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  1. I just don’t know what went wrong! – Derpy The episode opens with Applejack racing around a rodeo course set up on her farm, while Apple Bloom cheers her on. During her jump over one of the fences, her hoof just clips the obstacle, unnoticed by AJ herself. She finishes by tossing a bale of hay, to applause from her little sister. Apple Bloom is enthused and gushes about how good AJ is and how she’s certain to take first prize at the Equestrian Rodeo. But AB isn’t the only one with expectations… Ponyville is organizing a grand send-off for their potential champion, and RD is helping put up the banner, with “assistance” from a certain blonde, grey-coated pony with bubbles for a cutie mark. Just managing to dodge a bolt of lightning, RD utters the historical line, “Now, careful, Derpy!” Said pony is jumping up and down on a cloud. She leaves off with that, but her clumsiness makes trouble for RD as well as damaging Town Hall further than the lightning did. Despite the setbacks, AJ manages to thank Mayor Mare and the town for supporting her, and pledges her winnings to help make repairs, before setting off on the train to Canterlot. A while later, and the Mane Six and Apples are waiting to surprise AJ with a Congratulations party. However, she doesn’t show, instead sending a telegram to say she’s delaying her return. The Apples are distraught, but our heroes vow to find AJ and bring her back. They proceed to Canterlot and ask around at the rodeo grounds as the rodeo crew pack away, and eventually, they are pointed to a town called Dodge Junction. On arrival, Pinkie needs a tinkie, and manages to find AJ almost immediately when she races to the station outhouse, catching her just coming out. (Is this the first mention of such necessities in the show? I think it is, but feel free to contradict me in the comments if I’m wrong.) Applejack is less than enthused that her friends have tracked her down, and she tells them that after the Rodeo, she decided to spend time in Dodge Junction for a change of scenery, and to farm something other than apples, namely cherries. They meet with AJ’s new boss, Miss Cherry Jubilee, who speaks of AJ winning so many medals at the Rodeo that Miss Jubilee offered her a job on her cherry farm. AJ entreats the others to return to Ponyville, but they refuse, suspecting that there is more to AJ’s decision than she is letting on. They take jobs sorting cherries as AJ works the conveyer belt, and make small talk in order to persuade AJ into revealing her secret. She won’t budge, however, and starts trotting too fast in agitation, leaving Pinkie and Fluttershy increasingly overwhelmed by the rate of cherry arrival. When Fluttershy desperately yells for her to stop, all the cherries end up flying at AJ, covering her completely in pulverized cherry. Momentum is a harsh mistress… She leaves in a huff, and the rest decide they need to stop pulling their punches; cue a staggered zoom cut on Pinkie Pie... In the orchard, AJ is bucking down the cherries, and Pinkie comes to help. After a while, she starts to talk, and just doesn’t stop. Eventually she wears AJ down, and she agrees to tell the Mane Six what the truth of her situation is, but asks if she can put it off until breakfast tomorrow. They acquiesce, on condition that AJ makes a Pinkie Promise™ on it, which she reluctantly does. The following day, AJ is nowhere to be found. Pinkie, furious at the broken Pinkie Promise™, leads the charge to find her. They catch up with her at the station, forcing her to flee in a horse drawn carriage. The Mane Six load up in a cart pulled by RD and Fluttershy and give chase. Pinkie manages to leap onto AJ’s carriage and demands an apology for the broken Pinkie Promise™. AJ claims she didn’t technically break the promise, since she specified “at breakfast”, to which she never went, unable to face the prospect of revealing what actually happened to her. Pinkie accepts her half-apology for the time being, and leaps back to the Mane Six cart, knocking Rarity and herself out. They are left behind as RD can’t waste time turning around to retrieve them. Well, Pinkie, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into. AJ decides to cross just in front of a train, hoping it’ll cut off the Mane Six Three cart. At this, the team pulling her carriage abandon her for endangering them. AJ turns back to gloat about her escape, but RD and Fluttershy just fly the cart right over the still passing train. AJ tries to run, but RD tackles her, knocking her bags open and sending all her medals flying. AJ finally tells them the truth: she won many medals, but none of them were first place. She also didn’t win any prize money. Feeling like she let Ponyville down, she wanted to work for Miss Jubilee to earn the money instead. Fluttershy and Twilight assure her that having her home means more than having her win or bring home a prize. Even RD can’t quite maintain her stoic exterior. Applejack goes home to meet her family and in voiceover, gives her friendship lesson report: Winning isn’t