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  1. 6 points
    The goal is likely not to get you to care, but to discuss with those who do. No one is forcing you to participate in a conversation you'd rather not be in.
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    You don't have to discuss those topics but you should be aware that they do affect many people. Some people like to talk about those struggles because it helps them cope and push for change. Problems won't go away without alot of effort to try and make the world a less prejudiced place.
  3. 5 points
    I liked today's episode. My new favorite Granny Smith episode, and one of my favorite Rainbow Dash episodes after Sonic Rainboom and Read It And Weep. 8.5/10.
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  7. 4 points
    One of the most tense episodes I've ever seen so far. Rainbow Dash clearly had a hard time with her choices. Good thing everything was resolved in the end though.
  8. 4 points
    Honestly I am against internet witch hunts and mob mentality. Besides we can't and should never attempt to control people's opinions. If they have undesirable view then they have an undesirable view, the end. That is what it means living in free world with guaranteed human rights. Internet people today are so obsessed these days. Now if a person commits actual acts of racism, bigotry, whatever then point them out to the appropriate authority. You know, the people who's job it is to settle these things. And if that fails then get an angry mob as the last resort.
  9. 4 points
    I laughed my ass off this episode.
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  11. 4 points
    "New Fluttershy" (Putting Your Hoof Down) returned -- this time, with Dissociative Identity Disorder.
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    Today, I shall do my season seven review where I offer my thoughts on the season for what it did, what it showed, and the rankings I have for the mane 6 and episodes and ultimately how I feel season seven impacted the show both negative and bad. 1. Season seven would be essentially ‘part two’ to Starlight Glimmer’s reformation arc and this time it worked splendidly. Season 6 may have been the start of Starlight Glimmer’s redemption and reformation arc to where she becomes a better pony, but it would be Season seven I feel that does this job well enough for folks to like her. Throughout the season, Starlight Glimmer would be given and shown much better roles than her Season six self, starting where in the Season seven premiere, Celestial Advice where it would touch upon the possibility of sending Starlight Glimmer away to spread the magic of friendship as Twilight feels she’ll have to do with her, gave her a spot of weakness where she had to learn of how to not bottle up her emotions in the oh so cleverly titled ‘All Bottled Up’. Proved to be an effective friend for Maud Pie in Rock Solid Friendship and did a decent enough job to getting the two alicorn sisters to stop fighting each other in A royal problem. Helped more folks and doing it effectively in Fame and Misfortune, Triple Threat, including helping King Thorax with his brother Pharynx in the episode ‘To change a changeling’, and in the rarity episode ‘it isn’t the mane thing about you’. She would receive another episode that would to me highlight her maturity and ability to tackle issues that arises at her own expense in the episode ‘Uncommon Bond’ where she would face a situation where things don’t go as she planned when her best friend Sunburst would decide to have fun with her friends instead which she felt down for but didn’t tried to force the situation that would be at her friends’ expense. I loved that as I felt that was rather very mature for her to handle and helps show her character development in the best light possible, especially when you compare a similar episode from Season 6 in ‘Every little thing she does’. In the season finale, Shadow play, Starlight Glimmer would play a crucial role where she would try to serve as the opposing side to everyone’s opinion as she felt concerned with what they’re doing out of paranoia or even advice Twilight that perhaps she should take into consideration that the villain could be reasoned with and eventually push for it when she realizes that the Pony of Shadows is Stygian, a pony. This would bear fruit when the pillar six and the main six would be able to rescue Stygian from the Pony of Shadow’s influence and would even have the pillar six reconcile with him for what they wrongly did to him. This would earn Starlight a well earn praise from Twilight for being able to see the fault in their actions and for pushing them to not commit to it. Thus, I would have to give commendation to Season seven for not only continuing Starlight’s arc but most importantly improving her character to where she became a likeable and better character for it. This to me highlights the point that perhaps they have figured out what they want with Starlight Glimmer. To add to that note, it also seems that they want to push the view that because Starlight Glimmer hasn’t been part of Equestrian society proper for years, her views on things are different compared to the average pony and thus offer her a unique perspective on things that others would think so such as in A Royal Problem when she was willing to confront the equestrian royals on their problems despite their insistence that there is no issues and in Shadow Play where her time as a villain and lack of idol worship for the Pillar six would offer her as the sole voice of opposition that would go against their ideas and choices. One other notable thing that I do like that Season seven did for her and the main six was how early on we see Starlight try to help the main six’s issues as much as she could. This shows a better bond and relationship with her and the gang than what we have seen in Season six personally. However, not all of Glimmer was good as I want to note a real issue with Starlight Glimmer with Season seven was how it felt like in episodes Fame and Misfortune and It isn’t the mane thing about you that it felt like she usurped Spike’s roles in those episodes as when you consider how similar she speaks like Spike in Fame and Misfortune and notably how absent Spike was in a Rarity focused episode where she needed her friends out the most. Those points however weren’t too bad and didn’t sour my mood for how I felt for Starlight Glimmer in Season seven. Overall, Season 7 corrected the rocky course that Season 6 started with Starlight Glimmer 2. Spike had a good outing in Season 7, though there was the notable issue of his roles getting taken from Starlight Glimmer. Speaking of