Author: DerpySquad

Sometimes you have to tear things apart before you rebuild. That happened to Garnet (Ruby and Sapphire) after the discovery that Rose Quartz was actually Pink Diamond in disguise and that she faked her shattering with the help of Pearl. It was Pink who didn’t want to destroy the Earth and started a rebellion as Rose—partly inspired by Garnet’s first fusion.

After Amethyst tells Steven that she refuses to unload millennia of her problems onto Steven while he is already dealing with his own feelings in a rare show of maturity in “What’s Your Problem?”, they find Ruby playing cowboy and enjoying her new solitary life—or so it seemed. She can’t stop thinking about Sapphire. Ruby then proposes to Sapphire and that they can be together when apart and can be Garnet when they want to.

Before the wedding, Steven decides to invite a special guest for the 150th episode—Bismuth. Steven convinces Bismuth that the Gems will welcome her with open arms and not attack because she tried to shatter Steven. Bismuth becomes the maid of honor and it’s time for a wedding (after a nice song by Steven).

Ruby and Sapphire become Garnet once again and the party is on before it gets interrupted by Yellow and Pink Diamond. They go after the Cluster, but the Cluster is in control of itself and it fights off Yellow. Meanwhile, Blue Diamond tries to stop everyone through her grief, but Garnet holds her long enough for Lapis to return and smash her with the barn. Joy is only temporary as the Diamonds regroup and unconvinced that Steven is Pink Diamond.

Steven is disembodied temporarily, but can enter people’s, gems’ and diamond’s minds and is finally able to convinced Yellow and Blue of the fake shattering. To be continued for the next arc…

This is by far the best of the Steven Bomb arcs. It basically shattered (no pun intended) the back stories of Rose and making the most of Ruby and Sapphire as individuals and as a couple. Amethyst finally tells Steven what he perhaps needed to be told in that he shouldn’t carry more crosses than need be. And yes, “Reunited” was epic (apart from the sudden ending).

In five episodes, this show is about to put the previous 146 in the past and start off on a new course for whatever is left of Season Five and for Season Six. Sometimes, you have to tear things apart before you rebuild. What has come out of this arc looks magnificent.

GRADES:
“Now We’re Only Falling Apart” B+
“What’s Your Problem” A-
“The Question” A+
“Made of Honor” A
“Reunited” A

StatManDan

Twilight is planning to celebrate Celestia’s “ones-versary” (1,111th) of her raising the sun for the first time by staging a play at the school. Since being in a play is one of the things Celestia has never done before, though she has a love for theatre, Twilight decides in her infinite wisdom to cast Celestia in lead role as a way of doing something nice to someone who has always put herself before others.

Celestia is uncertain since she has zero acting experience. Despite Twilight’s reassurances, Celestia’s inexperience shows and no amount of acting lessons will help her. No amount of Twilight’s over-willingness to make the play work for Celestia instead of telling her the truth about her acting skills will help either. Rainbow Dash telling every creature she knows definitely doesn’t help—ruling out Spike’s suggestion of cancelling the play. Pinkie’s attempts of replacing the prop sun damaged earlier just makes things worse—especially when she imitates an Illinoisan looking to put on a fireworks show (where such amateur acts are illegal) and smuggled the fireworks from Wisconsin to do that.

Twilight goes over the edge and the cat escapes the bag—upsetting Celestia that her pupil had been lying to her all this time. Celestia tells Twilight that honesty is always better than the best of intentions paved by lies and has an idea to save the play. Celestia plays the role of production assistant and helps salvage the play with Fluttershy (some pony who has acting experience) as Celestia.

To some, this is a bit of a retread of “Inspiration Manifestation”. However, this is someone attempting to hide the truth from someone who has been like family and a mentor to her.. Also, this is not to help someone get out of a creative funk, this is someone trying to give back to said mentor. Twilight’s real fault is that she puts Celestia so far high a pedestal, that she does not realize that there are things that even the ruler of Equestria cannot do—such as act.

However, in both situations, honesty is still the best policy despite best intentions. However, this episode is still better than “Inspiration Manifestation” as Twilight isn’t one to be so dismissive about the lesson like Spike was in the former. The biggest problem with Twilight is placing Celestia high on a pedestal that some of things she feels she needs to do to pay Celestia back are unnecessary.

GRADE: B+

StatManDan

Muffin Theater: ReBoot – The Mutant Child Of Nostalgia

Such a dramatic title, like The End of the Creator-Drive Era in TV Animation that accidentally spawned…a culture.  But over the past decade we have witness the nostalgia train roll into various stations.  Just like Hollywood is a skipping and broken record of mediocrity, this has gone with the world of animation.  Let us start with Teen Titans Go, the show Cartoon Network likes to ram down everybody’s throats all day, every day, until the end of days.

While I am an animation fan, like many other things, I don’t get that deep, but do come to an understanding.  I understand Teen Titan Go, its always had the Japanese flare and ‘Go’ is something I have seen done in the world of anime a few times.  Much like my knowledge, I am not overly a big anime viewer, and in fact barely watch television in general.  My wife on the other hand floats in an ocean of it.  So I’ve witness several cutesy version of otherwise serious shows, like Attack on Titan: The Junior High years, which my wife only watched a few episodes, promptly when I told her my conclusion that it was the AoT version of TTG.

