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  1. heavens-champion

    So many characters in recent finales

    Why does Josh Haber need to cram so many characters in season finales?
  2. Doctor XFizzle

    S04:E25+26 - Twilight's Kingdom

    https://mlpforums.com/calendar/event/299-%7B%3F%7D/?module=events Title: Princess Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1 Air Date: May 10th, 2014 Synopsis: Princess Celestia chooses Discord over Princess Twilight to help track down a villain. Title: Princess Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2 Air Date: May 10th, 2014 Synopsis: The other princesses transfer all of their magical power to Twilight in hopes of saving Equestria. yeah so here we go the lady pony with the weird hat is like Yzma from Emperor's New Groove
  3. I know, the Season 8 Finale won't be till sometime in October. But I would like to speculate on how I think it may go down, considering that a: Cozy Glow is slated to be the main antagonist b: Lord Tirek will return(Confirmed by his actor Mark Acheson), most likely to pull off the HijackedbyGanon trope c: And above all else: Now, since the beginning of the year, I've been speculating on how this will all play out, and this is my personal theory. Note: When the episode comes out, you may disregard this post, unless it somehow ends up being true.
  4. heavens-champion

    Season 8 finale villain

    Apparently there's a card for the season 8 finale villain in a UK MLP magazine. I'd post the link to the Equestria Daily article about it so you can get a better explaination, but Microsoft Edge won't let me.
  5. Wonderbolt Slipstream

    Flim and Flam in Season 5 finale

    I don't see what's really wrong with Flim and Flams timeline in the season 5 finale other then they became capitalist and AJ lost the farm, that's waaaaay better then the other timelines where the world is destroyed/sent into chaos. I guess I'm just asking why it's in there?
  6. Loyal Defender

    Spoiler Twilight's Flawgic

  7. So, I was wondering, which finale/first two episodes of the seasons did you like? I liked the season seven finale, although i can’t say im a big fan of the one when the crystal heart shattered cuz of flurry heart.
  8. Title says it all, really, since the finales for Seasons 6 and 7 didn't have songs.
  9. AlexanderThrond

    Episode review: "Shadow Play"