Spike, the little purple dragon while not as fantastic as his brilliant outing in Season 6 (notably one of the few definite bright spots in the season everyone can agree on), his performance in Season 7 was good in my honest opinion. While he would less roles compared to season 6, especially when one considers that perhaps he had some of his roles stolen by Starlight Glimmer in the episodes Fame and Misfortune and It isn’t the mane thing about you despite how integral he was to the story elements presented in them, he was effective in whatever role he partook in. He was an excellent support character for many folks in episodes like A Flurry of Emotions and Shadow Play as you expect from him. As for his sole episode, Triple Threat, not only was it good to see Spike getting some love from the cutie map to go on a friendship quest but how I appreciate his role in it despite being the one a bit sidelined by Ember and Thorax bonding. One last note, it seems that the writers recognized that Spike was getting his roles stolen or at least understood why was Spike not involved in them so in the episode Once Upon a Zeppelin, we get to see that Spike willingly choose to stay behind and manage the paper work for Twilight for her to go out and have fun with her family, how very considerate of him. 3. As for the Alicorn Royals, I enjoyed all of them and I especially enjoyed seeing Celestia and to a lesser extent Cadance getting some love from the writers at last. Season 7 seems to be the season when the writers have decided to throw Celestia a bone where we start of the season with a much focus and interaction between Celestia and Twilight where Celestia’s pupil goes to her to seek her advice on how to handle a rapidly advancing student where we get to see some character on her where we see her side of the story when she chose to send Twilight off to Ponyville where we see that it was a painful but necessary task for her to do. That would not stop there as while she shared a spotlight with her sister Luna in the episode ‘A Royal Problem’, Celestia was the one who benefited the most as we see not only how difficult as fuck of a job it is for her when Luna suffers a bit of self-loathing for her failure with the children and how difficult it was meeting those delegates and tasks Celestia had planned for the day, but also that we get to see that Celestia not only has an inner darkness in herself that she keeps locked up, but that her evil alter ego ‘Daybreaker’ has earned a resounding positive response from the audience. As for Princess Cadance, while she would receive a lesser focus compared to Princess Celestia, she does get a bit of love and focus that she solely needed. This would start in the episode ‘A Flurry of Emotion’s’ where we see she and her husband, Shining Armor, have chosen to leave their baby Flurry Heart to Twilight’s care while they take a break to highlight how stressful it is of a job to handle a baby, but even so they still have their eye and focus on Flurry Heart that would eventually cause them to miss her while they were at an art gallery show. Cadance would again receive some more love in the episode ‘Once Upon a Zeppelin’ where we see her comforting Twilight by imparting a lesson she learned while tending to her baby Flurry Heart that while it’s good you care and are willing to put the needs of your citizens and friends above your own, don’t push it to where you become unhappy for it. It’s always good to leave enough time for yourself to enjoy so you too can feel happy helping others other than pure altruistic needs. While it’s not the level of character development that Celestia would have, Cadance did managed to score a bit of growth to her character that she needed very much in Season 7. Luna on the other hand would be the one taking a backseat in terms of focus compared to the other two as other than her role in A Royal Problem and a bit in Shadow Play, she wouldn’t be involved in those episodes and to make it even more apparent on this view, she would share the spotlight with her sister in those episodes. Still, she did get a bit of love as well in A Royal Problem where we see how difficult and lonely her job at guarding dreams is and how she would be the one to help her sister to conquer the nightmares that were ravaging Starlight Glimmer’s mind. Overall, season 7 is a good outing for all the equestrian royals and is easily some of the best roles that they’ve received in the show. Fans of Celestia and Cadance would certainly love the focus on them this season. 4. Flurry Heart would receive some interesting spotlights in Season 7 that would earn many fans for her. Despite folks fear of her appearance upstaging the show in her debut in Season 6, not only has that not happened but she proved to be a surprisingly good addition to the show for the impact she has on her parent’s character development but that she herself is a surprising character. Season 7 further solidifies that in the episode A Flurry of Emotion where it’s a story that I hate done well simply cause while Flurry Heart behaves like you expect of a baby ala wants to play with her favorite parents, aunts, and uncles, but a notable scene in the episode, where she goes to not only recognize that the cake twins are arguing over a toy and almost immediately goes to Spike to alert of it, but when he doesn’t do so right away, she decides to try to take it upon herself to resolve the dispute the best way she thought, cutting the toy in half King Solomon style. That scene was great as it compared between Flurry and the cake twins and showed how despite being obviously younger than those two, she’s already showing superior maturity and wisdom over the two as she recognizes a conflict and tries to resolve it right away via adult and if that don’t work, try to resolve it herself as best as she could. This highlights excellent parenting from Shining Armor and Cadance that is far beyond babies her age should be learning and she has picked up on them well so she’s not some dumb baby, though she still is one so she still has poor experience and knowledge as she hasn’t learned enough yet, but you can tell that once she gets older, she’s going to be a very exceptional pony. She would appear again in Once Upon a Zeppelin where she humorously shows an appetite with using her magic to play tower with the other pony babies, showing that she also sees other pony babies as playmates for her to have fun with. Thus, Flurry Heart continues to earn my liking for her and shows even more reason why Flurry Heart’s inception into the show isn’t a bad decision but is in fact a good one. 5. Dragon Lord Ember, Prince Rutherford, and especially King Thorax receive some good attention and character development