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The action, the suspense, the mystery and plot twists! That's what this episode was about. Okay, maybe not that much, but it totally felt like it was a Daring Doo Scooby Doo X Equestria Girls crossover. There even was a talking dog named ScooSpike, who likes to eat, duh!

Seriously though, it was a nice episode, can't really complain.

 

Plot: It really felt like it was an episode from Scooby Doo. Not sure if references were intended, but they were visible. Nevertheless it was good enough. There was action and tons of explosions! The whole volcano collapsed, duh!!! This episode was less focused on the Magic of Friendship - it was pretty generic. Equestrian magic still feels kinda out of place, but at least the science hasn't go too far. The ending was less obvious, though still cliche, but well, that's what MLP is all about, so can't complain! ;) 

Episode focuses on: Each character had their moments and it all was nicely balanced.

Songs: None

 

So generally, I liked the episode. :) 

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It was a really fun episode and I liked it a bit more than the last one. Liked the Power Ponies cameo(also, skin tight spandex and high heels, go nuts fanartists :p), and the episode had tons of great dorky moments for RD and Twilight. Also like how it sets up mirror magic, the next EQG short.

Something I noticed is how both shorts involve Camp Everfree

I wonder if it's gonna be more important going forward

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16 minutes ago, Rikifive said:

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The action, the suspense, the mystery and plot twists! That's what this episode was about. Okay, maybe not that much, but it totally felt like it was a Daring Doo Scooby Doo X Equestria Girls crossover. There even was a talking dog named ScooSpike, who likes to eat, duh!

Seriously though, it was a nice episode, can't really complain.

 

Plot: It really felt like it was an episode from Scooby Doo. Not sure if references were intended, but they were visible. Nevertheless it was good enough. There was action and tons of explosions! The whole volcano collapsed, duh!!! This episode was less focused on the Magic of Friendship - it was pretty generic. Equestrian magic still feels kinda out of place, but at least the science hasn't go too far. The ending was less obvious, though still cliche, but well, that's what MLP is all about, so can't complain! ;) 

Episode focuses on: Each character had their moments and it all was nicely balanced.

Songs: None

 

So generally, I liked the episode. :) 

Where exactly did you see the short in its entirety in order to review it?

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34 minutes ago, Whompy Whomperson said:

It was a really fun episode and I liked it a bit more than the last one. [...]

Yeah, I think I agree. ^_^ 

35 minutes ago, Whompy Whomperson said:

Something I noticed is how both shorts involve Camp Everfree

I wonder if it's gonna be more important going forward

True - some people were wondering when exactly these episodes take place. I think it's now safe to say, that it's totally after Legend of Everfree, the 4th movie.
Perhaps they'll come back there? It's a good place for some action after all, so you'll never know! ^_^ 

 

31 minutes ago, WiiGuy2014 said:

Where exactly did you see the short in its entirety in order to review it?

In Poland (where I live), it was aired in TV today's morning, but I didn't manage to watch it, so I did that on Dailymotion. :P

Besides that, I'm really not sure how things look like. There's a version with English subtitles though.

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52 minutes ago, Whompy Whomperson said:

Something I noticed is how both shorts involve Camp Everfree

I wonder if it's gonna be more important going forward

Well, in the first special the girls were earning money for repairs and now saving the camp was the reason why they got invited to the movie set. I assume they are planning on drivng to the camp to give Timber the money in the next special.

 

Anyways ~

The special was fun, even if Juniper's reasons were stupid. 

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Rather fun, better than the first one. I enjoyed that, rather than having a generic "Everyone makes up and becomes friends" ending like with the shadowbolts it tackled juniper's actions a little better and went with a "Yes, I forgive you, but GET OFF MY STUDIO LOT" ending, so there was still repercussions for being a douche.

Loved the power ponies reference due to being a huge PP fan, and the nostalgic costumes were good. I think I'll like pinkie alot better with her english VA, as I found alot of her actions, like sticking the pudding in her hair funny.

