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  1. darknessrising24

    S02:E08 - The Mysterious Mare Do Well

    The problem is that they didn't teach the lesson well. All they did was basically devalue her actions and mock her behind her back. For further details I refer you to my previous comments:
  2. darknessrising24

    Spoiler Season 8 Waiting Thread (Spoilers)

    No, and these idiotic assumptions are becoming pathetic. She won't nor will she ever lose those wings. She's earned them, they're part of her now, get over it.
  3. darknessrising24

    S02:E08 - The Mysterious Mare Do Well

    Doesn't make it it doesn't make it any more bad for her either, they both laughed, one does not share more blame than the other. This episode taught her a lesson in all the WRONG ways, the Mane Five bragging about their own accomplishments behind her back and then laughing at her is just downright cruel. You don't just do the exact same thing you're trying to teach your friend NOT to do, if you're gonna teach her to be humble then that involves being humble yourselves. Not to mention that with episodes like Applebuck Season, The Last Roundup, Bats, Sonic Rainboom, and Sweet and Elite(which takes place AFTER this one!) under their belts, AJ and Rarity are the LAST characters I want teaching someone about humbleness. The runaway cart: that one right there proves you didn't really pay attention to the episode. The cart was already careening down hill while she was trying to stop it, and yet nobody else came in to try to help her. Not only that but she had absolutely no time to suddenly ask anyone for help in that situation. The construction site: once again, it all comes down to being able to outmaneuver all the falling debris and get the ponies to safety, mainly because she only had enough time to save one of them. And unlike Pinkie she doesn't have a sixth sense but this kind of thing. The dam: again, absolutely nothing would have changed. The damn would have broken anyway so that argument is null and void. The problem is that that's not the way it is,t theepisode practically begins with her enjoying the fact that she has a fan club and the Mane five get on her case about her huge ego while she’s at a gathering of said fans at Sugarcube Corner, which was technically after her heroics. And yet it was ok for Mare Do Well to attend her own parade under the same circumstances? As I stated before, they both technically EARNED that praise. Not to mention the fact that while Rainbow Dash celebrates the fact that she's the best, she actually has the talent to back up her claims in a heartbeat and never once made any hollow promises that she couldn't keep, she isn't Trixie. There were a number of times she went too far, got called on it, and backed off in seasons 1 and 2, so that argument is null and void. Furthermore, since the rest of the town seemed perfectly fine with it and Rainbow was genuinely doing good work which she was justified in being proud of regardless of weather she went too far or not, the actions of the rest of the girls really come off as petty jealousy and tall poppy syndrome rather than anything substantial about boasting, especially since they turn around and brag about their part of Mare Do Well later in the episode. That said, ultimately that argument is completely irrelevant because no matter what she would or would not have done, they should have talked to her about it because that's what friends do, not stab each other in the back the instant they do something you don't like. Why should she have? There was literally no reason for there to be a mask in the first place. That was done SOLELY so Rainbow Dash wouldn't know who they were. It served no other purpose and I'm sure took time and energy that could've gone to helping ponies sooner. But they prioritized teaching a "lesson" over saving lives. This isn't like super-heroes safeguarding their identities in DC or Marvel. They had no secrets or love ones to protect. They only bothered with them for the purposes of messing with Rainbow Dash. So she was not out of bounds in trying to unmask them. Go watch the episode again, they never talked to her about anything. If they had taken a minute for a scene with her brushing off the others concerns things would have been much better, but as is what happens is they see Rainbow showing off to her adoring