Hiatus

I apologize for the inactivity. I want to blog, but there is a lot in my life I need to work through. I hope to pick things up when everything is solved. Keep on loving MLP though, just as I will be doing.

6 Years And Running Strong

I would just like to wish a very happy birthday to MLP:FIM! Six years ago today (10/10/10), was the series premier of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Every episode since that day has been well worth the watch (even the bad ones). I am super thankful for how this show has impacted and changed my life and helped create friendships.

Six years and six seasons! It’s really impressive and there seems to be no dying down any time soon. I am sure I will get to do several more of these birthday posts as my blog continues. With the success of the show, I would not be surprised to see it as one of the longest running cartoons someday. Happy birthday, and many more!

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Credit to Pembroke

P.P.O.V. (Pony Point of View)

SPOILER ALERT! Those of you who have not seen the show, be warned. This review is going to contain spoilers about the episode. If you have not seen it yet, watch it right now and read my review in 20 minutes, or prepare to have some of the critical plot mentioned before you view it. I am assuming many of you are bronies, or fans of the show, and you are reading this review for an interesting insight on an episode you have seen countless times already (as have I), in which case, continue reading, and enjoy!

So. Twilight Sparkle is really excited for Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Applejack to return from their boat trip, so she can hear all about how much fun they had “getting out of their element.” She tells Spike to take notes, as they will probably be eagerly talking over one another. None of them are talking over the others, or even talking at all. Apparently the trip didn’t go so great. Twilight invites them to tea to talk it out, but each pony sends their pet with a note saying they can’t come. (Spike is especially sad that Rarity isn’t going to be there).

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Twilight and Spike decide to visit them, since they won’t visit her. They start with Rarity, who dramatically tells what happened on the boat trip. Rarity brought cucumber sandwiches to get the others out of their elements and into elegance, but Applejack knocked the platter of food right into the water. Pinkie tried to lighten the mood with some games, but the mood could not be lightened when Applejack decides to sail right into a storm. The boat sank from the ordeal. When Spike asks how she got back, Rarity is too emotionally drained to continue explaining, and eats some ice cream. (I gotta love her coping mechanisms.) Twilight thinks the story sounds a bit unusual, and that Applejack wouldn’t do that, and so she heads off to get some answers from Pinkie Pie.

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Pinkie says it wasn’t Applejack, but Rarity, who sunk the boat. Pinkie Pie had just wanted to plan some fun to help her friends get out of their elements. She brought lots of party food for them, but Rarity turned down the party food in place of her cucumber sandwiches. Just moments later, she tossed her sandwiches into the water, claiming they’re “so ten seconds ago.” That is a hilarious interpretation of Rarity, I must say, but it doesn’t sound like her, which Twilight mentions. Things get worse as Pinkie continues the story. Apparently, Rarity told Pinkie and Applejack not to worry about the boat sailing to the storm, since luxury cruises don’t sink. Well, apparently they do. Just as Pinkie is about to explain how they got back safely, her muffins begin burning, and she hurries to save them.

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To clear things up (and find out how they made it back), Spike and Twilight go and talk to Applejack. Applejack tells them that it was Pinkie Pie and Rarity who are responsible. She just wanted to give them an adventure on the high seas and help them escape their elements. The other two were too interested in snacks to take part in the adventure she had planned. Applejack trips over a ball Pinkie brought, sending Rarity’s snacks into the sea. She tried to apologize but the other two would not have it. When the storm comes, Applejack says she tried to steer the ship away, but with Rarity tugging the map for a tablecloth, and Pinkie just thinking it was fun to play tug-of-war. By the time Applejack gets to the steering wheel, it is too late, as the boat is already headed into a massive wave.

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The three ponies all have different versions of the story, and none of them are able to get along to talk it out. Twilight points out all of the stories had a few things in common. I try to solve it with her, and assume some sort of sea monster was attracted to the cucumber sandwiches. Twilight solves the issue, but it is not yet revealed. Instead, we have her call the three to the dock about a friendship emergency. At first, they’re angry about the situation and bicker among themselves. It is at this point that we learn they weren’t actually in the middle of the ocean when it capsizes.

