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  1. 6 points
    Hey been a while since you've seen me. Yeah, I know I sometimes come back here to plug things, but I've more or less left this site. However, with MLP:FIM ending today, I thought I'd give one last farewell to the show and retrospective of my time in the fandom in blog form here. Even though I left this forum, I never actually stopped keeping up with the show. I just sort of grew away from this site as I've found more communities and more friends outside the forums. Plus I got into a lot more things making MLP not really my primary special interest anymore. However, I still owe a lot of respect to MLP as it was the gateway to helping me socialize online. It was the first time I made friends online, and the first time I made myself known online. When I was on here back in 2014, I was known as the resident Pinkie Pie fan. I basically fanboyed over Pinkie so much that people associated me with her. This went on for several years until I eventually grew apart from the forums and left around 2016-2017. However, this experience served as a stepping stone. After leaving this forum, I became more active on Discord, which eventually led to me creating my own server, which led to me making a lot of my current friends. The server's been pretty successful currently sporting over 100 users. I also became more active on Twitter and have 738 followers as of typing this. Funny enough, a lot of elements from my old days here are still present on my Twitter. Basically just replace Pinkie with Viridi from Kid Icarus Uprising and get rid of the waifu elements. But back on track, upon getting into the show back in 2012, it was an experience. I followed the show ever week, read EQD every day, listened to the pony music on my phone, and have several pony shirts. Midwestria 2012 was my first con experience and I had a blast. I went to Whinny City Ponycon every year until 2019, when I saved up to go to the final Bronycon. That final Bronycon was a blast, and one of the best experiences I ever had. It really felt like one of the final huzzahs of me in the fandom before the show ends. This show really helped me during depressing times. When I got into it, my sister was leaving for college and I knew I would see her less. This show and fandom helped me through that. Yeah. I may have my problems with it now, but back then it really helped me during my isolating teenage years. Even though it's ending and even though I'm now into way more fandoms and have a completely different community, I'll still remember these days as good times. Thank you MLP, and have a pure Pinkie
  2. 5 points
    So much for this whole biweekly update thing. But here I have something that I impressed myself with. Also, the first time I've drawn wings I can really be proud of! Note: most of the art in this picture isn't mine. Everything except the last window on the right wasn't made by me. The last window on the right is the only part that's actually my art. Woops, forgot to mention, the design is heavily inspired by this piece here (my personal favorite Nightmare Moon fanart).
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    Content Count: 3.026 Posts made, that counted.(+16) Day's Won: 7 Days having the most brohoofed content.(--) Last day having most brohoofed content: 30th December 2014 Ammount of Brohoofs: 29.705 Brohoofs received(+450) Followers: 405 Users following me.(+1) Forum Rank: Yak(--) Profile Views: 449.736 times User watched my profile.(+5.671) Last 6 Visitors: @Partialgeek514 @Ember Crescent @Samurai Equine @Cl0udChaser @Sparklefan1234 @Soren Peregrine Ammount of Blogs: 5(+0) Ammount of Entries in my Blogs: 209 Entries(+1) Ammount of Comments in my Blogs: 229 Comments(+2) Ammount of Views in my Blogs: 28.928 Views(+112) Ammount of Content: 3.167 Pages(+17) Ammount of Status Updates: 356 Pages(+5) Ammount of Status Replies: 614 Pages(+4) Topics Posted by Me: 36 Topics(+0) Posts in "Count to a million" = 58.426(--)(To be continued!)(But theres no way to check how many posts i have now, so until theres a way, it just keeps like this) Days Won Counter: 3rd on 6th May 2019 with 35 Brohoofs 3rd on 1st April 2019 with 54 Brohoofs 3rd on 7th November 2015 with 34 Brohoofs 2nd on 21st June 2015 with 85 Brohoofs 2nd on 14th June 2015 with 194 Brohoofs 3rd on 31st May 2015 with 67 Brohoofs 2nd on 27th May 2015 with 106 Brohoofs 2nd on 22nd March 2015 with 154 Brohoofs 3rd on 1st February 2015 with 57 Brohoofs 3rd on 31st January 2015 with 68 Brohoofs 3rd on 26th January 2015 with 71 Brohoofs 1st on 30th December 2014 with 128 Brohoofs 3rd on 13th December 2014 with 37 Brohoofs 3rd on 7th December 2014 with 47 Brohoofs 2nd on 6th December 2014 with 35 Brohoofs 2nd on 23rd November 2014 with 48 Brohoofs 1st on 12th October 2014 with 158 Brohoofs 2nd on 4th October 2014 with 78 Brohoofs 2nd on 1st June 2014 with 76 Brohoofs 3rd on 18th May 2014 with 60 Brohoofs 1st on 26th April 2014 with 152 Brohoofs 3rd on 25th April 2014 with 80 Brohoofs 2nd on 21st April 2014 with 94 Brohoofs 2nd on 15th April 2014 with 118 Brohoofs 2nd on 12th April 2014 with 75 Brohoofs 3rd on 9th April 2014 with 75 Brohoofs 3rd on 8th April 2014 with 131 Brohoofs 2nd on 1st April 2014 with 77 Brohoofs 2nd on 31st March 2014 with 114 Brohoofs 2nd on 30th March 2014 with 90 Brohoofs 1st on 29th March 2014 with 96 Brohoofs 1st on 27th March 2014 with 73 Brohoofs 1st on 26th March 2014 with 78 Brohoofs 2nd on 18th March 2014 with 29 Brohoofs 3rd on 17th March 2014 with 28 Brohoofs 1st on 9th March 2014 with 78 Brohoofs 3rd on 28th February 2014 with 27 Brohoofs 3rd on 24th February 2014 with 25 Brohoofs Ranking most Brohoofs received: 5th(--) Ranking most Content: Not included(--) Ranking most Status Updates: 3th(--) Ranking most Articles: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Characters: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Answers: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most EQE Characters: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Most Submissions: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Most Banners: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Most Readings: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Most Records: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Calendar Events: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Applications: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Blog Entries: 8th(NEW) Ranking most Posts(All): 1st(--) Ranking most Product Reviews: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Awards received: 53(+1) Award Ranking: Not included(--) Fics: 4 completed(+0), 0 uncompleted(-0), 0 Unsubmitted(+0) PlayStation Trophies: 3.163 Trophies(+63) 23 Platinum(--) 120 Gold(+3) 479 Silver(+22) 2.519 Bronze(+38) Games with Trophies: (NEW)(PS4)Call of Duty Modern Warfare 34% 13 of 28(+34% 13 Trophies) (PS4)BioShock Infinite 7% 6 of 81(+7% 6 Trophies) (PS4)BioShock 2 67% 37 of 54(+67% 37 Trophies) (PS4)BioShock 59% 48 of 66(+10% 7 Trophies) (PS4)Wolfenstein Youngblood 7% 5 of 61 (PS4)F1 2019 32% 21 of 51 (PS4)Red Dead Redemption 2 84% 46 of 52 (PS4)Battlefield V 40% 13 of 22 (PS4)Spyro the Dragon 4% 3 of 37 (PS4)Spyro 2: Rypto's Rage! 0% 0 of 30 (PS4)Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon 0% 0 of 41 (PS4)Metal Gear Survive 11% 8 of 52 (PS4)Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 1% 2 of 103 (PS4)Horizon Zero Dawn 14% 14 of 79 (PS4)Shadow of the Tomb Raider 31% 46 of 100 (PS4)F1 2015 26% 15 of 46 (PS4)F1 2018 13% 7 of 50 (PS4)Call of Duty: WWII 21% 21 of 91 (PS4)F1 2017 4% 2 of 51 (PS4)Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition 32% 23 of 61 (PS4)Uncharted: The Lost Legacy 35% 21 of 50 (PS4)Wolffenstein II: The New Colossus GER 33% 29 of 81 (PS4)Wolfenstein: The Old Blood GER 47% 30 of 51 (PS4)Wolfenstein: The New Order GER 67% 36 of 51 (PS4)Grand Theft Auto V 50% 41 of 78 (PS3)F1 2014 60% 34 of 50 (PS4)The Last of Us Remastered 29% 13 of 50 (PS3)Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 48% 43 of 61 (PS4)Killzone Shadow Fall 53% 28 of 47 (PS4)F1 2016 14% 8 of 50 (PS4)Fallout 4 15% 15 of 85 (PS4)Call of Duty: Black Ops III 38% 35 of 99 (PS4)Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Remastered 56% 39 of 59 (PS4)Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Remastered 62% 39 of 53 (PS4)Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Remastered 58% 38 of 54 (PS4)Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare 45% 40 of 89 (PS4)Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 53% 45 of 91 (PS4)Call of Duty: Ghosts 40% 39 of 92 (PS4)Battlefield 1 64% 32 of 51(Platinum) (PS4)Rise of the Tomb Raider 40% 54 of 125 (PS4)Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered 100% 51 of 51(Platinum) (PS3)F1 2013 40% 23 of 46 (PS4)Uncharted 4: A Thief's End 84% 56 of 68(Platinum) (PS4)Table Top Racing: World Tour 33% 16 of 37 (PS4)Bully 100% 38 of 38(Platinum) (PS4)Battlefield Hardline 62% 41 of 63(Platinum) (PS4)Battlefield 4 67% 43 of 68(Platinum) (PS4)Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition 55% 30 of 51 (PS4)Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 100% 43 of 43(Platinum) (PS4)Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 100% 15 of 15 (PS4)The Order: 1886 42% 9 of 22 (PS3)F1 2012 56% 34 of 50 (PS3)F1 2010 55% 36 of 50 (PS3)F1 2011 68% 29 of 39 (PS3)Dead Space 67% 41 of 49 (PS3)Dead Space 3 39% 24 of 59 (PS3)Dead Space 2 GER 49% 27 of 51 (PS3)Beyond: Two Souls 36% 21 of 46 (PS3)BioShock Infinite 31% 31 of 81 (PS3)BioShock 2 44% 33 of 69 (PS3)BioShock 56% 46 of 66 (PSVita)Killzone: Mercenary 60% 36 of 53 (PS3)Metro: Last Light 28% 19 of 71 (PS3)Red Dead Redemption 48% 39 of 91 (PS3)Grand Theft Auto IV 68% 43 of 66 (PS3)Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 100% 15 of 15 (PS3)Call of Duty: Black Ops II 45% 40 of 91 (PS3)Battlefield 1943 100% 12 of 12 (PSVita)Welcome Park 100% 13 of 13 (PS3)The Saboteur 100% 46 of 46(Platinum) (PS3)Grand Theft Auto V 56% 37 of 59 (PSVita)Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 91% 44 of 46 (PS3)Battlefield 3 61% 40 of 64 (PSVita)Uncharted: Golden Abyss 100% 56 of 56(Platinum) (PSVita)PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale 97% 55 of 56(Platinum) (PS3)Batman: Arkham City 31% 23 of 71 (PS3)Batman: Arkham Asylum 57% 31 of 48 (PSVita)Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 100% 46 of 46(Platinum) (PS3)Need for Speed: Most Wanted 70% 42 of 61 (PS3)WipEout HD 24% 19 of 51 (PS3)LittleBigPlanet 27% 23 of 70 (PS3)Battlefield: Bad Company 2 71% 51 of 73(Platinum) (PS3)Killzone 100% 59 of 59(Platinum) (PS3)Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception 51% 55 of 105(Platinum) (PS3)Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 73% 48 of 71(Platinum) (PS3)Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 100% 48 of 48(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 100% 34 of 34(Platinum) (PS3)Battlefield: Bad Company 67% 38 of 51 (PS3)Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 61% 49 of 77 (PS3)Killzone 2 66% 52 of 84(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 100% 50 of 50(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 100% 46 of 46(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 100% 46 of 46(Platinum) (PS3)Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 88% 48 of 51 (PS3)Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 51% 41 of 73 (PS3)Killzone 3 64% 52 of 79(Platinum) (PS3)Call of Duty: World at War 71% 45 of 65(Platinum) (PS3)Call of Duty: Black Ops 68% 46 of 71 - = Got more rare += Got less rare Rarest Platinum: War Hero(Killzone 2)(--) 2.21%(-0.01%) Unrarest Platinum: Valedictorian(Bully)(--) 24.02%(-0.05%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Platinum): 1.War Hero(Killzone 2)(--) 2.21%(-0.01%) 2.The Legendary Hero(Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots)(--) 4.44%(-0.01%) 3.Extremely Solid(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(--) 5.04%(+0.00%) 4.Legend(Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain PS4)(--) 5.61%(-0.02%) 5.Platinum Trophy(Battlefield Hardline PS4)(--) 5.84%(-0.02%) 6.Vic Boss(Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker HD)(--) 6.67%(-0.02%) 7.Platinum(Call of Duty World at War)(--) 6.71%(-0.01%) 8.Bad Company Elite(Battlefield Bad Company 2)(--) 7.03%(-0.01%) 9.Snake Eaten(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PSVITA)(--) 7.29%(-0.02%) 10.Platinum Trophy(Battlefield 4 PS4)(--) 7.46%(-0.03%) 11.Platinum(Killzone 3)(--) 7.86%(-0.02%) 12.World War One Hero(Battlefield 1)(--) 8.23%(-0.04%) 13.Just another day at the office(Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare Remastered)(--) 10.26%(-0.05%) 14.Platinum(Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception)(--) 11.05%(-0.02%) 15.One Last Time(Uncharted 4 A Thief's End)(--) 11.50%(-0.04%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Platinum): 1.Valedictorian(Bully)(--) 24.02%(-0.05%) 2.Platinum(Uncharted Drake's Fortune)(--) 18.90%(-0.03%) 3.Platinum(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 16.76%(-0.04%) 4.Platinum(Killzone HD)(--) 15.82%(-0.07%) 5.Complete all other trophies(The Saboteur)(--) 14.84%(-0.03%) 6.All-Star Legend - You've Only Done Everything(PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVITA)(--) 14.72%(-0.05%) 7.Platinum(Uncharted Golden Abyss)(--) 13.39%(-0.01%) 8.Snake Eaten(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PS3)(--) 13.17%(-0.02%) 9.One Last Time(Uncharted 4 A Thief's End)(--) 11.50%(-0.04%) 10.Platinum(Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception)(--) 11.05%(-0.02%) 11.Just another day at the office(Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare Remastered)(--) 10.26%(-0.05%) 12.World War One Hero(Battlefield 1)(--) 8.23%(-0.04%) 13.Platinum(Killzone 3)(--) 7.86%(-0.02%) 14.Platinum Trophy(Battlefield 4 PS4)(--) 7.46%(-0.03%) 15.Snake Eaten(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PSVITA)(--) 7.29%(-0.02%) Rarest Gold: Key To The City(Grand Theft Auto IV)(--) 2.58%(-0.01%) Unrarest Gold: Collateral Damage(The Order 1886)(--) 80.47%(-0.04%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Gold): 1.Key To The City(Grand Theft Auto IV)(--) 2.58%(-0.01%) 2.Great Dane(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 2.73%(+0.00%) 3.Solid Gold, Baby!(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(--) 2.80%(-0.01%) 4.Career Criminal(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(--) 3.20%(-0.02%) 5.Best in the West(Red Dead Redemption 2)(--) 3.80%(+0.00%) 6.Heroic Survivor(Killzone 2)(--) 3.85%(-0.00%) 7.Valor Grand Cross(Killzone 2)(--) 4.02%(-0.01%) 8.Amateur Radio Operator(Metal Gear Rising Revengeance)(--) 4.04%(-0.01%) 9.Career Criminal(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS3)(--) 4.53%(-0.01%) 10.Sounds of the Battlefield(Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots)(--) 4.55%(-0.01%) 11.Multiplayer Elite(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 5.26%(-0.01%) 12.The Longest Day(Call of Duty Infinite Warfare)(--) 5.37%(-0.03%) 13.Virtually Impossible(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(--) 5.45%(+0.00%) 14.Complete Stealth(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 5.57%(-0.01%) 15.Great Dane(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(--) 6.19%(-0.01%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Gold): 1.Collateral Damage(The Order 1886)(--) 80.47%(-0.04%) 2.Modern Marvels(The Order 1886)(--) 77.04%(-0.04%) 3.A Knight No More(The Order 1886)(--) 69.82%(-0.04%) 4.Bought a Slot(BioShock 2 PS4)(NEW) 69.53%(-0.00%) 5.Three for One(PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVITA)(-1) 64.74%(-0.02%) 6.The Pacific Campaign(Battlefield 1943)(-1) 62.58%(+0.02%) 7.Charted! - Normal(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(-1) 57.87%(-0.04%) 8.Escape(BioShock 2 PS4)(NEW) 57.86%(-0.00%) 9.Liberation(Wolfenstein The New Order GER)(-2) 57.44%(-0.10%) 10.Let's Go Home - Destroy Stahl's Cruiser(Killzone 3)(-2) 56.21%(-0.04%) 11.The Fugitive(Dead Space 2 GER)(-2) 53.40%(+0.07%) 12.Like a Boss(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PS3)(-2) 51.97%(-0.04%) 13.Charted! - Normal(Uncharted Drake's Fortune)(-2) 50.14%(-0.05%) 14.A Cut Above(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(-2) 48.49%(-0.05%) 15.Welcome to the Penthouse(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(-1) 48.25%(+0.01%) Rarest Silver: Curator(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(--) 2.84%(-0.02%) Unrarest Silver: Bare-knuckle Slugger(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 85.06%(-0.02%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Silver): 1.Curator(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(--) 2.84%(-0.02%) 2.No One Will Believe You(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(--) 3.00%(-0.02%) 3.Mission Complete(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(--) 3.04%(+0.02%) 4.Shadows Cannot Be Killed(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 3.08%(-0.02%) 5.Endangered Species(Grand Theft Auto 4)(--) 3.21%(-0.00%) 6.The Knowledge(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 3.71%(-0.01%) 7.Fully Equipped(Call of Duty Infinite Warfare)(--) 3.79%(-0.03%) 8.Dare Devil(Grand Theft Auto 4)(--) 3.86%(-0.01%) 9.Gun Nut(Call of Duty Infinite Warfare)(--) 3.96%(-0.02%) 10.Tell Me a Tale(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 3.98%(-0.00%) 11.Outgunned(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 4.80%(-0.02%) 12.In It to Win It(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 4.82%(-0.01%) 13.Decorated(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 5.72%(-0.02%) 14.Executed(Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain PS4)(--) 5.87%(-0.02%) 15.Untouchable(Killzone 2)(--) 5.95%(-0.01%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Silver): 1.Bare-knuckle Slugger(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 85.06%(-0.02%) 2.Out of the Frying Pan(The Saboteur)(--) 84.48%(-0.00%) 3.Into the Fire(The Saboteur)(--) 83.50%(-0.02%) 4.Stepping up(Formula 1 2018)(--) 83.40%(+0.01%) 5.Killer on the loose(Battlefield Bad Company)(--) 81.70%(-0.02%) 6.Victory!