fans and the next thing we know they are one-upping her left and right. The other big problem is that they do not seem to care about how badly they hurt Rainbow at all in the final confrontation, and the fact that they rub it in after they one-up her makes things even worse. The rest of the Mane characters showed absolutely zero interest in helping Rainbow Dash out, or saving lives on their own--they ONLY got involved because they objected to Rainbow's attitude. Plus, it's not as if Rarity didn't brag about her skills, or Applejack hadn't been stubborn and prideful a few times (like when she didn't want to accept help despite her getting tired and overworked) so Rainbow's attitude was just a minor problem. If Rainbow's attitude hadn't rubbed them the wrong way, they would've sat on their plots the entire time. I once again bring up the parade, they could have just sent a note that says this: "While I appreciate your efforts, I do not wish to be thrust into the spotlight, the honor of protecting this town is more than enough of a reward for me." Tell me, wouldn't that have showcased more humidity than them just showing up? So no, they weren't attempting to be an icon, they were just being hypocritical. Also, what place? Under the bootheel the everyone else just because she got a little too egotistical? That just makes it worse! It was NOT a good lesson, it was a manipulative and downright CRUEL thing to do to her, the negative aspects and escalation from the competition between RD and MDW could have been at least downplayed if it was RD's friends showing her up, rather than some shadowy entity that she has no previous good interactions with. After all, at the end of the episode, we see that RD is quickly able to swallow her pride when she finds it's her friends 'out-heroing' her. Even the scene at Sugarcube Corner would have seemed more of a nudge than hypocritical if it were the Mane Five joking about something RD knew about. Not to mention that this is the Element of Loyalty we're talking about here-to her, this is a pretty awful bit of backstabbing, in Sonic Rainboom how fragile her self-esteem can be, and Rarity's arrival and showboating only compounded the problem, to the point Dash suffers a mild nervous breakdown. So what would the Mane Six have done if she suffered a similar breakdown here? If you have to resort to tricking someone into learning a lesson, you do NOT have the moral high ground. Their stock response to Rainbow doing something they don't like seems to be humiliation. I don't know about how you lot see it, but that would make me think long and hard about who I called my friends. That said, ultimately that argument is completely irrelevant because no matter what she would or would not have done, they should have talked to her about it because that's what friends do, not stab each other in the back the instant they do something you don't like. Even if she didn't listen, it would’ve been a nice gesture of faith if we saw that her friends trusted her enough to at least TRY that first! Just jumping into the Caped Crusader scheme shows a lack of respect towards their friend; they were basically saying "Why bother?" instead of "We have to try!", and that just isn't the way they roll. Even the BRIEFEST attempt to talk Dash down (even if it failed utterly) would have PROFOUNDLY changed the feel of this episode. What would the others have said if Dash had asked "Why did you do all this? Why didn't you just TELL me I was being a jerk?" What COULD they have said that wouldn't have gravely damaged their friendship? "Well, gee, Dash... we assumed you wouldn't listen, because you're a cocky jerk. So we didn't bother!” Another one of the biggest problems I have with the episode was the aspect of "SHOW DON’T TELL" being ignored. "28 Pranks Later" worked better with that reason because of that solitary aspect. We actually SEE them SIT HER DOWN AND TALK WITH HER. And when that fails they have Pinkie confront her one on one. It’s one of the reasons why I was able to genuinely enjoy "28 Pranks Later" despite having a similar premise. For me, if we had seen the two scenes where they talk it out with her and she didn’t listen in place of the flyby and Sugarcube Corner scenes then it would’ve worked a lot better in my opinion. That way it doesn’t feel like they all just jumped in on the plan without thinking of