    Last year, I was worried that "To Where and Back Again" would be a by-the-numbers, over-serious finale which just rehashes the same plot points the show had been trucking out for years now. To my delight, it turned out to be something else entirely, and it quickly became one of my favourite two-parters in the entire show. "To Where and Back Again" excelled because it was a character-driven story which focused on the human side of the story rather than the rote details, and as such it was refreshingly light on exposition and action. Turns out all I had to do was wait a year, however, because "Shadow Play" is exactly what I was worried about back in season 6. It's the worst example yet of the show's increasingly dull mythology, and it's filled with backstory exposition which takes itself way too seriously. There are certainly moments of humour here which bring the episode to life, but the plot is just so formulaic that it's hard to be invested in any of it, and enough of the episode takes itself so seriously that the fun moments can't break the monotony. When Twilight Sparkle uncovers what happened to Starswirl the Bearded and four other ponies he calls Equestria's "Pillars" (ugh), she sets out to save the Pillars from Limbo, not realizing that doing so would also free the evil Pony of Shadows. Soon, she realizes that she's made a mistake, and must work with the Pillars to save Equestria. You might have noticed that the whole plot is dependent on Twilight making an obviously poor decision, and worse still, she does it despite Starlight (of all ponies!) trying to warn her of the consequences. Indeed, Twilight's sheer hero worship for Starswirl renders her nearly useless throughout the episode, and while this is the only blatantly stupid decision she makes, she also spends most of the episode just doing whatever he says despite outclassing him. At the end, Starlight suggests that there must be some way they could convince the Pony of Shadows to stop, but Twilight just... ignores her, apparently because she's so blinded by her idolization of Starswirl. It's a double-edged sword, too, because Twilight's sheer enthusiasm is also the episode's main saving grace. Watching her gush over the idea of having Starswirl back is frequently delightful, and it demonstrates how good this season has been at reviving her geeky charm. Other characters have their moments too: One scene in the Dragon Lands is genuinely entertaining, where the dragons are using Flash Magnus's shield for lava surfing. That's easily the most creative scene in the episode, and it's also fun to watch Rainbow Dash trick Garble into just handing over the shield. Another scene featuring Fluttershy is pleasant as well, and Pinkie has a good handful of fun lines, but all of them suffer from a lack of personal stake in the story. The mane six are only dominant in the first half, and the problem with this is that the first half has almost no stakes to speak of. Twilight is insistent that Equestria is "better with Starswirl in it," but that's hard to accept when the ponies have done perfectly fine for themselves without him. Because of this, it's hard to be invested in anything which happens in the first half, which is as incident-free as "The Crystalling" but without any of the anxiety or introspection. There's still funny moments, but most of the first half is focused on the mythology of the world, which is no deeper than five ancient heroes sacrificing themselves to lock away some ancient evil. The episode tries to build on this, but it never steps away from dull cliches. Further, much of the first half has the mane six just acting broadly admirable, and I have never found that particularly interesting. At times, it even breaks credibility: Applejack manages to stop a falling boulder with her hind legs, and Rarity somehow trims a whole overgrown garden in what can't have been more than a few minutes. Rarity's scene is especially annoying, because the caretaker of the garden talks a lot about one flower being "all she has left," suggesting that she somehow never thought to just trim the bushes a bit. Am I supposed to believe that? Meanwhile, Pinkie's lasts less than half the time of the others, despite being perhaps the funniest. Altogether, I'm just tired of watching ponies collecting MacGuffins. We've seen that several times before. It's time for something new. In the second half, Starlight increasingly takes the reigns from the mane six, and she's as bland as ever. I explained why she's such a dull character in the "Uncommon Bond" review, but suffice it to say that she's no more exciting here, and her main contribution - the experience of being forgiven - is territory which this franchise has explored better in the past, though perhaps not in the main series. Unfortunately, "Shadow Play" has almost nothing to add beyond that, and a lot of this comes from just how little there is to Starlight. She's still a tool of the plot more than an actual character, and that means that prevents anything she does from feeling organic, no matter how hard the writers try. We occasionally see Twilight doubting herself, but the episode spends relatively little time on that, and in the second half Twilight's friends are once again sidelined. We know that the mane six have stood up to authority figures in the past, and we know they believe in second chances, so it's hard to accept Starlight needing to set them straight. Ultimately, it turns out the Pony of Shadows used to be a friend of the Pillars by the name of Stygian, and that he and the Pillars both came to believe the other had betrayed them. The theme of misunderstandings which many episodes this season have followed comes to fruition here, but while Stygian is immediately sympathetic, neither he nor the Pillars are developed enough for this climax to have much emotional effect. We learn about Stygian almost entirely through exposition, and the Pillars themselves are given almost nothing in the way of