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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Season 9, Episode 12: The Last Crusade

    Hmm... This episode... Tsk... It was a nice idea but I think the execution fell flat. If it only existed to get Scoot's parents out of the way and introduce her aunts, it would've worked well enough. But it both introduces and ditches her parents, introduces her aunts and completely glosses over her parents feeling for her because the episode didn't have time for that. When Scootaloo said they were forcing her to choose, it felt bland. The cartoon simply didn't earn that with a couple of characters it had just introduced. It also frustrates me that the cartoon manages to make more of a deal about the CMC breaking up because one of them would move out than it does about Celestia and Luna retiring. The CMC crying felt petty and the whole deal the town made felt contrived. I didn't like Scootaloo's aunts either. Not because the cartoon was taking a stance in the same-gender couples issue, but because it felt pandering. With little to no impact in the whole thing. If they wanted to do this right, they should've done it with Starlight Glimmer and Trixie, for example. They are both beloved characters, with a great chemistry we saw grow as we witnessed their relationship develop. Not to mention that the conflict within their relationship in the past episode was very important to the story. It's just better storytelling. Mind you all, I'm not complaining that the cartoon has taken an stance for the acceptance of same sex couples. What I'm saying is that it had both the knife and the cheese to make a much more engaging story. For example, if they were hurting for an excuse to do that, they could've thrown that over Celestia's shoulders, because on the next episode the cartoon shies away from anything remotely political in an episode that should've made an issue of the importance of good leadership.
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    Season 9, Episode 11: Student Counsel

    Good episode, again. Half the humor was Trixie's reactions and the other half was Maude. I don't usually like 'Maude humor', but for some reason, in this episode it worked for me in that sense when a joke is so bad it goes around and becomes funny. "We can still have a party... A Search party." And all her dialogue about Mud Briar being turned to stone. Those were so bad they were funny, in a good kind of way, I mean. And then there was Trixie and her experience on talking about experience with monsters and her tracking skills. If felt like filler, but it was hilarious. Thinking about the 'sisters episode' of today, I can't help but wishing they'd do what they did with Starlight, but with Celestia. That would fix some of her issues.
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    Season 9, Episode 10: Going to Seed

    And, another good episode. It brought back so many good childhood memories, not to mention top notch Apple sisters bonding. Applejack was great by herself in this episode, and also Big Mac doing all the stuff so that the two could be together. I think this episode did a great job of using its characters and its premise. I was hoping the Great Seedling was real, but I think that leaving the ending ambiguous was better.
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    Season 9, Episode 9: Sweet and Smoky

    That was a good one. I really liked Amber in this one and the little tidbits about dragon lore. But what I liked the most was how clever that ending was, tying together the two plots and how funny I thought Garble was. I didn't think that the moral was particularly good, but it was better than the other episode about bullies. MLP at its best. And Amber. Celestia could take a few lessons from her.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    @Number95Honestly, whatever you want. It's a typical MLP season. Stupid premiere, the finale is going to stupid too and in between we get nice and fun episodes.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    @Number95I look forward to you review of S09E01/02.
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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!
  14. 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.