for their growing and needed roles as leaders of their respective species. One of the most interesting developments from Season 6 was the introduction of Dragon Lord Ember and Thorax becoming King in the S6 finale. These characters would continue their developments in the episode Triple Threat where we see Dragon Lord Ember and King Thorax struggle with their issues of leadership where Ember’s brute and confrontational approach to her subjects has earned enmity from her subjects towards her and Thorax being one who prefers to talk rather than act has left many problems unfixed and his position looking shaky among his subjects. In Triple Threat, both would help each other out by applying their usual approach to their problems for the other to pick up on. As a result, Ember learns to not be so confrontational and physical with problems and instead try to talk and reach a more diplomatic approach while Thorax learns to act to solve an issue rather than talk their ears off. Thorax would also reveal in Triple Threat that he has a rebellion going on in his hive that thanks to Ember’s advice that he would successfully resolve for the most part as told in the following episode, to Change a Changeling. The sole remaining rebel would be his brother, Pharynx would be a target among the new changelings who would demand his brother and king of the new Hive to remove him. While Trixie and Glimmer would be about to agree with this solution until Thorax would reveal a big reason for his refusal to oust him is due to that Pharynx has helped Thorax out in his time of need from the other changelings that would often bully him while making good points to him to toughen up so he wouldn’t be bullied by them. This shows that Thorax and Pharynx are not only caring brothers for each other, how Pharynx despite his tough exterior has a softer and caring side to him for his brother, but that Thorax is willing to even threaten his own position as King to protect him as well. Thus, this helps to develop Thorax to be more likeable in my eyes as it shows of how caring and loyal he can be for those he cherishes, including his own people and allies. At the same time, he is developing a firmer backbone as he and his brother are notable for being one of the few folks in the show who have called out Starlight Glimmer’s actions out as being in the wrong and holding her accountable for it, something that even the royal alicorn sisters did not do with her in A Royal problem. As for Prince Rutherford, while not without issue due to how stubborn he was about refusing help even though he didn’t actually minded, compared to his introduction, his role in Not Asking for Trouble was much better to where it would help make the Yaks more likeable and perhaps help push them to a spot that’s better than the Buffalo and Diamond Dogs currently are residing in (one can say the Yaks effectively replace the Buffalos due to a friendlier and less intimidating culture to expy off of). Most notable is that he and Pinkie Pie hitting it off quite well with each other to where Not asking for Trouble is one of Pinkie Pie’s better characterized appearances in the show. Overall, I hope all three make their return and have more episodes as I certainly wouldn’t mind it. 6. Other characters in the show get developed as well on the sideline in Season 7. While the royals are notable, there are other side characters that are receiving some love too as well. The first would be Thunderlane, a fellow graduate from RD’s wonderbolts class would not only become an official wonderbolt himself as shown in Parental Guidance, but his new role would help the development of his younger brother Rumble who himself would grow jealous and worried of his own flying skills and lack of a cutie mark in the episode Marks and Recreation. Big MacIntosh himself would find love in Sugar Belle from the episode ‘Hard to Say Anything,’ that’s the first serious romance for him. His grandmother herself would show off some minor character developments as she makes amends with her hated nemesis Grand Pear for his and their children’s sake. Sunburst meanwhile would develop in a minor way as he becomes more open to other ponies where he notably befriends Starlight Glimmer’s friends at her chagrin in the episode ‘Uncommon Bond’. This would also extend to Mayor Mare and Mrs. Cake or her maiden name Chiffon Swirl where it was Mayor Mare who served as the person who administered the wedding for Pear Butter and Bright MacIntosh and Chiffon Swirl was a good friend for Pear Butter who served as her best mare for her at the wedding. Even the business pony Filthy Rich was given a minor but notable role in the episode ‘It isn’t the main thing about you’, where we see he’s trying to get something nice for his wife Spoiled Rich for the Mare’s Day. Also, the maligned Wonderbolts after getting crapped on the past three seasons starting from the hated S4 Rainbow Falls finally are getting a fix on their image with their efforts to help Rainbow Dash and general pleasant attitude towards Rainbow Dash’s parents in Parental Glidance. Lord knows how badly they needed it. Most notably however and best was the three recurring characters Daring Do, Discord, and Trixie respectively. Daring Do would receive perhaps her most vulnerable and human characterization in the series in Daring Done? when she starts feeling guilty for causing the mess in Somenambula and was even willing to quit her career as Indy expy adventurer until her biggest fan and her friend Pinkie Pie came to help her out in her hour of need. Discord would receive his best characterization post reformation where he seemed to be pushing to do whatever he can to please his best friend Fluttershy to show his appreciation for all the things she had done for him, even if it kills him literally. That’s also to mention his dream where he was having fun playing with Smooze to show his buddy relationship with the Smooze. Trixie would continue to build up on her supporting role with Starlight Glimmer where she’s the best supporting character along with Spike for Starlight Glimmer as she’s one of the few characters that isn’t bewitched by Glimmer’s abilities and doesn’t treat her with kid gloves when speaking with her. This would be shown and highlighted in All Bottled Up where Trixie would nonchalantly cause a table to disappear and believe they’ll find it soon enough despite Glimmer’s insistence they find it. One of the most notable things they did for Trixie in Season 7 was developing her magical abilities where it seems she’s looking to becoming a stronger mage for herself. That’s good to see happening for Trixie. Season 7 has just been doing splendid with characters. 