characterization. Sunburst is present too, but he mostly serves as an extension of Twilight. And because the worldbuilding is so unimaginative, the large chunks of the episode dedicated to exposition very quickly become tiresome. At one point, the Pillars mention that they planted the Tree of Harmony, which is completely useless information because it explains very little about the Tree itself. Apparently they somehow imbued it with the forces they represent, but I never asked for the origin of the Elements, and it hardly explains why Twilight's cutie mark is on the tree. We still know nothing about how it actually works, so all the actual questions surrounding it remain unanswered. Plus, the map is shown to be able to locate not one but two other kinds of MacGuffins now, because of course it is. It's been awful for three seasons, so why should it stop now? Ultimately, the problem with the show's mythology is the problem with "Shadow Play." Rather than actually develop the world which exists, the showrunners like to just pile new aspects onto it while neglecting everything which came before. And that ultimately harms My Little Pony's world, which was initially one of the things which drew me to the show. When world is emphasized over character, you must have a good enough world to hold it up, and this show simply does not anymore. Combine that with a plot cribbed from earlier stories, and Starlight continuing to be bland while still taking over the story, and you've got the least exciting two-parter to date, even beating out the similarly dull "The Cutie Re-Mark." Score: Entertainment: 4/10 Characters: 5/10 Story: 4/10 Themes: 6/10 Overall: 48/100 P.S. This isn't fun for me any more. If season 8 is a big enough improvement, I might return, but for now, I'm officially retiring my My Little Pony reviews. I'm gonna give the Equestria Girls series and season 8 a shot, but I'm not committing to either of them, and I'm definitely not going to take the time to write at length. Still, I need some closure, so I'll make a few more posts in the weeks to come before I retire this blog. First, an overview of season 7 at large. Second, an updated list of the show's Top 10 Worst Episodes. Third, a list of my 26 favourite episodes in the show. Finally, I'll be uploading my to-date score sheet in all its incomplete glory, which I may or may not attempt to fill out during the hiatus. If you want more of my writing, you can always check out the main blog, and if you want to keep up with whatever Pony opinions I still have, I'll try to keep the score list updated, and you can follow me on Twitter. Until next time.
  10. Anyone wondering if the Pillars or old along with mane 6 multiversally accidentally send the pony of shadows to the human dimension, just like they did to the sirens. I would consider it a high probability.
  11. Note: There are unmasked spoilers for the S7 finale in this thread, so if you're weary of them, be careful! With the S7 finale revealed comes a "brand-new" villain. Back in Castle Mane-ia, we were introduced to the Pony of Shadows, though it was done primarily as a joke. Early speculation indicated this Pony of Shadow was Tirek, because the cloak from both figures looked identical. However, that's not the case, and the Pony of Shadows is his own entity. This opens to a lot of theories of who the PoS is, what he does, and what purpose he has. What are your theories of the Pony of Shadows? Please lay as many as possible. Don't be afraid to post a crackpot theory and run with it if you feel you can. Given the show's history, it might be there. I have five of them in mind. If not taking any of the comics prior to this season's tie-ins into account, he may've been responsible for Luna transforming into Nightmare Moon in the first place. He was able to channel her biggest insecurities and transform them into eventual jealousy and bitterness of Celly. The Pony of Shadows's real form is a generic pony. Every pony in this series is stylized to give it some character, but the PoS is the opposite and takes form after feeding on negative energy. To go into specifics with the negative energy, the Pillars of Magic trapped in Limbo each have a moment that eats them up so much they can't let go and truly rest in peace. The PoS takes advantage of their guilt by eating it to create shape and generate grand powers, some of which copycat the souls he victimizes. The only way they can defeat him is for them to finally let it go and put it behind them. The Pony of Shadows is able to trigger each of their biggest regrets. Think about how Sombra lays a trap in the Crystal Castle, where opening the door triggers their biggest fear at that moment. Instead of a dark object, the PoS himself triggers it whenever he can. This tactic humanizes our heroes further and makes the PoS look like an even eviler scumball than he already is. The Pony of Shadows is a Legend of Magic himself, one that went bad. The Legends arc seems to be tapping forth the eight magical items that Twilight stated in TCM, Part 2. If the PoS is a Legend of Magic, that'd make seven, one for each of the Mane ponies. Once you consider what Starlight did and how much she's overcome since Re-Mark, she may be able to channel in the PoS's biggest flaws and fears and see him as her. If it goes this route, I think it makes sense for the PoS to be redeemed, so the Pillars of Ancient Equestria can unite as one.
  12. So, what's everyone's theories for who the pony of shadows is? We know it was mentioned in castlemania, and we also know that its supposedly the villain of this season's finale. We also know that there's supposedly an image of him in the shadowlock arc, of a changeling looking alicorn demon. we also know that The Legends of magic series will possibly end with him being featured in the final issue. So what are you theories about who he is? it seems unlikely its going to end up being a piece of luna given what we've seen so far.
  13. ShootingStar159