(Formula 1 2019)(+2) 81.64%(+0.83%) 7.Two for One(PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVITA)(--) 81.27%(-0.01%) 8.Grim Reaper(Battlefield 5)(-2) 81.05%(-0.34%) 9.Top 3(Formula 1 2016)(-1) 79.43%(-0.14%) 10.Headshot Expert(Uncharted Drake's Fortune Remastered)(--) 78.74%(-0.03%) 11.Baneful Payback(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(--) 78.67%(-0.02%) 12.Dress for Success(BioShock Infinite PS4)(NEW) 77.85%(-0.00%) 13.On the podium(Formula 1 2017)(-1) 77.25%(-0.27%) 14.Master of your domain(Battlefield 1943)(-1) 76.07%(+0.01%) 15.Arkham City Sirens(Batman Arkham City PS3 DLC)(-1) 74.95%(-0.02%) Rarest Bronze: High IQ(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(--) 2.73%(+0.02%) Unrarest Bronze: A Rite of Passage(Table Top Racing: World Tour)(--) 98.49%(-0.01%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Bronze): 1.High IQ(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(--) 2.73%(+0.02%) 2.Close Shave(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(--) 3.17%(-0.01%) 3.St. Bernard(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(+1) 3.34%(-0.01%) 4.Rolling Heavy(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(+1) 3.34%(-0.02%) 5.Horses for Courses(Red Dead Redemption 2)(-2) 3.46%(+0.11%) 6.Scout(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 3.50%(-0.01%) 7.Non-Regulation(Red Dead Redemption 2)(--) 4.02%(+0.16%) 8.Close Shave(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS3)(--) 4.06%(-0.01%) 9.Veteran Ribbon(Killzone 2)(--) 4.22%(-0.01%) 10.Expert Ribbon(Killzone 2)(--) 4.25%(-0.01%) 11.Shiba Inu(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 4.26%(-0.02%) 12.Outmaneuvered(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 4.48%(-0.02%) 13.It's Art(Red Dead Redemption 2)(--) 4.53%(-0.02%) 14.Unlocked(Metal Gear Solid 5 Ground Zeroes PS4)(+1) 4.67%(-0.01%) 15.Home Comforts(Red Dead Redemption 2)(-1) 4.79%(+0.22%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Bronze): 1.A Rite Of Passage(Table Top Racing World Tour)(--) 98.49%(-0.01%) 2.Undercover(Wolfenstein The Old Blood GER)(--) 97.56%(-0.01%) 3.Freeflow Combo 5(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(--) 97.12%(-0.00%) 4.Followed Rost's teachings(Horizon Zero Dawn)(--) 97.06%(-0.01%) 5.War Never Changes(Fallout 4)(--) 96.95%(-0.02%) 6.Path of the Stars(Shadow of the Tomb Raider)(--) 96.94%(-0.01%) 7.2X Multiplier!(LittleBigPlanet)(--) 96.89%(-0.00%) 8.I'm Batman(Batman Arkham City PS3)(--) 96.04%(-0.00%) 9.Deja-vu(Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus GER)(--) 95.97%(+0.01%) 10.Artist(LittleBigPlanet)(--) 95.93%(-0.00%) 11.Shocking Rescue(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(--) 95.79%(-0.01%) 12.Somebody Else?(Beyond Two Souls PS3)(--) 95.73%(-0.00%) 13.Fix Me Up(Need for Speed Most Wanted PS3)(--) 95.72%(-0.01%) 14.Come In(Killzone Mercenary)(--) 95.41%(-0.00%) 15.Written in the Clouds(BioShock Infinite PS3)(--) 95.25%(-0.00%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(ALL): 1.War Hero(Killzone 2)(Platinum)(--) 2.21%%(-0.00%) 2.Key To The City(Grand Theft Auto 4)(Gold)(--) 2.58%(-0.01%) 3.Great Dane(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(Gold)(+1) 2.73%(+0.00%) 4.High IQ(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(Bronze)(-1) 2.73%(+0.02%) 5.Solid Gold, Baby!(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(Gold)(--) 2.80%(-0.01%) 6.Curator(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(Silver)(--) 2.84%(-0.02%) 7.No One Will Believe You(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(Silver)(+1) 3.00%(-0.02%) 8.Mission Complete(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(Silver)(-1) 3.04%(+0.02%) 9.Shadows Cannot Be Killed(Killzone Shadow Fall)(Silver)(--) 3.08%(-0.02%) 10.Close Shave(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(Bronze)(--) 3.17%(-0.01%) 11.Career Criminal(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(Gold)(+1) 3.20%(-0.02%) 12.Endangered Species(Grand Theft Auto 4)(Silver)(-1) 3.21%(-0.00%) 13.Rolling Heavy(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(Bronze)(+2) 3.34%(-0.02%) 14.St. Bernard(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(Bronze)(--) 3.34%(-0.01%) 15.Horses for Courses(Red Dead Redemption 2)(Bronze)(-2) 3.46%(+0.11%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(ALL): 1.A Rite Of Passage(Table Top Racing World Tour)(Bronze)(--) 98.49%(-0.01%) 2.Undercover(Wolfenstein The Old Blood GER)(Bronze)(--) 97.56%(-0.01%) 3.Freeflow Combo 5(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(Bronze)(--) 97.12%(-0.00%) 4.Followed Rost's teachings(Horizon Zero Dawn)(Bronze)(--) 97.06%(-0.01%) 5.War Never Changes(Fallout 4)(Bronze)(--) 96.95%(-0.02%) 6.Path of the Stars(Shadow of the Tomb Raider)(Bronze)(--) 96.94%(-0.01%) 7.2X Multiplier!(LittleBigPlanet)(Bronze)(--) 96.89%(-0.00%) 8.I'm Batman(Batman Arkham City PS3)(Bronze)(--) 96.04%(-0.00%) 9.Deja-vu(Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus GER)(Bronze)(--) 95.97%(+0.01%) 10.Artist(LittleBigPlanet)(Bronze)(--) 95.93%(-0.00%) 11.Shocking Rescue(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(Bronze)(--) 95.79%(-0.01%) 12.Somebody Else?(Beyond Two Souls PS3)(Bronze)(--) 95.73%(-0.00%) 13.Fix Me Up(Need for Speed Most Wanted PS3)(Bronze)(--) 95.72%(-0.01%) 14.Come In(Killzone Mercenary)(Bronze)(--) 95.41%(-0.00%) 15.Written in the Clouds(BioShock Infinite PS3)(Bronze)(--) 95.25%(-0.00%) Games Played: 98 Games(+1) Completed Games(100% Trophies): 16 Games(--) Completion: 52.91%(-0.53%) Unearned Trophies: 2.520 Trophies(+100) Trophies per Day: 0.89(+0.01%) -=Losed positions +=Earned positions World Rank: 176.264(+4.605) Country Rank(Germany): 14.211(+297) MLP App Game Stats Friendship Code: 24c4d30 Name: RisingShine94 Characters: 391(+11) from 812(+7) Collections: 28(+1) from 157(-2) Costumes: 98(+2) from 99(+2) Shops: 106(+4) from 193(-1) Current Laughter Pieces: 999(+325) Current Generosity Pieces: 986(-13) Current Honesty Pieces: 999(+3) Current Kindness Pieces: 999(+0) Current Loyalty Pieces: 986(-11) Current Magic Pieces: 999(+0) Current Stars: 1950(+55) Current Friendships: 35(+0) Current Achievements: 10(--) from 25(--) -=Losed positions +=Earned positions Minelore Rank and record: 10.174(-420) with 77.673 Points(--) Title Melody Rank and record: 6.066(-338) with 3.723 Points(--) This Strange New World Rank and record: 27.939(-2.013) with 6.020 Points(--) Time To Come Together Rank and record: 1.706(-61) with 20.113 Points(--) EG-Groove Rank and record: 2.065(-89) with 19.092 Points(--) Cafeteria-Song Rank and record: 42.851(-3.168) with 10.813 Points(--) Rank: 126(+1) VIP Rank: 0(Nicht mehr vorhanden) Current Bits: 17.518.179(-6.372.700) Current Gems: 204(+22) Areas Unlocked: 7 of 7(--) Hope you enjoyed those useless stats, see ya next month n.n
  5. 3 points
    Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? How they keep remodeling restaurants these days to be all bland and contemporary while taking out all of the theming and charm. I dunno if this is just a regional thing, and it's probably just a U.S. thing, so this won't be relevant to everyone. I'm gonna focus on three big chain restaurants as examples. I've been a regular customer of Black Angus steakhouse for almost 30 years, and I've always loved the atmosphere. It manages to upscale while keeping a rustic, wild west, cowboy motif. With the wood paneling and the thick, solid wood tables with the unfinished look, coated with a clear resin finish, the atmosphere made you feel like you were dining at a horse stable. It made you feel like you should tie up your horse at the hitching post before you sit down. It made you feel just a little bit like a cowboy cooking grits in your cast iron skillet over a campfire on the open range. It was brilliant. Yesterday, I went in there, and they had completely remodeled the interior since the last time I was there. As expected, every trace of cowboy western decor is gone. It's just plain, bland, ordinary, neutral, ultra-modern, contemporary crap. It just looks like Denny's now, albeit slightly fancier. The tables are just that fake wood laminate with the strip of black rubber around the edge. There's no western feel at all. It's just garbage. I'm really upset by it. I wouldn't be quite so upset if this wasn't a rampant trend. Every restaurant is doing this these days. For years I've been watching with disappointment and rage as restaurants remodel and strip away every shred of unique theming and charm. The Olive Garden used to look like a quaint Tuscan villa. Made you feel like your were eating in a wine vineyard. Now it looks like the waiting room at a dentist's office. Red Lobster used to look like you were dining on the deck of clipper ship. It had shiplap walls and fishing nets and rigging. Now it just looks like everything else--no theming at all. Why the f*ck are restaurants doing this?! Where in the hell are the getting this cockamamie idea that they have to gut all the theming and make it look like a doctor's waiting room in order to stay relevant?! Why are restaurants completely against theming and unique decor now?! Or is it that people actually want this?! If so, then what the f*ck is wrong with everybody?! Why can't we have themed restaurants?! Why can't we have unique atmospheres?! We should have more theming, not less! I want restaurants that look like castles and pirate ships and rustic cabins and wild west saloons and pagodas and futuristic space stations! Why does everything just have to be this boring, sterile, bland, contemporary crap?! What's wrong with themes?!! Why does everything have to look the same?! They've even stripped away almost all of the theming at places like Las Vegas, and even theme parks! THEME PARKS. There's no theming left at THEME PARKS!! Why has theming become so unpopular now? Themes are awesome! What's wrong with this world?! WHAT THE F*CK?! CELESTIA DAMMIT! I HATE IT!! AAAHHHHRRR!!!!!
  6. 3 points
    Nord VPN has verified that it was compromised in March 2018. VPNs have been making money hand over fist with deceptive marketing practices, as they basically advertise that they are a one stop shop for all of your online safety needs, and that's just not true. It's kind of like owning a house. You can't just put a lock on your front door and call it good. It depends on the neighborhood you live in, how often you're home, if you trust your neighbors, etc. You'll want to have several layers of security, and you never want to be the worst, or best house in the neighborhood. You always want to be somewhere in the middle to avoid being targeted. I could go on about physical security all day, but I won't because this isn't about that. So how VPNs work in that they rent servers all over the world, and those servers create a tunnel between you and that server that basically makes it hard for your ISP to see. It also makes it hard for your router to see, so that makes it a good choice if you're on an unsecured router say at a coffee shop or hotel. Now that means that you're going to have to trust your VPN provider more than your ISP, so there's always a trade off. One good thing is that most VPNs take cryptocurrency, so if you really don't want to be tracked, you can go the crypto route. That's on you. I chose to subscribe to Nord personally a few years back. I'm going into cybersecurity, so I figured a VPN is probably a good thing to have. I was choosing between two, Nord and Express. Express is a bit more expressive, but tends to have a bit quicker connection. Both are outside the five eyes, and Nord was cheaper, so I went with it. Always pay for your VPNs. Now, the reason why the Nord hack seems like it's not that big of a deal, it was in Finland on a rented server, with an asymmetric key, so it's not like it could have been used indefinitely. I personally don't connect to Finland. What's the big deal? Well, it was more than a year and a half ago. I know it can take a while to figure out if a company even has been compromised, but Nord said they found out about it "a few months ago". You need to let people know about that shit. That's just unacceptable. Additionally, if the service is touting itself as your one stop shop for all your safety needs online, step up your game, and actually be secure. Don't be gross. It's a serious violation of the trust of people who know better, and especially those that don't. TechCrunch has a great article on the entire thing for anyone who is interested. Tom Scott also has an incredible video about VPNs, and he even wrote a more honest commercial about them. I don't agree with everything he said in the video, especially because intercepting network traffic at a coffee shop is still a very real threat, but overall, it's very well done. This is just a really short overview of my thoughts because I could talk about this stuff for hours, but I've seen people's eyes glaze over when I start talking VPNs, online safety, securing your house, etc.
  7. 3 points
    Cozy was born into a family where the parents were both unicorns and she had older siblings that were also all unicorns and she was the only pegasi and also the youngest. Cozy's parents would take the children regularly on raids and other illegal stuff, using lies, cuteness, and magic to get what they wanted, and always thought it was so fun, raising all of their children to also think this stuff was fun. Since Cozy is a pegasus, nopony in her family thought she would be able to do raids and that other stuff nearly as well, so she always had the least important things to do, and sometimes got left behind entirely. Her siblings always had that sense of superiority over her, and Cozy got frustrated because she knew her siblings and her parents were having fun, and she wasn't able to go when she knew she could help so much. So, she hatched a plan. Her parents told her all about Twilight and her friends and how they defeated other villains, and Cozy knew that Ponyville would easily fall for her acts, especially since she didn't have magic. How was she a threat? Then, she could get close and figure out a way to have lots of fun while never being suspected. So, she snuck out and went to Ponyville. When she went to the School of Friendship, she realized she was going to need some help getting information, so she set up an act in the hope that somepony would feel sorry for the poor little filly crying all alone and come help her. The CMCs came and helped her, and she learned about the magic of friendship through them, and how powerful it was, and she decided, "Hey, I'm really good at tricking ponies into thinking I'm a sweet little filly, I can use that to get me lots of friends." She began to think about how fun it would be to have that much power, but she knew she was just a pegasus, and even if she had all the friends in Equestria, alicorns and unicorns would still physically be more powerful. So she stuck around in the School of Friendship, gaining friends, building trust with the professors and head mare and student counselor, and she constructed a plan. "Unicorns and alicorns are only powerful because of magic, which is what other creatures also use as power, and if I got rid of all the magic in Equestria, and I continued with my original plan, I'd be the most powerful being in Equestria! But, I don't know how to do that, and I doubt any of Twilight's books would have it, and even if they do, I can't waste time, and I can't ask Twilight or she'd get suspicious. I need somepony with experience in magic." She thought of Tirek first, and started sending him questions with letters, and she was very happy when he answered them, so she sent him some more,until she had all the info she needed. All she needed now was a place to put the artifacts where nopony but her would know. She saw that the Student 6 were close friends, and wondered if she could do something to make their friendship=power go away, so she decided to create a little tension among them. Then when they found the underground chamber, she knew that was the perfect place for her artifacts, but when the Young 6 mentioned telling the professors, Cozy needed to stop them or she'd need to find another spot and wait even longer for her plan, so she improvised a quick excuse for her to not want them to tell the professor, and the excuse worked. Now everything was ready.
  8. 3 points
    I’m briefly home. I went on a Disney cruise, and was fabulously sunburnt. Got to go snorkeling, which is among one of my favorite things to do. Odd since for those who know me well know I detest water. Being wet, baths, showers, rain, pools, swimming, wet dogs, you name it, not a fan. But I adore snorkeling. Didn’t care for the second degree sunburn. Anyway I got to talk to IT onboard the ship, which was rad. I think they enjoyed speaking to someone in a normal tone, rather than getting yelled at. The two guys my husband and I spoke with were so excited to talk to us about their job, and then the girls at the front desk were teasing them because apparently they never laugh. It’s just they were with their people, mang! They verified what I had already suspected, what sort of telecommunications devices Disney uses. That’s not really a secret. If you know anything about big corporate networks, you can take a pretty good guess. They talked about the logistics of their job, and how they basically do everything onboard, and a lot of what they do is liaise with the offboard team to finagle solutions until a more permanent one is found. My last cruise I was able to talk with the costume crew, which was also rad. The woman I spoke with showed me how they did quick changes for Elsa from Frozen on stage. Food was fabulous. I read a lot. We had a great time. Anyway, I’m only briefly home. I leave again in the next few days for Spain. I don’t expect to be on a whole lot, and in theory the connection in Spain is decent, but my house has a fiber connection. I’m just saying. I *hope* to talk about the Nord VPN breach in the next few days, because that’s my field, and it’s also a huge area of interest for me, but I’m not sure I’ll get to it. I’ve also been awake way too long. Good night.
