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709 – “Honest Apple”

Written by: Kevin Lappin
When Rarity asks Applejack to be a judge in a fashion show, Applejack learns than an opinion, however honest, can still be hurtful.

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Welcome to Season Five. Steven and Lars are stuck inside Topaz. Lars regrets running away and being afraid all the time while Steven’s plan of sacrificing himself has not come completely to fruition. Topaz, touched by Steven and Lars’s conversation tries to help them escape, but Aquamarine stops it. Topaz was going to destabilize Aqua, but would later face being shattered if they did.

Steven is set to go to “The Trial” and is given a blue zircon to help present his case—which is “I’m Rose Quartz and I shattered Pink Diamond even though as Steven I have no real idea how I did it.” Yellow Diamond wants to skip the formalities and shatter Steven, but Blue still wishes to know how Pink was shattered. While Yellow and Blue argue instead of making green, Steven and Lars escape in a blue palanquin and deep into Homeworld.

Steven and Lars try to evade the robonoids who can shoot and shatter rocks and gems, but not Lars as we will see. Steven and Lars come across a group of deformed gems called Off Colors. They include a six-gem fusion named Flourite, Padparadscha (a sapphire who can only see the past), a Rhodonite which has the opposite personality of Sardonyx, and conjoined Rutile twins. The Robonoids come, but Lars sums up his courage and helps destroy the Robonoids with Steven.

It seems as though Lars pays the ultimate sacrifice until Steven heals him, turns him pink, and gives him special powers in the process. Those special powers allow Steven to visit the dimension accessible through Lion’s mane. In fact, he can get out of Lion’s mane as well. So Steven can go inside “Lars’ Head” and come out through Lion’s mane. Steven offers the others come with him (apart from Lars who can’t go himself), but refuse and vow to look for another way instead of leaving Lars.

Steven comes back to the Crystal Gems, Greg, and Connie, and we have no idea when Season Five will continue. We also get no answers as to what really happened to Pink Diamond, either.

Obviously, the best part of this four-parter was when Lars summed up his courage in the third part. No matter how afraid you might be, sometimes you have to sum up your courage anyway. That’s been the Mane Six in MLP, that’s been Steven and the Gems in this show, that’s Lars now. You really have to give him credit for taking on the robonoids to save others to the point of sacrificing himself.

I would say that this was remarkable four-parter, but I cannot. “Stuck Together” and “The Trial” took too long to develop, though it leaves us with Blue Diamond determined to know the truth—which is probably why there was a trial in the first place. It also leaves many wishing that Aquamarine gets poofed in a later episode. We will certainly see the Diamonds (maybe White as well) and the Off Colors again, but the four-parter leaves us with more questions than answers. In fact, it didn’t give us any. Not even when the series will return to give us some answers.

Rebecca Sugar is “Shooting for the Moon” for Season Five (which was originally going to be the second part of Season Three before Cartoon Network Math split things up and made the first part Season Four). So while it gives Lars some purpose, some interesting new characters, and some intrigue; it left us no clue as to where things are going from here. That’s the most frustrating part.

GRADE:  B-

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501 – “Stuck Together”

Written by: Lauren Zuke
Steven and Lars, stuck inside Topaz, try to look for a way to escape the Homeworld-bound ship. While bonding, their heartfelt conversation earns them Topaz’s sympathy.
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502 – “The Trial”

Written by: Paul Villeco, Katie Mitroff
Steven goes to court against Blue and Yellow Diamond to determine his (or rather Rose Quartz’s) fate. During the trial, Steven’s defendant, Moonstone, shares facts about Pink Diamond’s fate that were unknown to Steven.
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503 – “Off Colors”

Written by: Lamar Abrams, Jeff Liu
After escaping from the Diamonds, Steven and Lars encounter some “defective” gems who they quickly befriend.
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504 – “Lars’ Head”

Written by: Jeff Liu, Madeline Queripel
After Steven brings Lars back to life with his healing powers, he discovers that Lars now shares powers similar to Lion. During which, Steven must make a difficult choice.
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Bum bum bum.  Well I could have sworn that somewhere it was said that Season 3 would begin in the summer months, but officially it is now fall.  On the other hand, Star Vs. is getting a two hour movie special entitled “The Battle for Mewni” that will air on July 15th.  Here is the official announcement sent out to the media.