Anyway, Twilight goes to prove what really happened. They sail out a bit and Twilight tosses a cucumber sandwich into the water. With her magic, she lifts the boat up. The swell that her friends all described in their stories appears under the boat. Twilight finally explains what happened: They attracted a tri-horned bunyip with the sandwiches, and bunyips create a swell when swimming into shallow water. The storm had nothing to do with the boat accident. It was all because of the bunyip.

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As for how the ponies behaved, it was all because they wanted their friends to have a good time outside of their element. They worked so much on this that they did not see how the others were trying to do the exact same thing. Finally, they are able to get along, thanks to Twilight’s facilitating their communication. They are able to all enjoy a boat party after all, and even the bunyip joins in. Happy friendship yay.

Moral of the story: communication is key. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about topics even if you don’t want to. This is a good lesson, and I think it was executed pretty well.

I really loved the humor in this episode. Each of the different takes on the event included hilarious depictions of the other ponies. Although there was a lot of repetition, which made the episode lack some content, the variations between each retelling made it enjoyable. Another fun part was guessing along with Twilight in trying to figure out the truth. Turns out, I wasn’t far off! I liked this episode more after writing the review. It helped me appreciate all of the humor, because when watching it, I originally thought it was boring. Now, though, I think it was funny and had a good lesson, and so therefore, a quality episode.

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10/10 humor (Reminds me of Plaid Stripes, tbh) 

New Episode and New Movie

Happy Saturday, everypony! Today is extra fun, because not only do we have a new episode, but the My Little Pony: Legend of Everfree movie was added to Netflix today. It can also be viewed elsewhere, so be sure to watch it. I plan on doing reviews for both of them, but I think I will get the episode review done first. That also gives people a chance to watch the movie, since it will not be on television (as far as I know).

I also got a compliment on my MLP shirt that I wore to team trivia. Today has been a good day, and with plans to watch the new episode tonight, and the new movie if Netflix works (it would not work for me this morning), I think I am thinking that it will be a good night. Have a great weekend!

Every Little Thing She Does

Is Magic!

SPOILER ALERT! Those of you who have not seen the show, be warned. This review is going to contain spoilers about the episode. If you have not seen it yet, watch it right now and read my review in 20 minutes, or prepare to have some of the critical plot mentioned before you view it. I am assuming many of you are bronies, or fans of the show, and you are reading this review for an interesting insight on an episode you have seen countless times already (as have I), in which case, continue reading, and enjoy!

We start out the episode with Twilight Sparkle giving Starlight Glimmer a “challenge” in magic. Starlight excels in all of the tasks (teleportation, transfiguration, and shield spells). Starlight casts a shield spell so powerful that it not only deflects Twilight’s spell attack, but knocks the books right off of the shelves. Twilight decides it’s best to take a break from studying magic for a while.

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Starlight uses an acceleration spell to quickly clean up the books. Twilight is impressed, so Starlight combines the acceleration spell with a duplication spell, which allows her to be two places at once. Pinkie Pie taught us why this is a bad idea. Thankfully, before we get too many Starlight Glimmers, she ends the spell, returning to her normal/singular form. Twilight points out that Starlight’s magic is good, but she has not tackled any friendship lessons since meeting Trixie. Twilight has to go give a presentation about enchanted artifacts later that day and assigns Starlight to complete a friendship lesson while she’s away.

Starlight heads to her room and plays with some blocks, clearly not wanting to get started on a friendship lesson. She hears a knock on the door and hurries over to her desk, where she pretends to be choosing a friendship lesson. Spike enters the room, and Starlight retrieves them friendship lessons from the bottom of the trash and Spike reads them.

  • Bake a cake with Pinkie Pie
  • Scrapbook with Applejack
  • Sew with Rarity
  • Help an animal with Fluttershy
  • Chillax with Rainbow Dash (Neither Starlight nor Spike even know what chillax means.)
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Notice the Trixie portrait and the “No =” plaque hanging on her wall

Spike tells Starlight it is okay if she is nervous about the friendship lessons, but Starlight denies feeling nervous at all. Since she is so good with magic, she thinks friendship is easy. Combining two complicated spells was maybe a challenge, but the friendship lessons are sure to be a breeze. In fact, she thinks it will be so easy that she sets it upon herself to complete all five tasks at once.