7. Many new characters shown in the season proved their worth and are effective too. I’ll give special mention to the remaining parents presented in the season and the Pillar six in their own points, for the more minor ones, I will say I liked what I was shown. While they started off on the weakside when they showed Rarity, Applejack, and Pinkie Pie’s friends that tried to help Fluttershy in their way in the episode Fluttershy Leans in that all three-proved unmemorable, mediocre with the three contestant ponies in Honest Apple with Lily Lace, Star Streak, and the better but still mediocre Inky Rose, they would start to hit things off with the new characters in outside of the ones I mentioned would be in Perfect Pear with Bright MacIntosh’s best friend, Burnt Oak where we not only see him tell his best friend’s children abit about their dad, but the way he responded when Big MacIntosh would ask if he would be happy to tell more stories about their dad later where Burnt Oak let out a tearful yes shows how much Bright Mac means to Burnt Oak and how badly he misses him. Continues with Pharynx as I mentioned in point 5 for why I liked him in to change a Changeling. One of my favorite new characters from Season 7 would be the character Cat Tail; introduced in the episode a Health of Information. There, despite his simple appearance and role of essentially helping Fluttershy and Twilight Sparkle out to finding the cure for Swamp Fever, when you take note that the place he lives in, Hayseed Swamp, has been abandoned for quite some time it seems with only Cat Tail living in such a destitute place. His reasoning for living in such place is explained that he wants to ensure his great ancestor, Meadowbrook’s work is preserved for others to come and see the many cures and remedies she has found that can help them. Thus, despite his simple appearance, Cat Tail holds a surprising depth to his character where we see that even though he’s able to and perhaps is better off moving away from Hayseed Swamp, he’s willing to stay there to ensure his great ancestor’s work is preserved and her home intact. Thus, he possesses a noble spirit in him and a selfless character to ensure his family’s legacy is preserved. Also helps that Cat Tail is a pretty cool guy himself for folks to like. Also, it appears he’s handling himself better than the other descendant of a pillar as a lone villager in Mist Mane’s old village that is bitter at how overgrown and run down the place is until Rarity came to fix it for her. Star Tracker from the episode Once upon a Zeppelin would serve as a fan expy where we see him being utterly nervous and shy around Twilight Sparkle but at the same time clearly holds respect for her and wishes to make her happy, even standing up to Iron Will for a moment to ensure Twilight would be able to enjoy her time with her family uninterrupted. Overall, while not as strong as the other elements I’ve mentioned above, Season 7 did do a well enough job to be pleased by the batch of new characters they showed, especially when I make mention of the remaining main six parents and the pillar six. 8. I loved the remaining main 6 parents that was previously not shown in the show appear here in Season 7 and the characterization that was given to Twilight and Shining Armor’s parents. One big thing that was going for Season 7 was family. This would start with Rainbow Dash’s parents Windy Whistle and Bow Hothoof whose love but bordering fanatical support for Rainbow Dash would provide plenty of good for her and Scootaloo in one of Season 7’s best ‘Parental Glidance’. The next one up, Applejack’s parents in Pear Butter and Bright MacIntosh would earn the love and hearts of fans and audience everywhere with the fantastic ‘The Perfect Pear’ episode with their story of love. Even though they were previously shown and even had a speaking role in Season 6, Season 7’s episode ‘Once Upon a Zeppelin’ was really Twilight parent’s, Twilight Velvet and Night Light’s first real moments of character to show in the series and it’s great as we see how Velvet loves to do risky stuff to feel adrenaline pump through her for thrills and Night Light seems to be the one his kids are most alike in personality as he prefers quieter stuff, he still has his own bouts of energy and enthusiasms too. These parents are fantastic parents for their kids and I really do appreciate the staff for what they did for them in Season 7. 9. The Pillar Six gave us one of the show’s best written story arcs in the Legends of Equestria arc for the 2nd half of Season 7. One of the things that happened in Season 7 was the story arc, Legends of Equestria. This would start in the episode, Campfire Tales where we hear Applejack, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash tell their younger sisters their favorite Equestrian Legend in Rock Hoof, Mist Mane, and Flash Magnus respectively and the deeds they committed that started off their legendary careers as legends. This would continue in the episode ‘Daring Done?’ where they visit a whole city in Southern Equestria that has dedicated themselves to honoring the heroine the city is named after she inspired with hope and successfully saved the pharaoh’s son and forced a Sphinx out of their lands. Then next up in a Health of Information where it would retcon the previous lore on Meadowbrook for a new one that works great to where she’s an earth pony which doctor who successfully saved her town from a deadly and terrifying disease, swamp fever, that was bringing it to its knees as Fluttershy and Twilight Sparkle would go to the abandoned town of Hayseed Swamp to find the cure. These stories and episodes would culminate into the finale, Shadow Play where we see that Starswirl the Bearded is part of it and would seal himself and the other pillars to stop an evil creature, the Shadow Pony from wreaking havoc in Equestria. Before they sealed themselves, we find they had imbued crystal seeds with their elements, Sorcery, Healing, Hope, Strength, Bravery, and Beauty. These seeds would sprout into the Tree of Harmony and would become the more modern elements of Harmony, Magic, Kindness, Laughter, Honesty, Loyalty, and Generosity. So, the Pillar six are shown to be the original and progenitors of the Elements of Harmony. This would all culminate into where they would be able to rescue Stygian from the Pony of Shadow after they realized their folly in casting him out for his actions without letting him explain and especially affect Starswirl when he realized it was his foolishness and pride that caused all of this, causing him to be deeply apologetic and away from his normally egotistical behavior. Thus, after seeing the results of this arc, I will gladly say that the Legends of Equestria arc is one of the show’s best and you can argue it’s the best one. As for the characters themselves, while Starswirl would certainly earn some eyebrows for his behavior, the rest have earned their spots in the fandom and audience as they’re well liked, especially Somnambula. 