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  1. At times last year, I compared S8's more successful episodes to ones with similar ideas, only the latter did them better. This episode reminds me a lot of Tanks for the Memories, only this done supremely better.

    1. Tanks for the Memories establishes an allegory of death with Tank having to hibernate for the winter. Unfortunately, this decision kills all of the stakes instantaneously. Here, not only immediate stakes, but also the plausibility of Scootaloo not being able to see her family for a long time, if not ever.
    2. In Tanks, FS establishes that the tortoise needs to hibernate to feel healthy for the spring. So what does Dash do? Selfishly sabotage the winter-weather process to try to keep him awake. Her quest for company endangered him. She's supposed to be sympathetic, yet doesn't earn it. Now compare that to Scootaloo, who schemed with AB and SB so she stays in the only home she ever knows. She does nothing to make the audience repel her. Her despair, anger, and tears make sense and feel real, making it easier to buy her perspective.
    3. Because Dash was so selfish, she absolutely deserved to listen to the harsh truth, but that wretched sobbing was so unearned. On the other hand, the CMCs weren't the ones to learn the lesson; Scoot's parents were. To do that, she led them to a major event to show them just how important they were in their lives. How TLC was set up and concluded was satisfying, unlike TftM.
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  2. 1 hour ago, Senko said:

    I get the need for some adult supervision its just why the cakes don't think of them as the loving, responsable adults we know them to be from the show think of them in regards to their relationship to Scootaloo.

    More like the opposite. Scootaloo's well-liked in Ponyville, and so are her parents, Holiday, and Lofty. Yes, she's way more mature, but she's still a kid. Leaving her to sleep alone is incredibly irresponsible; someone they all trust must be her overnight guardian. The Cakes, Dash, and Rarity agreed to share turns that week.

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  3. Shadow Play comes to mind. That two-parter wasn’t your traditional story of good triumphing over evil, but an array of subplots blending into one, including Starlight using her experience as a former villain to offer a fresh perspective, Stygian’s backstory slowly completing, and the Pillar Six accidentally causing the birth of their fiercest foe.

    Another is Cutie Map. A lot of imagery and symbolism related to Starlight’s authoritarian governing of her village, the WWII-inspired song, the theme of embracing individuality and disagreement, and the horrific brainwashing sequences.

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  4. 19 minutes ago, Senko said:

    1) Accent, why an Australian accent instead of the normal pony one?

    It’s in reference to the late Steve Irwin. Since Holiday’s his sister, she has one, too.

    19 minutes ago, Senko said:

    2) Wait the aunt's are leaving? The cakes will be staying with Scootaloo, then Rarity, then Dash?? Rainbow Dash sure she's practically adopted Scootaloo, maybe Rarity as he sisters a close friend but the Cakes? Why are the town bakers looking after a filly they have no relationship to even as friends and how long as this been going on? I mean the aunt's have just left with a see you next week is Scootaloo just getting passed round the town for ponies to foalsit???

    The aunts didn't technically live in Ponyville, and with Scoot’s parents having to work on life-saving quests abroad, someone Scoot knows very well would be best to rotate overnight guardianship. The Cakes are also very trustworthy and reliable caretakers for their own kids.

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  5. I have quite a few problems with the criticisms of Scootaloo’s portrayal and the ending here, so here’s a universal response.