Starlight tries to get everypony to go to a certain location, but there seems to be issues with this. Fluttershy wants the animals to be where they are happy, Rarity thinks the library is too dusty to sew, and Rainbow Dash thinks there is nowhere in the castle to chillax. (Starlight just assumed chillaxing could be done anywhere.) There is also some issues with the timing of each activity. Pinkie wants to bake first, but Rarity doesn’t want to design dresses after Starlight bakes. Pinkie tries to sing a song about the joy of baking. The first few seconds seem obnoxious (just like Pinkie Pie is), but thankfully, Starlight shuts her down; there is no time for songs on her tight schedule.

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While the Mane Five are still loudly expressing their concerns, Starlight leaves for a moment. She catches her breath and decides to use a bit of magic to make things go more smoothly. By a “bit”, I mean she is weaving three complex spells together and then casting it on her friends. No big deal or anything. (Also, didn’t Starlight learn at some point that she should not cheat in friendship lessons with magic?)

Starlight congratulates herself on a spell well-cast, and returns to the group. Maybe her spell was not so great though, seeing as it essentially turned her friends into immobile mindless zombie robot slaves. She is worried, but then remembers she needs to trigger the spell. She does this, and they’re basically the same, but able to move and talk. They do as she asks.

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Starlight can finally begin work on the friendship lessons. First on her list is baking with Pinkie Pie. She reads the first few instructions from a cook book, and Pinkie follows them with immense speed. Starlight heads off to do some other friendship lessons, leaving Pinkie to “Just keep following the instructions in the book.” Uh oh. I think we all know where this is headed.

For the next task, Starlight goes to work with Rarity. She finds an image of a dress in a magazine and instructs the fashionista to make one just like it. Of course, normal Rarity would object to copying a design, and would insist on coming up with her own, creative style. Zombie robot Rarity happily agreed to create a dress just like in the picture, though.

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On to scrapbooking! Starlight asks Applejack to tell her the story behind some of the photos, but Applejack gives every detail and bores Starlight. Rather than listening to the entire story, Starlight has Applejack sum it up into a single sentence. Now, if I heard a summary about Granny Smith realizing she didn’t know how to teach a pig how to backstroke, I would certainly want to hear every detail. Starlight just instructs Applejack to keep putting the photos in order and moves on to yet another friend and activity.

While Starlight was working with others, Fluttershy’s animals ran away because Starlight did not order her to keep them from doing so. Starlight orders Fluttershy to gather all of the animals in the castle and orders Rainbow Dash to prepare the spot she chose for chillaxing. She then goes back to scrapbooking with Applejack. The stories are really interesting, but for some reason, Starlight does not think so.

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Starlight goes to check on how the ponies are doing. Rarity made a drawing of the dress on paper, like the picture. Starlight re-instructed her to make a real one, and make it bigger than in the image. When she checks on Pinkie Pie, she is met with an abundance of baked goods; Pinkie had followed the instructions in the book in order, not just the one they started working on. I knew this was going to happen.

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She uses her magic to take Pinkie Pie out of the kitchen. They head into the foyer, where they discover Fluttershy, covered in spiders, insects, snakes, and what looks to be an opossum. I love Fluttershy, but this is just creepy. Ew. Also, the castle fills with smoke, as there was food in the oven when Starlight took Pinkie Pie away from her baking. She calls for water, so Rainbow Dash brings in some massive storm clouds. The castle gets flooded. Just when Starlight thinks things can’t get any worse, Twilight and Spike arrive home.

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Fluttershy, no! Get those things off of you!

While Starlight is going over what she did, trying to see where her magic went wrong, Twilight untangles the spell (It is very powerful and the Mane 5 will feel a magic hangover in the morning). Starlight explains that maybe magic was not the best idea, but she was scared about the friendship lessons. She worried she would be bad at the friendship lessons and disappoint her friends, even though she just ended up disappointing them anyway.