everything, and your family will love you regardless. Meanwhile, Rarity and Pinkie are heading home via handcart, Pinkie talking all the way. Rarity is not happy, and intends to give RD a piece of her mind when they get home. Thoughts on the Episode This used to be my favorite episode. I still like it a lot, but there are better episodes since. Let’s get the home-invading pachyderm out of the way first. This episode led to an unpleasantness that would come to be known as Derpygate. Basically, in the wake of the episode, there were scattered complaints about the portrayal of Derpy, claiming that it was offensive to the differently-abled, which lead Hasbro to change the scene. The RD line naming her as Derpy was removed, her eyes were slightly straightened, and all of her lines were redubbed. This was despite the fact that there were many more positive reactions to Derpy’s canonical inclusion, including from many differently-abled fans themselves. For myself, I definitely understand the anger and frustration of Derpy’s fans. While I think the new voice for Derpy (yes, I’m still considering it her name – it was broadcast originally as that) suits her better – and better matches her earlier line in Applebuck Season – removing the name and altering the eyes are not changes I support. As is so often the case, the vocal minority get their way. I’m sure they thought they were doing the right thing, but that doesn’t mean it was. Slice of Life went so far as to credit her as “Muffins” instead of Derpy. There is a certain amount of sense to such moves, however it might rankle. Hasbro want to protect their image, and to that end, they sided with the seagulls. It would have been more admirable if they had had the balls to stick to their guns, though. (Pardon the mixed metaphor there.) Moving on, this episode offers a lot of entertainment. There are a number of lovely minor touches. First, for Applejack: the fact that she didn’t have a perfect run on her own farm hints towards her falling short of first place. Quality foreshadowing, that. Then there’s the bit where AJ thinks the train is going to stop the pursuit… if you look carefully, you can see past the train where Twilight just tilts her head slightly, as if to say, “You’re kidding, right?” just before RD and Flutters fly over. AJ’s expressions are great too, from her pleased but embarrassed blush at being complimented, to her stubborn “you ain’t getting nothin’ out o’ me” face. She also delivers some great lines, especially at the end. She just sounds so frustrated and dejected over her lack of a first place finish, you really feel her pain. Pinkie also gets in on the act, so much so that this is almost a Pinkie episode. Her antics while holding it in are a rare example of good toilet humour (What? It’s not quite an oxymoron; that style of humour is hard to pull off well, but not impossible.) There’s also that ominous zoom-in on Pinkie along with “dun dun dun” music, contrasted as it is with the cute and silly image of her licking up some spilt cherry pulp. Not that it isn’t justified, since she shows that her prattle can be weaponized, although her dialogue is pretty funny on its own. But perhaps the best part is her nonchalant “Rarity catch me!” line as she leaps backwards at an entirely unprepared Rarity… watch out for Twilight’s duck, it’s awesome. Some other good points: Cherry Jubilee has a great design and voice, and seems really nice all around. The poor mailpony gets snubbed by Twilight, but at least he gets a slice of cake courtesy of your friendly neighbourhood Pinkie Pie. Some great lines, apart from those already mentioned, also stand out. In summation, there's a lot of good in this episode, and not all that much that is bad. I wish the original version had been kept, but even with that caveat, this episode is just really entertaining and on point for all the characters. Highlights/Quotes Anything Pinkie does in this episode. The end scene is pretty hilarious, with Rarity darkly swearing some sort of revenge for RD for abandoning them, while Pinkie just keeps repeating her cherry product names. Pros: Pinkie is hilarious. Very good Applejack expressions and line delivery. The small details just add so much. Cons: Derpygate… which is not a con for the episode itself, so it doesn’t affect the rank! Neener, neener! Final Rating 5 – Blue Ribbon Rank: A real winner. It will be re-watched frequently. 4 – Red Ribbon Rank: A very good attempt, but falls just short of glory. 3 – Rodeo Clown Rank: An average episode, assuming you don’t have coulrophobia. Not bad, not great. 2 – Cherry Rank: Nice once in a while, but too much may make you ill. 1 – Calamity, Mane Rank: Fails at the first hurdle. From an AJ episode, we change tacks and charge straight into... another… AJ… episode……. huh. At least the rest of the Apple family gets more screen time in this one. Plus new villains will be introduced… we may be in trouble! Nonetheless, nothing can stop the Smooze nitpicking! Join me for my next review… Super Speedy Cider Squeezer 6000. Until then, comment if you wish, and as always, stay sunny side up!