    1. Scootaloo has lived in Ponyville throughout her entire life. She grew not just close friendships with the other CMCs, but everyone else there, too. While living in Ponyville, she underwent major changes to both her life and many others’. Their bond is as tight as the RM7’s, if not closer. She’s integral to the community. But then Mane and Snap announce without warning that she has to move in three days to a really faraway town that gets almost no public transportation, and their life-saving job is so important to Equestrian society that reuniting wasn’t a full guarantee. Scootaloo was 100% justified to feel this upset, take the news so hard, and try to scheme to stay.
    2. Yes, Mane Allgood and Snap Shutter want to spend quality time with Scootaloo and not have to rotate guardians while they’re away, but decided to move with neither any consent from her daughter nor consideration of her feelings and importance to Ponyville and abroad. By downplaying her impact and splitting the CMCs, they risk destroying hundreds of current bonds and all future ones to come. Like what @BastementSparkle wrote earlier, they meant well, but didn’t do well.
    3. Their job together may not have the addition of creating medicine or advancing science, but remains important nevertheless. They help ponies solve important conflicts related to their goals, and they’re best at it as a team of three. The CMC Appreciation Day has a double meaning, both for us and for them: to show how life-changing their presence, advice, and impact is. Mane and Snap took it for granted (Dash corrected him after he called the CMCs a “club”), and this celebration was a much-needed wake-up call.
    4. @FlareGun45 compared what nearly happened to Scoot to Riley from Inside Out, and it has some merit. San Francisco was unfamiliar territory for Riley; she had an apartment and parents, but San Fran wasn’t actually home. Minnesota was. Riley turned into a completely different person. Ponyville is Scoot’s home, not Shire Lanka. Even though she’d be much closer with her parents, she’d be far away without her other family: her friends in Ponyville. She’d have to restart her life with new school, friends, and surroundings. There’s a huge air of uncertainty. If you want a looser comparison, Harry Potter lived with the Dursley’s, but Hogwarts was his home.
    5. There’s a major difference between what nearly happened with Scootaloo and that of the Young Six. Their homes are much closer to Ponyville, and transportation is readily available. Shire Lanka isn’t on the map, isolated, and gets almost no transportation. Additionally, the students have the choice to go home once their studies end. Whether they will or not remains to be determined. Scoot’s relocation to Shire Lanka was permanent, and with how busy they previously were, the prospect of Scoot not being able to see them again had they not changed their minds was still possible.
    6. The ending was absolutely the right call. Repeating from before, the CMCs work best when they’re together as a team. When they either don’t get along or have to rely on only one or two, then they either don’t solve it or worsen it. By working together, they resolve the problem with six eyes and three brains, all of which understand each other and balance each other's strengths very well. MK15 from Equestria Daily points out the examples of Zipporwhill with her puppy from Forever Filly, Terramar last year, and Skeedaddle from earlier. Secondly, the show may do bittersweet endings (Perfect Pear, Tanks, and Common Ground come to mind), but not downer endings, and ending the episode with them saying goodbye to her after working so hard to convince them to let her stay would be a very bitter pill to swallow. Yes, the final ending may not be realistic, but it makes no sense atmospherically to end Scoot’s three-day ride into Tartarus on a sour, somber note. Like Grunkle Stan regaining his memories in Gravity Falls, Holiday and Lofty moving to Ponyville and becoming permanent guardians completes the story far more and is completely in character of the show’s optimistic tone.
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  6. Earlier this morning, Big Jim posted a reply to a fellow brony that DHX will wrap up production for FIM next week and then tweeted the same an hour later. (Beware of possible spoilers that could come up in the comments.)

    Even though months passed since announcement of S9 as its last, to read that DHX will wrap it up very soon remains quite sad. DHX is really close to marking the end of an era. About ten years of animation production, and production for one of the best Western cartoons of the decade overall, is finally coming to a close. It's been a hell of a ride for this long-term brony, and I can't wait to see what the rest of the season has in store.

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  7. Watched this when it was released early.

    This was the opposite of what I expected out of Starlight’s episode. Given one of the synopses released sometime ago, one could guess that it’d be a low-stakes episode, or a possible repeat of a Every Little Thing. That couldn’t be any further from the truth.

    Starlight’s schedule just before Spring Break was so hectic that she not only got many ponies lined up, but Silverstream came over several times for very small problems related to an unnamed project. SS’s appearances and the schedule got so bad that Starlight couldn’t help Trixie gather the right objects for Maud and Mud’s spring equinox party the next morning (with Sunburst invited, too) and Trixie had to do it all by herself. Additionally, Twilight, Spike, and the other teachers are out for the break, so Starlight is running it herself. Her hectic schedule’s stressing her out and Trixie out. At the end, when a Silverstream asked for help one more time, Starlight turned her away and took off her alarm bracelet until the Break ends.

