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324 – “In the Loop”

Written by Mitch Larson
When Harold, an obnoxious groundhog, arrives at the day camp, Russell cannot wait for the day to end but is horrified to discover it never does.

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Friends Forever #14 Extended Preview

Friends Forever #14 cover by Amy Mebberson

Friends Forever #14 cover by Amy Mebberson

After a comic-less month, expect pony comics to start showing up throughout the month of March. Comic Book Resources has an extended preview of Friends Forever #14, which will be available on March 4th. Check out the preview after the break.

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We have saved one of the best for last in our announcement of our final Guest of Honor for BABSCon 2015! We are proud to bring you the illustrious Charlotte Fullerton in her first pony convention appearance since 2012!

Charlotte Fullerton is known for her episode writing in MLP:FiM including Power Ponies, Putting Your Hoof Down, Baby Cakes, May The Best Pet Win, Look Before You Sleep, Suited for Success, and A Bird in the Hoof. Her amazing talent you may have been familiar with for most of your life as work can also be found in Ben 10, The Fairly OddParents, Kim Possible, Duel Masters, Zach Bell!, and many others.

Charlotte joins the strongest slate of Guests of Honor since…actually, since BABSCon 2014! Along with Tara Strong, Andrea Libman, Cathy Weseluck, Peter New, Claire Corlett, Ian James Corlett, Rebecca Shoichet, Brian Drummond, Brynna Drummond, Marÿke Hendrikse, Danny Ingram, Steffan Andrews, Natasha Levinger, Josh Haber, G.M. Berrow, Heather Breckel, Tony Fleecs, Heather Nuhfer, Bobby Curnow, and Jenn Blake. Twenty one of the wickedly talented people who bring an amazing comic and the pastel pony show we all fell in love with.

But this isn’t the last piece of news we have for you until con time. We still have a very Special Guest, more community guests and massive amount of more musicians that we are bringing to you, in the biggest pony convention on the West Coast!

Our hotel block is almost full so book your room and buy your memberships now at http://registration.babscon.com. You don’t want to miss the biggest pony party with the #HorseFamous people you know and love!

In addition, we have several charities that will be present at the con! Check out the details below:

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San Francisco Suicide Prevention: The mission of San Francisco Suicide Prevention is to provide emotional support, education, assistance and intervention as necessary to all persons in crisis and those impacted by them, with the goal of reducing suicides and self-destructive behaviors.

New Horizon School & Learning Center: We provide individualized learning programs for learning-different and dyslexic students. Our programs integrate educational therapy, remedial assistance, creative expression and self-esteem building utilizing a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to facilitate the development of each student’s unique learning potential. New Horizon School & Learning Center is a state certified, non-profit educational organization based in Santa Rosa, CA.

If you want to donate items to our charity auction, please email charity@babscon.com for details.

The Bay Area Brony Spectacular (BABSCon) is the first convention devoted to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic in the San Francisco Bay Area. In our first year, we became the second-largest MLP con anywhere, and we’re back for our second year April 3–5, 2015 at the SFO Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, CA. Contact info@babscon.com for more information!
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Use code DHN10 for 10% off registration!

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“Maximum Capacity”

Written by Hilary Florido, Katie Mitroff, Rebecca Sugar
A garage sale reunites Greg and Amethyst with their favorite cheesy sitcom.

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The episode begins with Sue winning a race in a track meet and the Principle awarding her a medal for being the city’s best athlete and asks her to give a speech at a special assembly. One problem:  Sue has a fear of public speaking. Blythe, Youngmee, and Jasper will have to help her overcome her fears. That’s the A-plot. The B-plot is a guest skunk named Mitzi comes to the day camp and is able to emit fragrant scents that makes the other pets happy—much to the dismay of Pepper.  Actually, this should have been the A-plot because it seemed like more time was spent on this than the other.

In any case, Sue gets so frightened when speaking in public that her voice goes into a higher pitch. Index cards don’t work out too much. Imagining others as clowns doesn’t work (as she’s afraid of those as well). Studying Blythe reciting the speech almost works, but the high pitch comes just before she’s supposed to give the speech. Blythe finally comes up with the idea that Sue is most confident when she’s running. Thus, Blythe brings Sue out to the assembly on while on a treadmill and she’s able to give the speech flawlessly. In fact, this whole plot was flawless. I mean it. There was nothing wrong with it. The B-plot was not perfect—at all.

The other pets completely ignore Pepper and get addicted to Mitzi’s scents. It may make the other pets happy, but it turns out Mitzi is not. She eventually confides to Pepper that she envies her that she gets to be a real skunk who could emit not-so-fragrant scents as well as fragrant scents. Pepper suggests that Mitzi get in touch with her skunk feelings which she does when the other pets keep bothering her to product scents of colors. The other pets eventually apologize to Mitzi for overworking her and all is forgiven. In all honesty, they should have apologized to Pepper as well for ditching her and being insensitive, if not oblivious, to her feelings. Pepper has every right to be disgusted with the other pets because how would you feel if your friends just suddenly dumped you for someone who could be better at your talent than you and make them happy?

I know some LPS fans hate it when I compare an episode to one of MLP, but I think it’s relevant here. In “Pinkie Pride,” Cheese Sandwich is arguably better at planning parties. Pinkie is dismayed that every pony in town is in awe of Cheese Sandwich and challenges him to a goof-off. There, Pinkie is in the wrong since she is letting her pride get in the way what was supposed to be Rainbow Dash’s special day. The rest of the Mane Six and Spike do apologize for getting carried away with Cheese, but they and Cheese make it clear to her that she cannot be replaced as Ponyville’s permanent party pony.

Indeed, no scent-off occurs in this episode. Actually, a very good country song occurs as Pepper and Mitzi find common ground. Indeed, Mitzi is not looking to replace Pepper. However, Pepper is clearly in the right for being dismayed at her friends. I’m sorry, but I cannot defend the behavior of the other pets in this one. And again, it seemed like more time was devoted to this plot that the one for which the title of episode is for. They broke away from the day camp for one minute a la a game break during sports telecasts to show you what’s going on at the school. It just came off as imbalanced this week which is a shame because the plot involving Sue was very well done.

Pluses and Minuses:

  • +  The A-plot with Sue
  • +  Song
  • +  Interesting guest character
  • -  Episode tilted too much towards what’s supposed to be B-plot
  • -  Pets are a bit too insensitive to Pepper and deserved apology.

SCORE:  7/10

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323 – “Sue Syndrome”

Written by Tom Minton
Sue gets help from Blythe and friends to overcome a reluctance to accept an award in front of the whole school; Pepper’s jealousy shows when the pets enjoy the company of a sweet-smelling skunk day camper.

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This week’s Muffin Theater – Fluffle Puff Tales: Tug Of War.  Video after the page break.

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