 

 

On that note: GOOD LORD is dash the most useless of the mane seven with her powers-- can't even catch someone like 20 feet away with super speed and then during the chase montage forgets about her speed :P Not to mention in LOE her big contribution was getting thrown into the other 4.

 

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Power Ponies in the human world? How come :dash: ? Loved the Daring Do movie is about the Thief of Marapoore, ONE OF THE DEFICTIONALIZED DARING DO BOOKS :squee:> Speaking of defictionalized Daring Do books, I WANT MORE OF THEM :angry:

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54 minutes ago, Steve Piranha said:

Power Ponies in the human world? How come :dash: ? Loved the Daring Do movie is about the Thief of Marapoore, ONE OF THE DEFICTIONALIZED DARING DO BOOKS :squee:> Speaking of defictionalized Daring Do books, I WANT MORE OF THEM :angry:

Yeah, it seems like the daring do books kind of hit a brick wall after the third; might have something to do with the brony fandom losing alot of its momentum around that time, sadly >.<

 

Its too bad, as they seem to have been building up to some sort of giant arc for the books with the third one (humorously, the mane six seem hilariously smalltime compared to there being a giant cabal of unicorn magicians gathering up and protecting magical artifacts around the world like the books implied)

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18 hours ago, Unlikeable Pony said:

"Yes, I forgive you, but GET OFF MY STUDIO LOT"

Just wait until Juniper becomes a serious villain. :D 

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I can smell the desire to revenge...:love:

 

18 hours ago, Unlikeable Pony said:

GOOD LORD is dash the most useless of the mane seven with her powers-- can't even catch someone like 20 feet away with super speed and then during the chase montage forgets about her speed :P

Heh, that also caught my attention. :P 

 

9 hours ago, Steve Piranha said:

Power Ponies in the human world? How come :dash: ? Loved the Daring Do movie is about the Thief of Marapoore, ONE OF THE DEFICTIONALIZED DARING DO BOOKS :squee:> Speaking of defictionalized Daring Do books, I WANT MORE OF THEM :angry:

Daring Doo and Power Ponies references wrapped in a Scooby-Doo-like episode. That was interesting to see. ^_^ 

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7 hours ago, Rikifive said:

Just wait until Juniper becomes a serious villain. :D 

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I can smell the desire to revenge...:love:

 

Well, this Saturday we'll get that, though not really feeling like she'll be done justice simply due to time constraints.
Unless Starlight/Sunset's special is a full 66 minute one compared to the others, they'll be hard pressed to do much justice to her as a character since we'll have to have sunset returning to equestria, getting starlight, ect. for plotlines as well as Juniper's mirror revenge thing(And on that note, going to be rather pissed if the other 2 specials are 22 minute ones but Starlight's special is a super massive one >.<)

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On 5/23/2017 at 0:36 AM, Unlikeable Pony said:

Yeah, it seems like the daring do books kind of hit a brick wall after the third; might have something to do with the brony fandom losing alot of its momentum around that time, sadly >.<

 

Its too bad, as they seem to have been building up to some sort of giant arc for the books with the third one (humorously, the mane six seem hilariously smalltime compared to there being a giant cabal of unicorn magicians gathering up and protecting magical artifacts around the world like the books implied)

Damn right, after building-up for a whole new arc left me with more of Daring Do. I just hope that the upcoming Daring Done is not an excuse to stop making new Daring Do books:dry: 

 

I've realized something: where's Sushi Sunny :huh: ?

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Toys only.

 

 

On another note... So it looks like Sunset gets sucked into the Mirror just like everyone else in this one :/

I know it might not be the place for such discussion, but it looks like we're in for another "Starlight glimmer is the sole one who can save the others after they're captured" plot.

 

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This and Dance Magic, I liked.

 

Mirror Magic, not so much.

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Edit: Sorry, had two tabs open and posted in the wrong thread >.<

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I actually liked this one a lot more than "Dance Magic." It actually has funny jokes and solid character moments! Needs character development and a better plot, but definitely a step in the right direction, and if Equestria Girls becomes a series, this shows a lot of promise for it. Quite enjoyable.