Powerpuff Girls.  Honestly beyond the initial hype up and several weeks afterwards I heard very little about the show, but during that time I heard and saw all sorts of crap about it.  No offense to the people behind the show, but the general vibe I got from it all was trying to be ‘too fresh, too hip’ with its meme faces and other over the top facial expressions to please the younger generation, while the older nostalgia folks wanted a faithful reboot.  Maybe if they had waited another decade, the gap between those two groups could have saved the show.

And now we’ve come to the reboot, of ReBoot, the cgi animated series that ran four seasons from 1994 to 2001.  Granted we should not judge a book by its cover, or a show by its trailer, and even more so my opinion is meaningless as the original show is one of those on my bucket list to watch front to back, but during its airing and somewhere in the mid-2000 I did catch a fair share of the show, especially the last season and what I remember was an epic finale.

On March 30th 2018 a “reimagined” version of ReBoot (The Guardian Code) will hit Netflix.  And from what I’ve seen, if you had fond memories of the original, abandon all hope before clicking on it.  If we were a real animation site, we’d probably have at this point a hookup with Netflix to see this stuff earlier, but as the underground hide of the crossed eyed gray mare, that would be a major nope.  So I’ve only seen the trailer which currently has 345,000 views, 3,424 comments, 1,000 thumbs up and what might as well be a middle finger, 12,000 thumbs down.

I had hoped they wouldn’t screw this one up.  Its actually part of the reason this site branched out beyond just colorful equine (and other fun shows like Gravity Falls, Star Vs, Wander), thus I was planning to poorly cover it like we do with the rest, but no.

The general comment echo is “Did these people even watch the f**king show?”.

As said above and ripped from Wikipedia, its a reimagined show that is mixing live action (real world) elements in a cgi world.  The preview shows the angsty teenage High Schoolers get roped in to being ‘Guardians’ for this world, against what looks like is Big Government folks after “The Guardian Code” who are using a hacker to reawaken Megabyte (the villain of the original series) in an epic computer world battle.

The other comment echo is comparing it with various live actions shows like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Tokusatsu, Code Lyoko, and other various shows of the complete and utter opposite of what the original ReBoot was.  Like someone took their childhood and held it head under the water for a little too long.

Will I give it a chance?  Hell no, I barely have time to watch anything let alone something that will probably waste time I’ll never recover.  No offense to the people behind it, either you knew nothing of the show or more likely the suits upstairs dictated to go in this direction, but its like how hard is it to hit the mark.  Just from the YouTube comments and 1k + vs 12k – we all know what its going to be…a pile.  I’m sure someone out there will find it entertaining, and it will be watched, but you could have also hit the bulls eye dead on and at least generated some money from this, even the suits should be aware of the nostalgia factor with people now a days and how they can now cash in on those once young who wanna relive happier times, before this wretched mud ball of planet turned into some timeline crossing dystonia (looking at you hadron collider).

But thems the apples.  Another missed mark, another butt load of money wasted.  Happy Sailing ReBoot: The Guardian Code, them seas look quite (12,000) angry.

If you want to watch something fun and interesting, especially if you have never bothered to watch it.  Go find yourself a copy of the original ReBoot series.  Again, its been eons since I have watched it, but I know it was good enough to go revisit someday, and actually with the reboot of ReBoot coming this way, I’ll probably do just that.  The original series is completely immersive as it takes place inside a computer, features a Guardian named Bob with a pair of companions, and they protect the ‘City of’ Mainframe from viruses such as Megabyte and Hexadecimal.  And much like the Wikipedia article I’m reading from, it was also the world’s first ever half hour, completely CGI animated TV series, which is pretty much the norm now for, well everything animated.

We give it no muffins out of ten delicious muffins.

Derpysquad

New Episodes of Steven starting April 9th

I really liked it when shows aired on a weekly basis, but that doesn’t even seem to be a thing anymore, not even the regular crap like Family Guy or Bob’s Burgers.  Here’s maybe a few episodes, oh now its the holidays.  Here’s a holiday episode, now its super ball time.  Then Trophy February.  Either way, thankfully Steven has four episodes coming up, starting on April 9th.  The order of the episodes is unknown, and since its basically become tradition for the airing of new episodes I would probably guess a Steven Bomb.

Here are the upcoming episode synopsis.  Airing order unknown.

513 – Your Mother and Mine: Steven takes Garnet to meet his new friends.  (To note this is listed as airing on April 9th via Wikipedia’s episode list).

514 – Pool Hopping: Steven and Garnet explore the most unlikely timelines in Beach City.

515 – Letters to Lars: Steven writes letters to Lars about all the latest news in Beach City.

516 – The Big Show: Steven shoots a documentary that follows a local band as they get their first big break.