    During the equinox party, Terramar alerted Starlight that Silverstream was never on the train, and they went to search for her, leading to the Everfree Forest, flying away from a flock of cockatrices, trying to escape from them (with a petrified Mud in tow), and eventually finding Silverstream in the treehouse with a cockatrice she befriended and helped her with the project.

    Because Silverstream vanished, Starlight blamed herself for the whole thing. By turning her away, she took all the blame and felt incredibly guilty, even after they realized SS was safe and sound. Starlight’s schedule put a big strain on her and Trixie, and the episode spends a good load of time to show its progression and impact, ending with Trixie waiting crossly for her in her office.

    Trixie was also quite funny, and her anger was understandable. By being so distracted by her job, Trixie had to do it all herself, including getting the cake recipe, and then spend all night with Starlight baking it. She wasn’t having it with any nitpicks or “corrections” from anyone, especially Mudbriar:laugh:

    The lesson has some similarities with Zeppelin, but they’re not the same. In Zeppelin, it’s about how it’s not selfish to have time with yourself. Here, it’s about not getting bogged down with a very stressful job to spend quality time with others. It’s a really good lesson.

    There are two problems.

    1. When Starlight and the others made it inside the open ruins of the sisters’ castle, they assumed the cockatrices won’t fly in and only surround. One big problem. Cockatrices can fly high, and they got too close to a flock of migrating ones by watching them from a cliff above. What if the provoked cockatrices decide to fly over the walls or through the old windows? They were just as vulnerable inside the ruins as out, yet the episode lowers the stakes a bit here and assumes they’re safe. It was really dumb of everyone to gather and breathe there.
    2. At the very end, Silverstream admits to Starlight that her advice didn't amount to anything in the long run. First off, the joke wasn't funny. Secondly, it all but made Starlight's stress over doing her job pointless and marginalizes the moral. Had Trixie not interrupt, Starlight would've completely lost her temper and given her the riot act.

    That said, it’s really good, and given the fact that Starlight’s takeover of the school may be inevitable, she really needed this episode. Good work, Haber! :D

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  8. There are quite a few, though not that high in number.

