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  1. This was a decent Fluttershy and Angel focus episode, probably the first Angel focus episode in existence. It's the second time after Gummy's internal monologue in episode 100 that we get some insight in to what a domesticated animal is thinking, except Angel is able to express his thoughts through words, using Fluttershy's capacity for speech. Meanwhile, Fluttershy can now only communicate with Angel, leaving her feeling lonely and desperate to undo the swap. Seeing Angel speak through Fluttershy's voice was definitely surreal and humorous. The problem with juggling the sanctuary and the school is addressed. Fluttershy has little time to tend to Angel and this makes him feel jealous towards the other animals. When she becomes an adviser to Princess Twilight Sparkle, how will she have time for anything else? Overworking is bad for health. It seems like Zecora set the whole thing up since I'm sure she would understand the difference between a regular gecko and a fire lizard. How did she even know Fluttershy and Angel were having a friendship problem and why did she deem it her responsibility to deal with it? This is something I would expect more from Starlight, who has often used the most controversial solutions to disputes. Also, counseling is actually her career. Overall, an entertaining albeit slightly contrived episode. Considering Angel's bad publicity with fans, I think this did a good job at making him appear more sympathetic. And he ships Fluttershy/Discord, which is pretty humorous, especially for some shippers.
  2. This was an awesome and unexpected episode focused on both the Legion of Doom, as they sabotage the SSC to infiltrate Canterlot Castle and steal a book, and the Mane 6, as they attempt to restore order. It also progresses the season's story arc. Discord refrains from doing anything "Discordy" which is good since the Legion of Doom got that covered. The Mane 6 once more beg Discord to solve their problem but as their unofficial mentor, he declines and consequentially facilitates the moral. AJ, in what has now become a running gag, didn't need to learn anything. She already knew honesty was the solution and only went along with the plan since everypony else insisted that telling Twilight the truth was a bad idea. Honesty is underrated. Seriously, why is AJ not the Princess of Friendship? I appreciate the continuity with references to the Swanifying (I thought the swans were cute) and showing that Shining's security system has been put in effect, presumably with an additional measure to prevent inside threats as Luna proved was necessary. Nevertheless, the Legion of Doom, with their unique paradigm of abilities, are more effective at breaking and entering than the Mane 6. They also had the element of surprise. It was humorous how Cozy used a book with a key on its front to break the chain around the book they were looking for. Both sides are successful. The SSC wasn't ruined, Twilight displayed better control of the sun and moon amulet, declared a new holiday and the Legion of Doom pull off their heist without getting detected. According to Cozy, Tirek had to return the magic he stole from the Earth Ponies to avoid suspicion from Grogar. But isn't that something bad guys just do? Like, isn't it plausible for Tirek to sap some magic since he's evil and he felt like it? Or is staying incognito necessary for Grogar to maintain the element of surprise when he executes his revenge? Anyway, they now have the book they needed to understand how the bell works, which means everything is in place for the finale and I'm curious about Grogar's backup plan. Y'know, he may regret sending them to retrieve his bell when it becomes his own undoing.
  3. This was a humorous and novel Twilight and Pinkie focus episode. Pinkie was great. I really liked her comedic and optimistic portrayal in contrast to Twilight Twilighting over what should have been an innocuous game of general knowledge. Pinkie just wanted to try her best and have a good time regardless of the outcome and Twilight's obsession with perfection, streaks and winning ruined that for her. Everybody likes to win, but victory is hollow without the Element of Laughter. There was a question about apples and a question about Daring Do's hat and somehow, AJ the apple and hat enthusiast was unable to answer either of them. It's not surprising that Granny Smith's look of disappointment prompted her to hide in her hat in shame. Out of the Mane 6, Rarity is the only pony absent. Maybe they should have had a category about fashion. The interactive potential was cool with some of the questions being about stuff bronies may know and that allows us to participate in the game as well. I was impressed that some of the questions were kind of obscure like the inclusion of Scorpan in addition to the more notorious Tirek as a 2 part answer. I like how it rotated between a range of diverse categories instead of grounding itself in a single absurdly specialized category that expects ponies to know completely arbitrary and pointless details about random stuff. This was actually interesting and educational, especially for ponies who are a little rusty with the lore. After Sunburst immediately apologized for his failed attempt to get Twilight disqualified, Twilight realized she had been a hypocrite and a bad friend to Pinkie due to putting her own personal success above the happiness of her friend. Fortunately, they were able to work it out and rejoin the game from zero, a handicap that probably cost them the game. Twilight stopped Twilighting about her streak and let Pinkie play as she saw fit. We don't know who won but it's unlikely TwiPie made a comeback which is okay since the moral was about having a good time. Winning is just a bonus and it's important to remember why we play games at all, for the experience and the gratification that comes from giving it everything you got without trying to manipulate or cheat the system to artificially mitigate the difficulty.