    Spoiler Theory on the Finale

    What if Starswirl's unfinished masterpiece from Magical Mystery Cure was his attempt to defeat the Pony of Shadows, but he didn't have the time or ability to finish it? And since Twilight was able to finish it, she and her friends can use the power of their friendship to defeat it? Even if this isn't the case, I hope we get to see Starswirl and Twilight talk about the spell, and finally learn what it was supposed to do.
  14. So, this idea needs a lot of work and any plot holes or anything like that are because this is only starting to form. So, I was thinking, I really want the show to end with a big, game-changing finale in a similar vein to shows like Gravity Falls and Avatar: The Last Airbender, so me and my 8-year old sister have been discussing what the last ever MLP episode would be if it were up to us. It would be a three-parter, because there really is a lot to our idea. It would take too long to explain the plot, so I'm gonna go over each featured character and explain their arc. However, I will say the basic plot is that it is revealed that Celestia and Luna actually have a brother (let's call him TBA because we don't have a name tbh), who was meant to return from his banishment at the same time as Nightmare Moon (there's a twist - it's revealed that Luna turned evil because of TBA's power to do so and NOT because of jealousy). It has been four years at the time of this finale since Luna returned, so everyone is on red alert. Well, of course he does so (he's an allicorn and harbors extremely powerful magic and manipulation powers) and it's up to all these characters to stop him. Twilight Sparkle: - Helps to defeat TBA. Her and the rest of the Mane Six attempt to use the Elements of Harmony but they are useless against him At the end of Part 3, she becomes the new Princess of the Moon, taking Luna's place (read on and it'll make sense). Applejack: - It is revealed that there is an afterlife in the MLP universe and in that scene, she gets to finally see Pear Butter and Bright McIntosh again. Rainbow Dash: - Has been giving Scootaloo flying lessons for several months and with the help of Tirek (more of that later), she performs a sonic rainboom with her at one point. Fluttershy: - When TBA announces his plans to enslave other dimensions as well as Equestria (there may be an Equestria Girls link!!), Fluttershy immediately heads to Discord's and a romance between the pair is developed across the parts. Discord helps defeat TBA. Pinkie Pie: Don't know really. Rarity: She is forced to reject Spike when he finally confesses to her, but they remain friends. The CMC: We finally see them fight alongside The Mane Six They are the ones who fetch the Elements and there is a possible Timberwolf fight scene in the Everfree Forest when they do so. Princess Celestia: Is killed by TBA. Now, this sounds CRAZY, but hear me out: we see both Luna (who is also killed) and Celestia in the afterlife sequence, so they aren't completely gone. Princess Cadance: Becomes the new Princess of the Sun. Flurry Heart: All I'm gonna say is she is the key to defeating TBA. Tirek: Queen Chrysalis helps him break out of prison and they go to exact revenge on both Starlight Glimmer and the Mane Six; however, after Chrysalis is enslaved by TBA, he decides to join forces with the Mane Six. His power is what enables Cadance and Twilight to take Luna and Celestia's places, and enable Scootaloo to finally be equal to Rainbow Dash in flying!! Starlight Glimmer: Becomes the new Princess of Friendship!!! OTHER NOTES: Starswirl the Bearded is also the KEY to defeating TBA. I don't know how yet but there has to be something about him in there. G1 and G2 characters like the Seaponies Wavedancer and Seawinkle will make appearances.