Twilight explains that the lessons are just a way to get to know her friends better by doing something they like to do, and it doesn’t matter if Starlight is good at baking or anything else. Starlight realizes she missed the point, and she apologizes to the (very magically hungover) ponies the next morning. They accept her apology and help her clean up the castle. During the clean up, Starlight ends up baking, scrapbooking, sewing, and helping animals with her friends. The only friendship lesson she hasn’t done is chillaxing with Rainbow Dash. They set up an area above the castle and Starlight, Twilight, Spike, and the other friends all lay in the sun and relax.

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Although a bit cliché and predictable, I did enjoy the episode. The lessons (Not to use magic on your friends/Spending quality time together is more important than being good at what you are doing) were decent, but not great. I think Starlight should have already known not to cast magic on her friends, but the fact that she shows flaws as a student, and is still learning how to do friendship is good. She isn’t some know-it-all Mary Sue who instantly reforms into pure good. The episode was comical, and I loved the bit where Starlight keeps Pinkie from singing an annoying song! All in all, a good episode.

Viva Las Pegasus

SPOILER ALERT! Those of you who have not seen the show, be warned. This review is going to contain spoilers about the episode. If you have not seen it yet, watch it right now and read my review in 20 minutes, or prepare to have some of the critical plot mentioned before you view it. I am assuming many of you are bronies, or fans of the show, and you are reading this review for an interesting insight on an episode you have seen countless times already (as have I), in which case, continue reading, and enjoy!

To start the episode, we have Twilight, Applejack, and Fluttershy gathered around the Cutie Map. The map calls Applejack and Fluttershy to Las Pegasus, but they aren’t sure they’re the right ponies for the job. Twilight assures them that they are, so Applejack and Fluttershy head to the vacation destination to discover it is even worse than they imagined.

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Still doubting that Las Pegasus is suited for them, Applejack and Fluttershy try to find a friendship problem to solve. Before they can find a friendship problem, the pair finds Gladmane, the Elvis-like man behind everything in Las Pegasus. (This seems fitting, since Elvis sang “Viva Las Vegas”.) Gladmane recognizes them and discloses that he is a friendship connoisseur; hard work and making friends helped his glorious hotel become that way.

Gladmane offers to take Applejack and Fluttershy on a tour. Seeing as this may help them find the friendship problem, they agree. They meet the trapeze artist and director for the show the hotel does, and Gladmane is very friendly with them. Continuing the tour, they meet some pink prairie dogs (that Fluttershy loves) as well as the two ponies who work with the prairie dogs in the show.

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After they finish up with Gladmane’s tour, Applejack and Fluttershy run into two familiar ponies: Flim and Flam. These two brothers have a rough history with the Mane Six, especially Applejack. Even though Flim and Flam are arguing, Applejack refuses to believe that this is the friendship problem they came to solve, even telling Gladmane it is better for the two of them to be separated. Gladmane agrees, claiming that if the two of them combine their talents, they could run the place. Fluttershy still thinks that she and Applejack should help the brothers, but Applejack insists on finding a different one.

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Fluttershy tries to work with the brothers, but they don’t seem to want to talk to each other.  Maybe they were not supposed to help Flim and Flam after all. Applejack is able to find a different problem, between the trapeze artist and director. The trapeze artist wants to pull a rabbit out of a hat on the trapeze, but the director is opposed to this. Likewise, the prairie dog instructors are arguing over the formation the animals should form in the show (pyramid or tower). As it turns out, both acts would be more successful if they could get along and leave Gladmane’s hotel show.

When Applejack and Fluttershy meet back up, they come to understand that these friendship problems are beneficial to Gladmane. They go and talk to the performers and they all seem to agree on one thing: Gladmane is the best friend they have. The animals, however, tell Fluttershy otherwise. The rabbit from the acrobat act discloses that Gladmane lies to the director about the trapeze artist trying to steal the show, and to the trapeze artist about the director wanting to get rid of her, though neither are true. The prairie dogs also reveal some dirt on Gladmane: he keeps changing the act so the ponies argue about it. Uh oh, Gladmane.

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Now that Applejack and Fluttershy know what is going on, they need to find someone to trick a trickster into telling the truth. Flim and Flam would be perfect for this, so Applejack agrees to help them get back together. Since she is the element of Honesty and supposedly never lies (yeah, right) they believe it. The brothers become friends again and agree to help expose the truth through something called the high-roller hustle.