A special two-hour “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” TV movie event will premiere SATURDAY, JULY 15 (11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. EDT), on Disney XD, and will be available to verified users on the Disney XD app and Disney XD VOD platforms.

Titled “The Battle for Mewni,” the TV movie follows Star as she returns to her home dimension of Mewni where she discovers that magic is disappearing throughout the kingdom. Star must dig deep and challenge archnemesis Ludo in an effort to save her family and kingdom.

Season three of the fan-favorite and Annie Award-nominated series is slated to debut this fall. Check out the press release for the brand new TV event below.

“Star vs. The Forces of Evil” is an animated comedy adventure that follows fiercely awesome teen princess Star Butterfly. After receiving an all-powerful magic wand for her 14th birthday, Star is sent by her Royal Parents to live with the Diaz family on Earth, bringing along her own unique interdimensional style to her new home. Together with the Diaz’s teenage son Marco, they navigate high school and embark on dimension-hopping adventures across the multiverse while keeping her wand out of the clutches of evil.

Created and executive produced by Daron Nefcy, “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” stars Eden Sher (“The Middle”) as Star Butterfly, Adam McArthur (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) as Marco Diaz; Alan Tudyk (Broadway’s “Spamalot”) as Ludo and King Butterfly; Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) as Glossaryck; Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) as Mrs. Diaz; Artt Butler (“Her”) as Mr. Diaz; and Jenny Slate (“Parks and Recreation”) as Pony Head.

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Old news is old but if you haven’t heard the word, the ride continues on.  Last Thursday, hardcore animation fan and former site operator to Littlest Pet Shop’s only direct dedicated news site, Chevistian, made mention over Twitter that Hasbro was pushing the news of an 8th Season of MLP, due out in the Spring of 2018, via the Las Vegas Licensing Expo 2017.  Honestly its probably not a huge shock to anyone considering the amount of time and effort that Hasbro has been putting behind ponies.  If only they had struck the iron when it was white hot, but as we have learned over the almost decade of the Pony Train, ye old toy company moves very very slowly.

As that really old grumpy fan sitting on his porch, I can’t help but reflect to those ancient days of 2010 when the most common thing the trolls in the 4chan threads would spout off about was the fact the show wouldn’t last long, and that what we were doing was a fad.  Well, who is laughing now.  Right…?

 

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The trio of Equestria Girls specials that are making their way through Teletoon+ in Poland will air on Discovery Family starting June 24th at 11:30am ET/10:30am CT which is the regular slot for Friendship is Magic.

The specials will start with “Dance Magic” on June 24th, followed by “Movie Magic” on July 1st, and “Mirror Magic” on July 8th.

As for FiM, the show will enter a midseason hiatus after airing “Not Asking for Trouble” on June 17th. That is the 11th episode of Season Seven which means that in all likelihood, Season Seven will continue even after the MLP Movie opens on October 6th assuming the show continues airing new episodes once a week.

As for Treehouse in Canada, they aired every Season Seven episode up to and including “Not Asking for Trouble” to date. Season Seven reruns will start on the channel this Saturday.

Meanwhile, ‘Big’ Jim Miller offically confirmed on Thursday that there will be an eighth season of the show starting in Spring 2018.  Assuming Season Eight will run 26 episodes, it will bring the show’s overall total to 195 episodes by that season’s end.

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Preview for Legends of Magic #3

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We have here a preview for Legends of Magic #3, due to come out on June 7th. Check it out after the break.

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