  15. I just realize that Despite the fact that Josh Haber has written 3 two parters and a movie, he has never had a villain to call his own, Midnight Sparkle was a one-off thing at the end of Friendship Games, and M.A Larson originally wrote Starlight and Meghan originally wrote Chrysalis. Josh Haber did pretty good with both Chrysalis and Glimglam in my opinion, and while he seems to be a more controversial writer, I still think his track record is more great than bad. I really enjoyed Friendship games, the Cutie Remark is my favorite episode, To Where and Back Again is pretty good as well. One thing I think he does very well is character interactions, which is something that is usually very fun to watch with villains. He also was able to make Chryalis feel creepy and threatening, and Starlight feel imposing and powerful. Thinking of this makes me actually excited to see what he and Nicole Dubec do with The Pony of Shadows (if they really are the writers, which everything is pointing to them being the writers)
  16. So, its looks like haber might be back to have written the finale despite having gone over to work on skylanders for a while. thoughts?
  17. Since it won't be too long till the finale's synopsis, now might be the best time to theorize what the finale might be! Now it really might have something to do with Starlight, obviously, unless whatever's happening in the finale leads into the movie. But the way I see it, I thought of two different possibilities for this finale: 1. Starlight is destined to become a princess, but she doesn't want to, so she decides to leave Ponyville. That is, until she discovers the new big baddie (probably Grogar). That's as far as I got with that. 2. Grogar brainwashes Twilight into being his new servant, so now it's up to Starlight to stop him, and also try to get Twilight out of the spell she's on, by doing probably the same thing that happened in Friendship Games. Sunset was reformed by Twilight, and Sunset returns the favor; and now it is Starlight's turn! So those are my two theories. What do you think is gonna happen?
  18. I know there's a season seven coming. If it wasn't, they would've told us ahead of time, and Meghan said there's "six seasons as we know of". So if we're going to have a final season, it's probably either next season, or they'll more perhaps. I dunno, but there is going to be a final season, it should tie-up loose ends on the show. So what do you think the final season of MLP is going to be like? You could skip the rest of this post and comment if you like! The rest of this post is just gonna be my perspective of it! You know the drill if you know my posts! _________________________________________________________________________________ So each of the characters in the show should have some proper finale episodes before the very end of the show. There may, or there may not be just plain slice of life episodes, I wouldn't recommend it unless something's big happening at the same time. Let's start off with Rarity: I think one of her final episodes are going to involve her expanded boutiques; either can't keep track of them, or there is competition that's making her lose business. Probably some business involving Suri Polomare or something. Hopefully we could see Coco Pommel and Sassy Saddles again in an episode like this helping her out. Rarity has yet to have an episode about business rivals! I dunno what else to do with her though, except for one thing, but I'll get back to that later. Applejack's final episodes might involve some stuff from like, struggling to accept the fact that Apple Bloom is growing up and is possibly distancing from her family a little more than usual. Another thing could be sabotage by the Flim-Flam Bros; making the Apple family apples all poisonous or rotten. Perhaps we could also learn about AJ's parents too! See, that's three episodes for her already in the final season! For Pinkie Pie, perhaps her big finale episode would be about Mr. and Mrs. Cake wanting to move their business to a bigger city for more business opportunities, but that means they can't live in Ponyville anymore, so they give Sugarcube Corner to Pinkie Pie to run on her own. It would be nice to see how that turns out, and how much she would miss the Cakes' and their babies! Perhaps another episode would be a bit like A Friend in Deed, where no matter hard Pinkie tries, she cannot make a friend with one particular pony, and doesn't, so she has to learn to just accept it in the