other options, but instead the gang DIDN'T talk to her, then messed with her behind her back, then praised THEMSELVES (instead of Twilight praising the runaway vehicle save, AJ praising the Dam rescue, etc) in front of her. Even if she was too stubborn to listen, why can't they at least make the ATTEMPT? Then, if Dash rebuffs them, THEN they are JUSTIFIED in their actions! But no, her friends made it clear to her that believe she's too thickheaded and stupid to even TRY to reason with, and they duped the entire town into worshiping a made-up Pony who promptly vanished forever. Twilight and the others contradict themselves by saying bragging is bad when they've clearly done it more than a few times in the past. Even Twilight tried to talk to Applejack when she was doing the harvest by herself in Applebuck Season. But Twilight and the others never did that when it came to Rainbow's bragging. If they'd acted this way in Applebuck Season, they would have snuck around taping apples back up on branches and letting AJ keep working and working and working until she woke up in the hospital... and THEN given her the aesop. But instead Twilight spoke with her immediately. Why doesn't Dash deserve the same respect? AJ is stubborn. Everypony KNOWS she is stubborn. Later on, she nearly abandons here entire LIFE in The Last Roundup because she's stubborn. But TS still TRIES to talk to her in Applebuck Season. Even if it doesn't work for several attempts, she actually TRIES. So Twilight can repeatedly try to talk with AJ during Applebuck Season even though her antics were causing trouble throughout the entire town and yet RD’s completely unreasonable to the point where instead of trusting and talking with her, her friends talked behind her back and formulated a conspiracy whose sole purpose was taking her down a peg?! Unlike the above episode, where AJ's refusal to accept help leads to rather disastrous results for all of Ponyville, RD's bragging rights simply make her insufferable to her friends - there's no real harm to the town that she directly causes, just that she's annoying. But they never approach her directly on this, nor are we shown that when they are alone away from RD's fanclub, that RD is impossible to be around. I'm saying they should have sat Dash down before any of that, as a group -- maybe even with some of the pestered townsfolk tagging along -- and given her a firm but gentle talking-to. The exact one they gave AFTER emotionally torturing her. Tell her that it's okay to be proud, but not to rub others' faces in it. Tell her somepony is going to get hurt while she brags, and then NOPONY will cheer. All that stuff. Maybe even mention how bad Shimmer-Wing-Rarity made HER feel back in Cloudsdale. There is no way Rainbow could've possibly gotten the "right" message from Mare Do Well. Her reaction (which the others should've known) would be to either try to outdo her, or to quit and retreat into self-pity and doubt. When other characters make mistakes (like Rarity in Sisterhooves Social) she's given the chance to realize that she made a mistake on her own and THEN let her friends help set her straight. Here Rainbow Dash wasn't, so the whole episode comes off as just dumping on her. How could she get that message? "Wow, MDW doesn't sign autographs and ponies like her. I guess I should..." there's no logical way to draw a proper conclusion. And her friends laughing at her didn't help, especially since she went into depression soon afterwards. Sure, Dash has an ego and occasionally she trips on it. However she also has a paralyzing fear of screwing up and being humiliated in public (as seen in Sonic Rainboom"), and her friends KNOW this! They could've showed up as themselves to do heroic actions and pointed out how Dash is better off with allies, or called her out on the autograph sessions since that could have got somepony killed. It's not like RD would've said “hey! Stop saving Ponies when I'm the hero!” She's not an asshole! Instead, they play on her insecurities, and then gloat about how awesome they are in what's an inside joke to them, but a jerkass ploy to Dash, who's not in on the joke. Think about it, she only reacted negatively towards MDW but when she was faced with her friends, she actually swallowed her pride and acknowledged her faults. So in hindsight: MDW’s creation was POINTLESS.
  4. darknessrising24

