Metemponychosis

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  1. 6 hours ago, Leonbrony17 said:

    I'm wondering though. Where is her mother?

    She passed away with a condition known as Bothersome Parent That Would Prevent the Plot, also known as Murder by Writer and Disney Syndrome.

     

    That introduction after the 2d animated sequence was probably one of my favorite movie intros in ever. Very effective in setting up the plot, heartwarming and so adorable.

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  2. If I see G5 ponies here I'm leaving this site forevah!

    /s

     

    I think that the site is gonna be about both G5 and G4, elements from both are a requirement. I fully support the idea of the emotes.

    And while I love the banner, I think it could afford to be updated with added elements. Let's wait and see what the new movie provides in the form of ideas and vistas that can match the cloud metropolis. Maybe a composite image?

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  3. 10 hours ago, Otaku-sempai said:

    I'm not sure what's so funny here? If Twilight and her friends are defeated then Flurry Heart becomes the Chosen One who needs to be hidden and protected until she comes of age and is able to take up the challenge. Standard heroic fantasy trope.

    That's not what happened.

    Not to mention that speaking of line of defense in that situation where they already lost and go on the offensive to regain what they had lost is just silly.


  4. Man, I'm glad I didn't watch this.

    The whole concept of Chrysalis sowing discord by herself is just so asinine it is difficult to understand how they though it was a good idea. I guess they really didn't care. Just like Cozy Glow 'just becoming an alicorn'. It's like Twilight's journey through seasons 1-3 was just a waste. 'LOL become more powerful and you'll be an alicorn', kind of waste that is just dumb, considering that the two oldest alicorns aren't even remotely more powerful than a random pony that has the plot device magic for the scene. And chrysalis becoming an alicorn... She kind of is already. This is just stupid. Again, it seals 'being alicorn' as being more powerful. I've seem amateur fanfiction that doesn't screw up like that.

     

    8 hours ago, Number95 said:

    They check on the setup for the ceremony with some of the Mane 6, and the streets are looking empty

    Nah, in reality they figured it was a joke. :applebelch:

     

    On 3/22/2021 at 12:29 AM, Number95 said:

    Chrysalis meets back with her teammates, and Discord conveniently teleports himself and Twilight’s friends to a spot close to the villains. The villains overhear their plans concerning the setup of the event, and Chrysalis then comes up with a new plan by screwing with those plans.

    What? For real?!

    8 hours ago, Number95 said:

    “ultimate battle for the fate of Equestria”

    I've seen some good fictions where this line actually sounded badass.

    8 hours ago, Number95 said:

    Meanwhile with the villain trio, the three are deciding whether to absorb or leave Discord’s magic in the bell. Cozy Glow volunteers to test the magic, but she doesn’t know how to use Discord’s power and finds herself unable to control it. The power gets absorbed by the bell again, and the three decide to simply jump straight to conquering Equestria. Tirek previously absorbed Discord’s power and didn’t suffer any ill effects, but he didn’t use the chaos magic. I’m surprised he didn’t decide to absorb the power for himself since he’s all about absorbing magic.

    Another thing that pisses me off is how magic is just a big stick that you can use to poke at stuff, but then Discord's magic is too... Weird. Fuck that. Stupid lore.

     

    Seriously, what is the endgame for the villains? Just destroy everything and then fight each other and the winner gets a big pile of nothing? This is why I say that NMM is the best villain. She had a great motivation out of sorrow and an endgame where she would OWN something other than a dead wasteland.

    8 hours ago, Number95 said:

    Cadance and Shining Armor even appear for a short moment to offer their help, but Twilight rejects their help because they need to protect Flurry Heart as she is Equestria’s truly final line of defense.

    What?! LOL

    8 hours ago, Number95 said:

    Celestia congratulates Twilight of this victory and her upcoming role as new ruler of Equestria.

    Yes... Because Celestia has proved that defending Equestria and ruling are things that happen in these braindead two-parters.

    I find it amusing that Twilight kept doing the same thing throughout the cartoon, but only now she's ready. Seriously man...

     

    Other than the whole thing about Cutie Re-Mark, which does kill the idea this finale tried to show, even if it didn't exist, the cartoon just doesn't have the philosophical oomph to pull off a 'together we win' story.