end. They kinda ruined that opportunity in A Friend in Deed, but they replaced it with a dumb moral about friends wanting to be left alone. Another episode featuring Pinkie's family would be nice too, or another episode with Cheese Sandwich! For Rainbow Dash, obviously, they wrap up her Wonderbolts arc. Giving Rainbow and even her team the biggest Wonderbolt challenge of their lives - an actual battle of some sort, or a mission involve infiltration or something; and then in the end, Spitfire would do something very heroic to get her to be promoted into being a Wonderbolt General, and then she gives her former captain status to Rainbow Dash! Another cool arc wrap-up would be one more Daring Do episode about Daring Do getting a movie, and seeing how AK Yearling, Rainbow, Twilight, or even Quibble Pants reacts to it! Yunno how some new Hollywood movies these days ruin classic contents. Other Rainbow stories could involve something to do with Gilda, or something to do with Scootaloo! For Fluttershy, I thought a great final episode to wrap up the Discord arc would be Discord making friends with Zephyr Breeze, and they get along even better than Discord and Fluttershy do themselves! Something else could be Fluttershy standing up to Angel, scaring him into becoming a good bunny, but it makes her feel uncomfortable that he's so nice and hospitable to the point where he's changed. Also perhaps she could have an episode about saving Rainbow Dash's life, and Rainbow fears for her ego. I got one other thing for her, but I'll tell you it in a sec! Now for the Cutie Mark Crusaders, obviously their final episode could be something that involves their biggest cutie mark challenge ever! Like helping an adult blank-flank pony get their cutie mark! Also seeing Babs Seed in Manehattan with her CMCs would be very nice to see before the show ends! Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo having a couple of episodes of their own would be nice too; like maybe Scootaloo getting over her fear of not being able to fly, or finally being able to fly! Either Scootaloo finds out the reason she doesn't know how to fly (that might involve her parents never being around, causing her pegasus magic to drain), or maybe she meets another pegasus that can't fly either, so she knows she's not the only one! One or the other has to happen - either she learns how to fly, or she meets another pony that can't fly either so she's not alone. For Spike, now of course we have to see Ember again! Perhaps Ember helps Spike out in reuniting with his family finally, and find out the reason why Celestia found his egg in the first place! Perhaps he would be forced to make a choice between his biological family, or his adopted family! That would be an awesome final Spike episode! Plus it could also be the episode where Fluttershy finally gets over her fear of dragons! It could be a Spike-Fluttershy episode; I've been wanting that since the series premiere! Perhaps something else would be finally to wrap up his crush on Rarity. Face it, either it happens or it doesn't. If it's not gonna happen, then perhaps the best course of action is for Spike to officially give up his crush on Rarity, but still be really good friends though! As for Twilight... well... every season there is something new for her, so I got nothing! For some of the side-characters, it would be nice having to know Zecora's backstory finally, perhaps find out what Starlight is up to after this season if she doesn't join the mane cast (which I doubt is gonna happen anyway), maybe a Cheese Sandwich vs. Rara episode, one more BG pony episode like Slice of Life... anything is possible! When season 6 ends, perhaps I can share a fanmade season 7 summary in a final-season sort of way, and maybe the events of the season 7 finale could lead up to the movie, and then end the series! Or the series might continue - it depends! So, yeah, feel free to share what you want the final season to be like!
  19. So, do you think the finale for this season will air before the movie comes out, or do you think it'll end up being pushed back past the movie's air date?
  20. Jonny Music