    S02:E08 - The Mysterious Mare Do Well

    No, she isn't. Just because she laughed doesn't automatically make her a douchebag, that was more of a casual jab than an actual mocking laugh, and I noticed you conveniently left out the fact that Applejack laugh along with her, sounds like you only want an excuse to cherry-pick and negative aspects just for the sake of saying she deserve to be treated like crap, which is not the case. As for the disasters, aside from the balloon, Rainbow Dash would have needed their help anyway even if she wasn't gloating for being egotistical. Think about it, the runaway cart? She tried to stop it but it was all downhill and she didn't have enough strength to stop it on her own. AJ would have had to jump in anyway. The construction site? She still would have had to dodge and maneuver through tons of falling rubble and even then she would have only been able to save a few ponies at most. Pinkie would have had to step in too. The Dam? If the structure is so weak that simply LEANING ON IT TOO HARD would cause the entire thing to collapse, then it would have broken down eventually even without her help. Twilight would have had to step in any way. The events of the situation wouldn't have changed even if he came in humble instead of bragging. Aside from trying to unmask her, this parade wasn't sabotaged in any way shape or form, it was still going on even after they left (also, quite the hypocritical message to send, it's wrong of her to have her own fan club and yet it's okay for MDW to have her own parade?). She didn't put the hero in danger or risk her life at all, she didn't have any arch nemesis looking to hurt her loved ones or anything silly like that, the costume itself was completely pointless ( especially Fluttershy's part, which amounted to nothing). If they really wanted to show her how a real hero did things they would have just gone and done what they had to do without any costume whatsoever. Or at the very least assist her and show her that even a hero needs help sometimes. You say that she's looked out only for herself, yet in the series where she went out of her way to help her friends and didn't need to be guilted into it, whether it be Rarity getting kidnapped by Diamond Dogs, saving Twilight from Falling Rocks during their Trek up the mountain, standing up to Gilda for the way she treated Pinky and even going as far as to admit that most of the pranks that went off for one she set up, helping the Apple family during the Cider competition, joining her friends on the journey to make sure Spike was okay, saving Scootaloo's life, taking her under her wing, and motivating her to participate in the games, again, not by guilt-tripping her, but by pep talking her and helping her work through her depression over her inability to fly, saving her friends lives after the tornado cause them to go out of control, owning up to her mistake and even coming close to resigning from her dream job over it, owning up to the fact that she was on two teams at once and willingly apologizing for being selfish, I can go on and on, but in the end her positive traits outweigh her negatives by miles. You on the other hand are treating her as if her flaws are all she has and all she ever will have.
  5. darknessrising24

    S02:E08 - The Mysterious Mare Do Well

    That is a very Petty and self-centered reason for liking this episode, mainly because it makes absolutely no sense. She wasn't being a douchebag, she just caught a little caught up in her own hype. This episode was a bad example of how to teach a lesson, I refer you to my above quote as to why.
  6. darknessrising24

    The movie really takes place between Seasons 4 and 5

    Sadly, that headcanon doesn't hold up. Starlight Glimmer and Trixie are seen at the festival at the beginning of the movie.
  7. darknessrising24

    Spoiler The Past Lives Of the Mane Six?

    I’ve recently noticed something, every single Legend of Equestria tends to have an interesting connection to one of the Mane six… Twilight not only idolizes Starswirl the Bearded, but both have an intense desire to understand as much about Magic as they can, but both often misunderstand the context of what they learn at times. They also both did not understand the power behind Friendship (at first). Twilight breaks away from Starswirl in this regard, but we’ve seen shades of how she could have turned out to be exactly like him in other individuals she’s helped (Moondancer, Sunset Shimmer, Starlight Glimmer, Trixie Lulamoon). Their connection to Magic and their focus on Friendship is key to both of their characters, and examining how divergent they are is definitely a part of both of their stories. Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Rarity were inspired by Flash Magnus, Rockhoof and Mistmane respectively: Applejack and Rockhoof both share the strength of both character and body to see thing through to the end, despite the odds. They care so much about their friends and family that they don’t have a second thought about putting themselves in danger to protect them, even if the task is well beyond them. Rainbow Dash and Flash Magnus share the hotneadedness, fierceness, and passion that drives them forward in everything they do. They are both brave to the extreme, don’t afraid of anything, and both certainly carry Loyalty with them to not leave their friends in danger. Rarity and Mistmane both see beauty in the world, and both strive to bring it out for others to enjoy. While their methods are different, the end result and goal is still the same: make the world a much more beautiful place for everyone to enjoy. To this effect, they both selflessly give of themselves in different ways to make sure that happens. Pinkie Pie seems to have the same belief in leaps of faith as Somnambula, plus Pinkie Pie and Somnambula both share something that a lot of people overlook in their characters: Faith. Both characters have absolute faith in that the path they’ve chosen to help others will always work out in the end. They want to see others happy, and believe with all their hearts that the road to happiness starts with a smile. And Fluttershy seems to take up Meadowbrook’s mask later, but comparison will have to wait until we get to "A Health of Information" and Meadowbrook’s backstory in "Legend of Magic". I have a feeling, based on the other five stories, it won’t be just that mask that’s the main connecting theme between them. Not to mention the fact that the comics actually indicate that they’ve teamed up before… That got me thinking, what if it’s not a coincidence? What if the Mane Six are their…. reincarnations?
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    Is Timber Really Better Than Flash?