  2. I'm expecting my house to be burnt, a curse placed on my soul, and multiple hits to be issued on me for saying these things. So I've been thinking. Derpy is REEEEALY popular, like woah. I read up on Derpygate, and from what I read, it was like North Korea threatened to launch missiles... Wait. Maybe it was a side effect of coming into the fandom late, but I never really got into Derpy. I don't hate her, I rarely HATE anything on this show. I just dont like her. I'm fairly indifferent on most things Ditzy, or Muffins. I'll just get right into it: 1) Mainstream. This one is pretty subjective, but I have never been a man to follow the current most turtles follow. I always choose to save the guy no one else chooses in The Walking Dead. I don't like being just another sheep in a herd. I like having the other side in arguments, disagreements, or debates. It makes it interesting and for lack of a better word, more fun. 2)Last in the Gate. I joined the Fandom between Seasons 4 and 5 (but still know way more than some of the bronies I've talked to). I completely missed the graze on Derpy Fields. So I feel I don't have the same "she shaped the fandom" mentality that some veteran bronies may have. 3)The Last Round-up. That f**k took the spotlight from best pony. One of the greatest Applejack episodes was completely overshadowed by some 30 second cameo of Derpy wrecking the joint. The episode was so damn good. One of my favorite episodes to date (dat I Love Lucy reference *squee*) was pretty much forgotten by everyone else. Everytime you look up anything about that episode, at least 75% of the page is filled with "Derpy voice change", "Derpygate", "Derpy Scandal". I. Don't. Care. My apathy towards Derpy might not be so high if not for this one point. So how much do you like Derpy? Do you maybe share similar feelings to her as I do? Have your thoughts be forever memorialized by leaving them below.
  3. So I still see a lot of people still seem to think Derpy was an "animation error." From the first time I heard of her and saw her I was like "Yeah right, animation error " I loved working with flash (which is initially why I was interested in MLP) back when I had a class with it and know pretty well how it all works. Derpy had messed up eyes AND a stupid mouth initially- so having 2 mistakes was fishy to me. The only "ERROR" is that she showed up in the finished episode. It turns out that the infamous scene was changed somewhere in the editing process and widened. Doing that brought her on screen. Whoever did that didn't notice that she was now visible in the wider shot. Here is a video interview with one of the animators from season 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=2490&v=stSvuwLg3Eo The Derpy part is at 25:36 Also Vinyl Scratch's eyes were originally gray- then red- but are toned down to magenta by a color correction filter
  4. There are some Applejack fans that feel like Derpy upstaged her in The Last Roundup and dislike her because of that, but though I would have preferred that Derpy had her own episode instead I one of the most outspoken fans on here of both Applejack and Derpy. Applejack has been my favorite pony since I first started watching and though my favorite eventually became a three way tie, I love AJ even more than ever before. And Derpy has been my favorite background pony almost as long as Applejack has been my favorite pony. I like them both for various reasons, especially Applejack whose list of reasons just seems to keep growing but there is one reason they both share. I like Applejack and Derpy because of the message they as characters give that about true to yourself, though they both give this message in different ways. With Applejack it is about being honest and doing the right things even when it is difficult and with Derpy though she hasn't been confirmed one way or another to be disabled that it is that it is okay to be different.