    Special Twitch Announcement!

    Come join me on #Twitch as I host the Final Episode of this epic #SuperMarioGalaxy Live Let's Play series on July 19th @ 7 PM EDT. Can't wait to be with you guys. #RoadToOdyssey http://www.twitch.tv/jonnygames007
  21. In season 7 episode 3 we heard a tale about Grogar. Forshadowing? Finale? What do you guys think?
  22. Sunny Fox

    Jack vs Aku – Part Two (Episode CI)

    And here, at long, long last, we are: the final episode of Samurai Jack. When last we left him, it seemed Jack had finally been beaten by the shapeshifting Master of Darkness… and Daddy’s Little Destroyer. Let’s see how this all pans out… What Happens Throughout the land, all the various peoples and groups that Jack had encountered gather around their viewing devices in dread, because Aku is making an announcement. Aku uses the opening from previous seasons to preface his gloating. Then Aku himself appears, showing off the captured Samurai Jack and his sword. In order to break the spirit of his subjects for all time, he is broadcasting live his final victory in finishing off Jack… if only he could decide quite how to do this momentous event just right… Jack pleads with Akushi to fight, but it seems to have no effect, and Aku finally decides to let her have the honour of killing his defeated enemy. However, before the final blow is struck, the armies of every group still able to put up a fight attack Aku’s tower. In the ensuing battle, Jack is blasted free. He tries to get the sword while Aku is distracted by the others, but Akushi stops him. While able to inconvenience Aku to a degree, the armies of good are unable to actually do any significant damage, and Aku even starts using his evil to create an army of his own. Things seem to be looking bleak for our heroes, but then the Scotsman’s ghost arrives with the red-haired, reindeer-riding cavalry! Scotland! F*ck yeah! Using a set of mystical ghostly bagpipes to transport his daughters through the sky, and to launch an attack powerful enough to affect Aku himself, the Scotsman reunites with Jack, naming each of his daughters and offering Jack his pick. I think the last one’s name is Ovalylongag… Jack demurs and shows the Scotsman his new girlfriend… but, said girlfriend still being a black blob of Aku’s evil at this point, the Scotsman is less than impressed. Aku, frustrated by the attacks on him, launches himself into the sky and rains down spears of darkness, to devastating effect. The armies of good are being routed, until the Scotsman uses his bagpipes to create a shield, and even destabilize Akushi. Jack is caught inside Akushi's roiling black blob, and struggles to reach Ashi, who is still fighting the ocean of darkness. It seems like they will lose the struggle, and Jack desperately shouts to Ashi that he loves her. Ejected from Akushi, Jack lands flat on his back, and Akushi begins to choke him to death. (Now there’s an erotic asphyxiation meme waiting to happen.) Then her hold on his throat loosens as Ashi, empowered by Jack’s confession of love, manages to overcome the evil, reverting to her black catsuit look. Aku orders her to kill Jack again, but this time she is in control and denies Aku as her father. He attacks and she fights back with the same powers that Aku has, like eyebeams and shapeshifting. It seems her victory over Aku’s compulsion hasn’t severed her access to his powers. All his powers… as Jack and Ashi both quickly realize, that includes time travel! Ashi stretches her arm to grab and return Jack’s sword. Then she uses her screech powers to make a portal back to the past and, as Aku realizes with despair, it’s one he can’t interfere with or destroy. Back in the past, the initial fight between the as-yet-nameless Samurai and Aku plays out as before, with Aku sending him into the future… however, Jack and Ashi arrive back in the following moment. Aku chokes out what will turn out to be his final words, “You’re back already?!” as Jack wastes no time using his sword to cut down, trap and then destroy Aku once and for all. Soon after, all the people the Samurai trained growing up, as well as all the citizens of the Empire, are gathering for his wedding to Ashi. As she walks down the aisle towards him, she suddenly stumbles and collapses. Jack runs to embrace her, as she tells him what is happening: since Aku was killed in the past, he never donated his evil essence to the Cult in the future and thus Ashi was never born. She fades away, leaving Jack clutching her empty wedding kimono. The disconsolate Jack rides his horse through a misty gloomy forest. He sits down by a tree and mourns. A ladybug lands on his hand, and he slowly smiles with renewed hope and lets it fly away, as the sun comes out and lights up the same trees that Future!Aku had destroyed. The screen fades to black as the title “Episode CI” lingers. So beautiful, it almost makes me forget the writers tearing my heart out and stomping on it... Thoughts on the Episode And thus the curtain falls