  9. 3 points
    A common complaint I tend to see whenever I listen to older forms of music is how "today's music sucks" and "nobody makes music like this anymore". Not only does this reek of r/lewronggeneration, but it is completely unfounded. There are plenty of bands that make good music in this day and age, and many more that specialize in carrying on the legacy of older bands. And no other band does this better than The Unswept, a power trio that seems like they walked straight out of the British Invasion of 1964 to 1966 in more ways than one. Originating in Sheffield, England (not coincidentally located 2 hours away from Liverpool, birthplace of the Beatles), the Unswept are comprised of brothers Charlie O'Brien (guitars, vocals), Ryan O'Brien (drums, vocals), and their cousin Liz (bass, vocals). The trio grew up in the group housing projects, playing in various bands before deciding to play music together and immigrating to Chicago's Logan Square. Discovered by Draco Records president Bert Fern, a day of studio time was booked (again, not unlike the Beatles with Please Please Me) and their self-titled debut was recorded. But is it a good record (consisting of 6 covers and 4 originals)? Well, that's why we're here. Let's look at The Unswept, an artifact that arrived 50 years too late, and find out. ------ ALBUM NAME: The Unswept ARTIST NAME: The Unswept RECORDED: March 9, 2014 RELEASED: April 12, 2014 LABEL: Draco Records PRODUCER: Bert Fern GENRES: Merseybeat, power pop, jangle pop PERSONNEL: Charlie O'Brien (guitars, vocals), Ryan O'Brien (drums, vocals), Liz O'Brien (bass, vocals) ------ TRACK LISTING: 1. Inside Out - 02:24 2. So It Goes (Nick Lowe) - 02:35 3. I Can't Sleep (Lee Mavers) - 02:26 4. Cynical Girl (Marshall Crenshaw) - 02:22 5. Certain Flowers - 02:38 6. You're Going Home - 2:14 7. I Must Be In Love (Neil Innes) - 02:09 8. You Trip Me Up (William and Jim Reid) - 02:33 9. Listen to the Band (Michael Nesmith) - 02:32 10. She's So Cool - 02:30 TOTAL ALBUM LENGTH: 24:23 ------ 1. Inside Out: The opening track of The Unswept immediately pulls you in with its Beatlesque guitar riffs and lyrics about a man who's in love, setting the template for the rest of the album (and by extension, the band themselves) - British Invasion pop tunes that generally don't stray too far from the 2-minute-and-under range. Short and sweet like the rest of the songs on the rest of this record, this opening track basically tells you, "You get what you expect. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride." 2. So It Goes: The second track of this album is also our first cover, originally by Nick Lowe from his 1978 debut album Jesus of Cool. The phrase was originally used as a transition phrase in Kurt Vonnegut's novel Slaughterhouse Five, usually to signify a character's death, and then move on to another event. While the lyrics may not make any sense at first, they fit perfectly with that idea, going from one unrelated story to the next. It also allows the Unswept to really stretch their power pop legs, giving an indication of the covers on this album and how they fit perfectly into it. 3. I Can't Sleep - Following the Nick Lowe cover is a song originally written by Lee Mavers of The La's fame. I Can't Sleep is pure power pop perfection in every sense. Juxtaposing lyrics about insomnia and the feelings it brings on with excellent pop hooks and harmonies, I Can't Sleep is an excellent track and probably a "signature song" for The Unswept if they had one. 4. Cynical Girl - The third cover on The Unswept's debut album is a Marshall Crenshaw tune about wanting to find...well, a cynical girl. With Ryan and Charlie (and Liz on the chorus) dueting in the style pioneered by Lennon and McCartney, this track is the best showcase of the band's vocal harmonies. 5. Certain Flowers - This song returns to the themes of love established in the first track; namely, talking about certain flowers, how they mean certain things (especially in romantic gestures), certain girls who might like those flowers, and ultimately how things like flowers and cards mean absolutely nothing when it comes to getting a girl to like you. What really matters isn't just cards and gifts - it's about forming personal connections that really make romance truly meaningful. 6. You're Going Home: As with any band writing silly love songs, the Unswept also deal with the more negative side of romance every now and then. You're Going Home is that song. Focusing on a relationship going sour due to his lover up and leaving him, the narrator reflects on how things aren't going to be the same after that; he never got to say goodbye, all he got was a letter, and he's certainly not going to write back. 7. I Must Be In Love: The fourth cover on this album is...certainly unusual. The reason being that it was originally by the Rutles, a Beatles pastiche created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. As such, I Must Be In Love may not seem that unusual unless you know the history behind it. And it's absolutely perfect for a band like this. Just as the Rutles were an affectionate, light-hearted jab at the Beatles (Monty Python and the Fab Four had a mutual respect for one another; Eric Idle and George Harrison were close friends), the Unswept covering a pastiche while also being a throwback to the pop rock of the early 1960s is nothing short of awesome. 8. You Trip Me Up: The Unswept continue to show off their more unexpected influences by covering The Jesus and Mary Chain's You Trip Me Up, off of 1985's Psychocandy. A problem I had with the original version is that it had far too much noise, feedback and distortion to it (and when you consider that this is the Jesus and Mary Chain, this is saying something), which obscured the actual music and vocals to the point of unlistenability. By stripping away the noise and feedback entirely, the Unswept uncover the catchy one-chord bubblegum melody underneath. If anything, it serves to show the 60s influences of not only this band, but of the Reid brothers as well, much more prominently. 9. Listen to the Band: Speaking of 60s influences, the final cover and the album's penultimate track is Listen to the Band by the Monkees. While it doesn't deviate too much from the original, both are equally enjoyable in different ways. In fact, this song was included in a tribute compilation of the same name, marking the only time I know of that the Unswept made an appearance outside of their own recordings. 10. She's So Cool: The final track on The Unswept is an original, this time focusing on the band's own Logan Square vneighborhood. More specifically, how the narrator admires a hipster girl for how cool she is. More specifically, he admires her wit, her eye for art and photography, and how she can make other girls jealous. Overall, a nice conclusion to a n excellent album. ----- FINAL THOUGHTS: This album is perfect in every sense of the word, and I don't just say that due to my love of 60s pop rock. This album is pure power pop straight out of the British Invasion - catchy hooks, teenybopper lyrics about love, and an overall sense of fun. The covers fit so well and so perfectly I thought a lot of them were originals at first. The Unswept are billed as "Chicago's undiscovered power pop gem" for a reason. They may not be the most original group out there, but that's far from a bad thing. It's clear they have a love of the classic Merseybeat groups, especially the Fab Four era Beatles, and pay tribute to them in everything they do. This band needs more love, and I hope this review does just that. ---- FINAL SCORE: 10/10
  10. 3 points
    If you guys want to read anything I've written, I post some "poems" on my wattpad. If you wanna check it out here's the link to my account: https://www.wattpad.com/user/welcome2realityKidz
  11. 3 points
    Note: Taken from here and edited. A second, fuller review/analysis of how it's the perfect FIM finale is on the way. - A nitpick, but the adults are looking a little older than what they show. They're all at least in their mid-thirties if not closer to 40, but the giant bags under their eyes make them look like they're older than Bow Hothoof or Windy Whistles. Lighter, smaller, subtler lines under their eyes may work more to better match that range. - Twilight apparently had a little too much trouble relocating sheep away from the line, and her animation as Future Twi isn't very polished. +/- Twilight looking like a Celestia recolor was a major surprise (and I can see why some don't like it), but over time, I've become more and more used to her. Her hair's beautiful, but the lack of strap over her crest makes it look like it's floating over her chest instead of being hooked around. + The new interior of the Throne Room is absolutely breathtaking. Beautiful color palette pleasing to the eye, excellent callbacks via the stained-glass windows (including updates since the finale, like Flurry Heart officially becoming princess and the Y6 saving the School), and the lighter pastel making the bolder-colored characters pop out. + Spike really shows how much he's evolved since becoming the ambassador, and I don't mean physically or vocally. He's part-royalty, Twilight's equal, and has done a spectacular job maintaining harmony throughout the world. Recall the very beginning of the episode, which he states to Twilight how he mediates peace between the Diamond Dogs and Abyssinians, a reference to one of the comics where Capper's originally from). Also, he's more mature despite maintaining a kid-like attitude, too. + What Twilight prophesied during the final battle before the last friendship laser comes true. Fifteen or twenty years into the future, several races are now at harmony with each other. Dragons, griffons, kirin, hippogriffs, yaks, changelings, and ponies are all in harmony together. There's no infighting; everyone's communicating with each other happily and without prejudice. Not only did everyone come to embrace the Magic of Friendship. But their own lives improved, too. (You got to see some of this affect the ReMane Six later, as Ocellus, Silversteam and Smolder teach at the School of Friendship, and Rarity lives and sells fashion at her boutique in Yakyakistan.) + Luster Dawn has that same naivety as Twilight, but at a very different angle. Twilight thought making friends was a waste of time, period, though was apparently never really taught friendship at any point. Sure, Twilight had friends in Canterlot, but never reciprocated those feelings. Here, Twilight teaches her best and most faithful student how friendship's the most powerful and most important magic in the School for Gifted Unicorns, but due to their time separated over the years, Luster wonders if friendship is worth it if the friendships fade away. Unlike Twilight back then, Luster's more outgoing, but doesn't embrace friendship as a result of seeing Twilight spend most of her time ruling alone. + As a result, Twilight tells and explains very intricately about how it can be easy to make friends, but it's much, much harder to maintain them. They may be separate more now, but they always stay connected so they have each others' backs whenever something bad happens or catch up on things. Back in her days, Celestia mostly had Twilight learn to make friends and understand friendship on her own. Here, she shows Luster that friends always matter in the most proactive, teaching way possible. Arranging a meeting with Luster on the day all gather. + The flashback itself is emotional. Twilight was absolutely justified to feel super upset and scared what happens next. The big baddies are in stone sleep, but all of them have lives. Despite the promise of ruling together, we don't know how they're gonna rule together, budget their time to do so, and if they'll remain together at all. She's moving away to Canterlot, and the day of the coronation may be her goodbye. It was also very subtle and impactful for the RM5 to use their preparation to admit they're grieving, too. They're so unnaturally happy and casual to see Twilight head off to Canterlot, but their conversation at the Castle of Friendship shows how that happiness is truly everything but. They don't know if Twilight will be able to communicate with them ever again. Also, the criticism of Twilight not moving the capital of Equestria to Ponyville's nonsense. Canterlot has been Equestria's capital for well over a millennium, if not before Celestia and Luna were princesses. In addition to Canterlot having a firmer legacy than Ponyville, moving an entire capital would be a task of epic proportions. To be able to share their sadness, fright, and despair reminds he audience how close they are, no matter what trials they face. They were scared, and it's okay for them to be scared. Their cries felt very real, and it's heartbreaking to see them all slowly break down, especially ones like Pinkie (her words just got me crying, literally). Everyone was so obsessed and focused on the "perfect" coronation that everything went terribly wrong so quickly when things got complicated. The hilarious screwups were a very refreshing break from the drama. With the coronation over, they can laugh it off knowing it's over. They had their hardships today, and to have this break means they can relax. Because of this, Twilight has a clear head now and can use that knowledge over the years to come up with a great idea: every moon, they meet once under the Council of Friendship. It was a challenge they had to face, and they found a way to conquer it. The ending really marks the end of a long era, mirroring FIM's, too. Celestia and Luna are no longer ruling, and they felt confident in letting Twilight and her friends rule Equestria on their own. Yes, they'll be more happy to help her whenever they need it, but the RM7 are confident and can be trusted in helping Equestria move on to its next chapter. + The moral is excellent in concept and better than excellent in execution. I already talked about that extensively. + The episode took another bold, daring direction by giving everyone definitive lives with both occupations and sometimes love lives. not only on what they're doing. CheesePie, SugarMac, YonaBar, and LyraBon are more than confirmed, but ones like FlutterCord and AppleDash are hinted with subtle clues (i.e., Fluttershy's lunch bag and bluebells, AJ/RD's banter). It's DHX's story, but their lives also have a purpose: no matter how much your lives change, your friendships keep you connected. Everyone's extremely busy now, but they always manage to meet together. When they don't, they see them. Starlight and Sunburst still lead the thriving School of Friendship. Look closely, and you see all of the confidence from the Young Six. (For example, Smolder openly has tea with Ocellus, a hobby she once derided and hid until What Lies Beneath.) + Not everything ends happily. Granny Smith and Goldie Delicious are gone now, and AJ and AB are wearing their scarves in their honor. + The Magic of Friendship Grows. All of it. It's emotional, hopeful, and beautiful. This song got me crying at times. The background shots during the final chorus are extremely moving and very well-done. But there are two things to mention: The final shot of all seven watching Luster walk away with new friends is absolutely fantastic. Even more beautiful is the sunset glow, a literal twilight sparkle as one YouTuber wrote. The final shot: the book to open FIM closes, indicating the end of an era. (Pay attention to the "fin" on the left page, a great piece of detail in a show that doesn't always show the English alphabet so clearly.) This is an EXCELLENT episode! A magnificent cap to a great, successful show!
  12. 2 points
    I’ve been inactive for a long time until recently, only posting around five or so content each week, sometimes less than that. I kinda just posted one or two things occasionally on these forums during that time. This started sometime in the beginning of 2019 and has lasted up until a few days ago. The reason why that’s happened is because I’ve been experiencing a ton of difficulty with depression and anxiety. I had no motivation to post any content on the forums and I constantly felt depressed and anxious. That’s also why I’ve been having a tough time in life, even though I’ve been getting counseling and therapy for the past few months. Now that I’ve been taking a new medication though, I think it’s finally working and I have more motivation and energy to get out of this rut that I’ve been stuck in for a year or two now. I still have a long road to recovery, but at least things are looking better for me. Also, I wanted to say something else. Even though I’ve become very active on these forums again, I don’t intend to stay active for a very long time. I’m planning to get very busy with things in life soon, and that means less time for me to be active on these forums. I’ll still continue posting on these forums for the time being though, until I start getting very busy again.
  13. 2 points
    This week's fact... The main difference between a samurai and a ninja is one's an occupation, the other is not. If you are a samurai, you are a soldier employed by the emperor, a member of the shogunate, or a regional lord. You are usually paid in money, resources, education, and a greater status in life than the average commoner. If you are a ninja, you are a practitioner of ninjustu. It's a martial art, not a job. Shinobi are male ninja, kunoichi are female ninja. Which is exactly why ninja can also become samurai (or work for samurai), and why a samurai can learn ninja skills. Basically, whatever shows like Naruto teaches you, take it with a grain of salt. There is some truth in those shows, but also lots of fantasy. What do you think, my crowd? Should I keep this up every week? Silence, positive reactions, and positive comments will be taken as a yes. Only negative comments and negative reactions will be taken as a no.
  14. 2 points
    What is a human? a single consciousness sparked within the body? You are only one in this world what you see is completely different from what anyone else sees humans cannot transfer or express their experience to others reliably, you can try but you will never know how the other person experiences things. The existence of single consciousness is pretty insignificant and what humans call life is pretty overrated concept as it doesn't really add to anything significantly. Without taking any stance on what happens after death it is pretty clear that the meaning in the life that we are living is non-existent outside of yourself. In the end humans are just wild animals that roam these lands spreading weird nonsense about life and what life should be. There really isn't any life to begin with. Only you are there. You should know yourself but most are blinded by the concept of life to really understand the underlying concept that is all about yourself.
  15. 2 points
    So. There are a lot of things I like about Rarity's body suit so far. The torso fits nice and snug, the legs are the perfect shape and size imo (though they're not done yet), and the zipper is pretty much invisible. Having the zipper in the front when the suit is so tight-fitting makes getting in and out a little difficult, but I needed to be able to wear it without a handler, so putting the zipper on the back would make putting it on by myself impossible. Where I'm running into problems is with the hand hooves. Being the perfectionist that I am I made the padding way too complicated, and it's not turning out so well. The design I had in mind was definitely too form over function, and to put it bluntly, it's a horrid mess that doesn't work in the slightest. It looked good, until I tried putting the fans in. Making air vents cooperate with removable padding is a nightmare, and I can't use the same foaming method that I'm doing with the legs because there need to be slots that my hands can fit through so I can put on the head, drink water, etc. The lack of tutorials online doesn't help, and the few I could find didn't have designs that I liked. Every other MLP fursuit I've seen had massive hooves with arms that are pencil-thin by comparison (because the arms aren't padded), and I don't want to make something like that. However, the previous design I had in mind doesn't work well with fans, and it would be waaay too hot without them. So I'll need to start back at square one. Luckily I kept the pattern, so all I have to do once I have a new plan is unstitch the arms, trace the pattern onto new fur (after a bit of modification, probably), and re-stitch. So what I think I'm gonna do is set Rarity aside for a while. I don't exactly have the money or time to waste on experimenting with getting her hooves just right. I need to start pumping out suits to sell, so until I'm financially stable she's gonna be on the backburner.
  16. 2 points
    FIM has had that magic touch that personally gets to bronies. Very often, you see, hear, or read stories of how this show has helped people become better, if not saved their lives. A few years ago, one user here gave $630 to the Forums as a way to show how much this show saved his life. Some of you might be familiar with Ashley H, a YouTuber who has posted voice-acting and editing work on her channel, particularly her magnificent series called "Remembrance." Last week, she posted a vlog of how this show saved her life and how the brony fandom both welcomed her and revived her confidence. I highly recommend having some tissues around when you listen to what she says, because this story gets really heartbreaking.