10. Season 7 had some of the weakest batch of villains the show has seen. Now, one of the few things that Season 7 did wrong was on the villain’s department. When you compare the villains of the past to what was shown in Season 7, the villains aren’t good. The best and most memorable was Daybreaker and even then, that is more due to how she’s an evil alter ego of Celestia and is a force of darkness in her that she keeps locked away. The big evil villain of the finale, the Shadow Pony was so stereotypical for his role and did really nothing of note other than screech and yell at the heroes that while competent at his role, he was really nothing special or even notable other than a separate character in Stygian, whom wasn’t notable other than being an angsty outcast upset at how his friends betrayed him and justifiably so. The rest of the antagonist roles were par for the course and nothing memorable other than of course a good and appreciated return of Iron Will the minotaur in a much more justified antagonist role in Once Upon a Zeppelin. Thus, one thing you will be disappointed in Season 7 is how weak and unmemorable the villains are. On that note, I do will give credit to Shadow Play episode for showing us that EQG is canon to the show with the appearance of the Sirens, the villains from Rainbow Rocks. It says something when the most memorable villain moment in the finale was a cameo appearance by the Sirens to confirm EQG as canon to the show. 11. The Cutie Mark Crusaders expand and refine their roles as Cutie Mark Councilors in Season 7 and have a good time being with their sisters though it was more mixed this time than what S6 had. While I believe the CMC’s were weaker in Season 7 than they were in Season 6, it was still good and effective in my frank opinion. They would start off with some mixed results but very good for Sweetie Belle in Forever Filly that highlighted how Sweetie Belle and the CMCs are growing up into young adults. Giving us another great Scootaloo performance in the episode Parental Glidance (seriously, it’s like she racks up A grade episodes whenever she gets one). The CMCs would get one of their weakest performances since S5’s Trouble in Appleoosa with S7’s Hard to Say Anything where they gave Big Mac bad romance advice that was a poor attempt to poke fun at romance tropes. Bounce back with their sisters in Campfire Tales in the return of another camping trip with them. Then they would finish their best episode together in Marks and Recreation where we would see they would establish a summer camp for those without cutie marks so they may be able to get them for which they would encounter difficulty with the rebellious Rumble. Overall, while I felt Season 7 was less notable than the changes they made for them in Season 7, I felt that was more due to the staff deciding to help further refine their roles as they are transitioning more into careers as Cutie Mark Councilors with their crowning achievement for their goals for them in Season 7 being the CM camp. A notable thing is that it seems that Sweetie Belle is usurping Applebloom’s role as leader as it seems she’s becoming more and more the boss of the group while Applebloom is sort of being relegated to 2nd in command. I wonder if this reflects how much more popular Sweetie Belle is. 12. Ponyville would have one of its worst roles and characterizations in S7’s Fame and Misfortune. Ponies sans the main six and Starlight Glimmer were so bad in that episode that the less said of how bad they were the better. I’ll say what I commented above. 13. The main six as a group were rather fantastic in helping each other out. I will say that as a group, as we see in such examples as ‘Fame and Misfortune’ and ‘It isn’t the mane thing about you’, Season 7 is one of their strongest as not only were they consistently helping each other out whenever they needed it but many other episodes like Fluttershy Leans in and Shadow Play made points about it. To me, in terms of consistently getting the gang involved to helping each other out, this is one of the show’s strongest seasons for it. 14. Main Six in Season 7. A. Twilight Sparkle: This is in my opinion one of the strongest seasons for Twilight Sparkle in the show. Not only did they give a surprising number of main roles for her in a lot of episodes such as Celestial Advice, A Flurry of Emotions, Fame and Misfortune, Once Upon a Zeppelin, and Shadow Play, but even her secondary roles in episodes like All Bottled Up, Fluttershy Leans In, A Royal Problem, Not Asking for Trouble, Triple Threat, it isn’t a mane thing about you, A health of information, Secrets and Pies, and Uncommon Bond were good a plenty. Twilight Sparkle was practically everywhere in Season 7 and to make this heavy focus on her notable, she also didn’t have any bad roles in it. She was good to excellent whatever role she was put in. Season 7 Twilight Sparkle to me is one of her best versions and best one post Magical Mystery Cure and has only Season 2’s Twilight Sparkle to compete for best version of her. B. Pinkie Pie: Pinkie Pie would have a solid but not great time in Season seven. She would start off by being the only real issue in an otherwise excellent Maud Pie episode in Rock Solid Friendship due to well-meaning but over the top behavior in pushing Maud Pie to stay at Ponyville. She would have a good secondary role and be the best main six members in an otherwise bad Honest Apple episode. She would have one of her best characterizations and really help solidify my opinion for the yaks in the returning Yaks episode ‘Not asking for Trouble.’ She would prove to be every effective in her secondary role to Rainbow Dash and Daring Do where she would help cheer them up and provide moral support in ‘Daring Done?’ Also, she would be effective in her other supporting roles of ‘It isn’t the mane thing about you’ when she joins with the rest of the gang sans Spike to help Rarity out when she lost her hair and in Shadow Play when they needed to revive the pillars and help them out defeat the Shadow Pony like everyone else was doing. She would also be an even more annoying problem for her idiocy in Secrets and Pies. In conclusion, I would say that Pinkie Pie had a good outing in Season 7, but not a great one as it’s characterize by good but not great roles and even her worst ones were not bad. C. Applejack: She would start off on the bad end with one of her worst characterizations in the episode Honest Apple that was saved by her efforts to save Rarity’s fashion contest to help mitigate that role she had. But she would bounce back greatly by having the best episode of the season if not the show in the Perfect Pear where she along with her siblings would learn about their parents and she would be the one to push for Grannie Smith and Grand Pear to make up to each other for their possible dead parent’s sake in one of her best roles in the show. She would also have some solid secondary roles such as in Campfire Tales, there isn’t a mane thing about you, and Shadow Play like everyone else. Overall while AJ had one notably bad time in Honest Apple, she was otherwise solid and good in Season 7 and imo was slightly better than Pinkie Pie as AJ had less bad roles and had one great one to make up having an even worse role than what Pinkie even at her worse in S7 had. D. Rainbow Dash: Much like Twilight Sparkle, after suffering easily her worst season version in the show, Rainbow Dash bounced back fantastically in Season 7, starting off greatly in one of her best roles in the Scootaloo episode Parental Glidance, would have a mixed but effective role with her surrogate little sister Scootaloo in the episode Campfire Tales, provide a fantastic support and voice to help Daring Do in her time of need in Daring Done?, and be giving to others for pies she didn’t like and being funny and hilarious in Secrets and Pies as she also tries to make amends to Pinkie Pie for lying to her even at her own expense (thank god that didn’t’ went through). With other effective supporting roles such as F&M, Fluttershy Leans in, There isn’t a mane thing about you, and Shadow Play, Rainbow Dash bounced back to a much better season. Due to a lack of any bad roles in Season 7 and how good some of her heavier focused episodes are on her, she had performed better than AJ and Pinkie Pie in Season 7 imo, but nowhere near as good as Twilight Sparkle due to the insane number of good roles they gave to Twilight in Season 7. E. Rarity: Rarity would have a bit of a rough start with her first specific role for Season 7 in Forever Filly where her idiotic behavior would prove to be an otherwise good episode’s biggest problem. Then she would have her worst role of the season in my opinion in Honest Apple where she would stupidly pick Applejack to be a contestant judge despite AJ’s initial protest and insinuations that she was the worst one for the job. Rarity would state she picked her because ‘her honest and practicality would be needed’ despite how little in knowledge AJ has for fashion and especially how rather low tier practicality is for fashion really. To make her role in Honest Apple to be perhaps worse than AJ’s, the episode never called her out for her stupid choice and especially how she ended up choosing all three contestants despite her early promise to only promote one. She would bounce back greatly in the episode Campfire Tales where she would be the best one out of the bunch due to how the episode highlights how notably willing Rarity is able to camp and how much better she has gotten for it along with giving us the best campfire tale of the bunch. Next, she would have another stronger outing in It isn’t the mane thing about you where she gave us a fun episode for all to enjoy. Coupled with some other good supporting roles from the season finale and we have a much better finish for Rarity. She’s behind on AJ but a small bit ahead of Pinkie Pie due to having a slightly brighter role than Pinkie Pie this season to offset her one slightly worse role than Pinkie while having more bad roles and less brightly shone roles as AJ had. F. Fluttershy: Fluttershy would continue her streak of good seasons, though she would start a bit on the rough side with Fluttershy Leans in for not only inexplicably giving us a dream job for Fluttershy that came out of left field but how the episode avoids chastising her for her own faults for the poor planning on the nature sanctuary she wants. However, she would bounce back greatly in Discordant Harmony where she really shows to be Discord’s best friend when she comes to his aid when he was willing to kill himself to make her happy by telling him to be himself for his and her sake. She would also have possibly her best role in the series in the episode A health of information where she would pull all stops to finding the cure for Swamp Fever that’s afflicting Zecora, even at her own expense that hurts her own performance than she realized. Alongside some good secondary roles with the rest of the girls in group focused episodes such as F&M and Shadow Play, Fluttershy had another good-great season for her. She’s ahead of Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and AJ as while she has one bad role, the good roles she had she shown brightly and was memorable in them. She’s behind Rainbow Dash and certainly Twilight Sparkle because of that one bad role however. My main six rankings for Season 7 are as follows: 1. Twilight Sparkle 2. Rainbow Dash 3. Fluttershy 4. Applejack 5. Rarity 6. Pinkie Pie However, all of them were good in Season 7 and none of them had a bad season so that is certainly pleasing to see. 15. Episode rankings: 1. Perfect Pear: A+ (Best episode of the season, and you can argue it’s the best episode of the show. It’s that good) 2. Parental Glidance: A+ (Another great Scootaloo episode and one of her best. Gave us a much-needed look on Rainbow Dash’s parents and gave us a much-needed great role for Rainbow Dash to have). 3. Once Upon a Zeppelin: A+ (Twilight’s best episode since Amending Fences imo) 4. Marks and Recreation: A+ (Another fantastic Cutie Mark Crusader episode where it develops their careers as councilors while developing Rumble and Thunderlane’s characters meanwhile in the episode to great effect) 5. Uncommon Bond: A+ (Post Reformation Starlight Glimmer’s best episode. Helps to highlight the stark difference between Season 7 Starlight and her S6 version). 6. A Health of Information: A (Only a retcon prevents it from having an A+. This is possibly Fluttershy’s best episode in the show). 7. Discordant Harmony: A (Best Post Discord reformation episode in the series. Really adds tons of fuel for the Discordshy shippers). 8. Flurry of Emotions: A (A much better version of Baby Cakes and another great episode for Twilight to have. Flurry Heart shows her worth in the series too.) 9. All Bottled Up: A (A great follow up to the season premiere to help show off the dynamics between Trixie and Starlight Glimmer in a better light. Trixie receives some hidden character developments here too.) 10. Shadow Play: A (Best two parter finale in the show and the only finale imo that can rival S1’s Best Night Ever for best finale in the show). 