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As part of the plan, Fluttershy dresses up as somepony called Impossibly Rich who is supposedly scouting the competition for her own resort. They arrange a tour later, and when the time comes for the tour, they prepare to get a confession from Gladmane, he confesses that his trick is how he handles his employees: like friends. “But you know all about friendship, don’t you, Fluttershy,” Gladmane says as he takes the wig and glasses off of “Impossibly Rich”.

With their plan failed, Applejack and Fluttershy return to Gladmane’s office, telling him that what he is doing is mean. He explains that since he is a conpony himself, he saw through the high-roller hustle. Though he was impressed they found out the truth about how deceitful he was, he would not confess to it. However, he did confess, and with Fluttershy’s hoof on the loudspeaker button, the entire resort heard him.

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It turns out that Flim and Flam knew Gladmane would see through the high-roller hustle and gloat about it. The entire thing was part of the plan all along. Kudos to those brothers for their out-conning Gladmane with a truly impressive strategy. The preformer ponies get along and leave Gladmane’s resort show.

Applejack and Fluttershy discuss a job well done. They realize they were the perfect ponies for the job after all; Applejack’s history with the brothers led her to search elsewhere, whereas Fluttershy’s kind nature ensured she would still try to help them. Unfortunately, Flim and Flam aren’t turned good forever. It is a one time thing for them, and the pair of them use their sneaky skills to trick ponies into buying half-price tickets for the show, despite it having no performers and requiring imagination.

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Gladmane has left the building!

This episode was really good. I liked the storyline (I don’t dare say plot…) and seeing more of Equestria follows the Exploring Equestria/Cutie Map theme I enjoy. The fact that we had antagonists work with the Mane 6 for an episode without staying good was interesting and something I haven’t really seen before. The lesson was not too strong, but I got a general “be kind to people and don’t turn them against each other” vibe. My one complaint is that Gladmane, clearly based off of Elvis, was made to be a total jerkwad. With just a few episodes left in the season, I’m excited to see how everything with the Cutie Map ties together. The hype for the finale is real, even now (but at the same time, I don’t want the season to be over yet!)

My Birthday Presents

My birthday was on Monday, and my family got me some MLP presents. The figures were from my sister, and my mom and dad got me the tattoos and well as some money to pick out some figures for myself. (I have so many they don’t know which ones to get me anymore lol!)

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I love that the 2 figures are fall related which is perfect for this time of year. But of course, I will keep them displayed year round, because I am proud of my pony collection and like to put it out.

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I tried out one of my tattoos. I applied this one to my forearm 2 days ago, and it still looks pretty good today. This is after a few showers, washing dishes, sleeping, working out. Yet it is still very clear. Considering there is 25 in a pack, and each tattoo seems to have a long life (I can probably get 2 more days with this), these should last me a while. That is, assuming I don’t decide to give myself 10 tattoos in one day. 😛

The Fault in Our Cutie Marks

SPOILER ALERT! Those of you who have not seen the show, be warned. This review is going to contain spoilers about the episode. If you have not seen it yet, watch it right now and read my review in 20 minutes, or prepare to have some of the critical plot mentioned before you view it. I am assuming many of you are bronies, or fans of the show, and you are reading this review for an interesting insight on an episode you have seen countless times already (as have I), in which case, continue reading, and enjoy!

The episode begins with Scootaloo helping a pony named Petunia with digging in her sandbox. Inside of the house, Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle are speaking to Petunia’s parents; apparently the two are concerned by her cutie mark and believe it is macabre since it’s a skull and bones. I legit thought we were going to have a serial killer pony. As they are talking, Petunia becomes excited outside. It turns out she found a dinosaur skeleton, and her parents quickly realize (with great relief) that she’s an archaeologist, not a pirate as they had suspected. A pirate pony is cool, and a lot less macabre than a serial killer, but I guess archaeology is okay too.

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Afterwards, Scootaloo celebrates another successful CMC intervention and talks with the group about everyone they’ve helped. As they are talking, Sweetie Belle ponders if there’ll ever be a time they can’t help someone. Apple Bloom says “Like, a griffon?” As Sweetie Belle laughs it off, they eventually get her to notice the griffon perched on the house in front of them.