  17. 2 points
    Episodes, movies, specials, spin-offs, shorts, books, toys, apparel, cosplay, music, fan art, fanfics, reviews, posts, blogs, fan videos, memes, animations, 3D models, video game mods, and yes--for me, even clop. When I look back at the past five years since I discovered the show and add up every minute that I've devoted to Pony, it's pretty staggering. And I wouldn't trade it for anything. Well... except for a girlfriend. I'm only human. I've loved this MLP journey so much. I can hardly believe how much was crammed into five years. Pony has been, and will surely continue to be, a huge part of my life. I've been obsessively into other franchises in my life, but not in the same way as Pony. MLP was something different entirely, and it was magical. Being a male with a strong feminine side, and no good way to express it, I've always felt stifled and frustrated. I've always had pretty broad tastes, and enjoy a wide variety of typical "guy" stuff, too, but for many years I searched for a show that would scratch a certain itch for me. I wanted to find something cute, colorful, and feminine that would, for lack of a less nauseatingly saccharine phrase, "warm my heart" and give me some of that feeling I couldn't find anywhere else. I tried a few "girly" cartoons over the years, but all ended up being impressively devoid of any character depth, development, or substance. I would try to watch, but just go "pffft", and turn it off pretty quickly. Then I found Friendship is Magic. It was love at first watch. Adorable, colorful, feminine, sweet, but didn't make me feel like it was lowering my IQ by watching it. Pony is a "girl" cartoon like no other I've ever seen. The depth of these characters and their world is every bit as robust as the biggest fantasies ever created, like Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. At the same time, it manages to be cute without being cringey, sweet without being saccharine, and endearing without being dopey. It's mature, not dumbed down, and it's a proper story just as fit for all ages as any classic Disney movie. I got properly sucked into the fandom in no time at all. The show and the community had an incredible impact on me. It brought me out of my shell and gave me a voice, so to speak. Before Pony, I followed a strict internet rule of "read-only". I never posted anything, anywhere. I stayed completely silent. I figured it was easiest and safest to never speak a word--that way you can never get in trouble. For reasons I'm not quite sure I understand, Pony somehow inspired me to start talking, to speak my mind not only about the show, but about everything. I started writing my robust blog and talking with other fans. I've offered a lot of help in Life Advice. I've contributed some of my own fan art to the community, most notably with my realistic 3D pony models. (Mare of Steel is kinda my pride and joy. ) I probably never would have bothered to learn 3D modeling had it not been for Pony, and I discovered that 3D modeling is one of my greatest joys in life. I love everything about it, and I have big future plans in that department. I've also decorated my room with Pony merch. In particular, I'm most fond of my extra large canvas art print of Ponyville square at dusk with all of the characters out and about. I got that from a talented artist on Redbubble. (Shout-out to Stinkehund!) I even made what I dare say is one of the best Equestria Girls Rainbow Dash cosplays ever created, which I wear around regularly. Pony has made my life so much richer, and filled it with so many wonderful things. It's also made me more confident and optimistic. I would have missed out on so much had I never discovered MLP. Pony has absorbed an embarrassing amount of my time and attention these past years, and I've loved [almost] every second of it. Now, I'll be the first to admit that I've been the type of fan to critically review it, and get bent out of shape when they make decisions I don't like. In fact, I've been pretty vocal and angry about some episodes. And yes, I'll even admit to being one of those asinine, annoying fans who gets all whipped up and offended when they ruin one of my headcanons or mess up one of my ships. Yup, I'm one of those fans all right. (I'm sorry! ) I've taken the show way too seriously at times. Guilty. That's the mind of a clinically depressed autistic for you! But I've always tried my best to keep it in perspective. Now, at the end, I can confidently say that the bad episodes, the frustrations, the disappointments, the continuity errors, the plot holes, and the missed and wasted opportunities are not what I will carry with me. What I will take away are the joys, the laughs, the thrills, the chills, the feels, and the tears. Despite any decisions I didn't like, these charming, endearing, wonderful, beautiful characters and their world have given me a ridiculous amount of joy, and I will love and treasure them always. I am extremely grateful to all of the hardworking people who made the show possible. And yet, like all good things for me, Pony is a double-edged sword. It seems my cruel fate to find the most wonderful things in my life simultaneously depressing. I am a deeply troubled, depressed, lonely person. If you've read much of my blog at all, then you probably already know that. Whenever I watch FIM or EG, I am constantly reminded of the things I long for but will likely never have. I watch the ponies and the Equestria girls with a constant and persistent pain because I wish so much that I could live in a world like theirs, have friends like them, and have that sort of affection in my life. I long for romance more than anything in the world, and MLP G4 reminds me of the kind of person I wish I could have in my life, but never will. Pony would often cheer me up, but then leave me feeling even more alone afterwards as I would think deeply about the voids in my life. At times, I even found it extremely difficult to watch the show because of the pain it would cause me, as I wished so desperately for things that I will never have. Friendship is Magic has been so beautiful, and yet for me, in the cruelest of ironies, it also stings like alcohol on a fresh wound. And yet, I still love it, and would never give it up. Pony has been one hell of a ride, and I believe it has made me a better person. As I said in my final episode post, I'm going anywhere. I'll still be around these forums regularly. Many more Mondays, many more blogs. I just wanted to say this closing word about the show and its impact on me. Before I end this entry, I wanted to share this video clip, which I feel absolutely, perfectly sums up myself and the entire adult MLP fandom. (Sometimes, you gotta learn to laugh at yourself. ) Just replace the line about finding stupid reasons to breakup with women with finding stupid reasons to get pissed off about episodes, and you've got us. Lol. Okay, guys, thanks for reading. Stay pony, my friends.
  18. 2 points
    == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == They let them run along, they imprison them, then they petrify them. ... It was somewhat amusing how Discord chose that course of action, but the implied message is a solemn one: Once again, like in the very beginning with Nightmare Moon, Equestria now has to grow and mature until it is ready to reform Chrysalis, Tirek and Cozy Glow. Change in them will come with a change in their environment. Which also conveys our own work to be done if we want to change others. For that we have to be that spark of something different in their life, that offers a better way, and have to actually not WANT that change, because that disempowers again, gives that which you try to raise an opportunity to lower you instead. And that which can be controlled easily is not respected. This two-parter also shed light on the weakness of champion worship or offloading responsibility to leaders. If not everyone is empowered, the overall system is weak and vulnerable and can shatter in the blink of an eye when the mask falls. Leaders emerge as a reflection of the whole. The potential for anything is always there, but the whole chooses what to support. A good leader is first and foremost not a commander, but a teacher and student. Then respect is not commanded, but earned. Through wisdom. Through a natural understanding of what matters. That is inner strength. And after watching the last episode, with mixed feelings, I can definitely reiterate that this realm of ours is in hardmode. But it doesn't have to be forever. Choices create reality. P.S.: The final episode was not just about friendship being tested when friends move apart, but also about dealing with the show ending.
  19. 2 points
    Where do I begin with the series finale... It was every bit as epic as I thought it would be. THis will be brief, as I do not want to spoil anything for those who weren't able to see it this evening. I will say it had a great build throughout the hour allotted, and ended in the way it should have. The epilogue was awesome, the last song of the series was a great cap to the show, and the last shot and book closing was exactly how I wanted the show to end. The perfect end to this great show. Grade: A+
  20. 1 point
    I don't I will ever come to this in good for the simple reason that I always complete the 'important' jobs first such as school work. Anyway, I get into to it pretty easily because it just my thoughts as I go along. Well I will need to pull together the plot points and narrative from the previous two points for a look into how chapter 1 will be structured. Synopsis: Eniac arrives at night when no other pony is awake just the landlord. Landlord passes the news of the stranger to a friend and the chain continues. Eventually we reach Sugar Plum and she decides in that moment to find out more. Here the reader also learns about Sugar Plum from her own perspective. The landlord is tired so won't be paying close attention to his surroundings. He will mainly be in his own thoughts: the weather is quite cold, well winter is coming and the sky is clear. That's the weather ponies. Maybe they could cover it up a bit for tomorrow. But it shouldn't be too miserable I need to get on with some gardening. I should get a gardening pony would be cheaper, maybe I can get this pony to garden, maybe...maybe he does not pitch...it is late etc. It will be more fluid than that but yea, there is no context just straight in. Then Eniac arrives in the distance walking straight to the landlord who gives his opinion of Eniac as he arrives. Eniac just acknowledges what the landlord is saying. He enters the house and closes the door as the landlord is talking. the landlord becomes a bit flustered, anyway unnecessary detail. The landlord then tells a friend the next day about this strange and rude new comer who wouldn't talk to him and is dressed completely in rags. The story slowly changes as the message is passed through the ponies with the dialogue becoming more snatched as the message gets closer to Sugar Plum. It hits Sugar Plum. The first remark is a random remark from Sugar before settling into the idea of this new pony. Here there is a different image of Eniac with Sugar adding exaggerated characteristics and thinking about how best to approach him. She also thinks about all the meetings with friends and plans for the village she needs to carry out. She also notices things around her on other ponies. The reader gets the feeling that she is very mentally active and very concerned about other ponies in terms of how they see her. The voice of the other pony she is talking to starts to slip into her thoughts. She finally says something to the other pony; along the lines of: 'That's fantastic [so and so] but I need to see this new pony!' and then random remarks about future plans and anything that was talked about previously. The first chapter will be pretty short just an introduction to Sugar Plum and the arrival of Eniac as well as setting up the narrative for the rest of the story. I may revisit this adding more detail, but I think there is enough here to start making drafts after I have analysed the other chapters.
  21. 1 point
    Forward. I am expected to move forward. Regardless of whether or not I can handle it. Regardless of even if I'm going to make it through. Still, the forward momentum is expected. Alone and weary of my Life's lot, I'm apparently to blame for everything that's wrong. Statistically speaking, it can't all be me, right? Still, the forward momentum is expected. People I know are dying faster now. It feels like everything is winding up to fall down. So many faces that I once knew well are gone. Still, the forward momentum is expected. Is this the fate that Life has picked for me? If so, I want to make an executive choice, here; I don't have to take the abuse from anyone. I can move forward without being forced to. As long as I keep moving Forward.
  22. 1 point
    Picture taken from the Club Penguin Wiki. Name: Lettuce Civilian Name: John S. Manchot Species: Toon Penguih Age: Unknown, but claims to be 19; considering he's from the "Tooniverse", that's actually very vague. Powers and abilities: Limited reality warping and harnessing of physics - only affects immediate area - advanced healing factor, limited omniscience (i.e. fourth wall breaking) Appearance: Small green penguin, about 3 1/2 feet tall, white sclera and black irises, stomach area also white, with orange beak and rounded rectangular feet (note lack of visible toes) Bio: Lettuce claims to be from an alternate reality known as the "Tooniverse", which seems to primarily based upon cartoons from the Golden and Dark (particularly in regards to Hanna-Barbera) Ages of Animation, living alongside existing characters and expies of such. Through the aftereffects of the dimension-crossing incident elaborated on in Jyger85's crossover between Starslip and Ms. Amazing, Lettuce is pulled from his home dimension and dropped into the Renegadeverse's version of Earth. With no way to return home, Lettuce settles in San Francisco, where he lives with his human girlfriend Lynn and the nonbinary alien Ziggy, working as a performer on a local children's television show - hey, if people just think you're a short person in a costume, when in Rome, do as the Romans do, right? Personality: While Lettuce might partially be based on Howard the Duck in terms of his origin story, he's the opposite of said character in terms of personality - overly idealistic and naive to a fault. In fact, his world doesn't seem to have any ideas of real-world concepts such as serious violence, swearing, or the ramifications of alcohol and smoking. It's this childlike wonder and curiosity, mixed with Lettuce's often zany schemes to satisfy base desires like food or making a quick buck, that generally drag him into his adventures in heroics. Weaknesses: If Lettuce has any major weakness, it's that he is just as susceptible to real world laws of physics just as others are to his. Adding onto that, his healing factor works similar to Deadpool's: he might be able to heal from any injury, but as a result of the sudden dimension-crossing, it not only takes a while, but is...rather painful and gruesome, depending on the injury.
  23. 1 point
    The Infinite, as depicted via Hero Maker 3 by Jyger85. Used with permission. Name: (The) Infinite Civilian Name: Joe Carter Species: Extradimensional Being, an "Eloi", as they are named Age: 1,938 Powers and Abilities: On the surface, The Infinite 's powerset appears to be the standard Flying Brick/Superman Substitute set - flight, X-ray vision, godlike strength, etc. But it goes beyond that - his true powers lie in the ability to bend reality to his will, do anything he'd like. But due to his nature as a Chaotic Good being, he chooses not to exploit these powers (See "Weaknesses" for the more important and real reasons). Appearance: Joe Carter is a tall man at around 6 feet or so, his skin tone a dark tan and his eyes a low silver; both of these are deliberate on his part, as he identifies not with any race or nation, but with humanity as a whole. He wears an armor made of flexible yet strong material, in blue and gold. Bio: Joe Carter has not had an easy life, mostly because he's lived for almost two millennia, adopted many names and forms, and experienced many things than one man does in his own lifetime...he isn't sure who he really is anymore. But he remembers the important things. He was "born" in 81 AD, somewhere in the Roman Empire. Raised among the early Christians, it was from them that he learned things such as morality and self-control - which especially came in handy when he started discovering his powers. Interpreted by his community as neither angel nor demon, the man who would become Joe Carter was sent away on his own so that he could escape both persecution from the Romans and possibly a violent reaction from other followers of Christ. At 25, he stopped aging physically. At 30, he took on his first persona - a missionary who would teach in secret. At 50, he became a Roman soldier and witnessed the true horrors authority could sink to. Things get muddled from there on out, but what this man took away from his centuries of experience is that humanity needed to unite as one. Not through force, or through forming mutually beneficial relationships of power that would eventually rot from within. But through the examples of goodwill and inspiring others to do the same. He would become a hero. And through becoming a hero, hopefully humanity would feel the need to unite as an anarchist society. Personality: As stated before, Infinite is a benevolent anarchist Superman, taking more inspiration from the Man of Steel's Golden Age incarnation more than any other. He is willing to help those in need, but makes a point to ensure his actions are more good than chaotic a lot of the time. This ties into his biggest fear - the very real danger of his message becoming corrupted and used by more...violent anarchists supposedly in his name, but whose real motivations are more self-interested in causing chaos for the sake of it. Weaknesses: Since (unlike Superman) his powers are not determined by any of our physical laws, Infinite's logical weakness lies in his willpower and emotions - much like a Green Lantern. Hence why he's only tapping into the surface levels of his powers. He's fully aware that he can become a god like so many people can claim, he deliberately chooses not to for fear of not only becoming corrupted by the potential, but also because he might end up tearing reality to shreds in the process.
  24. 1 point
    So the challenge is to write between 250-10000 words, I will most likely be leaning towards fewer, though 250 may be too short. It's like with art a really great artist can paint a large beautiful painting but also only use a couple of strokes to convey a message, the amateur will use a few but still require a lot of faff to get their point across. As I am new to the show (halfway through season 5) The writing theme I can only choose is a conversation between two ponies. So my thinking is to try and establish two characters, nailing down some good backstory, characteristics and personality. This way I know my characters and how they will interact in a given situation, it seems a bit excesses for a short story but I am not going into tonnes of detail just enough to make it feel natural, to me at least. One character will be my OC, plain and simple I can flesh out my OC as well as work on the story - win-win. I am vaguely aware of my OCs personality and backstory as he mirrors me in a way but is more fun loving and care free, something that is harder to achieve irl. He has a name, a gender so no thinking required there. The second character will be female, reason: I have a plan to base it off of a real life encounter I had will a close friend of mine regarding MLP and my enjoyment of it, however this will be set in the actual MLP universe, sort of self analysis of the setting. I came up with a nice name: Sugar Plum it fits in the naming convention, similar to the apple family except the plum family. Also it is close to Christmas so it's on my mind. So far that's all I've got, basic plot idea, characters and plan of action (sort of). I will elaborate on the plot when I think I am happy to as I won't be retelling the whole encounter word for word so needs tweaking. First report will probably be adding a few more details to the characters. I don't know if basing the story mostly on real world encounters will be good as it is not specifically MLP, however I will be using the features of the MLP universe in my favour, hoping for it to be comedic to.
  25. 1 point
    In honour of Armistice, Remembrance and Veterans Day on November 11, here is Opening Titles from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (COD: MW2) on the Organ. A Patreon Request. Enjoy. 😊 Special Thanks to the following patrons for supporting me on Patreon: [Ultimate Fan] Juke Denton (Requestor Shout-out) [Moderate Fan] James Flores If you enjoy my content as much as they do and myself, then join them here: http://www.patreon.com/jonnymusic
  26. 1 point
    I'm back again while last blog i wrote......stupid long ago i went to ciderfest recently and it started a writting pony spark in me. also buying fallout Equestria book helps to so i decided to get back to the forms and try to write again about ponies and make friends like my original goal on the forms was. Thinking about it I realized I have different fics I've put off for a while and pony rp ideas I ethier ended or never cooked off So do to my absence i now face a question Should i jump into more rps or wait on them to focus on the fics? Anypony reading this I've rped with in the past first i apologize for how bad my grammar was back then, and the crap rp moments i pulled on you and your OC. most likely I'll start with the fics I've put off writing. the option to rp with me i'll be open to if it's just a 1x1 and NOT PM RP. Let's make it easy on the mods they have enough on their hoofs with us. Look forward to chatting with ya and reconectin any old fellow bronys reading this -brony on
  27. 1 point
    Here is SS Anubis from Jet Force Gemini on the Organ. A Patreon Request. Enjoy. 😊 Special Thanks to the following patrons for supporting me on Patreon: [Ultimate Fan] Juke Denton (Requestor Shout-out) [Hardcore Fan] Austin Spendlove [Moderate Fan] James Flores If you enjoy my content as much as they do and myself, then join them here: http://www.patreon.com/jonnymusic
  28. 1 point
    Here is Sing, Sing, Sing from Benny Goodman on the Organ. A Patreon Request. Enjoy. 😊 Special Thanks to the following patrons for supporting me on Patreon: [Ultimate Fan] Juke Denton [Hardcore Fan] Austin Spendlove (Requestor Shout-out) [Moderate Fan] James Flores If you enjoy my content as much as they do and myself, then join them here: http://www.patreon.com/jonnymusic
  29. 1 point
    (Unless you positively nail it) Skaters Misunderstood edgy characters Bleeding heart overly sad characters “It was only a dream.” Perfect fighters Everything must end in romance Dark and stormy nights Villainous parents The Chosen One Gods who cannot defeat non-God related villains Plot armor (parenthetical rants) Misunderstood fighters/heroes/musicians who instantly have a huge fan base Immediate love, platonic or otherwise Immediately good at everything characters Overly large rarely words used in a narrative (when there’s a common, smaller alternative) Blood fucking everywhere Deus ex machina Mary Sues in general Characters in horror stories lack common sense Gasoline explodes if you so much as think of fire If I can figure out how to quickly find my blog then I will add more to this with time. Do you have anything I can add?
  30. 1 point
    Huh. Ushari was apparently the first character to explicitly die in a Disney Jr show(Not counting Scar, as he was already dead). While another character in the Lion Guard did end up explicitly dying as well, that was towards the end of the 3rd season and after Ushari dies, so not only was Ushari one of the only villains to really leave any visible marks(Kion's scar will never heal, Ono's eyesight is better but not back to how it was), he was also the first character to explicitly die in a Disney Jr show. I seriously wish that Ono hadn't been able to save Bunga in time, then maybe Kion wouldn't of had such a rough time on his journey to the tree of life, for instance, he wouldn't have been immediately banished from the tree because the rock slide that triggered the fight wouldn't have happened. And maybe I'd find the third season to be more enjoyable, because with no Ushari. Janja, Jasiri, Masinko, or Rairai and her jackals for most of the season, and Bunga and Rani and a mopey Kion who gets an even more overpowered and overrated roar for some/most/all of the season, it doesn't balance out very well. At least in the third season I can't make an argument about the villains just needing to eat, so yay! Makucha, the snow leopard who I don't know the name of, and Mama Binterong are all really good villains, and honestly I really do like Azad, Binga, and Fileo(I spelled it the best I could remember his name). And I really do like the first episode, Battle for the Pridelands, and that scene where the Lion Guard are returning to the Pridelands and meet back up with their friends and family just, it was so "Awwwwww." Season 3 had the best line in the whole season, Azad said, "Scared of lightning, hyena?" to Janja, and then Janja said, "Me? Afraid? No way!" and then Kion roars at the cloud and tells everyone that they're going to ride the tree down the river, and Azad says, "Must we?" and then Janja says, "What? Afraid of water, cheetah?"