    That's not exactly 100% fair, first of all Flash has his own brand of personality that everyone seems to ignore, it just needs to be explored more. Second of all, the same could be said for any other characters in the other movies: Trixie's scenes could've been removed completely since the Dazzlings could've simply trapped the Rainbooms themselves. The Shadowbolts barely had any interaction with their "counterparts" despite all the hype and could've been switched out with other humanized rival/enemeis from the show. Filthy Rich's villany made no sense, he could've been replaced with Glademane, Svengallop,or even his wife Spoiled Rich and it would've made more sense. Timber Spruce gets a buttload of screentime together with Twilight yet he never actually "connects" with anything going on with her. He's mostly there to be Human Twilight's love interest and a red herring for Sunset, he doesn't play any part in in Twilight's issues with Midnight Sparkle and accomplishes little to nothing against Gaea Everfree. If Flash is an example of too little backstory and not much to do with him, then Timber is the exact opposite, too much backstory and absolutely nothing done with it. Him wanting to leave the camp and head to the city? Never brought up after it's mentioned. Him covering for his sister? Done only so Sunset's got a red herring to chase around. So don't single Flash out for being "pointless" when there are plenty of characters in the movies that have that fault. Flash at the very least is built up better and has a little more history. Timber on the other hand.... I was expecting him to have some more vital role in convincing Twilight not to go into the Midnight form, but it doesn't go anywhere. It speaks volumes for his relevance to the story when Spike the dog could easily replace him.
  9. darknessrising24

    Is Timber Really Better Than Flash?

    Um, did you even really watch the movie? There's literally no line of dialogue that indicates that Flash even knows Moondancer. No, sure there was a lot of bumping into each other but Flash did speak to her and actually came to her defense when she was framed with no one else did. And had the guts to ask her out as well. Timber on the other hand immediately starts flirting with her out of the blue. Not to mention the fact that he didn't really play into anything major aside from giving Sci-Twi a break from this Midnight Sparkle stuff. I think you should actually watch every single movie before making these judgments. Not only do Flash and Twilight dance at the end of the first movie but they come close to kissing in the second one and we're only interrupted by Trixie. Flash and Twilight had more buildup in there romance in Timber and Sci-Twi did. Flag of the Raley's waited until the second movie to try kissing her, Timber meets Sci-Twi and immediately the two look ready suck face off the bat.
  10. darknessrising24

    S07:E16 - Campfire Tales

    Technically she did do something though, she comforted her when she needed it and told her story that helped her calm down. Also there's this little scene: She knew exactly how she felt, hence why she did the best she could to make her happy.
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    S07:E16 - Campfire Tales