    • Feeling Pinkie Keen: Thanks to muddled language and a contrived Pinkie Sense plot, the audience is mistakenly believed that someone’s beliefs shouldn’t be questioned, even if it’s BS.
    • Dragon Quest: Spike concludes that as a result of a small group of rude, reckless, and selfish teenage dragons, he thinks that it’s okay for him to throw away his identity and stereotype his race. This episode and its moral justify racism and xenophobia, and given the right-wing climate both in the U.S. and abroad, this episode has aged far worse.
    • One Bad Apple: Two of them were atrocious. It literally states that defending yourself makes you the bully and then offers a simplified, black-and-white solution of telling an adult to solve it. Childhood bullying isn’t that streamlined, and adults have not only ignored the bullying, but often cause or exacerbate it.
    • Somepony to Watch Over Me: AJ’s overbearing babysitting directly contributed to delaying her pie transport, and because of this, Apple Bloom ran away and almost got herself killed, leading her to believe that AB set the perfect example of letting her be on her own. Seriously?! The one time where AB more than justified her overbearingness, she went the opposite direction? Talk about teaching bad babysitting lessons.
    • Lost Treasure of Griffonstone: Griffonstone is a perpetual wasteland of greed, bitterness, and misery. Nigh impossible to grow crops or create an economy. Yet Pinkie concludes that friendship is the key ingredient to solving all their societal problems?! Countries and societies in such dire straights don’t have easy solutions. To narrow it all down to missing friendship is insulting for two reasons: treats the resolutions of widespread corruption with a bandaid and implicates that thrusts bullshit imperialism on a country by recommending them to adopt one of their values.
    • Magic Sheep: Depression is a serious motherfucker. Sometimes the mental pain’s so great that they’ll cut themselves to cope. For Luna, the Tantabus is the equivalent to cutting, and her temptation to punish herself is the allegory of depression. What’s BS here is the moral it teaches to help solve her mental illness. Depression is nowhere nearly as simple to deal with. Sometimes people will fight depression throughout their lives. Here, The lesson is how telling yourself to move forward will cure it. It’s too simple and doesn’t understand the concept at all.
    • Newbie Dash: @Kyoshi pointed this out. It makes hazing (a form of bullying that remains a really gigantic problem in the military) as harmless good fun to deal with. Hazing has caused serious and irreparable harm to so many people around the world. It’s NOT okay to treat it as no big deal.
    • 28 Pranks Later: The classic “eye for an eye” moral. FIM has shown repeatedly to go above and beyond this type of ideal; look no further than Lost Mark. This moral is worse than ND, as while ND’s is more of an unfortunate implication, the episode actively teaches it’s okay to plan revenge, even at the cost of your friend’s trust.
    • Fame & Misfortune: The big one here is how it celebrates a person’s flaws. In fiction, a character’s flaws makes them entertaining, but in real life, flaws can make or break a relationship. Saying you love people for your flaws manipulates the audience into believing that people shouldn’t work to improve and evolve. That you stay stuck in a loop and never learn from your mistakes and flaws. This message not spits on the very backbone of this show (the characters actively grow and improve themselves), but it’s also destructive to children (who are impressionable and may take it to heart).
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    • Belle’s Magical World
    • Hunchback of Notre Dame 2
    • Batman & Robin (massive guilty pleasure)
    • Attack of the Clones
    • Scooby Doo (2002 love-action)
    • Equestria Girls
    • House Arrest
    • Life Is Beautiful
    • Drawn Together: The Movie (or as many clips as I can stomach)
    1 hour ago, This Whomps said:

    The Planet of the Apes Tim Burton remake

    Watched it once in theaters. I don’t remember it well, but I found it boring, and the cliffhanger at the end didn’t help.

  9. 11 hours ago, PCutter said:

    Just how exactly is feeling disappointed supposed to be opinion only?

    Because it’s a personal feeling and not an indication of quality. What disappoints someone won’t for another.

    11 hours ago, PCutter said:

    And how is that topic and the amount of people not proof or rather INSUFFICIENT proof that s9 is shite? 

    A lot of people, including in this very thread, argue and explain why Season 9 is good and so far love up to its expectations. And you ignored all of it. The fact that you dared me only proves my points from earlier.

    And although I’m only one brony, I wrote many long reviews explaining why these episodes work and why they’re good. Whether they agree or disagree with me is up to them.


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  10. This episode is really similar to that of the AJ Micro. Only in GtS, a Golden Delicious tells the story of the Great Seedlin’, a mischievous deer who helps harvest crops and leaves clever trails wherever he goes, rather than a Sass Squash leaving squash. And rather than be an AJ’s-too-stubborn episode, the episode transitions into wanting to help Bloom try to catch him during the second day of harvest and having fun with Bloom, too. Ironically, this episode is more of a bonding episode between AJ and AB with the hunt as the plot device to hook them in. The moral of having fun with your family doesn’t age works decently here.

    There were a few problems.

    1. The rest of the Mane 8 were written off early through exposition, and there was quite a bit of that throughout.
    2. The ending reveal that Big Mac was the “Great Seedlin’” was rather obvious, and having Bloom suddenly become afraid of him at the thought was rather contrived. The chase, though, justified it. That said, the episode got real heavy layin’ out the idea that BM was him, as he got more and more exhausted throughout.
    3. As a filly, Applejack used to hunt for the Seedlin’, only to stop after falling into one of her traps. Even though everyone, including their parents, handled themselves fine, it was a clear sore spot for her, hence why she stubbornly kept shooing it as a fairytale. But it would’ve been better had Goldie or Granny not laugh after the flashback, which made the tone and flashback as a whole feel mean-spirited. The episode, though, got a lot better following this.
    4. On the whole, the first half was bland, slow, and didn’t do much. It was the second half that really helped it.

