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  1. Metemponychosis

    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    I understand what you mean. "Something about it seemed..." Vapid" is the word you're looking for. Near the end the cartoon tried so hard to tell a message about inclusivity that diversity lost its meaning. The message about how everyone is important, not only Twilight was so heavy handed I'm left wondering what even is the point of her being put up as so important, which is exactly the problem with Celestia. It's an utopia where the good guys have the right of way and other cultures are represented as quirky versions of the same thing instead of different cultures with different agendas. Kinda like someone made a movie were the christians and muslims united against the big bad evil guy by praying to Jesus. Surrounded by fanservice. That sounds about right?
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    Was talking about the arc with the alternate dimension King Sombra. He just yanks the Elements and uses them as he sees fit. I recent conversation I had on Reddit brought up that Lauren had the whole game plan for the show prepared in her head and when she left the team was kind of doing anything they thought they should with little unifying vision to speak of. It was said by Meghan McCarthy in an interview, apparently.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    You know what we needed? We needed a griffon villain. Or something like that. Someone that was a threat because they had resources or they were clever. Not some simple bad guy with magic you can point a rainbow cannon at and beat the hell out of it for the sake of some shallow moral commandment. Starlight Glimmer was almost that. It came so close that it hurts. What I mean is that Starlight was, conceptually the same as Tirek. Twilight never beat her because she was clever or because she outsmarted her. The episode built a moral to be enshrined. I'm left here wondering why is it that when Nightmare Moon threw her tantrum, the griffons didn't fly from Griffonstone, put her head on a damn pike and forced the unicorns to control the damn sun and moon. The lore in this cartoon was disgustingly plot-serving to the point that suddenly the Changelings had a fucking rock that could nullify any magic, including Discord's. How incredibly lucky! Somehow it also helped infiltrate Canterlot AGAIN and capture the Sisters, and the Mane Six. Season six was ok, but again repeated the same problems. The same for seven. For eight. And nine is a clusterfuck mess of apotheotic proportions. It's like the MCU, but moronic and building up in stupidity instead of interesting characters. Compared to that, S4 finale is fine. Scratch that. Discord's defeat in season two is exactly what I'm asking. WHEN LAUREN FAUST WAS STILL IN THE FUCKING SHOW! Do you see what you did? I'm bloody pissed now!
  4. Metemponychosis

    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    You know what is sad? There was a story to be told around there somewhere about the great heroes passing down the torch to the next generation. But it's so goddamn confused about itself it makes me think there never really was anyone at the helm of this ship and it kept falling in the same waterfall every single season. I don't understand how one can do that. S4 finale. It seems that the producers thought that bringing an adapted villain from a previous generation was enough. The season itself was good, if that whole shenanigans with the Rainbow Power is what they should have done with the Elements, or instead of dressing the Rainbow Cannon in another dress, they should have used those episodes to explain the elements. But no... The fucking things were already just a big stick anyone could pick up and use thanks to that mentally challenged comic. And that is the problem with the finale. Its nothing new even though it desperately wants to say it is. It tries something new that is too similar to what already was and fails to either differentiate or to explore what already was. And then that fucking tree and that chest. Ugh... As far as I'm concerned, the cartoon could've ended with season 3. But I can't deny that every single season was a cornucopia of fun, until the cartoon remembered it needed season openers and finales. Jesus Christ. Except for 1, 3 and 5 every season finale is the same goddamn story trying to upstage itself. It's like a self harming emo kid that doesn't know any better.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    History of this cartoon. Man, I hope G5 at least looks like it has a show bible for more than one or another continuity nod here and there.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    "Hey Twilight! We're leaving! Peace out!" "Nooooo!" "Mwahahahaaha I am back from the dead! instead of working with a team I'm going to do what I haven't been able to do in the past! And I won!! Mwaaahahahaha!" "Noooo! We can't beat him! Oh, wait... We can... Okay." "No! I am defeated! Who'd thought?" "Hey, Twilight, we back now that you've beat the bad guy so that you don't have to keep doing what you just did and that we said you've been doing, so we're back to doing what we never did until you're ready to do what you've been doing since I told you to not do what I wanted you to do. Okay? Okay." WHO THE FUCK STOLE CELESTIA'S MEDICATION?!?!
  7. Metemponychosis