     

    So, here is the problem with MLP's idea of all uniting to defeat the bad guys (and this is a problem with the whole series):

    Everything is the same. All the cultures in the show are quirky versions of the same Pony America. Over here you have the americans that use horse puns, over there the americans that break stuff and talk funny, over there the americans that are boisterous and bully, over here you have the sneaky americans, there are the sea-americans, there are the frost americans and over there the greedy americans. This is not, by itself a problem, but they don't disagree on how to deal with their problems. EVER. They all believe the same things and will, obviously, unite because they won't disagree on the best way to deal with a problem. Griffons didn't go to Twilight and say "Screw that, we're gonna shoot them dead." The changelings didn't sneak-attack, or hide to investigate. The Yaks didn't use their strength to fight the enemy, and their cultural distinctiveness, what little there is, is non-existent for the time. The thing about the 'everyone just do this generic magic' is that the cartoon says it stems from friendship, but doesn't. It comes from a non-existent clumping together of goodness that disregards individual skills and knowledge that work together. Because THAT would be awesome, but also too difficult for the people behind the wheel of this show. Which is a shame, because that is what inclusivity is about, not dumb consensus.

     

    If there were smart people running the cartoon, and if they had committed to going with that finale, Celestia would be doing government stuff related to helping, such as rallying allies, using her understanding of how Equestria works to thwart the enemies, using her privileges as a ruler to help. Luna would be doing dream stuff. Twilight's friends would be using their elements to counter the damage Chrysalis had done. 

     

    Want a better example? See the ending for Mass Effect 2. There is careful planning and the player must chose the characters for specific tasks while everyone is involved in small parts that make the whole work rather than a big clumping up of bullshit. And it is interesting because characters disagree on who is the best for each task, it falls on the player as Commander Shepard (an actual fucking leader) to know the strengths and weaknesses of his friends to put them in the right tasks and motivate them. It is just legendary. And there. I said it! Commander Shepard is a better Twilight Sparkle than Twilight Sparkle.

     

    The twist... Is just there. I'm glad I didn't watch this. I'm busy writing stuff and I don't want to waste my time with this episode.

     

    Will you talk about the real ending?

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  5. 1 hour ago, Otaku-sempai said:

    Maybe you should at least watch those last three episodes with the end of the season's arc and the epilogue for the entire show. I'd also highly recommend Episode #23 "The Big Mac Question".

    Don't want to be more frustrated with a cartoon I like so much more than I already am.

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  6. 8 hours ago, Number95 said:

    I'm not against the amulet, at least not in principle. Assuming the show was better at handling the alicorn sisters, I could accept the amulet allowing Twilight to just move the sun and moon as the sisters can use their magic for other purposes presumably out of the other other alicorns' reach, and the amulet only lets Twilight do something specific.

    Have you watched the last 3 episodes of the show? I'll be covering those eventually.

    Which is retarded for reasons already discussed here ad nauseam.

    I haven't watched anything past the first half of the last season. That stupid episode about the sisters going on vacation finally did me in.


  7. 40 minutes ago, Otaku-sempai said:

    Clock? The amulet does not work like a clock or like a timer of any kind. It just allows Twilight to control the Sun and the Moon without draining all of her power as the process did with the Unicorns who performed that function before Celestia and Luna took it over. Over time Twilight's power might grow to the point where she has no need of the amulet.

     

    I do have questions about the cosmology of G5. If the magic of Equestria has faded then what's going on with the Sun and the Moon?

    I know it doesn't look like a clock. I'm being disingenuous on purpose. 


  8. 1 hour ago, Number95 said:

    -snip-

    I haven't watched this episode, and honestly, I don't feel like. Much less after reading this. That thingamajig with the sisters magic just... Ugh. Knowing it is in this episode is enough to turn me away. I'd like to have a time machine and tell Lauren Faust, just as she finished the draft for the Sisters background, that in the end of the series all that whimsical and enchanting magic would be replaced by a clock. Just so that I could see the face of a passionate creator finding out that the thing that defined her magical queen princess would be reduced to a gizmo.

    I would like to enter the mind of someone that comes up with shit like this. The power to control the heavens turned into a thingy. That is not even important. None of the magic or whimsy behind the Elements of Harmony. Not a moral message of relevance. Not even an interesting origin, or requirement. Just a lazy plot-device to solve the a problem that the writers created themselves and are too clueless to fix properly.

    I FUCKING HATE THAT THING!

    Probably more than I hate the map and the Tree of Harmony.


  9. 1 hour ago, Number95 said:

    If this new generation of ponies will and must acknowledge Friendship is Magic, I wouldn't mind if the references were minor and minimal as even though the show disappointed me as a whole, there were at least some things I liked about it.

    References to it might be inevitable since it's easily the most popular MLP show

    There will be references left and right because they can't start anything of their own and they want to milk the fandom for however long they can.

    My hope was that it would be be just that. References. But as I said earlier, I don't think that they would be willing to start again with a new continuity.