    Now, is it anywhere nearly as good as the others? Not at all. It’s the worst S9 episode so far. But it’s fine. Not bad, Dave Rapp.

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  11. …is this piece of shit supposed to be a joke?! I have no idea if it's meant to satire contemporary culture or embrace it! It panders WAY too hard to the modern demographics to be a parody, and the subject and lyrics are too damn STUPID to be taken seriously.

    Also, OW, MY EYES! I don't need any form of animation to implement SHAKY CAM!

    *goes off to soothe my eyes* Fuck this "music video"!

  12. 15 hours ago, KH7672 said:

    I understand looking and using other people's viewpoints and opinions to shape your own, but please try not to quote me out of context.

    Sorry about that.

    15 hours ago, KH7672 said:

    My issues come from the overall "how she's been used consistently" and this episode just reiterates my observation as such.

    On 5/25/2019 at 2:12 PM, KH7672 said:

    It's just retreading the same formula just in the opposite direction. She's incredibly relatable to those introverts wanting to share their voice, to show to world how proud of themselves they are, to be wonderfully assertive! But that's all she is now every appearance from Fluttershy Leans In, to the endof Discordant Harmony, to Fake it Til You Make It, to parts of Sounds of Silence and this episode, she doesn't mess up, doesn't faulter she is the solution after so early on always being the problem, and that's not supposed to be an issue that's character growth but for me the transparency of the writing and the patterns get to me as I analyze Fluttershy's character.

    As far as the early seasons are concerned, I agree. In the earlier seasons, I had a big problem with her because her shyness was, for the most part, her dominant characterization and oftentimes her lone trait. Unless the climax wrote her as such, that was it. When she does become assertive, it’s usually one of the lowest moments of the episode. Aside from Hurricane Fluttershy, one of the only times where standing up for herself made her look better was evicting the rest of the breezies from her cottage so they can glide home. Watching her have to overcome her shyness all the time, albeit under different circumstances with different morals, is something I don't wanna see.

    The newer seasons, especially six and seven, are where I disagree. I want her to show how much those lessons she learned matter, and that's what I'm getting in most of her appearances post S4. Flutter Brutter, Discordant Harmony, Sounds of Silence, Health of Info, Father Knows Beast, and here show that off the best. Sure, she can show shyness and stage fright from time to time, but having to relearn lessons like from Fake It/Putting Your Hoof Down 2.0 isn’t what I look for. How they wrote her in episodes like this and Discordant Harmony doesn't bother me, because she’s the supporting character, overcame so much already to get where she is now, and is there to support the main character rather than herself. FLI's the only time that I remember where being post-S4 'Shy hurt her, and that's to blame on oversimplifying a conflict and putting her in the right despite being a crappy communicator.

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  13. On 5/23/2019 at 5:07 PM, VG_Addict said:

    Man, the WCW World Championship lost all of its prestige by the time WWE bought WCW. 

    Major understatement. Following the infamous Fingerpoke of Doom, the WCW title turned into a game of musical chairs, especially under Russo’s tenure as creative. Having David Arquette as champ, for example, is leagues of stupid.

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  14. 2 hours ago, Truffles said:

    Shining Armor: I'll learn to like changelings after just one song!

    I know this is a little exaggerated here, but seeing as I read comments similar to this unironically, I wanna comment that this criticism on the whole is misleading. Spike’s attempt to change their minds on the changeling tribe nearly failed. Twilight was the first to step forward, trust Spike’s judgment, and lend her hoof to Thorax. Once that domino fell, the others followed. If she didn’t come forward, no one would.

    15 hours ago, Odyssey said:

    But I'm a little sad that the show kind of forgot that she was deathly afraid of dragons. 