They decide to ask what she wants, even though the Crusaders are afraid of griffons and their reputation. Once they approach the griffon she’s extremely happy to see them and jumps to give them all a hug. She introduces herself as Gabby, and is extremely excited to meet the CMC because of their ability to help others.

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Finally, Gabby reveals her purpose: she’s here to ask for help to get a cutie mark! The CMC decide to investigate and bring her for an interview about why she’d like a cutie mark. She says (as they know) griffons don’t have a reputation for being kind. She delivers the mail and is always upbeat and happy which makes her feel very isolated. One day, she saw RD and Pinkie come and help some griffons out, and realized that there were others out there (ponies) who were kind and helpful like she was. She tried and make sense of why they were so kind when griffons typically are not, and deduced it must be because of the cutie marks. When she finally got the chance to deliver a letter to Ponyville she asked all over town for help, and everyone told her to go to the CMC.

The CMC explain, while Gabby anxiously awaits the appearance of her own cutie mark, that getting a cutie mark just sort of happens and they’ve never heard of it happening to a griffon. Gabby realizes that it sounds like a challenge, and trusts the CMC to figure it out while she delivers a letter back to the griffons. The CMC go to Twilight for assistance. The picture Twilight paints is bleak, and the crusaders ask if its possible to use magic to make the mark appear for Gabby, something Twilight reminds them doesn’t work out very well, and Gabby’s chances of being able to get a cutie mark are very small.

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The CMC are saddened by this, but while leaving, they realize that although they can’t help her to get her cutie mark, they can still help Gabby find her purpose in life. Returning home, they run into Gabby again, and while trying to explain why she can’t get her cutie mark Gabby interrupts them and assumes she’s going to be able to get one. She flies around and celebrates. Finally, the Crusaders confront her with the truth, and although she initially panics, Gabby points out that Twilight never said it was impossible for a griffon to get a cutie mark.

The Crusaders decide to be optimistic with her, and that helping her is worth a try. They immediately get down to business with a chart to find her purpose. When they ask her whats she’s good at, and she says she wants to try everything. So the CMC immediately break into song! Gabby tries all sorts of activities to see what she excels at, and immediately the problem becomes clear that she’s great at everything she does. They tell her they have no idea how to help her anymore, and she flies away upset. If only I could be as good at everything as Gabby…

Back at headquarters, the CMC are discussing what happened and lamenting over their failure. Gabby bursts through the door and proudly states she has gotten her cutie mark, which is a cauldron. As they question her, she becomes a little shy and says that it must have been the first thing they tried after breaking into song. The Crusaders celebrate their success and are overjoyed they’re no longer failures. They immediately want to bring Gabby to see Twilight and catalog this, but Gabby asks them to head to the castle to see Twilight, saying she’ll meet them there after delivering a letter.

When the crusaders get to the castle, it turns out Gabby was already there, and left a letter before leaving. Gabby says she’s heading home to tell all the other griffons about how they did the impossible to get her a cutie mark. Twilight overhears and can’t wait to research the issue. The CMC are confused that Gabby wouldn’t come in and show her the mark. They realize something is wrong and go to find her immediately. Eventually, they locate her, helping a pony out. The CMC confront her asking why she’s running away, and she says shes just excited to show off her cutie mark. This is when Apple Bloom points out that the mark is melting off her flank after she fell into some mud. It reminds me of the time Starlight’s fake equality CM washes off.

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Gabby reveals that she faked her cutie mark to make the crusaders feel better, and not because she needed to pretend to be less upset. The CMC tell her she doesn’t need to apologize and that they just wanted to help her. Scootaloo tells her that they noticed every time she did something new, one thing stayed the same: her commitment to help those around her. She even tried to help the Crusaders when they were feeling down over what happened. That’s when they realized that helping others must be her special purpose. She protests this (since helping just feels good), but they tell her that what makes someone special isn’t what they are good at but what makes them feel good, so therefore, her destiny must be to help others.

No symbol is needed to prove that, but they made her a badge in the shape of the CMC logo, and invite her into the Crusaders as their first griffon member. Everyone celebrates and Gabby promises to go home and spread the values of the CMC, and they all make her promise to come back and see them soon.

