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  1. She does seem like she's been hurt badly at some point. I think she'll ultimately be redeemed because MLP has always been that kind of show.
  2. I do want her to visit and have personal reconciliation with Celestia. I think it would be good for her.
  3. I love that you did this, but I think it's just bad planning by the animators. I imagine that cutie marks would dissipate when the pony dies.
  4. And Rainbow Rocks was largely about how competition often brings out the worst in people. The Cutie Map has no message continuity, which is disappointing since Rainbow Rocks was the last thing between S4 and S5.
  5. They seem how your anti-communist government has told you that they seem. (This episode is not about economic systems. The village is best described as a friendship cult.)
  6. I wanted to collect a few more of my thoughts after reading The Cutie Map discussion thread. My favorite antagonists of the show are these normal ponies, like Trixie and Sunset Shimmer. It remains to be seen whether Starlight Glimmer will be well developed, though. I have no complaints about her yet, but I hope her personal history gets attention (and makes sense) when we see her again. Continuity with the movies could be improved. Rainbow Rocks shows the Mane Six already at work in the throne room, so it's hard to believe they haven't discovered the map yet. There's also a theme of how competition can bring out the worst in people, as when the musical showcase is changed to a battle of the bands. This same idea is echoed in The Cutie Map, except now it's part of the big bad's propaganda. As much as I want to be optimistic about Starlight Glimmer, I have to mention Abia's idea that the episode could have worked even better with no villain at all.
  7. She may be an antagonist for a while, but she will ultimately be reformed. Twilight says "We just have to hope that when she's had a chance to think it over, she realizes that you all have taught her something." That's foreshadowing.
  8. You're right, something like this is very doable, and it would be a refreshing change from the formula.
  9. This story has a meaningful message, and you don't have to overreach into economic analogies to find it. Sugar Belle tells us what it's all about. "We gave up everything for you, because we thought you were our friend!" The ponies in this village have come here because they each felt their individual lives were missing something important. Was it the common ownership of the means of production that they wanted? No, it was just friendship, harmony, and a sense of belonging. "Is your friendship ending?" Sugar Belle is genuinely confused about how friendships work. That's unusual for an adult pony, but it is not very unusual for the show's target audience of young children. Kids' friendships are often volatile, and some of them have not yet known a strong friendship that can weather an argument. Rather trivial disagreements can, unfortunately, signal the end of a friendship among children, so this is a realistic worry for some in the target audience. It's likely that some of the adults in the village had friendships before they came here. I'm assuming that Starlight Glimmer talked them into doubting the veracity of those friendships, compared with her offer of friendship without judgment. Some of the other adults may have never had strong friendships before; they may have been ostracized where they grew up, and never really felt like they belonged anywhere. "I'm sorry, I'm just having a hard time understanding. Different talents lead to different opinions which lead to bitterness and misery. So... why aren't you bitter, and..." To gain harmony and friendship without judgment, the ponies in the village succumbed to a societal pressure which many of us have seen before. This is the threat in the story: the pressure to try to blend in with the majority, by suppressing those parts of yourself that make you unusual. Some ponies may be more desperate to do this, because of pain they've already experienced from being different. Especially so if they've internalized the belief that they were at fault for being different, instead of recognizing that others were wrong to hurt them for it. That peer pressure, to merely emulate others, is what this episode is about. It's not about communism, or socialism, or capitalism, or a mixed economy. It's not about any kind of economy. The story shows what peer pressure could do to everypony, taken to an extreme. Maybe we've all heard so much Cold War propaganda through the loudspeakers that it's hard to notice a message here that's not about geopolitics.
  10. The ponies are aware of at least one concept of an afterlife. In Look Before You Sleep, Twilight suggests they tell ghost stories. Rarity doesn't believe, though. "It is a ghost story. They're all made up." Are there any other mentions of ideas concerning any kind of afterlife, whether considered fanciful or plausible by the characters? Here's the clip from Look Before You Sleep http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaSwwXe5gsQ
  11. In Ponyville Confidential, when Rarity is trying to hide the saddlebag, Sweetie Belle hits Rarity's horn and it wobbles.
  12. Speculating, perhaps when Discord allowed Tirek to trick him into serving Tirek's agenda, Discord became vulnerable, either by just letting his guard down, or by some "rules of magic." PS, thanks for answering my first post!