  4. I haven't discussed Equestria Girls content before. However, I think this special and most of the other specials were really cool and necessary to expand on the lore and characters of the human realm following the first 4 movies. Sunset has been one of my favorite characters since her first appearance as a good guy in Rainbow Rocks and although Native Twilight seemed pointless in the last 2 movies, I appreciate these specials giving her some purpose and making her feel like part of the team. Native Spike is still just your average talking dog, unfortunately. That sensitive security guard is now one of my favorite background humans. So many problems can be solved with kittens. The plot with the temporal loop reminded me of Edge of Tomorrow and it was interesting to see how Sunset used her chances. She got to see Post Crush on her third attempt but it wasn't the perfect day she thought it was since she was a terrible friend to Pinkie, who didn't even know she would get them kicked out. I didn't expect the twist that Post Crush were resetting the day and not the Dazzlings. I liked the climactic scene with Sunset destroying the Time Twirler and convincing them that having fun is more important than perfection. I think the moral had better execution than Rollercoaster of Friendship since the villain wasn't just trying to be perfect, she was abducting people and had no respect for their free will. Sunset also learned her lesson as she finally got to see (and perform with) Post Crush with Pinkie like she planned, without actually following the plan. She humored Pinkie's distractions and they both got to enjoy their perfect "Day 1" together. Those crowbar churros look way more edible than they actually are though. Nice observation about Post Crush. I enjoyed their song. Like you and Twilight, I also thrive on order. Even Pinkie is a party planner. To live in chaos is to accept uncertainty which can be very difficult. But you're correct. That's why Pinkie always finds a way to make it work, she can plan and improvise. Sometimes, the shoot first, aim later approach just works. "Never let plans and schedules distract you from living." is profound and someday, I will learn to navigate the chaos. Thanks for the inspiration, dude.
  5. This was an intriguing Scootaloo focus episode which provides us with a revelation that many have been waiting for: Scootaloo's parents (and aunts). Snap Shutter's and Aunt Holiday's accent suggests that Scootaloo has lineage outside Equestria. This may explain the daredevil behavior of Scootaloo and her parents as the real life counterpart of Snap Shutter's birthplace is a country called Australia located in the southern hemisphere. Often considered the most dangerous country on Earth, it's inhabited by venomous and deadly creatures forcing settlers to the outskirts. Its government is also extremely anti-smoking as it was the first to introduce plain tobacco packaging as a deterrent to new smokers. As you can see, this country is not for the faint of heart or tobacco enthusiasts. Unfortunately, there's currently no name for its Equestrian equivalent. I noticed a lot of discussion regarding the aunts' sexuality and despite apparent confirmation, there's nothing really to imply their homosexuality. The Hearts and Hooves Day exchange between Lyra and Bonbon was more homosexual. I just presumed Lofty was Allgood's sister or Holiday's half sister. I mean, it's entirely possible for Lofty to be an aunt by marriage like Peter Parker's aunt but it's not something that I inferred. Unlike Maud and Mud, nopony acknowledges that they are together. Scootaloo mentions her father having a scar on his right cheek, but I didn't see it. The moral was simple but good. A Cutie Mark is a pony's destiny and their calling in life and it's not something they can just forsake. Scootaloo can't up and leave her fellow Crusaders to live with her parents, she must stay to continue helping other blank flanks find their special talent. That's what gives her life meaning. Likewise, her parents can't live in Ponyville with their daughter. They have important jobs as well. But no matter how far apart, their bonds won't be broken and it's interesting that Snap Shutter already understood half of the moral when he said the CMC would stay friends regardless of their parting. It just took the appreciation day to make him understand that it was he and Allgood who had to part from her. Overall, a gratifying climax to the CMC story arc.
