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    Season 9, Episode 7: She's All Yak

    Rarity steals the scene whenever she appears. I think it's a combination of her dramatic character and the outstanding work Tabitha St. Germain does with her. She and Tara Strong are godlike in their jobs.
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    Season 9, Episode 7: She's All Yak

    Today I watched two great episodes. This one and Frenemies. 'She's All Yak' is 'Common Ground' done right. In retrospect, I feel bad for Quibble Pants, and I don't know if this was an active decision, but putting this after Common Ground was a sound decision. Different from Quibble Pants, Yona feels much less like a parody of a stereotype and more like a person that really wants to fit in on a drastically different culture. The help she received from the ponies was good, considering what she asked and didn't seem like setting up jokes for her to be the butt: they happened naturally, because the thing was going to fail. Everyone saw it from the start, everyone saw when it was setup, and when it happened, it was done with the right amount of comedy. Sandbar was perfect. And the only complaint I have was that they gave her the trophy... It was unneeded and heavy-handed. Then again, this happens all the time in MLP. I'm also glad Twilight found something she can dance. Missed a joke there, episode.
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    Season 9, Episode 8: Frenemies

    I can't believe what I just watched. The wonders of starring in your own episode! Suddenly these evil planks floating along the plot aren't stereotyped archetypes and... Feel like... Characters! Holy crap! Someone give Mr. Vogel, Miss Porter and Miss Willis an episode starring Celestia, STAT!
  4. Yeah, it ended up being weird and arbitrary. To me, the thing was fine until they decided to explain its origin the way they did. Now, I have not a clue why the thing has the sun and the moon in it. Most of the problems with MLP comes from having a lot of writers with different styles and, I suppose, changes in direction. Not to mention the way it constantly tries to one up itself and constantly having to cover its tracks. The cartoon has avoided so hard giving Celestia any weight as 'ruler' that the notion should never be introduced in the last season. It should simply be about defending Equestria. Of course, that would have to be a thing since the beginning and Celestia would actually have to be reasonable as Equestria's defender instead of this weird parody she ended up being. TO me, it's just dead on the water and waiting for the finale to finally put it out of its misery. The only reason this cartoon still shines is because it completely ignores its 'story' as much as it can with some 70% of every season. And this applies to the retirement angle. So, Celestia and Luna are going to retire? Who cares? Equestria doesn't have a political system that depends on them. They are not doing anything that others can't do. Twilight's been dealing with shit since the first episode. What is anyone going to miss if they retire? And I don't even mean it in the sense that they'd be easily replaceable, but in the sense that they are already pointless. A caveat about Luna's dreamwalking, but transferring magic in the cartoon is so ungodly easy that it makes no difference. Seriously, I don't have a clue what they're going to do. Is Twilight going to start taking care of the sun? Is it going back to unicorns? Who's taking care of the night? Starlight Glimmer?!?! Or are the sisters going to keep messing with the sun and moon? I'd bet money that the finale is simply going to forget about these because whatever they do is going to be stupid. And I understand. I would''ve liked the premiere too if it didn't have this whole retirement thing.
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    Season 9, Episode 4: Twilight’s Seven

    I still don't have a clue what those... Smiles? Grimaces? Whatever they were meant.
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    Season 9, Episode 5: The Point of No Return

    Sorry for the time it took me to reply. I wasn't getting notifications from the forums. Honestly, I don't know. I didn't watch The Best Gift Ever. But, I think that Sparkle's Seven is a better 200th episode. This one was nice, but Sparkle's Seven was more along the lines of what a special episode should be, on account of the decisions ade by the VAs.
  7. Well, for starters, I think that the writers needed a change of paradigm in regards to how they see the Elements. Instead of seeing them as instruments that are related to the Tree, they should see them as part of the Mane Six and their importance for Equestria. The problem is that the students get in the way since they decided that the Tree will talk to them all the time instead of to the Mane Six. Honestly, this idea is gone and instead of wasting time with the whole affair of the Tree and the Elements, they should've ignored it and left on the side. About Celestia and Luna, I think that they should have died, or been completely incapacitated for the whole season. This way, instead of that lame teasing that they were gone, but not really, Twilight would be forced to deal with their absence. I feel that as the season progresses, Twilight is going to end up proving that she's ready, but at the same time, Celestia is still there and there never really was much of a threat. Had they been killed, or 'soft-killed', Twilight would REALLY prove herself. But the season is progressing and Twilight was worried about a late book. I should care about what they're going to do with Chrysalis, Cozy glow and Tyrek, but... Honestly, the only one that should feel like a threat is Chrysalis... Cozy Glow... Eh... It's a kid. Tyrek... He's been defeated twice now and the girls didn't even need the Elements. Grogar seems threatening, but still has done nothing other than recruiting the others. I expected Chrysalis to become something of a great returning villain, but instead of coming up on top, maybe starting a new swarm or something, she was just sulking there. Honestly, I don't really know what to do with them other than making an episode or two with them getting beaten, but ultimately doing whatever Grogar wanted them to do. Changing them in the premiere? I don't know... I don't think I'd even have included them. I think that the most glaring problem that I have with the whole idea, Twilight becoming the new ruler, is that the cartoon doubled down on the princesses being useless. I can't understand what the hell is it that Twilight was worried about. I don't think I've ever seen Celestia doing anything Twilight couldn't do with ease. Instead of pretending that Twilight needs Celestia to protect Equestria, the cartoon should've opened a new avenue in Celestia's character and paint her as a particularly efficient ruler. Then Twilight would have something to worry about replacing Celestia. I don't have a clue why is it that Luna wants to retire too (neither Celestia, but whatever). The only reason to do this is thematic, so I would rather kill the princesses. Finally, King Sombra's... Victory followed by defeat, and then another victory followed by a defeat within... I don't know... Hours? That whole thing should've been reworked. Maybe conquering the Crystal Empire and then using what he got there to take Canterlot, to finally be defeated. I would've ditched that whole plot about the Elements and the tree. Maybe, having the girls defeat him but with the sacrifice of the Elements, a Pyrrhic victory, because I feel like Twilight already won. Whatever they do with Grogar and others is going to feel like just another victory.
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    Season 9, Episode 5: The Point of No Return

