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S02:E14 - The Last Roundup

  

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FINALLY an Applejack episode :lol: *Is pleased*

Applejack is second best pony :)

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I can't help but think how epic that one Pinkie Pie scene was (the one where Pinkie says "nopony breaks a Pinkie Promise!). Overall, good episode, liked how the rest of the Mane 6 tried to find out what was going on with Applejack.

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Why didn't apple apologize for breaking that pinkey promise, the episode would have been so much better

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Why didn't apple apologize for breaking that pinkey promise, the episode would have been so much better

Because of loophole abuse. She promised to reveal her secret at breakfast... she never promised she'd be AT breakfast.  :bedeyes:

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Does that mean you can break a pinkie promise whenever you find a loop hole, apple jack is the element of honesty, I like that the main six aren't perfect and they have trouble living up to their element, it makes them relateable but would it be too much to ask for applejack just to say "I'm sorry". What if she breaks another pinkie promise?

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Does that mean you can break a pinkie promise whenever you find a loop hole, apple jack is the element of honesty, I like that the main six aren't perfect and they have trouble living up to their element, it makes them relateable but would it be too much to ask for applejack just to say "I'm sorry". What if she breaks another pinkie promise?

Why are pinkie promises any more binding than ordinary promises? Applejack thought she could get away with it. Of course, Pinkie didn't entirely buy it, and nor should we the audience, but for Applejack, it was "ends justifying the means".

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I guess I kind of understand, people act strange when they feel under the pressure, as long as she doesn't break another one, and if she does as long as she apologizes , then that's fine, I just woulnt like the element of honesty breaking 2 pinkie promises or any promises.

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now that episode left me curious. wonder where did applejack disappear off to...? :catface:

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No offense, but it was very boring... :/

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This episode was pretty funny.

Plus Pinkie Pie was really great in this episode.

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I could go on forever about all the nuance in the margins of this, probably, especially with regards to Rainbow Dash, who is almost as great as Applejack here. She seems to consider Applejack's decision not to return as some sort of betrayal, and takes it very personally - that "element of loyalty" thing is shown off very clearly here. She also gets particularly intense in the chase scene, which to me seems to be directly related to how upset she is about Applejack not coming back. At the end, the way she "acts all mushy" is one of the earliest cracks in her "tough" image - and one of the first steps towards her shedding it entirely and becoming much more comfortable with being "uncool." 

 

Of course, she's not as great as Applejack, because AJ here is better than most characters in most episodes. Her fear of disappointing others is really deep, and her character arc here has almost an epic scope. She stakes her pride on her win, but she also bases the hopes of her hometown on it. Whether she's happy with her performance is irrelevant; what matters is that those back home are proud of her. That promise to donate the prize money only solidifies that, and while simple lesson episodes are nice, grounding a character's flaws and fears in something understandable and even relatable makes for some of the best conflicts in the show. Applejack is motivated by shame and pride, placing the weight of the town on her shoulders far more than is necessary. The financial motivation seems less important than that of shame, because it's the shame alone which prevents her from telling her friends about it. She can't allow herself to fail, and the stubbornness which defines her is seen in how she ignores how her actions are affecting her friends. Fantastic. 

 

The episode is fast paced, not only because of the (absolutely brilliant) chase scene, but also because of how the initial search for Applejack is communicated solely through montage. It builds tension and mystery, first around Applejack's whereabouts then around her reason for staying behind. It's also really funny, especially because of Pinkie Pie, here operating at her ridiculous best, but she's also slightly more grounded. Her biggest laughs here come from silly decisions and from how startlingly furious she gets at a broken promise, not from any break in the laws of reality. The episode never takes itself too seriously, and the background score remains bouncy even as the story drifts further into drama. Those dramatic scenes are also balanced with humour, and although the episode verges on melodrama, this show happens to be really good at melodrama. It can wring so much depth and emotion out of these interpersonal conflicts, and it's episodes like these where the ponies seem to experience the most growth. 

 

Shame about the Derpy scene, though. Wish the re-recorded performances weren't so stilted; they're pretty clearly a rush job. Still, it does very little to harm what is otherwise a truly outstanding episode. 

 

Score

Entertainment: 10/10

Characters: 10/10

Themes: 10/10

Story: 10/10

Overall: 100/100

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I think I have talked about this before. But I love episodes that basically revolve around the ponies losing there shit....

 

And this is interesting in so much as its one of those episodes but it does not actually revolve around AppleJack doing something against her nature.

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Like for instance a epsiode where Rarity is selfish. Ya.. Because even the most generous people are selfish some times. Even the most honest people are dishonest some time.

This one is a episode where Applejack actually simply refuses to be honest.. but refusing to be dishonest.

She actually avoids the issue all together.

And that's a pretty good story/lesson to be honest.

 

I give it 3 out of 5. not because its bad, but because... well its a little boring...

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This Episode was meh. Not sure what i should write about it. Sure, the Story made sense but...eh.

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On 5/2/2014 at 9:15 PM, Justin_Case001 said:

("Don't forget to come back with all that money!"  That was kinda f*cked up of the mayor).

In her defense, she seems to suck at her job.

On 10/23/2013 at 9:31 AM, Batbrony said:

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I did it Rainbow Dash, I talked, I finally talked!!! img-1949397-5-derpy_emoticon1.png

Awww. That’s cute.

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The end was predictable, though Applejack did better than I expected based on her behavior. Er, Applejack, the first meal you have in the day is breakfast. The meaning (break fast) is in the word for Celestia’s sake! :lol:

I want to see a pony toilet. That outhouse didn’t look quite big enough to er, really “go” comfortably.

Horses pulling horses will never not be strange to see. Was Applejack whipping them? I know she really wasn’t, but that’s the feel I got from that scene.

Love the train having just that one little section blocked.

Lastly, the Derpy scene. They dubbed out her name, but it lives on in closed captioning. I actually thought her name was still there until I saw the complaints here. I probably just read her name and thought Rainbow said it. I watched the original scene on YouTube. I find myself liking the new voice better. Since I saw that first, Derpy suddenly sounding masculine was just wrong. The voice itself sounded more...stupid? Like the voice actor was playing what he thought a low IQ character should sound like. I like innocent, charming voice better. 

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This episode was fantastic. The comedy was top notch, the story was interesting and engaging, the chase scene was awesome, and all of the characters were at their best.

Score: 10/10

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It's an Applejack episode. Of course I loved it! :mlp_yeehaa:

My observations:

I felt that Applejack made some really steep promises and that may have messed with her during her performance, which wasn't shown. Mayor Mare certainly didn't help by mentioning the money before she got on the train. I did seem to find Applejack leaving her family behind to be out of character for her. 

I laughed a good bit during this episode. Pinkie Pie was great. The lesson in this episode was also great. Never run from your problems, or break a Pinkie Promise. lol 

Also that moment where Rainbow Dashed teared up near the end... loved it!  :wub:

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This episode has everything. The jokes are really funny, all of the characters are at their best, there's a fun action scene. It has everything. There's nothing to complain about except for that rerecorded Derpy scene. I don't blame the episode for that though.

Score: 10/10

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