  6. This was an enjoyable Starlight focus episode featuring Maud, my favorite background pony. It was nice to see Mud Briar again, he can always be depended on for his infallible sense of logic. We're reminded that the virtually expressionless Maud is a talented comedian as she delivers that unexpected search party joke and her reaction to her boyfriend getting turned to stone was amusing in a mildly disturbing kind of way. At least he turned out okay in the end. The moral was good. There's a time for work and a time for play. Starlight should give her all for the students during school hours but like anycreature, a counselor experiences problems as well and Starlight learned she needs to take care of herself and enjoy hanging out with her friends. Silverstream asking how to describe showers and towels was a nice throwback to the stairs fascination from the S8 premiere. There's still a lot of stuff hippogriffs need to relearn after spending so much time underwater. It's cool how Silverstream really appreciates these simple things that landlubbers like myself usually take for granted. Stairs are actually more useful than we give them credit for. They're not just means of gradual traversal, they're also much healthier and mentally enriching than standing idly on an escalator. Towels of course are a great way to absorb water to dry off faster. Although I think it would be more convenient if we could just steam clean like robots without needing to get wet. Maybe this could be a viable option for dragons, since their scales are heat resistant.
  7. When I saw the title, I presumed this episode was going to focus on the dynamic between Rainbow Dash and Lightning Dust as I mentioned frenemies in a post for Season 8 episode 20: But an episode focused on unredeemed villains forced to work together is just as cool! It's like the S6 finale which focused on former villains, except this is better in my opinion. Here, the Mane 6 aren't reduced to unnecessary background ponies who serve no purpose. They're simply not here. They're irrelevant to the plot and so their absence is acceptable. Take them out of the S6 and S8 finales and nothing changes. That's why I thought this episode was pretty great. It shows that the Mane 6 don't always have to be involved, especially if they don't do anything important. They may be the stars of the show, but the Legion of Doom were perfectly capable of carrying this episode all on their own and they almost redeemed themselves without intervention from the good guys. I guess the good side can be just as tempting as the evil side. It certainly has a higher success rate. I'm sure the redemption of these 3 are inevitable now. They get along very well and of course, Tirek and Cozy have history before they were drafted by Grogar. Nocreature besides Cozy wants to admit it though since that would count as friendship which Chrysalis compares to a disease. Cozy was always supportive of friendship as means of villainy. And now her way of thinking has started to infect her fellow bad guys. Not sure about Sombra and Grogar though, they haven't displayed any redeemable qualities. Grogar apparently has been terrorizing Equestria for centuries and he's probably still keeping Sombra on standby in case the others turn on him, and we already know they're plotting against him. They could be the final villain duumvirate. Or Doomvirate since puns are cool.
  8. This was a pretty good episode focused on Best Pony and Best Student, they got a song as well. I'm very glad about this. Looks like Yona/Sandbar is a potential ship now. I never considered them like that but I'm cool with it. High school settings typically have at least 1 love subplot. The song had some humorous parts, especially the Twilight wig. Season 5 episode 14 shows that demand for Rarity's dresses will increase if ponies see Princess Twilight Sparkle wearing them, so it wouldn't surprise me if they wanted to imitate her mane style as well. That pretty much foreshadows the resolution of this plot as well. Rarity wanted ponies to appreciate her work but Canterlot ponies have a bad habit of jumping on the bandwagon. In essence, it's a similar problem here. Sandbar appreciated Yona's yak qualities and didn't want her to become a pony. It's cool how Yona is willing to learn new things though. Even though it didn't pay off at the Amity Ball, her repertoire has expanded and that cannot be a waste of time. I have to respect her persistence. She sucked at dancing and talking fancy on her first try but she didn't quit and through her effort, she succeeded. I mean, I don't actually care about dancing, I prefer fighting, but I think it's analogous to learning to drive a car in real life. The first attempt is really frustrating and has a crazy learning curve. However, it does get easier, except you can't quit. If you quit something, you probably didn't want it badly enough. Courtesy of user Rushing Cash bringing the Best Gift Ever Hearths Warming special to my attention, amazing episode BTW, I really enjoyed the emotionally touching scene with Spike and Rarity. I've always been a Rarity/Spike fan and I guess it's cool that another pony/non-pony ship is emerging.
  9. This was an entertaining Twilight focus episode. The flashback scene was unexpected. I think this is the first original flashback to show Twilight as a unicorn. It's cool how the show hasn't changed much regarding the aesthetics. This kind of animation always looks very contemporary and clean whether it's 2010 or 2019. Twilight has come a long way since then and the Twilight from that time was less developed than former despot Starlight is now. Even more unexpected was the concept of our usually reliable book pony forgetting a return a library book. The time reference for events in this show are vague but considering a year had passed by Season 5 episode 7, then by now at least 2 years must have passed since she left Canterlot. A book overdue by that long would certainly warrant the librarian's expression of horror. Spike's behavior was great in this episode, from his witty commentary on the Twilighting to his surprising knowledge of Saddle Arabian cuisine. He could probably get some part time there if he wanted. Twilight smelling books is yet another humorous and typical Twilight quirk. She really loves books. Overall, it was very enjoyable to watch and I thought the moral was important. It's natural to strive for perfection but nopony can be perfect all the time and to set unrealistic expectations for yourself can result in disappointment. Fortunately for Twilight, there were no hard feelings from Dusty whose streak she inadvertently ended as it opened her eyes to the opportunities she was missing. And now Twilight has also found closure, despite reluctantly surrendering her prestige as the perfect book borrower. It was admirable though that she was willing to give it up anyway to help Dusty get her job back.