  31. 1 point
    Here is Cross Your Heart from Haunted Castle on the Organ. Enjoy. 😊 Special Thanks to the following patrons for supporting me on Patreon: [Ultimate Fan] Juke Denton [Hardcore Fan] Austin Spendlove [Moderate Fan] James Flores If you enjoy my content as much as they do and myself, then join them here: http://www.patreon.com/jonnymusic
  32. 1 point
    Hey everyone! (I won't be using fandom-isms I'm afraid). It's been over 3 years since I last visited this forum. And indeed, it'd been about that long since I last kept up with our little horse cartoon. I'm a college sophomore now, though it seems I'm even less mature than I was when I was teenager. Or at least less inhibited. I fully embrace my love of video games, anime, and kiddie shows again, and so do my friends, so that's cool. I also came out as trans in real life and that's not going fantastic but it's not going badly either. Worry not, website that definitely doesn't remember me! I Am Thriving But no one comes here to just talk about everyday life. We are all united by our love for a really nice children's cartoon about friendship and rainbow ponies. And I'm actually super behind on it, so no spoilers for seasons 6-8, but I've gone back and watched some episodes Of Interest. Including The Final Problem, the episode of SUCH interest that my social media timelines usually flooded with anime were flooded with pony fanart instead. I really don't have much to say that's already said, and there's a lot that's old to fans now that's still new to me, but oh well. Figured I'd do a rundown of quick reactions since Wow I Care About Horses (And Other Assorted Magical Creatures): I fell in love with Sunburst at first sight but never got to any episodes past the one where he and Starlight meet up again. So I'm a fake fan I AM NOT A FAKE STARLIGHT FAN THOUGH. I adore her! She's one of my top favorites. I really like her x Twilight but no one seems to agree with me :sob: Apparently she and Trixie meet at some point though? That's extremely cute. I only have To Where And Back Again to go off of, so You ask why I've seen TWaBA if I stopped after season 5 and the answer is because I stalked the Fluttercord tag on tumblr long after I'd "grown up" and "moved on to other things" I care about that pairing so much that for a while after I left the fandom it was the only MLP thing I was still willing to talk about In hindsight that was pretty stupid of me since cringe culture is absolutely dead but that's a testament to how emotionally invested I am in a cartoon horse hypothetically dating the god of chaos My friend and I watched Discordant Harmony for the first time one night at around 2 AM and wound up crying real tears on the dorm room floor Oh yeah and also it Actually Canonically Happened baby my taste is NEVER wrong Cartoon pairings I like Happen. my love energy makes waves. Korrasami happened. Bubbline happened. Fluttercord? Happened : ) LYRABON HAPPENED TOO!! My power! My swag! Except Rarijack didn't happen but you can't win em all. Appledash is super cute and also gay rights so I'm not mad I'm Cheesepie neutral I'm just glad Pinkie Pie is happy. That's my GIRL I watched that Countess Coloratura episode. The songs went too hard. Also I loved Svengallop It's because he's a jerk and also has glasses. Love that APPARENTLY CADENCE AND SHINING ARMOR HAD A BABY? We'll watch that at some point she's super mega cute The CMC got their cutie marks, idk when that happened, and tbh I kinda hate them, but they're baby ponies and they love each other and that's more important We watched Flutter Brutter. I love Zephyr Breeze I know Big Mac and Sugar Belle get together BRO that's so cute horses in love is so dope BRUH I NEED TO KNOW HOW THEY CURED RACISM IN EQUESTRIA ALL I KNOW IS THAT IT HAPPENED (my guess is that they used the power of friendship) I saw some Cozy Glow (DAUGHTER. CHILD. I LOVE EVIL BABIES) but I missed aaalllll of that arc so IDK anything about the Changelings or where the dragons came from or who those yak creatures are I care about the yak girl. She is is big and strong and my friend I want to watch the movie soooo bad but whenever I brought it up in high school my friends thought I was joking : ( But not anymore. Ponies on main I want to meet that cat lookin guy And that's all I can think of. I miiiight stick around here while I watch the rest of the series but 1. IDK when that will happen and 2. I only have time for like 1 and a half websites nowadays anyway. Either way friendship is magic, thank you horse show, I will always love you
  33. 1 point
    Greetings all, Renegade here with a LOOONG-overdue update. For today's entry, I decided to do something a bit different - a retrospective list of all the albums I could remember listening to in my childhood. I listened to a LOT of albums growing up (particularly hardcore punk, psychobilly, and heavy metal) so narrowing them down to my top 10 was a difficult task. But anyways, I'll be taking a look at the 10 that I most remember fondly - the rankings do not signify a particular order from best to worst of vice versa - I like them all equally. -------- 10. Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables Genre(s): Hardcore punk Release date: September 2, 1980 Songs of Note: Kill the Poor, Holiday in Cambodia, California Uber Alles, and Viva Las Vegas Renegade's Thoughts on the Album: Ah, the Dead Kennedys. The...Beatles of hardcore punk, if you will. Probably the single most important band in the genre out there, I was first exposed to the band through my dad, who was (for better or for worse) probably the most hardcore punk person I knew in my early years. And just like the Beatles, the DKs played straightforward, surf-and-rockabilly influenced punk before diversifying their sound and then eventually coming full circle with their final album Bedtime for Democracy. Anyways, this album is about as basic as you can get with American punk rock: guitar, bass and drums, fast tempos, and frontman Jello Biafra's biting satire that pulls no punches and doesn't lean either to the extreme, neoliberal left or to the neoconservative religious right. They're just out to tell you how wrong you are, and how the world isn't a very nice place. And that is something we need more of in the divisive, everything is political and there is no middle ground climate of today. ---- 9. Primus - Pork Soda Genres: Alternative metal, funk metal, experimental rock Release date: April 20, 1993 Songs of Note: Mr. Krinkle, My Name is Mud Renegade's Thoughts on the Album: While I didn't truly get into this album until I was in middle school (and post-my parents' divorce), I still consider it an album from my childhood thanks to my then-18 year old cousin Justin showing me the music video for Mr. Krinkle in the olden days of pre-2010s YouTube. Thanks to him introducing me to Primus (and listening to System of a Down around that time; I'll get to Toxicity in a bit), my love of more experimental bands was seeded. Les Claypool's bass is heavy on this album, and given the darker subject matter ( "Bob" hits home pretty hard nowadays due to my dad killing himself via hanging in April earlier this year), why shouldn't it be? There's still the normal Primus wackiness from earlier albums still on here, but it's not as prominent. Pork Soda is considered Primus' masterwork by many, and it isn't hard to see why. --- 8. Bad Religion - The Process of Belief Release date: January 22, 2002 Genres: Punk rock, melodic hardcore Songs of Note: Sorrow, Supersonic, and Kyoto Now Renegade's Thoughts on the Album: This album, or rather, Sorrow, was probably my first exposure to Bad Religion at 4 years old. It became one of my favorite songs (next to Barroom Hero and The Dirty Glass by Dropkick Murphys) to sing at that age. And listening to the album in full all these years later, it still holds up as my second favorite BR album-my favorite being New Maps of Hell. Full of energy, melody, and most of all, intelligent political discussion, If you want to get into this band, start here. --- 7. Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies Release date: March 19, 2002 Genres: Celtic punk Songs of Note: Drunken Lullabies, If I Ever Leave This World Alive, What's Left of the Flag Renegade's Thoughts on the Album: Probably my second favorite Celtic punk band, Flogging Molly is near and dear to my heart, striking a balance between tender, tearjerking ballads and in-your-face, Irish-loud-and-Irish-proud punk...and oftentimes both. This one brings on the waterworks easily, but it's worth a listen or two. --- 6. System of a Down - Toxicity Release date: September 4, 2001 Genres: Alternative metal, nu metal Songs of Note: Chop Suey, Toxicity, Aerials Renegade's Thoughts on the Album: Ah, System of a Down. What would I be without Chop Suey ingraining itself into my young brain and becoming a favorite song of mine? What should I say about this album? It's political, funny, heavy, poppy, and diversive all at once. SOAD have been called successors to Frank Zappa and for good reason. They can take any music and mix and match genres and lyrics with it, creating something unique get accessible and familiar. This album is still a riot all the way through, but the singles are standouts. --- 5. Reverend Horton Heat - Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em Release date: November 1, 1990 Genres: Psychobilly Songs of Note: Bad Reputation, Marijuana, Psychobilly Freakout Renegade's Thoughts on the Album: This is the album (along with Tiger Army's Power of Moonlite) that introduced me to the genre I eventually decided to pursue musically - psychobilly. And nobody does it better than Jim MF'ing Heath and his bassist Jimbo Wallace. This record is everything you could ever want in a psychobilly album: good old rock and roll riffs and basslicks recorded live in the studio, lyrics about sex, cars, and drugs, and is overall just a fun time. Easily the best thing the Rev ever recorded, and highly recommended. --- 4. Ramones - Loud, Fast, Ramones: Their Toughest Hits Release date: October 15, 2002 Genres: Punk rock Songs of Note: Blitzkrieg Bop, Beat on the Brat, Sheena is a Punk Rocker, I Wanna be Sedated Renegade's Thoughts on the Album: While I don't remember the exact compilation I listened to as a kid, this one was most likely it based on the songs I can remember. And that title doesn't lie - the Ramones were loud, fast, and tough. They were pop song writers above all else, though, and these tunes will get stuck in your head, no ifs and or buts about it. Definitely a must-have for any punker like myself. --- 3. Devil Doll - Queen of Pain Release date: October 14, 2003 Genres: Rockabilly Songs of Note: Bourbon in Your Eyes, Liquor Store, You are the Best Thing and the Worst Thing, Queen of Pain Renegade's Thoughts on the Album: I blame my mom for me loving this album in a good way. It's sexy, fun, and Colleen Duffy is just...mmm.~ I had such a crush on her as a kid, but I'm getting off track here. This record, much like Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em, is pure 50s rock and roll distilled into its base components. And going back to this album now fills me with a lot of nostalgia (and imagining Colleen Duffy singing to me in a smoky bar somewhere out of a film noir). --- 2. Tiger Army - Power of Moonlite Release date: July 24, 2001 Genres: Psychobilly, horror punk Songs of Note: Annabel Lee, In the Orchard, Under Saturn's Shadow, F.T.W. Renegade's Thoughts on the Album: If the Reverend Horton Heat can be considered everything fun about psychobilly, then Tiger Army can be considered the brooding, introspective, and emotional side. While they certainly have the punked-up 50s rock and roll and B-movie vibes of psychobilly, Tiger Army isn't concerned with talking about fictional monsters, cars, and girls. Their monsters are more "real" - depression, heartbreak, and thinking about good times that can never be captured again. Nick 13, lead singer of the band, draws on his darker experiences and country influences to paint vibrant pictures that can bring tears to one's eye.t --- 1. Nirvana - Nevermind ...this was the only censored version I could find. Sue me. Genres: Alternative rock, grunge Songs of Note: ...All of them. Renegade's Thoughts on the Album: What can I say that hasn't been said before? Nevermind is a perfect album all the way through - perfect 60s pop melodies put through the fuzz of Kurt Cobain's guitar and Dave Grohl's pounding drums, lyrics about Kurt's volatile relationship with Tobi Vail, feminism, and masculinity, and a commitment to rocking the fuck out. This is my most treasured childhood album, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
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    Here is Open Up Your Eyes from My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) on the Organ. Enjoy. 😊 Special Thanks to Yensid Organist for co-arranging this one. Special Thanks to the following patrons for supporting me on Patreon: [Ultimate Fan] Juke Denton [Hardcore Fan] Austin Spendlove [Moderate Fan] James Flores If you enjoy my content as much as they do and myself, then join them here: http://www.patreon.com/jonnymusic
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    Here is Banshee Boardwalk from Mario Kart 64 on the Organ. Enjoy. 😊 Special Thanks to Yensid Organist for co-arranging this one. Special Thanks to the following patrons for supporting me on Patreon: [Ultimate Fan] Juke Denton [Hardcore Fan] Austin Spendlove [Moderate Fan] James Flores If you enjoy my content as much as they do and myself, then join them here: http://www.patreon.com/jonnymusic
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    Finished: War of Harmony IV Open Development, with at least some hours of gameplay and stable: RPGs: MLP RPG - The Elements of Harmony Ashes of Equestria: Harmony Eclipsed: Ponyvania: SNES game hacks:I will not provide any links to patched or unpatched ROM. You have to find and search yourself. Filly Fantasy VI: Super Pony All Stars Closed Development My Little Pony: The Game Status Unknown: Smaller games are listed here: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/VideoGame/OtherFriendshipIsMagicFanGames Demos: Equestrian Tales Finished: Flash Player:
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    Lately, I want to purchase Blu-Ray versions of today's films. I happen to own a Blu-Ray Drive and I am dying to get some more. But for the moment, this is my complete collection of Blu-Ray movies I'm dividing these into various categories. And as you can tell, a majority of my purchases are from Disney. Traditional Disney: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Dumbo Bambi Cinderella Alice in Wonderland Peter Pan Sleeping Beauty The Jungle Book Robin Hood The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Aladdin The Lion King Moana Live Action Disney Maleficent The Jungle Book Christopher Robin Disney Sequels: Cinderella 2 and 3 The Lion King 1 1/2 The Lion King 2 Peter Pan: Return to Neverland Bambi 2 Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves Pixar Pixar Shorts Coco Incredibles 2 Toy Story 4 Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Avengers Guardians of the Galaxy Dr Strange Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Thor Ragnarok Black Panther Avengers: Infinity War Captain Marvel Avengers: Endgame Star Wars: The Forces Awakens Rogue One The Last Jedi Solo Disney Misc: The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus Willow DC Comics: Wonder Woman 2017 Batman Ninja Batman Hush Reign of the Supermen Batman vs the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Dark Knight Trilogy(Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises) Batman vs Two-Face(Last film starring Adam West) Justice League vs the Fatal Five Misc: Kung Fu Panda 2 Men in Black 1-3 Mortal Kombat(1995) Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie(1995) Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie The Grinch How the Grinch Stole Christmas Godzilla(2014) Star Trek 1-10(The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, THe Search for Spock, the Voyage Home, the Final Frontier, the Undiscovered Country, Generations, First Contact, Insurrection and Nemesis) My Little Pony: Equestria Girls My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) Want to get: Star Trek 11-13(2009, Into Darkness and Beyond) The Hobbit Trilogy(Extended Edition) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy(Extended Edition) Original Star Wars Trilogy Prequel Star Wars Trilogy Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, Friendship Games and Legends of Everfree Shazam(2019) Batman: Mask of the Phantasm(May get it with Batman: The Animated Series complete Blu-Ray Collection) Toy Story 1-3 Pokemon: Detective Pikachu Aladdin(2019) If anyone has any suggestions on what Blu-Ray movies I should get, feel free to reply.