on Samurai Jack. It’s been a long ride, with many ups and downs. I’m glad that we got this final Season to resolve Jack’s story, but… sob… They killed Kenny ret-goned Ashi! You bastards! In a way, I admire the sheer brass testicles / ovaries of the writers that led them to go this route, but… why? Why can’t we have nice things?! I didn’t think something like this would happen, really, even given how dark Season 5 could get. This… this was just mean-spirited. And it’s not like it was a necessary consequence of time travel, either. You can’t simply resolve the grandfather paradox by erasing Ashi. If Ashi didn’t exist, Jack would never have gone back to the past, thus wouldn’t have been able to kill Aku and thus make Ashi not exist. (I’m not going to do the cross-eyed joke! I’m not in the mood.) And then there’s the fact that Jack still remembers her… unless the ending scene is meant to imply that the memory of her faded away eventually, just as she did – unlikely with the way the scene was shot and how Jack’s expressions were shown, but still something your mileage could vary on. Speaking of delayed-reaction reordering of timelines, that’s another weird thing… why did it take so long for Ashi to be affected? Just so that the timing could be even more sucky for our poor hero? Dick move, writers, dick move. I mean, I can understand making the artistic choice they did, but I really did want Ashi to get her happy ending with Jack. I'm just really sad I didn't get to see my prediction come true... instead, heartbreak. But I'll live. If I were able to rewrite the ending, it would go like this… Jack and Ashi arrive in the past the moment BEFORE the Samurai gets sent to the future. Jack and the Samurai team up to take out Aku, and kill him with a super-cool double magical sword strike. As Aku dies, Ashi feels Aku’s evil leave her, as before, but as Jack tries to help her up, their hands go through each other. Jack and Ashi realize that preventing the Samurai from going to the future in the first place means they, the second copy of the sword, and the future timeline of Aku’s reign (coincidentally, virtually the entire series itself) all will cease to exist. After taking a short time to explain to the Samurai what would have happened, they start to fade away. Jack and Ashi redeclare their love for each other and share a final kiss as they fade out of existence, saddened but consoled by the fact that they are leaving existence together. The Samurai revels in his victory over Aku and the celebrations begin. Jump ahead a while, the Samurai is married, with a new born heir being held by the new Empress, wife and mother… who just happens to look a lot like Ashi. Bam! Perfect happy ending… Ashi still goes out, but now so does Jack, who now never had to suffer those 50 years of despair. We can still have our victory at a price without leaving the hero to suffer alone. Since the Samurai was never affected by Aku’s time travel, he ages perfectly normally, thus removing the question mark over whether or not Jack is still immortal. The Prophecy of the Guardian’s time portal is also resolved by never actually having happened, so the inconsistency of Jack’s older appearance in that vision vs the events of Season 5 is reconciled. All tied up with a neat bow, thank you very much! It’s such a pity the writers didn’t consult me, I coulda set them straight… sigh. Other thoughts: So in the end, the Guardian was apparently killed by Aku. I had hoped we might see him one last time… even if it were merely a flashback to witness the battle between them. Seeing the various friends Jack had made reappear en masse makes his absence even more notable. At least the Scotsman got his chance to shine and reunite with Jack. Oh, the irony… Aku managed to destroy all the time portals, yet still sowed the seeds of his own destruction by “blessing” the Cult of Aku. This lead not only to Ashi being born, meeting Jack and helping him regain his determination to destroy Aku, but also equipped her with the exact necessary power to negate all his efforts at preventing Jack’s return to the past. Add in the fact that he could have won if he had simply done to Jack what he did to the Scotsman a few episodes earlier and the Pie of Irony is complete, ready to throw in Aku’s flaming-eyebrows, fang-mouthed face. Heh. Overall, Season 5 has been a fun but bumpy ride. I give you my thanks for joining me on this journey. I may or may not write a review of the whole of the season/series at a later time, and I think I should probably start on FiM Season 7 like I’ve been saying I’ll do for the past couple of months. Please look forward to it, and join me again in the future. In the meantime, feel free to give your own perspectives in the comments. How did you feel about how the season wrapped up? Do you think my ending would have been better? (Because I do.) What did you enjoy most about the season? What did you enjoy least? Share your thoughts. And until the next time we meet, stay sunny side up!