Full review on my blog.

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I thought that this special was also pretty entertaining.

Rainbow Dash and Twilight got to be adorkable, the film studio setting was pretty cool, and it seems to me that the franchise is ready for its own TV series now.

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Like the first special, I really enjoyed this one. A lot of callbacks to movies like the Indiana Jones movies, and having the girls dressed up like the Power Ponies with Sunset as their arch-enemy Mane-iac. Juniper may have been simply jealous of Chestnut being given the part of Daring Do and eating her favorite candy bars, but that was no reason to do what she did just for her uncle to give her the role instead. Now as a result, she's barred from returning to the studio lot, and she blames the Rainbooms for ruining her chance at stardom. Not a bad way to lead into the third special with her wanting revenge on them. Plus, since Rainbow and Twilight convinced the rest of the Rainbooms to wear their geodes from now on, that might have been a bad choice given what will happen in the third special with Juniper.

This special gets a 9.5, possibly a 10/10 rating from me.

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I liked Movie Magic. I liked the story and enjoyed the chase scenes. I also liked Juniper and enjoyed the other characters as well.

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Equestria Girls "Movie Magic" special in a nutshell:

 

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Finally got around to watching this special despite the current circumstances afflicting my life right now. I immediately recognized the obvious Scooby Doo references and being a casual fan of that franchise made me happy to see Equestria Girls doing its own spin on it. The Power Ponies reference was something I saw via a screenshot yet I didn't think they would actually go that long with it--Sunset being the Mane-iac was somewhat unexpected as I had hoped she would have become her own character. I also thought the movie they were seeing being made was Power Ponies and not Daring Do but I can live with that easily. Juniper's presence in the special was definitely unexpected for me yet it does explain why she chooses to get revenge according to the synopsis of Mirror Magic.

It took me until the final five minutes to figure out what had been going on though there were obvious signs much sooner that I neglected to consider, and I also liked how they just activate their magic by touching the magical geodes--nice Legend of Everfree reference--in addition to them suggesting they should wear them at all times in case they ever need them. A shame A.K. Yearling didn't show up in person and was instead reduced to being referred to by other characters. She would have made for an interesting plot twist of some kind though what I don't know. Movie Magic definitely has flaws much like Dance Magic yet I feel the former embraced the culture of Equestria Girls and even the show in a few places. I would definitely watch both again many times over.

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Really liking these EG episodes. This one serves to set up the final act  and does it really well.

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Overall, this episode seems essentially to be Equestria Girls: Scooby-Doo Edition, with a mystery to solve and a villain with unknown identity (until the conclusion of the episode) to chase around. So since I'm not a particular fan of Scooby-Doo, this episode didn't do much to hold my interest, even as it's probably better than "Dance Magic". While there's plenty of running around the lot and chasing the shadowy figure, it seems there are very few clues in the episode that actually point to the identity, motive, or plans of the villain prior to the big reveal. Additionally, I found the director too hapless and histrionic to really relate to or sympathize with.

However, there were some good bits of the episode. It's nice to see Rainbow and Sci-Twi bonding over and fangirling about Daring Do, and to see Sci-Twi stepping up to do the end-of-episode piecing together of the solution to the mystery (even though there's not much to explain). Both of these serve to give Sci-Twi a bit more personality and purpose. It's kind of fun to see the Mane Seven and Spike as the Equestria Girls equivalent of the Power Ponies and the Mane-iac, although the set-up for how that happened is a bit ridiculous. And it's cool that the Mane Seven get to be extras in an actual Daring Do movie, and are pretty easily identifiable in the shots for the movie.

I don't have any other big-picture points to talk about, so I'll just go to my miscellaneous observations, in episode order:

Fluttershy wants to meet Chestnut Magnifico in order to ask her to sign Fluttershy's petition to bring more bird feeders to Canterlot High. But to whom is the petition addressed? The student council? The school board? Why should either of those be swayed by a celebrity (particularly one who doesn't seem obviously connected with the school) signing the petition?