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  10. 12 hours ago, Number95 said:

    This new movie still takes place in Equestria? I hope it's not in the same continuity as Friendship is Magic because I'm not interested in revisiting that same Equestria.

    If it isn't in the same continuity, I might be able to go with some references to the previous so.

    If it's in the same continuity, I wonder how low my interest in the new MLP incarnation will be.

    Honestly, I'm not even sure how interested I am in this new movie.

    There is another piece of news floating around that says that this is after the ending of G4. Some unspecified long time.  I'll try to track it down to shwo you.

    I would preffer tenfold if this was another continuity, but the milking of the cow must go on.

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  11. On 2/25/2021 at 4:22 AM, Spikeywikey said:

    Oh, boy... I hate this synopsis. Sounds like what Disney did with Star Wars: grabbing a closed and done with story and ruining the legacy of previous characters for the sake of milking it some more because they're too scared of making something new.

    I hope that I'm wrong and this is something entirely new, but doesn't look like it.

    EDIT: "Somehow, Sombra has returned..."

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  12. On 2/8/2021 at 8:03 PM, Number95 said:

    hey wanted to tell the story of A Christmas Carol in the style of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. How well they did will vary between viewers.

    I notice that we always argue past each other when she subject is quality x reception.

    I believe that things can be executed in different ways and that makes the final productive objectively good or bad (and everything in between). And that is different from reception from individual people. For example: I agree with you that Luna deserved a better study of her character, and that is a flaw. But, I know that you believe that the spectacle is not enough to justify that flaw, while I say that I am satisfied with the final product.

    Do we agree that these are two different metrics?

    On 2/8/2021 at 8:03 PM, Number95 said:

    Sorry for the poor wording. I should have said that the writers were at least consistent with a very minor portion of the vague MLP lore.

    Ah. Got it.

    On 2/8/2021 at 8:03 PM, Number95 said:

    It actually irritates me because they obviously could have shown Celestia and Twilight doing something together if they wanted to. Why they never thought of putting any effort into that concept at any point but followed through with the equally obligatory interactions between Twilight and Starlight is beyond me.

    Ditto.

    On 2/8/2021 at 8:03 PM, Number95 said:

    I still don't know why they'd prioritize minor Luna-fan-pandering over an insight into her character.

    My guess is because it is easier? I don't know. I'd feel like I was doing an incomplete job. And since they said that they didn't get executive intromission into their work, I am at a loss too.

    On 2/8/2021 at 8:03 PM, Number95 said:

    I don't remember if that was in any of the adaptations I've seen, though such a scene happening wouldn't look out of place to me since Scrooge slowly drops his hateful heart as he interacts with the ghosts.

    Technically he's supposed to rationalize away the wrongs that he did until the Ghost of Christmas Future hits him with the bombshell, and I think that this is a standard that remains in most of the adaptations I've seen.

    On 2/8/2021 at 8:03 PM, Number95 said:

    What other adaptations of the story have you seen?

    I've seen at least one for a locally produced cartoon in my country, Brazil. And it was ok. I can remember All Dogs Christmas Carol and the one you mentioned.

    I've seen a Bugs Bunny one that was rather standard with Yosemite Sam as Scrooge. There was one in ST: The Next Generation with Data as Scrooge.  I remember The Jetsons did one.

    I took a look at the Wikipedia page for adaptations and basically everyone and their mothers did an adaptation. So, I suppose that MLP couldn't stay out.

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  13. On 1/19/2021 at 6:06 PM, Number95 said:

    'm willing to cut the episode some slack for not having the exact same main theme as the book as the episode itself was more of a retelling of the original story than an adaptation of it. I still do think that it kept some of the story's major points without tarnishing them.

    Then why make an adaptation and not tell a new story. If one is going to adapt, or retell, a story and it is going to miss the authorial intent of the original someone is just being lazy. But at least this episode is entertaining and if the original didn't exist I'd probably appreciate it more.

    On 1/19/2021 at 6:06 PM, Number95 said:

    At least they kept the MLP lore consistent.

    I agree with the rest, but expand on this, please.

    On 1/19/2021 at 6:06 PM, Number95 said:

    Too bad Twilight sitting down with Starlight is no substitute for Celestia doing the same with Twilight, so no points for the latter concept.

    I appreciate the effort because it feels like they at least learned something. It is obviously not a substitute, but it could be worse, I think.

    On 1/19/2021 at 6:06 PM, Number95 said:

    I suppose Rarity could've filled the role of Spirit of the Future for the reasons you stated, though Luna wasn't all that flamboyant in the episode unless you also meant a change in presentation.