    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    You should! It is a great episode on its own right! I don't know if placing the episode earlier in the series would've helped it. That is part of the problem because common sense doesn't put an episode about characters going on a vacation at the same time they are retiring. That is true, but that wouldn't have been too bad if the cartoon had managed to make Celestia, at least, as important as her sister. But I also think that part of the problem lies with the fandom. I just came from Reddit, where someone had posted an image of Celestia and Luna 'angrily staring' at Tirek and Chrysalis, lacking their magic. And someone on the comments mentioned how they kicked ass in that scene. I don't have to watch the episode to know that 'exaggeration' is the mother of all understatements. Understand what I mean? The fandom, in general, never worried about the show being very reasonable.
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    What Mlp has meant to me

    MLP was great. I wish more shows followed on its wake. For everything I didn't like there were several that i loved, and, obviously, I can only speak for myself. I'm sure people out there think it was perfect, and if it was for them, then good for them. I was on med school when I started watching it and had a hard time fitting in (long story) and MLP and the fandom was certainly a big help.
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    Season 9, Episodes 24-26: Series Finale

    See, one of the reasons I like forums is that they save your time. In a hit and miss show like MLP was, reading forums and looking at Derpibooru can give you a good indication if you're going to enjoy an episode or not.
  10. Metemponychosis

    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    The cartoon never thought about those details (both). It always went with the rule of cool and the easiest solution to a problem posed by writing yourself into a corner. It really hurt itself along the way. Maybe they also have an arbitrary, lazy and unnecessary mission select map. And this is exactly what I mean with my first paragraph. The cartoon never stopped to think what is it that Celestia really did, and when the cartoon tried to give Celestia something, one would think that the cartoon was written by an alien with no concept of how living works. One would imagine that Celestia was chained to her throne and fed bread and water for a thousand years and i the end still did nothing more than petty social crap. It boggles the mind how bad she was written. Even if the intention was that she is a pathetically weak wimp, there is no excuse that they never properly showed her the ruler of her nation. And then you compare her to Luna, it's even worse, and that is taking into consideration that Luna has her own problems in that front. I remember watching the cartoon back then and rolling my eyes. "Gee... I wonder if they'll fight." Next I was wondering why is it that these two morons are going on a vacation together if they want to do different things and can't stand being near one another. The cartoon never managed to tell this story correctly. Mostly because all of it is the cartoon trying to cover it's tracks in its lack of imagination. All of this because they needed to figure out something for the unicorns to do in Hearth Warming's Eve and after that the whole franchise never recovered from that. It's a small part of their power, but the cartoon has no idea how powerful they are. This is the cartoon, again, going by the rule of lazy. It's the alternative to the rule of cool when you find yourself in a metaphorical corner in the story you can't seem to figure out yourself and still try to tell it. Fanfic writers have been known to to better than this. Except when they are. Honestly, by their age alone, they should the most powerful things in that world. The cartoon completely ignores experience, wisdom, accumulated knowledge. Thematically, they should be powerful: they control things that in the real world are as out of our control as it could be, and even within the cartoon the sun and the moon are not easily controllable, and that is to the creatures that can magic seasons into existence. MLP is the only failure of storytelling I've ever seem that unintentionally made the regent over the sun so pathetic and mundane. The cartoon never had any clue how to write nobility, rulers. They are celebrities, and that is it. I've been wondering why is it that the cartoon made Celestia the ruler when she didn't need to be to do her job. She could be just some normal schmuck that has this duty of raising the sun. Most of the problems with her would evaporate into nothing. Then, the answer is, of course, that the cartoon started with Celestia being something and then changed her to another because if Celestia was a great and respectable leader, with a comforting presence, then they would have to raise Twilight to her level. It was just easier to make Celestia into an idiotic goofball, that 'twilights' too and has no real obligations as a ruler. And the worst part of it it that when the same people that go on with the argument that Celestia and Luna don't have to be powerful or that the cartoon isn't about then, or the target audience argument read this and think that I wanted the cartoon to be House of Cards with ponies. Fuck. I think the idea here is that Celestia would do that sort of thing regularly. The only thing I think worked in this episode is that they wanted to do things that are different from their day to day. Luna wanted peace because sh'e's seem her share of adventures in the dreams she visits. It doesn't add anything to the character. It's not funny, and it is just a stupid quirk that goes nowhere. Like her wanting to act. I can't help comparing Celestia to the old kings from the real world, such as Alexander or someone like Charles XII of Sweden. It can't imagine this idiot the cartoon has produced leading an army, or sitting on her throne and contemplating the solution to some problem she's been presented with, and in which her decision could influence the lives of millions. Thank the gods fanfiction exists. I liked it. The problem with this episode is not within it. Like most things the cartoon tries to do with Celestia (you know my thoughts about Luna being good enough), the problem lies in the general way the cartoon treats her. The episode is cute and funny by itself, and when it's put in context against the rest of the series that things fall apart. That is my opinion, at least. This is the writer smiling coyly at you and pointing a petulant finger to give you a lesson about how Celestia and Luna are good at their job because they are able to delegate functions. You see, in her head, it made all the sense in the world because the reason the sisters aren't helping all the time is because they delegated those functions to the mane six. It's her way of of going tut tut at us, I mean, the mane six, and pretending that she's solving the problem of the sister's absence by avoiding the problem at all. It's like driving a car, but going downtown is too hard, and so one would drive to the suburban area and claim that the problem is that the store is in the wrong place. Maybe we should have had an episode that followed Celestia and Luna around in their daily routine instead of this convoluted mess. Mindblowing, isn't it? It was mean-spirited. It was a sting at the fans that have been asking to see the sisters doing something. It was the sort of thing that if a fan had done, the entire fandom would condemn. It speaks volumes of character. It's the sort of thing that makes me glad the cartoon is finally done and over. I think that part of the problem is that the cartoon went out of the way to show that Celestia and Luna are so different, but in the end that went nowhere. Cadance, as much as I like her, simply didn't need to exist. Picture Celestia in her throne and imagine that she has an open door policy to all solicitors where she'd try to help ponies fix their problems. A line of dialogue could've done that.
  11. Metemponychosis