Juniper Montage says that she brings her uncle coffee, and later in the episode she's sent on a smoothie run, both of which seem like jobs for a lowly assistant who's not in charge of anything. Yet Juniper has keys for "just about every door in this place". Is that because of Canter Zoom's nepotism in action?

Also, looking at Juniper's key ring, "just about every door in this place" only amounts to six doors, apparently.

Pinkie and Spike apparently ate all of the imported peanut butter praline crunch bars on the buffet. I'm a bit surprised that, as one-off (and not terribly important) guests, they're allowed to eat from the buffet at all. But if they are, I would think that they would have the common courtesy not to clean out the buffet of any particular food, especially since the buffet was not set up for them in the first place. So their eating all the crunch bars (and running away when they might get in trouble for it) seems like a selfish and jerk move on their part.

In "Legend Of Everfree", Rainbow was apparently able to run from the camp back to town in a matter of seconds, and yet, in this episode, she can't run fast enough to catch the shadowy figure who was just in sight a couple of seconds ago?

How long has the apparently real pudding been sitting out in the open on the set of "Stormy With A Side With Pudding"? If I were Pinkie, I wouldn't eat it for fear of it having spoiled.

I'm not sure how a net lightly thrown over the Mane Seven except for Rainbow would stop them for more than a few seconds.

With the amount of pudding Rainbow apparently stepped in and tracked behind her, it's a good thing she didn't slip and fall while running at super speed.

What kind of closet doors are made such that they can be locked from the outside and not opened from the inside? Wouldn't they be designed not to do that precisely so that people couldn't accidentally lock themselves in the closet, as Rainbow was in the episode?

I don't know what clues or logic would have led Sci-Twi or the rest of them to know where to catch Juniper moving the relics again. Even if they suspected Juniper had taken them, how would they have known where exactly she had taken them in order to catch her in the act of moving them?

The scene in which the Mane Seven are acting as extras looks like a stereotypical Middle Eastern marketplace, and most of the other extras look Arabic, so I wonder whether the Mane Seven would stick out as unnatural for the setting.

Finally, what would be the explanation in the universe of the Daring Do movie for why Rainbow would have Daring Do's whip and be on hand to toss it to her? What character is Rainbow supposed to be?

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I think Dance Magic is better than Movie Magic. Yeah....

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Good evening everypony, and welcome back to yet another edition of "Batbrony Reviews"!  Tonight I'll be looking at the three recent EQG "shorts" (only in the sense that rather than feature length films they were simply episode-length affairs) "Dance Magic," "Movie Magic," and "Mirror Magic."  These will all be included in one review since, unlike my normal fare, the reviews for all three of these should be considerably shorter.  Without further ado, let's dive in, this is "Equestria Girls: 'Dance Magic,' 'Movie Magic,' and 'Mirror Magic'."!!!

"Dance Magic"

The first one of these was easily my least favorite, despite some WILDLY entertaining bits to it.  "Dance Magic" was like if you took the first EQG movie and condensed all of its problems and positives into a 22 minute episode; wildly entertaining and fun in some moments, but mind numbingly stupid in others.  The plus side is that Rarity actually got featured here, and as far as her performance goes, she was spot on.  Tabitha could do this role in her sleep at this point and any "Rarity moments" were pretty much perfect; Human Rarity crying on a fainting couch in her room, eating ice cream when she was sad and making sad-nomming noises, just getting WONDERFULLY over-the-top whenever she got in a mood, I loved all of that start to finish.  Rebecca Shoichet got to sing at one point as Sunset and, even though I couldn't have cared less about the song itself (and neither did Daniel Ingram from the way it sounded, seriously, sounded like he churned that thing out in an afternoon, if that), hearing Rebecca sing in her normal singing voice is ALWAYS a joy, I mean, just wowwwwwwww her voice is gorgeous.  It was cool that they were continuing on from "Legend of the Everfree" by having the girls raise money for Camp Everfree to fix it up, I really did like that detail.  Besides that and the fact that the voice cast in general is always a joy to listen to, I didn't really dig much else.

