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  1. Dark Qiviut

    Ways to Prevent Spam Bots From Joining

    Ironic how spambots plagued the EQDF just hours later.
  2. Dark Qiviut

    Season 8, Episode 10: The Break Up Break Down

    I don't know who was nuts enough to think Discord, Spike, and Big Mac would make a great team, but whoever it is, thank you! This dynamic is outstanding. Big Mac, Spike, and Discord all act like they knew each other for years, even though this trio only formed in season 6. It's organic, they play off one another, and share great chemistry. Speaking of chemistry, Spike and Discord are outstanding in their best outings in probably the show. Discord's cynicism towards H&HD, and love in particular, plays off spectacularly with Spike, who's very optimistic. To think that only a few seasons ago, Discord was one of his enemies, but from the way they talked to each other and knew each other so well, you wouldn't think so. How they interacted with one another was among the multi-dozens highlights here, such as Spike criticizing Discord's pessimism to Spike intentionally teasing Discord for possibly having a crush on Fluttershy to Discord ignoring Spike's sappy romantic poem about Rarity. They know how to get under each other's skin without crossing the line, making their teasing all in good fun rather than mean-spirited. One of the season's biggest improvements — the dialogue — is really shown here. Every line's so organic, even when it's somewhat expository, gelling together. Every line oozed with personality and passion, whether it's from the O&O squad or the CMCs. The dialogue allows for not just some amazing comedy, but also some heart. More 'bout the latter later. The comedy here is golden! Every joke landed perfectly, from the dialogue responses to the satirically cheesy love music playing in the background as Big Mac rushes to Sugar Belle to Big Mac's drinking a barrel-load of cider to Sweetie's "Please say no." Oh, yeah, and that jab towards the greeting card industry by Discord is too funny. Oh, yeah… >Lyra and Bob Bon sharing H&HD bond & gifts >best friends Riiiiiiiight. XP The CMCs were also fantastic here. All season so far, they've been at their A-game. The episode recognizes them as kids, but doesn't make them so obnoxious. They were right to wonder where that mysterious pie came from and search high and low to find him. But the and does a nice swerve: They may not have found that actual special somepony for SB, but had a magnificent time together, anyway. Sweetie's small speech at the end had quite a lot of heart in it. Speaking of heart, as hilarious as TBUBD is, Confalone found how to balance it perfectly. Big Mac's sadness was somewhat over the top, but treated with the respect it deserves. His romantic feelings with Sugar Belle feel genuine, and you can tell by how he talked about the small stuff to Skeleanor, like how Sugar snorts and wiggles her nose when she giggles (something that Nyactis Mewcis Catlum pointed out a while ago in a status). Big Mac doesn't talk much, so when he does, you listen. After they cleared up everything, it was all okay again, and they had a great end to Hearts & Hooves Day. Discord's revelation of finally believing in romance works perfectly and marks my moment of the season so far: revealing to damage her wagon wheel. Why? 'Cause he believes it while remaining in character and figured out how to get them back together his way. Somehow, he predicted what Big Mac was going to do next. Really shows he cares for him as a friend. Derpy was great in her role as mailmare. Oh, and it has two morals, each executed masterfully: "Don't assume. Communicate with your friends, and everything will work itself out." "Don't be afraid to openly admit your feelings. Those who care for you will listen and understand." This one is my favorite of the season so far, because it's so relatable to everyone. When I first watched it in December, I watched a treat. Seeing it completed gives it such a fresh look, and it still holds up excellent. The Break Up Break Down isn't just the best episode of Season 8 so far, but one of the ten best of the show altogether, as well.
  3. Dark Qiviut