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I really liked this episode and the lesson it taught. Gabby was a super cute character and I loved her upbeat happy personality. Even though there have been a lot of CMC episodes this season, I am not yet sick of them. They’ve all been really good, including this one 🙂 The pun in the title  (Based off of John Green’s novel, The Fault in Our Stars/ a line from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar). Clever and catchy. I approve.

Buckball Season

SPOILER ALERT! Those of you who have not seen the show, be warned. This review is going to contain spoilers about the episode. If you have not seen it yet, watch it right now and read my review in 20 minutes, or prepare to have some of the critical plot mentioned before you view it. I am assuming many of you are bronies, or fans of the show, and you are reading this review for an interesting insight on an episode you have seen countless times already (as have I), in which case, continue reading, and enjoy!

As the episode begins, we see Applejack attempt to train her “distance bucking”, which is immediately interrupted by Rainbow Dash coming to ask what she’s up to. Rainbow Dash is curious about what she’s trying to do, and Applejack explains to her that she’s training for a game called buckball. According to Applejack, her cousin Braeburn has assembled a team in Appleloosa and has gloated that his team could beat Ponyville. Rainbow Dash, being super competitive, immediately disagrees and is outraged; she claims she could easily beat them. AJ recruits RD into the team for Ponyville, to which RD is absolutely pumped to join. The problem is, RD has no idea what buckball is.

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“I’d do great at some game I know nothing about!!”

There’s a quick cut to RD telling Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy what buckball is, describing the different roles, how great it is and boasting that she’s a total expert at the subject. AJ reminds her that she’s only been an expert since she told her what it is. AJ also says that Braeburn found a pegasus and a unicorn (which are absolutely vital parts of the team) and that his team would beat theirs. Fluttershy points out they don’t even have a team. RD says that her and AJ are the first 2 members, and they’re scouting for a unicorn. For this, they have Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie fill roles on an opposing team, and have tryouts for the unicorn position.

After explaining the rules of the game to the unicorns trying out, they begin to play. Within the first round, Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie absolutely excel at the game and seem to be way better than RD, or even AJ who has been playing for a long time. As they keep having fun, Fluttershy’s only flaw is she cares too much for the butterflies to let them be in the playing field. This is the most adorable flaw imaginable. As the practice goes on, all the unicorns that try out seem to be terrible at the game, and RD and AJ are astonished with all the failures, as well as their friends being so much better than they were.

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As Pinkie and Fluttershy are discussing how much fun it is, Snails comes by. He easily uses his water buckets to catch a bunch of balls that Pinkie Pie accidentally threw his way. They ask him to catch the balls in the normal basket, and he does so very easily. They quickly recruit him into the team after he says he has nothing better to be doing. RD and AJ then get Fluttershy and Pinkie to be the other two members of the team, since they’re both so good.

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Fluttershy says she was just having fun, to which AJ says “You can have all the fun you want, as long as you’re beating Braeburn’s team”, which sort of makes it obvious how this episode is going to end up. Immediately it takes that turn, and AJ says if Pinkie and Fluttershy really want to win, they’re gonna have to get serious since they’ll be representing all of Ponyville and, more importantly, them. While Snails is off casually tossing the balls between baskets, Pinkie and Fluttershy seem very nervous for what’s coming. RD runs through the course for an increasingly more and more horrified Fluttershy, who is suddenly too nervous to even properly handle the ball. RD and AJ both end up putting serious pressure on Fluttershy and Pinkie.

They go through a training montage, Fluttershy attempts to follow the strict training regime and crashes straight into a pole. Applejack coaches Pinkie Pie very hard until Pinkie is unhappy. The training montage continues, and things look worse and worse. By the end, both of them are totally uncoordinated and not nearly as good as they were. Afterwards, Rainbow Dash and Applejack comment as much, not seeming to understand why their friends are suddenly not able to play very well. Pinkie and Fluttershy are confused too, since they “thought the point of practicing is to get better.” Either way, they break for the night to get plenty of rest for the game the next day.

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Walking home, Pinkie and Fluttershy discuss how they don’t want to let Ponyville down, but they’re not feeling confident after their disastrous practice. After a short discussion, they decide that it’s unlikely anypony in Ponyville even knows what buckball is to begin with, and therefore nobody will care who wins or loses the game. This helps them feel better.