    Season 9, Episode 13: Between Dark and Dawn

    I would hope for a better version of her, but if there is one thing that MLP, as a whole has taught me, is that I ask too much of the writers. So, the next best possible would be that she is completely absent because I'd rather keep some of the fandom versions of her in mi head.
  12. Metemponychosis

    Season 9, Episode 13: Between Dark and Dawn

    Well, I agree. After all, even after all the butthurt, she's my favorite character, but if they're going to do the same, it's better to not do anything at all.
  13. Metemponychosis

    Season 9, Episode 13: Between Dark and Dawn

    Real life getting in the way of ponies. Well, I don't see those posts as reviews. Just my thoughts while I watched the episodes without too much time spent on them. With that said, my problem with Celestia is that I see that the cartoon could do much better with her. It wasn't me that said that Celestia was the ruler of Equestria and then did everything in it's power to take her out of that position before even giving her a chance at that. As far as I'm concerned, she could simply be the weird pony in charge of the sun and this whole mess wouldn't exist. @DoodleDotWhich is why the problem isn't her personality. The problem is that her personality is all there is about her. While the cartoon doesn't shy away from giving Luna several episodes about her power and several appearances doing her job quite well, the cartoon is still to show Celestia being competent at her own job, or even at anything by herself, while there are several episodes where she takes the fall for the sake of the plot. It's like saying that Celestia doesn't have any personal merits and all she does is sit her ass and get carried by the others. Writers put characters spouting that somethings shouldn't be done by any one pony as though that fixes the issue, but they're missing the point. When Luna needs help to deal with Tantabus, we already know that she knows what she's doing with her power under normal circumstances, and needing help with the Tantabus shouldn't hurt anyone's perception of her abilities because of that. With that example in mind, this last season said that the sisters are going to retire. For that to have any meaning, it needs to argue that two would be missed, but also that a sufficiently good replacement is needed. You can't really tell me how Celestia would be missed if the two sisters had died in the first episode, without resorting to vague rhetoric., particularly when we literally only seem Celestia in action when she was trying to do what Twilight and friends have been doing since the start of the cartoon. And I don't know if you were talking about me, but it would be a fair assumption, since episodes about the two are typically very well received, but I'm not offended that Celestia sucks at everything. I'm offended that the writer thinks I'm an idiot and didn't really do anything new with the characters other than a straw man of what people were saying the characters needed.
  14. Metemponychosis

    Season 9, Episode 13: Between Dark and Dawn

    A clusterfuck. I'm tired of ranting about this episode on the other forum and I know people are going to ridicule that enough. Suffice to say that it failed to make a good story about the sisters, about Twilight and her friends doing the sister's job, made a parody of the sisters, and further bastardized everything that it should be trying to give importance to. I don't understand why Celestia is so hard for this cartoon. I can barely define what is it that she and Luna do and where the two meet. And of course, the fandom loved it. Seriously, I hope Celestia is nowhere near G5.