    The more I watch MLP the more I'm convinced that it was made with episodes like this one in mind. If this was a season opener, Dusty Pages actually would've been fired because of Twilight. Joking aside, this I how I think Twilight freakouts should be. Instead of hyperventilating and yelling, imagining the worst and doing a crusade to fix a small problem is Twilight at her best. So, yeah... I really liked this one.
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    Season 9, Episode 4: Twilight’s Seven

    Getting over the fact that Celestia is an idiot again, the episode is pure comedy gold. It's one of the best parodies of a heist story I've seen. I have the image of Luna evilly stroking a goose seared into my brain forever.
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    Season 9, Episode 4: Twilight’s Seven

    Lesson of the day: Shining Armor is a smug idiot. Twilight is a predictable idiot. Celestia is a plain idiot. Spike and Luna are awesome. Amazing episode. So much fun.
  11. That was so disappointing. The whole retirement thing went nowhere and wasn't needed, that scene about the forest growing was pointless and only served to expose even further the problem with the main plot: that Celestia spent the overwhelming majority of the series doing nothing and they still haven't managed to giver her some notion of being a ruler. Both times King Sombra appeared the whole thing was rushed, things fell apart so fast (Cadance and Shining Armor bit the dust so hard and fast the baby was the only one that put up a fight) and got resolved even faster. The whole thing about losing the elements made no sense because they had lost it before. And the writers can't seem to understand that these characters already have motivations and things that they do. And up to this point, Grogar is just pointless fan service. I just hope that when Chrysalis and the others get to move against the ponies the episode doesn't have a dumbass plot getting in the way of her plans. I posted a longer version of this on MLP Forums and I really don't have the energy to do this again in here. It's weird for me to not like a season opener.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    I think this is wrong. Even if in the execution end of things, conceptually, they are very different characters. For the sake of the argument, I'll ignore all the criticisms of the execution. First of all, the real Celestia is supposed to be something like a school principal, and she took Twilight as a personal student because she was special. But additionally, the pony is the ruler of a nation, and takes care of making the day. And that is the bare minimum. With some good will, one could add to that. Maybe I'm missing something about the character in EG, but I really don't care about it. She could be the Amun-Ra of that universe, I don't care about her. Well, maybe that is the problem. They wanted to do the useless mundane school director and were stuck with the Celestia Lauren had created. I never got that far in the trailers because I rather not know the details ahead of time. And it doesn't matter. It's the same as almost every season starter. An idea that could be interesting but the cartoon killed it a long time ago because it never bothered to be a thing before. Who cares Celestia and Luna are retiring? Most of the time their presence is never important, and I called that at season 4. All of the people who cared about it did. They never said that they would like to retire. Never said that they would NOT want to retire. It means nothing. It's the typical 'woooo wow' to throw at the cartoon and pretend that DHX is telling a story. How many times had the Sisters been gone and it meant nothing? It's embarrassing. But I'm still going to watch it.And I'm still going to like it, because this crap is going to be such a little, unimportant thing in the long run. It's like particularly bad Stockholm Syndrome.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    Take what I'm going to say with a grain of salt because not only I know there are fine people in this forum that like it, but I also dislike it on personal level. Equestria Girls only exists because Hasbro wanted a cartoon to occupy that niche. They leeched off their IP since it was already famous and the thing clung to MLP like a tumor. Maybe it's because I'm too enamored with the concept that an author should be impassioned with their creation and also it's actual owner, but the whole idea gives me the creeps. I'm probably too harsh on it, though, but when I first watched it, I thought it was the most bland waste I'd ever seen, that it made poor use of our beloved characters and amounted to an official fanfiction. Which is ironic, since I love alternate universe fanfiction. The only good things about it were the things that were already great in the main series, such as the music and voice acting. One final reason is that when it was first announced, I thought it was actually going to be about ponies, that it was going to show more of their world and build on it. I thought it was an opportunity to properly do one of these 'epic' season opener and finale stories. Finally... Princess Celestia, the ruler of a nation for a millennium, wise and caring, one who literally made the sun move in the sky, reduced to a school principal. Fuck that. If there ever was one thing that showed how wrong these people think of her as a character, it had to be that. Thank Sheshat for fanfictions and people that actually care about these characters.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    To me, personally, it would be because I think that Equestria Girls is one of the biggest problems with the franchise and I couldn't care less if all involved died in a fire. I might've been interested in Celestia's involvement if I thought that the producers gave two fucks about her or anything she could do. But I can't see their Celestia having any more character in her other than, of course, forgiving Sunset Glimmer, I mean, Sunset Shimmer.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    Didn't watch it.