The next morning (the day of the match), the team is met by some cheering Ponyville fans. Snails, ever helpful, says the whole town seems to care a lot. As the players board the train to leave, AJ and RD announce they went around town and informed everybody about the game and how great the team is. The town is even planning to throw a celebration in honor of their victory. RD, oblivious to her friends’ anxiety, tells them that they should just think about every single pony celebrating their win.

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Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie are absolutely horrified by this, and go to confront RD and AJ. Pinkie Pie tries to explain their concerns, but the words get caught in her throat. Fluttershy, however,  is able to assertively vocalize the pair’s worry that they will lose, disappointing everyone who is rooting for them. Neither of them want to play anymore, and they run off to hide. Fluttershy has definitely gotten good at standing up for herself, as was shown in “Flutter Brutter.”

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Cute, but I must say, timid Fluttershy is cuter.

RD and AJ walk through the train carriages, trying to understand why Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie don’t want to play anymore. They toy with the idea of the encouragement they attempted to provide merely hurting, and as RD begins to talk about how they should totally get “in the zone,” she realizes that everything she was saying was nothing like her friends. This is when AJ recognizes that by trying to make their friends focus on what’s important to them, they ruined what made the game fun for their friends.

RD and AJ search the train, and find Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie hiding in the luggage car, attempting to avoid their game with Appleloosa. RD and AJ have hatched a plan here, and tell them that they do not need to play against Appleloosa anymore; they they’ll take their place. They would like it if they could play a game against them for practice, though.

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At first the practice goes miserably since Pinkie and Fluttershy are too afraid to even play, but they quickly fall back into the fun of the game and enjoy what they’re doing again, able to soundly beat AJ and RD. As the practice ends, RD and AJ reveal that they were just trying to show Pinkie and Fluttershy that they really are good at playing the game. Fluttershy and Pinkie realize they really were good, and RD tells them why it is that they were doing so poorly: because she was treating them like she would expect to be treated. Pinkie and Fluttershy are still nervous about letting everyone down… until Snails pops in with his own advice and says “Do what I do and just don’t think about it. I don’t think about anything. EVER.”

This seems to be enough for the ponies, and at the game the next day both ponies use their special skills at buckball to defeat Braeburns team and win the game for Ponyville. After the match they talk with the other team, Braeburn says they’ll have to get serious for their next match. Our duo of ponies tells them that everyone knows the secret to winning is to have fun.

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Yay for Braeburn! I always love seeing him make an appearance, even if he is on a losing team. As far as stallions go, he is really good looking and has a nice design. That cowboy thing works well for him. No, I am not attracted to ponies, but… this song definitely says something about him, haha.

Over all, this episode had a good message that can apply to more situations than games and more ages than just kids. The lesson here is to not let what’s important to you ruin things for other people, who may like the same things as you, but for totally different reasons. This is really an all-inclusive lesson many people need to learn.

I thought it was interesting how they said they needed a unicorn and decided to include a different minor character rather than any of the other unicorns they could have picked from. It was nice to not see Twilight come in and be amazing at something else. Snails offered a ton of great comedy to the episode and showed that even “dumb” characters can be smart in some ways. My only true criticism is that the overall plot of the show seemed very obvious once the word “fun” came out of somepony’s mouth, and I knew where the episode was headed after that.

(Special thanks to my boyfriend for watching the episode with me and helping me write this review!)

I hate the Internet here.

Sorry, guys. I was hoping to get the review done today for the latest episode. Due to the fact that the WiFi here at college has been out all weekend, and I don’t want to eat up my entire month worth of data in the first week, I’m going to hold out a little longer. I haven’t even got to view the episode with the Internet being out. The cable here doesn’t have the channel, so I need to watch online. Hopefully I will get to do that soon, but with the holiday, I’m not sure if it will be fixed in time for me to get it done tonight. In any case, happy Labor Day! I’ll be watching and reviewing the episode as soon as I can. Believe me, I am suffering a major lack of ponies right now and can’t wait to see what the new episode has in store!

I colored that for my dad about a year ago, but that’s the only pony picture I can find on my phone right now! Have a great day, everypony 🙂