoying way he can, further proof that the writers really are trying to turn him into a full-blown pony version of Q. I love the fact that there's still that one-sided animosity between him and most of the cast; gives the story a bit of an edge in the second act. The only problem with Discord's presence, however, is that it sort of ties into one of the weaker aspects of the story: how uninteresting the actual threat is. Leading up to the premiere, many people assumed, based on everything we've seen so far and the description of the episodes, that Nightmare Moon would be involved in the proceedings. Of course, as we all now know, her inclusion here is a misdirection, as it's soon revealed that the little scene we saw story-boarded at Comic Con was in fact a flashback to Nightmare Moon's rise and subsequent banishment to the moon. I'm not butthurt over that fakeout, though. In fact, I thought it was a pretty cool surprise. We finally got to see that fabled and much anticipated confrontation play out on screen (and the Discord one, too, though that one's a wee bit too anti-climatic for my taste). Plus, it's a clever ruse: tease the fandom with the return of a fan-favorite villain only to switch her out to reveal that there's another force of evil behind everything. Therein lies the problem, however: the true nature of the vines is not nearly as cool as Nightmare Moon. That switcheroo only works if what we get instead is compelling in its own right, but it's not. Instead of being this epic, built-up-to return to the story that spawned the entire series we all hoped it would be, it's just a bunch of weeds that Discord planted and forgot about. I guess that's interesting in its own right, but it's played less like his motives are still ambiguous and more like he's just a jerk who didn't bother telling anyone. Maybe if it actually was the Everfree growing out of control, that could lead to some world-building and maybe an answer as to why the Everfree is the only "automated" area in Equestria and why that frightens everybody. But nope, just some scary vines, which somehow came packaged with spiky clouds and magic dampening. I've seen enough hentai to-- wait, no... It's kind of confusing, actually. If Discord knew enough about the Tree of Harmony to know that it was a threat he had to deal with, why didn't he recognize the Elements of Harmony? At least you could make the argument that he thought he had the Mane Six beat in "The Return of Harmony" and thus didn't expect the Elements to actually work. This is twice that this has happened, dude. But Discord isn't the only odd thing around here. There's a couple of moments in the episode that feel a bit ill-structured or included. The flashback-inducing potion is a bit random and a clumsy way of getting to those scenes. Surely there could have been a better way of conveying that information. The whole "Twilight heads back to town" bit is even worst. I get what they were trying to do thematically, but it's rushed (it lasts 5 minutes), isn't properly built up to in the rest of the episode, and is too illogical on the characters' parts. Since when is Twilight anymore vulnerable than anyone else, and why would you split up the group and send an Element away if you know that the entire quest revolves around getting all of them to the tree? I love when they get to the tree and Dash is all like "dammit, AJ, that was a stupid thing we just did." Speaking of which, the tree is right underneath the old castle? Then how come Celestia and Luna acted like they just went on an epic quest to the tree in the flashback? Where did all the scratches and bruises come from? Did they trip down the stairs too? However, getting to the tree does lead to the best moment of potential awesomeness in the whole episode: no Elements in Season 4. Maybe. The potential of this is obvious; without the Elements, the Mane Six can no longer just destroy evil with rainbows. If they come up against another foe, they'd have to rely on their own skills and cleverness to win the day (like they did in "Magic Duel"), and the writers would have to get more creative as a result. It also adds a bit of tension. Yeah, we all know that they'll win the day, but now we wouldn't know how, and the characters won't either. It'll be a more effective creation of suspense then, say, the princesses not being there, which, lets be honest, makes very little difference at this point. Two possible problems, though. Firstly, the show never really utilizes the Elements outside of the openers and finales anyhow, so or all we know, this doesn't affect the plot at all until the finale. Secondly... Sigh. I have a really bad feeling about this box. I hope to the goddesses that it isn't new Elements, but my gut tells me it is. Oh, and look, six locks! Gee, I wonder what the six keys to those six locks are! Truly a full-fledged mystery that requires a whole season to solve. Worst case scenario, we never touch on this box until the finale, it really is just the Mane Six's love or whatever that unlocks it, and it's just a bunch of Elements. I could be wrong. I hope I'm wrong. So yeah, it has a bunch of problems, but I enjoyed it. Simple as that. Doesn't usurp "The Crystal Empire" as my favorite two-parter or anything like that, but it's competent, and could end up being the setup for a glorious season to come. For all I know, the upcoming episodes could make this one better retroactively. It certainly seems to be promising that some big things, or at least that the show still has legs. Not too shabby. The Day of the Doctor was better. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! 7.5/10 Random Thoughts: - Really like how Fluttershy is portrayed here. She's still her usual mousy self, but she seems to have genuinely grown stronger from past events, unlike "Magic Duel", where she started sucking out of nowhere. She's frightened by what's happening, but when push comes to shove, she stands by her friends and puts Discord in this place at the end. That was magnificent, by the way. - Never was a fan of how Pinkie would derail scenes in these two-parters for pointless comedy, though at least it's actually funny here. - Sweet, Celestia now has the pathos she deserves. Now expand upon it, please. - Maybe Discord actually planned for the Elements to be put out of commission. Anything's a possibility. - Wait, so the royal sisters were already princesses and alicorns when they took on Discord? And Celestia didn't have pink hair. Well, that just about ruins everything. I'm leaving. - That scepter is gonna be a thing at cons now, isn't it? Looking forward to that. *Does nothing please you people?