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    This is a compilation of every mini-review I gave to each episode of Season 9. The Beginning of the End (both parts): I have many weird feelings about this season premiere that make it difficult for me to articulate my thoughts...but I will start by saying that it was awesome and miles and bounds better than the first premiere involving King Sombra. The pacing was perfect, there was always something happening, a constant feeling of suspense, and best of all, do I even need to say it...King Sombra. I was pleasantly surprised at his competence as a villain, to the point where he used his own defeat to his advantage, and happy at the confirmation of my suspicion that he was never actually killed (dispelled into the ether), but also weirdly disappointed that he still played the "typical shadowy bad guy villain" trope to a T in terms of personality and that the end actually left more of a reason for him to come back. Either way, it's better than giving him a rushed reformation, even as I would not mind a well-done reformation to keep the show attuned with the comics, so I'll let it slide. I also would not mind them making him irredeemable so long as proper closure is involved, even with the implication that Grogar is actually more evil than Sombra. That implication that he actually killed ponies caught me off guard. This special was a great set-up for what's in store for the final season, as all I want to see after watching this is more. 9.4/10 Uprooted: Ha! Even Spike and The Student 6 still want Sombra around. I love how Spike was like "King Sombra's not coming back!"...right after he assumed that the Crystal Empire was under attack. He totally wants to get even after he was powerless in the premiere. They had me going just a bit at the beginning of the episode, playing along like the tree was really dead, but we all knew it was coming back, albeit in a different form. And if the tree can come back, do I even need to say it. Discounting that, I like how this episode played out slightly different than how I thought it would, emphasizing the importance of the acceptance of loss while making fun of The Student 6 thinking they could bring the tree back just by holding hands and singing Kumbaya. It felt weird having Yona steal the show by being the only one who wasn't fighting with anyone and saving Sandbar, the second best of The Student 6 in this one with the funniest lines and the most rational, realistic solution to the problem, from the clutches of death, but I guess it’s compensation for the show always trying to kill her as well as realizing that she's growing on us. The ending did feel like sort of a cop-out, but again...do I even need to say it. 8.3/10 Sparkle’s Seven: So the 100th episode was for the fans, and the 200th episode was for the writers...and the fans. I refuse to ever believe that twist ending featuring the most glorious image in the entire show was not also done for the fans. Luna is a James Bond villain, Spike is a femme fatale, it even brings everything with the spy stuff full circle to tie it back to the title. Sparkle’s Seven...007. I love how even watching the after-interview before the episode didn’t sully the pleasure of that twist, because this episode just gets better and better the more you go back to it and feel things click in your head better. They even address the issue of predictability and have predictability vs. unpredictability as part of the plot’s conflict. Wonderful. Even if you don’t get this episode at first, it’s still an endearing, funny gem that you’ll want to come back to to understand more and more. 9.6/10 The Point of No Return: Not outstanding, but a good final episode for G.M. Berrow to close out with. I like how they tied it in with the first episode of the show Amending Fences style, showing that Twilight's abrupt departure from Canterlot had consequences that actually affected the world around her, had a nice twist at the end with the book itself that I did not expect to cleverly tie in with the message, and showcased some great chemistry between Twilight and Spike. It's been a long time since we last saw how well they played off each other, I actually laughed a lot more at their comedic banter than any other gag in the episode, including the opening gag with Derpy of all things. I also enjoy the irony of this episode's theme surrounding books, possibly referencing the fact that G.M. Berrow was also the writer of many of the show's books. A worthy tribute to her. 8.3/10 Common Ground: Last episode was a worthy tribute to G.M. Berrow, and this was a worthy tribute to Patton Oswalt and his character. With the only flaws being an odd Z-story with Snips that doesn’t contribute anything to the plot and us never learning about the fate of Wind Sprint’s father, I like how the implication still lingers that he’s either divorced or dead, the latter being much more likely considering the implication having already been done with Applejack’s parents and Wind’s attitude. The underlying grit is essential to hit the message home how you can’t create a bond or any lasting relationship by trying to be something you’re not. It was also great how they could even joke about it at the end, how he did have to buy the book. Still love how this show never takes itself too seriously. 8.7/10 She’s All Yak: It really is fascinating how quickly Yona worked her way up from being hardly recognized, to being a fan favorite, and now to being a writer’s favorite. They didn’t even try to kill her in this one. She keeps showing that she has more to her character than just being a musclehead, she had a great song, she even got shipped with Sandbar. I’m impressed that they actually subtly tied in her saving him in Uprooted here. I’m also stunned that they brought up Sombra again for a great out-of-nowhere joke, it’s like some kind of game they’re trying to play with his fans who want him back. Yeah, everyone knew from the start that the moral could only be a variant of “Just be yourself.”, but it’s much less frustrating when you see the moral done with a character who is no longer bland and developed from pruning. 8.9/10 Frenemies: One of the most unique episodes of the show in addition to being one of the finest. The instant I found out it was written by Michael Vogel was the instant I knew it was going to be good, just not this good. No pacing and storytelling flaws, they got the song out of the way as soon as possible to get straight to the plot, showed every villain at their best, and showed easily the best series of villain interactions in the show. The most pleasant surprise to me was the foreshadowing of Tirek, Cozy Glow, and Chrysalis turning the tables on Grogar at the end, I loved how they were able to learn how to work together without wanting to change their ways and were able to make the call to rise up against a foe clearly more powerful than them. That's not something I would've expected of them judging from their actions in the premiere, which showcases good character development. The most unpleasant surprise to me was no mention of Sombra. You'd think he'd be name-dropped here once with all the unexpected mentions this season, but I guess they're just really good at this game they're playing with his fans. 9.5/10 Sweet and Smoky: Another very unique episode. Not Frenemies quality, but at least predictable was the last word I could use to describe it. It honestly surprised me how they made Garble Smolder’s brother and gave him a sensitive side, though I have to say that if he’s sensitive by Dragon Kingdom standards, they are in trouble. The episode’s highlight is towards the end where after Fluttershy beautifully roasts Garble with facts and logic, he saves the day through his will to humiliate himself in front of the entire dragon population and finally brings some likability to his character. Just like in To Change a Changeling, once again, the day is saved thanks to bullying. Life’s cruelty is essential for repopulating our species, perfect lesson for a pony show to teach the kids. I am not even kidding when I say that the undertone is why I like the “be yourself” moral here more than in She’s All Yak. It’s packed with gritty realism, but it’s also not mean-spirited to the point where it just feels like a sick joke. This is an easy candidate for the best episode about the dragons. 8.8/10 Going to Seed: First episode of the season that I honestly don’t have any strong feelings for one way or the other. Average plot, average humor, the big thing that puts it as above average for me is creating a good sense of mystery and suspense. I thought for sure at first that the harvests were a trick by Granny Smith and Goldie Delicious, and later, that it actually was the Great Seedling. I wasn’t expecting it to be Big Mac sleepwalking until much later on, even as I remembered Chekhov’s Gun. Seeing Pear Butter and Bright Mac again was another pleasant surprise too, love the confirmation that we’ll likely get another episode explaining more about them. Also love how we’re still seeing deer ponies, yet still no bat ponies. 8.2/10 Student Counsel: In the words of Maud, “I have mixed feelings.”. This was another decently above average episode that I, again, had no strong sentiments for one way or the other. I liked how it was very...nostalgic, bringing back the cockatrices from Season 1 and the kind of scenery we haven’t seen since the pilot. There were also some great zingers with Maud’s “search party” joke and Trixie’s “experience telling ponies that she has experience” line, but that aside, Trixie actually kind of got on my nerves in this one. The way she was callously eating peas while being told that one of Starlight’s students was missing was just unpleasant to watch. And while the writer’s intent to make neither Trixie and Starlight in the right is understandable, I was more on Starlight’s side, work comes first. Love the ironic moral at the end though, always work by the hour. XD 8.3/10 The Last Crusade: I am with the crowd of liking this episode a lot but not loving it. I love, as everyone seems to, it finally being revealed to us what Scootaloo’s home situation is like, her parents finally making an appearance, and the cameos of so many returning characters we hadn’t seen in seasons. Even Sombra got name-dropped again, go figure. I also really like the emotion that went into it, showing how much Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle actually care about Scootaloo. However, that also helps play into the weakest part of the episode...the unrealistic conclusion. Scootaloo not only gets to stay, but her aunts just so happen to have a solution to the problem of her parents selling the home? In a show that is willing to change the status quo as well as coming to an end, you would think that even a happy ending would be more impactful. Overall, it’s just so good...without being great. It’s also interesting how we now have two Indiana Jones-inspired ponies in an episode paying homage to Indiana Jones with its title. I guess that’s what they call keeping up with the Joneses. 8.4/10 Between Dark and Dawn: The thing I hate most about episodes like this is that they are too, too easy to love. Again, Celestia and Luna act like such characters, the comedy and story write themselves. Like, it just feels unfair almost how this episode stole The Mean 6’s spot for my favorite midseason finale like a day at the beach. Only flaw I could find in this one was some parts being hurried along...for good reason. There is only so much awesomeness from Celestia and Luna you can cram into one single episode while still having a good subplot with Twilight and her friends that gives them a struggle, yet also shows them making character progress in the end with learning how to run a kingdom. There are too many killer moments in this episode, my personal favorites being Twilight thanking the rich ponies for the constructive criticism before tossing them out, Luna actually trying to make the post office sound thrilling, and the ending, which surprisingly transitioned well from being heartwarming to hilarious. Though the actual finale will obviously be what counts the most, I still appreciate how our last midseason finale was divine. 9.7/10 The Last Laugh: Though definitely no Pinkie Pride, Weird Al’s return to the show as Cheese Sandwich was still stellar. The way he delivers his lines as a somber pony who’s forgotten joy just makes you anticipate the moment when he finally busts out in song, the best part of the episode to me, more and more excitedly, all of the gags at the gag factory were creative and clever, especially that moving banana peel, and the underlying message really spoke to me. You can have pure motives in the pursuit of success in business that are only futile if they lead you to deny who you really are. Oh yeah, and the business pony’s name is Sans. Priceless. Not casting bets on that being an Undertale reference, but I wouldn’t have any bones about it either. 9/10 2, 4, 6, Greaaat: Didn’t go into this one believing I’d take much home from it, then right out of the gate, they described Princess Celestia as a jock with wavy hair. And then later, we find that she yells like Bulk Biceps. My life is now complete. This was better than I anticipated. I know not everyone likes it when Rainbow Dash is a jerk, but I do. It’s amusing to me, especially when I can get behind her frustration. Seriously, who does care about cheerleading? Snails, just like in the sub-prequel to this episode, is at his most likable here, and this episode’s only letdown to me is how short-lived his screen time is. That, and the lack of resolution to Snips’ plot. Loved the reveal at the ending though, how we find out that Twilight has been taught all too well by her faithful teacher. 8.5/10 A Trivial Pursuit: MLP characters playing MLP trivia. A ton of fun for nerds like myself who know most of the answers. Already knew only midway through the episode though that this episode was not going to be a ton of fun for obsessive Twilight fans because it actually shows a character they like being a character and making stupid and selfish decisions. Admittedly, it’s kind of weird to watch when Twilight is usually a saint for the most part, but geeks do resort to underhanded tactics in real life to succeed at things they care about. Twilight’s also gotten plenty of flack for “being a Mary Sue”, so I do enjoy watching her channel who she was in Lesson Zero. This episode features what are easily her best facial expressions and comedic overreactions. I also loved watching Pinkie acknowledge actual shipping terms for the teams. Twinkie. It’s really funny knowing that the world of MLP is home to Hostess treats. 8.6/10 The Summer Sun Setback: Even better than Frenemies. Trust me, that is saying a lot. Though there is some annoyance to the fact that the Mane 6 still have a way of being clueless to what’s really going on under their noses, it’s worth it to see how far the villains have come in terms of competence, being able to infiltrate and advance their plan without provoking any kind of suspicion to their presence. And Discord says character growth is so boring. Honestly one of the funniest lines in the series, and one of the funniest moments in the series is seeing him dressed like Jesus. I like how he continually refuses to be a Deus Ex Machina, allowing us to see how much Twilight’s friends have not changed by believing that Twilight hasn’t changed. The acknowledgement of how they still don’t listen to Applejack is just the cherry on top. Episodes about the villains are definitely tied with Celestia and Luna episodes for the easiest episodes of the show for me to love now. 9.7/10 She Talks to Angel: Well, I saw this coming. We finally get to see a sympathetic side to the devil, Angel Bunny. Honestly, I never found him to be that annoying, but I also never really cared about him. He’s grumpy and selfish all the time because he can’t talk and it’s hard to travel...sorry, just doesn’t hit me in the feels. Probably why this episode doesn’t click with me too much, even if there is some gold to scavenge in it, like the way Angel first reacts upon being in Fluttershy’s body and says that Fluttershy wants to marry Discord. It’s also really amusing how they finally acknowledge how hard it would realistically be for Fluttershy to do all that work with those animals and still have time to be a teacher. Was not expecting that or that snake to actually eat that elephant that was at least twice its size. So much for, “I’m almost as big as her, how could she gobble me up?”. 8.2/10 Dragon Dropped: I am no Sparity shipper and I have to say, this is my favorite Rarity episode. It’s also one of the best Spike episodes to me, since it finally shows just how much Spike does for Rarity that she never really appreciated. The scene with Rarity apologizing with the record player was adorable hilarity, and when Gabby was introduced, I was surprisingly impressed that they actually picked things up from that unresolved plot point in The Fault in Our Cutie Marks and utilized it as a way for Gabby and Spike of all characters to become friends. Not to mention how they used them “not coming from the most reputable cultures” as a way. So Neighsay wasn’t just a nutjob. I love how this episode makes me care enough about Spike’s friendship with a formerly standalone background character to actually crave a predictable, happy ending. That is definitely a rarity for me. 9.5/10 A Horse Shoe-in: The final Starlight Glimmer-centered episode is...admittedly somewhat underwhelming. Again, the conflict involves her and Trixie with Trixie being the side of sentimentalism and Starlight being the side of pragmatism. They really stuck with this format, but even though the other two episodes that used this formula, The Road to Friendship and Student Counsel, did a good job eliciting sympathy for Trixie, I was more on Starlight’s side by far this time. At least they acknowledge that Trixie didn’t deserve the job, but she totally had that scolding coming to her. That’s not to bash Trixie, as she did, as always, have some funny lines and was beast in standing up to Grandpa Gruff. However, it’s disappointing for Starlight’s character arc to end with such a telegraphed, standard episode that really doesn’t leave me with much to say. 8.1/10 Daring Doubt: The final Daring Do episode is more about Fluttershy than Rainbow Dash, oddly. Even more oddly, despite the entire Daring Do arc being focused on Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy was written better than Rainbow Dash here and had some of her best character highlights too. She hits the nail on the head perfectly in her attitude on actually talking to Daring Do's rivals. It doesn't matter whether or not they're telling the truth, everyone still deserves to be listened to. That has to be the perfect message that today's society needs right now. It is a little disappointing to not see many highlights from Rainbow Dash, but with loyalty being her main character trait, I understand how a conflict about her doubting Daring Do in favor of listening to a villain wouldn't work. Only thing I honestly found dumb was Daring Do's fans ditching her because of Caballeron's story exposing that Daring Do was a real pony. I'm well aware that people are fickle, but seriously? If I found out my favorite book author was actually Indiana Jones, I'd be all over them. 9.1/10 Growing Up is Hard to Do: This final CMC episode is hard not to like. I found it to be better than The Last Crusade, which left a seriously bad taste in my mouth with its forced “happy ending”. The exposition leading up to the feature presentation of the episode may be dry, but everything else after that put a smile on my face. I love how the song shows how naive the CMC and most kids in general are about what being an adult means, especially when they say, “Facts don’t matter, we can win any argument with, “Because we say so.” I was not expecting that, the callbacks to the pony from Sounds of Silence and Trouble Shoes, or that pet turning into a cyclone. I really like how the moral in this episode is not just about how grown-ups need to be responsible, but also that grown-ups aren’t perfect and can mislead children. The only real disappointment this episode brings is being the last CMC episode, but not ending their arc on a conclusive note. 8.8/10 The Big Mac Question: The final episode about the Apple family may be mostly comedy-based, but at least it’s good comedy and ends on a very heartwarming and satisfying note. Not every joke hits, I definitely found the whole thing with the apples coming to life unfitting (that’s coming from someone who’s read and enjoyed the Night of the Living Apples comic arc), and it’s no The Perfect Pear. However, the way things are tied back to The Perfect Pear at the end with the reality TV show parody turning out to be everyone talking to Applejack at the wedding is magnificent. It’s good that the last ordinary episode of the show actually concluded a character arc and left an impact on the show canon. 9/10 The Ending of the End (both parts): Such a legendary final two-parter. I went in worried that the leaks were going to ruin it for me, but no, the things about the leaks that disappointed me actually helped me look at it more objectively and appreciate more how great this final showdown in the show is. It’s action-packed to the brim, I loved seeing the characters fighting while they were massively underpowered, and how they were able to give so many other characters besides the Mane 6 some time in the spotlight. My favorite moment besides the fight with Starlight and Chrysalis is when Twilight and her friends accept death only to be saved by everyone in Equestria. Yes, no Grogar and us being left to assume that Discord had the best intentions in bringing the villains back is still a letdown, but this was still amazing for what it was. They didn’t even sugarcoat the moral. “There will always be darkness in the world.” Truer words have never been spoken by a pony show. 9.9/10 The Last Problem: This final episode is...curious. Unlike The Ending of the End, which was an adrenaline-pumping action thriller, this episode feels more like a...poetic finale. And I must be honest, it is a very good poetic finale. I love how it shows that Spike really did finally get some respect getting to sit as Twilight’s right-hand man, stays true to the promise of Twilight not outliving her friends, and stays consistent with the final two-parter’s showcasing of all the characters, giving us the feeling that all of Equestria’s story ended on a good note. It’s probably just a matter of taste that I wasn’t as into it as the last two-parter, even as the only real stake of the conflict is the question of whether or not friendship really does last forever. It is the best challenge for the show to tackle before it wraps up though, and I like the way it faces it through showing us a great moral about how the pursuit of perfection is futile. You’re only a failure if you have no one to laugh about your failings with...it really is the perfect follow-up to The Ending of the End’s moral of how there would always be darkness in the world, but from that darkness comes the light. It really shows what made this show so great, and that’s why I still love this finale. 9.5/10 Episodes I Loved The Beginning of the End (both parts) Sparkle’s Seven Common Ground She’s All Yak Sweet and Smoky Frenemies Between Dark and Dawn The Last Laugh A Trivial Pursuit The Summer Sun Setback Dragon Dropped Daring Doubt Growing Up is Hard to Do The Big Mac Question The Ending of the End (both parts) The Last Problem Episodes I Liked Uprooted The Point of No Return Going to Seed Student Counsel The Last Crusade 2, 4, 6, Greaaat She Talks to Angel A Horse Shoe-in My final thoughts are that this really was one of the best final seasons we could ask for. I actually really enjoyed Seasons 7 and 8, and I still thought this season was miles and bounds better. I loved how we finally got a great overlapping villain arc, how there were no mediocre episodes, and how mostly every character got a chance to shine. Obviously, there was no way we were going to everything we wanted, and even if we did, that would just give us less of a reason to look forward to the Season 10 comic. Even without that and the upcoming special and movie, I still feel like the show would never truly be over in my heart, which is the best feeling a show can leave you with when it’s done. So farewell, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Even as we move on to G5, what you did to revive this franchise will never be forgotten.
  39. 1 point
    So after overcoming a fairly serious thumb injury and making the life-changing decision to quit my last job, I finally finished Rarity's head (and by finally finished I mean the head's been finished for a week, I've just been dealing with her mane up until last night). Long synthetic hair is a nightmare to deal with. I spent way too long trying to get her mane the way it is in the show, and I just couldn't get it right. No matter what I tried I couldn't get the hair to make one large curl, so in the end I just took a regular curling iron and went at it. I'll have to brush and re-curl it before every use (you can see how messy it got after just one day), so that'll be mildly annoying, but not too bad since it only takes about half an hour. Even though I'm still disappointed I couldn't get it how I want, I still think it looks okay. Moving on from her mane, while the head does have some other problems, I'm just happy at how much I improved compared to my last head (which I will not show). I still have problems with mouths, but I did a hell of a lot better this time around. There are also visible gaps in the edges of the eyes where the plastic meets the foam, but I think I can find a way around that next time. And I also want to switch to 3D printing once I get enough money, which would eliminate that problem all together. And, of course, nearly everything is magnetic. Her swappable eyelids for different expressions, her mane (both front and rear sections), and even her horn are removable. I would have done her ears as well (for transportation purposes), but the strength of magnet needed to hold them on properly through the foam and fur would make the head way too heavy. Not to mention they're $40 a pair, and I'd need at least four magnets per ear for that. And they're not pictured, but I have a pair of removable 40x20mm fans hooked up to a 3000 mAh battery the size of a credit card and width of a smartphone (no, I'm not exaggerating. It's tiny and weighs next to nothing). Everything fits inside the head and the battery can last for almost ten hours, so I think that it's much preferable over my last setup that had the wires for all six fans in the suit running to one battery bank. Sure, that one may have enough capacity to run every fan for 24 hours, but that's overkill, and it's rather inconvenient to have wires running all over the inside of the suit. Here are some pictures. Since the eyes are so massive, vision is about as good as it gets in a fursuit. That also helps ventilation along, which is also really good, given that there's two 40mm fans in the head - one that draws fresh air in through the mouth, and another that exhausts hot hair out in front of the ear (the vent is hidden by her mane. It's very difficult to see, but it still draws a lot of the heat from inside the head). Overall I'm happy with the results, given my experience level. I've definitely improved a lot since my last head, and that's good enough for me. Now on to the body suit. I worked on that all day today, and let me tell you ponysuits are so much more complicated than fursuits, even digisuits. The legs aren't too difficult, but you have to pad the arms if you want the suit to look good, and that's a lot harder than it sounds. Me wanting to add dual 80mm fans to each arm doesn't make it any easier. But still, I think I've got some good progress going, so we'll see how it turns out in the end.