    Season 8, Episode 9: Non-Compete Clause

    I already watched it when it was leaked, and my thoughts remain the same. This episode is crap. AJ and Rainbow Dash were completely OOC here, especially the latter for putting her focus on winning Teacher of the Month over the Student Six's safety while rowing. Thank God FIM's a piece of fiction, because had it be real-life, the school and Twilight might've had their plots sued for negligence. This episode features easily my bottom moment of the season: Yona nearly drowning. You'd think for a second that Dash and AJ would stop acting competitive with each other, grow the fuck up, and learn to be teachers. Instead, they continue to qualify one of Neighsay's strongest criticisms of the School: AJ and RD act completely unqualified. You two, this isn't Fall Weather Friends; at least you two weren't that close at the time, and the stakes were much lower. Had they remained competent and in character, that canoeing accident wouldn't have happened, and Yona wouldn't have to have her life saved. The dialogue itself is lousy. Clunky, forced, and painfully unfunny. To make it worse, this episode feels a lot like filler. After thy learned how their competitive behavior got in the way, they started arguing again, and it was all back to square one. The only saving graces here are Twilight calling Dash and AJ out for their shit (and threatening to take over the field trip after Yona nearly drowned) and Dash and AJ getting nominated for TotM — them risking that reward will make them think about how stupid they behaved on the trip. Overall, a major thumbs down.
  4. One thing I learned over the years — every time a brony or ex-brony bitterly bitches, moans, cries about, and bashes bronies and the fandom for being toxic, they themselves hypocritically are — or support an attitude — more toxic than the bronies and fandom they claim to hate. :lol:

  5. Dark Qiviut

    Do you still like Celestia?

    Dude, you're so paranoid of other people's tastes that you're threatening to kill people…over a KIDS' CARTOON! Do you even realize how delusional this behavior is? You need professional help.
  6. Maybe not you, but it may affect them. The ones who understand these political messages and agree with them. If that message spreads and makes others who know little about these politics more and more aware, then it helps further. They choose whatever topic they feel works for the show, and this can include politics. This is Hasbro's/DHX's show, and they can do whatever they want with it, but they also have standards of whatever quality they want to deliver. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes not. 1. These accusations I've been firm on and sill continue to stand by them. Why? Because when the show produces terrible moments, I refuse to stay quiet. But rather than blabber, I'm not afraid to point it out and back what I write up. 2. I'm not the only one who notices the crap you pointed out. I'm just among the loudest and the most relentless. Because I give a damn about the state of my country and the world around me. Politics shape our lives, and entertainment is one way politics are shaped, refined, and critiqued. Entertainment and politics intertwine, even when not blunt. You're factually wrong here. FIM's foundation comes from Faust, an unabashed feminist. One of her profound political beliefs is girls should have access to smarter, mature entertainment over the sexist drivel from the likes of G3 and G3.5. While she hasn't worked for FIM for so many years, her word still has massive respect behind the scenes. Dude, no one's forcing you to participate in political discussions in FIM, and your scapegoating is complete bullshit. The fandom is an independent bonus that doesn't affect the show's quality in any way. If you don't want to get involved in fandom activity, that's your choice. But pinning blame on the fans for losing YOUR OWN enjoyment of the show tells us you didn't genuinely appreciate the show in the first place. Here's a question. Are you onlyone from the MLPF, @newworld from a while back, and Cayo Toledo from EQD? I have a major hunch you are, because I'm very familiar with your patterned victim complex and how extreme you react to certain people and viewpoints. If you're not those accounts, then I don't care. Your terrible attitude is tiring, and you should start shaping it up before you burn every bridge built for you. If you are these accounts, I have more reason to be terrified of you than you to me. Why? Because you talked shit about me behind my back, slandered me on EQD, and wouldn't stop stalking me. I refused any contact with you, because I have you blocked. You threatened people with violence because an opposing viewpoint or opinion triggered you. Why did you constantly whine about me? Because I reported you for threatening to facially disfigure an EQD user two years ago. You threatened to kill me under your Cayo Toledo on EQD twice, after being given multiple chances to clean up and warned previously to mature or get banned. You were deservedly banned from commenting on EQD. Your refusal to grow up and get help cost you your commenting privileges there.
  7. The Perfect Pear.
  8. To add to what you wrote, how she learned this lesson makes it stick. Twilight never caught the dangerous disease, because she had a good night's sleep, while FS spent all night reading and researching. Even as swamp fever rapidly progressed through her system, she continued to press herself to get that honey, and almost died from it.
  9. Two big reasons why politics are involved in stories: 1. They're fodder for story ideas. If any politics gives the writers an idea to run with, they'll do it. 2. Animation helps shape real-life culture. You may not wanna talk about politics or pretend they don't exist in the show, but animation is entertainment, and entertainment inherently political. You can't separate entertainment from politics. To echo @GlitterCat above, animation is a leverage to push for positive change.
  10. In many episodes, the mane characters (whether it's the Mane 8, CMCs, or Discord) learn a valuable lesson. Sometimes, the lesson is standard and/or learned proactively. Occasionally, they learn it the hard way, and how they learn that lesson can be really difficult to handle. The one that comes to my mind immediately is Twilight from Amending Fences, and I still maintain it to be the hardest any of the M8 learned in the show. For so long, Twilight's mirrored image withheld her grief and pain because someone she felt she can trust and connect didn't take friendship so seriously in favor of over-studying. Each time Twilight tried to reconnect with her and make up for the terrible thing she did, Moondancer continued to reject every attempt at friendship, because the pain was so deep. Twilight's attempt to recreate the party she voluntarily skipped was her breaking point; MD finally let out the torment she suffered since devolving into a recluse. To make it tougher, Twilight had to watch her break down and cry, adding to the regret Twilight already felt leading up to it. Had she not develop and become the Princess of Friendship, Twilight might not have absorbed all of Moondancer's grief, but TS needed to hear MD's pain and absorb it so she could truly comprehend what it was like to be in MD's shoes. Can you come up with any other tough lessons the mane characters learned? If so, which ones, and explain why.
  11. Dark Qiviut