11. It isn’t the mane thing about you: B+ (Another excellent outing for Rarity where this episode gave birth to us Raripunk. One of the main 6 and Glimmer’s best supporting roles in the show too. 12. Celestial Advice: B+ (One of the best Season premieres of the show. Gave us much needed development and love for Celestia while hinting at what Twilight has planned for Glimmer in the future). 13. To Change a Changeling: B+ (Gives us a much-needed focus and development on the Changelings post S6 and helps develop Thorax while giving us an interesting brother to boot). 14. A Royal Problem: B+ (Another episode gives a much-needed focus on the day to day jobs of the Alicorn sisters. Also gave us Daybreaker and development for both alicorn sisters too and a hilarious Twilight Sparkle). 15. Not Asking for Trouble: B (A much needed fix on the Yaks and giving us an excellent Pinkie Pie characterization). 16. Triple Threat: B (Gives some good development for both Thorax and Ember as rulers of their respective kingdoms. Helps set up To Change a Changeling. Effective roles for Spike, Twilight, and Glimmer.) 17. Rock Solid Friendship: B (A great Maud Pie episodes that gave us her best characterization in the show. A bit on the stupid side Pinkie Pie characterization however ruins that chance). 18. Campfire Tales: C+ (Some campfire stories are better written and Rainbow Dash could irk some folks. Otherwise, an excellent setup episode for the Legends of Equestria arc and a good sister bond episode between Rarity, Sweetie Belle, Applejack, Applebloom, Rainbow Dash, and Scootaloo respectively.) 19. Forever Filly: C+ (Rarity’s role was on the stupid side as well as Applebloom and Scootaloo being too dependent on Sweetie Belle, but a fantastic Sweetie Belle episode with a relatable tale of older siblings dealing with younger siblings growing up). 20. Daring Done: C+ (A messed up and stupid climax messes up an otherwise great and humanizing character episode for Daring Do. Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie were good in it too). 21. Secrets and Pies: C (A funny episode that is messed up by Pinkie Pie’s idiocy and a mistake with Rainbow Dash throwing out the first pie given in the episode. Otherwise a very good Rainbow Dash characterization.) 22. Hard to Say Anything: D (Helps give us SugarMac as Big Mac’s canon romance partner, but the CMC’s stupidity as well poor attempts at jabbing at romance tropes as well as an unlikeable antagonist hurts this episode a plenty). 23. Fluttershy Leans In: F (Fluttershy’s desire for an animal sanctuary has no setup and she doesn’t get called out for her poor planning of said sanctuary is the only black mark on Fluttershy in Season seven). 24. Honest Apple: F (One of the worst characterizations of Applejack in the show. Rarity is perhaps a bit worse as the episode never calls her out for her poor choice or the fact she ended up picking and supporting all three contestants despite declaring she would only pick on contestant). 25. Fame and Misfortune: F- (One of the show’s worst episodes in a very mean-spirited tone story that gets no proper resolution to what happened). 16. Season seven held another and very important theme going for it. On a note, one of the things that Season 7 did that was rather surprising to see and I liked how it handled it ‘Folks have different views and they should not be hated for it. Sometimes their views are correct and better in fact’. This would be best shown in episodes, Triple Threat where Ember and Thorax apply their usual method to solve their own problems to each other’s problems to be resolved instead of either of them discounting it as they listened and agreed with what to do. To Change a Changeling where it would show the faults and issues of how pacifistic to the point of weakness the new Changeling Hive has gotten and how Pharynx’s views that they should learn to protect and defend themselves proved to be correct. Marks and Recreation where not only did they show Rumble rebelling against the CMCs for reasons that cutie marks suck, but when they did quell the rebellion and he learns to behave better, the episode didn’t throw a cutie mark on him to force him into a path right away but rather let him enjoy cooking while still leaving open that flying is for him. And finally, Shadow Play where it shows the consequences of what happens when you go to demonize and ostracize someone for an action they did instead of giving them a fair chance at what they want or believe. This is a surprisingly mature take on a very important lesson folks should learn, which is that folks will have different views on things and want to do different actions for it. Declaring them bad and not giving them a chance to learn or prove their beliefs correct is not the course of action one should take. Giving folks a fair shake with their views will create happier groups, something we certainly need more on. 17. What can future seasons learn from Season 7 and what can they improve upon it. What future seasons can learn from Season 7 is how that you can incorporate other characters to be involved in even small things and it would still help them out as it would help show that they’re caring friends willing to help them out. It certainly did for Starlight Glimmer and it can work with new characters too. Also, the general execution and setup of storylines and arcs in Season 7 is something many other seasons in the show wished they had and is a good sign as the show heads into the twilight of its life. Also, it’s theme of family and acceptance of other’s beliefs and actions is something that can be expanded upon and done more on in future episodes as they’ve shown to be fun and good ideas to be explored more. I’d love for every parent to spend time with each other or so. The treatment of each character where they’re treated well for the most part is also something to be admired as well. Finally, one thing that I felt the season did wrong that other seasons did better was in the villain’s department as I felt Season 7’s rogue’s gallery was mediocre and rather forgetful. 18. Conclusion: To me, Season 7 is the show’s best season in the series. It does everything you’d hope they should would do well and when it hits it brilliantly, it shines among the brightest I’ve seen in this show. With so few bad things in it, so many good things like good developments on the royals, a well written arc, much better development for Starlight Glimmer, and how well written the main six and other characters that helped them become better characters without anyone feeling disappointed in anyone other than maybe Spike having his roles stolen by Glimmer, Season 7 to me is the show’s best season and I hope that Season 8 can become better.