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    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 power of my planking! Celestia seems either unwilling or unable to return fire with her own Solar Beam, and despite managing to dodge for a while, takes a full on hit from Nightmare Moon's magic, and plummets senseless to the ground. Twilight, for the first time ever, drops the title when she cries out in concern. Yes, folks, not "Princess Celestia!", just "Celestia!" Twilight, still unaware that she is watching a vision of the past, believes Celestia to be dead. Her mane seems to stop flowing when she's unconscious, but it restarts when she gets up, to Twilight's relief. The horseshoe finally drops for Twilight when Celestia, having no choice but to take it to the next level, DBZ style, reveals the Elements of Harmony, still in their Hyrule form. The Elements, when activated, start to spin around Celestia, and man, does it look amazing... not to mention badass. It does, however, strongly remind me of the finale to Avatar: The Last Airbender... I wonder if that was intentional. #&%&$$&&&..... This caption has imploded due to the awesomeness of these two pictures. Despite tears streaming down her face (the most emotion Celestia has ever shown), she proceeds to smack a mare up with what could only loosely be described as a beam'o'war, since it's so very one-sided. Nightmare Moon is banished, and the vision ends. The next scene gives us a bit of comic relief after all the emotion, with Discord taking palpable glee in mocking how Twilight was behaving while in her trance. He also hangs a neat little lampshade on the distinct lack of musical accompaniment in this two-parter (thank Celestia for that) with "I do hope she breaks into a song this time!" Time for flashback, take two! The architecture here is interesting, with brick walls and thatched roofs, not seen since "Hearth's Warming Eve". It appears as if Discord took over not very long after Equestria was founded. More and more gaps in the history of Equestria are being plugged, and I for one couldn't be happier. I love backstory. Celestia and Luna face down Discord, using the Elements of Harmony in tandem, and turn him to stone. The very next instant, the vision shifts to show Twilight how they actually found the Elements on the Tree of Harmony. Of course, now we have to wonder exactly where the Tree came from, but I'm sure later episodes will shed more light on that. Looks like Season 4 is going to have an arc. Wonderful! All we know is that the Tree is somehow acting as a limiter on the Everfree Forest, and it appears as if that limiter has been removed. Finally making some progress, the Mane 6 head off into the Everfree Forest once more, to find the Tree. They almost immediately run into a crocodile, (which could be pronounced "Crackodile", it's pretty hard to decide) which despite being huge, is rather easily defeated. Disappointing, really. However, this scare is enough to make "team mom" Applejack concerned about risking Princess Twilight, and she convinces the group that Twilight should head back to Ponyville and stay safe, just in case Luna and Celestia are never found. This is despite the fact that a mere minute earlier, they all agreed happily when Twilight said, "Whatever happens, we'll face it together." In fact, this is one of the few things I didn't like in this episode. Sending Twilight back, only to have her come find them a few scenes later anyway. It just seems unnecessarily dramatic to me, although I guess what Applejack says is true enough in its own right. Ah, well, it gives us more Discord antics to enjoy, so I suppose it's alright. Not to mention the newest meme we're all going to be tired of seeing within a month couple of days: Twilight's golden scepter. Well, it ain't no GAK, but it'll do... Twilight, needled sufficiently, heads back to find her friends, (how is Spike keeping up with her galloping...? Strange...) who have just managed to locate the Tree, and Pinkie in particular has located some stairs... methinks Sombra was here... he likes stairs, apparently. While Twilight is being attacked by spindly soporific scent spitting spores, Rainbow and AJ are having plant troubles of their own: Everfree Forest uses Vine Whip! It's super-effective! Unable to figure out how to help the Tree, they start to argue over sending Twilight away, until Spike arrives and in typical Spike fashion, can only communicate that someone is in danger with one word sentences. However, it's enough for them to find and rescue Twilight from the evil vines. Then they all say what we've known all along... the Mane 6 need to stay together, no matter what. Back at the Tree, Twilight realizes that the Elements need to be returned to it. Of course, this defeats the invading vine army, much to Discord's annoyance, and releases the two Princesses, who have been trapped here the whole time. The Tree also provides this Season's mysterious McGuffin... a box with six locks. Celestia seems to know something about it, but even she is unaware of where the keys are to be found. On their return to Ponyville, Discord outs himself as the one responsible for the vine attack... which raises a question. If he knew about the Tree of Harmony and planted the seeds hoping to drain its magic, why didn't he know about the Elements and that they had the power to turn him into stone? Is he just being Discord, or is there a more nefarious plan in play here? I hope answers will be forthcoming later in Season 4. At any rate, the Summer Sun Celebration goes forward, Luna lowers the moon, Celestia raises the sun, and Twilight does her big finish that she mentioned at the start of the premiere. Notably, she flies exactly between the moon and the sun as she uses her magic to create a starburst (it's not a Sonic Rainboom, so RD fans, you can stop crying foul ) The symbolism is unmistakable. The importance of being Twilight... And that was the premiere. Not a perfect episode, but near enough to it. The animation was beautiful, with plenty of shading, camera effects such as blurring and soft focus (I don't know the technical terms, but I do know it looks lovely). The actions scenes were detailed and enthralling. The characters, especially Twilight and Discord, were exactly as they should be. And last but not least, the removal of the Elements and the mystery of the Box set up the rest of the Season very nicely. Final Rating 5 – Celestia Rank: A great episode. It will be re-watched frequently. 4 – Luna Rank: A good episode, but with one or two problems that prevent it from being great. 3 – Spike Rank: An average episode. Positives and negatives are balanced. 2 – Discord Rank: Worth watching once. After that, turn it to stone and put it in the garden. 1 – Nightmare Moon Rank: Send it to the moon! My friends, I am no longer worried about the future of Friendship is Magic. Season 4 looks like it's going to be a doozy. And you can count on your friendly neighborhood Sunny Fox to be there as the journey continues. Stay sunny side up, folks!