For starters, for the first half, Rarity was... kind of stupid.  Like, take her naivety in "Rarity Takes Manehattan" (a FAR superior showing compared to this, and behavior which is far more forgivable in the context of that episode) and amplify it times ten.  I mean, she goes and straight up blurts what she plans on doing for this music video contest to girls who she not only knows WILL be competing against them, but have been... well, for lack of a better way of putting it, kind of bitchy in the past (while I'm on the subject of the Crystal Prep girls, WHERE THE BUCK WAS THE RAINBOW DASH/LIGHTNING DUST CANTERLOT PREP DOPPLEGANGER???  There were supposed to be five of them but there were only four, where the buck did she disappear off to, seriously???).  I have no idea why she thought that was a good idea for one moment.  To be fair she fesses up that it was her fault later on, so she at least realizes her error, but that doesn't excuse how stupid it was.  In the second half, it was the rest of the girls who were kind of idiotic.  They kept throwing out ridiculously stupid ideas for the music video, and I get that they were just trying to lighten the mood, EXCEPT this was not just money they were trying to win just for themselves, THIS was money they were trying to raise for bucking Camp Everfree, SO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY GIRLS, especially after you blew all the money you'd already raised on costumes for the music video!  Not to mention that the girls decided for some reason that they NEEDED to use their Equestria-horse anthro powers (whatever)... for the music video.  I will never like those anthro designs, but I am at a point where I can accept the girls using those powers when they need to, but this????  This hardly seems like a situation that calls for those powers at all.  The ending was also ridiculously telegraphed; it's not like MLP isn't oftentimes somewhat predictable in where episodes are going, but usually the execution of it isn't.  You can often see where an episode will end up, but not usually how it will.  Here, the second I heard stuff like that the prize was TWICE as much as they needed for Camp Everfree, and that the Crystal Prep girls were trying to raise money for their school dance (which, I'm sorry, I don't really care about that "plight," their gym can't be all that bad when Crystal Prep is a super exclusive private school, so I can't imagine it'd be an awful place to have a dance, even if it wasn't a yacht), I knew that the two groups were going to join forces to earn the prize and split it 50/50, and lo and behold whaddya know, THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED!  So yeah, like I said, this was the first EQG movie condensed into a 22 minute episode in terms of quality.  Entertaining in certain spots, but very mehhhhh overall because it didn't really feel like something that the DHX crew cared about making, it felt like something they might have assigned to new hires or even interns just to do or as a first time project.  I'm not trying to be overly critical, it's just not particularly good, and if that's what an EQG show would ever look like... yeah, sorry, I'll pass on that.

"Movie Magic"