  13. 4 points
    The episode was pretty good. The focus on Pinkie Pie herself was well done. The reactions of her sister having a boyfriend and trying to make the best of it while planning for her birthday, it looked like Pinkie's biggest challenge to date and yet she succeeded in solving that matter. Maud's boyfriend looks like a pretty cool pony. He was always saying "technically" about certain things and objects, and he has a good knowledge of them too. Also found it cool that we saw Pinkie's other sisters that are like Maud, but a bit different in attitude.
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    "I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express."
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    I should just join every active pony forum, huh. My name's Catherine, but obviously you'd know me here as Scootaloved! Best pony is Rainbow Dash, I love Scootaloo and Scootalove with all my heart, and I'm a casual viewer who likes to RP a lot. Happy to be here!
  19. 3 points
    This is the cutest episode I've seen in awhile. Rainbow's excitement was charming and I loved how active and fun all the grannies were. Favorite moments include Apple Rose dancing, Applesaucy joke, and the wall-eyed tabby cat 'judging' Rainbow. (Also Jackpot is totally Trixie's dad.)
  20. 3 points
    The Rainbow Dash parts were a bit simplistic and repetitive for my tastes, but all those granny shenanigans are the good stuff. Clearly a "Golden Girls" reference, which of course makes me think I ought to watch "Golden Girls." Fun stuff!
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    (Suggestive too, and clothed ponies)
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    Pal, I don't think you're getting anything out of reading online comments and posts. It's time to log off.
  31. 3 points
    Honestly Fluttershy losing her mind was something I never knew I wanted. Was it dumb? Of course, it is the pony show. Dumb is part of the course and part of the charm. I still found it entertaining to watch even though it was basically one pony show. She was doing good. So she reached an idea. Doing more good would be "better". Turns out that she forgot that too much "good" isn't always better.
  32. 3 points
    At First: Rarity what are you thinking she knows nothing about fashion and you're asking her to run your elite clothing store for three days, it doesn't matter if she's your friend she is literally not qualified to do this, just take two of your assistants to Canterlot for Celestia's sake, how are you so unprepared for this Later in The Episode: ha ha Fluttershy's lost her mind This one actually went so far into out-of-character/stupid premise territory that it orbited back around to being enjoyable for me. I just had to turn my brain off and enjoy the antics because none of it makes any goddamn sense. Like, insulting her animal friends in the heat of the moment because she's caught up in a web of lies would be out of character. Doing it without apologizing, continuing the charade, and then doing it again with no remorse when her friends show up to snap her out of it and then throwing them out of the store without even breaking stride... clearly Discord is infected with some really strange, mind-altering STD's. Then she makes a half-assed apology at the end without having learned any real lesson, and all is forgiven. She's been taking lessons from Starlight it seems. Mare knows how to get away with shit in the magical land of Equestria.
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    Pinkie is the psychopotamus! Yes.
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    You're a troll. There is no way someone trying to have a serious conversation would make this connection and spin this amount of mental gymnastics to use her as an example of fans getting angry at the people at DHX. Do you have any solid numbers to actually know who's in the majority? How would you even get a trustable sample of that. Actually, whis I why I said earlier that I 'believe'. Ther is no way to know this for sure. And even if that was true, why do you care? I don't give two fucks. I think the concept can't be applied. And these are, also, different things. How many times do I need to say that I don't want that? You really are trolling, aren't you? We're done man.
  36. 3 points
    okay before I continue on with what I want to say if you disagree with what I have to say thats fine and dandy but please keep it civilized I prefer to now I'm not bashing the mlp movie as a whole I thought it was a decent movie but I just prefer Sailor moon r the movie to the mlp movie the pacing in sailor moon r the movie I thought was a little better then the mlp movies pacing and also sailor moon r the movie at least let its story have time to run its course you know while the mlp movie introduced a bunch of cool ideas like the pirates capper the undersea kingdom but it could've taken 2 extra minutes on each you know? instead the mlp movie wanted to get the final fight with the storm king and tempest though the ending to the mlp movie wasn't as odd as sailor moon r's ending though
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    Happy Easter Fools everyone! https://forums.equestriadaily.com/index.php?/topic/2077-nukes-fim-episode-review-thread/&do=findComment&comment=145420 Here's my review of Season 7 finally up.
  41. 3 points
    Do you have any idea about how many people actually done any of that? Also, violently? I'm being honest here, when I say that no one has reacted with violence to anything in the cartoon. Because, sarcasm aside, most people don't see it like that. Who's warring over anything? At most, I've seen comments on forums that are meant to be used for conversation in this topic. This isn't 'warring'. This is 'having a conversation'. Not really much of a difference in this context. Call it whatever you want. I don't even believe the concept of right or wrong can be applied to the cartoon. Then you understand what I just said? And you understand that I'm not trying to attack you thoughts on her either? I've said that several times. Cool. I understood that the first time you said it. I think differently, but you don't have to care about my opinion, just like I don't have to care about yours. What is the point of this whole conversation again?
  42. 3 points
    Happy Easter...and April Fools Day, everypony!
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    (casual reminder that I am watching) Keep it down
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