Get on up, look around;
Can’t you feel the wind of change?
Get on up, taste the air;
Can’t you see the wind of change;

— “Wind of Change” by the Bee Gees

(CAUTION: This review includes SPOILERS of the episode which aired on Discovery Family on March 24th, 2018. If you do not to know the result this review, look away now.)

It took the show one minute into Season Eight to declare the events of the Movie canon. With so many creatures who may not know anything about friendship, Twilight decides to open a friendship school.

She has the full support of Princess Celestia, but needs the full support of the Equestria Education Association (EEA) for accreditation. The EEA’s Chancellor Neighsay implores Twilight to do things by the book. The rest of the Mane Six will be teachers (second jobs for all of our heroines) and Starlight is the guidance counselor. The school isn’t exclusive to ponies such as Sandbar, there’s also a griffon named Gallus, a dragon names Smolder, a yak named Yona, a changeling named Ocellus, and a hippogriff/seapony named Silverstream.

Each of the Mane Six has a way to teach that gets the students interested, but Twilight insists everything gets done by the book, which is quickly the reason things are going “by the book”. After the student six cut class go on a “mental health break”, Neighsay arrives for an inspection. Things go off the rails as Ocellus makes an ill-timed decision to change into a giant insect and Neighsay is appalled that Twilight even has non-pony students. Long story short, the school is shut down.

In part two, Starlight sets Twilight right by writing their own rules. The rest of the Mane Six and Spike buy in—now they have to find the students or there is going to be a war. The “Student” Six didn’t want to be away from each other, so they take refuge at the Castle of the Two Sisters. However, they are not alone as they are threatened by bushwoolies puckwedgies. The Mane Six make the rescue and reopen the school going rogue against Neighsay by declaring it a “Friendship School” and probably hinting at what’s to come in the Season Finale.

Class is now in session. In a way it makes sense because instead of having the Mane Six and Starlight travel all around Equestria (which they had been doing since Season Five) and beyond (read: The Movie) to spread the gospel of friendship, why not have everyone come to them in Ponyville? It also represents, not necessarily a change in direction for the show as the Mane Six are now officially teachers, it’s safe to say it has been heading that direction since Season Four. It’s just now official.

It also shows that the show has not run out of ideas and it is blending in the worldbuilding from the previous seven seasons and the movie to create more worldbuilding. The world has gotten larger and larger and now the show is adjusting accordingly. It is ready to take on a social issue such as racism. Well, it has been handled in a sense better in some episodes (i.e. Hearth’s Warming Eve) than others (i.e. Over A Barrel). We now have a chancellor (played brilliantly by “The Brain” himself, Maurice Lamarche) who is what passes for Equestria as a racist (maybe a fascist as well).

What’s promising is that we finally have an overarching premise for the first time since Season Five and a majority of fans have said that and Season Four are the two best seasons of the show. Both those seasons had overarching storylines.

The opening two-parter is back as a setup for the start of a new season. “Return of Harmony” remains the benchmark for season openers, but given the direction and quickly declaring the Movie canon, this Season Premiere belongs in the top half of Premiers by comparison by giving its main characters new purpose and keeping the show fresh even in its eighth season.

GRADE: A-

Ranking the Season Premieres:

1. The Return of Harmony
2. The Cutie Map
3. School Daze
4. Celestial Advice
5. Princess Twilight Sparkle
6. Friendship is Magic
7. The Crystal Empire
8. The Crystalling

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801, 802 – “School Daze”

Written by: Michael Vogel, Nicole Dubuc
When the Friendship Map grows bigger to reflect the world beyond Equestria, the Mane Six realize they’ll need a way to spread the message of friendship far and wide; luckily Twilight knows just what to do– open a School of Friendship.; With her School of Friendship closed by the EEA, Twilight Sparkle must reunite her students, inspire her friends, and buck the rules to stand up for what she knows is right – every creature, pony or not, deserves to learn friendship together.

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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.

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MLP Season Eight Preview: 8 Simple Rules

For those of us who prefer not to have been spoiled by the leaks, here is the Season Eight preview. From the start, there is a new theme and the Mane Six are opening up a school for the creatures from Equestria and beyond. So here are eight simple rules for following this season:

1. NO SPOILERS! NO EXCEPTIONS!! – It remains the policy of DerpyNews to not officially review episodes of the show until after they have been seen on Discovery Family. So the first review will be sometime after Saturday’s two-parter.

2. We did “Explore Equestria” already, so let’s build a school!: “Explore Equestria” was so Season Five. With the world of MLP much expanded since then (including the Movie), it’s time to give the Mane Six a new challenge.

3. After learning for the better part of seven seasons, it’s time to become teachers for real: Many speculated that the Mane Six (and now Starlight Glimmer) would become teachers in due time in the series after Season Four. With the theme of the School of Friendship, it appears that the time has come.

4. The Movie is canon: It was hinted that there would be hippogriffs this season. Indeed, the synopsis for one of the episodes has Twilight and the CMC heading to Mount Aris.

5. It won’t be all about school: Remember when we thought all of Season Four would be about the keys? Most fans and Pepperidge Farm do, but there needs to be time away from the school and the third and fourth episodes sound pretty interesting!

6. Good things come in sixes: We have six new characters that will be part of the focus and the Mane Six remains front and center. There’s a good chance that the Six Pillars will make an appearance as well.

7. Twilight has always wanted to be a teacher: Although it is not explicitly stated in the show, you have gotten the feeling that Twilight would have dedicated herself to being a teacher. Clues are littered throughout the series on that one.

8. Season Eight is not the end: Season Eight is not the end of the road for the series. A ninth season is confirmed which will likely propel the series past the 200-episode mark. Season Eight will take the series episode tally to 195.

Enjoy the season!

StatManDan

Season 8 Storyboard Animatics

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During this week’s Ponypalooza event, leading up to the premiere on Saturday, Discovery Family is mixing in a handful of storyboard Animatics, as well as some shorts (which were already on Hasbro’s YouTube channel). There’s a sum of 5 animatics, if this tweet is any indication–check them all out after the break. We’ll post any more as they air.

Also, Tara Strong recently appeared on a local news segment celebrating the 35th anniversary of My Little Pony and the new season.

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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.

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