Tony Fleecs Brings His Art to Nightmare Nights

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As any fan can tell you, the comics are a major part of the My Little Pony franchise, as are the people who bring those comics to us. That’s why we are so excited to invite the comic illustrator Tony Fleecs to Nightmare Nights!

Tony Fleecs is the illustrator of dozens of variant covers of the My Little Pony comics. Comic fans may recognize his other work on comics of Miraculous: Adventures of Ladybug and Cat NoirGrumpy CatBatman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, and his own work Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth. His comics have been published by Random House, Image Comics, Silent Devil Productions, Boom!, IDW and Terminal Press. He lives and works in North Hollywood, CA. His mother says he is handsome.

Tony will be joining us at the final Nightmare Nights at our events, but also in our vendor hall! Joining him will be an incredible roster of over 40 vendors selling all kinds of merch, from posters to plushies, electronics to RPGs, and everything in between. So make sure you register for a badge, which will only be discounted for a few more weeks! Our rooms are filling up fast, so if you need a place to stay, book your room soon and stay onsite at the con hotel! And we’re still looking for more volunteers, which will get you a free badge in exchange for a few hours of work each day, which is a great way to save some money for our amazing vendor hall.

We’re only 7 weeks away from the convention, so make sure you follow all of our social media channels, like TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr (and turn on mobile notifications for your phone) for more updates!

From our friends at R&C, HASCON reveals.

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MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE GLITTER AND GLOW PRINCESS CELESTIA

Princess Celestia rules over Equestria with a majestic glitter and glow! At 8-inches tall, this Princess Celestia pony figure has translucent pink wings decorated with gold glitter. Press her Cutie Mark to see a four different patterns of glowing LED lights! She comes with a tiara, necklace, and comb for brushing her beautiful pony hair. Imagine sun celebrations and twinkling pony stories with this Princess Celestia figure! For ages 3+. $19.99 SRP.

The Princess Celestia figure is available for purchase at HASCON for its “See Now, Buy Now” program where a limited amount of products will be available for purchase at the convention, including a limited quantity of Princess Celestia figures. This will give fans a chance to buy the figure BEFORE the product officially hits shelves in Spring 2018.


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MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS CLASSIC DOLL ASSORTMENT I & II

Imagine fun, fashion-forward scenes with friends from Canterlot High…in a brand new look for Spring 2018! Inspired by entertainment, the 7 dolls in the My Little Pony Equestria Girls Classic Doll Assortment I and II look true-to-character. Each doll is wearing a personality-inspired classic outfit: Applejack comes in a country chic outfit, complete with cowboy boots; Rarity rocks a runway look with a gem-printed, shiny top, and shiny jewelry accessories to match; Pinkie Pie wears a fun party dress with party balloons printed on top; Sunset Shimmer shows off her edgy style with a studded-faux leather vest and trendy ankle boots, Fluttershy wears a flowy dress and sandals fit for tending to animals in a garden, while Rainbow Dash sports bright colored bracelets, shoes, and leggings with funky stripes to match her wild and adventurous streak and Twilight Sparkle wears a more conservative and studious look with a trendy glasses accessory. Every outfit incorporates their cutie mark…with lots of fashionable flair! The dolls are 11-inches tall with long, styled hair and 7 points of articulation for creating lifelike friendship moments! Each sold separately.

Nightmare Nights 2017 Charity Auction Includes Project: Harmonize, Art Book With Over 60 Artists

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If you haven’t heard the news, Nightmare Nights is coming to an end after 2017. So for our grand finale, we’ve got something special to share, coming to our Charity Auction.

Project: Harmonize is an 11×14 hardcover sketchbook featuring artists with all sorts of skill levels and personal styles, both fan-artists and seasoned professionals. This truly one of a kind item involves fantastic creators from all over the world creating something special together! What will be auctioned is the sketchbook itself, containing many original drawings. Not reproductions or reprints, but the originals, making this a truly priceless piece of My Little Pony fandom. And there are over 60 sketches already in the book, with more being added.

Project: Harmonize is being led by the artist and comic illustrator LeekFish, one of our 2016 Guests of Honor, and will be auctioned off at the Nightmare Nights Charity Auction. Our benefactor, for the fifth year in a row, is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. benefitting children suffering from catastrophic illness and their families. We’ve raised over $40,000 for St. Jude since 2013, and we’re hoping to raise a whole lot more this year. More details for Project: Harmonize will be coming out over the next few weeks on social media, so check out the Twitter and Tumblr for the project!

We’ll have plenty of other items at our Charity Auction, which you can find out more information about on our Charity page. On site charity auction item donations can be made before noon on Saturday at Dealer Ops. Don’t forget to pick up your badge at a discounted rate until the convention to attend our Charity Auction, and reserve your room at the Crowne Plaza Addison using the code MLP for a discount. You can also volunteer to help a few hours each day in exchange for a free badge. And lastly, our panel submissions are still open for just one more week, until September 9th, so get those panels in before we lock down the schedule!

Thank you to all of our fans and attendees for being the best fans and attendees ever! We’re excited to send off Nightmare Nights with all of you. The con is less than two months away, so stay tuned for more information, and follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr (and turn on mobile notifications) for more updates!