  40. 1 point
    Here is The World Revolving (from Deltarune) on the organ. Enjoy. 😊 Special Thanks to the following patrons for supporting me on Patreon: [Ultimate Fan] Juke Denton [Hardcore Fan] Austin Spendlove [Moderate Fan] James Flores If you enjoy my content as much as they do and myself, then join them here: http://www.patreon.com/jonnymusic
  41. 1 point
    Here is But The Earth Refused To Die + Battle Against A True Hero (from Undertale) on the organ. Enjoy. 😊 Special Thanks to the following patrons for supporting me on Patreon: [Ultimate Fan] Juke Denton [Hardcore Fan] Austin Spendlove [Moderate Fan] James Flores If you enjoy my content as much as they do and myself, then join them here: http://www.patreon.com/jonnymusic
  42. 1 point
    s09e26 spoiler inside. It already aired, but I'll be nice and hide it regardless.
  43. 1 point
    MAJOR SPOILER ALERT FOR ANYONE WHO HAS NOT SEEN THE FINALE YET:I LOVED THE FINALE! I'm perfectly satisfied with the ending to the series as a whole. I adored when Spike became 2nd in command to Twilight as "Royal Advisor." Spike SO deserves a high position and a proper title! It was so touching when Celestia and Luna spoke about being "all grown up" on her throne. How far Twilight Sparkle has come in 9 seasons….Her interest in magic started with the summer sun celebration so she has truly come full circle. I was shocked and completely surprised that Discord turned out to be Grogar all along. I really like this twist as it explains why Discord was absent from the MLP 2017 movie for example. It was perfectly in character for Discord as he has to be chaotic to help or he disappears completely from existence. It was interesting to see how Twilight reacted to Discord's manipulation of their past victories. I'm glad the writers got to explore this with Twilight. The battles were wonderfully animated. Twilight gets injured! I never thought the writers would take the risk of having a member of the Mane 6, least of all Twilight, take a hit even though Discord and Celestia have been injured in past episodes(albeit Discord faked his injury). This was one tense episode! Also Cozy turned herself into an Alicorn! I would have expected a bit more of a reaction out of the friends when Twilight gets blasted by Cozy…that has got to be permanently scarring for Mane 5. I loved that every creature/character came to rescue the Mane 6 in a true moment of friendship, diversity and inclusion done right. Before I ever knew that season 9 would be the last season, I wanted the finale of MLP to have a moment where all of Equestria saved the Mane 6 because that would be the perfect way to show unity and the strength of friendship so I was thrilled that the writers felt the same way. I liked that the Windigos got to make a return when the ponies became divided. I never liked the idea of the pony races being racist towards each other because it always felt unnatural to me in the MLP universe but here it actually works well and gives the Student 6 a minor but vital rule in the conclusion of the series. Sorry I just love the final friendship rainbow scene! Ultimate Friendship Beam anyone?! I love how Spike is included for once! Tempest makes a non speaking cameo! Pinkie Pie using Discord's magic from the bell was hilarious because she seems so chaotic in a way herself. I love the concept of the finale episode "The Last Problem" to pieces where we get to see what became of everyone without squeezing it into the battle episodes(Pinkie’s a mom!)!. I loved that we got to see characters like the Cake Twins and the CMC older! The lesson is perfect! It’s still weird that Twilight can’t rule from Ponyvile in her own castle though. It doesn’t make sense why Twilight can’t just rule from Ponyvile since she already has a whole castle there, and why she can’t continue to teach in Ponyvile. And I wish it was explained whether the other Mane 5 will teach at the friendship school, at all after Twilight takes power, or do they have other duties, royal or otherwise?? Does Sunburst have to live in Ponyvile now? So many unanswered details. I love Twilight’s coronation outfit! I love how Celestia and Luna combined their crowns to make Twilight's big new crown. The song was utterly beautiful! The last moment with the closing of the book was the perfect touch. I love how the TV airing had "Many, Many, Many Moons later" on the title card before "Last Problem" actually started. I loved the disability representation of Scootaloo still being flightless and being fully respected as a disabled teacher at the School of Friendship! Please NOTE: NO I do NOT think Twilight is immortal and no I do NOT think Twilight will outlive her friends and neither does my family who watched with me. This is more of a fan theory but I think Alicorns do age, but don't show their age physically because of Alicorn magic. I think Celestia and Luna were elderly and getting weaker, hence why they didn't go on adventures much and decided to hand over ruling duties to Twilight and her friends, especially since Celestia and Luna mentioned the "Sliver" retirement community from the previous episode "Point Of No Return" and all the ponies at that location are over a certain age, if you will. Goodbye MLP. I will treasure my time in Equestria with all these characters forever. Thank you MLP staff for making a show so good it inspired my own film writing style. Can't wait for G5 and the CGI movie and the MLP comic series.
  44. 1 point
    Heya guys. It's been a while since I made a blog post, and I figured that now is a good time to make another one... and it's about the show ending. Frankly, I'm not as devastated as I was whenever I first found out about it, but I'm still pretty bummed out. I know that the story of the show is gonna continue in the comics, and that's great, but people are just making their goodbyes now that the show is over, and it's bumming me out. In all honesty, I wish people would quit saying: "Don't be sad it's over, smile because it happened!" I'm sorry, but... no. Maybe I can do that for other things, but there's no way I can do that for MLP: FiM. This show is definitely what I'd call "too good". You know something is too good when you'd rather just not exist than to have it end. I'm not kidding when I say that I'd probably rather just have the show just not exist than for it to exist and end... but I mean, to be honest... I probably wouldn't care so much if I had experienced this show to the fullest, which I sadly didn't. I didn't become a fan until 2013, and even when I did, I never got to watch most of the episodes when they first aired on The Hub/Discovery Family. I did get to watch some... but... not the vast majority. I also didn't get to go to any of the conventions, but I did attend a few panels at my local anime cons. Not to mention that now that the show's over, it's only a matter of time before they stop selling G4 related merchandise, which is... not good. On the bright side, though, I think people are still gonna upload pictures to Derpibooru and DeviantArt, and I would say that people are gonna keep making fan videos, but I heard that Flash is going to get support dropped next year, so RIP. All I can say is... I need to buy the rights to Hasbro, if I can, and create a reboot of FiM. Otherwise, I'll probably never be truly happy again in my life.
  45. 1 point
    The alarm sounded and Pinkie Pie threw off her blankets. “Today’s the day! Today’s the day!” She slapped the clock, silencing the alarm. In a flurry, she brushed her teeth, combed her hair, and ran out the door. She would have greeted every pony she passed on the street, but it was too early for most ponies to be awake. She bounced all the way to Twilight’s castle singing “Today’s the day!” She pulled the chord that rang the doorbell. Several minutes later, a sleepy-eyed Twilight answered. “Pinkie? Do you know what time it is?” “It is 6:43 am on the day that Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom, and Scootaloo return from their first semester at Canterlot University!” She bounced up and down a few more times. Twilight yawned and rubbed her eyes. “Yes, but their train doesn’t arrive until 8:15. So come back later.” She tried to close the door, then stopped and looked at Pinkie Pie. “And five minutes is not later enough.” She knew how Pinkie Pie thought, and that coming back five minutes later is the kind of thing she would do. “Okie dokie. I’ll come back at 8. That will give us enough time to get to the train station and greet them.” She bounced away, leaving Twilight to grab another hour of sleep. All across town Pinkie Pie woke her friends. Applejack was the only one already up, probably up before Pinkie herself. “Oh, hi Applejack,” Pinkie said as she saw the orange earth pony pulling a cart. Pinkie was bouncing up the driveway. “Howdy, Pinkie. What’s got you in such a bounce today?” Applejack asked. “What? You mean you don’t remember? Today is the day that your sister comes back for her semester break.” Applejack stopped. “Oh, I guess that’s today. I plum forgot. I better get some food ready for her. I know that college food ain’t no good.” She disconnected the cart and made her way to the house. “Oh, ok. I was thinking we could go meet her at the train station.” Pinkie said. “Uh, yeah. That sounds good, I guess.” Applejack wasn’t sure what to do. “How about I make breakfast and you go get Big Mac to meet her at the station?” “That sounds great!” Pinkie exclaimed, as if it was the greatest idea any pony had ever had. She bounced up to the house and went inside. “Big Mac? Are you here?” “Good morning, Pinkie.” It was not Big Mac, but Pear Butter. She had moved in to the Apple house when she married Big Mac. She was in the living room sitting on a rocking chair. “Big Mac is out back. What can I do for you?” “Oh, hello Pear Butter. Wow, you look like you’re about the burst! That baby should be due any day now, huh?” Pear Butter smiled and nodded. “Well, I was just looking for him so he can go meet his sister and her friends at the train station because today is the day that they come back from their first semester at Canterlot University and I wanted everypony to meet them….” The sound of her voice trailed off as she went through the house and exited the back door. Pear Butter just smiled. It was 8:15 as the train came to a stop, steam billowing and brakes screeching. Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, and Big Mac waited on the platform. They were scanning the crowd of ponies that exited the cars. “Oh, oh, I see them! There they are!” Pinkie pointed to a group of young adult mares. “Cutie Mark Crusaders, over here!” Pinkie waved. Sweetie Belle blushed. “Pinkie, please don’t call us that. We aren’t fillies anymore,” Still, she gave Pinkie a big hug. There were hugs all around. “Well,” said Rarity, “You’ll always be the Cutie Mark Crusaders to us.” “And you’ll always be my big sister,” Sweetie Belle said, hugging Rarity. “How’s my champ?” Rainbow Dash gave Scootaloo a soft punch in the shoulder. “Kicking flank and taking names?” Scootaloo smiled, “Uh, yeah, something like that. I missed you, Rainbow Dash.” “That’s Lieutenant Rainbow Dash, cadet,” Rainbow Dash puffed up her chest. Scootaloo gave a mock salute. “Yes sir, Lieutenant. Is it true you saved your Commander’s life during the Border Wars?” Rainbow Dash nodded and looked to her rear, right leg, which was noticeably scarred. “Yep, it’s true. That’s where I got this.” “Come on, everypony,” Pinkie Pie said to the group. “There’s food at Applejack’s place. Everypony else is there waiting for us.” At the farm Applejack, Fluttershy, Twilight, and Pear Butter had set up some tables where upon they had placed food. The group that had met at the train station was now gathering around the table. More hugs and greetings were exchanged. “How are your studies going?” Twilight asked Sweetie Belle. “Is professor Pedantic Pants giving you a hard time?” “Oh, a little. I think he has it in for me because I know you,” Sweetie Belle said. “He’s always like that,” Twilight said. “Robotics engineering is a difficult subject, and he wants to challenge his students.” “Say, where’s Spike?” Sweetie Belle asked. “Oh, he’s off on some super secret dragon adventure,” Twilight said. Meanwhile, “Now Apple Bloom,” Applejack said, “you said you were only taking a year’s worth of classes at Canterlot U before transferring to Ponyville Tech to study agriculture.” Apple Bloom looked down, “Yeah, about that. I kind of want to study literature and history. Canterlot U has such amazing professors and subjects. Everything is so interesting there. Plus the night life in Canterlot is amazing.” Applejack frowned. “I don’t know what is so appealing about a big city. You know Granny Smith would want you to stay in Ponyville if she were still here.” The guilt struck Apple Bloom. Applejack had taken over as head of the family when Granny Smith passed. But Apple Bloom felt that Applejack had become over bearing and didn’t want her younger sister to choose her own path in life. “Can we talk about this tonight?” Apple Bloom asked. Applejack nodded Meanwhile, Rainbow Dash was talking to Scootaloo off to the side. “And how is the Wonderbolt Prep courses treating you, Scoots?” Scootaloo avoided eye contact. “Yeah, I kind of don’t want to do that anymore.” Rainbow Dash was shocked. “What do you mean? You’ve always wanted to be a wonderbolt. Why are you changing your mind?” Scootaloo took a deep breath. It was hard for her to say, but she knew Rainbow Dash would understand, “I’ve met some pony.” Rainbow Dash was speechless for a moment, then she grinned. “Ah, I get it. That’s awesome. So, what’s his name?” She nudged Scootaloo. “Yeah, ‘his’ name. Um, you see…” Fluttershy was watching Rainbow Dash talk to Scootaloo. She couldn’t hear what they were saying, she could only observe their reactions. Rainbow Dash was first shocked and Scootaloo was really embarrassed and almost started to cry. Then Rainbow gave her a big hug and held her. Scootaloo returned the hug and started to smile. Rainbow wiped away a tear from Scootaloo’s cheek. That night, Twilight wrote a letter. “Dear Princess Celestia. Today I learned that as years pass ponies can change. Sometimes they don’t turn out the way you expected. But you should love them no matter what. I look forward to what the years ahead have in store for us.”
  46. 1 point
    I freaking love the cold open of this episode! Having the major players of this episode doing monologues describing what happened is fantastic. The final Spike/Discord/Big Mac certainly got off to a great start from then and there. It's a great example of a flashback episode, giving Mac a bit more personality and Discord is being Discord as normal. Love the usual references and gags, along with the the apples basically taking over Ponyville, and the CMC were helping Sugar Belle with her message sending. I love the moment with Granny describing her dream as well. (Star trek reference!) The ending to this episode is probably the most touching and great ending to the normal episodes. Seeing this ending is the best way that they could have gone before the series finale. Glad they decided to wrap up the Big Mac/Sugar Belle story arc, because they ended up creating a gem of a episode. Grade: A
  47. 1 point
    Ever since I first got hooked onto the show in mid 2013, my life had changed for the better. Out of every show or movie i've ever watched, none of them has taught me or shaped me as a person as much as MLP did. I remember joining the fandom like it was yesterday, instantly creating fan content and discussing my new interest with my friends, some of who are bronies themselves. I got to admit, even though I temporarily stopped watching around season 6, I never lost interest entirely. It's just that I had so much other life issues getting in the way like school etc. Earlier this year however, I heard news that MLP would airing its final season. Because of this, so many memories flooded back to me, to the point where watching the season 9 trailer almost made me cry. I was about to witness the end of a large portion of my childhood, and this wasn't the first time I felt this. When Adventure Time ended, I began to feel the end of an era for animation, as well as the beginning of a new era. I remember back in 2010 when Adventure Time was first announced as a new show through promos. Now that the end is finally here, I just want to say that it has been one hell of a ride, but we made it. Even after MLP does end, I may or may not continue being a fan after a while, but I will never forget the memories that I created while in the fandom. I truly do hope that Gen 5 does justice to the franchise as a whole and hopefully it will bring in more fans in the future. Thanks to the crew and the VAs for bringing a wonderful cartoon to us all.
