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  1. Her power almost never actually helps her though. If anything it's the cause of a lot of her problems.
  2. Rockhoof and a Hard Place was weak? Huh, that was one of my favourite episodes in season 8.
  3. I always liked The Crystalling for the Starlight stuff (shrug)
  4. It was underwhelming, but I also noticed that when you look at the fights in order, the heroes actually do better and better each time in ascending order. The Pillars were curbstomped by Tirek. Starlight gets a hope spot against Chrysalis before being wrecked. The Mane 6 beat Cozy and she needs to be saved by the other two. I don't know if that means anything, but there at least seemed to be some kind of pattern to it.
  5. Chrysalis was technically on the loose. She was in the middle of a slump, but she was hardly harmless.
  6. Honestly, I think that alone is a testament to how strong Grogar is. When the full combined might of three different sets of ultra friendship lasers could only crack his artifact.
  7. I think this is a thing that has enough wiggle room to be up to interpretation. Discord said he was concious, but other characters refer to the spell as "stone sleep", implying that you're NOT conscious when under its effect. That was Rockhoof's plan. Discord is also the type of person who would lie about something like that. He mentioned being conscious when he was still a villain. So he could've just been saying that to mess with them or make them feel bad about stoning him.
  8. I do get why people were annoyed by the Discord thing. But I liked it. I actually thought it made sense when you look at Discord across the entire season. In all of his major appearances they've been reinforcing this idea that he allows bad things to happen just so that Twilight and her friends can handle them. It's flat out said that Discord could've stopped Sombra whenever he wanted, but he allowed Sombra to run rampant and brainwash everyone. That was just in the premiere. He got so much screentime there, and all of it is spent manipulating the cast. He didn't need to be in Summer Sun Setback at all. His only purpose is to NOT help out when he easily could've, just to teach the gang a lesson. Then at the end he cryptically talks about them being "ready for whatever comes next." I get why some people are dissapointed that we didn't get Grogar, but I have to object to say that it DOES make sense. It's paying off what Discord has been doing all along. It's his trollish, trickster mentorship coming back to bite him in the ass. And I think jamming in Grogar along with EVERYTHING else in that finale would've made it even more bloated.
  9. As I said in the original post: "What are some songs that you don't think get enough love by the fanbase? They don't have to be the best songs the show has ever produced, just ones that maybe clicked with you more than they seemingly have with others."
  10. What are some songs that you don't think get enough love by the fanbase? They don't have to be the best songs the show has ever produced, just ones that maybe clicked with you more than they seemingly have with others. I'm not a music expert by any means, but some of mine would include: Pinkie's Present (A Hearthswarming Tail) - I think this one IS liked, but I actually consider it to be almost as good as Smile. It captures the same raw essense of what makes Pinkie a good pony that that song does, and I think it's her best appearance in the show's later seasons. Her final line of "And the reason is to be with your friends." is delivered with such earnest warmth that it gave me chills when I first heard it. I often dislike Pinkie, even in the earliest seasons, but songs like this and Smile highlight what Pinkie is like at her absolute best; bubbly, kindhearted, andwanting the world to be a happier place. The Midnight in Me (EQG: Legend of Everfree) - This one is very short, but I'm an absolute sucker for "Characters ruminating on the darkness inside them" songs. Like, "Confrontation" from the Jekyll and Hyde musical. You feel for Sci-Twi in this one, and the arrangement I think is genuinely beautiful in places, especially when it crescendos at the end before peetering off. Open Up Your Eyes (MLP: The Movie) - Not only is this a great villain song, with all the dark intimidating atmosphere that implies, but it illustrates a tragic sense of self-deception aswell. Tempest is singing at Twilight, trying to convince her that her way is the right way, but it sounds like she's partly trying to convince herself of all these things she supposedly believes, that the world is cruel and cold. Which is a writing technique I always love. It lends a note of bitter sadness to the ominousness of the song. Your Heart is in Two Places (Surf and/or Turf) - I think this is my favourite CMC song. It feels like Ingram is just showing off at certain points. Especially in Sweetie's first verse. The whole song though is this neverending barrage of wordplay and