Metemponychosis

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  1. It's something very subjective and very nitpicky but it was the first time the rose-tinted glasses broke and I realized that the production staff didn't seem to give the cartoon their 100%. It's about the flags for each tribe, the one for the united Equestria and the absence of the Two Sisters in this story. I felt that, in light of Celestia's absence, the unicorns' ability of raising the sun and the moon marked the beginning of Celestia's journey into uselessness and put front and center the fact that the production staff doesn't really give a damn.
  2. I loved this episode at the time, but it also had my first disappointment with MLP.
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    Nuke's FIM Episode review thread

    I wanted to KILL someone at this point. Also, this is becoming a problem with MLP...
  4. How about the alicorn of "second chances"? I don't know what virtue or anything goes better with the idea. Redemption?
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    Starlight Glimmer: hate or great?

    I don't think that you shouldn't have mentioned that. Talking about stuff is what the forum is for.
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    Nuke's FIM Episode review thread

    Discord is a troll. Celestia has a sense of humor. He wants to have his fun and doesn't care if it hurts. He is selfish and only cares about himself and having Fluttershy for himself. Celestia just wants to be together. Personally, think that Celestia, at the time did feel like a monolith of 'princessness' and this episode did wonders for her. Even if now she needs a bit more of both. Also, this episode is very fun to watch. The whole mess Philomena creates and the way Twilight gets swallowed in it was hillarious. The slow pacing didn't bother me, but I always think that MLP rushes everything anyway. So take that with a grain of salt. Finaly... Yes... Rarity's part in it was less than perfect. You know what? I want to see Tiberius canonized in the cartoon and see him interacting with Philomena. I wanna see what she can put the poor thing through.
  7. They don't expect you to like them. They don't care if you like them or not. They use these characters because they are already liked by a lot of people. They are popular. This only works because we're talking about fiction. As a person watching the cartoon, I can enjoy Discord and Trixie being fun, even if I don't like the way they think. Like Deadpool, in a way. But if I was a pony living in Equestria, I'd probably keep as far away from Discord as I could. Starlight Glimmer... Eh... I wouldn't want to stay alone with her. I don't trust her. And I certainly don't think that Thorax is fit to rule an entire race just because... MAGIC! But then again, it's not like the cartoon even tries to make sense of all this stuff. It's just "cool stuff" to put on the screen. Just ignore them and focus on the stuff you like in the cartoon. It has much more than them in it.
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    Starlight Glimmer: hate or great?

    What exactly are we talking about when we say "using the imagination"? Because if a character in a movie drops a stone from their hand, and the scene cuts, the most reasonable thing to expect is that the stone fell to the ground. But when that stone, magically appears on another character's hand with no explanation in between, then it's not an issue of "using your imagination". It's something that is lacking. It's a story that makes no sense in that particular point. The cartoon has dealt with this sort of thing much better: Sky Stinger had ego problems because his parents didn't pay attention to him. If he was the same as Starlight Glimmer, he would've wanted to destroy all families because of it and then people would be complaining that his motivation was weak. If you want to provide your own explanation to make that scene make sense, it's fine, but this is definition of headcanon. And complaining that it's lacking in canon is perfectly legitimate. Unless I misunderstood your point.
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    Starlight Glimmer: hate or great?