    I see what you mean. To rephrase what I said, the ghost should be dramatic and flamboyant. Not to mention that it would follow in the theme of the other ghosts being part of the Mane Six.

    But, hey... I'm down for Luna-wank any day.

    On 1/19/2021 at 6:06 PM, Number95 said:

    Personally, my favorite adaptation/retelling of the story would be Mickey's Christmas Carol. Being short while still conveying all of the story's major points (or at least points from other adaptations) in the past, present, and future definitely gives the special a lot of points. I don't know if this point was in the original book, but I did like the Ghost of Christmas Present showing Scrooge that while Cratchit's life was far from ideal, but he and his family are still much more content with their lives than Scrooge was with his own despite the latter being so wealthy.

    You came up with a better example than I did. And I may be remembering wrong, but one of the things that makes Ebenezer change was the realization that their family might deserve his fortune more than he does, precisely for that. In the sense that he was miserable all the time.

    Great catch. After reading this I remembered watching this one as a child. It was really good.

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  14. I usually don't like it when cartoons, or series adapt this story. They generally miss the point of the story which actually is not about people and fighting evil, general positivity or even being good because it spreads good. It is about Ebenezer and the salvation of his soul. Now, I am a cynical asshole atheist, but I love stories about damnation vs. salvation derived from the Christian faith because they are already an analogy of the thing MLP tried to do.

     

    The problem is that MLP took an intimate story about being an asshole causing a person to ruin the lives of those around him and turned it into one of its typical 'defeat evil' stories. You see, Ebenezer wasn't a random dude that had a problem with Christmas. Ebenezer was a rich person with countless employees and the power to make of break their lives on a whim. Most important, Ebenezer wasn't a hardheaded idiot in a world of cheery goodness. The original story understood something that MLP completely and cheerfully ignores: that evil is perennial and inherent to the human condition. This idea comes from the Christian mythos that Evil is a personification of the choices people make because it is easier,  because they're afraid, because they lack Faith, the trust in God, that represents making the right choice.

     

    Still, Dickens was smart enough to keep these external representations of Good and Evil outside of the story, following a personal journey into one's own conscience as Ebenezer realized that he was damning himself. The Ghosts represented his own conscience showing him what he caused and it was that realization that changed him, but the additional point is that such change made the lives of all those around him better.  It is quite literally good generates good, and evil generates evil, but from within. From a perspective of 'I am the problem'.

     

    In MLP, it's the fate of the world, of course, that is at stake. Not Starfall's soul. The concept doesn't even apply. This episode is MLP trying to tackle a subject too large for itself. Again. It's ironic because I also love stories about doing the right thing and beating the bad things. The moral is there, in a way, but in that dumbed down way that general positivity is good, because if not evil monsters will destroy the world. Mwa-hahahaha. MLP took a subtle and intelligent moral lesson that ADULTS need to heed and hammered into the audience's forehead a distorted version of it with the storytelling equivalent of a planetary-scale jackhammer the Vogons would've used. And what pisses me off is that A Christmas Carol is told to children in its original form! Fuck you, DHX. Makes me wonder if Disney isn't really evil for watering down the tales from the Grimms and creating this culture...

     

    You see, you can't beat Evil as MLP does. You can only beat it within yourself, because there is where the battle is. It's not for the world, for morals, for ideology. It is for your own soul. But it is okay, because that is what you have to do beat it inside others too, and it is all you can do, because Evil cannot be destroyed. It will always be a threat you have to watch out for constantly.

     

    Honestly, the only things that I like about this episode is that Twilight sat down with Starlight Glimmer and tutored her, the way I like to imagine Celestia would do with her if the cartoon wasn't so retarded and hadn't so utterly abused her. Also, the high-quality Luna-wank. Damn. Luna wasn't even herself and that story makes no sense in the cartoon's universe, but damn did she look and sound awesome as the Ghost of Christmas Future. And I even think that Rarity should've been the Ghost of Christmas Future with all her flamboyant and dramatic mannerisms. Luna was there simply for the Luna-wank. 

     

    Want a good animated adaptation of Dickens' story? An All Dogs Christmas Carol. It is probably not the best, but it is one that came to mind because the characters could fit into MLP. One of the most faithful adaptations while remaining relevant to its own series I've ever seen. It still externalizes 'evil', but it does so in a much more elegant way because the problem isn't that the world is going to end because Carface is an evil asshole, but because the explicit choices he's making are going to ruin Christmas for a lot of people and they will, in change, perpetuate that. Not to mention that Belladonna is a representation of Evil that is both faithful to that Evil I mentioned earlier, but also entertaining to watch. By the way, Belladonna should've been a MLP villain. I just love how much of a jerk she is in 'I Always Get Emotional At Christmas Time'. She would've sung a song about salad dressing with the tears of ponies while the cat devil she works for ate Equestria for lunch.