    Nuke's FIM Episode review thread

    I wrote it before, and I'll write it again. Zeppelin is Fame & Misfortune written correctly. The story comes first, and is written with more care for continuity, effort, and heart. The lesson is outstanding. Every fan (including Star Tracker) has a real reason to be there, and they're treated like people than stereotypes. Furthermore, neither Tracker nor Twilight are written entirely in the right or wrong. It's a deep, nuanced story. Great review.
  12. Hey, Dark! How's it going?

  13. hey qiviut whts new?

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    2. Spider

      Spider

      2 of them actually

    3. Dark Qiviut
    4. Spider

      Spider

      do you want to check them out and see if I did a good enough job these are my first 2 reviews

       

  14. The more I think about, the more I'm convinced (and thank MrEnter's latest review for F&M for making me think about it more). "We're a Work in Progress" is the worst song of the entire series. Worse than the bungled Cloudesdale Anthem, the CMC showstopper song, the generic songs from EQG1, Unleash the Magic, Awesome As I Wanna Be, or battle for Sugar Belle. Why? Because it tries to teach a moral — with a straight face — that is not only broken from a storytelling level, but harmful and toxic in real-life context, as well.

    1. In universe, the RM6 publish an autobiography of what they learned through season 4, but the stereotypical straw fans view it entirely as a work of fiction. We saw how the characters learned through every lesson, but their readers didn't, so unless they were very clear they learned and grew, they're going to have a wide array of judgments and opinions of their actions, both good and bad. When your premise is fatally flawed, the lessons run the risk of being hurt, too, because they're the driving point of every single episode. Every episode is narrowed to the lessons they're trying to teach.

      The moral within the song is a lazy coverup for really bad writing over the years. Flawed characters are inherently interesting, but characters being flawed is no excuse for them behaving badly or out of character. IRL, a person may regress and forget the lessons they learned. But RL and fiction aren't the same. When a character has to repeat a similar outcome and lesson again and again, the stories feel pointless, and the character becomes more of a waste of time than something relatable or intriguing. FS relearning from her mistakes is really bad writing. Yes, they acknowledge how they're a work in progress, but a declaration of improvement isn't evidence of improvement, and the episode puts forth no effort in showing that, not even when FS mustered the courage to confront her harassers.

      Thirdly, it's very hypocritical. This series has a long history of both reforming and redeeming villains and antagonists, like Discord, Sunset, DT, and Starlight. What do they all have in common? Their old behavior wasn't tolerable, and they recognize it. But rather than take it all for granted, they tried to improve and become better people. This song literally handwaves it all as a waste of time, and that it was bad for the show and reformed bad guys to self-improve, a complete contradiction of what FIM preaches.
    2. Apply this to a real-life context. Liking someone in spite of their flaws is a very reasonable message. But the song literally treats their flaws as part of who they are and what makes special as people. That's not a good message to teach. Acknowledging your flaws is fine, but how do you go about an improve it? By recognizing it and making sure you correct them. Individual flaws make or break friendships or relationships.