  48. 1 point
    Because Season 9 was its last, FIM was likely going to go out and try to deliver the best episodes possible. Out of the gate, Dubuc and Haber co-wrote Sparkle's Seven, one of the best comedic, animated, and written episodes of the series. Taking ideas from the lead voice actors, they blended together a tremendous script that never let up, delivered an excellent allegory of how well-made predictability transcends poorly-made unpredictability, and used that allegory to create an excellent plot twist. If you wanna read my review, it's right here. Unfortunately, no episode review for The Last Crusade, but my love for it from the minute it debuted early never wavered. While Sparkle's Seven doesn't take itself too seriously, this was an emotional roller coaster from the minute Scoot realized her parents were coming home. Mane Allgood and Snap Shutter were, to put it bluntly, very bad parents for not being able to spend time with Scootaloo, and the parents (and episode itself) know it. Therefore, they come up with a solution that allows them to do the job that Equestria depends them upon while simultaneously taking care of Scootaloo. Unfortunately, it completely overlooked the fact that Scootaloo has hundreds of close relations back in Ponyville and all over Equestria. In trying to resolve a dilemma, they made Scootaloo even more upset and put her at greater odds with them. The only way they were going to let her stay is to show them that the CMCs truly changed their lives for the better; with help from Aunt Holiday, Auntie Lofty, and every resident they knew, they successfully convinced Mane Allgood and Snap Shutter that separating the CMCs would only hurt Equestria over the long haul. Letting her stay in Ponyville and promising to spend more time with her when the train let them was the right solution for the story, lessons, and characters. Both TLC and Seven are outstanding and extremely close in quality, but by the skin of its teeth, Last Crusade overthrew it. No other episode came close to toppling it…until The Big Mac Question. Line 'Em Up! I long repeated this, and to write it again, the dialogue since Shadow Play has really improved, the verbal comedy especially. Since Dubuc relinquished her role as co-editor, the comedic dialogue has, sadly, been somewhat of a step down. Thankfully, I'm reminded through BMQ that the same wit never really left, and that when it's on, it's great. Discord, for that matter, was the king of these great lines. Here are just a few: The first line wasn't quite true, but the second completely was, historically speaking. (The line is doubly important for adding context to the episode's central lesson of how keeping things simple are what really makes things special, but I'll get back to that later.) Not a bad callback. Once more, Discord has a point. Every time someone hopes for the better, something goes wrong. But Discord's the Lord of Chaos with a childish, immature streak, too. Since he wasn't alerted of Big Mac's proposal plan, he became giddy and impatient (with a great mariachi reference [taking a page from Star Trek: TNG]). As he read a message on a painted apple, he quickly realized something was awry in his own way. Big Mac's riddles were clumsily written, sometimes confusing, and easily gave away the second location. In trying to come up with the "perfect idea," Big Mac created a major flaw in his plan. However, Discord still isn't completely accustomed to the "friendship" aspect of Equestria, and given his long, immortal, antagonistic history, he maintains a defiant, devious streak. After he uses his magic to lay every single wooden apple around Ponyville without fully looking at the riddles, he soon caved in to Spike's glares and doubt, agreeing to double-check. From the beginning, Discord believed this game was overblown and instead should give it to Sugar Belle instead, only to have it rejected for "not being romantic" and breaking BM's rule of discovery. Afterwards, when he missed his chance to actually get Sugar Belle to see an apple, he went about spreading "the love" in, once more, his own way: giving the wooden apples life and instructing them to their own posts. Unfortunately, like Big Mac, his instructions and direction were also not quite clear, so the apples popped up whenever another pony passed by, leading to delicious, entertaining chaos. Without it, Discord's involvement in the episode would be out of character and as bland as Cart Before the Ponies. Chaos drives Discord, and his ability to create havoc and mayhem makes for a more entertaining conflict and story, especially around Big Mac and Spike. On the other hand, it puts him into fault. Instead of thoroughly double-checking and making sure everything goes right, he cuts corners and tries to be cute and creative (tho I don't mind ), leading him to become responsible for the spider-looking apple monster. Also, I disagree with the criticism of Discord regressing. Sure, he may not have developed like D&D and TBUBD, but he understands how much Sugar Belle means to Big Mac. Despite his severe disagreement with the plan and Spike's commitment to it, he regrets worsening things and helps rectify the errors with everyone else offscreen as BM and Sugar proposed to each other. Furthermore, this episode shows some subtle growth from Break Down: After a lot of complaining over the lovey-dovey stuff and wanting to play O&O instead, he doesn't let his opinions interfere with Big Mac's proposal and tries to simultaneously help her solve the riddles and respect Spike's pleas. The Time Is Right Michael Vogel's among the best writers of the current crop. The Big Mac Question adds to his résumé, and with Hader co-writing, they co-created well-done, well-timed comedy. Discord's spilling of littler, more innocent secrets works as a joke for a big reason. As written already, Discord still hasn't fully accustomed to friendship, notably keeping a secret. FS's fright of clowns, Twilight's sleepwalking, and Octavia's date have a more innocuous, lighthearted zephyr; yes, he's spilling them to Spike and Big Mac, but not maliciously. This joke leads to the punchline right before the intro: shouting excitedly that Big Mac plans to propose to Sugar Belle. Everyone's curious reaction to the echo is really hilarious, and even better as one of them — Shoeshine — hears it and shrugs it off. Even better, they repeated the very same joke while keeping it fresh. It's 100% understandable that Apple Bloom's family will soon expand with Sugar Belle becoming her soon-to-be sister-in-law. Her giddy face sells her excitement well, so when she shouts out loud and everyone's as confused as before, you still laugh. Every single "shocking" misadventure by the CMCs: Scoot heads to the bowling alley and accidentally causes a Lebowski stallion to throw a bowling ball into a lamp, breaking the wooden panels below. When AB heads to the sanctuary, she shocks a monkey into a sleeping canopy of Smoky and family. SB opens a sauna, where a relaxing mare throws a body towel over her head when she finds out her privacy's invaded. Spike has a point. Discord's poor directions made the apples believe that the next pony to come close will receive the poem, and it followed each pony wherever they went. In trying to make Sugar Belle see an apple, he — surprise surprise! — helped unleash a boatload of chaos at the Ponyville market. Relocating them back to Sweet Apple Acres was another unwise decision, as they merged into THIS monstrosity! However, instead of actually going on a rampage to find Sugar Belle, the apple monster with its six, spidery eyes successfully delivered the assigned message in its grossest, yet most sincere, message of marriage right onto Discord. Yes, all the apple spit's gross, but not done with any ill intentions, and Discord didn't do a lot to make the problem better. Secondly, notice how the large apple's voice is very similar to Big Macintosh's? A nice, little way to get Peter New to talk in his Big Mac voice while making it sound as garbled, menacing, and childlike as possible. Whenever Granny Smith spoke, she was "spaced out," giving DHX plenty of leeway to pluck some great Star Trek references. Beyond "where nopony has gone before," she said this: >References Q >Inspiration for Discord …cheeky cheeky! Yet, the timing of the humor alone wasn't just right. As the apples chased Ponyville in Act 1, the animation crew snuck in this tender moment: Ever since FIM started, Lyra and Bon Bon have always been side by side, and the brony fandom established a long-time ship out of it. In Slice of Life, they teased the possibility despite hammering in the "best friends" line with the cheek caressing, couple-like arguing late, and the bedroom eyes. Over the last few seasons, their "friendship" began to really evolve, especially since S8 when DHX knew the finish line. Just a few examples: Grannies Gone Wild: Everywhere they went in Las Pegasus. Break Down: Exchanging Hearts & Hooves Day gifts. Marks for Effort: Bon Bon buying a green cactus, presumably for Lyra. End in Friend: Having lunch together. Dragon Dropped: Sharing a milkshake together, ala Buttercup and Bright Mac. After what happened in DD, you knew that the animators were just going to do something with Lyra and Bon Bon. From Season 5 onward, their evolving relationship was clearly no accident. While the main stories developed in front of us, their arc developed from the background. I guarantee you someone in this fandom will go back, find all the foreshadowing over the seasons, and build their story. Why is their proposal so significant? Representation matters. The TV debut to Auntie Lofty and Aunt Holiday introduced a same-sex couple for the first time in the show's history. While they're secondary characters, their presence in Scootaloo's life mattered, and they helped lead the CMCs' idea for a CMC Appreciation Day. It demonstrates how significant the brony fandom truly was to the growth of this show. In the beginning, everyone was surprised by how good Friendship Is Magic truly was. Although viewership and overall size of bronydom has dropped over the years, it still has its viewers and dedicated bronies. The brony fandom created this popular fanon ship all the way back to season one…and animator Morgan Shandro made it canon. Lofty/Holiday and LyraBon are special in their own rights. The former gave the LGBTQ+ community well-needed representation in a very popular family show and directly impacted the story. The latter came after years and years of development, and the animators decided that this was the right time to make it official. BTW, how apropos for Lyra to propose by dropping on one knee like a human? Drawing to a Close A giant reason why Shadow Play's one of the greatest episodes of FIM is how it blended so many arcs into one. Changes of editors + writers = changes of direction. The team turnover means new people post and publish episodes that match their own vision of FIM, so you have a wide array of stories that sometimes go nowhere. This two-parter blended so many arcs (the Pony of Shadows, Star Swirl's lack of understanding friendship, the Pillars, Starlight's redemption) so seamlessly that it looks like the creators intentionally left them vague so that they can be completed at the right time. It's one of the most impressive feats this show has ever done. Big Mac Question blends so many arcs in a smaller scale and closes them. Back in The Cutie Map, Spike explains his preference to be with Big Mac as the reason for skipping the Mane Six's first friendship quest. More than a season later, Nick Confalone expanded this little gag into its own story by including Discord in the Guys' Night Out duo. Two seasons later, they all acted like they knew each other since Spike hatched. BMQ added another chapter into this arc with one central goal. Once Hard to Say Anything concluded, Sugar Belle and Big Mac became an item. Over this and the next few seasons, the writers and animators sprinkled in romance between 'em, solidifying their unity. This episode called back to how they became an item in the first place: Big Mac renovating her shelf to add more space for her desserts, and Scoot recognized the blueprint for it inside SAA. Also, great call by Vogel and Haber to have Sugar Belle plan to propose to him, too. Usually, the male proposes to her, and Big Mac planned to pop the question at some point today. However, Plot 1B had Sugar Belle plan her own with Mrs. Cake's and the CMCs's help, showing that Sugar Belle had some ideas and offer of her own to prove her own commitment as his wife. Speaking of the CMCs… As the episode lampshaded, they earned a reputation of concocting schemes, either with success or failure, since they first met. After multiple tries, they finally got Big Mac to become an item with Sugar. Here, they felt guilty for accidentally contributing to the confusion that almost caused them to break up. (In Break Down, the delivery ponies mistook Sugar Belle for Sweetie Belle after smudging the address, leading them to believe she had a secret admirer.) For the first time all series, they're aware of the consequences. By working with Sugar and helping her to find Big Mac, they feel like they can make up for at least some of it. Yet, as what the episode showed, even their good intentions sometimes don't go according to plan. All series long, Spike's romanticism has had an impact on everyone and himself. In Break Down, he hinted his romantic "expertise" by reciting a poem of his unrequited crush on Rarity, only to be hilariously interrupted when Discord ignored him. XD Here, he brags to an offscreen character how he's so romantic and tries to help Mrs. Cake deliver all the proposal messages to the desserts…only to have his idea burn to a crisp. Lyra's and Bon Bon's series-long, evolving relationship, as explained before. Plus, notice how Bon Bon popped the question just after Lyra? Their dual proposal and rings subtly foreshadow Sugar's and BM's later on. Sugar Belle was one of the four ponies the Mane Six met when they first arrived in Our Town, and led them into an underground rebellion so they can regain their magical talent and break free from Starlight's tyranny. At season's end, she forgave her, and later helped invite Starlight to return to the village for the festival. After To Where, DHX slowly incorporated her into the secondary cast. The time she became super-heartbroken over losing her boyfriend and then became super-happy when they reunited was the moment I permanently bought into their romance. When Big Mac talked about how he loves her snorty chuckle, you can tell they really love each other. When they were going to marry was only a matter of time. Aside from being part of the timeline of Dungeons & Discord, Hard to Say Anything, and The Break Up Break Down, it is the perfect sequel to the franchise's greatest episode — The Perfect Pear — and references it in so many ways. Decades ago, Buttercup suspected that Mrs. Cake — Chiffon Swirl back in the day — enjoyed baking, so she gave her ingredients and challenged her to be creative. Her instincts were proven right, as she got her cutie mark and became lifelong, close friends with BC, which continues long after her passing. Here, she's essential to the story by agreeing to take part in Sugar Belle's 21-dessert surprise proposal. When the Pears were about to relocate to Vanhoover, their parents married in secret at the rock that borders the Pear and Apple orchards. (Notice how Bright and BC planted seeds in their opposing orchards, which directly contributed to the growth of the intertwining apple-and-pear tree around the rock in which they declared their love for each other. During their walk together, they find themselves at that tree, and as they talked, the sun sets perfectly within the iconic heart, spiritually indicating their support for Sugar Belle and their romance. Knowing who his father was like means a lot to Big Macintosh. Here, he envisioned proposing to Sugar Belle at a similar desk like the one he built for her a few seasons ago, calling back to Bright Mac's own declaration of love to Buttercup at the rock, only to teasingly falter. Through this episode and his heart-to-heart chat with his girlfriend, we see he knows more about him now and how much his understanding of his parents matters so much. Now that he's older and wiser, he wants to respect their legacy. Sugar Belle’s poignant wisdom and subsequent glow also suggest agreement by them with her, too. The first time Mayor Mare officiated a wedding, she worked with Bright Mac to rush one in before they relocated far away. That wedding was set up quickly and in secret from the feuding families with no certainty if they were going to be together. Bright Mac wasn't lucky just to get her to witness their surprise, but also complete the vows before the Pears moved. This doesn’t happen here. The wedding at the now-grown tree was well-planned and included the wanted decorations, guests, streamers, and so forth. From the start, Sugar and BM know they want to spend the rest of their lives together, a massive contrast from the pressure Pear Butter and Bright Macintosh felt then. One of the two twists within the episode: everyone explaining to Applejack, the unknown narrator. (The other being the wedding, which I'll get to later.) She was the one who agreed to go on that expedition to find out about why the Pears and Apples feuded for so long, which introduced their parents’ pasts to them, brought them closer to them, and helped them forgive Grand Pear. Her tears show how touched she was of not only the story they told her, but her brother's marriage. Speaking of… Grand Pear only had a couple of cameos here, but his biggest one was his appearance at his grandson’s wedding. The last time one took place there, he abandoned his own daughter and never saw her alive again. Several decades later, he returned to Ponyville. Their forgiveness and witnessing of the beautiful intertwined tree together began the long-awaited healing process. This time, he (and Granny) returns to the very same site, stands beside the other Apples and Burnt Oak, and gives Big Mac his unconditional blessings, closing another gap that caused a massive, increasingly bitter divide between himself and his mother-in-law. How poetic is this sequel to have another marriage take place at their tree. Two seasons ago, the Apple kin rediscovered their parents’ legacy, how they introduced each other, and fell in love thru very bitter times. Come to the end of the episode, and that long-standing bitterness that divided the Pear and Apple families for so long is healed. Well, BMQ breaks a second, not-so-talked-about barrier: Sugar Belle’s the first non-Earth Pony to be part of the Apple family. (Also, recall AJ scolding Twilight for using magic unsolicitedly on her farm in S1? Intentional or otherwise, this episode implicates that the Apples welcome unicorn magic full-time on the property now.) A Lesson in Execution BMQ's primary lesson — "When you tend to make things complicated and make mistakes, the simplest things are the most desired and cherished" — is magnificent, but the way it's taught brings that home. Before he takes out his ring, Big Mac wants to show Sugar Belle his commitment to being her husband matters by helping her find him. How? By using those painted apples with attached clues, she travels from one location to the next before meeting him at the hilltop near Sweet Apple Acres. Unfortunately, his plan never properly flourished. Not only did she miss the first apple, but he had to go back to his barn to pick up the screwdriver he left behind. When he realizes she wasn't coming, he walks to Sugar Cube Corner to find her. Discord tries to help Sugar Belle find the first apple, but she misses it twice, resulting in his poor strategy of having the apples follow whoever sees them first. When he cleaned it all up, Sugar Belle still never saw it! Deciding to cut to the chase, he brought her to that same hilltop, only to realize he left. He blindfolded her and then brought her back to SCC. He may believe in romance now, but doesn't quite understand it still. Instead of helping each other out, Spike and Mrs. Cake were so sworn to their own party's secrets that they created an imaginary buffer that prevented helping each other out. When Spike tried to help Mrs. Cake, he found out that Mrs. Cake messed up her desserts and later accidentally burned every one of Sugar Belle's messages. Spike isn't always the politest dragon, and BMQ's no exception. In order to make Sugar's search for BM as perfect as possible, he got a little too worried over the arrangement, placement, and visibility of each apple, glared hard at Discord for not checking carefully, and refused to ease the game's difficulty. Why did he blow his magical fire on the remaining notes? Because he believed they would be able to get into the desserts quickly and easily, only to screw up badly. However, he didn't accept all of the blame, bluntly criticizing Mrs. Cake's terrible desserts. Mrs. Cake accepted a very difficult challenge of baking twenty-one desserts. Immediately, things went terribly wrong. During the rush, she had absolutely no idea what ingredients she was using and whether she used them at all. Poignantly observed by Scootaloo: Fortunately, no pony tasted them. Sugar Belle orchestrated her entire twenty-one-dessert proposal with Mrs. Cake and added another one with its own message to call Big Mac down to the shop. The purpose of having just one word in each dessert was to help Big Mac solve the proposal puzzle after he eats each once, but to bake that many meant Mrs. Cake's margin for error significantly decreased and must work harder than usual to finish on time. On her end, discovering Discord and Spike at the doorstep meant overlooking the apple on the step and running off as quick as they can to find Big Mac. The Cutie Mark Crusaders tried to find Big Mac to give him the dessert as promised. But when they couldn't find him at the barn, Apple Bloom called back Granny's advice and took it a little too literally, causing trouble of their own and annoying her friends in the process. The fact that everyone's plans were too complicated is kind of the point. Every single pony's so focused in trying to create the perfect proposal, they overlook serious flaws. What everyone had to figure out was that by messing things up, they discovered the true worth of commitment and dedication. They never had to go over the top in order to fix it, either. Pairing it down the essentials was all they needed, something Discord comprehended well beforehand. Sugar Belle was the first outside of Discord to truly figure it out after Big Mac felt upset for screwing up his own proposal and feeling that he let the legacy of his parents down. Because he doesn't talk much, his words matter a lot, so when he expresses his sadness, you really feel it. However, despite problems of her own, she understood that this was nothing compared to what they (and when she was controlled by Starlight) endured. To her, this was merely a blip. Mistakes happen; they can use 'em to grow closer and really show their love for each other. I read a few comments on Derpibooru calling their dual proposal cute, and it really is. <3 Their solid chemistry sells the warmheartedness! But I won't end my review until I call out two other things in this episode: All episode long, Spike wore nothing. For all we know, the fourth wall or a character we had no idea existed until then interviewed all of them. What slowly began to change, though, was when he wore a suit and tie for the first time. As a result, the wedding surprise was kept under wraps from the audience; showing him wearing his suit and putting on his bow tie really makes their marriage all the more impactful. Had we knew they were eloping at episode's end, this whole journey would've felt completely pointless. After a lot of great humor, chaos, and a little bit of drama, Discord alerting the apples to drop and sing "happy marriage, happy apples!" was perfect, heartwarming cuteness on top of already perfect cuteness! He might've added to the problems, but he respects their wedding ceremony and uses a subtle, Discord-y twist to show it. Consider this his own, special way to appreciate his friendship with everyone, their marriage, and their future lives. Conclusion What else can I say about this one? The Big Mac Question is really funny, really cute, and really heartwarming. Vogel and Haber tackled all of the emotions at exactly the right time and provided a magnificent cap to several arcs, some of which date back to the first season. This is the new-best Season 9 episode and one of the ten best of the series.
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    Hi all, since it’s that time of year (Halloween). I wanted to ask for your help choosing a name for this time of year. This blog post will have a poll of names you can choose from, whichever name has the most votes by the 14th will be my Halloween name.
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    She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power season 2 is starting soon. I like that cartoons in recent years have story arcs that go for an entire season. For shows in the past each episode would be a stand alone story and there was little or no development. The new She Ra has interesting characters and a story line that keeps you coming back. This means there must be an ultimate end and wrap up of the story. How long that can go on is the question. Here are my thoughts on how the show could go for the next few seasons. We saw at the end of season 1 that Catra has been promoted to second in command under Hordak. I think we should see a major offensive by The Horde. They could win a major victory by the end of season 2, leaving a cliff hanger. We learn more about the First Ones. Maybe they fought The Horde in the past. Season 3 shows the Rebellion fighting back, gaining ground, and defeating The Horde. Catra quits or is kicked out of The Horde. She blames Shadow Weaver. The rebellion uses First Ones technology to gain an edge. Season 4, Catra bums around the Fright Zone and mopes. She visits seedy bars and gets into fights. Eventually she forms her own group of pirates who are not allied with any group. They steal from targets of opportunity. All the while Catra and Adora cross paths and we see character development. This is the season where Catra tells Adora "I love you." But Adora tells Catra that she, Adora, only loves Catra as a friend. This pushes Catra deeper into depression. Meanwhile the war between The Horde and the Rebellion continues. Season 5 can be the final season. The Horde is finally defeated. Catra loses any desire for power or vengeance. She just wants an end to her emotional turmoil. Her hatred for Shadow Weaver increases, culminating in a confrontation where she kills Shadow Weaver. Catra makes peace with Adora but realizes that she still can't fit in with the Rebellion. She embarks on a quest of self-discovery. This could spin off into more seasons or a second show. This is what I think so far.