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  15. On 8/25/2020 at 6:19 PM, Number95 said:

    We start with Cozy Glow, Tirek, and Chrysalis annoying Grogar. Chrysalis’s comment is rather notable in that she calls herself a queen, but she has already lost all of her followers as well as her territory, so that title is worthless.

    Actually, if you deposed a ruler, especially one that inherited the title or had this subjective sense of 'blueblood', they would still retain that title to everyone, including the ones who deposed them. That is why regicide was a thing and such figures were typically put under arrest or banished rather than killed. Which is good that the cartoon just let her go, just in the dumbest way possible. The thing is that if you didn't respect that title, the people that used to follow them but didn't get so angry at your actions against their majesty that they'd take action just might. Which is also that when heads are rolling, it is usually the really powerful that wanted change and the masses didn't really have a choice other than pretending they did a thing. Unless one doesn't care about jackshit, it is just a children's cartoon, and this is just boring 'politics' and the changelings simply 100% never really sided with Chrysalis (like throwing themselves on a magical shield...) but they never had a choice and all the benefits Chrysalis gave to her ilk can just evaporate and nobody cares.

    On 8/25/2020 at 6:19 PM, Number95 said:

    Grogar

    I loathe the fact that it was Discord all along and that he just lost control. Just saying. It ruined everything that came out of the story other than the nice touches of characterizations and interactions, which were really the only thing the cartoon was good at MOST of the time.

    On 8/25/2020 at 6:19 PM, Number95 said:

    Cozy Glow places herself in charge likely due to having some experience with friendship and thus knowing at least a thing or two about teamwork.

    Which is bullshit. Chrysalis was a fucking queen. But with the way the cartoon treated characters like Celestia, that is at least consistent.

    On 8/25/2020 at 6:19 PM, Number95 said:

    By the way, has Tirek tried to absorb Grogar’s magic? It doesn’t look like an explanation was given at any point, but I’ll assume that Grogar weakened Tirek after pulling him from Tartarus. Or Grogar is powerful enough to rebuff any of Tirek’s advances.

    A line or two of dialogue with Tirek admitting he wouldn't dare would've been great.

    On 8/25/2020 at 6:19 PM, Number95 said:

    Cozy Glow attempts to encourage teamwork and bring them all together through a villain song. I’m always up for a villain song, especially one that is fun and sinister. Too bad that doesn’t help my opinion of the show. Anyways, things don’t go well at first as Tirek and Chrysalis intentionally screw over the other during some trust exercises. The villains seem to be in agreement at some point in the song, but they don’t take long to fall apart afterward, and it’s quite notable in the case of Cozy Glow as she insists on being the boss.

    But... But... The show isn't about the villains... Wait.

    On 8/25/2020 at 6:19 PM, Number95 said:

    Chrysalis even claims that she almost conquered Equestria “several times”, but that only happened at the end of season 2. You could argue that capturing the important figures of Equestria at the end of season 6 could count, but she didn’t attempt any conquest that time unlike season 2.

    Don't let the cartoon insane logic bulshit you. Everything in that world would be on Chrysalis' face because they kinda like the sun and the ones that keep saving the world from doom. It's that stupid thing I always bring up. Why didn't the griffons do anything about Nightmare Moon, for example? Equestria should be the safest place in the world because the entire world would want it to be fine since they depend on them for the sun. But then, this is the same cartoon that had living trees without the sun and the Mane Six perfectly fine with Nightmare Moon banishing Celestia.

    I'm never touching anything these dumbasses write ever again.

    On 8/25/2020 at 6:19 PM, Number95 said:

    Not that there’s a reason for the task to be easy in the first place unless the security was handled by the alicorn sisters. If the alicorn sisters handled the security around the Bewitching Bell, the villains would simply walk up to the bell, steal it, and then after a long period of time be surprised to learn that the place was supposed to have security after Celestia or Luna confronts them about this. How about this instead? Let’s say Celestia did set up a bunch of traps and various kinds of securities around the bell. And the traps did go off, but Celestia’s luck is about as good as Wile E. Coyote’s, so the traps immediately collapse upon trigger and even destroy each other, leaving the villains dumbfounded about the awful security and leaving them unopposed. Bonus points if pieces of the trap(s) flew off the mountain and later strike Celestia.

    Only if their incompetence was intentional. Or mean spirited from the part of the writers. And just plain retarded for reasons that really don't need to be discussed anymore.

     

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