    First things first, few people would say that Scootaloo is acting very out-of-character here.... but in all actuality it makes sense that she'd be freaked out from time to time, considering that the last time she came here she suffered from sleep deprivation but also nearly fell off a waterfall, it makes sense that she had a bit of PTSD, especially since she's still a child. Plus it says wonders for her character development since she's not trying to play it cool this time and genuinely lets her fears be known, and seeing RD make an effort to comfort her and be a good big sister to her is just heartwarming. Also the Fly-ders.... Christ, why do we need flying spiders!? What idiot thought that was a good idea!? What's the Discord?! I'll bet it was Discord!! Seriously, we need to exterminate those things immediately! *AHEM*.... anyway, on to the stories, it actually brings to light what I personally love the most about this episode, for those of us IDW fans, this is the first time we ever see ANY characters from the comics make an appearance in the show! And the show does them justice of the highest caliber! First off is the origin story of good old Shovel Knig-I mean Rockhoof, and man that was scrawny when he was young! But damn if he didn't have the determination to do what was right for his village! I mean, digging a giant trench all on his own despite the odds being against him? This guy's got some huge stones right here! Not going to lie, at first I assumed it was his cutie mark story until I realized he already had it, this does raise some questions for me... exactly what did he hit that made him grow so quickly, an evolution stone? Anyways, onto Rarity's story. There's another nice show of character development since she actually shows the ability to see beauty and everything, even things that are potentially ugly at first sight. Something I don't think season 1 Rarity has ever done... though I suspect that kind of mindset also comes from her repeatedly going it down to the Diamond Dog mines with Spike.... Also Rarity's shadow puppets.... HOW!? I think our fashionista has been hanging around Pinkie Pie too long... Anyway, onto the tale of Mistmane, first off I have to say that I love the ancient Chinese setting, really sets the tone and mood of the story. When I heard Rarity's story, I can simply say that I didn't expect a Magic Duel to be in it... Especially one with magical fighting dragons! And the way she defeated Sable Spirit was both clever and humorous. Sable Spirit: Ha! Missed! Mistmane: Wasn't aiming at ya! I really like this Mistmane character, she actually feels like a combination of both Twilight and Rarity, looking past ones villainous deeds to extend the hoof of friendship once more, and yet being so generous as to give up one's physical beauty restore the inner beauty to everything around her... very nice. While I will admit Rainbow Dash causing a cave-in was a bit boneheaded on her part, they didn't really have any other options, not to mention the fact that those insects are apparently confirmed to EAT other ponies... seriously, those things need to be exterminated and fast! And now we move on to my personal favorite story told by my personal favorite Pony! Flash Magnus (a possible ancestor of Flash Sentry) taking on not one but two dragons to save his comrades! Not only is this an amazingly action-packed story where we get to see Torch before his Dragon Lord days, but it's also a perfect blend of both military strategy, and another showcasing of friendship and true loyalty. With our man Magnus not only managing to hold his own for an extended amount of time, but also successfully lures them into a massive thundercloud and comes out on top! One of the best stories in my opinion! And with the stories finished, our friends find their way out of the cave as well as a shortcut to the falls. All Things Considered, Not a Bad episode! Is episodes like bees that prove that MLP is still a great show and other people who say it's in decline don't know what they're talking about. I give it a 9.5/10!
  12. darknessrising24

    S07:E14 - Fame and Misfortune

    It takes balls to pull off an episode like this, especially since such a premise can be done horribly wrong if written poorly, just look at TTG's "Return of Slade". But this ep did the concept right in my opinion. Plus it was full of self-referential humor, which is the reason why I found this episode funny at certain points however, I actually cracked up when I heard that one old mare complain "Twilight was better without wings!". If Slice of Life represents the best aspects of the fandom, then this episode calls out the worst.
  13. darknessrising24

    The Right To Riff

    Says the guy who clearly hasn't properly read what I'm saying and just wants an excuse to whine. Kindly take your pretentious attitude somewhere else.
  14. darknessrising24

    The Right To Riff

    Kind of is when they act like they know better than anyone else, saying that everything after the point where they quit is going to suck and pretend that everyone who still likes the series is too blind and naive to know better. Tell me, why should I give their opinion any consideration whatsoever? Not everyone with opinions, just those who pretend that they still know what's wrong with the series without acknowledging the new materials that are being presented. Or complaining that the new material sucks without considering anything good about it. Again, if they're going to be so close-minded after they quit, then why should we be open-minded to their biased opinions? No, I'm just listing him as a textbook example.
  15. darknessrising24

    The Right To Riff

    I'm not saying you're not allowed to like and dislike things as you please. I'm saying if you're going to "give up" on the series and claim not to watch it anymore then you lose the right to have your opinion of the taken remotely seriously when you start complaining about episodes you either haven't seen or won't bother to watch. People who complain about everything being bad after season 3 or whichever season they believe the show started going downhill have a tendency to be self-entitled and pretentious to the point of condescendingly talking down to everyone who still likes the show just for not sharing their opinion. Even going as far as to claim that "they are the real bronies as they only acknowledge the good seasons of MLP and not the trash it's become." It's sickening and pathetic. Dude, there's always gonna be someone being a jerk about it. Case in point: SilverStarApple