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Emerald Glow

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  1. Happy Birthday... i guess

  2. That did bug me a bit. I'm sort of hoping S4 opens at that moment, the camera continuing to follow her graceful swoop as she flies smack into the side of the castle. That would be lovely transition to an opener where she has to learn how to fulfill her duties...from her friends, who have to learn that she can be a princess AND Adorkable Twilight..
  3. ummm...Yeah. Celestia is one MANIPULATIVE little despot. (but she's benevolent and princessy so it's all okay). Sort of reminds me of the original Clash of the titans with the greek gods literally playing board games with the mortals.
  4. Here goes my thoughts...(as posted earlier on my facebook): FINALLY!!! I have been dying for this season finale not so much for the content, but because I hoped it would make certain more panicky members of the fandom SHUT UP ALREADY! Seriously, bronies, chill. The show’s raison d’etre from day one has to been TO SELL TOYS. Fortunately they made a better show than they had to, hence the phenomenon. (You played into Hasbro’s hands by the way, but I’m saving that for a planned essay on types of fandom drama on my blog.) With that, to the review! Recap: In between songs, Celestia sends Tw
  5. Happy birthday! Hope it was a awesome one :)

  6. THIS. Seriously folks. It's also what happens in real life friendships as girls grow and change into young women (some inevitably becoming more successful than others), and could make for interesting stories if handled well. That's the question, and we probably will not know the answer until next season. There is middle ground between staying friends and staying the same forever and ever. As others have stated, we simply don't know what Alicornification does to a pony apart from giving her wings. Alicorn powers and Alicorn immortality, for instance, seem to be two different matters.
  7. Oh, differences will definitely be magnified, and the shift might be too great for the relationships to survive. But not neccessarily, and I think I've convinced myself to withhold judgment till we see how this is handled. Remember the subtitle of the show. In Equestria, Friendship is pretty strong Juju, to say the least. Your second point, actually, is the biggest reason why this might NOT work. Even if she stays in Ponyville her life may well be very different and it might take the air out of a lot of the plotlines. I wish we knew more about what Cadence's life is/was like when she's not bei
  8. I've been keeping my mouth shut during the whole Twilicorn explosion, under the general "better to be silent and be thought a fool" theory that has served me pretty well in other recent fan-related events. I am a bit dubious about this development, I've never made a secret about my feelings on the situation. That said, I'm reserving judgment till we see the ep in question and, more importantly, season 4. that said, there's something that several have said that sticks in my craw a bit, and I think I want to respond to it. I'm quoting TheMarkzOne merely because he's the nearest handy example of
  9. Heya! sorry I've been gone the last few weeks, start of the semester has been In-Bloody-Sane. On to stuff far more important than a pesky PhD--Fresh Pony! Great ep overall, easily trumps Spike At your Service (faint praise, I'm aware). It might actually be my second favorite Spike-centric episode of the series thus far after Secret of my Excess. One little nitpick--why wouldn't the Dragon who actually saved the crystal Empire (earning a stained-glass window in Canterlot, no less) be invited to the Empire? I hadn't heard that the next ep is going to be set in Crystal Empire...this is new fo
  10. I never disliked Dash, but up until two weeks ago she was Least Best Pony of the Mane Six. She's now 4th and rising, though there's a hard ceiling at #3 (I don't see Twi or AJ ever being bumped from 1 and 2). I could get into all the reasons, but the few things I didn't mention in the last couple of episode threads were covered nicely by other folks above. And now I got to head to work, because it's a little tacky to be late the first day of a week you're serving as acting Library Director during the boss's vacation. (Yes, they give ME real world responsibilities. Be Very Afraid.)
  11. Animation sight gags for the grownups have been around at least since Bugs Bunny was making racist Asian jokes during WWII, probably longer. Derpy and Doctor Whooves are simply the latest in a long noble animation tradition of comedy designed to soar over the kiddies' heads and make the grownups snicker knowingly. As for Scootalove, that's not fan service so much as proceeding to the logical conclusion of the Scootaloo/Dash Arc. Frankly it was pretty obvious where that was headed for the reasons Chaotic Discord stated above. Finally, re: the "pandering" thing... The older I get, the m
  12. First, THANK YOU for linking to the above fic! I just read it, and it's wonderful. Not only is it very well-written, it helped me put words to why I, possibly the hardest-core Twilight lover around, almost always hit skip when I get to this episode on a netflix watch-through. And I didn't get the vibe that Dash is now a Wonderbolt--just that she aquitted herself very well as a leader and flier at the Academy. nobody handed her a uniform or called her a Wonderbolt, and I would hope that the selection process is a lot longer than a week-long camp that hadn't even weeded out some VERY weak fliers
  13. I don't think she underestimated Rainbow Dash--she knows quite well what she's capable of. She ALSO knows that while Dashie is growing up and is ultimately very loyal (that being her element and all), in the past she's been stubborn, arrogant (to cover her deeper insecurities) and reckless. That's the kind of hot shot behavior that can cause major problems in the air while flying in close formation. Ergo, Spitfire likely made her wing pony to see how she could cope with a situation where she would NOT be the hottest thing in the air (and possibly wanted to make Lightning Dust lead pony in orde
  14. My working theory's been that they're a bit like the Navy's Blue Angels and Air Force elite flying groups that perform in air shows and such. They mostly work as stunt ponies, but are also members of the military. As such they can be and are called to active duty by Celestia when needed. Given that 99% of the time Equestria's a pretty peaceful place (Nightmare Moon, Discord, Changelings, and Sombrero Sombra aside), the Wonderbolts mostly perform their less martial duties, assuming there aren't any rampaging dragons going through premature adolescence. General responses to this week's epi
  15. Also, if we go with the Backstory via Lauren Faust mentioned up thread re: AJ and AB being orphans, that's the sort of thing that tends to tightly bond siblings and drown out rivalry. It also goes a long way to explain AJ's maturity, she probably started playing the mom role to Apple Bloom way too young. As for Scootaloo, my money's on only child, not orphan. No reason, just gut instinct.
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