"Movie Magic" was better than "Dance Magic," but oddly more forgettable, probably because there was as little to love as there was to hate in it.  The best way I can describe it is that it was essentially an MLP episode meets Scooby Doo, no joke, I'm not even kidding.  The Humane 7 "gang" basically has to solve a mystery of some sort (not a particularly good one, again, like "Dance Magic" the ending was terribly telegraphed), which mostly Sci-Twi and Rainbow tackle.  I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of "movie-studio" episodes in kids show, or when cartoons depict movie productions, they just feel a little... too close to the showmakers' actual culture, like, you know they're a part of this culture so they're going to be super tongue in cheek about a lot of stuff.  That kind of happened here, with the usual cliches like a drama queen actress being bitchy for a lot of the episode, a jealous assistant/relative of the director, and all types of "whacky" sights on set.  Seen it before, never been a big fan of it before, and not really a fan of it here.  I will admit that I kind of liked the director since he didn't come off as a jerk, just a nice guy who genuinely was really stressed out and had a lot on his hands to juggle (his tearing apart his niece at the end after she got caught was pretty satisfying too).  Same with when it first got brought up in "Dance Magic," I am REALLY not a fan of Daring Do and A.K. Yearling pretty much existing in the exact same way in the human MLP world as they do in Equestria, that just seems... forced.  Like, I can accept a lot of the parallels between the two worlds, but that is REALLY starting to stretch it, as is the idea that Rainbow Dash is the super fan of her here as well.  Having there be human counterparts is one thing, but making them virtually identical in how they behave AND what has happened to them in critical ways, that's another.  Granted, even that didn't bother me as much as the Power Ponies bit.  In a bid just to put them in some superhero costumes (a very lazy excuse for doing so if you ask me) the girls stumble onto a superhero movie set and it turns out to be for... Power Ponies.  Like, no joke, the director says POWER PONIES!!!  WHY???  Why are they called that in this world???  There's absolutely nothing about them that looks or screams ponies in this world!  I know that a lot of the pony puns have carried over from Equestria to this world, but the Power Ponies one makes no bucking sense.  So ya wanna know why it exists?  Because the writers didn't want to come up with a new name because they cared more about just getting the girls into the costumes to begin with to make them look more interesting.  The final scene where the girls got to be in the film was pretty entertaining, but overall, while this was technically better than "Dance Magic," it was, like I said, something I'll barely be able to remember going forward.

"Mirror Magic"

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OK... wow.  Just... wow.  In all the right ways, I am VERY happy to say!  The bad news is that "Mirror Magic" is clearly the only one of these three that DHX gave a shit about or that any bronies should give a shit about.  The good news is that DHX gave a shit about it in ALL the right ways!  If "Dance Magic" is the episode equivalent of the first EQG film, then "Mirror Magic" is the episode equivalent of "Rainbow Rocks."  It's the only one REALLY worthy your time and has anything any of us have ever actually loved about the EQG movies.  Let's list them, shall we?

1.  Sunset Shimmer is the focus of "Mirror Magic," not any of the other Humane 7.  The Humane 7 (including Sci-Twi) may be human versions of our beloved Equestrian characters, but they are NOT the same characters as them and never have been.  The worst consequence of this is that we've never had the same connection to them as we do the pony versions, so they've never really served well as THE main characters of any EQG property.  Every time they're in the spotlight in a major way they feel like cardboard cutouts of their Equestrian counterparts, caricatures of them.  The less focus on that, the better.  Sunset Shimmer, on the other hand, has always been the most interesting character in any EQG property, bar none, and I am always happy to see anything EQG focused on her first and foremost.  It's a big reason that "Rainbow Rocks" is the best EQG movie to date, and as big of a reason that "Mirror Magic" is far and away the best of these episodes.  As a result of Sunset Shimmer being the focus, the rest of the Humane 7 fill the roles they're best suited for in EQG; supplemental supporting roles, and they're GREAT when they're like that!  They're not distracting, they still have some fun lines (Pinkie Pie was particularly good here), and they do just enough to help out overall without it feeling forced.  This is EQG in its wheelhouse and I have no idea why this is still hard for them to do.  I know they probably don't want to ALWAYS be focused on Sunset, but I'm sorry, she still remains the only actually interesting original character to this property with the only really interesting ideas to explore, ESPECIALLY because of her Equestrian origins.  Without the Equestrian ties (which none of the other girls have), all you're left with is a bunch of human knockoffs of our ponies, and that's no fun!

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If this were an actual "Ed, Edd, n' Eddy" reference, that'd be pretty bucking awesome

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Me every time Sunset Shimmer is the focus of EQG

2.  Sunset Shimmer meets Starlight Glimmer.  I REPEAT, SUNSET SHIMMER MEETS STARLIGHT GLIMMER AND IT IS PURE JOY AND OH MY GOSH HOW HAS THE WORLD NOT IMPLODED FROM THIS MUCH AWESOME?!?!?!