internal rhyming and I find the entire thing utterly delightful. It's pretty, it's grand. Sweetie and Scoots contrast each other well, and Apple Bloom's sole opening line might even be the best sung part of the song it's that good. It's got a different vibe to the rest of the CMC's songs, and I love that. The Spectacle (The Mane Attraction) - This one is just a straight contrarian. I always thought this song was better than The Magic Inside. There's this internet music reviewer called Todd in the Shadows, and long ago he reviewed the Hannah Montanna movie. His problem with the final song in that film is supposedly it's an example of Hannah singing from the heart after a whole movie (and arguably a whole series) of being a fake pop singer. This "heartfelt song" though was incredibly cliched in it's own right and just didn't sound as earnest as it should've been. I'm like that with TMI, though I do like the song. It wasn't quite as good as the build up in the story implied it would be. The Spectacle, though, knew that it was a pile of shclock (being a parody of vapid pop songs) and completely rolled with it. MAking it really fun. It also has an absolutely perfect title for describing what it is. A Changeling Can Change (The Times They Are A Changeling) - I've heard people describe this song as really cringy, sappy, and riddled with holes. And it is, but I always felt like that was kind of the point. Spike, desperate and riddled with guilt, is just singing from his heart, trying to win over a bunch of furious ponies to keep them from harming his friend. And for the most part he fails at this. Only two people seem to be truly won over by the song. Starlight (her moment of self awareness in the background when she realizes that she's jumping to conclusions about a former villain is one of my favourite Starlight moments in general) and Twilight (where what mattered was that she believed that Spike believed in Thorax, and that she trusted Spike's judgement). The song itself not being great doesn't totally matter. What's important is that Spike is really trying, which I totally buy. And that vibe alone makes the song enjoyable to me, and makes it one of the most unique songs in the show's entire run. I feel like all the weaknesses of the song become strengths when put into the context of it being sung by a child trying to make ammends and being completely out of his depth
  11. I always thought it would've been really weird to reveal that she was Chrysalis. At least after the Mean 6 aired. Why would Chrysalis be going on unhinged, desperate rants in the middle of the woods if she already had a stable undercover identity at the school? Why would she be unable to hide her contempt for Starlight in her photographer disguise when Cozy didn't seem to have any problems conversing with Starlight at all? Why did she even need the photographer disguise? Surely she could've asked for photos as Cozy, saying "I just wanted some pictures of my FAVOURITE teachers." or something.. And as has been pointed out, it undermines the plot of Season 8
  12. A Horse Shoe-in and Student Counsel weren't bad episodes. You can't just cut Starlight's entire culmination
  13. People always seem to misunderstand this. Who decides whether someone is qualified for a job? Someone who gives out acreditation. Who gives them the authority to give out acreditation? The ruling government of the country. Twilight IS that. The alicorns quite literally are the law. Celestia puts restrictions on herself, but School Daze makes it clear that Twi can do whatever she wants because she makes the rules. If she thinks someone is qualified, they are by the authority of the country.
  14. I wouldn't say she's "whatever the plot needs", because to me that implies there's NO recurring traits for her, which is flat out incorrect in my opinion. Although I'm a big fan of hers so I'm obviously going to be biased. She does have different modes she tends to cycle between though. She's impulsive when her emotions are running high, with a great tendency to overdo things, but consiously she's lacking in personal self-esteem and is very prone to nervousness, moping and getting melancholic, beating herself up. She gets really hung up on the relationships she has with her friends. She's needy. She has a lot of respect for Twilight, and is deeply grateful to her, wanting to do her proud. Even if that means trying to right Twilight when she veers from Starlight's perception of what Twi should be (like in Shadow Play and School Daze) Generally, if she's not the focus of an episode, she's snarky, observant, sweet, and is able to help out with things. When she is the focus of an episode, she's more self flaggelating, and impulsive. Which never felt like that much of a discrepancy to me, because Starlight's issues seem to be mostly internal. She can give good advice and help other people, but she can't apply that stuff inward. So she struggles when she's at the epicentre of a problem. She misses the point.