    On 5/25/2019 at 2:12 PM, KH7672 said:

    Well for me I noticed what I call reverse-static characterization on Fluttershy. Before you would go into an episode expecting her to be quiet and timid, now it seems she won't make it through an episode without being loud and assertive and show "she's not shy anymore" and I'm just not entertained by it. The smugness, the ferocity, it doesn't strike me as entertaining coming from Fluttershy, perhaps that comes from me not being too entertained by her to begin with.

    On the opposite end here.  She’s very comfortable around both Smolder and Ember, who are both larger than Spike. Last semester, Fluttershy helped rehabilitate a larger dragon (Sludge) so he can fly again. In addition, her admiration for baby dragons calls back to her very first meeting with Spike: Talking to him helped her become more comfortable around Twilight. If she showed dracophobia now, it would retread old ground and show no growth to her character.

    And her calling out Garble and others for bullying Spike is more than justified. Garble was making Spike feel unwanted. Yelling at them scared them to stop and demonstrated she won’t tolerate any abuse aimed at him, which was backed up further by calling him out (in front of Smolder) for bullying Spike to hide his own insecurities.

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    What I appreciate is that the episode doesn't tell us to forgive Garble for all the harm he's done, just understand him a bit more. There's a difference between relation and understanding.

    And, once again, I'm in awe at how far Spike's willing to go to help someone in need, regardless of personal harm. That's what makes him a man.

    Agreeing with MarikAzemus here, and it’s a really sneaky strength here as I think about it. Garble did some really bad things over the seasons. Tried to bully Spike into destroying a Phoenix egg, become Dragon Lord to declare war on Equestria, intimidated Rarity and Twilight, and so on. Spike didn’t have to forgive him. However, like the CMCs with Diamond Tiara four years ago, Spike tries to understand him and show his maturity. Started slow, but his patience paid off.

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  16. 3 hours ago, TheTaZe said:

    Only thing you really didn't mention was that it basically was another Spike abuse episode. Haven't had one of those in awhile.

    2 hours ago, Brainstorm said:

    I mean, it's about facing your problems and making amends with your enemies.

    I didn’t have a big issue with Garble mistreating Spike for a few reasons.

    1. His mistreatment of Spike, both past and present, was integral to the conflict. Garble tries to “look” tough by being a stereotypical bully, but Spike tries to be the bigger and better dragon by not retaliating. But no matter how much he tried, Garble’s mistreatment of him made him feel down.
    2. In his meeting with Ember, he discovered that the lava lake ran dry, hence the cold soil in the nests, leading Spike to who accidentally caused it.
    3. Both Smolder and Fluttershy are quick to stick up for him and defend him. They treat him as an equal and embrace him for being who he is. They don’t appreciate assholes treating him like shit. When Smolder found out he picked on Spike behind her back, she was furious, and after they tried to make him play a game against his will, she gave them the riot act.
    4. When Garble realized their laughter fire was heating the ground enough to cause the eggs to crack, he embraced his poet side and worked to help hatch the eggs. Before he did, he called Spike “Spike-Wikey,” and Spike supported him all the way. With his quick-thinking, he turned his feud with Spike into a friendship and saved a generation of dragons from freezing to death.
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  17. On 5/1/2019 at 9:21 AM, Esoteric said:

    I don't get why bronies are so obsessed with Lauren Faust anyways, the season she had the most control over (season 1) was very mediocre compared to the rest of the seasons. It's time to move on.

    Even though she hasn’t worked for the show since Season 2, her vision remains, and the people working for it pledged to stay true to it. Faust’s creativity, ideas, and promise of delivering quality programming to young girls still matter.

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  18. 14 hours ago, PCutter said:

    If this is not just one of many proofs that S9 is shite then I suppose nothing is.