  10. I hear everypony saying this is the 200th episode but I did the math and it's not adding up. (26*7)+13+4=199 Am I missing something?
  11. Between the S8 finale and the present, I have watched the movie with the hippogriffs and I'm currently watching the Equestria Girls hour specials. So now I have a greater understanding of the lore of Equestria and its various creatures. Just in time for the last season. This was an epic premiere. I'm glad it continued where the S8 finale ended with Tirek and Cozy in Tartarus, as they're suddenly teleported out by a magical ram called Grogar. I recall Twilight mentioning his name before so that must have been foreshadowing for his appearance. Sure, he doesn't look that intimidating, but neither does Cozy and that little filly almost destroyed magic. Chrysalis knows not to underestimate him, figuring he must have some potent magic if he can spring them so easily from their cages. His plan of collaboration immediately appeals to Cozy who takes friendship very seriously as a powerful weapon. Sombra, probably the lamest of the gang whose previous defeat was not by the Elements of Harmony but by a wingless baby dragon, protests the idea and insists on ruling Equestria alone. Grogar's plan is actually pretty pragmatic. If their combined effort succeeds in defeating the Mane 6, that doesn't mean they have to rule together. They could fight until the last creature standing and if Grogar is as powerful as he seems, that would definitely be in his favor. Twilight getting called out on Twilighting by her friends was humorous. That verb really needs to go in the dictionary forever. Twilight's reaction is understandable though, after Celestia and Luna just declared their retirement and appointed her as their successor. I can only presume that there was a substantial time skip since the S8 finale to justify Celestia's claim regarding Equestria's harmony and considering Twilight already became a headmare last season. Discord's inclusion is welcome as always, he's awesome. I liked AJ's throwback to Flim and Flam as villains since Twilight saw a future scenario where they won. Grogar may regret overlooking them. Despite Sombra not being as effective and intelligent as his fellow villains, he does succeed in destroying the Tree of Harmony and the Elements which were keeping the Everfree Forest in check, rendering it uninhibited and the Mane 6 without their friendship magic. Good thing Starswirl was there. If he and the pillars were still in limbo, there would be nopony with the means to control the overgrowth. When Rainbow attempts to fly in to Canterlot Castle, she is stopped by the brainwashed Wonderbolts. Even though Sombra was never shown or implied to have invaded Cloudsdale. I thought that was strange. Discord is a surprisingly reliable mentor to the Mane 6. He proves he can turn Sombra's attacks in to balloons effortlessly and he could have taken care of him whenever he wanted. Instead, he chose to deliberately restrain himself and fake an injury to spur the Mane 6 in to action. They begged him to defeat Sombra with his mastery of chaos but they forgot how powerful their magic was when they called upon their friendship. Sure, the Elements made it easier to access their friendship power, but when they're completely synchronized with each other's feelings, they can still do it. Discord showed them they didn't need his help, just their friendship and courage and that's why the princesses were so confident of Twilight's ability. It shows how far they've come from hating Discord to seeing him as a true friend and powerful ally. Grogar makes Sombra's second defeat an example to the others that the Mane 6 cannot be defeated alone. I don't think this is the end of Sombra though. Grogar will probably want to collect on their pact now that he agreed to submit if he failed. With some of the most dangerous villains working together, it really sets the finale for a climactic and perilous series of events. I have a feeling that this is going to be a mindblowing and gratifying last season of MLP.
  12. I'm here for the last season of my favorite cartoon ever. Feeling simultaneously sad and excited.

  13. Merry Birthiversary! 

    1. Sh Pie

      Sh Pie

      Much appreciated!

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    Mine valorous pony, if 't be true thou findst that apporpriate
    and not contradicting thy ideology, please vote for the team Manehattan
    in the upcoming Changeling Kingdom vs Manehattan match!

    Rarity and her team need thy support against the Changelings as the common Enemy
    must be faced by the most capable and not corruption prone team!

    Mine gratitude in advance, regardless to thy choice. Hast a nice day!

     

    1. Sh Pie

      Sh Pie

      Manehattan has my vote, friend. Glad to be of service!