      To take it from a personal note, I used "objectively" and "factually" way too often in the previous years to the point where I used them more as reactionary buzzwords than concrete conclusions from presented evidence. Not to mention episodes I once wrote off as objectively terrible or bad (or vice-versa)…well, some of that has changed, like Bats! (from calling it good or average initially to borderline-awful), Equestria Games (from declaring it as one of the ten worst of the series then to being poor to mediocre now), Flight to the Finish (from calling it not good initially to being one of S4's big three), or even Stranger Than Fan Fiction (from calling one of S6's worst to one of the better episodes that season). Why? Because I gain more knowledge and understanding of the episodes as time and crappy episodes come by, and my tastes changed as a whole. I gained a better understanding of the craft and became better as a reviewer. (A part of me cringes from how I behaved back then.) Nowadays, I use it much more rarely, only apply it when I'm absolutely sure, and try to not fuck up when using it.

      What this moral's stating in a real-life context is how self-improvement is pointless. You're flawed? Good! You're fine as is. Uh, no. "Being yourself" doesn't work that way. This lesson applies perfectly in Aladdin, because Aladdin lived a lie and deceived Jasmine, his friends, Agrabah, and himself. F&M doesn't have that leverage, because the song, its moral, and those who sing it acknowledge their flaws and don't give a shit if they try to change and become better. "Changing and becoming better" being, y'know, one of the show's most important themes.

      And how does this toxic moral apply to real life in general? Here's some examples:
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      He never tries to self-improve, but that's okay, because I like him because of that.

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      He's a complete asshole, but being an asshole is what makes him so endearing.

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      She's a reckless driver who drives 30 miles over the speed limit and never wears her seatbelt, but I lt it slide, because it's part of who she is.

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      They're very abusive to their spouses and children, but they're fine as is, because they're flaws to their personality.

      ^ The song and attached moral were teaching that slippery slope of accepting bad behavior without concentrating on its implications. It's legitimately a dangerous lesson to teach, especially to kids.
    1. Spider

      Spider

      I agree that's a dangerous lesson to teach kids

    2. Anti-Villain

      Anti-Villain

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      He never tries to self-improve, but that's okay, because I like him because of that.

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      He's a complete asshole, but being an asshole is what makes him so endearing.

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      She's a reckless driver who drives 30 miles over the speed limit and never wears her seatbelt, but I lt it slide, because it's part of who she is.

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      They're very abusive to their spouses and children, but they're fine as is, because they're flaws to their personality.

       

       

      That's not just a slippery slope.

       

      That's...

       

       

    3. EpicEnergy

      EpicEnergy

       

      Further Things I Want To Add 

       

      1. I actually like the song, but not because of its moral; rather, because of the music. However, I noticed what it was saying when I sang it out loud - our flaws make us special! What! They bond the mane six and keep them strong! Are you kidding me!

       

      2. I could give you reasons why the song is good in other ways, but I won't because what if a 6-year-old heard this song, understood the moral, and applied it? They would be like - hey mom, so you like me because I throw temper tantrums all the time? That is what makes me special? Is that what makes me strong? Is that what holds me and you together? 

       

      3. Twilight says, "our flaw are what brought us together". Liar alert! What brought them together, according to the overall plotline of the series, was the magic of friendship - they were destined to be friends, as they all got their cutie marks at the same time. Are their flaws part of that magic? Even if they are, that isn't what brought them together. Twilight didn't like Applejack because she was too honest. They didn't like Rarity because she sometimes was a stuck-up drama queen. Twilight didn't say - oh Fluttershy, I just love how you were so shy and not assertive the very first time we met; I love that about you. 

       

       4. " it's our flaws that make us work". So, Applejack's flaw of being way too honest worked is season 7 ep. 9 ("Honest Apple"), when she made legit everyone quit Rarity's fashion show?

       

      5. The developers could have chosen better words to put in that song! The concept should be that flaws are not the point of our book – what really matters is how we got over them time and time again, and how we learned from those flaws. We make mistakes, we learn from them. We work on our flaws. You shouldn't look at our flaws as seen through our book; you should look at what we learned from them and how that made us better. At least, that is in my opinion a better way of re-wording the moral and story in the episode.