    The problem is that people like and dislike different things. Most people don't seem concerned with the fact that SG pretty much one-upped Twilight simply for plot convenience. This is grating to me. Because while I saw Twilight grow and learn, I've seen her go from one thing to another better one. SG just showed up and owned her own adventure to save everyone (I hate these "end of the world" scenarios because MLP just doesn't deal right with them). While at that, her backstory is one of the weakest in the cartoon for this kind of use. Another problem that I have, is that the episode in question when talking about mind-raping others, just ignores the morality behind SG's actions. The cartoon wants me to accept that she has changed and is now a better pony, while at the same time she does "villain things", and when she gets called on her actions, the problem is that she was trying to skip on her lessons, not that she violated her "friend's" minds. I dare anyone here to say that it's excusable to use any mean to to make others "agreeable" against their will. The only reason SG is excused, is because we're talking about a cartoon that isn't that responsible and that she's the fandom's new target of worship. Saying "time constraints" as an excuse is not enough, because if you can't tell the story you want, you tell another story or you WILL hurt narrative coherence. But the writers for this cartoon take this concept, laugh at it, and throw it out the window. For example: when some villain is always defeating the big defender of the land so that the main character can act, I don't think that the villain is badass, I think that this great champion is lame. And what hurts the cartoon even more is that there was no reason for the finale to turn this mess into a threat to the whole of Equestria. They actually made the story more complex that they needed, just to make these characters (SG and her Equestrian Suicide Squad) look even better. This isn't storytelling. This is pandering taking the front seat while the actual story gets shoved to the corner. Saying that the cartoon is for children also doesn't help, because if you take care with it you can make it less grating to the "others", without hurting the enjoyment for this seemingly brain dead hypothetical audience. No one complains about good writing. Personally, I don't mind that she was "evil" and is now "good". I like this concept and the name of the cartoon is "Friendship is Magic". Redemption and the sort is to be expected. The problem is that the cartoon is awful at it. It doesn't have the time to make complex and interesting character development where we see it changing from one side to another. It ALWAYS looks like a 180 and for a silly reason. Now that I said all that, the problem isn't Starlight Glimmer. It's the way the writers use her and don't seem to think for two seconds about what they're putting on the episodes. I'm okay with the idea that she is good, that she's a great mage, and that she does things the usual good guy would call unorthodox. But the one thing I think NEEDS fixing is her past. How did she learn magic? What happened to her after her friend left. How did she go from normal kid to crazy dictator? It can't be just because she lost one friend. She needs more flourishing around her background. And maybe behave like she has a conscience. She needs those to be next to Twilight, that is what one would call a main character, but this disparity exists regardless and is the stuff people call "Mary Sue" or "OP" and the like. And it's also easy to fix.
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    Nuke's FIM Episode review thread

    Maybe it's my different cultural background but the inspiration the episode took from the real life conflict never bothered me. At the time I just felt that 'Eh... They managed to find a better solution than years of killing each other." But thinking about it now, I wouldnt complain about it, but this whole thing getting fixed by a tasty pie... I wouldn't say that it's offensive, but I'd prefer if they had taken a bit more care with this.
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    What's the first episode you watched?

    My first one was the first. When I learned of the cartoon, I got interested (saw a clip from Pinkie's solo party and decided to check out the cartoon. So I started from the beginning.
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    Male alicorns. Possible?

    Oh, I see. I agree then. I meant that there is nothing in the cartoon that prevents it, but the chance of "the bosses" letting it happen is very slim.
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    Male alicorns. Possible?

    I'm not sure what you mean. Why? Just because all alicorns are princesses, doesn't mean that there cant be a... cis-male alicorn.
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    Male alicorns. Possible?

    I'll just add my opinion that there is nothing in the cartoon that prevents it, since alicorns are just born anyways.
  15. @Nuke87654Well, what can I say that I haven't already? Thank you for making me hate her a little more.
  16. Yes, but it doesn't change the fact that Twilight was the one that cast the spell and didn't even seem to realize she was doing it. Casting a spell you don't know what is for, especially if the thing is broken, doesn't seem like something anyone with common sense would do. That is what I'm complaining about in the second paragraph. I don't know if Twilight cast the thing intentionally and was just stupid, or if she didn't even know that reading the thing aloud would activate it. Either way, it's dumb (and this is coming from someone that likes that episode). In the first case Celestia sent the book to Twilight and expected her to handle it correctly (because I would if I gave some student of mine something dangerous). In the second case Twilight didn't know that spells can be activated by reading lines of rhymes and that is something that I would expect her to know, given her talent and upbringing. The third interpretation is that Celestia knew that Twilight would be careless (or wouldn't know how to handle the spell) and just played her and endangered everyone else. I just don't like to think that this was the intention for at least five different reasons. It turns Celestia into a maleficent dick, Luna into her accomplice, Twilight into an incompetent moron, Twilight's friends into Celestia's pawns and makes reading a goddamn book a danger. I hate their use of Celestia in the cartoon enough as it is already.
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    Nuke's FIM Episode review thread

