Dungeons & Discords
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!
In this episode of MLP, we find Fluttershy preparing for a trip to Yakyakistan. Discord does not want her to leave. Fluttershy suggests Discord hangs out with Spike and Big Mac while she is away, as it might be fun. Discord is full of himself and refuses to have fun with sidekicks, which could only be true in an opposite dimension. He then creates an opposite dimension where he wants to hang out with them, but Fluttershy is mean in the opposite dimension and things go back to normal. He begs to go along with Fluttershy, but is not allowed.
Fluttershy, along with the rest of the Mane Six, depart. This leaves Spike, Big Mac, and Discord alone at the train station. Spike and Big Mac decide to invite Discord to hang out but he says he is busy. When Spike and Big Mac decide their guys’ night will be just the two of them, Discord gets some wild ideas about what guys’ night entails, and “frees his schedule.” The fun is scheduled for sundown at Twilight’s castle.
Sundown rolls around and guys’ night begins. Discord makes a grand and proud entrance. He is prepared to go out for a chaotic night, but Spike announces they’re staying in and playing games.
Discord suggests charades and uses his chaos magic to look like Princess Celestia, but Spike does not mean charades. He means a real game. (Such as trapping best friend ponies in hedge mazes and turning them against each other, according to Discord. This was actually really a really funny quip.) The game Spike and Big Mac play during their guys’ nights is actually Ogres & Oubliettes, a fantasy RPG much like Dungeons & Dragons (from which the title is derived).
Discord would rather cause chaos than play O&O. He creates an archer named Captain Wuzz, but doesn’t care about the game whatsoever. When Discord/Captain Wuzz tries to play, he fails in all of his actions. The others laugh at his fate and Discord turns into a sore loser. He transports the three of them to a jazz club for a “real” guys’ night. Spike and Big Mac aren’t amused, and want to play the game, inviting Discord to watch if he does not want to play.
Discord brings the game to real life, with Spike and Big Mac as their characters, Garbuckle and Sir McBiggun, in O&O. At first they are excited, but when they get attacked and feel real pain, the game is no longer enjoyable. They should try LARPing. When things become too miserable, Discord is told he was only invited because the others felt bad for him. He releases them from the game, shocked, because Discord thinks so highly of himself.
Discord leaves. Spike and Big Mac decide to give him a second chance. The two invite him back and he immediately comes. Discord struggles with saying it, but he is sorry for ruining the game and being conceited. They all try to give the game another chance, and have him make it real again (although slightly toned-down). The guys all have a great time playing and celebrate an amazing guys’ night.
When the Mane Six arrive home from Yakyakistan, they open the door to this. Twilight suggests they leave the boys to finish whatever they’re doing. Pinkie and Rainbow decide the game looks too fun to pass up, and walk into the world of O&O, joining the guys in their adventure.
The moral of the story is that LARPing is great, RPGs are great, and games are life (literally). Nah, it is probably something along the lines of give people a second chance, and don’t use magic to torture others, but to instead have fun. Also, don’t judge a game before playing it, as it might be fun.
This episode really made me want to play D&D, and also join the LARP club at my school. I have never done either before, but it might be fun. I am a major nerd, so I think I would have a good time.
The episode seemed to go by fast, but I enjoyed it. There were some good comical moments, and I loved that it was about an RPG game, since I am a mega-nerd and video gamer. This was a fun episode and I liked it. I’ll have to use it to make all my nerdy friends watch MLP.