    How is expressing a personal feeling of S9 proof of fact? Feeling disappointed is an opinion only, and I quite disagree with the topic aplenty. I, for example, am not disappointed whatsoever so far. Again, you’re using a miniature collection of people online from a random thread as confirmation of S9’s supposedly “low” quality, putting no weight to those who counterargue, and viewing the whole debate with (to echo @Will Guide above) an extreme black-and-white perspective in a world and fandom full of gray tones.

    Again, you’re really exaggerating and not thinking logically.

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  19. This was fantastic! One thing that writers can take advantage of an all-villain dynamic is how amoral they can be. Chrysalis, Cozy, and Tirek deliciously show no morals or remorse for their actions. Writing evil cartoon characters can be a whole lotta fun, especially when their personalities vary and are dynamic. Chrysalis is bitter and lustful. Tirek is a brute. Cozy is a sweet and sour manipulator. They all have one thing in common: beat the Mane 8! Grogar, only shown briefly, is the calm force of the four, as he recently discovered his bell and can’t retrieve it alone.

    This was a great test by him. Make them cooperate so they can return it to him. So here, you saw they tried to do alone.

    1. Cozy tried to butter up Rusty Bucket, who kept a Friendship Journal copy *eye-twitch* and used a lesson that calls back to Bats! (how real friends won’t force others to do something they shouldn’t). When she tried to ignore him, she got stuck in a snowball and rolled back to Tirek.
    2. Chryssie tried to turn into various creatures to make her way to Mount Everhoof, only to be stopped by fierce gusts that nearly injured her.
    3. Knowing he can’t do it alone, Tirek sat back, waited, and let them fail. XD

    The comedy’s really great, both in their struggle and eventual merge into their alliance. Their campfire scene provided Vogel ample time to bond while remaining villains. As a proud Fame & Misfortune hater, my favorite comedic moment was Chryssie triggering an avalanche onto Rusty’s house; hopefully all the snow ruined his journal copy. :laugh:

    Another Way to Be Bad is the best song of the season so far! Thanks to their villainy, they can cross all the lines and exaggerate them to really show it to great extent. Their dynamic crossed between Cozy’s manipulation, Chryssie and Tirek agreeing to team up, and (despite strong disagreement) temporarily bonding to want to crush Twilight and others, only to butt heads again. Great foreshadowing of their eventual alliance, too.

    After what happened here (and what they almost learned), it won’t surprise me one bit to see them all reform at the very end. How? I don’t know. That said, Grogar not knowing that they hid his bell with that orb (albeit not all that all-knowing) raises a question or two, but the fact that he doesn’t trust them as much as they don’t trust him could foreshadow what’s to come.

    Given its uniqueness, this is also perhaps the first moral-less episode of the series. When they were about to bond through the Magic of Friendship, they were about to recite their lesson, only to hilariously snap out of it.

    In all, great work by Vogel. Still hold Mean 6 higher, but this works really well. :D

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  20. Also, give it up to Cozy. Ponyville and Canterlot successfully saw through her manipulation. Yet, despite Tirek calling her out for it, she gathered round Tirek and Chryssie to work as a team in the beginning and came up with the idea to have Tirek borrow her magic to break through Gusty’s force field. Course, it didn’t start well. :P 

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  21. Quote
    Cozy Glow: I put up with your "I'm smarter than you" attitude in Tartarus! But I'm over it!
    Lord Tirek: I'd had enough of you trying to manipulate me with that insincere, syrupy sweetness. At least now we can see the real you.
    Cozy Glow: This is not the real me! I'm cute and lovable!
    Lord Tirek: [scoffs] No, you're not. You're annoying, and you snore.
    Cozy Glow: I do not snore!
    Lord Tirek: [mock-snoring]
    Cozy Glow: At least I don't talk to my Gram-Gram when I sleep.
    Lord Tirek: Don't you dare bring Gram-Gram into this!

    LOL! With this alone, you can really tell how much fun they all had a load of fun with the script. :laugh:

    Queen Chrysalis: *transforms into Twilight* I'm a pathetic pony princess! I made a detailed list of all the ways I'm a failure!

    Extra LOL!

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