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Every brony when this happened

Wow, let me tell you, everything with these two was bucking perfection.  Sunset going back to Equestria was the true highlight of all of this, and I had not realized just how much I missed seeing her in pony form (especially since this is the first time we ever got to see her as a pony as a good character and not a villain).  Dear Lord did they take advantage of giving her "cross-dimensional" jet lag after being in the human world for so long.  Her standing on two pony legs (adorably), not remembering how to pick things up with her hooves and forgetting to use her magic until she remembered she had a horn, THAT was funny and kind of tragic on some levels.  She is increasingly getting out of touch with her Equestrian roots, and it made me even fear where her story is going.  I'm calling it right now, I think that the ultimate way they're going to ensure that magic doesn't keep leaking from Equestria into the human world is to cut off all ties to it (you just have to believe that Twilight's 24/7 portal is causing all kinds of magical imbalance shit leading to that), which will mean that at that point, Sunset has to decide between staying in the human world or going back to Equestria, and I have to believe she'd stay in the human world.  It'd be a tragic but fulfilling way for her to discover and fulfill her destiny, and I'd love it as much as I'd hate it on a sad level (mostly because we wouldn't get more pony Sunset, but also because she'd never get to come back to her home, unless of course they went with the whole "this is her true home now" angle, though she still seems to often miss Equestria and want at times to go back, so who knows what'll happen).  Anyways, besides that, her and Starlight hitting it off was adorable, Starlight coming back with her (behind Twilight's back no less) was even more adorable and hilarious, and the two essentially becoming "reformed-villains" besties was THE GREATEST!!!  I could keep going on and on, but seriously, just watch it for yourself, if you need any more convincing that this was amazing then you probably haven't seen enough of either of these characters to begin with.

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3.  ACTUAL MAGIC SHIT GOING ON THAT I GAVE A SHIT ABOUT!  OK, this magic mirror wasn't that interesting (although the idea of them being stuck in the mirror in that mirror limbo or disappearing into nothingness once it was destroyed was pretty creepy) but it was at LEAST some Equestrian stuff!  I didn't give two shits about their "problems" in the first two episodes because they were ALL human-world problems, no Equestrian stuff whatsoever.  This was at least an interesting issue at hoof with actual Equestrian roots.  Sure the villain wasn't that good (although I will say that Juniper Montage was AT LEAST a better villain than bucking Principal Cinch from "Friendship Games," and her reform was handled pretty well), but the mirror itself was pretty creepy overall.

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I can take the villain only so seriously when shit like THIS happens!

4.  A solid conclusion overall, with Starlight Glimmer doing a pretty bang up job convincing Juniper to give friendship and forgiveness a chance (with an especially fun and amusing joke from Pinkie Pie about just how many of their friends are reformed villains who've been forgiven).

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Pfffftttt, and this is why I bite my ice cream ^_^

It's pretty easy to see that this was the only one of these three episodes TRULY worth anyone's time, though the other two are worth seeing if only to get some context for this one as well as to see how much better "Mirror Magic" is than the other two.  I came away from this for the first time since "Rainbow Rocks" genuinely happy to actually accept EQG stuff as canon in the greater MLP universe.  Playing around with how you could connect the two worlds, giving as much of the spotlight to Sunset Shimmer and her story as you can, getting characters like Starlight involved, THIS is everything I want to see and more in EQG!  I wish they wouldn't run from stuff like this in other EQG stuff, but as long as there is even a promise of more spotlight being put on Sunset Shimmer, bring on more EQG, I say!!!  Other than that, not too much else to say.  That's all I've got for you, everypony, until next time this is Batbrony signing off!  I'm off!!! *cue dramatic exit* :muffins:

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The twist at the end was unexpected, and I liked the story a lot! The logic behind Twilight's conclusion was solid and she felt like a real detective. I think this episode's plot was way more complex and interesting than that of 'Rarity Investigates', which a lot of people(including me) liked. Although this episode lacks the nice moral that 'Rarity Investigates' had, I think this episode was just as good, or even better. :-P

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