  5. I just finished up the youtube video on Derpy I said I was going to make, so without further ado here it is.
  6. Despite my displeasure with Derpy being censored and my issues with her haters though I am trying as best as I can to say what I feel needs to be said but without making this video a total hate fest. Some of the things I am going to say are going to sound a bit harsh but I want to see if anyone has any suggestions so I get my point across with minimum misinterpretations and misunderstandings. I don't usually talk to much about my own hobbies in youtube videos but I feel that the Derpy situation deals with issues that go well above and beyond the show and Derpy. As an individual with Autism I know exactly what it is like to singled out and misunderstood for being different and it is that reason why I identify so strong with Derpy as a character and why it makes me so angry how so many of the Derpy haters claimed to speak for the disabled by complaining yet completely ignored the multitude of people many of whom are disabled who identify with Derpy because they know what is like to seen as different. Because this is so personal and close to home for me I want to do this as much justice as I can, we have come a long way in how we treat the disabled but we still have a long way to go.
  7. You can skip the introduction if you want, but it may be a good refresher on the events of early 2012. The survey is only 7 questions and could be very insightful in understanding the community, so please do take it . INTRODUCTION This survey hopes to measure different factors that influence how Bronies view Derpy Hooves and Derpygate. Please answer honestly and ask questions of clarification is needed. Thank you! Template if you don't want to have all of the notes in your answer: Survey Begins Here 1. Approximately when did you become a Brony (Month and Year, if you remember): 2. Who is your favorite pony? 3. On a scale of 1 to 10, what is your opinion of Derpy Hooves? Feel free to elaborate if you feel it will clarify your answer. (1=”I strongly dislike Derpy. She does not deserve any attention.” 5= "I am neutral on Derpy." 10= “Derpy is my favorite pony and should be the mascot of the community.”) *Question 4 is ONLY for those who became Bronies in March 2012 or later* 4. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you know about the events of “Derpygate”, the controversy over Derpy’s speaking role in “The Last Roundup” that took place in January and February of 2012? (1= "I've never heard of it until now." 5= "I knew the basics of what happened before I saw this thread." 10= "Although I wasn't there when it happened, I've read about it a lot and feel I know as much as someone who was a Brony at the time.") *Questions 5-7 are ONLY for those who became Bronies in February 2012 or earlier* (NOTE: When I refer to “sides”, I mean the major groups who thought different things regarding the Derpy Hooves controversy. The two largest sides were those who were against the changes made to “The Last Roundup” and those who were in favor of them.) 5. Did you know about the Derpygate crisis as it was happening (January-February 2012)? 6. At the time, what was your opinion on Derpy Hooves’ appearance in “The Last Roundup”, the censorship, and the following crisis? Is your opinion any different today? (NOTE: Your answer does not have to be simply “pro-Derpy” or “anti-Derpy”. You can answer other things, such as that you were neutral, or that although you supported Derpy’s original depiction in the episode, you also agreed with Hasbro’s changes.) 7. On a scale of 1-10, how involved were you in the events during Derpygate? (1=I did absolutely nothing in support of either “side” in the controversy. 5=I made a couple forum posts explaining my opinion, Tweeted about it, or signed a petition. 10=I devoted a large amount of effort to supporting my preferred side in the controversy. Efforts include: Starting websites or petitions, making fan art to support a side, sending emails to Hasbro, etc.) _____ Feel free to also add your thoughts on the survey, if it was understandable, if it could be improved, and if you feel that the results may be useful or insightful. I will post the results, as well as my fun usage of statistics to analyze, sometime in the next few weeks. But remember, I need at least a couple dozen answers to have reasonably accurate results. PS: Since this is a controversial subject, if you seriously do not want to post your answers in this thread, you can PM them to me and they will be used anonymously. PPS: My introduction and wording of questions was meant to be as non-biased as possible. Other information or "propaganda" about Derpygate may influence people's results and was thus not included. However, you can easily find more on the internet if you're interested, and I will include more when I conclude the survey. Once more, thanks!