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  1. 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.
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    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.
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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.