    Fluttershy was keeping score in the over "events". The Running of the Leaves was something entirely different from the Iron Pony competition. I'd like to say that their shenanigans didn't bother the others because they understood what the thing was about and didn't care about them, but the episode doesn't really say that.
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    Nuke's FIM Episode review thread

    Both of them missed the point of the competition because they were competing between themselves. Which is why I think that Celestia's appearance in the end, and Twilight's philosophy about the race mirror what others were thinking. The fact is that both RD and AJ made asses out of themselves and the others were worried about the event itself. I don't think there was even a judge in the event.
  19. Oh, crap. I was confusing Rainbow Falls with Trade Ya. Duh. Yeah, I agree. Flaws are part of a good character. If Rarity didn't get carried away sometimes, she wouldn't be her. I think that Rarity was great in this episode too. I blame Twilight. She was the one that messed with something she didn't understand. I have trouble blaming Celestia for Twilight's behavior. Here is the thing: the cartoon changes the rules when it's convenient. It's the first time a spell has a spoken component and can be activated unintentionally when all other spells always needed the unicorn casting it to channel energy. To me, it was the same kind of stupidity Twilight shows in Bats! It's annoying. This isn't the kind of messing things up because the character was dumb and the story grows from it and the character learns. This is the writer didn't give it enough thought, the character messes up, learns another lesson and the actual problem that gave rise to the whole situation gets ignored as the character is treated as if it is better than it was. If I was Celestia I would have sent Twilight back to Magical Kindergarten...
  20. The problem with this episode for me is that they tried to portray Twilight as a skeptic individual. On a bad day, I'd say that they were trying to make her seem like the evil, short-sighted, monstrous atheist that thinks bad things of all that don't see the world in black and white as he/she does. The problem is that the people responsible failed horribly even at that. Twilight comes out as an idiot, period. Here is how you do it: observe phenomenon, create an hypothesis to explain it, elaborate experiments that control variables and creates results which can be used to formulate a theory capable of predicting future events, test it. Did it work consistently? Good, collect your prize from the Canterlot Society of Cartoon Logic. Didn't work? Stop raging against reality for not conforming to your theory and see what you got wrong. Man... It must be hard being a fictional character... You're submitted to the stupidity of the plot. This is probably the worst Twilight has been in the entire cartoon.
  21. Rarity has a tendency of owning her episodes like a boss, but this one, in my opinion, is stellar. Hold on. Let me get my helmet...
  22. Outside what you already said, I liked this episode for a very personal and completely biased reason: it gave Celestia an air of overseer. Like she was aware that something was wrong and showed up to see what was going on and fix it with a few simple words, helping the ponies realize that something was amiss. I don't know if this was intentional. Probably not with the intention of making it look like she was taking care of Equestria, but I loved it at the time.
  23. Winter Wrap Up is one of my favorite episodes. I just think that the problem with them isn't the lack of magic, but their lack of vision over the larger picture. Lack of coordenation between the teams. Even if they had magic, they'd fail. And I think that is the message. About Call of the Cutie... Another of my favorites. MLP does the best children in cartoons. Most of them tend to feel (by me) like crazy adults. MLP does it right. And I wanted to murder Diamond Tiara.
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    Is Fluttershy...

    People from 4chan (?) asked Mr. Miller about that and his answer was no. Also said that her model was the same throughout the entire series.